Title: My Beautiful Enemy
Author: Sherry Thomas
Publication Info: Berkley (August 5, 2014)
Genre: Historical Romance
The Flavor: Hero meets Laura Kinsale
The Short Version: I can’t rave enough about this book. Read it. Please. Go read it. Now. I mean it. Okay, look at the rest of my review first and then go read it.
Deciding who you will be stuck with on a deserted island takes a lot of planning and requires a serious consideration of your goals. Do you want to have a party island? A lively social circle? Do you want to survive Lord of the Flies style? Maybe a lady island? Me, I have only one goal for my trip to a deserted island: seduce Ralston (the hero from Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean).
So here are the people I’m bringing to my island in order to accomplish this lofty goal.
What makes a book young adult? Do you know? I’m not sure I do. Most people agree that the target audience for YA is anyone between the ages of 12 to 18, with anyone below 12 being considered middle grade and anyone above 18 adult. But why is a certain type of book targeted towards the 12 to 18 age group? Is it the age of the protagonist? Is it the themes in the book? Or is it something more sinister—a statement about quality perhaps?
This is the second installment of our ongoing series focusing on the various sub-genres of Romance.
Historical romance is my jam. Georgette Heyer, queen and founding mother of the regency romance, was the first romance author I ever read with purpose (to this day, my bookshelves are stacked with Heyer paperbacks so worn they must be held together with rubber bands). Oh, I’ll flirt with other sub-genres—I have my favorite contemporary authors, and I did just go on that two-month-long paranormal binge, but I always come back to the historical. So I was surprised to discover, when I consulted the Seattle Public Library’s Romance Genre’s Checklist, how many of the sub-sub-genres I had somehow overlooked. For one thing, apparently approximately 85% of everything I read takes place in a twenty-year time span. For another, I really need to get off the island of Great Britain once in a while.
World War II
Pioneer/ Cowboy/ 1800’s American West
Men in Kilts
Because it turns out that historical romance really takes place over a much-larger-than-twenty-year time span, I’m splitting the historical post in half. This week I’ll be covering Regency, Middle Ages, World War Two, Men in Kilts, and Asian. Oh, and I’ve decided to change the format of these round-ups. Instead of finding any book that meets the criteria and reviewing it, the books you’ll find in this series from here on out are going to be ones I recommend.
On to the books!
Common Novel is a celebration of genre reading. It’s a celebration of the tattered paperback, of the third-time-through, and of the book that’s currently living in your purse. It’s a celebration of the genres themselves: romance, young adult, new adult, horror, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.