This request will make someone swoon. I already did, I freely admit it. Stephanie writes:
Help! I have a friend who is an Air Force MP. Big burly Alpha guy. (pause for visual image to form)
Anyway he is currently deployed overseas and asked me to send him some books. I thought I was going to have to buy out the Tom Clancy section at the bookstore but then he admitted to me that he used to enjoy Jackie Collins’ books but now needs something else (along the same lines) to read. He’s an undercover romance reader! (I found him, get your paws off!)
I was never a huge fan of Ms. Collins’ so I need your and/or the bitchery’s help. For someone who liked that style what would you recommend in current authors?
How awesome is that? I love requests like this. I asked for clarification as to what it was that he liked about the Jackie Collins books- the Hollywood, the smarm, the sex or the intricate wtf plot? Stephanie surmises that “it was the sex (#1) the intricate wtf plot (#2) and then the smarm. Hollywood was probably incidental.”
I’d suggest Maggie Marr’s Hollywood Girl’s Club novels, as they are much better written and casted than Collins’ novels, and feature strong women. But for fun and intelligent super sexy contemporary-set romances, Julie James’ Something About You might also appeal – minus the obvious Hollywood glitz, unless US attorneys in Chicago are extreme glitz and I don’t know it.
What do you recommend?