[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have author RC Boldt guest post on the site today. Take it away RC!]
What books would you bring with you to a deserted island?
This question is extremely challenging, because narrowing my choices down to a handful of books is what I imagine it might be if one were to ask a mother to choose her favorite child. However, I tried my best to compile a list and provide a little reasoning behind each of my choices.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I fell in love with this book when I was in high school and it was assigned reading for my literature class. The themes in this story are still relatable or understandable—adultery, sin, punishment, heartache, etc. This is still, to this day, one of my all-time favorite books.
The KGI Series by Maya Banks
Sure, I have a few among this series that I absolutely LOVE, but they’re each utterly captivating stories in their own right. One of my favorite things about this series is the way the family looks out for each other—regardless of whether the characters are blood-related or not. As a military wife, this resonates with me so incredibly much. Our “Navy family” are individuals who will have your back at the drop of a hat—no questions asked—and it’s much like the family portrayed in Maya Banks’ novels.
Maya Banks’ historical series (In bed with a Highlander; Highlander Most Wanted; Seduction of a Highland Lass)
Now, let it be known that I do not actively seek out books in this genre. I much prefer contemporary romance, but Banks’ “Highlander” books are pure magic. That’s the honest truth. They have strong heroines and gruff heroes and a love that packs a wallop and knocks everyone’s life askew. If that isn’t beautiful, I’m not sure what is, quite frankly.
Picture Perfect by Julie James
If you want snappy, witty-as-all-get-out banter, this book is it. Good lord, while these two lawyers are vying for the same position, hating on each other like it’s their second job, the sexual tension catapults off the charts. How does that not sound like something I’d need while stuck on a deserted island, right?
Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
I’m a sucker for the friends-to-lovers trope and this one has it in SPADES. The banter, the angst, the gut-punch heartbreaking scenes, and the swoon-worthy moments—it’s all there.
Beneath These Lies by Meghan March
This was my very first book by this author and it still remains my favorite of hers. The storyline is intriguing, with its parallels with the Bernie Madoff scandal, but the push and pull between the characters was what caught me, hook, line, and sinker. The reversal where the heroine is the one who is tatted up and gruff/standoffish instead of the hero is unique and makes it more than worthy of a reread.
Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey
I’m not sure I know where to start with this one. This is simply an absolute MUST if I’m stuck on an island. Perfect little southern belle on the run from her own wedding encounters the gruffest military man out there? Not to mention, the hero is bearded and broody and brings his major A-game when it comes to delicious dirty talk when things heat up (and, boy, do they!). I mean, who wouldn’t sign up to bring this book along with them, right?
Where One Goes by N. Toler
Okay, so here’s a confession… I’m not a super fan when it comes to paranormal or fantasy reads. Nothing against it—truly. It’s just never been my thing. However, I’m glad I gave this book a chance because it is simply phenomenal. This book made me sob, sob, SOB, but the exquisite storytelling and the way the author manages to pull at each and every one of the reader’s heartstrings makes it impossible to even consider not bringing this with me.
Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
Holy wow. Where do I even start? Elicit. Captivating. Page-turner. Seductive. This forbidden love story between the heroine and her boyfriend’s father is all that and more. So much more.
Hate F*ck by Ainsley Booth
I read an ARC of this book (or rather, these books/installments) before I started my journey as an author. This story is one that’s stayed with me ever since, simply because of how well the author manages to make the hero—growly, alpha, standoffish Cole—endearing in letting the reader see the way the heroine (Hailey) slips past his defenses and manages to revive that heart of his that he claims not to have.
The Dark Secrets of SHTF Survival by Selco Begovic
This book appeals to my inner nerd simply because it was written by an individual who survived the Balkan War. I’ve heard it’s a must-read and absolutely captivating simply because it is unlike any other survival-type of book. Even though I’d be on a “deserted island”, I think this book would captivate me so *maybe* I wouldn’t end up like Tom Hanks and his soccer ball, Wilson, from the movie, Castaway. One can hope, right? 😉
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About the Author:
RC Boldt enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.
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Choose Me by RC Boldt, out now!
Wearing the nicest suit I own, I stand in the very back with a flask full of whiskey in my inner pocket. I put on a brave face as I watch her walk down the aisle.Because it’s too late.I refuse to be the bastard who makes her cry on her wedding day, but I’m dying to tell her what I’ve always known. She’s my best friend, but she doesn’t realize she owns my f*cking heart and soul, too. Each step down that aisle takes her farther away from me and brings her closer to him, forcing me to face the truth: I’ve fallen in love with someone who can’t be mine. If she’d just turn around, maybe she’d realize I love her more than he ever could. I won’t ruin her perfect day, but my broken heart begs me to try and convince her. Choose me.