I’ve mostly been re-reading old favourites this holiday. There’s something so very comforting about snuggling up in the couch with a blanket and re-acquainting oneself with familiar characters in guaranteed HEAs. Especially during christmas.
So, since I haven’t read anything new in a few weeks, I’ll just recommend one of my favorite re-reads instead. The smut-factor of this series is high – which is basically a must for a re-read if you ask me – and the smut-quality is superb. World-building and character development are outstanding and there’s guaranteed laughter and tears both.
The series about The Walshes by Kate Canterbary is a collection of eight books, each focusing on one of six Walsh siblings. Despite them all dealing with the trauma of growing up with an abusive parent, five of them run a successful architectural firm in Boston where the series is set. Each installment follows one of the siblings finding their special someone, or the beginning of that story since there are more books than Walshes.
Underneath it all is the first one and it’s an absolutely scorching story about Matthew (Matt) Walsh and Lauren Halstead. The next is The Space Between about the very grumpy and bossy Patrick Walsh meeting his match in intern Andy Asani. The series continues with Neccessary Restorations, The Cornerstone, Restored, The Spire, Preservation and finally Thresholds. I actually started with these out of order and began with no. 4, The Cornerstone, which is the absolutely awesome, heart-wrenching and heart-warming story of Shannon Walsh finding love with her Will. I wouldn’t recommend reading these books out of order, but they are all stand-alones with HEAs – except for Sam Walsh’s story because he needed two books (Neccessary Restorations and Restored). And Thresholds which is more of an ultimate epilogue for us die-hard Walsh fans who don’t want to let go of the Walsh universe.
Anyway. I won’t do blurbs for eight books, instead I’ll try to convey the awesomeness of this series in more general terms.
Beacuse these books are truly awesome. Smutty, witty and super funny romance with lots of serious undertones. They’re the perfect balance between light and dark. They describe damaged and flawed characters, survivors, who while battling their own demons and insecurities still manages to trust and love. It’s beautiful. And what makes these stories really stand out is that despite the dark, they’re hilarious. The wit and humour is outstanding and basically what makes the characters so damn lovable. I can’t comprehend where Canterbary comes up with all her material, but she is funny AF! And when adding lots of seriously hot sexytimes, they’re basically the ultimate contemporary romance.
Just read them will you. Or listen. The audiobooks are also great. You won’t regret it.