Pink Heart Society editor Ali Williams is talking about her favourite Irish-set romances, in celebration of St Patrick's Day...
I'm a quarter-Irish (my dad's ma, if you're interested) and so St Patrick's Day was always more than wearing a little green for me.
At home, we always had homemade potato cakes and whatever treats my Gran had rustled up for us, and as I got older it was all about the celebrations in London.
But how does this fit into romance and Tuesday Talk-Time?
Well, to me there's nothing more important in a book than setting. Where a book is set, seems to me to be the heart of a book. Romance itself crosses generations and boundaries of race and colour, but there's something about centring that in a place that has me convinced that that's where the soul of a book lies. Whether that's the excitement of a city buzz, or the quietness of the outback, each different setting brings something new to the table.
And there's something about the lush, green wilds of Ireland herself, that makes for the perfect romantic setting.
Of course, there's also something about the gentle lilt of an Irish accent that makes for a delectable romantic hero...
I can't quite overhaul the website with green (although you might notice that all the links are green today), or even challenge you to a drinking contest, so, instead I thought I'd recommend my favourite Ireland-based romances:
Her Best Laid Plans - Cara McKenna (available now)
The Maiden of Ireland - Susan Wiggs (available now)
John Wesley Hawkins swapped a hanging for a journey to Ireland on a dangerous mission. He'll have to seduce the rebels' secrets from a headstrong Irishwoman, but that shouldn't be a problem for a man of Wesley's reputation...
Caitlin MacBride is mistress of the beleaguered Irish castle Clonmuir, and she makes no secret of her loyalty to her countrymen. She's determined to remain strong for her people, but a wish for true love one evening at sunset yields the one thing that may sway her resolve.
When Wesley walks out of the mist that fateful night, Caitlin's faith in the magic of Ireland is briefly restored-until she discovers he's one of the treacherous Englishmen she has spent her life fighting against.
The Last Bride in Ballymuir - Dorien Kelly (available now)
When Michael Kilbride, a handsome man with a dark past, arrives in the Irish village of Ballymuir, rumors begin to fly.
While many turn against him, one woman steps forward--the village's beloved schoolteacher, Kylie O'Shea.
Kylie's friends have long believed that proper Kylie is bound to fulfill the local legend of being the last bride in Ballymuir. But sparks soon ignite between Michael and Kylie.
Will Kylie, who also hides secrets, find the courage to confront her past and claim passion as her own?
Get Lucky Anthology (available now)
Six brand new Irish-themed contemporary, new adult and paranormal romance novellas that will give Get Lucky a whole new meaning.
Nicola Marsh - Walking the Line
Kelsey Browning - Amazed by You
Robin Covington - One Little Kiss
Avery Flynn - Big, Bad Red
Sara Humphreys - Luck of the Irish
Kimberly Kincaid - Something Borrowed
Are you a fan of the sweet-talking Irish hero? And do you have any recommendations to add to my books set on the Emerald Isle? Join the discussion in the comments!
Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls' school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.
These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, chick lit and women in society and spends an extraordinary amount of time coercing male friends to pose with her favourite Mills & Boon books to the bemusement of the Twittersphere.