I’m sure the normal person, a person who doesn’t have a troubling book-buying addiction, is sick and tired of the snow.
Not the Romantic Readers, though.
This week at Romantic Reads, we’ve been taking advantage of the nasty weather by indulging in our favorite pastime, dipping into those towering stacks of to-be-read books, and curling up with a few strong heroes and just as many heroines.
My favorite of the snowy week? Kristan Higgins’ latest warm and hilarious and tear-inducing contemporary romance, The Next Best Thing.
At the young age of twenty-eight, Lucy Lang Mirabelli has been a widow for nearly five years. She’s got a full life, a good job making bread in her family’s Hungarian bakery, a beautiful apartment on a scenic island near Newport, Rhode Island, and one frisky cat to keep her company.
But when her sister has a baby, Lucy realizes it’s time to move on. She wants children and a family, but doesn’t ever want to be shattered the way she was when her husband Jimmy died. So the search is on for a serviceable mate who seems healthy, nice, and, most importantly, poses no risk to her tender, bruised heart.
The problem of course is that her friend-with-benefits Ethan fits none of these bills. He’s a daredevil, constantly putting himself in precarious situations for adrenaline fixes. He’s got a devilish side that charms the pants off Lucy’s all-widowed older relatives. And forget keeping her feelings in check. The real problem with Ethan is that Lucy could very easily fall in love with him.
What follows is the perfect treat for a snow-bound romance lover. If you want to laugh and cry - sometimes on the same page - this is the book for you. Lucy’s brave journey from protecting her heart to learning to love again is just about perfect in every way. Especially if you’re looking for an excuse to stay inside until the snow melts…
Kristan Higgins is a long-time favorite of the Romantic Reads bunch, so join us for a conversation about The Next Best Thing and her other great books.
Other hot topics this week include the books of Nicholas Sparks, that oh-so-rare historical mystery romance genre – there are some great books mentioned here if you’re looking, and the reinstatement of the New Release Tuesday thread. We’re starting this back up again in about a month, so if there are certain pieces of information that you’d like to be posted along with covers and short blurbs, be sure to drop by and tell me.
See you next week, and until then, happy reading!
Catch celebrated author Cindy Gerard at the Mystery Forum today, all part of Becke Davis’s Month of Romantic Suspense.
Melanie Murray is the moderator of Romantic Reads, BN.com's all-romance, all-the-time community forum.