Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is the fourth and FINAL book in Sarah MacLean’s Rule of Scoundrel series—also known as one of the best romance series we’ve ever read. The series follows the four owners—Bourne, Cross, Temple, and Chase (in that order)—of the notorious gaming hell known as The Fallen Angel.
**WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR SARAH MACLEAN’S ENTIRE RULE OF SCOUNDREL SERIES FOLLOW**
**Seriously! Turn back now if you haven’t read the third book especially.
Alright, you’ve been warned.
Title: The Selection Series
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
The Flavor: The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor
The Short Version: With all the drama of an episode of The Bachelor and all the excitement of your typical YA dystopian, this series totally rocked my socks off.
The Description: In a post-war-torn United States (now called Illea), America Singer reluctantly enters a contest to win the hand of Prince Maxon. Along with 35 other young ladies, America travels to the castle, where she must deal with cat fights, back stabbing, jealousy, and trust issues. If it sounds like an episode of The Bachelor, well then, good. I’m describing it correctly. As opposed to the simple YA love triangle, this series goes all out and gives us TWO love triangles. A bit of political intrigue and talk of revolution keep things exciting.
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!
Title: Rogue With A Brogue
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Publication Info: St. Martin’s Press, July 29, 2014
Genre: Romance, Historical
Overall Grade: A-
The Flavor: Georgette Heyer meets Diana Gabaldon
The Short Version: Sweet, romantic, and filled with spark and snap, Rogue With a Brogue is a very pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon.
Remember those book lists that schools send children home with at the end of the school year? There’s something about a summer reading list that still calls to me—so when Dear Author brought the Seattle Public Library’s Romance Genre Checklist to my attention, I was intrigued.
The list separates the genre into Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Inspirational, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult, New Adult, and “Other;” and then breaks the categories down even more. What, I wondered, are the characteristics of the Contemporary (Tattooed) sub-sub-genre? What about Romantic Suspense (Steampunk)? And finally, finally a chance to dig into Inspirational Romance (Amish).
Alright, Seattle Public Library. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
So here’s how it’s going to work: every week, Common Novel will be running a new post on a romance sub-genre. In that post, I’ll be finding and discussing books that check off each sub-sub-genre on the list, all the way from Contemporary (Straight) to Other (Time Travel). And since I’ve been trying to get into Paranormal Romance for a while, I’m starting there.
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.