5 Books to Read Around the Campfire


Autumn is officially here, and that means trips to the mountains and camping. Maybe you’re already packing tents so you can sleep under the stars. These 5 books are perfect for reading by the campfire, in the RV, or even on the couch if your idea of the great outdoors is looking out the picture window.

Atlas: Arkadian Alien Mail Order Brides #2 by Tasha Black When Valerie’s designated match from the Arkadia Brides Agency offers her a deal that involves a quick marriage and divorce, she can’t believe her good luck. She can realize her dream of opening a tea shop, and without a pesky husband around she can send for her beloved sisters to join her. But as soon as she meets the blue-eyed giant who wants her to pretend to be in love with him, she is instantly, annoyingly attracted to him. Atlas lives a quiet life of leisure. His only problem is a caveat in his grandfather’s will that means he will lose the family estate if he isn’t married by the age of thirty. So, he offers his match an arrangement - he gets his inheritance, and she gets a cut of the money to open her tea shop. Nobody falls in love, and nobody gets hurt. He just doesn’t expect his pretend bride to trigger an inescapable hurricane of lust and longing in him. When a rival family member shows up and starts questioning their relationship, Valerie and Atlas suddenly find themselves a whole lot closer than they planned. They’re convinced they’re putting on a show to fool everyone else, but it seems more and more like the only people they are fooling are themselves. Goodreads Amazon

Fierce: A Sci-Fi Alien Romance (Rogue Alien Warriors Book 1) by Hattie Jacks VIV - I didn’t ask to be abducted by aliens. Twice. The second time I was carried away into the night by a huge, winged alien male who insists he wants me to make babies with him. Not happening! Jyr is the powerful leader of the Gryn, a gang of predatory aliens that stalk the ruins of the planet I’ve ended up on. He thinks he owns me. He says I’m his fated mate. And he won’t let me go until he claims me. Once he finds out what I’m truly like, he’ll reject me whatever fate may say. There's no way I can fall for him. I’ve been broken once, and I can’t face it again. I'm not going to be his prey. I will escape if it’s the last thing I do. JYR - A female. The last thing I want and the one thing I need. Especially as she is small, angry and an entirely different species. The fates must be laughing at me when they chose her to be the mother of my children. I will claim her. It is my right. We've existed on this blasted planet for too long without females and I will have this one to warm my furs. Because fate says she’s mine, everything I hate conspires to take her from me. Woe betides those who stand between me and my mate. They will feel my wrath and it will be devastating.

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Titan: Arkadian Alien Mail Order Brides #3 by Tasha Black Ugly duckling Summer has to become a swan fast if she wants to save her uncle from being imprisoned for life. But no trainee has ever been at the Arkadia Brides Agency for this long without being assigned a match. Warm-hearted and sincere Summer just can’t master the subtle graces of Upper Arkadian society. When a missing-bride situation hands her the chance to skip the line and get married immediately Summer can’t believe it. But the groom leaves her at the altar, with no one to comfort her except his unbelievably hot attorney. Titan has sworn off love until he reaches his career goals. But he’d have to be made of stone not to notice how sweet and sexy his friend’s discarded mail order bride is. Determined to resist her charms, he promises to help her beat the clock and find another husband before her time is up and her chance at winning a bride bonus is lost. The two head off on a whirlwind of Upper Arkadian social events. But the harder Titan tries to find a match for the radiant little Terran who has turned his world upside down, the more he becomes convinced that no one is good enough for her. Well, almost no one… As their secrets start coming out, the unlikely couple finds themselves up against more than just cultural differences. Can they learn to trust each other in spite of all odds? Or will Summer find herself out in the cold? Goodreads Amazon

Big Bad Wolf: A Dark Mafia Romance (Wolf Duet Book 1) by Diana A. Hicks Santino Buratti is ruthless, powerful, and only cares about one thing...his latest prey Lucinda O'Brien. A Note from Hicks: Big Bad Wolf is book one in the Wolf Duet and is part of the Crime Society World. It contains explicit scenes, kidnapping, and dubious situations some readers might find offensive and/or triggering. This duet is the darkest mafia romance I've done. You're going to love Santino and his twisted ways. Goodreads Amazon

Interstellar Angel (Astral Heat #1) by Laura Navarre Trapped in a galactic mating contest where desire can be deadly, the only guys she wants are the three she can never trust. In a faraway galaxy on the edge of apocalypse, cyber samurai Kaia of Kryll is the daughter of a tyrant who’s worshipped as a god by billions. A prison sentence she’ll kill to escape, since women like Kaia are worshipped in chains. And she’s just become the prize five hundred testosterone-fueled suitors will lie, seduce, and slaughter to possess in a ritual contest for her bed. In the scramble to slip past her samurai defenses into her cybersuit, the only guys she wants are the three she can never trust. These four have a boatload of shared secrets and a shared passion so combustible it’s practically pyrophoric—breaking every dangerous rule on a world where lovers are crucified for unconventional unions. Their illicit heat will either end the war destroying all their races… Or get the four of them killed when a god unleashes a fatwa for their heads. Goodreads Amazon



Toasted Ravioli Recipe

We are obsessed with ravioli, but most of the time we admit that the four pieces you get as a serving is not filling enough. That's why it makes the perfect app. Breaded and fried, it is so fun to eat ravioli with your hands and dipping it in plenty of marinara. Bonus! Toasted ravioli works in the air fryer too, meaning you can skip all of the oil for an even more perfect appetizer.

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggs 1/2 c. milk 1 c. Italian bread crumbs 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb. frozen ravioli Marinara, warmed (for serving) Vegetable oil, for frying Marinara, sauce for serving

DIRECTIONS FOR FRYING

1 - Line a large baking sheet with parchment. In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. 2 - Working one at a time, dip ravioli in egg mixture then in bread crumbs, pressing to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze until solid, 30 minutes. In a large pot over medium heat, heat 2” oil until shimmering (about 365°). Working in batches, fry ravioli until golden and pasta is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes, flipping as necessary. Place on a paper towel lined plate and immediately sprinkle with more Parmesan.

3 -Serve warm with marinara for dipping.


DIRECTIONS FOR AIR FRYER

1 - Line a large baking sheet with parchment. In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.

2 - Working one at a time, dip ravioli in egg mixture then in bread crumbs, pressing to coat, then dip back in egg mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze until solid, 30 minutes.

3 - Working in batches, place in basket of air fryer and cook at 400° for 7 minutes. Remove from basket and top with Parmesan.

4 - Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.