Now definitely a trend feature for all of my book blogs now – ‘cos it’s just fun.

The purpose behind Romance Is Ageless will always be the desire to find novels about couples who are no longer in their teen angst crushes or in their developing true love of their twenties.  And while it is enjoyable searching for these types of novels it’s not always easy.

Jayne Ann Krentz is a cross-author (her own writing under another pen name) for the Arcane Society ongoing series.  And over the years, I’ve read them all.  Not every couple in this series is under 30.  So that is why I’m displaying this trailer for the entire Arcane Society.  It will give you an overview of all the novels, and perhaps spark an interest in trying them out yourself.

Enjoy.

Long Way HomeTitle:  Long Way Home
Series:  Mangrove Island (Book 1)
Author:  Neve Cottrell
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  October 19, 2014
Publisher:  Tropic Turtle Press
My Rating:  5 Stars
Source:  Personal collection, Amazon Free
Synopsis:

Tyler Barnes can’t believe his eyes when Alexis MacAdams walks back into his life. His high school crush left Mangrove Island seventeen years ago and never looked back. He’s held on to the memory of her, even though she never gave him a second glance.

Now Alexis is back for the holidays and Tyler is determined to make a lasting impression before she slips away again. He soon learns, however, that her broken heart needs to heal before he has a chance to win it. Can Tyler convince her to risk her heart for a second time?

Read on for my thoughts on Long Way Home.  No true spoilers, promise

Long Way HomeFree Monday Pick” is a feature here at Romance is Ageless that showcases a novel I picked up for free.  This week’s pick was found at Amazon’s Free Kindle Books offerings.

Look for a “Free” novel to be picked each Monday and the review to appear on the following Monday.   There are some really good “free” novels available (and some not so great too).  Let’s weed them out.  If this sounds like something you’d like to take part in — awesome, just leave a link with your Free Monday Pick in the comment section and let us go check it out.

The true challenge for this blog is to find a free novella that actually focuses on romance of couples beyond their 20’s.  In searching for this first “Pick”, I admit it wasn’t easy to find something that did fit the focus of Romance Is Ageless.  (I could find hundreds of erotica, but romance not so much)  So, in all honesty, this might not be a weekly feature.  It will all depend on what I can find.

So, I’ll start with this one – and hope to come across others.

Long Way Home by Neve Cottrell

Cover blurb:

Tyler Barnes can’t believe his eyes when Alexis MacAdams walks back into his life. His high school crush left Mangrove Island seventeen years ago and never looked back. He’s held on to the memory of her, even though she never gave him a second glance. Now Alexis is back for the holidays and Tyler is determined to make a lasting impression before she slips away again. He soon learns, however, that her broken heart needs to heal before he has a chance to win it. Can Tyler convince her to risk her heart for a second time?

I’ll let you know next Monday what I thought of this one.

book lineNow I Need The Whole Thing! is a Feature here at Romance Is Ageless.  The Whole Thing is… get your mind outta the gutter girl… 😉  means simply:  The Whole Damn Series Now That I’ve Read One Book.

So often, whether by chance or picking up a free e-book or even being approved for a book through NetGalley – I end up reading a novel in a series that is out of order – which, personally, drives me nuts.

In order to avoid confulsion and to remind myself that I need to go looking for the entire series of a book that I’ve enjoyed – I created this Feature.  Since this blog focuses on novels with heroes and heroines over the age of 29, that might mean that other books in the series don’t exactly follow that definition.  Oh Well.  I’m a lover of books period so it won’t bother me at all.  In a series characters usually float in and out of all the books involved and I know myself – I want those other stories to make a favorite one complete in my mind.

This week’s Feature of Now I Need The Whole Thing! is the series Dream Man.

Mystery ManNight time is the right time…

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore….

Wild ManShe’s about to walk on the wild side . . .

While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA agent-and he’s investigating her possible role in her ex-husband’s drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

Brock disagrees. He’s committed to his anti-drug mission, but he’s fallen in love with the beautiful woman who’s as sweet as her cupcakes-and he’ll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who’s determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he’s lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?

Law ManLove is just around the corner . . .

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She’s a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there’s no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can’t fix, it’s Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbor for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin’s kids, she gets pulled back into the life she’s tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past-and build a future with him?

…And the novel that started me off on this need to read the entire Dream Man series:

Get ready to ride . . .

Motorcycle ManTyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she’s back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn’t the tequila and hot sex talking. He’s the kind of man she’s always wanted. Unfortunately, he’s also her new boss . . .

Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he’ll be the one breaking all the rules…

*heaves huge sigh*  So, now you see why I need this series?  Have you already read it?  Then please give me your opinion on any of these hot men in the Comments.

My review of Motorcycle Man will be up in the next couple days.

 

Until YouTitle:  Until You
Series:
Author:  Jeannie Moon
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 17, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.

It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.

However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.

But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.

So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.

And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.

Read on for my thoughts on Until You.

I’ve been doing some research.  Google is our friend, right?  *wink*

So I powered up Mr. Google and asked for romance novels written for a more mature reader… not mentioning any specific age groups.  And I did get several results back.  Not recent novels though – so I’m going to have to refine my search some more.  But, no worries.

What I did find on several lists was one particular author’s name.  Kristen Ashley.

Doing a search at Goodreads I found mostly really good reviews of her works.  You are not going to please every reader with every book or author – I take these things with a grain of salt.  There were enough good votes for me to head over to Amazon and see if any of the most mentioned books were available.

I picked out three.  Each from a different series and based on the recommendations I found at Goodreads.  The general consensus seems to be that these ladies are in their late 30’s to mid 40’s.  Sounds about right for what I’m looking for.

Motorcycle ManMotorcycle Man (Dream Men)

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she’s back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn’t the tequila and hot sex talking. He’s the kind of man she’s always wanted. Unfortunately, he’s also her new boss . . .

Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he’ll be the one breaking all the rules…

Sweet DreamsSweet Dreams (Colorado Mountains)

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba’s. It’s a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn’t want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he’s also the bar’s part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won’t fit in at Bubba’s. Yet there’s more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

At PeaceAt Peace (The ‘Burgh series)

Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.

Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.

Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.

Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?

These three will be up as reviews in the next few days.  Let’s get this mature romance reader – reading list – going, shall we?  🙂

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