Library Book Haul: August 2016 *Romantic Edition*

According to National Day Calendar, August is Romance Awareness month! This gave me a good excuse to pick up a few sexy books from the library shelves.

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Finally,  a book written by Sherrilyn Kenyon! As a longtime romance reader, I’ve never had the chance to pick up any of her books until now. Fantasy Lover is an interesting story about Grace, a sex therapist, who falls in love with Julian,  a cursed Spartan general. Grace accidentally summons Julian from a book and learns the ancient Greek gods condemned him to be a love slave. Any summoner uses Julian for their own pleasures until he is sent back into the book within a month. Grace and Julian form a strong romantic bond (besides the obvious sexual tension). Now, they have to find a way to destroy the curse before their month together runs out.

by Larissa Ione (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I’ve been following Larissa Ione’s works in the 1001 Dark Nights series, a collection of steamy stories written by various writers. I love Ione’s imaginative world of angels, demons, and everything in between! I already read her story about Hades and Azagoth, the grim reaper. This time, it’s all about Azagoth’s fallen angel assistant:  Z (formally known as Zhubaal). Z strongly believes his past love’s reincarnation is a demon soul collector named Vex. Only Vex doesn’t believe Z so he tries hard to help her recollect her past life as his lover.

The Vampire’s Bride by Gena Showalter (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Gena Showalter and I go way back. I stared reading her books in the early 2000s with The Stone Prince and The Nymph King. Now, I’m back into Showalter’s realm with The Vampire’s Bride, a love story between a vampire king and an Amazon trapped on an island together. Can’t wait to read how this story turns out!

Have you read any of these books? Know any of these authors? Feel free to comment below! ^_^




BOOK REVIEW: “The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans (Amazon) (Goodreads)


  • Title: The Mistletoe Promise 
  • Author: Richard Paul Evans
  • Publication: Simon & Schuster (November 18, 2014) *first published in October 28, 2014*
  • Pages: 251
  • Series: The Mistletoe Collection
  • Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Richard Paul Evans’ The Mistletoe Promise is a surprisingly heartwarming holiday romance.  The promise is a contract of holiday companionship made between Elise Dutton, a humble travel agent, and Nicholas Derr, a lawyer who seems too good to be true in Elise’s small world.  If their relationship lingers happily beyond the term of the promise, they can move on as an official couple. If not, the promise respectfully ends. Hopefully, the people and memories from both of their dreadful pasts doesn’t get in the way of their joyous present.

Before reading this book, I thought it would be another cheesy romance. I’ve picked up a chick-lit vibe from it and was instantly turned off. Stories about women who are suddenly born into feeling human beings when they meet their Prince Charmings always rubbed me off the wrong way.

Fortunately, this book made me want to squeal into a pillow with excitement for Elise and Nicholas and scowl at anything threatening their relationship. I needed a book like this as the holidays are approaching. The Mistletoe Promise is a charming holiday book. Behold, there’s a shocking twist in this story! Just to let you know…

Have you read this book or any of Richard Paul Evans’ books? Which holiday romances you’ve read?