With the year coming to a close, I thought I’d share my favorite December releases now in case you get a chance to sneak in a read or two during the holidays. There were some truly great new releases, but lighter books definitely led the way this month (with the exception of one fantastic enemies to lovers romance). These are the five books that resonated with me the most in December.
Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington: I absolutely devoured this intense and engrossing enemies to lovers romance. It’s literally the longest book I read in 2019, but it didn’t feel that way. The pages flew by and I could not put it down. Devious Lies isn’t DARK, but it’s certainly not for the faint of heart either – this is truly one relationship that swings from one extreme to the other throughout the course of the book. I recommend it without hesitation and you’ll undoubtedly see this on my Top 19 of 2019 list before the end of the year. Read the review.
So, That Got Weird by Amelia Kingston: Releasing on Christmas Eve, this New Adult romance blew me away with the depth of emotion. On the surface, it seems like any other shy girl/cool jock “sex tutor” romance, but it is so much more than that. It’s sexy and sensual but also packs a punch when these two opposites dig beneath the surface. I LOVED the hero but the combination of characters made this an extremely memorable read. Read the review.
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn: Understated and utterly unique, this book has a distinctive feel and an adorably nerdy hero you’ll fall for. The descriptions of typography will make you see New York City in a whole new light, and the slow burn romance will warm your heart. These two go from strangers – almost adversaries – to friends, to lovers throughout the course of the book, and the build is so worth the journey. Releasing on December 31st, it’s definitely worth an addition to your TBR. Review to come closer to publication.
Nothing But Wild by P. Dangelico: Dangelico is one of those authors whose books I start reading as soon as they hit my Kindle because they are consistently awesome. If you’ve never read her work, I highly, HIGHLY recommend Wrecking Ball or You Can Have Manhattan. Nothing But Wild is the second book in her New Adult series, pairing up the partyboy and the wallflower. It’s got a great friends to lovers feel that showcases the softer side to the man we saw as wild and reckless in the previous book. It can easily be read as a standalone but you’ll have a completely different experience if you’ve read Nothing But Trouble first. Read the review.
Sleeper by Kayley Loring: Featuring a lovable single dad (who happens to be a movie star), this book is light and sexy with plenty of humor. Perfect for those who love a good best friend’s little sis romance, the story was ridiculously easy to get absorbed in. Loring’s writing just keeps getting better and better. This flowed so well and held my interest from start to finish. In a month where I read plenty of light and sweet holiday reads, it stands out as the best rom com of the batch (sorry Humbugged, you were THIS CLOSE to making the cut). Read the review.
As the end of the year approaches, I’m looking back at everything I read in 2019 and can’t wait to share my Top 19 of 2019 soon. January is shaping up to be a VERY strong month for romance, so make sure you save a few cold winter nights for some great romances! There’ll be new releases from Helena Hunting, Lauren Layne, Nana Malone, J.T. Geissinger, Meghan Quinn, Sara Ney, Julia Kent and many, MANY more.