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The Rec League: Competence Porn + Business Owners


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This request comes from Anne. Thanks, Anne!

I’m a successful self-made businesswoman. I love fiction with a romantic element about successful businesswomen, like classics by Judith Krantz and Barbara Taylor Bradford. But I have a hard time finding it. Too often businesswomen in romances are not that good at business (anxious, unsure about how to make the business work financially) relieved when a successful here comes to save them – or they are good at business but are anxious with stunted lives, and are relieved when a successful man comes to save them emotionally.

I’m looking for books where it’s ok to enjoy the thrilling challenge of building your business, be successful and find love, and not have to be squished down into anxious/broke/incompetent box and be ‘rescued’ by love.

Bonus points if the business isn’t a bakery or bookshop.

I know this is a niche. But considering what mega sellers books like this were in in tail end of the 70s and early 80s, it’s not that niche.

P.S. Yes, I’ve read Alisha Rai 🙂

Amanda: Lush Money by Angelina Lopez I think. Heroine is wildly successful and wants the hero for baby-making purposes

Sarah: This is a really interesting request. Krantz and Jackie Collins definitely wrote business wise heroines. I loved Collins novels when I was a teenager.

Shana: Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole has a badass heroine who’s a wheelchair user and building her online empire. I don’t think she’s emotionally inept, although both the main characters have a little anxiety around dating.

Sarah: There are so many heroine memories teasing my brain and I can’t grab one. I am going to read the comments to this one and bang my head on the desk five or six times.

Tara: If an f/f rec works, I’d say Kiss the Girl by Melissa Brayden. Both leads are successful businesswomen, although one is further in her career than the other, and they’re rivals for a big deal.

Sneezy: OOOH!!!! Another f/f rec that might work is City Kitty and Country Mouse ( A | BN ).

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