There’s a reason (tons of reasons, really) why Jill Shalvis is one of my top 13 go-to authors, meaning that I can auto-buy anything she writes, and I’ll love it. No questions asked. She writes it, I love it. End of story. So, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that this is yet another 5-star read for me, right?
What I love most about Jill Shalvis is that she writes low-angst, comfort reads. Her books are full of strong, relatable women, tough-but-somehow-still-tender-and-romantic alpha males, and laugh-out-loud moments. And even with all that, she still manages to hit you in the feels a time or two--but not in a way that wrecks you for days and leaves you in a book coma, unable to move on. When you pick up a Jill Shalvis book, you know you’re getting a feel good read, and I LOVE that.
There are a few things here that would have normally irked the crap out of me, but because I love this author so much, I was able to overlook them and really enjoy this story.
Here’s what went right:
Adorable hero Maverick is freakin’ adorable. He’s good and honorable and works so hard for the people he loves. What he’s willing to do for his sister is nothing short of awesome. Does he always make the most sensible choices? No. He’s a desperate kid. OF COURSE he’s not always sensible. But that just makes him more relatable. He’s also cocky without being an a-hole, confident without being smug, and sexy without being insufferable. He was a PERFECT new adult romance hero as far as I’m concerned.
I’m going to gush a little about this one, y’all, so be patient with me, OK?
First of all, I’ve loved this author since I readNice Girls Don’t Ride. I ADORED the first book in this series,The Ones Who Got Away. So when I saw this book on NetGalley, I clicked and begged for a copy faster than I’ve ever clicked before. I was expecting greatness, so the potential for disappointment was high. But it was even better than I expected. (Squee!!)
Publication date: 05/29/2018 Kindle Unlimited: No Cliffhanger: No
I love Helena Hunting. Her books have appeared on a crap-ton of our Friday “best of” lists. I’ve read every book she’s written, and I’ve enjoyed every last word. This one is no exception.
I would’ve read the book regardless of what it was about because, you know, Helena Hunting. But the fact that it was about a hero and heroine who flip houses? Score!! It’s like it was written just for ME! (I might have mentioned I’m an HGTV addict a time or ten, right?) And Pierce and Rian are good at what they do. I really enjoyed their competence porn.
This was TOTALLY not what I was expecting. After reading about Bane inScandalous,I was prepared for a sexy surf bum, and while Bane WAS a sexy surf bum, he was much, much more than that. So, so much more. Honestly? I’m still having a little bit of a book hangover from this one, mostly because of how much MORE Bane was than what I was expecting. Gah!
First of all, Bane’s an anti-hero with a twist or two (or ten). Like all of the Hotholes, Bane is confident and magnetic and powerful. He’s also a jerk with loose morals. (Super loose) But underneath all of that (and the beard and tattoos and attitude) is a pretty freakin’ awesome romantic hero who is just as broken and in need of repair as his heroine, Jesse.
This book could’ve gone terribly wrong for me. I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m totally over the billionaire trope.But, I ADORE the author, so I wasn’t about to NOT read the book when it came out. And as usual, I wasn’t disappointed.
First of all, just for the sake of full disclosure, this story was originally published in theRogue Desire anthology.But even if you read it there, it’s worth a reread, because there’s some new content added this time around.
Y’all know I have some issues with romantic suspense.But Kaylea Cross is one of those rare romantic suspense authors who always gets it right, in my opinion. The balance between sexy times and real mortal danger in her books is always perfect, the plots are twisty enough to be interesting but not SO twisty that I’m confused, and the heroes are alpha without being alphaholes. There’s a reason why this author shows up so many times on our Friday “best of” lists,and her winning streak is more than upheld inFast Fury. Here are the highlights:
I have a confession to make. I’m a grumpy old lady. (Shocking, right? You never would have guessed it, huh?) And in my capacity as a grumpy old lady, I get cranky when my favorite authors branch out into other genres or categories of romance. I want them to write what I want them to write, darn it! Is that too much to ask?
If you’re like me and have read a crap ton of paranormal romance over the years, you know that there is a limited quantity of truly original thinking in the category. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are a ton of authors out there who do a great job with the same old vampires, shifters, witches, and fae. I think that great writing can overcome pretty much any overdone trope. But for those who are looking for that rare super-original paranormal series, you don’t really have to look any farther than LE Wilson.
Melanie Harlow is one of my 1-click wonder authors, meaning I know I can 1-click any of her books with complete confidence. She’s never let me down. When I’m in a reading slump (like I have been), I can pick up something she’s written and have a great experience. Every time. No shock that I loved her newest release,Only You, right?
I’ve read and adored just about everything this author has written, and she hasn’t let me down yet. (And that’s a saying a lot, folks. I haven’t found too many authors who haven’t let me down at least once.)Brooklynaireis no exception.
I think what I love best about this book is Nate, the hero. He’s super smart, hard working, and totally sexy. He’s also mega rich without being an emotionally tortured sadist or an alphahole.
LJ Shen is magic. There’s really just no other way to describe her writing. Her phrasing is totally unique. You won’t find anyone else in romance land who writes the way she does. It’s almost...poetic. I wish I had a better word for it, but I’m in no way poetic, so y’all will just have to take my word for it on this one, m’kay?
I have trouble finding rockstar romances that I enjoy. I mean, sure, there have been a few,but for the most part, all the cliches you find in rockstar stories tend to annoy the crap out of me.
I put off reading this book for weeks. I 1-clicked it the day it was released, then hoarded it on my Kindle for weeks without reading it, because I knew that once I started, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I knew I’d finish it in one sitting, then it’d be OVER and I’d be forced to just sit back and wait (impatiently, bitterly) for the next release. I should’ve just gone ahead and read it on release day. The end result was the same. I read it all in one day, I loved it, and now I’m impatient and bitterly waiting for the author’s next new release. Sigh. It’s all such a vicious cycle
If you’ve visited this site more than once or twice, you already know I’m a huge fan of Scarlett Cole. Her books are repeat offenders on our weekly “best of” lists, and I absolutely adored the first book in this series,Under Fire. So, it will come as a shock to no one that I loved this book as well. (When I got an email from the publisher asking if I was interested in an ARC, I made grabby hands at my computer screen and squealed with glee, even though they couldn’t see me or hear me. Not my proudest moment, but I can live with that. But anyhoo...)
If you’re an Elizabeth Reyes fan (like I am), you probably readThe Girl In The Mirror, which is a kind of twisty, psychological romantic suspense read. (It’s also really awesome, but I digress...)We Were Onetells the story from the hero’s (Nico) point of view. A lot of times, retellings from the male POV don’t work out (I'm looking at you,Darker) But fortunately, this isn’t one of those times.We Were Onesomehow manages to be a completely different story thanThe Girl In The Mirror,in the best possible ways.