Welcome to Romance Authors Recommend… October 2020 edition, where some of your favorite authors recommend recent reads they loved that you might not have heard about yet!
Savannah Carlisle is a contemporary romance author who reads, writes, and reviews beach reads. This month Savannah recommends She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway.
You can’t put a filter on reality.
Bree Bozeman isn’t exactly pursuing the life of her dreams. Then again, she isn’t too sure what those dreams are. After dropping out of college, she’s living a pretty chill life in the surf community of Pacific Beach, San Diego…if “chill” means delivering food as a GrubGetter, and if it means “uneventful”.
But when Bree starts a new Instagram account — @breebythesea — one of her posts gets a signal boost from none other than wildly popular self-help guru Demi DiPalma, owner of a lifestyle brand empire. Suddenly, Bree just might be a rising star in the world of Instagram influencing. Is this the direction her life has been lacking? It’s not a career choice she’d ever seriously considered, but maybe it’s a sign from the universe. After all, Demi’s the real deal… right?
Everything is lining up for Bree: life goals, career, and even a blossoming romance with the chiseled guy next door, surf star Trey Cantu. But things are about to go sideways fast, and even the perfect filter’s not gonna fix it. Instagram might be free, but when your life looks flawless on camera, what’s the cost?
Here’s what Savannah had to say about the book… “This modern day rom-com where Instagram culture and the coaching industry collided was a surprise treat I couldn’t put down after I started it. It’s fitting that I was introduced to this book by #bookstagram because the book actually mentions the hashtag and does a deep dive into Instagram culture.
“It would have been easy for this one to read as judgy and condescending as it takes on Instagram influencers and chasing likes and followers, but it wasn’t like that at all. Instead, it was relatable, funny and endearingly cringeworthy.
“There is, of course, a love story in this rom-com too. Our aspiring instagram influencer Bree Bozeman is quickly falling for the hot pro-surfer-next-door Trey. He’s sworn off social media after dating a prototypical influencer who cheated on him with another pro surfer, which makes Bree’s efforts to become an influencer on Instagram a big red flag for him. Although I thought it was nice to see their relationship develop, I was far more hooked by everything going on in the rest of Bree’s life. One of my favorite books this year!”
Sofia Aves is a romance writer from Brisbane, Australia. She exists on cold coffees, champagne and regularly kills her collection of tortured orchids.
Sofia recommends The Women of Wine Country series by T Wells Brown.
From Book 1:
“I’m not a nice man, Isabella,” Cabe said.
Wait, this didn’t sound like an apology.
“But now that I’ve gotten a taste of you, I want more.”
Yep. Definitely not an apology.
“And Isabella, I plan to devour you,” he said, making shivers run over my skin.
He thinks he inherited me along with the winery. He couldn’t be more wrong.
Bossy-but-gorgeous Cabe Brown will break my heart if I’m not careful, I just know it.
To make matters worse, someone is trying to kill me.
How am I supposed to survive a murderer and Cabe?
At least I have my Women of Wine Country tribe. I inherited them with the winery, and I couldn’t get rid of them if I tried. Not that I would. Try that is. They’re a crazy wine guzzling sisterhood of badass women who stick to each other like gorilla glue. Nothing pulls them apart, and nothing is ever boring when they’re around. I can trust them to keep my head clear and watch out for me. I can count on them. Most of the time anyway… ♥. I wanted to be just like them.
Now, along with Cabe, the winery and some freak trying to kill me, I have this damned letter my aunt left me.
I can’t open it. Not until I become the woman, she believed me to be.
Sofia says “These books have an amazing setting, the romance is fun (and steamy!) and the characters are lovable!”
Jody Holford is a multi-published author of contemporary romance & cozy mysteries. She has her rom-com debut under pen name, Sophia Sullivan, January 2021.
Jody recommends The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary.
What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.
Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.
After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.
Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.
Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.
But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you’ve never met.
Jody says… “It has such a unique and lovely story about two people who develop a friendship before they fall in love.”
Have you read any of this month’s recommended books? If so, leave a comment below and let me know! And if you’re an author and want to leave a recommendation for a book you adore that doesn’t seem to get enough love, just contact me via my contact page or through a FB message.
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