Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Beach Reads - The Prince's Royal Concubine

It's that time of year again! Summer, glorious summer - time for trips to the beach (or pool) and entertaining books while we're there. I know the media likes to portray beach reads as fluffy and lacking in substance.

But I think those labels do a disservice to the books I choose to read. Yes, I read a lot of romance. I especially read the line I write for - Harlequin Presents - because I can't believe I actually share shelf space with these talented women on a regular basis.

The stories my fellow Presents authors come up with just astound me with their excitement and passion. Presents will always be my first love, no doubt about it!

I've been on a killer deadline recently, so my reading has been cut down a bit, but the most recent Presents I read were some backlist books by Jane Porter (The Sicilian's Defiant Mistress) and Lucy Monroe (The Sicilian's Marriage Arrangement), Jennie Lucas's May book, Tamed: The Barbarian King and Kim Lawrence's May book, Mistress: Pregnant by the Spanish Billionaire. I still have four May books left, and I have already pre-ordered the Kindle bundle for June.

I've also read Linda Howard's Loving Evangeline, and a book by Maggie O'Farrell called The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (not a romance).

Naturally, I have a lot of books on my TBR pile! These range from historical (Laura Kinsale, Tessa Dare) to contemporary (Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips) to paranormal (Jennifer Estep, Annette McCleave), etc. Those are just a sampling of authors from the pile. :)

I also have my own beach read out in June! If you're looking for another book to add to the pile, The Prince's Royal Concubine is full of passion and emotion and the sweet ache of first love. This fast-paced tale takes place on a Caribbean island (mostly) -- quite appropriate for the beach!

RT Book Reviews awarded this story 4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick recommendation!

From the back cover:

Two glittering royal houses…

Prince Cristiano di Savaré hunts his prey by ruthless means. Tonight’s pickings…Antonella Romanelli, crown princess of a rival country and part of a dynasty he has every reason to despise…

…one majestic seduction

Antonella is rocked by Cristiano’s unexpected magnetism. But there’s ice in his wolfish smile… She’s far from the promiscuous, spoiled socialite he believes her to be, but Cristiano is here to persuade her into compliance. If bedding her is what it takes, then it will make his mission all the more pleasurable…

What books do you have on your beach or pool read list this summer? What have you already read that you really enjoyed?


Pat Cochran said...

Just read recently: Sandra Marton's
Blackhawk's Redemption; Annie West's Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child; Yvonne Lindsay's Secret Baby,Public Affair.

Summer reads: My Reckless Surrender
by Anna Campbell, Wild For Him by
Janelle Denison, A Soldier's Oath
by Debra Webb, One Night In Napa by
Allie Boniface. I'll have to add on
The Prince's Royal Concubine to my

Pat Cochran

Lynn Raye Harris said...

Hi, Pat! I have those HPs on my list, you can bet! Sandra's book is in my May bundle. Can't wait to get to it!

I also love Anna Campbell, and I consider Debra Webb a friend (she's a fellow Alabamian). Those other books look good too!

I just started the newest Tessa Dare last night, One Dance with a Duke. Very good and romantic!

I hope you enjoy The Prince's Royal Concubine! :)

Unknown said...

Hey Lynn, my copy just arrived and I can't wait to dig in! Thanks for what I know will be an awesome read.

Take care,

Barb Han

Lynn Raye Harris said...

Hi, Barb! I hope the story is everything you're hoping for! :)

Mary Kirkland said...

I will be adding those to my list. Sound great!

Recently I've read:
Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton
Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton
Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

Michele L. said...

Hi everyone! Ooo...good book lists! I just finished reading, BLONDE WITH A WAND by Vicki Lewis Thompson. Loved it!