Hidden Gems in Romance, Pt. 1
Unless you’re new to my content, chances are you know that I read a lot of romance.
That’s where this new series is coming in.
Every so often, I’ll be showcasing some books I personally have enjoyed and feel deserve more recognition–the hidden gems in the genre–in the hopes that they’ll gain more exposure. Plus, I just like talking about books I’ve enjoyed 😉
So, here’s my first batch of books I think more romance readers should read…
5. The Darkest Frost by Tanya Holmes
This is one of the most unique stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Tanya is an incredible storyteller and the world she’s created within these pages is fantastic. If you’re a fan of paranormal romance but can’t find anything new to add to the genre, check out this book!
4. Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez
I know Aly Marinez is a pretty popular name in romancelandia–and obviously, with over 16,000 ratings on Goodreads, it’s not necessarily a “hidden gem,” per se–but I never see this book recommended. This series was my first introduction to Ms. Marinez’s work and O. M. G. It’s an absolutely amazing story and I’m due for [another] re-read. Please make sure you read trigger warnings as there are some things romance readers may consider hard limits, but if you’re willing to give it a go, I don’t think you’ll regret it.
3. Asher by Jo Raven
I’m a big fan of Jo Raven and that began after I read this book. I guess I’ve been a fan of “bully romance” before I even realized what it was, lol. By no means is this an “easy” read, but I love it. I devoured the Inked Brotherhood series and the spin-off series, Damage Control. Obviously, I highly recommend these series and I’d love to see more people read it, especially with the popularity of bully romance these days!
2. Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts
This is another one that has thousands of ratings on Goodreads (over 60k!) but I’ve never seen anyone recommend this book. I don’t know if I’m living under a rock or what, lol, but I wanted to add it to the list anyway. This duet is basically trigger warning central, so please double check trigger warnings before delving in if you have any concerns.
Dark (VERY dark) romance.
1. Knockout by J.C. Valentine
Anyone who’s followed me over the years knows what a fan I am of Brandi–AKA J.C. Valentine. These days, I’m blessed enough to call this wonderfully talented and amazing human my friend, but this was my first “introduction” to her, if you will. I love everything she writes, but this book has a special place in my heart since it was my first. This is actually one of the first books I read where the hero was a fighter and it quickly became one of my favorite subgenres. I recommend J.C. wherever and whenever I can and I would absolutely love to see her books floating around the romance world more!
Read my review here (also, this was one of the first ARC reviews I’d ever written, so please keep that in mind when reading it, lol. I’ve obviously grown much more verbose over the years!)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe have found a new author and/or book to read! If you’ve read any of the titles I’ve shared–or if you decide to read one because of this post–I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment on this post or find me on one of my links below and let me know!
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