Mills & Boon, Reading, Romance, Small Town Perfection

Small Town Perfection: Bonne Terre

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Molly O’Keefe‘s The Notorious O’Neills series is set in the uptight Louisiana small town of Bonne Terre, and follows the scandalous O’Neill family, known for being just every kind of wrong.  Its hard to have that kind of a reputation, especially in small towns where people aren’t always kind.

Life certainly hasn’t been kind for Savannah, as we discover in The Temptation of Savannah O’Neill.  abandoned by her mother, her brothers, and the married jerk who left her pregnant and with her reputation in tatters.  She doesn’t trust anyone, least of all sexy newcomer Matt Woods; but when she gives in to his charms, will she end up with more regrets?

In Tyler O’Neill’s Redemption, savannah’s brother Tyler steps into the limelight – or is that a searchlight when he reconnects with past girlfriend, police chief Juliette?  He broke her heart all those years ago, but now he’s back and his charm could break her heart all over again…

The Scandal and Carter O’Neill‘s sees the final O’Neill sibling fighting to distance himself from his family’s reputation.  But when Zoe Madison claims that he get her pregnant…in public…even though he’s never met her…he needs to do some serious damage control!  So he suggests faking a relationship until it all blows over, only soon he finds himself wishing that it wasn’t fake…

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My Name is Ali Williams, and I’m Addicted to SuperRomance

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SuperRomance.

On the Harlequin website, the writing guidelines for SuperRomance say:

“Harlequin Superromance stories are big romance novels filled with intense relationships, real life drama and the kinds of unexpected events that change women’s lives forever!”

They’re longer than you’re average category romance – clocking in at around 80 thousand words – which means that there’s space to develop the communities where the books are set, as well as even allowing for secondary romances!

I’ve been reading SuperRomance novels for years and it’s the complex characters that define the line that I love best.

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There’s Janice Kay Johnson’s Snowbound, which has one of the most textured and well-rounded depictions of PTSD found in any genre.

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Then there’s my favourite librarian novel – Karina Bliss’s What the Librarian Did – where the heroine falls for an incredibly sexy rock star…

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Because of their length, SuperRomances often incorporate suspense and mystery narratives and plotlines, with Molly O’Keefe’s Undercover Protector being a prime example!

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Of course, they’re also renowned for putting a twist on a popular trope; Abby Gaines’ Married by Mistake taking the marriage of convenience and changing it up.

I’ve been revisiting the line recently, literally devouring all the books I can get my hands on.

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I’m currently reading CindyHomberger’s Those Cassabaw Days, starring an ex-soldier and a heroine who’s returning to the town of her childhood.  It’s got big characters and heart and it makes me smile when I read it.

I love the fact that SuperRomances have high stakes; it makes reading them all the more emotionally intense, and it appears that this line is filling the hole that the ModernTempted line left!

What are your favourite SuperRomance authors and books?  I’m open for recs!