It’s that time of year! Leaves are falling! Winds are blowing! Ghosts and ghouls are haunting and I’m in the mood for… romance? Of course I am!
So, I went through this goodreads list, some posts on tumblr, did a little digging and found a couple of romance novels and novellas to celebrate the season. Specifically, I was looking for romance novels set during or about Halloween– not just gothic stories, paranormals, etc.
Truth or Beard by Penny Reid. The heroine and hero meet at a Halloween party when she mistakes him for his twin brother, her longtime crush. Surprise! You’re making out with someone else! I found the book enjoyable, not great, but fun to read. 3 stars.
Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz. When she finds out her longtime boyfriend is actually married, the heroine heads home to lick her wounds… and maybe a hot guy? And one just happens to be renovating her parent’s cabin? What luck! So they decided to have a fling, ending when her brother’s Halloween themed wedding roles around. A fun read, nice and steamy. 4 stars.
Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish by GG Andrews. Actually kind of spooky and scary! The heroine is working at a haunted house when a well known horror blogger is scheduled to stop by– except he’s the same kid she used to torture and bully in middle school. Of course, romance blossoms! Until he finds out who she really is! By setting the story in a haunted house, Andrews is able to bring some of the thrills and chills of the season into the story. Did the heroine grovel enough to make up for her past? I don’t know. I still gave it 4 stars.
The Pumpkin King by Cara Demone. Do you ever read something that is objectively not good and yet find yourself kind of delighted anyways? That’s the Pumpkin King. I could make a list of all the things wrong with it, but what’s the point? If you are looking for something silly and short, and don’t care too much about quality, then maybe you’ll enjoy this. Also, nicely, the monster doesn’t turn into a human through the power of love. 2 stars.
Lion’s Halloween Baby by Scarlett Grove. This one is not good and not even in a fun kind of way. I skimmed the last half. 2 stars.