Alright, so… romantic fiction? Yay or nay? As a reader, they’re my favorite kind of books to lose myself in and, as an aspiring writer, romance is, by far, my go-to topic. Trying to find good romance novels to read… Well, that’s a challenge. Why? Because a big majority of romantic fiction out there just downright sucks.
For the last eight days or so, I have been tearing through the ACRO series of books by Sydney Croft. The six books – Riding the Storm, Unleashing the Storm, Seducing the Storm, Taming the Fire, Tempting the Fire, Taken by Fire – are all about characters that have super-human powers. They work for the Agency of Covert Rare Operations (ACRO) and they’re basically badass superhero spies that save the world while battling the rival, evil agency Itor. Add to this awesomeness some seriously hot smut (this is erotic fiction, y’all) and great romance, and this series was a total winner.
Each book is about a separate couple but two couples have their stories told in tidbits over the six books. It’s one of these couples, Creed and Annika, that was my absolute favorite of the whole series. They’re the only couple that reduced me to tears at one point due to their serious angst. Creed is a ghost hunter with a spirit attached to him named Kat (and he’s covered in tattoos that he was born with completely from head to toe on his right side) and Annika can electrify her body and fry crispy anything and everything that touches her. Their relationship, for me, was the heart and soul of the book and it’s a reason that if anyone tackles this series, they have to read all six books just so that they can see how Creed and Annika end up.
Seriously, though, the books are fantastic. Full of adventure, people with super powers, and hardcore smut – read these books now!!!! (All of the books can be found here.)
For full disclosure, I’ve been a fan of MaryJane Butters for well over a decade. Each issue of her organic lifestyle magazine feels more like a piece of art in my hand than an actual magazine. I keep each issue and love to flip back through them so that I can be re-inspired by the stories and tempted by the delicious recipes. I subscribe to her “farmgirl” precepts, regardless of where I might be living at the time.
This is her latest book:
In true MaryJane fashion, it is fantastic. Gorgeous photography. Practical advice. It tugs at the heartstrings. I’ve wanted a vintage camper for a very long time (and even owned one for a while, until we realized it was too damaged to be able to practically restore) and this book makes it seem possible. Not only is it full of delicious recipes, there are adorable craft projects scattered throughout. And the restoration tips for vintage campers are so helpful to a total novice like me. Thanks to this book, I can honestly say that 1958 Airstream Bubble will be mine eventually!