Romantic Reads for February

February 3, 2011

You don’t have to say you love me

By Sarra Manning Published By Random House RRP $32.95

Mr Apparently Right, Mr Definitely Wrong, and one girl who has to work out which is which – this is clever, sharp and romantic story-telling.

Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules. And the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her. So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.

What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right? Somewhere between losing weight and losing her inhibitions, Neve’s lost her heart – but to who?

The One That Got Away

By Lucy Dawson and Published by Hachette Australia RRP $29.99

A deliciously dark cautionary tale about falling in love with someone you shouldn’t have. Would you risk your future for a night with your past?

Molly Greene loves being married. Exciting adventures lie ahead for her and husband Dan that will change their lives forever, but Molly’s not sure they’re making the right choices. While teetering on the brink of the biggest decision she’s ever faced, she sends an impulsive message to the very last person she ought to contact, someone who should have stayed forgotten, and is now coming looking for her. When he finds her, there is no turning back. One night is all it takes to threaten everything she holds dear – for good.

Wicked Games

By Sasha Wagstaff and Published by Hachette Australia RRP $22.95

Perfect for fans of Jilly Cooper and Fiona Walker, Sasha Wagstaff’s irresistible follow-up to her dazzling debut, Changing Grooms, is a tantalising glimpse into the glamorous world of the rich, privileged and very badly behaved.

Feuding families, star-crossed lovers… let the fireworks begin! Debonair and dynamic, millionaire Judd Harrington is back at Brockett Hall. With his socialite wife and family in tow, he s returned from LA a glittering success. But as he stares across the valley at Lochlin Maguire s beautiful country house, all he can think of is revenge. Meanwhile Judd s arch-rival has troubles of his own. Lochlin s record label is losing major talent to an unknown competitor, his wife Tavvy is distracted and he can t seem to see eye to eye with his son Shay. And, unbeknownst to Lochlin, his talented singer daughter Iris has fallen for irresistible racing driver Ace Harrington out in LA. Ace is under orders from Judd to break Iris s heart. What he hadn’t bargained for was losing his own in the process. Can he go against his father’s wishes? Or will Judd’s wicked games ruin loves young dream?…

From Notting Hill with Love…Actually

By Ali McNamara Published by Little, Brown RRP $22.99

A fabulously fun romantic comedy debut, referencing all those much-loved chick flick classics: Four Weddings; Sleepless in Seatle; When Harry Met Sally, to name just a few!

She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy . . . wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant. Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fianc David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now… When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill – the setting of one of her favourite movies – Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.

Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?

Promises, Promises

By Erica James Published by Orion RRP $24.99

‘I Must Stand Up for Myself More’ promises Maggie Storm who spends her days cleaning houses for people who often have more money than manners. Married to a man with as much sex appeal as Mr Blobby, she dreams of a life straight from the pages of a romantic novel. ‘My Head Must Rule Over My Heart’ promises Ella Moore who, determined never to let her heart get the better of her again, is recovering from seven wasted years of failing to win over the daughter of the man with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life.

‘No More Women’ promises Ethan Edwards who, to distract himself from the depressing sham of his marriage, is a repeat offender when it comes to turning to other women for sexual consolation. But when Ella appears unexpectedly in his life, he finds himself turning to her for very different reasons…

Maggie promises to stand up for herself; Ella promises not to let her heart rule her head; Ethan promises ‘no more women’..

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