In fact, she officially joined us when she was asking for book recommendations just like what were finding on THESE “low-angst” lists!
“Ok, coming out of lurking as I need your help. WHAT TO READ?!?! Looking for something swoony & fun.
Doesn’t have to be comedy, just nothing depressing or overly emotional (Def NO death books/tearjerkers like some of you like. Hee hee).”
Here’s a bit about Leslie and her book love (and yes… you’ll see that some of her favorites are super-angsty, but this list won’t reflect that, so much, since it’s her “low-angst” recommendations on this one):
“I’m petrified of the heartbreaking reads but I actually like cheating *gasp* books! I’m totally weird as I know most of you loathe the cheating books to the fiery pits of hell.”
“I LOVE love triangles!!”
“I absolutely adore audiobooks but of course my enjoyment is contingent on the narrator voice. I find I get annoyed when male narrator tries to do female voice. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. Seems like most female narrators can get the male voice ok though. Weird! I do love it when male voice is sexy and good accent! *Swoon*”
Sometimes she will… “Only read first book in series cause I hear I won’t like ending in others). This way I can make up my own ending that I am happy with!! Hee hee”
She’s a HUGE Twilight fan!!! !!! She says: “NOONE on entire planet is bigger Twilight fan than me…”
GASP!!! Sometimes she’s a spoiler-seeker!
“…sometimes my book disappointment is more about my mood when reading it, rather than actual book. I do much better when I know what to expect. (Which is why I read spoilers sometimes)…”
One of her ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOKS (and book boyfriends):
“I FREAKING LOVE KELLAN KYLE!!!!! Sorry…just having a little Thoughtless nostalgia.
BIG FAT SQUEEEEEEEEE TO ANYTHING TO DO WITH THOUGHTLESS SERIES!!
…let’s just get one thing straight…there is NOT and will NEVER be anything written now or until the end of the time as good Thoughtless. *winks*” and then… “I’m not sure I could take Thoughtless again. I’m so lame that I started crying other day when I accidentally clicked on “my quotes” on GR. I can’t even read QUOTES from Thoughtless without crying!!!!”
And now she has tons of recommendations for us!
Fabi: Leslie, oh Leslie *calling out happily* where’s your list?
Leslie: Of course I can make a list. I only like books with a HEA and I don’t like death of main character. *scurries off to start list making*
Leslie: Ok, so this list is going to take longer than I thought. I went through all my shelves and have written 3 pages of notes!! Got to get it all organized & typed up. Maryse, my list is coming. It’s very long…not sure if there is character limit on this. If I blow up your blog, I’m apologizing in advance.
LESLIE’S “LOW-ANGST” FAVORITES LIST:
“Ok, so I have been an avid contemporary romance reader for last 6 years. Here are some faves of mine…they vary in angst level but they will not rip your heart out and HEA is guaranteed!!
…my list isn’t all low angst. It’s just not rip your heart out, people dying, kind of reads…”
Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1) by Tara Sivec <— (funniest thing I have ever read)
RoomHate by Penelope Ward
Wrong by Jana Aston
Bad Romeo (The Starcrossed Series Book 1)/Broken Juliet (The Starcrossed Series) by Leisa Rayven <— (major swoon)
Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland <— “I LOVED Cocky Bastard”
The Fall Up by Aly Martinez
Good (Too Good series Book 1)/Better (Too Good series Book 2) by S. Walden <— (hot for teacher)
Racing the Sun: A Novel by Karina Halle
“LOVED IT! 4.5**** It was perfect slow burn, low angst (which usually bore me) story with hot, broody & grumpy Italian H. Even his name made me swoon. Signor Desiderio Larossa aka Derio.”
Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 1) by Max Monroe
“…loved it. Great funny story and highly recommend for a laugh. … Funny & swoony.”
Hollywood & Vine by Olivia Evans <— (celeb)
Strings (Hard Rock Harlots Book 1) by Kendall Grey
Seducing Cinderella (A Fighting for Love Novel Book 1) by Gina L. Maxwell <— (MMA fighter)
The Troublemaker Next Door (The McCauley Brothers Book 1) by Marie Harte
How to Handle a Heartbreaker (The McCauley Brothers Book 2) by Marie Harte
To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise <— (celeb)
Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
“Ok, those who haven’t read Stepbrother Dearest…READ IT NOW PEOPLE!!! I almost never 5* anything and I loved this one. It wasn’t what I was expecting in a good way. I don’t want to say too much & spoil….but it’s not a cheesey, trashy, clichéd stepbro story (I think cover & blurb are misleading). It’s a swoony, emotional, grown up romance. Only the beginning of story is when they are teens. This is my kind of love story!!!”
What I Did for Love: A Novel (Wynette, Texas Book 5) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover <— (love triangle)
Back to You by Priscilla Glenn
Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, Book 1) by Claudia Connor
My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
Bender (The Core Four Book 1) by Stacy Borel
True Love Story by Willow Aster (rock star) <— sidenote from Maryse (I LOVED this one, but I found it pretty angsty…)
Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters
Escorted by Claire Kent <— (male escort)
Love Left Behind by S.H. Kolee
San Francisco Sullivans series by Bella Andre
I have a thing with “sib” books and this is huge family with each sib getting their own romance story.
- Something About You (FBI/US Attorney Book 1) (hot cop)
- A Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney Book 2) (hot cop)
- About That Night (FBI/US Attorney Book 3) (2nd chance romance)
- Just the Sexiest Man Alive (Berkley Sensation) (H is celeb)
- Practice Makes Perfect (Berkley Sensation) (hilarious office romance)
- Good Girls Don’t (The Donovan Family)
- Bad Boys Do: Bonus Novella Just One Taste (The Donovan Family)
- Real Men Will (The Donovan Family) <— (one of my fave sib series ever)
- Talk Me Down (Tumble Creek) (hot cop)
- Start Me Up (Tumble Creek) (hot nerd)
- Lead Me On (Tumble Creek)
- Crazy for Love
- One Reckless Summer: A Destiny Novel (Destiny series Book 1) <— (bad a$$ H)
“One of my fave CRs (One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake) the H calls the H “pussycat” (stop rolling your eyes everyone!!) but it works in the context. … it all depends on the H. If he’s likeable and super swoony he can get away with pretty much anything”
- Sugar Creek: A Destiny Novel (Destiny series Book 2) (hot cop)
- Whisper Falls: A Destiny Novel (Destiny series Book 3) (bad a$$ H)
- Tempt Me Tonight (2nd chance romance)
- Swept Away (hot cop)
- Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor Book 1)
- The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor Book 2)
- Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor Book 3) <— (small town sib series)
- Double Play (Pacific Heat Book 1)
- Slow Heat (Pacific Heat Book 2) <— (hot baseball player series)
- Instant Attraction (Wilder Book 1)
- Instant Gratification (Wilder Book 2)
- Instant Temptation (Wilder Book 3)
Robyn Carr: Virgin River Series
“I have read up to #15 and loved them all. This is small town series with each book highlighting different couple. However, old couples make reappearances and I highly recommend to read in order.”
Susan Mallery: Buchanan Family Series <— Sib series with 2nd chance romance, hot marine, hot baseball player and lots of family drama.
- Cutting Loose
- Bending the Rules
- Playing Dirty (Hqn) <— (series about 3 friends that inherit a mansion)
Rachel Gibson: Chinooks Hockey Series <— (hot hockey players)