I hope everyone is having a wonderful year so far and have been reading many exciting books! I know that for many of my blog readers, the times may be a bit unnerving and you may look to books as a source of comfort. I know I do! Given that, I wanted to take some time to highlight a few of my favorite comfort reads - books that I go to when I just need some quiet time with a cup of tea and a reality-escaping novel to take me away from the worries of reality. Below are a sampling of mine:
Dreaming of You ~ Lisa Kleypas
What I love most about this book is the love between the hero and the heroine. There is a scene where the couple is reunited after a long absence, and my heart leaps and sighs every time.
She began to approach him. Without meaning to he reached her in three strides and snatched her in his arms. Her joyous laugh tickled his ear as he lifted her off her feet. Urgently his mouth roved across her face with rough kisses that stung her cheek, her chin, her forehead. She caught his lean jaw in her hands to hold him still. The moonlight was captured in her glistening eyes as she stared up at him. "I want to be with you,' she whispered. "No matter what happens."
A Sorceress of His Own ~ Dianne Duvall
This book has so much history and magic in it, I was enthralled from the first page to the last. I love the relationship between the hero and heroine, because despite their love being forbidden, the hero refuses to give up on them. There is one scene in which he defends her that always makes me smile.
"You see, I recall quite clearly that she did indeed draw your notice. You glared at her most fiercely as she passed, then spat dangerously close to the hem of her robe." Dillon wanted to kill the man as he recalled the incident. Eyes widened when the metal goblet Dillon clutched began to bend beneath the pressure of his clenching fist, slowly sinking in upon itself. "Know you the punishment you would have been dealt had your aim been more true?" he questioned menacingly. The knight shook his head. "I warned you all, did I not, ere I left for Pinehurst that any offense made against her is an offense against me...What say you now to the earl upon whose feet you spat today in his own bailey?"
Radiance ~ Grace Draven
Grace Draven is one of those authors that, when I discovered her, I went out and bought every book and story she has ever written. She is, to this day, an auto-buy for me. I particularly love Radiance, because it tells the story of two people who weren't supposed to fall in love, but in spite of all odds, they did anyway.
"My noble prince," she said. "You are..." She frowned, searching for the words.
"A dead eel?" His hands tracked their own paths over her body, learning each curve beneath the thin nightrail.
"No," she said. "More like a raven. Dark and elegant."
"A clever scavenger."
Ildiko gave him a mock scowl. "A beautiful bird." She thumped him on the arm. "Stop fishing for compliments, you vain creature."