My best read of March is Grace Draven's January release, Radiance. I kept seeing it recommended all over the romance Twitter and blogosphere and was a little wary of all the high praise — I tend to be underwhelmed when I finally get around to reading something everybody else loves — but picked it up with an open mind. I was more than rewarded! Draven's first Wraith Kings tale is a delightful fantasy romance where the couple actually *likes* each other. *Gasp*. Brishen is of the Kai, a humanoid race that's somewhat avian and reptilian while his arranged bride, Ildiko, is of the human Gauri. Their journey to love is filled with gentle humor and kindness, grounding a fantastical plot in real, root-worthy emotion.
Crushed by Lauren Layne
One of the funniest and quirky heroines I've read in a long time. The story is about an ugly duckling, Chloe, who is being used by the “beefcake” Michael, in order to get closer to meet the father he never knew existed. Because Chloe's sister, Kristin, is dating Michael's half-brother, Devon, whom Chloe has been in love with since...forever. And at first Michael thinks he'll use Kristin, but it's Chloe that begins to infiltrate his hardened exterior.
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