The Romance Bookshelves: Spring Chemistry

Cathy Maxwell is the Austin-based author of over thirty best-selling historical romance novels. She writes a monthly column for BookPeople. Visit to learn more.

Spring is always a busy time. Here is a trio of intense reads to help take your mind off your too full to-do list.

hurts to love you

Austin favorite Alisha Rai is hitting all targets with Hurts to Love YouWhat is it about the rich girl and the bad boy narrative that is so compelling, especially when he is the son of the hired help? Alisha is known for steamy sex and a hard charging story.

the thief

You will not be disappointed with the latest in J.R. Ward’s “Black Dagger Brotherhood” vampire series. The Thief (I even like the title) tells the tale of Sola, a former cat burglar hiding from a drug lord. However, someplace along the way, her life and her heart got mixed up with the dark and brooding vampire, Assail. When he falls into a coma, the Brotherhood begs Sola to help save the man she loves — even if it means risking her own life. Don’t worry about reading the previous books in the series. Jump in! This one can stand alone.

twice bitten

In Lynsay Sands’ new Argeneau family novel, Twice Bittenthe vampire is female and she is looking for a fling. Really. Vampires just want to have fun, too. Free from her controlling mother, Elspeth Argeneau plans on tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying herself. Little does she know she is about to find love of the human form in an ex-Special Forces soldier who appoints himself her personal bodyguard. The soldier and the vampire. It’s a great mix.

Also noteworthy:

Jodi Thomas captures small town Texas in her new book Mornings on Main. Which family is more important? The biological one, or the one you create for yourself? Jillian James must learn the answer to that question when she finds herself in Laurel Springs with few options left in life. Good reading.

Here’s one I missed and need to share with you now Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper. If you like the South, eccentric families, and good humor, this is your read. Margot Cary blows up her big city career in a spectacular fashion and finds herself organizing wakes and fishing trips in Lake Sackett, GA where everybody knows not only your business but what they would do if they were you. And the fish really do start to fly when Molly catches the interest of the town’s most eligible bachelor. Mary Kay Andrews fans will enjoy this one.

Final Tidbits: 

  • OSRBC Austin will meet at The Brass Tap in the Domain on Sunday, May 20 at 3:30 p.m. Come join us to discuss Amanda Quick’s Mistress
  • The Romance Book Club at the New Central Library next meets May 8 at 6:30 p.m. They will discuss Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh.

    — Cathy Maxwell 




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