Hi! My name is Kirsten and I own a Blog called Literary Romance. I’m so excited for 2020 that I have had a major re-haul of my Blog and my books.
I love to Read History, Paranormal, Fantasy, and Contemporary novels. I also really love romance novels. I plan to complete my first novel this year, so I’ll be posting updates to that as well.
Thank you for visiting.
Winter is officially here and it is COLD.. brrr so I need to be comfy and warm or my toes will fall off… I need my toes..
My favourite place to read is my bed. It’s the most comfiest and warmest spot in my room. This weekend I decided it needed to be extra comfy.
I decided what I needed to make a list of everything I needed in a Nook for reading, blogging AND bookstagramming.
iPad (for Blogging about Books)
I love my pillows and I have all my Books that I want to read this year in the bookcase with some really cute fairy lights. My calendar is above to mark off how many pages I’ve read in a day. My Kindle is on charge ready to read and i have about 6 blankets on my bed. (It gets really cold in my room)
I have a spot for my candle, my Currently reading pile, and my TBR Jar.
Do you have a reading nook or any area in your room/house that you read?
Happy Friday Night!! It’s officially the start of the weekend.
I’m still a little poorly, so I’ll be taking things easy. This weekend I’ll be reading First Grave to the Right (FGTTR) by Darynda Jones and One bite with a Stranger (OBWAS) by Christine Warren. One Bite is a re-read for me, because its been a long time and I am dying to finish the series. First Grave is a new read for me but I have heard so many great things about.
This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual. Or a diagram of some kind. A flow chart would have been nice.
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can’t she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?
With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.
Friends fix you up with blind dates. Real friends fix you up with your fantasies…
Regina just ended an awful relationship. The last thing she needs is her friends’ help in finding a new one. When they pressure her into sharing her fantasies, she makes up one she thinks could never come true. After all, vampires don’t even exist. Right?
Wrong. And Dmitri Vidame is the proof. He sees Regina’s thoughts and knows her darkest fantasies. What Regina needs is someone who bring handcuffs as well as roses and who sees the possibilities offered by her sensual and giving nature.
With all the electricity sparking between them, and some sneaky mental eavesdropping, Dmitri knows she wants him, too. He just doesn’t know if she’ll feel the same once she finds out about his nocturnal habits and his liquid diet…
Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners.
Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza.
With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart
As part of being a mills and Boon insider I receive a monthly email with ARC’s in an exchange for an honest review.
The Princess Plan was emailed to be in November 2019 and its by far one of my favourites. The story line is mainly about the romance between the two main characters Sebastian and Eliza, however there is also a murder plot, which keeps you guessing right till the end.
Like with most forbidden romance it was a little heart wrenching at times because of the will-they-wont-they troupe. It was quite a roller coaster of a journey.
Any outstanding novel by a beloved Mills and Boon author. Definitely worth a read.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
AND THEN HE OPENED HIS MOUTH
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
THE HOT ALIEN LIVING NEXT DOOR MARKS ME
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
IF I DON’T KILL HIM FIRST, THAT IS
“I was always able to lose myself in reading. Books were a necessary escape I always gladly jumped into headfirst.” – Obsidian by JLA
I brought this a few years ago, because quite honestly it sounded like Roswell – the TV series. It was one of my favourites and was gutted it ended.
Fast forward to yesterday morning, and it popped up on Instagram (sorry cant remember whose account) and I thought.. right I’m gonna start reading this NOW.
Once I started, I could not put this down. It was outstanding!! I’ve read books by JLA before and knew I was in for a treat, but I didn’t know what I was missing out on.
Why Did I like it so much?
Firstly, Kat was an incredibly likeable character. She had a moral side to her which I liked, but she still had a ‘Bitch Switch’ that turned her feisty. She wasn’t a push over, even though she could have been vulnerable on many occasions.
Next her friend Dee was lively and so loyal to her. She had no reason too, but she cared so much for her friend and stood up for her when she knew her other friends were being mean to Kat.
The day my Internet was hooked up was better than having a hot guy check out my butt and ask for my phone number.
OBSIDIAN BY JLA
Daemon, is a jerk. Some of the things he said at times, made me want to hate him, and even at the end of the novel, I am not so sure I’m a fan.
The Plot was quick-paced. It was made this way by the quick witted conversion and equally the fast-paced action that happened.
Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.
OBSIDIAN BY JLA
I gave this book 5 stars because it was everything a Young Adult fantasy/sci-fi novel should have – action, good rounded characters, Romance and secrets. Moving on to read the next — Onyx.
2020 is now a Week old. Last Year I had so many plans for this year, however I have been out of action with a cold this week. Never mind though because this has given me the perfect opportunity to stay in bed and read – not that much of an excuse is needed, but it felt justified for a change.
First, let me ask do you set Literary Goals, Bookbabes?? In the past I’ve set them then by this time, I’ve trashed them. Not this year though, because as sick as I feel, I am going to smash it!! –
To Read 250 Books in 2020
Confession number 1– I did not smash any reading goals this year, but last year was pretty bad personally, so I’m not going to be hard on myself – trust me that is not an easy thing for any woman to say!!!
250 books sounds like a lot but once I get in the reading zone, I can smash anything.. need to stop getting distracted by silly things like dinner and housework!!
Four Book Brits 2020
Book Confession number 2– I have never been to a Book Signing Event!! I know right.. Whenever I get round to finding they exist.. the tickets have sold out, however I am lucky enough to have purchased Four Brits Book Fest. The Hotel is booked and I am super excited. I’ll be post regular updates for the authors as I am hoping to read some of their novels in prep for the visit!! Wish me luck!!!
In case you don’t know, Romanceopoly is a Board game designed to help you beat the backlist and challenging your reading goals. I love this challenge soooo much its just so pretty and a real fun way to be social with books. Each square around the board is a Romance reading challenge. I will be posting updates throughout the year, but I have already rolled the dice and reading my first Novel: Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas.
The Unread Shelf Book Project 2020
Book confession number 3 – I have a good 1000 or so books on my TBR shelf!! – granted most of those are Kindle (thanks BookBub) but I have officially run out of room on my shelves. (double spaced) I have probably got enough space on my shelves for a least 10 years worth of reading – eek!!
On my recent scroll through Instagram I found an account called ‘The Unread Shelf’. The Creator Whitney, has designed a yearly challenge and strategies to tackle problems like these. If you haven’t taken a look at her website, then I really recommend it.
Whitney is a gem. She genuinely doesn’t make you feel ashamed about you book buying habits, but does give meaningful strategies to make your reading life, simpler. Hooray for Bookish Heroes!!!
Book Buying/Lending Ban
Yeah.. you read that.. a ban on bookish buying. Okay, so it seems extreme but did you read the previous part… 1000s of books I own have not been read. That’s what I thought. Goodbye Kindle Unlimited.. goodbye Scribd.. goodbye cruel world… nah, its for the best.
2020 – Year of Purpose
To conclude, it seems I need to read more, buy less.
If only it was that simple, I mean come on there is a new Sarah J Maas Book coming out in march and.. STOP. READ MORE. BUY LESS –