A few author pals and I got to talking about some of the most enjoyable books we picked up this year. And since everyone and their third-cousin is doing Best Of lists, we thought we’d put together our own list of books from authors we think our readers would love. So fire up those Kindles and get ready to start downloading some new-to-you happily ever afters!

Side Note: None of us consulted each other on our picks to keep our list fresh and organic and uh… free range… so you might see a handful of repeats in the list!

Lucy Score Recommends:

Happily Ever His by Delancey Stewart

I picked Happily Ever His up on a whim and zoomed right through it. It’s a small-town romance with a Hollywood star who’s just about given up on finding something real. Tess is as real as it gets. The “normal, average” sister to a major movie star, Tess is used to not standing out. So when she and her sister’s famous FAKE boyfriend develop a case of instalust in the midst of a scandal, I was THERE FOR IT.

Plus, there’s a 90-year-old gamer grandma and a house chicken who falls in love with a bodyguard. I mean, just do yourself a favorite and pick up this book!

Lucy Score is a Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her favorite hobbies appear to include talking about herself in the third person on her own blog. Ahhhh, that kooky Lucy!

Kait Nolan Recommends:

Hometown Troublemaker by Brighton Walsh 

I love, love LOVE this series set in small-town Mississippi. It’s hot (seriously hawt), sweet, funny, and it gets two thumbs up and a Magnolia Seal of Approval from this real Mississippi girl. Hometown Troublemaker features a divorced mom of two, who gets the delightful lesson that perfect is not all it’s cracked up to be.

The hero, Nash, runs a construction company and it’s so incredibly fantastic seeing him…well, see the real her. After a lifetime of pleasing other people instead of herself, it’s delightful getting to watch her come into her own because of his support.

He’s exactly the kind of hero I adore. Also, the abs. And the toolbelt. Rowr. It’s second in the series but can totally be read as a standalone. 

Kait Nolan is a RITA ® Award winning MS native, who swears like a sailor, calls everyone sugar, & can wield a bless your heart like a saber or a Snuggie, depending on necessity.

Marley Valentine Recommends

Impact by Haley Jenner

A perfectly matched writing duo, Haley Jenner will blow you away with their words. While their writing in every book is stellar and evocative; it’s the way they’ve brought heartache and happiness to life in Impact, that really sets them apart. For many, this book will go beyond the pages. It’s true life. It’s an experience. It’s a well deserved second chance.  

A romantic at heart, Marley Valentine‘s stories combine the sometimes ugly truths of life, with a well deserved happy ever after.  

Kacey Shea Recommends:

Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark  

Wow. You know that feeling of reading a story, so unique and well written, that you can’t put it down? That’s how I felt when I started Waking Olivia. Olivia is the headstrong, independent heroine with scars so deep you find yourself rooting for her even when she screws up. She doesn’t trust easily, but when a bond is forged between her and her coach, it blooms into so much more.

Beautifully written, this happy ever after is one this couple has to work for, but ultimately so satisfying. I can’t shut up about this book! No, really, I’ve been telling everyone to read it. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to pick up an Elizabeth O’Roark book, but boy am I glad I did! 

Ridorkulous by Mary Frame 

Oh my goodness! This book has everything I love in a good rom com! Smart, witty dialogue, hilarious supporting characters, and laugh out loud shenanigans. Two college students, nerd girl vs. hunky athlete fight for the last available room on campus in a series of unconventional challenges, all while the slow burn romance builds between them. I could not put this book down, and as soon as I finished I binged Mary Frame’s entire backlist.  

Kacey Shea enjoys writing strong and smart heroines, heroes with hearts of gold, and stories that deliver a satisfying, well-earned happily ever after.  

Mae Wood Recommends:

Tombstones by KC Enders 

A Green Beret on leave has a holiday fling that results in a surprise pregnancy. With that one sentence, how could you not want to read this book?

This book stood out for me because there is a sweetness to our determined hero. His family didn’t want him to go to into the service. His high school girlfriend is still chasing him, but he’s intent on building a life for himself, a life that he wants, not a life that’s thrust upon him. He doesn’t want to risk anyone’s heart — especially his own — while he’s still active duty, but no one truly gets to make that decision, do they?

This the fourth book in K.C. Ender’s Beekman Hills series. Centered around an Irish pub in upstate New York, I’ve read them all. I think they are best read in order, so you can enjoy the entire universe of Beekman Hills. 

Mae Wood is a professional sassy pants and Amazon Top 100 romance novelist. 

Mia Kayla Recommends:

Game Changer by Sierra Hill

Gah! I love this author and I love this book. Looking for a single dad /nanny story that’s jam-packed with emotion? Look no further, because this is your next read.

I love the heart and strength of the hero, his love for his special needs child and the growth he makes within the book. He’s made some mistakes but to see the overall change of the hero was beautiful.

He has met his perfect match in Brooklyn, the nanny he’s hired to watch his son. This couple has off-the-charts chemistry, sparks that fly sky-high and steam so hot that you can feel it through the pages of the book. I highly recommend this book.  

Mia Kayla, writer of love, laughter, and happily ever afters.  

Jami Albright Recommends: 

Times Like These by Julia Wolf 

What a great book! Dalia and Nick’s story is stormy, super-steamy, and immensely satisfying! I loved this couple, and I also loved all the side characters. Julia Wolf not only made me fall in love with the moody lead singer of Blue is the Color, Nick Fletcher, but also with the other three members of the band. Times Like These grabbed me in the first chapter and didn’t let go until Nick and Dalia got their HEA! 

Jami Albright writes zany, sexy, pee your pants funny romcoms. If you don’t snort with laughter, then she hasn’t done her job.  

Kelsey Kingsley Recommends:

Times Like These by Julia Wolf 

It isn’t often that I find myself so completely obsessed with an author’s work that I proceed to binge the rest of their work after reading. But that’s exactly what happened here. The storyline is that addicting, the hero is that swoon-worthy, and the supporting characters are that compelling.

I am officially, 100% addicted to Julia Wolf and her Blue boys. And if you’re into compellingly hot and perfectly witty rock star romance, I bet you will be, too.  

Kelsey Kingsley is a contemporary romance author of nine books, living in New York with her family and a cat named Ethel.  

LJ Evans Recommends:

Alma Underwood is Not a Kleptomaniac by Lacey Daily

Lacey Dailey did a beautiful job with this story. It’s a gorgeous YA, coming-of-age romance with a physically disabled hero and a do-good heroine that is completely hard to resist.

It has a whole host of quirky, lovable secondary characters including some incredible LGBTQIA folks that make you laugh and want to hug them all at the same time. Lacey strives to be inclusive in her writing and ends up hitting a tone that is a mixture of Sarah Dessen, Rainbow Rowell, and John Green with a slice of humor that is extremely enticing. Can’t wait to read more of her words    

LJ Evans writes contemporary romance that should come with a WARNING label: “Do not read unless you are prepared to invest your heart and soul.”

Claire Kingsley Recommends: 

Nerdgasm by Kimberly Reese 

Nerdgasm is a light, sexy read that was a ton of fun. Super cute, nerdy hero? Yes, please! And the oranges conversation? HOLY HOTNESS. Trust me, you’ll never look at oranges the same way again. This book is a great choice when you want a fun storyline and a feel good ending.  

Claire Kingsley is an Amazon top 10 bestselling author of sexy and heartwarming contemporary romances and romantic comedies.  

Pippa Grant Recommends:

Scoring the Keeper’s Sister by Delancey Stewart

This book a) is funny, b) has a bet about cheese, c) includes a hero who’s more than he appears, and d) has all of my favorite tropes: enemies-to-lovers, athletes, and teammate’s/best friend’s little sister.

It’s like a bacon taco made by a unicorn, except it’s a romance novel, and it’s awesome, and everyone should read it yesterday. 

Pippa Grant writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg.  

Jeannine Colette Recommends: 

A Scarcity of Condors by Suanne Laquer 

A Scarcity of Condors by Suanne Laquer can not simply be described as “a good read.” It’s an EXPERIENCE. With plots that intricate in design, scene rich in history and characters that move throughout the scene, Suanne has the ability to take you into a world unlike any other, and completely submerse you. A Scarcity of Condors is a M/M romance, historical suspense, an inspirational tale, and a familial love story all woven into one. It takes place over generations, and yet stays in the present. It takes you from the tortured souls to the ones finding love for the first time. Only a truly kickass author who knows the definition of humanity can achieve that.  

Not only is Suanne a superb writer, but she’s also a CHAMPION of the indie author. As an editor for brilliant minds like Emma Scott and Leylah Attar, she has helped craft some of the greatest novels of 2019. She never has a bad thing to say about another’s work, is always proud of your accomplishments, and will love you even if you differ in views politically. She is one of my favorite people in this industry, and I think she deserves ALL THE PRAISE! 

Jeannine Colette combines angst and humor in her sexy, stand-alone romance novels. Her stories feature dynamic heroines, and swoon-worthy heroes, who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say a a million times more. But readers are the best people in the world. One of my favorite readers in the romance world is my pal Jenny. She makes my reader’s group fun and hilarious and she’s beyond helpful. When my brand new Kindle Paperwhite got a tiny little HORRIFIC GOUGE in the screen, it was Jenny who knew what to do.

I think it’s because she’s a nurse and that’s makes her so prepared for everything! She’s a joy to talk books with and twisted my arm until I read Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things (read it!!).

I, of course, demanded that she let me interview her for this blog. Read on for our chat!

Awesome reader Jenny Smith

 

Lucy: Give us a nutshell view of your life (family, hobbies, work etc).

Jenny: I’m the youngest in a family of nine.  The age span for my family is 20 years.  I’m married with two kids ages 19 and 11. My hobbies are writing (a little fan fiction and my own concoctions). reading and photography, which is mostly family photos and sunrises and sunsets.  I work as an RN in an Operating Room.

Lucy: When did you first fall in love with reading?

Jenny: I can’t remember a time I wasn’t reading.  I remember being very young and my Mom would read to me. Little Bear was my favorite book and I vividly remember her reading it to me. My Mom was an avid reader and we went to the library regularly.

Jenny’s bookshelf including her collection of children’s short stories.

Lucy: How do you choose your next book?

Jenny: I read books kind of on the fly. I do, usually, have a plan, but I will rearrange things depending on my mood!

Lucy: What’s one thing that you think you should do but don’t/aren’t/never will?

Jenny: Hmm, this is a difficult question! I guess the one thing I should do but don’t is have more time to slow down and enjoy things in the moment. I always feel rushed.

Lucy: What do you do to cure a book hangover?

Jenny: Oh, I eat chocolate and drink coffee.

Lucy: How about a book slump?

Jenny: I don’t get in a lot of book slumps but when I do, I read something I’ve read before that I know is going to be great.

Lucy: What’s the biggest adrenaline rush you’ve ever had?

Jenny: Parasailing in Mexico.

Lucy: If you weren’t a nurse, what else could you see yourself doing?

Jenny: I’d probably be teaching English Lit in a college somewhere, writing books, or writing for a magazine. That was my original intent, but things don’t always work out the way you hope they will.

Lucy: What quality in a significant other do you admire most?

Jenny: Trust; Trust in me and my trust in him.

Jenny’s signed paperback from some super cool author.

Lucy: Favorite trope in a romance novel?

Jenny: 2nd chance; but 2nd chance after a long-term committed relationship. I find that trope really complicated and messy, but it’s a hopeful trope!

Lucy: What drives you insane and/or murders your soul?

Jenny: All kinds of things, but the biggest one is when people don’t help when they should, or reach out to someone who needs help.

I like technology. It’s what gave us airbags and crockpots with built-in timers and e-readers that can hold thousands of books. There are two cool pieces of tech that have made my life as a reader better too. I use both and I love them so much I want to make out with the apps.

OK, so you all know I’m a romance novelist. But I am a reader first. And two of the biggest obstacles I face as a reader (besides bankruptcy from buying too many new books thank you very much KU Korner and BookBub) are:

  1. Finding new writers that I will love, and
  2. Remembering when a favorite author has a new release.

I found two apps that punch both of these issues in the face. Let’s look at finding new writers first. I have a hard time picking new books to read based off of just covers and blurbs. Blurbs aren’t long enough to give me a sense of the story and a good blurb can disguise flaws in the writing or the story. What to do? What to do?

Book+Main Bites

Book+Main Bites is a brand new social media platform FOR READERS. Create your profile, download the app, and boom! You just spent two hours reading excerpts (“bites”) of books based on your mood (wait, that was me). Thinking you want a hot forbidden stepbrother romance? Maybe a bodyguard trope? Looking for a new Christmas read? YOU CAN SEARCH BY THOSE! Search, explore all the bites you have time for, discover new books and writers, and follow your favorite authors.

You can follow me on Book+Main Bites here: @lucyscore

Fave thing about Book+Main Bites: I can try out new-to-me authors before I commit to a buy.

Booksprout

When you love a few dozen authors it gets hard to keep up with all their new releases. Some of my readers put my release dates in their calendars just in case they miss the emails or social media blitzes. Or, if I release on a day with twenty bestsellers… Enter Booksprout. Booksprout is an app that allows you to follow your fave authors and GET ALERTS ON YOUR PHONE when they have a new release or a sale. It’s. Awesome.

Follow me on Booksprout: Lucy Score.

Fave thing about Booksprout: I never miss a new release or a sale!

Other Stuff To Know

Both apps are relatively new (Book+Main launched this week) so functionality is advancing and the number of authors on both platforms will continue to grow. I use both apps and love them and no one is paying me to use them or say nice things.

Check them out and see if they feed your book addiction!

Cornelia and I met via my ARC team when she introduced herself to Mr. Lucy. Mr. Lucy immediately forwarded her email to me with something like “This woman is awesome.” Conny lives in Germany. She speaks and reads German but, disappointed with the limited availability of German language translations for romance novels, SHE TAUGHT HERSELF TO READ IN ENGLISH! I think that’s one of the coolest things I’ve heard.

I enjoy chatting with Conny whenever I get the chance. She works as a dog groomer, which is quite different from a dog groomer in the U.S. (Lucy note: She’s practically a therapist to dog parents who grace her shop and confess all their secrets to her! Believe me she has some hilarious stories to tell!)

Conny’s Life in a Nutshell

Cornelia is 62 years old has 5 children, 1 grandson, and is divorced. Her beloved Dachshund, Bente, is four years old.

Her hobbies include: reading(!!!!), sauna, gymstudio, cinema with her girlfriends, and beach holidays.

She’s a dog groomer and Tellington TTouch Practitioner I for dogs and companion animals. And in her spare time, she’s studying English at a German Evening University (“Thats what reading English romance books will do to a German grandma! Starting studying again.” )

Most of her books are stored on her Kindle, but she does keep some on a lovely shelf (pictured below). Her much larger bookcases managed to disappear in the divorce , but as Conny likes to say “Shit happens!”

When did you first fall in love with reading?

“I was nine years old. I read during the day in my preferred hiding place and at night under the sheets with a flashlight — until my father caught me!”

How do you choose your next book?

“It’ll choose me. It’ll be the next Titan book from Cristin Harber and then there are waiting a lot of books in my Kindle, including Morgana Best, JoAnn Bassett, Susan Kiernan-Lewis, CK Dawn, H.Y. Hanna, Paula Hawkins, Katie Cross, C.E. Thornton, Jean Lowe Carlson, Liliana Hart etc.”

What’s one thing that you think you should do but don’t/aren’t/never will?

“Have a complete plan for my day and follow it till the evening.” (One of Cornelia’s daughters is a doctor and impressively disciplined.)

What do you do to cure a book hangover?

“I like thinking about the characters and about possibilities how the storyline could continue if it would continue. Or I take Bente for a long walk in the forest.”

What’s the biggest adrenaline rush you’ve ever had?

“My first ride on a motorbike.”

If you weren’t a dog groomer and Tellington TTouch Trainer, what else could you see yourself doing?

“A herb woman. It’s such a great way of living.”

What quality do you admire most in other people?

“The determination of my son Henning. He’s setting a goal, starting, continuing and reaching it always to the target time.”

Favorite trope in a romance novel?

“I love reading military/law enforcement and enemies to lovers!”

What drives you insane and/or murders your soul?

“Lying. When I find that a person is lying to me, I get really pissed and try to avoid this person. Also, eating noisily and slurping during meal.” (Lucy note: This is so me, too! I can’t stand sitting near loud eaters!)

Claire Kingsley and I met via Facebook when a reader pal messaged me saying she thought I would be the right kind of writer friend for her friend Claire. And boom! A commiserating, sisterly writer bond was born. We both write romance full time, both love the beach, both of us have hubbies who are unbelievably handsome and supportive. I mean, we’re basically the same person.

Except Claire gets way more done in a day than I do. She homeschools her three kids and whips out high quality, funny, sweet, hot reads faster than I can drag my ass out of bed in the morning.

Lucy: Give us a nutshell view of your life (family, hobbies, etc).

Claire: My life is a little bit crazy. I’m married and I homeschool my three kids. That keeps me super busy—but it’s good busy. Other than that, I love to read (although I don’t make time for enough of it), and I’m a fan of geeky stuff like Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and superhero/comic book movies.

Lucy: What kind of an effect did publishing your first book have on you?

Claire: That was a badass moment. I decided I wanted to be a writer a long time ago, but I spent a lot of years focused on other things (having babies not the least among them). I wasn’t sure I was good enough to even finish an entire novel, and I carried that fear around with me for a long time. So when I not only finished my first novel, but went through the entire feedback, revisions, editing, etc. and then publishing process, it was amazing. It was like I’d kicked that doubt to the curb and proved I could actually do it.

Lucy: What does your writing process look like? How much swearing is involved?

Claire: All the swearing.

My process is messy. I start with brainstorming and lots of note taking. I have a few people I like to brainstorm with; kicking around ideas with another person is really helpful for me. I figure out who the characters are, what sort of backstory they have, the theme(s) I want to explore, the sources of tension and conflict, and so forth. Then I start outlining actual scenes/chapters. Usually I get partway done with the outline and start writing. From there, I go back and forth between writing and planning/outlining. Sometimes I write stuff completely out of order, simply because I have ideas in my head and I want to get them out. I’ve been known to write endings before I’ve even gotten to the middle of a story. Or I’ll write a little bit of dialogue for a scene and go back to it later. It’s very non-linear, but somehow it seems to come together at the end.

Lucy: What’s one thing that you think you should do but don’t/aren’t/never will?

Claire: This is a hard question! I can’t think of anything big or important. For the most part, I think I should be better about creating a schedule for work/family/life, but I’m bad at routines and schedules, so I probably won’t.

Lucy: A case of writer’s block hits. What do you do?

Claire: Depends. Writer’s block usually means one of two things for me. Either the story or scene is broken and I need to figure out why, or I’m getting burnt out.

If it’s a story issue (this is usually why I get stuck), I have to spend some time figuring out what went wrong. If there’s something that doesn’t work in the story, I can feel it. Maybe there’s a piece that’s inconsistent, maybe I’m going off on a tangent that doesn’t work, or maybe it’s just boring because I haven’t figured out how a particular element moves the story forward. I’ll talk it out with one of my brainstorming people. Sometimes just explaining that part of the story to another person is enough for me to figure out what’s not working. If not, usually pinging ideas back and forth will help me fix what’s broken.

If I’m burnt out, then I just need a break. I tend to write every day and I don’t take days off very often. Usually that’s fine—I love writing and I get twitchy when I don’t. But there are times when my brain gives me a big, fat NOPE and I need to give myself permission to take a real break.

If I’m only a little burnt out—fatigued, maybe—changing scenery helps a lot. If I’m at my desk, I’ll take my laptop to another room. Sometimes I’ll go for a drive by myself—listen to music and clear my head. That kind of thing.

Lucy: What’s the biggest adrenaline rush you’ve ever had?

Claire: Probably downhill mountain biking. My husband likes to do crazy stuff like that. We went to Stevens Pass (ski area in Washington) in the summer and rode the ski lift up, then biked down. That was intense.

Lucy: If you weren’t a writer, what else could you see yourself doing?

Claire: At this point in my life, if I wasn’t a writer, I don’t think I’d have a different outside job. I’d still be staying home with my kids (and theoretically have actual free time, LOL). Other than that, I honestly don’t know what else I’d do. I had a corporate-type career before I had kids, but that feels like a lifetime ago, and it’s not something I’d go back to. I think if I didn’t write, all that spacey daydreaming I do would just go to waste.

Lucy: What do you admire most about your hubby?

Claire: I love how he’s unapologetically himself. He doesn’t spend a lot of time or energy worrying about what other people think. He is who he is, he likes what he likes, and other people’s opinions don’t matter to him very much.

He’s also very random and spontaneous. I’m one of those people who needs to mull things over (sometimes too much—I’m a terrible overthinker). But he can just make decisions on the fly and roll with it. He keeps life fun.

Lucy: Favorite trope in a romance novel?

Claire: That’s a tough one. Friends to lovers is a big favorite. I love it when one of the characters (the hero, especially) is crazy about the other, but thinks they can’t be together. There’s so much angst in that type of unrequited love—spending time together, having to watch them date other people. When it’s done well, the payoff when they make it to their HEA can be really rewarding.

I love the opposite too—enemies to lovers. There’s so much room for the characters and the relationship to grow when they start out hating each other.

Lucy: What drives you insane and/or murders your soul?

Claire: When people are shitty to each other. Life is hard enough without making things difficult for other people. I like to take the immortal advice of Bill and Ted to heart: be excellent to each other.

Claire’s newest release, Hot Single Dad, is a swoon-worthy standalone that you should grab immediately!

“I loved this book from the beginning. I couldn’t get enough. This is literally one of my all time favorite books now.” ~ Sassy Southern Book Blog

Catch up with Claire on Facebook and in her reader’s group Alpha Ever After. If you need more mancandy in your life, you need to be an Alpha!

To see her impressive backlist, check Claire out on Amazon. And don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter. Subscribers get a free book!

My reader friend Nishi and I met on Facebook through a shared love of books. Her comments about her life caught my eye and I thought she would be the perfect person to kick off my Reader Interview blog series. We’re both Aquarians and share an obsessive appreciation for the Sweet Valley High books and Beverly Hills 90210. She’s well-traveled, organized, and has excellent taste in books. Speaking of books, her bookcases in London are going to give you a serious case of bookshelf envy. Scroll down and check those babies out.

Lucy: Give us a nutshell view of your life (family, hobbies, work etc).

Nishi: I am 32 years and live in London though currently relocated to Sri Lanka. I always travel between London and Sri Lanka as I have family living at both ends. I am a very bubbly and happy person in general and a proper Aquarian at heart. No, I don’t think I am Jennifer Aniston but I do so in my dreams sometimes. I love the simple things life and I do believe life is definitely an adventure. I have a sweet, bossy sister that I would die for, who keeps me in place in life. She is my safe place. My mom and dad are retired and run a B&B in a coastal area of Sri Lanka, which I help out at when I come on vacation. We are a close-knit family and there for each other any time or day.

I currently work as an event planner mostly doing destination weddings in Sri Lanka and running the B&B as well. After finishing my hospitality degree I worked in world class hotels in London such as Hilton, Four Seasons, and Claridges for almost 15 years. So, after a continuous loop of working and no life, I just wanted to take some time off and enjoy looking at the sunset. My hobbies are reading, travelling, photography, and reading.

Lucy: When did you first fall in love with reading?

Nishi: I was introduced to reading from the age of 8 by my granddad who I always saw asleep with a book. I thought that was awesome, but I wasn’t in to it as such until I was about 12. This was when I was introduced to The Famous Five, Secret Seven, and when I grew in to my early teens Sweet Valley High. I loved Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and thought it would be so cool to have a twin (not how I looked then but maybe now :) ). I first fell in love reading was when I reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” Although unlike my granddad I didn’t fall asleep, it kept me wide awake which didn’t actually give me the extra hours of sleep as I expected.

Lucy Note: I loved The Alchemist as well and had just finished a re-read of it when Nishi mentioned it. It’s a beautifully told hero’s journey full of timeless wisdom.

Lucy: How do you choose your next book?

Nishi: I choose my next book by researching what are the best books to read on for the next six months by different genres. Also, I do have a book fairy whom I met through Lucy’s Binge Readers her name is Denise Hoffman DeCuir. Denise has been recommending the greatest books to read. My very own Amazon matchmaker :). I love science fiction, romance, and mystery.

Lucy Note: Denise has incredible taste in books! I swear I’m not just saying that just because she likes mine. :)

Lucy: What’s one thing that you think you should do but don’t/aren’t/never will?

Nishi: Bungee jumping!

Lucy: What do you do to cure a book hangover? How about a book slump?

Nishi: For a book hangover, I don’t think I will ever have a cure :) and for a book slump, I think I will have a cup of coffee and rest my mind and then start over with the next best book.

Lucy: What’s the biggest adrenaline rush you’ve ever had?

Nishi: The biggest adrenaline rush I have is when I am just starting on an adventurous holiday. When I have planned everything to the hilt and just envision myself and visualize of the perfect holiday and destination.

Lucy: If you weren’t an event planner, what else could you see yourself doing?

Nishi: If I weren’t what I do now, I see myself as an acrobat in a circus :). I just love Cirque du Soleil.

Lucy: What quality in a significant other do you admire most?

Nishi: I admire a good sense of humor in a significant other. Even if they are serious and broody but they still can crack a joke? That’s the best thing ever.

Lucy: Favorite trope in a romance novel?

Nishi: My favorite trope in a romance novel is in Live out Loud by Marie Meyer where Harper who is deaf, but gorgeous meets rock star Thor who falls instantly for her. I just love the way he shows his love in his songs and she feels it through the vibrations of his music and how he learns ASL just to be a part of her world.

Lucy: What drives you insane and/or murders your soul?

Nishi: What drives me insane is when people are unkind to the beautiful environment we live in and litter it without giving a second thought. To me this explains more about a person.

Lucy Note: One of the MANY reasons I fell hard for Mr. Lucy is that he has no tolerance for litterbugs. If you litter, you’re an ass. It’s pretty simple. He told me the story of how once he was in his car in a parking lot and a man pulled in a few spaces down. The man threw his fast food bag out his window and got out of the car and went into the store. Mr. Lucy picked up the bag and “redistributed” the contents in the man’s open sunroof. I love him so hard!

Curious what a well-read reader like Nishi has on her bookshelves? Check out her beautiful London library. 

Nishi’s Favorite Books:

Nishi’s To Be Read List: