Title:Between You and Me Author:Lynn Turner Publication date:09/20/2017 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
This is a tough book to rate, folks. It has a ton of GREAT stuff going for it. So, I suppose I’ll just start there. Here’s what I loved:
I love that this is a multicultural romance, and a romance with a disabled hero, and neither the fact that it’s a multicultural romance or the fact that the hero’s disabled is a conflict in the story. That was refreshing.
This is a well-written story. The descriptions of New Orleans were so vivid I felt like I was there, sitting on a balcony, eating a beignet while watching these characters romp through the city.
Whenever there’s a new Sawyer Bennett release, I jump up and down and make grabby hands until it’s delivered to my Kindle. True story. I don’t read descriptions, I don’t really look at the covers, I don’t check out other reviews. I happily download and have never once regretted it. So, I doubt that you’ll be surprised to find out that I loved her latest release,Lucas.
First of all, let me just say how refreshing it is to read a romance where the man is not a commitment phobe. Sure, he’s a hot, wealthy professional hockey player, so he’s had lots of casual sex in the past, and he didn’t really see any need to settle down.
Title:What the Heart Wants Author: Marion Myles Publication date: 03/31/2016 Kindle Unlimited: Yes Cliffhanger: No
I almost didn’t read this book. At some point many, many years ago, I had the stomach flu and ended up stuck on my couch with no remote. As a result, I was stuck watchingThe Horse Whispereron TV. I HATED the movie. I mean, really, REALLY hated it. So when I saw the first line of the blurb, the words “horse whisperer” jumped off the page and smacked me in the face, bringing to mind images of puking while helplessly watching Kristin Scott Thomas cheat on her husband with a crusty old cowboy while a broken child and a broken horse looked on.
So, the hero was an assassin who stalked the heroine (as well as 2 other girls) and had a full-body skeleton tattoo (even on his face)...and I adored him. What the heck did you DO to me, Debra Anastasia???
I was only about 10% into the book when I realized there would be no sleep until I finished it. It grabbed me right by the feels and refused to let go until the very end.
Title:Breathless Author:Leigh Lavalle Publication date:05/27/2017 Kindle Unlimited:Yes Cliffhanger:No There’s some good stuff here, and some stuff that irks the bejesus out of me. So, let’s start with the good, shall we?
Here we go:
It’s well-written. No annoying bursts of dialogue that don’t feel authentic. No silly typos and grammatical errors to pull me out of the story. The pacing is nice. There’s lots of sexual tension, which is a huge plus in any romance novel.
There are a million reasons why Vi Keeland is on my list of “1-click immediately” authors, and they’re all about how great her writing is. But can we all just take a shallow moment and appreciate the beauty of the men this woman (and her cover designer) find to grace the covers of her books?
OK, now that THAT’S out of the way…
First of all, the book starts with a hilarious and adorable meet-cute at a bar where the heroine, acting as her friend’s wingman, mistakes the hero for the lying bastard who broke her friend’s heart.
Title:Drunk Dial Author:Penelope Ward Publication date:08/19/2017 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No I’ve read every book Penelope Ward has ever published. If you follow any of our “best of”Friday list posts, you know that I recommend her books ALL THE TIME. There’s a reason why, folks. Many of them, actually.
First of all, I adore a good meet-cute, and this author is a master of them.Drunk Dialis no exception. Rana’s drunken phone call to Landon was epically adorable. It’s really no surprise he fell for her without having any idea what she looked like.
Title:The Rebellion Author:SL Scott Publication date:05/10/2017 Kindle Unlimited:Yes Cliffhanger:No
And so, with this book, my shitty luck with rock stars continues. No, I’m not talking about the fact that I never married Jon Bon Jovi, even though I had the whole wedding all planned out when I was 13. I’m talking about my craptastic luck choosing good rock star romances to read.The Rebellion, sadly enough, was not at all helpful.
Title:Nate Author:Celia Aaron Publication date:08/25/2017 Kindle Unlimited:Yes Cliffhanger:No So, after reading and lovingDark Protector, then reading and developing a book boyfriend crush on Sebastian fromThe Bad Guy, I legit squealed when I saw the cover and blurb for this one. I probably would’ve read anything Celia Aaron wrote afterDark ProtectorandThe Bad Guy, but Nate was a character I ADORED fromDark Protector, so I was especially eager to dig into this one. And man, as usual, this author doesn’t play around. She DELIVERS.
Title:Wrong Author:Jana Aston Publication date:10/07/2015 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
Unpopular opinion alert. Based on the Amazon reviews, looks like I’m in the minority on this one.
What the hell did I just read? Is it supposed to be romantic comedy? The first two chapters are certainly funny enough to qualify, but the funny dies an abrupt death when the heroine and hero hook up for the first time. Is it supposed to be young adult? The heroine is young enough to qualify, but the hero is thirty-six, so I’m not sure it can be considered a true YA novel.
Holy crap this book is awesome. I was on an epic run of shitty reading luck, so when I saw there was a new Emma Chase release, I jumped all over it. I knew Ms. Chase would save me from my reading slump—and God bless her, she did.
I have absolutely zero criticism for this book. (And before y’all ask, yes, I’m feeling OK. The book is just that freakin’ good.) So, I’ll just go ahead and give you my top 10 reasons why you should be 1-clicking the crap out of this book, rather than reading any reviews:
Title:Tortured Author:Nicole Williams Publication date:04/07/2017 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
I was skeptical when I read the blurb on this one. I’m super picky about how much angst I’m willing to tolerate in my romance novels, and this one seemed to have ANGST written all over it. But I picked up a sample and quickly discovered it was incredibly well written, so I thought, what the hell? I’ll give it a go. And it was good, y’all. Really, really good. It was so good, in fact, that we included it in one of our weekly “best of” lists featuring second-chance romances we loved.
Title:Break Me Author:Julie Kriss Publication date:11/19/2015 Kindle Unlimited:Yes Cliffhanger:No
I’m super picky about my step-brother romances. I just feel like the whole thing’s been done to death, you know? (I mean, the whole trope is just setting up unrealistic expectations for young girls everywhere. Girls, if one of your parents remarries, chances are your new step-sibling will NOT be super hot. He’s most likely NOT your soul mate. Sorry to break that to you, kids. That’s why they call me The Crusher of Hopes and Dreams, though. I digress…)
Title:Rogue Desire Author:Adriana Anders, Dakota Gray, Amy Jo Cousins, Emma Barry, Stacey Agdern, Jane Lee Blair, Tamsen Parker, Ainsley Booth Publication date:07/20/2017 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
I think by now you all know that I’m a huge Adriana Anders fan. I reviewed and LOVEDUnder Her Skin, and the author is a repeat offender on ourweekly “best of” lists. So, at this point, I’ll pretty much read anything that has her name on without bothering to look at a blurb or cover. That’s what I did with this book, so imagine my surprise when I find out it’s not a standalone Adriana Anders book, but rather an anthology featuring a ton of other authors (some I’ve read before, some I haven’t).
Title:The Scars Between Us Author:MK Schiller Publication date:07/17/2017 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
I have a real weakness for brooding bad boys. But a hero who is a brooding bad boy who also rescues abused dogs? Well, hell, it sounds like this one was written for a target audience of three: Me, me and me!
This was a great emotional read with just the right amount of angst (not over-the-top, crazy angst, but a nice low level of simmering angst...just enough to keep things interesting).