Best of January

January was an incredible month for new releases in romance, with so many 5-star reads that it was extremely difficult to choose my top five books. In fact, I couldn’t do it! This month, I’m featuring my top six new releases. Every one is written by a go-to author of mine, whose work I read without hesitation. And let me tell you, they were all bringing their best work to the table with these!!!

February is looking like it’s going to have an eclectic mix of new releases, so stay tuned to see what’s coming up – so far I’ve read some fantastic books by authors whose work I’m just getting to know, as well as books by some of my favorites.

A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting: My absolute FAVORITE book of the month, I loved every minute of this playful slow burn romance. The chemistry between these two was off the charts, and the depth Hunting managed to give the relationship far surpassed that of most romances. It remained mostly light but had just enough angst to keep you hooked. Really, really great book. Read the review here.

The Cruelest Stranger by Winter Renshaw: An intense and engrossing read, this held my attention from start to finish. From the minute these two meet, the chemistry was there and I adored the lovable jerk who steals the show. It uses dual perspective in a way that enhances the story, showing how very different two people’s reactions to one event can be. Don’t start it before bed or you’ll be up way too late. Read the review here.

Sex and Other Shiny Objects by Lauren Blakely: A steamy, sexy friends to lovers romance, this hot slow burn features off the charts chemistry. It’s playful and light, and these two friends have a connection that runs much deeper than just the physical side of things (though the attraction is definitely there!). It’s one of my favorite books by Lauren Blakely, and I rarely consider anything she writes to be less than 5 stars. Read the review here.

Rules of Engagement by J.T. Geissinger: A rom com that seems light and easy on the surface, this gets deeper and more emotional as the story goes on. We see a major transformation in the giant, moody football star, and the banter between our couple makes this story fly by. Though I love Geissinger’s heavier books, her transition into romantic comedy was seamless – easily one of the best rom coms I’ve read in months. Read the review here.

Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne: Though I’m a longtime fan of Layne’s work, her Central Park series hasn’t topped my list of her favorite books – until now. She excels at friends to lovers romances, and this was a fantastic example of the genre. These two friends have such a deep, easy relationship that their transition to lovers felt natural and inevitable. It completed the series perfectly but easily stands on its own. Read the review here.

Boss Man Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn: The first half of this rom com is pure hilarity, with our heroine’s over the top antics and chemistry that slowly builds over time. It made the pages fly by, and when the story got heavier and a LOT sexier, it took me through a range of emotions. Quinn is so skilled at writing comedy, but her books have been featuring more angst recently, and it makes for dynamic, interesting reads. Can’t wait to see what she writes next. Read the review here.

February brings new releases from K. Bromberg, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Adriana Locke, Melanie Harlow, Rachel Van Dyken and many more, so I have no doubt there will be plenty of great romances coming our way!!!

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