As I stated in a previous post, I don’t read a lot of romance. I don’t necessarily have anything against the genre, but my feeling has always been that it is hard to find “good” books in the genre. Having said that, I was very happy when my reading group chose romance for our genre study 2018-2019 because it has given me the opportunity to explore this genre thoroughly and hopefully find some titles that I enjoy as well as books and authors I would feel comfortable recommending to patrons. This month’s theme is erotica and the first book I read is “Off the Clock.” It took me a while to find a book that a) sounded interesting and had good reviews and b) I could find in a library somewhere. Erotica is still a genre that makes many libraries uncomfortable. This book has a pretty good rating on Goodreads and Roni Loren has a good reputation in the romance community so I was excited to read it. Overall, I enjoyed this book, even though I had some issues with the plot and the writing.
This was my first J.R. Ward book so I had no idea what to expect from this. I had heard good things about her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, so I decided to try this book, the first in a series, to see if I liked it and her writing style. She is also a very popular author at my library and I am trying to become more familiar with the authors and genres that fly off our shelves. Overall, I enjoyed the idea of the story but had some issues with the characters and the pace.
Ugh. There were things that I really liked about this book. And then there were things that infuriated me. Let me start by saying that there wasn’t much Christmas in a book with it in the title. I was expecting this to feel like a holiday novel and it didn’t. Yes, one of the turning points in the relationship between Gray and Abby involves her love of Christmas and his disdain for it but I wanted more holiday romance and less romance novel tropes.
LGBT Romance is a new genre for me. I have read some romance in the past and it’s a genre that I have been reading more recently in my personal genre study. I didn’t know what to except when I started this book but ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would.
I am going to say honestly that I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I don’t read a lot of romance or chick lit but as a new librarian, I am trying to expand my reading and explore genres that I am not familiar. Right off the bat I enjoyed the writing and characters, Becky was instantly likable and the supporting characters were given enough story to be important but didn’t take away from the main love story.
Wow, wow, wow. I am not too familiar with the erotica genre and was looking for one that was well written, with interesting characters, and an actual plot line. I got lucky with this book.