Romance Mini-Reviews: A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh and Headliners by Lucy Parker

46299015._sy475_A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Published by Gollancz, December 5th 2019

I adore everything Nalini Singh does – so much that I read her newest book even though I rarely, if ever, read anything that could be categorized as either thriller or crime. And I am very glad I did. Everything I adore in her writing was present here, especially her wonderful hand with world-building. Obviously world-building in a real world setting is a lot different to world-building in a paranormal setting, but in the end Singh manages to portrait this small town at the end of the world in New Zealand with much the same flair as her more out there worlds featuring shapeshifters and angels.

The biggest strength of this book is the atmosphere she creates her; the place she portraits seems effortlessly creepy and stifling. Set in the rough West coast of New Zealand’s South Island (a place I was lucky enough to visit last year), her town and its inhabitants come to life in a really satisfying way. I also enjoyed the central romance, even though it did take the backseat to the mystery. These two people are damaged in their own way and find solace in each other – and I was so here for that.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Content warning: miscarriage, cheating, infertility, serial killing, stalking, arson

I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

47826382Headliners (London Celebrities # 5) by Lucy Parker

Published by Carina Press, January 20th 2020

Of course I loved this. Lucy Parker writes the best romance novels and I have enjoyed every single book in this series. I was beyond ecstatic to receive an ARC of this book I could read over my Christmas break – because this is a Christmas novel at heart. Headliners follows on from the events of The Austen Playbook which for me had the advantage that the dual time-lines usually employed for hate-to-love romances was not necessary, dual time-lines being something I do not particularly enjoy in this genre.

As always, Parker’s characterisation is on point, the snark level is off the charts and the romance at heart is lovely and brilliant and so very funny. Sabrina is a wonderful character whose ambition never means that she sacrifices her own morals, while Nick is actually (underneath his douchebag front) nice and funny – even if he has to realize that ambition should not come before common decency. There were as usual incredibly funny scenes between scenes with genuine heart. Parker’s romances feel real in a way that I find rare in the genre. The romantic gestures are often smaller ones that feel incredibly true to life.

While I thought the book was a tad too long, overall I sped through this and cannot wait to see what Lucy Parker does next.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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