November was an outstanding month for romance, but these five books stood apart from the pack for me.
Stealing Her by Rachel Van Dyken: Easily ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, this is my favorite book of November. It’s got a premise so complicated that it could’ve veered off course quickly, but Van Dyken navigated the complexities perfectly. Stealing your brother’s girl – while pretending to be him – isn’t something you should normally do, but I was rooting for these two from the beginning. It’s a slow burn with some crazy chemistry, just the right amount of angst and so much depth. Full review here.
The Boss Who Stole Christmas by Jana Aston: This whole series of holiday novellas was great, with so much humor, lightness, a touch of steam, and stories that will leave you with a smile on your face. The Boss probably has the most depth to the relationship because our couple has worked together for a while, but they’re all modernized versions of Hallmark movies with just enough steam to make them NSFW. Full review here.
Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward: I read an ARC of this sometime over the summer, so it speaks to the quality of the book that I can remember all the nuances of the story even months later. This team of authors can do no wrong, but Dirty Letters is probably one of my favorites by them. The concept is completely original, the execution is flawless, and the writing itself is flows easily. This one’s got a heavy helping of emotion and angst, with a relationship that shouldn’t work but somehow does. Full review here.
Man About Town by Thea Dawson: If you’re looking for a light and sexy rom com, Man About Town stands out as one of the best I’ve read in a while. It’s my first time reading a book by Thea Dawson so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this spin on Cinderella (where our hero is the fairy godmother), held my attention from start to finish. It’s a slow burn that still has plenty of sexual tension, and a rom com that still has plenty of heart. Full review here.
Disarm by Karina Halle: I didn’t have high expectations going into this because the first book in the series stumbled for me, so I was taken completely off guard when I was drawn in so quickly. It’s a forbidden romance with the ultimate slow burn – these adoptive cousins have been fighting their attraction to each other for over a decade. The family dynamics were a lot to handle, but I loved the suspenseful, mysterious feel to the story. I’ve always enjoyed Karina Halle’s work, but Disarm managed to take a series I was ready to abandon and turned it into a series I’m excited to keep reading. Full review here.