Christina Lauren – Open To Love

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar here. You can also find links to the last three years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook. Enjoy August!


Love Is Everywhere

Part of writing romance means finding inspiration everywhere. In April of 2013, we went to Paris for the BeautifulFrench release of our first book Beautiful Bastard. It was a bit of a whirlwind; Christina had never traveled internationally before, so this was the first stamp in her passport, it was also our first real trip as a coauthor team and our first real taste of interviews and the media push that can surround a book launch.

On our last day and during a tiny pocket of free time, we ventured into the city together. We were ecstatic, thrilled just to be in Paris, let alone to see our book in French shops and adverts lining the sidewalks, and after a visit to Ladurée for way too many macarons, we turned down Rue Saint-Honoré in search of a small present for each other to celebrate. We still don’t know why—in the middle of Paris and surrounded by dozens of beautiful shops—we decided to step into an American Michael Kors, but fate works in mysterious ways. Inside we picked out a little something, and were helped by a beautiful woman from Southern California. When we asked her how she had ended up in Paris, she said that she’d married a Frenchman, and when he needed to come back to Paris, she’d decided to take the leap and move with him.

After learning we were writers, she looked at us both and whispered, “There’s a book in there, I think.”

She was right. Our minds went into overdrive, and that night we sat in a coffee shop—exhausted and wicked sexy liarfighting sleep—while we plotted out what would eventually become one of our favorite and most well received books, Sweet Filthy Boy.

This is just an example of why we love romance. Love is everywhere; you just have to be open enough to see it.


Christina (&) Lauren recommend(s):

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat – – (at Amazon)

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country. 

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – – (at Amazon)

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown – – (at Amazon)

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock Loud is How I Love Youscene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don’t sleep with your bandmates! But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

Anything by Kresley Cole – – (at Amazon)

(Kresley Cole will be closing out Read-A-Romance Month on Aug 31. Be sure to stop by!)

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

In August of 2014 we were lucky enough to be invited to Brazil, and found it to be home to some of the CLo fans in Brazilmost loving and passionate people we’ve ever met. Hundreds of people waited to see us, and the passion and excitement they felt for the books and characters they love was palpable. That trip changed our lives.

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

The answer to this, of course, would be each other. As coauthors we always joke that we basically have children together. We come up with these ideas and then—just like parents—put in a lot of hard work and tears, and finally sit back and watch them go off into the world and become their own thing.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

Lo’s favorite city in the world is Paris, and I’m sure nobody can deny that there’s a feeling you get while there, like emotion is bursting out of you.

 Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

One of our favorite romantic couples right now would be Damen and Laurent from The Captive Prince Captive Princetrilogy. These books murdered us in the best possible way. Laurent is cold and brilliant, and getting to sit back and watch as Damen slowly chips away at that cold exterior was one of the most fun reading experiences we’ve had in a long time. You watch respect build across the three books and realize that while Laurent is a genius at almost everything he does, Damen has to be equally as smart in his own way to hold his own. It’s a slow, smoldering burn within a world so rich and well written you feel like you’ve been dropped in the middle of it.

Tell us about your dream date. 

We are old married ladies, so this answer has two versions. The boring/realistic one: Home in jammies with a glass of wine and snuggles while watching an episode of one of our favorite shows. And the exciting one: A night dressed up, out to dinner and maybe a concert or show. We recently saw Hamilton and would love to take our husbands.

Christina Lauren is generously giving away two complete sets of the Wild Seasons series (Sweet Filthy Boy, Wicked Sexy Liar, Dark Wild Night, Dirty Rowdy Thing) paperbacks – one for US readers and one to international readers. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Aug 7, 2016.***International friends, be sure to include your country in your comment so we know to include you in the international drawing.  Good luck!

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.)

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

CLo fans BrazilChristina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced thirteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 31 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus, been selected as one of NPR’s Top 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances, and won both the Seal of Excellence award and Book of the Year from RT Magazine.

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  • Kathy Nye

    I loved the Captive Prince trilogy. I thought each book was even better than the last.

  • Sue G.

    Love these two ladies! Their Beautiful series, and Bennett are still in my top 10 of all times books!

  • Jennifer Huelsebusch

    I love the Beautiful series and am ready for the Wild Seasons series! It’s a long wait until October for the last Beautiful book!

  • rebecca moe

    I loved your first two books, but am woefully behind on the rest…my TBR is never-ending!

    Thanks so much for posting and sharing your stories!

  • Kim

    I haven’t read this author, so thanks for highlighting her series.

  • Heather Roach

    What a happy accident!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Looking forward to reading your books and thank you for taking the time to write this post.

  • May

    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas was one of the my favorite books last year… 🙂 So will definitely follow up on your other recommendations too. 🙂


  • Mary Dieterich

    Thanks for all the great recommendations!

  • mariannewestrich

    WOW! Love that you guys can work so well together and experience releasing your “children” into the wild together!

  • catslady

    This would be a new to me author – thanks!

  • Amber Ag

    Thanks for your recommendations! I love the covers of your books 🙂

  • Rita Luken

    These books are!

  • Pamby50

    Loved your Paris story! Will have to check out The Captive Prince.

  • Jami Birnbaum

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about your books, but have not had the chance to read them (my library doesn’t carry them.) Thanks for the chance!

    • Hi Jami – You’re the winner for the US drawing. Congratulations! Please send me a private mssg on the facebook page with your email address and we’ll get you your books! :o) (‘ll leave you a message there too)

  • Sandy Xiong

    I’m not a paranormal fan but I will definitely need to go do extra research on GR on it and then add it to my TBR list.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I recently read, finally, Sweet Filthy Boy. I loved the characters and their story so much!

    • fun right?! :o)

      • Sharlene Wegner

        Yes, I actually couldn’t put it down. I didn’t get much sleep that night! LOL

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Loved your post, Christina & Lauren. You are a living testimony to Romance. Sharing your lives, your love, your writing and so much more makes me feel the incredible possibilities of our lives. Thank you!

  • Laura Z

    I read book 1 of the Wild Seasons Series and really enjoyed it, my TBR pile keeps getting bigger and bigger. I need a month long vacation to do nothing but read books!

  • Krysten Mich

    Absolutely love all of your books! Love this writing team 🙂

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your recommendations and your post. You are somewhat new to me. I’ve heard about you two, but keep forgetting to look for your books. I pormise to really make that effort.

  • Brenda McCaw

    I love the whole Wild Seasons series! Thanks for including International fans in your draw. Of course you know Finn is from Canada, and so am I

  • Stephanie Wilson

    I met Christina Lauren at the Austin Book Fest this last March! They were so sweet! They thought it was endearing that my husband came along to “carry my books.” I absolutely love their Beautiful and Wild Seasons series! ♡ ♡ ♡

  • Natalie Conrad

    I love how you came up with Ansel and Mia, great story!

  • Meghan Stith

    Awesome! I love Christina Lauren!! My favorite Christina Lauren book is still “Beautiful Bastard” but I LOVE all their books!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Christy Faucheux

    Love love love this! Everything y’all do is perfection. I cannot wait to read all the new projects you are working on!

  • Lo

    Hahaha, I love your dream dates! And your romantic couple!! *.*
    (I’m from Spain, BTW)
    Thank you both for writing this post!

    • Hi Lo – You’re the winner of the international drawing. Please mssg me via the RARM facebook page – – with your email address and we’ll get you your books!

      (please include Christina Lauren winner in the mssg header – thank you!)

  • Linda Henderson

    Thank you for the book recommendations, I’m always looking for new to me authors. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to visit Paris. I’d love to see the museums.

  • Brianne Sherwood Wolman

    Love the Beautiful series, but have not yet had a chance to start Wild Seasons

  • Thank you for this post. Paris is truly a magic city! And as you say, stories are everywhere, awaiting for a gifted pen.
    (Marinella from Italy)

  • Mary McCoy

    Thanks for the recommendations, Paris is on my bucket list!

  • Glenda

    Sadly, your books are still only on my wish list.

  • Brittany Hill

    Thanks for the recommendations

  • Bube

    I would love to visit Paris one day 🙂
    Thanks for the lovey post!