I’ve just arrived at the office on this rainy, gloomy morning and I think I might rather be snuggled up in bed with Jennifer Bernard’s new series about firemen, but alas, inclement weather is not a valid excuse not to turn up at work. However the miserable weather got me thinking, why is it that the most dramatic, romantic scenes in movies so often happen when it is bucketing with rain or freezing cold? And how do the actors manage to look like sexy, sleek love-machines rather than drowned, shivering rats? At the end of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn still manages to look adorable while holding a manky cat in a dumpster in the pouring rain, and smooching a handsome gentleman. Even good old Renée Zellweger manages to pull off the coat and panties look at the end of Bridget Jones’ Diary while kissing Colin Firth in the swirling snow. To be frank, I’d probably freeze my tushy off to get my hands on Colin Firth in any sort of weather, but that is not the point. Why can’t big romantic gestures be performed in nondescript weather? Between seasons? Indoors even? I’d like to see a climactic reunion after which the characters say, “it’s quite temperate today, isn’t it? Not too hot, not too cold. Just pleasant.” Is that too much to ask?
This week we have been rummaging through our delectable library of favourites and found Anne Mallory’s salacious new saga, In Total Surrender, which came out late last year. Go on and have a sneaky Sunday arvo read! Here’s a quick teaser:
Lucy Pace, young, enchanting and seemingly carefree, WLTM rich, ruthless bachelor looking to have his heart softened. Andreas Merrick is the most feared man in the streets, so what’s he doing giving in to Lucy’s soft cuddles and kisses? Meet the ultimate star-crossed lovers: bound by passion but destined for heart break from the very beginning.
If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you must be on a stringent diet. Happy reading x
A couple of weeks ago my friend was sitting quietly on a plane reading a novel. As the flight attendant glided past she paused to observe the phenomenon. “Well, you don’t see that very often anymore,” she remarked before resuming her patrol.
If people don’t read on planes any more it’s a very sad thing. Planes are a magical cloud cocoon liberated from bothersome distractions. If you’re heading overseas you have the luxury of reading for hours on end without having to check text messages or worry that you’re late for something. Sometimes it’s not just what you read, it’s where you read. I read Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach on the pebbly English seaside. I read the longest biography of Henry James ever written on a winding train through the Swiss Alps. And I read Stephanie Laurens’ The Brazen Bride while sitting cross legged on a bridge in Pyrmont.
After many years on the hunt, here are my Top 10 Reading Spots (in no particular order) – guaranteed to enhance a great book or distract you from a bad one!
1. On top of a cliff, overlooking the ocean
2. Under a Magnolia tree
3. In a tent, with a torch
4. On a 13 hour flight
5. At a quiet cafe on a weekday, while everyone else is at work
6. Sitting in an armchair that has been moved into a sunny backyard
7. At a dull sporting (or religious) event
8. Waiting in a slow-moving bank queue
9. In the kitchen, while cookies are baking
10. In bed, after a long day
Good morning Romance fans – today we have a delicious treat that will cure Monday-itis quicker than a double shot cappucino… What’s better than one dark, dashing and dangerous man with a royal birthright? How about three? And they’re brothers. After being robbed of their titles by a slimy usurping uncle, the Lost Lords of Pembrook flee throughout the Kingdom. One is raised on the streets, one is hardened by a life at sea and one is toughened by regimental service. In this first installment of Lorraine Heath’s new series we meet Sebastian the soldier – rugged and ready to reclaim his title. But his quest for dukedom is interrupted by a quest of another kind. He feels drawn to the beautiful young girl who helped him escape all those years ago. She has come upon hard times and is now being rescued…by the wrong man! This isn’t just your average boy meets girl, girl helps boy escape from mortal danger, and all live happily ever after. Get ready for some real soul searching (and the sexiest soldier to hit Regency romance in years). Have a sneaky peak of the first chapter HERE.