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As an avid romance reader and book club founder/member, I’ve always seen “reading guides” offered at bookstores but none (from what I’ve seen) are geared for Romance Books. There are guides for Literature, Teen, Self-Help, Faith, every genre but Romance. Heck I saw some guides the other day for Pet books. So not right. Why aren’t there any for romance books when this genre is the bestselling genre? I think having these at our Book Club meetings would be great. Keep the conversation going, so to speak.

Being the curious soul that I am, I visited all of, if not most of, the publishers websites to see if they offer anything in terms of discussion guides for romance novels. Imagine my surprise when there was nothing to be seen there. I sent off emails to each of the publisher websites I visited and was ignored for the most part. I did get two replies for two different publishers. Both basically had the same response. According to them, “readers had no interest in discussion guides for romance novels.” Seriously? Color me shocked when I read that because the person who replied to me was someone who works with Romance authors and novels ON. A. DAILY. BASIS. How can she think that? I’m not even going to worry about that. I’m of the mentality that if someone blocks you one way, just find a way to go around them or do your own thing and go on from there.

With that said, I’ve created a page here where I will be posting Romance Book Discussion Guides that Book Clubs and Readers can print and use for their clubs. The authors have been amazing when I asked for their helped. This will be an ongoing effort so please check back often to see what new Guides are up.

If you have any suggestions of books you’d like to see here, I welcome your suggestions, feel free to email me HERE.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT by Julie James
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0425226742

WHEN IT COMES TO THE LAWS OF ATTRACTION . . .

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face to face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they’ve kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as co-workers for one reason only: to make partner at the firm.

. . . THERE ARE NO RULES.

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. At first apprehensive, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection doesn’t last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar . . .

1. Given that J.D. & Payton were both up for partnership at a prestigious law firm, did any of their pranks seem out of character to you?

2.  Both h/H hide their feelings from each other, who did you find more vulnerable? J.D. or Payton?

3.  What connections can you make between ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ and Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’?

4. Discuss the importance of a life/work balance, and how much you would give up to attain a career goal.

5.  Who do you think would have made partner and why?

6.  Both the hero and heroine of Practice Makes Perfect have their own respective best friend. How is the friendship between Payton and Laney different from J.D. and Tyler’s (male versus female friendship)? How are they similar?

7.   Both Payton and JD have “father” issues. How does their relationship with their respective fathers, or lack thereof, effect their professional life?

8. Can a couple like J.D. and Payton, with diametrical political views/philosophy, truly make the compromises necessary for a successful union? What did J.D.’s final decision about making partner say about his ability to compromise?

9. Chase was everything that Payton was looking for in a man, so why didn’t the relationship work?

10. Friendship is very important in this book. Payton has Laney and J.D. has Tyler. What do these friendships tell you about J.D. and Payton?

11. Payton assumed that J.D. was materialistic because he drove a Bentley. Did the story behind the Bentley change your feelings towards J.D. or reinforce them?

12. Butler was a man’s only course. Did this unduly compromise Payton’s ability to entertain a client and impede her career? What about women in general not being able to get early tee times at some courses or play on them? Is this a case of discrimination or merely the rules of private clubs?

13.  Assume you are the CEO of a huge corporation that is facing a sexual harrassment lawsuit. The plaintiff’s attorney is hoping it goes forward as a class action lawsuit. Under this scenario, which lawyer would you hire – Payton or J.D. and why?

SOMETHING ABOUT YOU by Julie James
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0425233382

FATE HAS THROWN TWO SWORN ENEMIES. . .

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…

. . .INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…

1.  Jack and Cameron are two assertive, driven, intense characters. Despite their disastrous past history, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Could you overcome your personal feelings of betrayal and resentment in a similar situation? Have you ever been attracted to someone who offers a “can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em” emotional roller coaster of a relationship? Would you take a chance on a such a relationship or stay emotionally safe?

2.  Something About You featured some charismatic sidekicks, who was your favorite?

3.  How does the author use humor to convey the changing emotions of the main characters?
 
4.  Cameron became an Assistant U.S. Attorney because of her father’s murder and her wish to pursue justice. How can the reader reconcile this idealism with Cameron’s pragmatic decision to go along with Silas and drop the Martino case?  Should she have quit her job?

5. Friendship plays an important role in the book. What does their choice of friends say about Cameron and Jack?

6. Considering that Jack was tortured by Martino, was his reaction to Cameron dropping the case unprofessional or understandable? Did Cameron betray Jack or was she just doing her job?

7. What, if anything, does it say about Jack that he drives a motorcycle? If you were Cameron, would you hop on or hail a cab?

8. Why did Jack’s partnership with Wilkins work?

9.  Which character resonated with you most and why?
 
10.  Both Jack and Cameron are stubborn and head-strong characters. Do you feel that their relationship would work outside of a novel? Or do differing personalities work together better?

SIN UNDONE by Larissa Ione
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 978-0446556811

HER TOUCH IS DEADLY

As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIED

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

1. Sin is responsible for starting the plague that has been killing werewolves. Con, who is half werewolf, needs to make Sin answer for her crime but the two have history. What would you do if you were in Con’s place? Would you be able to bring your lover in or would you go against your race to protect her/him?

2. How has Sin’s early life affected her trust of others? Why do you think it had such a great impact on her attitude toward others?

3. What do you think makes a relationship between Sin and Conall, a victim of the virus, both extraordinary and challenging? What do you think are the greatest strengths to their relationship? What are the greatest struggles the pair must overcome? What do you think will allow the relationship to work?

4. In Ecstacy Unveiled, Lore describes Sin as, “the most closed off person he ever met,” do you agree with this statement? Does Sin’s personality change as Sin Undone progresses? If so, what do you think changes and why?

5. Like Sin, if you had the curse/gift of giving someone a disease, would you use it? Why or why not?

6. Like Con, in terms of abiding by clan law/politics, if you were half vampire & half werewolf, who would side with, the vampires or werewolves? Why?

7. How does Sin’s ability to cause the Sin Fever impact her relationships with those around her? Do you hold Sin fully responsible for the outbreak of the virus? Why or why not?

8. Do you think Con handled learning about her hurting herself correctly or could he had handled the situation better?
 
9. How does Eidolon demonstrate being the surrogate patriarch of the family?

10. How would you compare ‘Sin Undone’ to the rest of the Demonica series books?

FATAL AFFAIR by Marie Force
Publisher: Carina Press
eISBN: 9781426890260

Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career—and her confidence—after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff…and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can’t afford—especially when the bodies keep piling up.

1. Sam and Nick haven’t seen each other in six long years after a night together neither of them ever forgot. Their romance in Fatal Affair is somewhat forbidden due to the murder case she is investigating. Do you think Sam handled this conflict appropriately?

2. Nick has a hard time remembering that he’s a witness in Sam’s case and thus off limits to her until she closes the case. Yet he can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. Do you think Nick handed this conflict appropriately?

3. Senator John O’Connor is a primary character in Fatal Affair even though he is found dead on page 1. What did you think of John after getting to know him better? Did the decisions his father made for him as a teenager ruin his life?

4. Sam confronts many challenges in her life: dyslexia, infertility and a lousy stomach to start with. Which of these challenges do you think has the most potential to interfere with her work as a homicide detective?

5. Later in Fatal Affair, the Virginia Democrats ask Nick to complete the last year of John’s term in the U.S. Senate. Sam is concerned about how her job might ruin his political career. If you were Sam, would you be concerned about this too?

6. Nick was the product of teenage parents and raised by a grandmother who made no secret of the fact that she felt burdened by him. How do you think his upbringing will color his work as a senator?

7. During the O’Connor investigation, Detective Freddie Cruz has his head turned by the sexy Elin Svendsen. What do you think of a potential romance between Freddie and Elin?

8. The city of Washington, D.C. is full of conflict and political intrigue. Can a U.S. senator and Metro Police homicide detective make a go of a romance in this other city that never sleeps? If so, why? If not, why not?

9. What do you think of a romance series with the same leading couple in every book?

10. Sam’s father, retired Deputy Chief Skip Holland, was shot on the job and left a quadriplegic two years earlier. His unsolved case haunts Sam. Do you think she’ll ever find the person who shot her father after so much time has passed?

11. Sam’s ex-husband Peter Gibson is insanely jealous of Sam and Nick’s relationship. Do you see him as someone Sam and Nick need to be concerned about in the future?

12. Lt. Stahl has it in for Sam. Why do you suppose that is?

BROKEN by Shiloh Walker
Publisher: Berkley Heat
ISBN: 0425232417

The hardest battles are fought within

Shattered

Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter and bail bondsman in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. He’s tempted by her beauty—but he knows from experience that anyone desperate enough to live in his building is damaged goods. Besides, he has his own soul to mend before he can worry about anyone else.

Desperate

Sara Davis is on the run, but not for the usual reasons a woman goes on the lam. She’s not an abused wife, and she’s not a criminal. But she does have a plan for her future. And as much as she finds herself attracted to her gruff, tough neighbor, she can’t risk telling him the secrets she’s hiding. There’s just too much at stake.

Driven to desire…

But Quinn must get closer to Sara when she turns out to be the target of his new missing persons case, and he discovers that there is something more complex and dangerous to her than he thought. Now, both Quinn and Sara will have to expose their true feelings—as well as their fragile hearts—if they hope their love will survive…

1. Were you pleased with the way Quinn accepted his own chance at deserving happiness?

2. Sara isn’t exactly what we were led to believe-did this surprise you?

3. What was your first reaction to the way Sara responded when she saw Luke for the first time?

4. Do you ever see Sara and Devon bonding?

5. Did the story’s outcome surprise you? There were little hints laid through out the story but they could have gone so many directions…did you have any clue they would lead to this outcome?

6. Quinn isn’t exactly the typical hero. If he did become a hero for you as a reader, when did that happen?

7. Revenge is touched on quite a bit in this story, although it’s not revealed right away. How did that work…did it hurt the characters? Did they let it take them over?

8. Was there a favorite quote or line that jumped out at you? Why?

9. What is your favorite moment?

Everyone loves a hero. That’s the problem.

Hero pilot Cole Langston is learning to live with—and enjoy—his newfound fame and the rabid female attention that comes with it until a lucky punch knocks some sense into him and opens his eyes to true love.


When his copilot suffers a heart attack in flight, Cole lands the jetliner in a blizzard and revives the stricken captain. Catapulted to national hero status, Cole has more women vying for his attention than he knows what to do with. They all have one thing in common: they try without success to bring this happy-go-lucky pilot down to earth.

Then comes an airport altercation, a punch to the face, and the lovely Olivia—a shy, timid artist who does what no other woman has ever managed to do: steal Cole’s well-protected heart. With women coming on to him everywhere they go, Olivia struggles to believe that Cole is ready for a committed relationship. His biggest problem is getting rid of all his extra ladies before the only one he wants figures out that she’s one of many.

1. Most people think it would be kind of fun and exciting to date someone famous. After Olivia meets Cole, it doesn’t take her long to realize that there’s a downside, especially when your new boyfriend is movie-star handsome and a national hero. Do you think you’d be comfortable dating a famous hero?

2. Trust is a major theme in Everyone Loves a Hero. Cole and Olivia have the usual challenges of a couple dating long distance with the added issue of his fame. Could you trust a man who had women pursuing him everywhere he goes?

3. When Olivia first shares her art with Cole, he says something that changes her entire outlook on her talent. Has someone ever said just the right thing to you and changed how you think about something important to you?

4. What qualities make a man a hero? Which qualities, other than what he did during the blizzard, make Cole a hero?

5. Throughout Everyone Loves a Hero, Cole is dealing with a “situation” involving his ex-girlfriend Natasha. He chooses to keep this situation from Olivia for what he thinks are good reasons. Did he do the right thing?

6. By the same token, Olivia kept something rather important from Cole before the first night they spend together. Did she do the right thing for the right reason?

7. What actors would you cast in the roles of Cole and Olivia?

8. Olivia’s relationship with her mother is complicated. After they argue, Olivia keeps her distance from her mother for a while. Did she do the right thing?

9. What was your favorite of Cole and Olivia’s many dates?

10. What did you think of Cole’s grand gesture to win back Olivia?

 

 

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