June 3, 2016

Are You Doing the #ReadHotter Challenge?

by G.G. Andrew

Back in January, we introduced something fun for the year here at Lady Smut: the 2016 Read Hotter Challenge. The idea was simple: ten categories to expand your reading and bring more fun to your book binges.ReadHotter

It’s hard to believe, but the year is almost half over! (Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth.) I’ve taken my relationship with books to the next level by vowing to #ReadHotter; have you? Post in the comments and let us know what you’ve been reading if you have–or feel free to hop on this train for the rest of the year! The Read Hotter Challenge can be done in any order, at any time.

Here are some of the categories I’ve ticked off the list:

A romance set overseas
For this, I’ve recently read How to Fall by Rebecca Brooks. Set in Brazil, it’s the romance between an American teacher and an Australian screenwriter. And it’s hot. Brooks has a knack for good writing and developed characters, and she also brings the steam. (There’s a scene in a pool…and the back of a bus.)

A story with a hero with magical powers–and fingers
On St. Patrick’s Day, I read Paula Millhouse’s novella Three Wishes. The idea of the hero being a leprechaun interested me (Can leprechauns be hot? Turns out they can.), and this was a fun read with a unique premise.

A short, hot novella you read in one sitting.
Molly O’Keefe’s The Heart of It was my first time reading her, and I’m hooked. This story was short enough to read in a day, and took a tricky premise–a hero with a painful past trying to overcome it with an escort–and made it something very emotional and very sexy.

A love story set between 1900-1970
This past winter I read the novella A Midnight Clear by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. Set in 1940s Annapolis, this was a really romantic read, and a free story introduction to their space-race romances set in the 1960s.

That book about a guy you couldn’t bring home to your parents.
I’m about to start the second in Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series, Second Grave on the Left. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and from it I know that the hero, Reyes, is also the son of Satan–which would probably get a strong NOPE from most parents and thus make this book an excellent fit for this category.

I’m halfway there!

For all of you reading at home: have you read any books that fit these categories, or others on the list? Comment here, and/or post on Twitter under the hashtag #ReadHotter and let us know which stories are heating up your reading life!


G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and who stumble through some awkward conversations and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is SCARY, LOVESICK, FOOLISH, a New Adult goth rom-com about a couple in love who find their relationship tested when they compete against each other in a horror festival.





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