Rosanna’s recommended reads, December 2016.

It’s been some time since I’ve been able to tell you about some of my favorite reads and thought it was a good way to close 2016 on my blog.

My reading included several romance books but I also ventured down darker paths the past few months. Although there were elements of romance in some of these books, not all had happy endings but I was aware of that going in.

Happy or sad, they moved me and I’m confident recommending them to you.

The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard

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I love, love, love, Reynard’s vampires and adore the Italian setting. Most of you have probably already read this series but I’m late to it. Book 1 and book 2 both swept me away and I can’t wait for book 3 this coming year!

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Ugly Love was my stand out read of the year. Of. The Year.

‘Nuff said.

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

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Here’s where we get into different territory. Arranged had an interesting premise and from the description, I wasn’t sure I’d get a happy ending. There are twists and heartaches and I would never call this a traditional romance. That being said, my romantic heart was appeased.

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

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Darker, still, my lovelies!

I won’t mince words about this one. Hausfrau is NOT a romance. It’s about infidelity and loneliness and a woman who seems pleased to justify her foolish actions. I would certain it would all end in tears and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but it’s safe to say there is a healthy dose of tragedy in this book. However, sometimes we need a bit of tragedy in our literary lives. Sometimes I read works of pain to remind me why I appreciate romance so much. The author does an admirable job of allowing the plot to unravel and there was much beauty in this pain.

Happy New Year and happy reading!

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