To celebrate Women’s History Month, every Saturday in March we’re posting a top-six list of some of our favorite heroines. Since we’ve got history on the brain, books are in loose chronological order by setting. (Ok, fine, this week they’re almost all contemporaries. Sometimes that’s how it goes.)
This week: Writers. The current zeitgeist really emphasizes the awesomeness of STEM, but we’re all liberal arts word nerds, and think women who embrace the literary arts should also be celebrated.
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Sara Fielding writes novels. So when she ends up in the Most Infamous Gamblers Club, she’s like: What a great research opportunity! Erin reads Dreaming of You when she’s craving chocolate and also the dreamiest of alpha heroes, and if that doesn’t sway you, we don’t know what will.
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Screenwriter Evie Summers was told that she just didn’t have what it took to write a good screenplay, so she became an assistant. An assistant who’s about to be out of a job if the nob she’s working with doesn’t deliver a romcom screenplay. So she swallows her pride and writes up a series of meet cutes to inspire the nob to write something, anything…and ends up with something magical.
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha Shamsi is working towards her teaching certification, but in her heart, she’s a poet. And her meet-un-cute with Our Hero features her dissing him through the medium of open mic slam poetry.
The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
Erotica author Nora Sutherland is terrible and broken and compelling and strong. She is one of the most interesting and complex heroines we’ve come across since starting The Smut Report, but be forewarned – The Siren is not your typical romance.
Love Done Write by Amelia Foster
Sydney Bordelon has literary aspirations – and a huge crush on a local erotica author. She thinks she has to get a degree to write but with a natural aptitude like hers and the support of her foxy anonymous writer/professor sex god, Sydney takes a leap of faith into her future.
Huddle with Me Tonight by Farrah Rochan
Paige Turner wants nothing more than to be taken seriously as a journalist. And what better way to be taken seriously than to write scathing reviews? (Are we being ironic here? Maybe.) Of course, when the scathing review targets a local football star slash restaurateur, you know we’re in for some sparks.
4 thoughts on “Saturday Smutty Six: Writer Heroines”
When I saw the title, Kleypas’s “Dreaming of You” immediately came to mind and I’m pleased it was first on the list! It’s definitely one of my comfort reads.
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I’m a tiny bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read it (Kleypas isn’t my favorite, much to Erin’s chagrin), though it is on my list – it seems to be a comfort read for tons of people, which means that if I’m Taking Smut Seriously, I should probably know it. 🙂
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Even if she reads it, I doubt Holly will enjoy it. 🙂 BUT Craven’s first outright act of thievery in ten years gets me every. time. Swoon!
Whatever, Erin. Just because I’ve hated every OTHER alpha male you love doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily hate this one too.