romance

Interview: Kara Isaac

Wellington's own Kara Isaac, contemporary romance author of Close to You and the just released  Can't Help Falling, chats to NZ Booklovers abut Narnia, writing and some of her favourite things. Can’t Help Falling centres around two Narnia fans. What is your relationship with this classic series? I’ve loved the Chronicles of Narnia since I was a… Read More

When you combine wardrobes and teacups, good things are inevitable, and Can’t Help Falling is proof of that. This beautifully written book is the second novel by New Zealand author Kara Isaac. It will appeal to you if you enjoy a hearty dose of fairy-tale romance, are a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, or… Read More

With her debut novel The Hating Game, Australian Sally Thorne has certainly made quite the first impression. Her sexy, workplace romantic comedy is utterly hilarious and completely engaging, and has received a lot of very positive hype. After reading it, I completely understand why! This book is a comical, naughty romp that had me laughing… Read More

They say you never forget your first love. But that’s exactly what Clare’s trying to do. It’s the last night before Clare and her boyfriend Aidan head off to college; the last night that they will spend together as a couple. On the precipice of the new chapter of their lives, they’ve agreed that a clean… Read More

I have always enjoyed fiction that portrays ordinary life while encompassing a touch of the extraordinary. Chocolat, by Joanne Harris, and Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, are two that instantly spring to mind – and yes, as you might be able to tell from these examples, I also adore food-based novels. In screenwriter… Read More

Fresh Romance is an incredible story of achievement. The product of not one but two successful Kickstarter campaigns – one to get it off the ground at all, and another for a print edition – it’s proven that there’s a demand for far more diversity in comics than the usual superheroes and action-adventure romps. According… Read More

After reading her twenty-seventh novel, You and Me, Always, it is clear that Jill Mansell has truly mastered the art of the romantic comedy. This story of a classic love triangle, set in the quaint Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, is engaging, uplifting and heart-warmingly funny. Since she was eight years old, every year on… Read More

Michelle Gable’s second book, I’ll see you in Paris, is formulaic, but she does it well. This book has all the elements you’d expect from well written woman’s fiction, light, snappy dialogue, a few plucky women with secrets and a whack of good fashioned romance. Plus a ridiculously happy ending. A young American, Laurel Haley, heartbroken… Read More

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