Film Review: Romantics Anonymous

romantics-anonymousSomeone recommended Romantics Anonymous (original title: Les émotifs anonymes) to me ages ago–and then it sat in its Netflix envelope next to my television for weeks. Finally I opened the envelope again and read the description. I saw “chocolatier” and I was sold.

This isn’t my usual aliens-taking-over-the-world escapist kind of movie. Lately I haven’t had much patience for slow-paced anything. But this was funny and awkward and oh, so endearing. Characters’ social anxiety is always great fodder for funny, awkward moments, and sometimes I worry that social anxiety is being made light of. However, I didn’t feel that the film was taking advantage of people with anxiety–rather, showing how people overcome difficulties and still manage, however fumbling, to find each other.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but there’s a point near the climax where she has an argument against their relationship that felt so real and true, but then there was a rebuttal that was equally real and true. I thought this was masterfully done!

Savage Loss, Available Now!

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Resisting desire is futile in the Corona Mountains.

Elementary school principal Brigitte Mayfair has worked hard to keep herself cool, professional, and detached after the scandal she left behind in Michigan. But when she’s abducted from campus and released three days later with no memory of her captivity, she feels anything but cool and professional. Especially when a drop-dead gorgeous rescuer begins to rekindle her buried passions.

Mountain lion shapeshifter Rafe Corona hasn’t been serious about a woman…ever. He’s purposefully kept his distance from all potential mates, believing that he doesn’t deserve happiness. Something about Brigitte calls to him, though. He must overcome the danger that threatens to keep them apart and find the passion hidden within them both, or risk losing her forever.

Savage Loss is part of Kindle Unlimited, and you can find it here on Amazon and AmazonSmile!

Book Review: Prime Minister

prime-ministerPrime Minister, by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller, is a contemporary erotic romance.

Some readers complained that they got bored midway through, and it’s true that the pacing isn’t super tight–however, I was riveted by the characters! Ellie and Gavin had me cheering for them from the very beginning! Especially fun was the first third or so, when they were figuring each other out. Obviously the prime minister couldn’t come right out and tell her he was kinky.

There’s a LOT of sex in this one and it’s at turns hot and funny. It broke some of my preconceived notions about kink, and I always love a book that challenges my beliefs about sex and sexuality.

Gavin’s best friend makes for excellent sequel bait, so I’ll be reading the next book in the series, Doctor Bad Boy, soon!

Books for Pride and Prejudice Lovers

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Yes, I realize that so much has been said about Pride and Prejudice (in fact, I wrote about it just last week over at the Pocket Romance blog), it’s hardly a revelation that yet another person loves it. So rather than tell you how delicious Mr. Darcy is or how I revel in every interaction between him and Lizzie, I’ll instead point you to a few books that take their inspiration from P&P.

Elizabeth Aston’s Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (first in a series that I loved so much! Although my suspension of disbelief was tested by the idea that Elizabeth had five daughters when she came from a family of five daughters. I mean, what are the chances?)

P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley (popularized on the BBC, which has been on my Netflix queue for ages)

Linda Berdoll, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife (honestly I felt it was too slow. It keeps the Austen feel, and I think I expected more contemporary language. But I might go back to it someday because I’ve heard good things!)

Seth Graham-Smith and Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I admit, I was skeptical. It was…interesting, I’ll say that much. Probably not something I’d read again, and I’m too much of a chicken to watch the film)

Stacy King, Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice (I didn’t read this one–my daughter stole it from me before I got the chance, and then it had to go back to the library. But the artwork and adaptation looked really good!)

There’s a list on Goodreads of over 300 Pride and Prejudice adaptations, sequels, and variations, so if you’re hungry for more, have at it!