HUHAs any voracious reader knows, there are so many books out there, it can be hard to choose just what to read next. So what could be better than a hand-picked recommendation from someone in the know? Every Wednesday the XOXOAD team likes to find out what some of its favorite authors are reading; today we’ve asked Melody Anne, the NYT bestselling author of the Andersons series, as well as her upcoming Unexpected Heroes series, beginning with Her Unexpected Hero in March of 2015!

Reading is the one privilege we all get to have, whether rich or poor. Books take us to new worlds and when I read, I become part of the book I’m reading. I tune out everyone and everything around me and fall into the world of some of my favorite authors. Sometimes I will go weeks without reading, and then I pick up a new book and the compulsion starts all over again!

The last few books I have read haven’t disappointed me!

Ruth Cardello’s book Tycoon Takedown was only supposed to be a short half hour reading break for me, but I drew a bath, laid back and then had to fight not to drop my phone in the tub because this book was hot, hot, hot and funny as all get out. Ruth writes with humor and real emotions and I was wanting Tony to invite me to his ranch anytime, rain or shine.

One of my favorite authors is Jennifer Probst and her Marriage Bargain series. I have just re-read the entire series because I enjoy it so much. In The Marriage Trap, sexy billionaire Michael Conte needs to find a bride before his sister can get married, so he basically blackmails Alexa and they go to Italy. I absolutely loved Michael’s family and when the book ended I had to immediately download the next book, The Marriage Mistake, and start reading.

My final recommendation would be Sandra Marton. This woman is a writing genius and has written over 80 books and I have read nearly all of them. She writes strong, confident men with strong female heroines. I absolutely love her Wilde series! This family will draw you in and never let you go. The last book of hers I read was Jaimie: Fire and Ice. Zach has an edge of danger to him that makes all the good girls want him to turn them into the bad Sandy from Grease. And Jaimie is strong and capable but what’s better than being capable but having a strong man come to the rescue anyway? For me, nothing.

It’s back to my Kindle for me now–I have some more books to read 🙂