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February 15th: Share your favorite romance moments: movie, book, story, etc.
Happy Gal and Valentine’s Days! I have such a bad memory – once I read or watch something, I rarely remember the details. So to recall a romantic moment is difficult for me. Instead, I’ll tell you about a couple of my favorite romance-genre books I’ve recently read.
Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron (Coming March 2022, Forever Publishing)
Kamila has her life together. She lives and works with her dad, running their own accounting firm; they have a great relationship. She hosts weekly Bollywood movie parties. Her Instagram account featuring her beloved dog is followed by many. She has good friends, including her sister’s husband’s brother, Rohan, who helps Kamila manage her dad and his health concerns. Everything seems to be going her way until her secret nemesis, Jana, returns to town, and now Kamila frets she’ll lose Rohan to Jana.
Kamila Knows Best is a beautiful friends-to-lovers romance. The author creates characters I care about and am invested in. She makes them original, yet universal in that I can relate to each in some way. The author pays amazing attention to detail with setting each scene, making the reading experience more than just words. I throughly enjoyed Kamila’s journey and following her as she discovers happiness and love.
The Love Con by Seressia Glass (December 2021, Berkley Publishing)
Kenya is in the finals for a chance to win $100,000 and work for a major motion picture with her cosplay designs. She surprises herself and everyone else when she announces on live TV that her best friend Cameron is not only going to be her cosplay partner for the final round, but that he’s also her boyfriend. Now Kenya and Cam have only four weeks to turn out two impressive costumes while convincing everyone they are in love.
The Love Con is a great fake-relationship AND friends-to-lovers romance. I adored Kenya and Cameron. Their romance is uplifting and rewarding. Even though I was worried for Kenya as she worked towards the finish line, I loved seeing her both take the high road and also break down when she was in a safe place. The author gives so much to her characters, and I adored watching them get though this challenge and fall in love.
Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau (October 2021, Berkley Publishing)
Ryan Kwok is a sitcom actor staring in his first leading movie roll. The movie and actor aren’t getting the best reviews, although his abs are receiving a lot of airtime on social media. Lindsay owns a bakery with her best friend Noreen. They specialize in gourmet donuts and other custom baked goods. Lindsay is in the process of displaying her latest creation when a good looking man runs into her, causing all the donuts to fall. She’s annoyed, but when he returns later asking for baking lessons, she’s intrigued.
Donut Fall in Love is a sweet romance with a side of sexy abs. I love that the story feels genuine. Yes, there is some fairytale/romcom vibes, but when the couple is together, they are real. The humor, friendship, and struggles are all relatable on some level. The author does a great job of getting readers into the mind and heart of her main characters. Their story is feel good without lots of unnecessary drama.