R.L. Kenderson’s Top 10 Favorite Books & Why
1. Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters Series
This is one of my favorite series because it has my ultimate book boyfriend, Sam Starrett. You meet Sam in the second book (there is brief mention of him in the first book), and he doesn’t get his story until book six. It’s a long wait but totally worth it. I love this series because it has multiple POVs and you really get to know the characters and get in their heads. For example, like I said you meet Sam in book two. You get to be in Sam’s POV and get to see what he is thinking. By the time you get to his book, you feel like you really know him. Then to top it all off, this series is about Navy SEALs. Hot, sexy, tough SEALs. I just love how Suzanne writes them. Plus, I have heard her talk about how much research she has done on the SEALs and she started her series years ago. She doesn’t write about them because they are popular. She writes about them because she is genuinely interested in the Navy SEALs, and her passion for them shows in her work. Book six is my favorite, obviously, because it’s about my favorite book boyfriend.
2. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
I always think that J.R. Ward is the paranormal version of Suzanne Brockmann, because like Suzanne, J.R. writes in multiple POVs too. Then, to top it all off, she writes about sexy, badass vampires. And one of my favorite things is that her vampires are alive. They are born and can have children. They aren’t undead and they don’t live forever. Book three is my favorite. I love Zsadist story and he’s my favorite vampire.
3. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
I have to say this book because this was the very first romance novel I read. I have always been a big reader. In middle school, I was a huge Stephen King fan. But it wasn’t until I went to college that I read my first romance. Lara, my co-author, lent me Mr. Perfect and I guess you could say the rest is history. I had no idea books could be written with sex in them. I was hooked. If I remember correctly, I went and bought every Linda Howard book I could find and devoured them. Now, that’s all I pretty much read.
4. Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars Series
After reading all of Linda Howard’s books I had to go and search of new authors. This was back before Facebook and Facebook groups where you could just ask people for suggestions. I remember doing a search online to find other authors like Linda Howard. Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ name came up. Now, she does not write like Linda Howard, but I fell in love with her books nonetheless. These were my first contemporary romance books (before they had all been romantic suspense) and my first sports books. I have read this series multiple times and Susan always makes me laugh. My favorite book is book three and I’ve read that one the most. Cal is still one of my book boyfriends to this day.
5. Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick Series
While I have so many books that I love, I have to include this series because this is a series by and indie author. Not only do I love Kristen Ashley’s books, but they showed me that you don’t need to be traditionally published for readers to like your books. This series is fun and Kristen has her own style of writing. Book five is my favorite, and Luke is definitely on my book boyfriend list.
1. Kristen Ashley – Rock Chick Regret
I love Kristen Ashley’s books because she writes a hot hero and fun characters. This particular book is my favorite because I love how Sadie has all of these different parts of her personality and can’t figure out who the “real Sadie” is. It just makes her so real. Who doesn’t have all these quirky parts of their personality that don’t always fit together perfectly but make you 100% you? And of course I love all the Hot Bunch and Rock Chicks being involved in the story while Sadie and Hector overcome her trauma.
2. Linda Howard – Dream Man
Love, love, love Linda Howard. Picking a favorite is hard. But this one actually made me check behind doors and in closets and behind shower curtains. And it still freaks me out sometimes. Plus having super steamy hot sex scenes and an alpha badass hero. The psychic aspect makes it fun to see skeptics become believers as Marlie becomes the only one who really stands a chance against this murderer. I just love how Linda blends the hot romance with the suspense. Perfection.
3. MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead Series
My favorite is hard to choose, but I would have to go with the first book, Undead and Unwed. I love Betsy and Sinclair. Betsy is just hilarious. She doesn’t take herself seriously and understands her “shortcomings” that make her so human. Then she becomes Queen of the Vampires but keeps her human foibles. Girlfriend won’t let a little thing like waking up dead mess with living her life. So much fun to read when most other vampire series have stuffy vamps like Sinclair. ;-) While I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward, I couldn’t copy Renae’s answer. And this vampire series is nice when you’re looking for a laugh instead of a serious vampire battle.
The Mane Squeeze is my favorite of this series, but I love them all. The characters are sexy! The sex scenes are super hot! But everything comes together and is really fun, too. Lock and Gwen are my favorite pair because Lock is such a sweetie. He just wants to go about his day and avoid drama. So of course he falls for Gwen. Flashy nails and full of attitude. The combination just makes me sigh with joy. The rest of the stories, especially Blayne’s story, are excellent. I don’t know why I love Lock so much when my second favorite story is Blayne and Bo. Bo is the polar opposite (no pun intended) of Lock, but I love both stories. That is the true sign of an excellent series. The characters aren’t carbon copies of each other and you still manage to love them all.
5. Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights Inc Series
I love Navy SEALs books because Renae introduced me to Suzanne Brockmann. But I couldn’t copy her answer. I read Julie Ann Walker’s Deep Six Series and wanted more. This led me to her Black Knights Inc Series. This group of men/heroes are from different walks of life and work/ride motorcycles. Yum! What I think is one of my love/hate parts of this series is that Julie isn’t afraid to kill off a character. It reminds me of the Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. You can’t guarantee that your character is going to be safe. It’s a great way to keep the books realistic. But the part of me that reads romance novels for the HEA is constantly on edge when reading these. “What if she doesn’t deliver an HEA for the main couple?! Whew, I dodged a bullet. But wait! I liked that lady! Why did she have to die?! Is she going to save him?!?!” It’s an emotional rollercoaster of sexy heroes. The first book has a heart-wrenching storyline about a dead team mate. I can’t say more but Julie Ann Walker makes your heart break with this storyline. And, while I tend to avoid sad stories, she weaves in the romance and suspense so well that I had to read the rest of the series that is available.
Date Published: July 1, 2017
He’s a player. She’s too smart to let him in her pants. Until a night of drunken sex has her kicking herself and vowing she’ll never let it happen again. Or will she?
After returning home due to her father’s illness, Elise Phillips reunites with her college friends, including Luke Long. Luke was a player back then, and Elise had always prided herself on not being another notch on his bedpost.
Luke is still gorgeous though, and he knows it. And he checks all her boxes—intelligent and sexy with muscles and a hard body.
Following a night of beer and shots, her resistance runs out, and he finally does check her box. And Elise knows that it can never happen again.
Luke had always thought of Elise as the pretty girl that was friends with his roommate’s girlfriend, but now she’s all grown up. When their night of passion rocks Luke’s world he realizes he must have her again.
The two enter a friends-with-benefits relationship with the agreement that they’re just going to have fun. The only thing is, with mutual friends involved, they have to hide their indiscretion.
But what harm can come from a dirty little secret?
Dirty is the first contemporary romance from paranormal romance author R.L. Kenderson. If you like laughing out loud, sexy book boyfriends, playful couples, and dirty, dirty sex, then you’ll love this fun contemporary romance.
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About the Author
R.L. Kenderson is two best friends writing under one name. Renae has always loved reading and in third grade wrote her first poem where she learned she might have a knack for this writing thing. Lara remembers sneaking her grandmother’s Harlequin novels when she was probably too young to be reading them, and since then she knew she wanted to write her own.
When they met in college, they bonded over their love of reading and the TV show Charmed. What really spiced up their friendship was when Lara introduced Renae to romance novels. When they discovered their first vampire romance, they knew there would always be a special place in their hearts for paranormal romance. After being unable to find certain storylines and characteristics they wanted to read about in the hundreds of books they consumed, they decided to write their own.
They both live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where they’re a sonographer/stay-at-home mom/wife and pharmacist/mother by day and a sexy author by night. You can find them at http://www.rlkenderson.com, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and Goodreads. Or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They always love hearing from their readers.