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Modern Mystery Romances Sizzling With Spice. Because Love’s A Killer.

White hot, totally twisted. Classical meets millennial mayhem in British romance author Briar Black’s suspenseful Romance Mysteries.

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Bane

He was the class bad boy, you were the geek. He hated you. You were obsessed. You’re not as you were. He’s still all you want, but he’s in trouble. How far will you go to save him? Just how bad do you want this boy to be?

Modern Mystery Romances Sizzling With Spice. Because Love’s A Killer.

White hot, totally twisted. Classical meets millennial mayhem in British romance author Briar Black’s suspenseful Romance Mysteries.

Coming Soon…

Bane

He was the class bad boy, you were the geek. He hated you. You were obsessed. You’re not as you were. He’s still all you want, but he’s in trouble. How far will you go to save him? Just how bad do you want this boy to be?

Steamy Reads From A Romantic Brit

Briar Black is a British Romance author whose obsession with classical literature from the Brontës, Jane Austin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde and so many more collided with a modern millennial mindset to bring you twisted tales of love, lust, unexpected drama and mystery.

If you’re a fan of spicy romance and enthralling enigma tales, Briar’s books were literally written for you. While you’re here, check out her book reviews, thoughts, theories and musings on the mechanics of romance novels, tropes, and more…

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  • Rebecca Yarros’ Fourth Wing: Soaring Ambition & Fiery Hearts

    Rebecca Yarros’ Fourth Wing: Soaring Ambition & Fiery Hearts

    By Published On: April 8, 2024Categories: Romantasy Reviews

    Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros's fantastic foray into fantasy literature, is an enthralling blend of high fantasy and romance, set in a world where dragons and magical abilities intertwine with human struggles and emotions. Yarros's narrative is refreshing in its modern twist on a high fantasy setting. While some may fault it for not being perfectly phrased, I personally loved the fact it had a very down-to-earth, real-world tone, resplendent with modern colloquialisms and swearing. Yes, this occasionally interferes with your suspension of disbelief, as there are the odd word choices or phrases that don’t actually make any sense in the setting. But, overall, I’m quite happy to overlook that in order to enjoy Yarros’ straightforward yet highly imaginative storytelling and wonderful character development.

Favourite British Romance Authors’ Swoon-Worthy Books

As an aspiring British romance author myself (books penned but yet to be published!), I can’t help but gush over the literary magic that these writers weave with their words. From captivating love stories set against the backdrop of charming English countryside to sizzling romances in the heart of London, these authors have stolen the hearts of readers worldwide.

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic seeking your next book crush or an aspiring author like me, hoping to learn a thing or two from the masters of the genre, these books are for you! So, grab your favourite cup of tea, find a cosy spot, and let’s lose ourselves in the world of British romance authors together. After all, there’s nothing quite like the charm and passion that these authors infuse into their stories – it’s like a warm hug on a rainy day, a comforting embrace in a world full of uncertainties.

Get ready to be whisked away on a rollercoaster of emotions in this collection of brilliant British romance authors and their timeless tales of love, longing, and happily-ever-afters…

  • Summer Of Secrets By British Romance Author Lorna Peel

    A Summer of Secrets by Lorna Peel

    Lorna Peel transports readers to the breathtaking countryside of Ireland in A Summer of Secrets. The story revolves around Rachel Doyle, who returns to her family’s farm in Ireland after a failed relationship. Here, she finds solace and support from her childhood friend, Finn Carmichael. Unbeknownst to Rachel, Finn has harboured a secret love for her since their youth. Amidst the lush Irish landscape, the pair must confront their feelings and the secrets that bind them, making this a tale of love, forgiveness, and rediscovery.

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  • On Dublin Street by British Romance Author Samantha Young

    On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) by Samantha Young

    Samantha Young takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster in On Dublin Street. The novel introduces Jocelyn Butler, a young woman with a troubled past, who relocates to the vibrant city of Edinburgh, Scotland, to escape her demons. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she crosses paths with Braden Carmichael, a wealthy and irresistibly attractive businessman. The intense chemistry between the two characters ignites a love story that is as passionate as it is heartwarming. However, their past traumas and insecurities threaten to tear them apart, making their journey towards love all the more riveting.

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  • Inevitable Ella by British Romancer Writer VH Nicholson

    Inevitable Ella (Triple Trouble #2) by VH Nicolson

    A riveting romance novel set against Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes, Inevitable Ella by British romance author VH Nicholson follows Ella, a tenacious dance instructor, and Fraser, a professional golfer battling inner demons. Their tale of rekindled love is rife with challenges, passion, and deep emotional connections. Infused with delightful Scottish nuances and contemporary references, the story grabs the reader’s attention. Ella and Fraser’s chemistry is palpable, making their romantic moments electrifying and heartfelt. Throughout the tale, the strong community around Ella amplifies the depth of their journey. This book is an essential read for romance aficionados, masterfully balancing love, tension, and raw emotion.

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  • The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

    The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

    In The Flatshare, British romance novelist Beth O’Leary crafts a unique and endearing love story. Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey share a flat, but they’ve never met. As they work opposite shifts, they communicate solely through notes left around the apartment. Despite the unconventional setup, a deep connection forms between them. With witty banter, charming characters, and a touch of serendipity, this novel takes readers on an emotional journey that proves love can blossom in the most unusual circumstances. O’Leary masterfully blends humour with heartfelt moments, creating a captivating narrative that resonates with anyone who’s ever found love in unexpected places. Her adept storytelling ensures that readers will be rooting for Tiffy and Leon’s quirky relationship from start to finish.

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  • Hunting Eden (Triple Trouble #1) by VH Nicolson

    Hunting Eden (Triple Trouble #1) by VH Nicolson

    A captivating romance novel set in Scotland and following Eden, a Scottish dancer, and her entanglement with Hunter, an American pro golfer, which unfolds with suspense, humour, and more than a few hurdles. Quirky Scottish elements and relatable pop culture references make this an immersing read. Eden and Hunter’s chemistry is sizzling, and their encounters are steamy and satisfying. As the plot progresses, the characters’ personal growth and the support they receive from others in the small town setting add depth to the narrative. A must-read for romance enthusiasts, offering a perfect blend of love, passion, and heat, leaving readers eagerly anticipating the next instalment in the series of standalone romances.

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  • Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake (Winner Bakes All, #1) by Alexis Hall

    Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake (Winner Bakes All, #1) by Alexis Hall

    Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall is a charming romance centred on baking and competition. Rosaline Palmer, an amateur baker with dreams of success, auditions for a reality TV baking show to change her life. Little does she know that her journey will lead her to form a bond with the enigmatic and intimidating judge, Alain Pope. As they navigate the world of competitive baking, their own journeys of self-discovery intertwine with Rosaline’s pursuit of success and love. Set against the backdrop of a high-stakes baking competition and the bustling city of London, this novel provides a delightful mix of romance, personal growth, and mouthwatering desserts.

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  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice is a timeless novel penned by Jane Austen, one of the most renowned British romance authors. Set in the Regency era, the story revolves around the headstrong Elizabeth Bennet and the proud Mr. Darcy as they navigate societal expectations, misunderstandings, and personal growth. With a keen wit and astute social commentary, Austen skillfully weaves a tale of love, pride, and the triumph of true affection over societal prejudices, making Pride and Prejudice a captivating masterpiece that continues to enchant readers across generations.

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Why Everyone Loves British Romance Authors

British romance writers have this incredible advantage because of our rich literary tradition. We’ve got literary legends like Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters setting the stage for romance excellence. And let’s not forget Shakespeare – he knew a thing or two about love!

One of the things that make our stories so appealing internationally is the timeless settings we use. Picture charming countryside estates, elegant manor houses, and vibrant cities – it’s a romantic dream come true. Readers from all over the world can’t get enough of that nostalgic and picturesque vibe. Of course, those of us who live in dear Blighty have a slightly less romantic view of the climate, but then again, who doesn’t love a good kiss in the rain scene? Plus Britain doesn’t just have England with all its Englishness, we also have Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. This gives us a huge well of settings and cultural quirks to draw on. From Samantha Young penning tales from Ireland, to VH Nicolson’s Scottish sports romances, the British Isles have a lot to offer readers.

But you know what really hooks readers? Our characters! We’ve got this knack for creating compelling folks you can’t help but relate to. Friendly, affable, everyman/woman types with an ineffable charm that comes from being British. They face universal emotions and experiences, so no matter where you’re from, you’ll find something in common with them.

And we’ve got to admit, our wit and humour are pretty on point. For some reason, nowhere else in the world can correctly use irony in their fiction – most often they seem to mistake it for bad luck. We actually know how to wield it to dramatic effect while delivering deadpan snark and sarcasm. It adds this light-hearted and engaging tone to our stories that readers absolutely love. Laughter and love – what more could you want?

Speaking of love, we like exploring all those juicy social dynamics – class, society, and family relationships. It adds that extra layer of depth and intrigue to our tales. Plus, we get to delve into the complexities of human connections, and that’s fascinating stuff.

Our romances have that emotional punch too. We’re really good at tugging at heartstrings and making readers feel all the feels. Love, heartbreak, passion – we’ve got it all covered!

You see, our stories have this cross-cultural appeal. We touch on universal themes like love, self-discovery, and personal growth. So whether you’re from England or anywhere else, you’ll find our tales relatable.

And hey, global marketing and translations have made our books accessible to readers all over the planet. It’s incredible to think that someone on the other side of the world is enjoying our love stories!

So yeah, we’re diverse too! We’ve got historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic comedies – there’s something for everyone. We just love bringing romance to life in all its forms.

All in all, being a British romance author is a joy. Our storytelling traditions, captivating settings, relatable characters, and universal themes make our tales a hit internationally. And it’s an absolute thrill to know that our stories of love and passion are touching the hearts of readers everywhere. Keep on spreading the romance!

📚💕 Last year saw me getting lost in the pages of Virgin River again. There's something about Robyn Carr's series that feels like a warm hug every time I come back to it. I've laughed, I've cried, and I've fallen in love with every character all over again. 🏞️ And yes, I finally caught up with the Netflix series too - so many thoughts!For those of you who love the series, or have heard of it but don't know where to start, I've poured all my Virgin River musings into a new blog post. From the comfort of reuniting with Mel and Jack to the thrilling nuances of the show, I've been waxing lyrical about why these stories resonate so deeply. I've also included the full reading order to start your own journey (or re-journey) through Virgin River. 🌟Ready to cozy up with a good book or binge-watch the series? Then head over to the blog for a deep dive into the world of Virgin River - link in bio🖇!#VirginRiverNetflix #VirginRiverSeries #VirginRiver #NetflixOriginal #NetflixSeries #RobynCarr #NetflixOriginalSeries #MelAndJack #JackSheridan #MelMonroe #Melck #RomanceReaders #RomanceBookClub #LoveStories #ContemporaryRomance #BookBoyfriends #RomanticSuspense #RomanceJunkie #RomanceNovelAddict #ReadingRomance #Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #BookBlogger #BookRecs
📚🛋️ Have you ever picked up a book simply because it was everywhere on Bookstagram? That's how I stumbled upon The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Let me tell you, this isn't just another book in the contemporary fiction aisle. It's a gem that truly deserves the hype!With every turn of the page, you're invited into the quirky yet surprisingly touching world of Tiffy and Leon, two flatmates in a post-it note romance of our dreams. 📝💕 They've never met, yet they share their lives in the most intimate way - through the nooks and crannies of a single apartment.As a lover of all-things romance with a twist, this book checked all the boxes. It was like unwrapping a layered gift; it had depth, it had humor, and most importantly, it had heart. 🌶️ And for those wondering about the spice—think of it as a dash of cinnamon in your hot chocolate, just enough to add a special kick.Ready to meet your next favorite book couple? Grab your cuppa and head over to my blog for the full scoop – link in bio! 🖇️#BookstagramMadeMeDoIt #TheFlatshare #BethOLeary #ContemporaryRomance #BookReview #SlowBurnRomance #BookLover #ReadingTime #FeelGoodBook #RomComReads #Bookish #Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #BookBlogger #BookstagramMadeMeBuyIt
🌟✨ Book Review: Hild by Nicola Griffith ✨🌟Hey there, bookworms! 📚 I've got a historical fiction gem to share with you all! 💎 If you're into captivating tales of powerful women who shaped the course of history, then Hild is an absolute MUST-read! 🌌This book takes us on an incredible journey to early medieval Britain, where we meet the extraordinary Hild - a woman ahead of her time! 👑 With her keen intellect and uncanny ability to see the world in a different light, she rises to become the king's seer. 🔮 Political intrigues, personal struggles, and the intricacies of early Christianity make for a riveting and immersive story that'll keep you flipping those pages! 📖💫Nicola Griffith's writing effortlessly transports you to another era, painting a vivid picture of the cultural and societal tapestry of ancient Britain. 🏰 You'll be fully immersed in the sights, sounds, and emotions of Hild's world! 🌿So, if you're craving a tale of empowerment, history, and unyielding strength, grab "Hild" and prepare to be utterly spellbound! 🌹✨ Trust me, you won't be able to put it down! 😉 Happy reading, lovelies! 📖❤️ Check out my full review on the blog (link in bio!).#bookblogger #bookstagram #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #booklover #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #books #bookphotography #bookblog #reading bookaholic #bookaddict #book #booklove #bookshelf #goodreads #read #reader #bookreview readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeature #instabooks #instabook #bookobsessed bookgram #igbooks
📚✨ Dive into the world of The Book Thief by @MarkusZusak, a poignant historical fiction set in Nazi Germany. 🌟 Rating: 4/5👧 Follow Liesel Meminger's journey from a frightened child to a strong young woman, as she discovers the power of words and human connections amidst war. With Death as an unconventional narrator, this novel offers a unique perspective on love, friendship, and resilience.📖 Key Tropes: Unusual Narrator, Coming of Age, Found Family, Hidden Sanctuary. A masterclass in storytelling, perfect for those who appreciate intricate narratives and deep emotional experiences.💔 Emotional Impact: 4/5. Get ready for a moving and memorable reading adventure!📚 🔗 Check the link in my bio for the full review on my website! #TheBookThief #HistoricalFiction #BookReview #Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #Bookish #BookBlogger #BookBlog
📚 Book Review: Corrupted Heir by Kiana Hettinger 💚Set against a tantalising backdrop of mafia intricacies, Corrupted Heir offers readers a captivating exploration of love and power. Dominic and Fallon's palpable chemistry serves as the centrepiece, resonating through the narrative and underscoring the enchantment of romance set amidst dark undertones. However, whilst the romance element flourishes, there's a longing for a deeper plunge into the shadowy world of the mafia.💥💔➡️❤️ Enemies to Lovers
⛓️👫 Forced Proximity
💍 Forced Marriage/Marriage of ConvenienceTheir chemistry sizzles, earning a spice rating of 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️. Yet, while romance thrives, I would have preferred a deeper dive into the mafia world.Overall I gave it a ★★★☆☆ 3/5 rating. It's an enticing read for those who love passion wrapped in danger. For a detailed breakdown, check out the complete review on my blog (link in bio!).#BookReview #MafiaRomance #CorruptedHeir #KianaHettinger #ReadersOfInstagram #RomanceNovels #Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #Bookish #BriarBlack
Is it just me that can’t get enough of the #ForbiddenLove trope? Hit me with your favourite novels that have a pair told they absolutely CANNOT be together, but can’t stay apart 💚💔📖 Also, check out my latest blog which is all about this trope (and has a long list of recs!) The link is in my bio! 🔗#bookstagrammer #BookBlog #BookBlogger #Romance #Tropes
As many of you know, I'm a self-proclaimed book addict, and reading has always been my sanctuary, my form of self-care. But I've learned the hard way that even something as soothing as reading can become overwhelming. 📖💔There were times when my 'self-care' reading left me needing recovery from my recovery! It sounds funny, but it taught me an important lesson: balancing my love for books with taking care of myself DURING those deep dives into fictional worlds. 🌍📚So, my latest blog post covers my best Essential (If Slightly Eccentric) Self-Care Tips For Bookworms. It's not just a list of tips; it's a reflection of my journey in finding harmony between my passion for reading and my wellbeing. 🕊️📖From creating a snug reading nook complete with a secret snack stash (yes, snacks are crucial! 🍪🥤) to quirky routines like book-inspired yoga poses and writing absurd fan fiction (trust me, it's therapeutic!), these are the ways I've learned to cherish my reading time without losing myself in it. 🧘‍♀️✍️It's all about loving your books and loving yourself, too. Check out the blog (link in bio 🖇) 📚Happy reading, and even happier self-caring! 💖#Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #BookishProblems #SelfCare #BookAddict #BookBlogger
I’ve been writing away at my new novel, Bane, and am well on track for my #NaNo count. Here’s my favourite bit of the day 💚 #MysteryRomance #RomanceNovel  #Bookstagram #SpicyReads
#NaNo is going well so far, I'm getting quite a bit written, and I'm actually happy with the words! The only thing is I've a feeling with all the writing I won't be reading much this week. So, I need to live vicariously through you lovely people - what are you all reading?
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