What to Read: Kate Bateman’s Desert Island Books

Kate Bateman’s Desert Island Books

[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to have author Kate Bateman sharing her favorite books today! Take it away, Kate!]

Hello all, and welcome to my desert island! 

I’m Kate Bateman and I love reading romance, whether stranded on a beach or not. Choosing only five books to be cast away with is like asking me which body part I’d like to live without (Appendix? Tonsils? I’ll surrender both if I can have another book!) Let’s pretend a margarita-filled shipping container just washed ashore so we can enjoy the following fabulous romances with a relaxing drink in hand. . .

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Historical romance has always been my first love and my gateway drug into the genre was the wonderful Laura Kinsale. Her Flowers From The Storm is regularly cited on romance readers favorite lists, and it’s certainly one of the most unusual romances you’ll ever read. The hero and heroine are so completely opposite and yet by the end of the book you can’t imagine anyone more perfect for the other. Kinsale’s writing is rich and evocative. There’s angst, passion, danger, and moral dilemmas, and it’s one of those books that will stay with you for long after you’ve turned the last page. If you’re skeptical that you can like a debauched rake and a Quaker heroine, try it; I promise you Kinsale can make you fall in love.

As You Desire by Connie Brockway

Ahhh, Harry Braxton, possibly my favorite book boyfriend ever. (Think a Victorian Indiana-Jones. Oh yes.) What’s not to love about this book? There’s an Egyptian setting, a swoon-worthy hero and a brilliant Egyptologist heroine. There’s humor. Antiquities. Pyramids. Competence porn. And I swear, Harry’s ‘you are my country’ speech to Dizzy is one of the most romantic things ever written. Read it. If you disagree, you’re dead inside.

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Lord Of Scoundrels completely deserves its status as a classic of the historical romance genre. The hero Dain is a deliciously grouchy, arrogant alpha, while Jessica, the heroine, is gorgeous, stubborn and highly intelligent. The banter is witty and hilarious, there’s oodles of sexual tension, and the plot subverts traditional male / female romance tropes brilliantly. A keeper!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Time for a contemporary romance. I adore the enemies-to-lovers, hate-you-but-also-fancy-you trope and The Hating Game does it so well. There’s so much snarking and flirting and sexual tension you could cut it with a knife. It’s just been announced that this is going to be made into a movie, and I can’t wait!

Polo by Jilly Cooper

The day someone smuggled this book in to school when I was about fourteen and we all gathered round to read the ‘dirty sex scenes’ was a pivotal moment in my teenage life. Romance was awesome! A lifelong obsession with the genre followed. Yes, it’s Old Skool, dated, and so very, very 80’s. Yes, it’s a bonkbuster full of impossibly glamorous, ridiculously wealthy people behaving badly. Yes, it’s completely over-the-top. But it’s also witty, romantic, unapologetic escapist pleasure—which is exactly what one needs on a desert island when the margarita runs dry.

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About the Author:

Kate Bateman, (also writing as K. C. Bateman), is the #1 bestselling author of Regency, Victorian, and Renaissance historical romances, including the Secrets & Spies series: To Steal a HeartA Raven’s Heart and A Counterfeit Heart. All her books feature her favorite feisty, intelligent heroines (badasses in bodices!), wickedly inappropriate banter, and sexy, snarky heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.

Kate wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she’d ‘never finish the thing.’ She gleefully proved him wrong. When not traveling to exotic locations ‘for research’, she leads a not-so-secret double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England, and writes despite three inexhaustible children and that number-loving husband who still owes her that dollar.

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This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman-out October 29!

The first book in a new Regency romance series, an heiress and a rogue accidentally end up in a secret marriage of convenience.

In a desperate bid to keep her fortune out of her cousin’s hands, shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed marries a condemned criminal in Newgate prison. The scoundrel’s first kiss is shockingly heated, but Georgie never expects to see her husband again. Until she spots him across a crowded ballroom. Notorious rogue Benedict Wylde never expected a wife. He was in Newgate undercover, working for Bow Street. To keep their marriage of convenience a secret, Wylde courts Georgie in public, but the more time they spend together, the more their attraction sparks. Could an heiress with the world at her feet find happiness with a penniless rake? Kate Bateman’s This Earl of Mine is a delightful start to the Bow Street Bachelors series, with witty banter, dynamic characters, and swoon-worthy romance.



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