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Putting the Grit into Girl Power: Five Thrilling Female Heroes

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 14, 2018

From Atomic Blonde to the new Star Wars movies, it seems like everybody is crying out for strong female characters – but not all female heroes are created equal. Here are five books series with a thrilling female lead – all of which are also great reads. In 2017, the movie Wonder Woman exploded into movie theaters, and columns across the Internet were penned proclaiming: “Finally! A female action star!” Those of us of a certain age remember previous female action heroes, though – like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens or Linda Hamilton in Terminator. Nobody seemed to make a big deal about the fearless Ellen Ripley being female, or Sarah Connor being the ultimate overprotective mama bear – and I think modern female-focused movies and books have a lot to learn from these older characters. Representation is important, and it’s fantastic that more movies and book series are being created… Read More >

Five Unsettling Books Like ‘The Outsider’

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 7, 2018

This May, Stephen King rewarded fans with yet another creepy tale of chilling suspense with The Outsider. If you’re a fan of unexpected tales of horror, here are five more highly-recommended reads to keep you on the edge of your seat. Stephen King has come a long way. Once described as “America’s Schlockmeister,” in 2015 he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Obama, proving that the nation’s tastes have evolved; and people have finally realized what a startling talent King truly is. There’s no other writer quite like him; weaving creepy tales full of unexpected twists, described with beautifully visceral language and dialogue that brings every page to life. With The Outsider, King has done it once again – presenting the grim and grisly reality of a shocking crime, and then peeling back the layers of narrative to reveal that everything is even more terrifying and messed… Read More >

Super Spy Summer Reading for Teens

By: Ginger | Posted on July 13, 2018

If you want to make sure your teens are keeping up with their reading, here are five super-spy themed series that will leave them shaken and stirred. Summer is often a tough time for parents, as kids and teens can be off school for two months or more. Unfortunately, most parents with jobs don’t enjoy that same benefit – and it’s a challenge to balance fun family activities with keeping the house in order. Throw in the pressure of making sure kids stay on top of their schooling and a lot of parents are practically at the breaking point! One great way to make sure kids keep up with their reading is to introduce them to a book series they simply can’t put down. Recent young adult sagas like The Hunger Games, the Twilight saga and the Divergent trilogy have kept kids addicted to reading – and there are plenty more equally… Read More >

Five More Realistic Sci-Fi Books Like Artemis

By: Ginger | Posted on July 4, 2018

Recently I was in New York City with my two boys, and we got to see a fantastic installation commemorating the Audible launch of Artemis, by Andy Weir – the man who wrote the iconic book (and later movie) The Martian. Seeing real-life representations of items from the book – like the ‘Gunk’ which is a home-grown food source derived from algae, or the round air-filled bubbles that tourists visited the Apollo 11 landing site in – really brought the vivid realism of the book to life; and demonstrated how Weir had once again “scienced the heck out of” crafting his tale. Weir’s style of storytelling is often described as ‘science fact’ rather than science fiction, because it’s so well researched. No joke – I even attended a screening of The Martian with a former NASA engineer who’d designed one of the experiments sent to Mars on Viking 1. He… Read More >

5 More Books Like ‘The President is Missing’

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on June 12, 2018

Want 4 more years because you can’t get enough of ‘The President is Missing’, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson? Here are five more presidential thrillers that’ll take you on a similarly wild ride. The President is Missing is poised to become one of the biggest runaway best-sellers of the year. Penned by superstar author James Patterson, with narrative direction by 42nd President Bill Clinton, it’s a taut thriller about the Commander-in-Chief’s desperate battle to save America from cyber-terrorism. Louise Penny, the bestselling author of Glass Houses, perhaps described the book best when she said it was “heart-pounding, gripping, terrifying. As I read, ferociously turning the pages, I kept asking myself, ‘Could this really happen’?” As is the problem with all good reads, even at a whopping 528 pages, The President is Missing is over all-too-quickly. The book itself is set over the course of just five days, after all…. Read More >

10 Bad Boys You Hate To Love

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on June 7, 2017

Bad Boys. You know you should stay away from them, but you’re inexplicably drawn. Is it the tattoos? The attitude? The washboard abs? Whatever it is, you can’t resist… These are the men that you should avoid at all costs – they’re powerful, often with a strong sense of self or an attitude that the world owes them something and they’re willing to take it by any means necessary. The last thing you should do is fall for them, or get caught up in their world. Here are 10 of the hottest bad boy romance novels around. Each is well reviewed by hundreds of other women that couldn’t resist their charms. Go on and click on these hard-bodied bad boys. It’s no use fighting it… you know you want to! Then, when you’re done, why not share this link with others so that they can enjoy these bad boys, too?… Read More >

10 Sexy and Single Daddy Novels

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 7, 2017

Whether a father’s best friend, a teacher, a boss, or simply a man that likes to role play, our recent look at romance trends would be remiss if we skipped the fresh surge of sexy dad books that have been roaring through the Amazon charts lately. While not for everyone, it is interesting to note that these books never have any sort of actual incestual couplings but rather are just essentially older man/younger woman romances that usually involve some sort of power dynamic. At most, they involve a consensual daddy/daughter role-play situation, but often just involve a man who happens to be a single dad. Whatever the case, reading them can often be a guilty pleasure – or just provide you with a new and interesting twist – so here are the top 10 daddy based romance books we’ve found. Like these types of books? Then let us know – we won’t… Read More >

10 Secret Babies and the Men That Love Them

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 22, 2017

What is it that makes the secret baby genre so popular? Is it an innate, biological need to propagate the species that drives us to want to read about sexy alpha men stepping up to care for our young? Or maybe it’s something about how the innocence of a child brings out the softer side of our normally rough-around-the-edges hero? Whatever it is that allows this fantasy to have sparked a whole sub-genre of romance novels, we’ll be happy to have it stick around.  So here are 10 of the best secret baby romance novels around! And after you read our picks, feel free to visit this post on our Facebook page and sound off about what it is you think makes these book work so well – or if you think we missed any other great books! Happily Ever All-Star –  Sosie Frost Every new sub-genre has an origin story… Read More >

10 Hot Threesomes We Wouldn’t Mind Joining

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 10, 2017

Whoever said three’s a crowd probably wasn’t referring to the bedroom. Threesome romances are all the rage right now, and although we here at Hidden Gems know that trends come and go, we’re hoping that this latest ménage craze is here to stay. While these books come in many different flavors, for this list we’re focusing on two hot men and one lucky woman. Still, even within that there are a couple different variations. MFM books focus solely on the men satisfying the woman, but MMF books mean everyone is playing with everyone else. We’ve noted which type each book is, for those of you that have a preference. So without further ado, here are 10 steaming ménage romance novels that will keep you glued to your tablets! Double Team (MFM) – Sabrina Paige Sabrina is a trend setter, and her threesome book was one of the first ones we… Read More >

The Hottest Sex Scenes You May Have Missed In Popular Fiction

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on February 9, 2017

It’s easy to find kinky, steamy scenes in romance or erotica mega-hits like 50 Shades of Grey, but sometimes some of the most surprising, and sexy, bits of literature can be found in places not so obvious—and we’re not just talking about works by the Marquis de Sade or Henry Miller. You can find plenty of spicy, scintillating scenes of sin within more contemporary writing—enough to leave you blushing and hiding your books from the person in the next chair over—as long as you know where to look… Exit to Eden, Anne Rice Writing under the name Anne Rampling, Vampire novelist Anne Rice scandalized the literary world with scenes of BDSM years before we allowed ourselves to get down and dirty in the billionaire offices of Mr. Grey. Rampling’s The Club resort allowed visitors to experience life as a Master or Domme, and the POV was through Head Female Trainer… Read More >