Romantic Books for the Anti-Romantic Reader

rochester and jane

Maybe anti-romantic is a little harsh. Not romantically inclined? Like a little bit of darkness in your love story (or a lot) such as it were? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought I’d offer some ideas for books that have just the right amount to appeal to the person who likes a certain kind of love story.

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The Ice Cream Book Tag

the ice cream book tag

I saw this tag on Super Space Chick’s Youtube channel. She created it along with Alexa Loves Books and since I love ice cream and books and it’s summer I thought this would be the perfect time to do it.

So more books and ice cream ahead!

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10 Love (and Life) Lessons I Took from Books

Harley and Batman

*It’s possible that I’ve learned some of the wrong lessons from books. Regardless books always help me feel better in a pinch. This is inspired by Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. I am not all the big into Valentine’s Day or the most romantically inclined person overall but this is what came to mind!

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My Lady Jane


My Lady Jane

Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Grade: B

If you know anything about Lady Jane Grey from history you know she got royally screwed. Actually I remember reading her story (the real one not this one) and thinking how much I wanted to just murder the people who set her up it was so awful. So in My Lady Jane (the Owlcrate June book) she’s given a much better edit.

Forced to marry a virtual stranger (who has some large issues of his own) in a plot to steal the throne from King Edward things go very much awry. Plus there’s a man/horse. And shape-shifting. Obviously. And magic. And love.

Jane is a great character. She’s smart. Sassy. Stands up for herself as much she can and makes rules about the proper treatment of her books. Which is something I would so do if I ever get married. But strangely I actually enjoyed King Edward a little bit more. The sad King also gets a better rewrite in this story and I liked the idea of him first; thinking that he was going to die and being really bummed about all the things he didn’t get to do and then knowing that he had been set-up and thinking hey, maybe being King isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Adventure abounds. Lots of side characters- including Elizabeth “Bess” of course. The book is quite fun. It gets comparisons to The Princess Bride. Which maybe… I could kind of see… in some places…

One of my problems was there was only so much I could take of Jane and Gifford’s (her husbands) cutesy, back-and-forth, we all know they’re going to fall in love bickering before I wanted to scream.

It also overstayed its welcome a bit in my read. As much as I enjoyed it I was kind of glad when it was done. The thing with the shapeshifting- I don’t want to give spoilers away- but I thought it wound up way overused and mostly used as a save for a whole lot of characters.

I thought they did a really good job with voice and flow. I was worried about the three author thing but once I got into the novel it didn’t bother me in the least. I believe this is a stand-alone (Hallelujah!) but if they plan on writing more alternative histories along this line I would definitely check them out!

Recommend: Yes. I would put this in the category of summer reads so easily! Plus the cover is so eye-catching and beautiful!

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June: New Releases that Caught My Eyes


It’s only the beginning of June and I’m trapped in triple digit heat!

So actually while most of the books I’m salivating over are coming in the fall (I’m looking at you Crooked Kingdom) and a lot of the movies late summer there are a bunch of interesting looking new releases for this month!

Movie wise:


Finding Dory

This one comes out June 17th and Dory was my favorite part of Finding Nemo so I’m in!



I know next to nothing about this or the game it’s based on which I admit might be why I’m excited about it. This one comes out on June 10.


The Neon Demon

I think one of the earliest ways I heard this described was as a retelling of the Elizabeth Bathory legend (and I can’t remember where) anyway it opens on June 24 and I’m crossing my fingers for iTunes because we don’t get a lot of non-mainstream movies near my place.


Me Before You

This one opens this Friday (the 3rd) and sad little me I’m probably going to have to see it alone. All my book friends are like, “Not in the mood for that one,” and the one person who didn’t know anything about it went and Googled it so yeah, probably just me for this one!

Book wise my May Goal of reading more of what I have before jumping into buying things didn’t go so well. Luckily there’s only a few releases this month that are really catching my attention. (Like I said once Fall rolls around there’s pretty much a must have book a week!)


The Leaving

This one sounds like an interesting mystery. A couple of kids disappear young and reappear several years later all except for one. June 7th.


The Marked Girl

This one sounds like a multiple worlds book except the people from the other world wind up in LA. Seems like this one’s going to be right up my alley. (June 7.)


Ivory and Bone

A prehistoric romance compared to Pride and Prejudice. Honestly you had me at prehistoric. (June 7th.)


My Lady Jane

This one comes out on the 7th and is an alternate history with three authors (which for me could go either way.) I might hold off on this one and see if it winds up in the Owlcrate Royalty box. Either way, it’s a time period I love and an interesting idea so I win no matter when I get it!