A few weeks ago, Holly, Tracy, Kat and I went to The Ripped Bodice because when you’re in L.A. and are booknerds like us, that’s just what you do.
The store itself was gorgeous and perfect for book lovers. There were lounges and comfy chairs set up all around the store so that you can get your book talk on if you were so inclined (which we totally did and I’ll never be the same again, let me tell you). They had romances in every genre you could think of on their shelves. It truly is quite the experience. If you’re in town, you should definitely make the time to check it out for yourself.
The thing that we were oohing and ahhing over were their romance starter kits. They had starter kits for contemporary romance, historical romance, erotica romance, all of the romances and we all took turns really loving the idea but because books are so subjective, we were also swapping out titles and putting our spin on these starter kits so we’re here today to share our starter kit ideas with you guys.
Starter kits are for the new to romance readers. They’re a stack of books that will get you started on your romance reading journey and here are our suggestions for what you should read first.
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Easy by Tammara Webber
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long
Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
Demon Angel by Meljean Brook
Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Fantasy & Steampunk
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
The Kraken King by Meljean Brook
Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop