honestly like 98% of the reason i’m writing this may/december is because i’m absolutely starved for good, healthy age difference content and i can’t really find it anywhere, and trying to look up ‘silver fox’ anywhere on the internet results in Truly Unfortunate Circumstances, so.
here i am
doing what i can to contribute to the effort
(and if any of you know some good may/december content, please for the love of all that’s holy, send it my way)
I’m currently re-reading Ride Hard by Laura Kaye and it’s got a sorta may/december relationship thing happening. He’s 37 and she’s 22. May/October?
Anyway, it’s a biker book but don’t let that scare you off. The bikers are good guys, not alphahole anti-heroes. There is a decent amount of “she’s too young”/ “i’m too jaded” tension in the story, which is delicious.
I’m one of those readers that likes to read a book that correlates with the season. So it’s November right now, and before I dive into my holiday romance collection (sooooo many to choose from!) I like to try and give the autumn season one last hurrah with something Thanksgiving-themed.
BUT ALAS! There are hardly ANY “Thanksgiving-themed” romances out there!
The closest one I know of was published last year by Harlequin:
Also (although I don’t know if it counts as “romance” or not) but there’s a book titled Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich (it sounds like a romance, but I’ve never read Evanovich, who is more known for her Stephanie Plum mystery series)
ANYWAY, does anyone else out there know of “Thanksgiving-themed” romances???
Anna Richland’s His Road Home! The only reason I haven’t read it by now is that it seems available as an e-book only. It won a RITA for best novella several years back. Here’s the blurb:
Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, or he’ll end up in a marriage orchestrated by an Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey loses both legs and the ability to speak while rescuing a local boy, the image goes viral.
Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she’s engaged. When she’s offered a plane ticket to visit her “fiancé,” she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? Touched by Rey’s funny texts and the determination she sees in him, Grace offers her friendship—a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.
And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving—a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fianc‚e, but what place will Grace have in Rey’s new life once he’s ready to be on his own again?
Gadziala writes a lot of motorcycle club and dark romances, so I have no idea what her Thanksgiving romance will be like:
but big little lies is a book by liane moriarty, so you can start there.
hmmmmmm let’s see
age of youth → kitchen by banana yoshimoto (or sputnik sweetheart by murakami) mondai no aru restaurant → the edible woman by margaret atwood dear my friends → i have no idea, but i’m guessing a really good bio or autobiography
i actually know nothing about romances, but @mfred knows everything about them!
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: Spooky, scary and intense! With queer representation! McGuire created a brand new fairy tale, based on the classics, but with new and exciting adventures. She uses elements from horror stories to evoke a spooky, scary atmosphere that ratchets up the tension in delightful ways.
This is a slow burn of a horror story but once things get going, man does shit get intense. Thrills and chills galore.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix: Ok, hear me out. This is a story about demonic possession but it’s also an exploration of friendship and an intense examination into the emotional lives of teenage girls. I was actually in tears at the end.
I’m about to go looking on my own, but I figured I’d ask here: does anyone have any recommendations for wlw romances, preferably a historical romance? It doesn’t have to be, and I’ll pretty much read any genre with different age groups in mind (YA, new adult, adult), but that’s what I’m mostly after at this time. Thanks in advance!
I don’t read historicals really, but here are some of my recent fav wlws
Storm Season by Pene Henson. Trapped in the Australian wilderness together! My review.
Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan– if you are at all looking for something spooky for the season? My review.
Bridget Essex’s fantasy romance featuring lady knights and werewolves. My review.
Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox. Like a wlw Under the Tuscan Sun. My review
Are there any halloween themed romance novels because if there are I want them in my life!?!?!
AHHHHH. YAAAAAS. MY LIFE.
Okay there are a few.
There are a couple old Signet Regencies floating around that are Halloween themed (Here, Here and Here) and some contemporaries as well – I have Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz in hand for this year! – but the pickings can be slim.
Sometimes Harlequin will go spooky for a month, but I haven’t seen their October line up yet so I’m not sure if they’re getting in the spirit of the season yet. (Edit: Just took a peek,verdict is: Not a Spook in Sight)
Historicals-wise (cause when does Jessica ever know about anything else?) authors seem to get their Spooky Funtime on by writing Gothic flavored novels (which don’t ALWAYS come out in October but still). And stay tuned because (RE: my last post) I have a box of SUPER SPOOKY HOUSE BOOKS coming to my door this week.
And then there’s the Paranormal Romance squad, who live for the spooky everyday but once a year rise from the proverbial grave to take power of the romance market for a month.
So if you’re looking for things that lurk in the shadows, there’s always the paranormal sub-genre, ranging from light and lovely to DAMN YOU SCARY.
All in all, sadly, by the time October rolls around we’re onto Christmas romances, and Halloween sort of gets edged out. *sad face*
I was like, LESBRARIAN TO THE RESCUE but it turns out there is a Goodreads list for that.