The man's voice cracked on the other side of the partition. "I'm going to prison for this, aren't I?" [opening of Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun]
"This is the last time I let you pick our stolen car. This thing is a junker. I'll be shocked if it starts.""At least if we wreck this one, we won't have to kill anyone to pay it off.""Again . . . not our fault." [excerpt from 56% of Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun]
Author and single mom Finlay Donovan has been in messes before―after all, she's a pro at removing bloodstains for various unexpected reasons―but none quite like this. When Finlay and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they had "borrowed" in the process of saving the life of Finlay's ex-husband, the Russian mob did her a favor and bought the car for her. And now Finlay owes them.
Mob boss Feliks is still running the show from behind bars, and he has a task for Finlay: find and identify a contract killer before the cops do. The problem is, the killer might be an officer themself.
Luckily, hot cop Nick has just been tasked with starting up a citizen's police academy, and combined pressure from Finlay's looming book deadline and Feliks is enough to convince Finlay and Vero to get involved. Through firearm training and forensic classes (and some hands-on research with a tempting detective), Finlay and Vero use their time in police academy to sleuth out the real contract killer to free themselves from the mob's clutches―all the while dodging spies, confronting Vero's past, and juggling the daily trials of parenthood. [from the author's website]
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Do you enjoy reading romance novels? If so, which romance trope is your favorite? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
When I was growing up, during one of my family's many library trips, I discovered those ol' Harlequin and Silhouette bodice ripper romances. Since they were mass market paperbacks, I could check out as many as I wanted at one time, and I took full advantage. Then somewhere in my early adult years, I stopped reading romance novels almost completely. I say almost because sometimes the mysteries or fantasy novels I read had a romance thread running through them. Whether it was burnout or loss of interest, I don't know. (If you ever go back and read some of my earlier blog posts, you will find that I often talked about how I only enjoyed romance as a side dish, not as the main course.}
Within the last ten years, I have found myself reading romance novels again. Romance makes up only a small percentage of my overall reading, but I do enjoy it occasionally. Sometimes I crave that happily ever after. The romance I read today is not the old school Harlequin or Silhouette romance I read many years ago. The stories are more complex, the characters more fleshed out, and there is definitely more diversity. Romance novels can be light-hearted or deep; they can be sweet or spicy; funny or emotional. They can be everything in between.
I am partial to slow burn romances, although I won't say no to one that burns fast. I love a good fake relationship trope but also really enjoy second chance and friends to lovers tropes too. I have a soft spot for holiday romances. The enemies to lovers trope is a fun one too. Add in a bookish theme and I will be even happier.
I like to turn to romance in between my more serious reads or when I am especially in need of a pick me up. Sometimes I am just in the mood for one for no particular reason at all.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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I have often read nonfiction written by favorite authors who usually write fiction. Sometimes authors also write poetry that I will read, too.ReplyDelete
Anne - I would be open to reading a nonfiction book written by a favorite author, but nothing pops out at me at the moment. I definitely would read poetry by an author whose fiction I like. I don't really consider either of those types of books as books I wouldn't normally enjoy though since I do enjoy both. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've only just heard about this series today, and it seems like a lot of fun. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Breana - I enjoyed the first two books quite a bit and am enjoying this one. It's such a fun series even if over the top. That's part of the fun of it though, I think. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I don't think I realized how amusing the Finlay Donovan are. Thanks for sharing this series with us.ReplyDelete
Deb - I find the series funny and over the top (but in a good way). Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I don't seek out romance novels, but I do like it as part of another genre, such as historical fiction or mystery.ReplyDelete
Bonnie - I love a good mystery/romance mix. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I really need to read this series!! Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Freda - I hope you do read it. It's a lot of fun. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I've noticed the Finlay Donovan books, but I haven't read one yet. Keeping the series on my list though. Second question - yes, I have read books by favorite authors that venture out of their 'usual' genre. Right now, I'm thinking of Lisa Scottoline, who normally writes legal thriller/mysteries, but lately has written a couple of historical fiction books. Or I would say Nora Roberts/JD Robb - one identity does romance/fantasy and one does a long-running mystery series with lots of romance thrown in. For your next query - yes, back in the day I did read Harlequin books. Lots of them. They were cheap to buy and readily available at used bookstores. It's interesting how many well-known authors got their start with Harlequin or Silhouette. Tess Gerritsen is one that comes to mind. Have a good weekend, Wendy. I'm reading Deborah Crombie's new book in her Duncan/Gemma mystery series and I just finished C.J. Tudor's The Drift. That one was cold and definitely creepy.ReplyDelete
Kay - I have read quite a few books by favorite authors who have written in other genres too--but those are usually genres I already read and enjoy. I would be open to reading books they write in genres I don't normally gravitate to--probably eagerly in some cases, but more hesitant in others if it's a genre I don't particularly care for.Delete
I was thinking of the romance authors I read back then that are not bigger names now when I was looking for books covers to add to my post.
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I hope you enjoy this one. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
I'd like to read the Finlay Donovan books, but haven't gotten to yet.ReplyDelete
If a favorite author jumps to a new genre, absolutely I'll read it! S. Usher Evans is a perfect example. The first book I read by her was sci-fi/space opera. She also writes YA fantasy, and now she's shifting gears to cozy fantasy (related, but not quite the same). I love all of her work.
And I've recently come back to romance, too. Some of what I'm enjoying is straight romance, some is romantic suspense, some is fantasy romance or mystery romance. But I can now say, yes, I am a romance reader!
Lisa - I hope you enjoy the Finlay Donovan series if you read it.Delete
I enjoy discovering a favorite author has or is writing something different. More for me to read! I do have limits, but it's more pickiness than outright refusal.
There's so much variety in the romance genre. I can get a romance and mystery fix at the same time!
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I love romance books, especially ones that have a lot of humor in them, because sometimes you do just need a lighthearted read with a happy ending. And if a favorite author of mine branched out to a new genre, I'd give it a try just to see what it was like. Have a great weekend! :DReplyDelete
Lark - Yes! I like humorous romances too. They are good for my mental health. I hope you have a great weekend too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I have been enjoying the Finlay Donovan series very much. Romcoms are my favorite of the romance genres and I like all the tropes.ReplyDelete
Wendy - I love romcoms too. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I started off reading horror and then my mom gave me a big box of her romance books. I read a lot of historical romance until I found some paranormal romance and that's what I mostly read now.ReplyDelete
Mary - I probably read more urban fantasy with romance than paranormal romance--although I think the line is pretty thin in some cases. Both are good. I don't read a lot of historical romance. It's been hit and miss for me, but I do enjoy it when I find one I like. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Mark - It's such a fun series. I am really enjoying it. Thank you for visiting!ReplyDelete
I like to read romance in paranormal, urban fantasy or fantasy books!ReplyDelete
Jamie - Me too! I love a good romance in an urban fantasy novel. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I do think sometimes our interests change or evolve over time. And sometimes we just need a temporary break from a specific genre. With cozy mysteries I have not yet reached that point. Lol. :-)ReplyDelete
Meezan - I think so too. I know I go through phases depending on my mood or what is going on in my life, and so it makes sense that our interests would change over time. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
This is a series I really want to read. It sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I hope you do get a chance to read it. It is a lot of fun. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I have this on my TBR list, now I really can't wait to read it. Thank you for sharing. Happy weekend 😉ReplyDelete
Jody - I hope you love it when you do! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I'm kind of like you I think. I don't read a whole lot of romance in general, but will pick one up when I'm looking for a pick me up from a really heavy book or just life being crummy. Have a great weekend. - KatieReplyDelete
Katie - Sometimes we just need something light, don't we? Thank you for visiting!Delete
The Finlay Donovan series has been on my wishlist for awhile. I love both excerpts.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - I hope you get a chance to read it! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I loved the first Finlay Donovan book--so glad there are more to enjoy!ReplyDelete
Catherine - I hope you get a chance to read the next two! They are just as good as the first. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I almost exclusively read romance so there are few tropes I don't love, or at least like, but I've stopped reading traditional pairings, preferring queer romances to M/FReplyDelete
Heather - Although I don't read a lot of romance, there are tropes I don't particularly care for either. I do enjoy queer romance, although I haven't read a lot of it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I'll go in reverse order: YES! I love romance!! HEA or nothing! My current favorites are contemporary/rom-com, historical, and fantasy romances.ReplyDelete
I like what you said about favorite authors. They are favorites for a reason and generally write what I like. Sometimes following them opens me up to enjoying another genre!
Jen - I love romcoms and fantasy romances too. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I do read romance and tend to enjoy all the tropes. As long as everyone is happy and together at the end I am good with it.ReplyDelete
Helen - I love a good happy ending. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Finlay Donovan series looks really fun and is one I'm looking forward to starting. I'd at least try a book from a favorite author in a different genre - especially if the book looks interesting.ReplyDelete
Katherine - I hope you like it when you read it. Cosimano's series is such fun. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Some genres are just not my cup of tea, but, I guess it all depends in the end :)ReplyDelete
Linda - There are definitely some genres I don't generally care for, but I've found that even in those, I end up finding something I like. It really depends on the book and what it's about for me. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I love reading most romance (not urban fantasy or changer stuff though). I think my favourite trope is second chance romance followed closely by Enemies to Lovers. Because I read so many different genres, if it was a favourite author, I would give it a try. Great converstion questions, Wendy.ReplyDelete
Carla - I love second chance romance. Thank you for visiting!Delete