The only thing better than reading a great book is talking about a great book. And though the month is young, Romantic Reads is rife with chatter about a few truly wonderful reads.


Last week, J.R. Ward and Nora Roberts unleashed upon us two of the most anticipated romances of the summer: Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #8) and Savor the Moment (Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet Series #3). Our readers have plenty to say about both books, and are talking about their favorites in each series, their thoughts on the romances in each book, and what they're looking forward to in the future installments.


In the meantime, Eloisa James took to her monthly Reading Romance column to focus on a few books with characters who don't always make the smartest choices. Three of these books are being featured at Romantic Reads all month long: Cotillion, In for a Penny, and The Goddess of Fried Okra


I'm especially excited about Cotillion. You may or may not have heard that I'm a bit of a fan of the historical, and without the work of Georgette Heyer, we'd likely live in a world with no Regency-era romances. She pioneered the genre with her Austen-esque examinations of relationships in early- nineteenth-century England.


Cotillion is just a joy to read, and I'm looking forward to hearing and reading your thoughts on both this novel and all of Georgette's books. So please join us during the month of May for our celebration of this pillar of romance.


One last item of business: the author Monica Burns needs your input! Writer of one of the most delicious historicals of the past couple of months, Kismet, she's working on something new and has posed a question over at RR. How often do you get to tell your favorite authors what you think about their work? Click here to help her out. It'll be fun!


I'll be back next week with a look at Rose Lerner's In for a Penny.


What are your favorite Georgette Heyer books? Why do you think the Regency-era historicals are so endearing and enduring?


Don't forget to join Eloisa James at Romantic Reads for a discussion about her latest Reading Romance column.


Melanie Murray is the moderator of Romantic Reads,'s all-romance all-the-time community forum.

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