WEEKLY WRAP-UP: March 13th

This was a busy week for new releases in romance! Some great new books came out including rom coms from Max Monroe and Melanie Moreland, sports romances from Kendall Ryan and Meghan Quinn, as well as more serious reads from Lauren Layne and Catherine Bybee, just to name a few. One or more of these will definitely be making my Best of March list, with an almost unheard of three 5-star reviews from me this week!

I’ve included the blurb and rating for each of the 3-star and up new releases I reviewed this week in case you missed any of the latest posts, as well as a peek at what’s coming next week. There’s also a link to last week’s list – 15 Light and Sexy Romances.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LOVED this

Do people say they hate someone’s guts so that they can still fall stupidly, head-over-heels in love with the other parts?
Asking for a friend.
Taming Hollywood’s Baddest Boy, an all-new hilarious enemies to lovers standalone from New York Times bestselling author Max Monroe, is available now!

Okay, fine. I’m not asking for a friend.

I’m asking for me—and I’m begging you to tell me that the practice of falling in love with your should-be-enemy is common.

Please tell me that I’m not the only person to track down a guy—who used to be Hollywood’s baddest bad boy before he left LA for good—at his off-the-grid cabin in Alaska, show up unannounced, and find him gloriously naked.

This probably happens all the time…right?

Tell me I’m not alone in my stupidity—that I’m not the only woman who would fall for gorgeous blue eyes and a sexy devilish smirk, even if they belong to a broody, mysterious jerk.

Please. Please. Please. Tell me I’m not alone in this.

For the love of everything, I need all the supportive girl power I can get if I’m going to convince Luca Weaver to come back to Hollywood—otherwise known as the place he hates so much that he ghosted Oscar-level success and escaped to no-man’s-land for the last eight years just to avoid it.

Yeah, don’t worry—that smoke you’re smelling isn’t your house catching fire as you read this…it’s just my career and what was previously known as my heart going up in flames.

Gah. Is it just me, or am I totally, completely, and utterly screwed?

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3cQqAq0

Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/TamingHBB

Add TAMING HOLLYWOOD’S BADDEST BOY to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2U46YI7

Full review coming next week, but it was GOOD!!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and funny

Lights! Camera! Clueless! 

Liam Wright is Hollywood’s golden boy and at the top of the A-list. 

But what he doesn’t know about life… Well, it could fill his very large Hollywood mansion. Thankfully, he’s got Shelby Carter in his world to keep him—and his house—camera-ready. Part confidante, part master chef, Shelby is his best friend and the only one who knows the real Liam. 

Pampered, pretty, and often puzzled, Liam and his antics keep her on her toes, and there is never a dull moment living with him. 

Until one day, Liam sees her as more…and he wants her to see him for the man he can be. The man he wants to be. 

For her. 

Is Liam up for the part?

Exclusively on Amazon after March 16th

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3cK0Sn4
Amazon US Paperback: https://amzn.to/2Q6B7DO

Read the review here

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy/sweet

Can you pinpoint a time in your life where you realized you are completely and utterly screwed?

I can. I got the dreaded phone call, the one every baseball player hopes and prays never comes.

I was traded. Yeah, that phone call.

Traded from my long time team of over ten years. And not just to any team, but my childhood rivals; the Chicago Rebels. 

Completely and utterly screwed, right? Wrong. The trade was the least of my concerns.

I met a girl. Natalie. Man, she’s perfect.

I swore I would never get involved with anyone during the season. Too complicated. But can you believe I have zero restraint when it comes to this girl? I couldn’t get her out of my head and the more I talked to her, the more I realized I needed her in my life. 

So what’s the problem? Why am I screwed? Because, Natalie, the girl I can’t stop crushing on, yeah . . . she’s married. 

At least, that’s what I was told . . .

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2xvL4Ek

Amazon US Paperback: https://amzn.to/2xwNrqr

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3a5jPyy
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2PgSj9d
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/390lULK

Add to Goodreads:

Read the review here

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

From New York Times bestseller Kendall Ryan comes a delicious new standalone romance featuring an accidental Vegas wedding and a totally perfect alpha hero.

Remember that time you accidentally woke up in Vegas married to your hot younger guy friend? 

That’s basically my life right now.  

Mistakes were made, okay? 

He’s too young for me. Twenty-three to my thirty. And he’s saving himself for the right girl.

Yup. Apparently I’ve married the last alpha-male virgin on the planet. And my stubborn, oddly traditional, new husband doesn’t want a divorce.

He wants me.

Complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it. 

Down and Dirty is a sexy romp with a hero you’ll melt for and a relatable, sassy heroine you’ll love. If you’re a fan of steamy romances with laugh out loud moments, grab yourself a copy– you won’t regret it!

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/38qYi1W
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/336UqSM
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/330ctK9

Get details about the Hot Jocks series and read the review here

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Serious but sexy

A political golden boy and the woman of his dreams take the risk of their lives in a sexy romantic comedy of strange bedfellows and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Fresh off being named Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year, New York City’s youngest mayor, Robert Davenport, decides it’s time to strategize. Next move: a bid for the governor’s seat. In his way: an incumbent with a flawless reputation. He also has an Achilles’ heel: an estranged wild-child daughter with a past so scandalous it could be Robert’s ticket to victory. And a charm so irresistible it could be Robert’s downfall.

Rebellion is a thing of the past for Adeline Blake. As New York’s premier event planner, she’s all about reform and respectability. Then she’s approached by Robert to organize the party of the season. Curious, considering he’s her father’s most formidable opponent. And alarming, too. Because Addie can’t help but fall for the righteously popular candidate with the movie-star smile.

Now it’s Robert’s choice. Does he pursue a future that holds his legacy? Or the woman who holds his heart?

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/39zkVTd
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2TR22ob
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2v8rBZA

Read the review here

⭐️⭐️⭐️ A little dry

A woman’s journey through tragedy leads to the discovery of love in a novel about hope and survival by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

When a wildfire nearly destroys Parker Sinclair’s family home, it’s just one more disaster to add to her mountain of stress. For the past two years, she has shouldered the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister after their parents’ untimely deaths. Forced to leave college for a crappy job that barely pays the bills, Parker manages her family property, which consumes every aspect of her life. Now winter is coming and the forecast isn’t spreading sunshine on the dark cloud over her head. The last thing Parker needs is a mudslide destroying everything she has worked so hard to maintain.

Colin Hudson’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker’s property and neighborhood from further damage. But it’s a little hard when the owner of the land is a control freak who tries to do everything herself. The hardworking, attractive young woman is far from the “hot mess” she claims to be. In fact, her tight grip of control is one of the things that attract him the most. It’s also the hardest to crack. Now Colin’s working overtime to help Parker open up her heart, trust him, and let him in.

As Parker and Colin work together to keep her home and neighborhood safe, they may be in for another disaster. Or they may just realize that sometimes it takes destruction to create something new. 

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2VS8XA4
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3aGam0z
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2PWvxUy

Read the review here

This week’s list (found here) focused on light and sexy romances, with some fun reads that will brighten up your day. And this week has been quite the doozy around the world, so it actually turned out to be pretty appropriate. I’m mulling over a few ideas for this weekend’s list, so be on the lookout for that. I’ll also be starting up a new section of the blog called “Talking About Tropes,” where I share my thoughts about popular romance storylines/devices and recommend some of my favorite examples. It should be a fun little experiment!

Up Next:

Second chance romances steal the show next week, with new releases from Heather M. Orgeron, Corinne Michaels, and Megan Green. There’s also a forbidden new adult romance from Charleigh Rose, the conclusion to a REALLY GOOD duet from J. Saman, and a playful enemies to lovers romance from Krista Sandor. I’ll have reviews of all of them during the week, plus a whole lot more!

Releases 3/19

Who says you can’t marry the same mistake twice? 

Certainly not Nya Perez…because that’s precisely what she’s done.

Liam Watts is the bane of her existence.
Her first love. Father of her child. And breaker of her heart.

Oh, he’s also her ex-husband. Well, he was, anyway…right up til this morning, when she woke up beside him in a Vegas hotel room, sheathed in satin and tulle with a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach.

If it were just between the two of them, an annulment would be the obvious solution. After all, they wouldn’t be the first to marry and divorce at the little white chapel in the span of twenty-four hours.

But their daughter’s greatest wish has just been granted, and if there’s one heart Nya wants to protect more than her own, it’s Ellie’s.

So, she promises to give it six months.

There’s no way she’ll be swayed by his thick southern drawl, those well-defined abs, or that annoyingly delectable scruff lining his cheeks.

Nope. She’s got it all under control. Six months of playing house, then everything can go back to the way it was before.

But first she’ll have to muddle through marriage with Liam—take two.

Releases 3/17

From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Time comes a breathtaking story about first love, second chances, and starting over.

Teagan Berkley is trying her best. A single mom raising a precocious teen, she may have given up on her dreams, but she’s accepted her life in her small beachside hometown. Now the one person who abandoned her when she needed him the most has returned, bringing back memories of what might have been.

Derek Hartz arrives in town with a teenage daughter – and he’s full of guilt over his failed marriage and the way he ended his friendship with Teagan. He’s determined to set things right with her, but first he needs to gain her trust. Something he’s not convinced he deserves.

As Teagan and Derek open up to each other—and confess their deepest secrets—it’s impossible for them to deny what’s always been between them. But just when their happily ever after is within reach, their complicated history surfaces again and threatens to keep them apart. Forever.

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2Wfx6kp

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2TLJHdh

Audiobook: https://amzn.to/33kxz6b

Releases 3/19

Former firefighter Mason Cooper knows how it feels to be burned, both by life and by flame.Still, nothing could have prepared him for life’s ultimate task—single fatherhood. As the sole provider for his little girl, there’s simply no room in his carefully constructed life for distractions.

When a stray dog lands him in the office of the new local vet, Mason comes face to face with a major complication. Because the new vet in town is none other than his childhood friend, Madeline Woods, the same girl who up and left him without a trace.

Gorgeous, smart, and thoughtful—the more time Mason spends with Maddy, the more he finds himself questioning whether she’s the thing he and his daughter have been missing all along.

But being with Maddy is like playing with fire, and while a little heat might be nice, can he trust her not to burn them both?

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/338FgMx
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/NBY_UK
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/NBY_CA
Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/NBY_AUS

Add to your Goodreads TBR List: http://bit.ly/2VlX2KD

Releases 3/18

Three things my mother acquired when she became engaged: 1. A brand new Tiffany’s ring. 
2. A lavish home on Heartbreak Hill. 
3. Three privileged stepsons.

The last thing I expected was to fall for one of them, least of all Thayer Ames.
Beautiful, brooding, and untouchable.
I knew it was a bad idea. He warned me himself.
But he was a thunderstorm, and I never could resist the rain.
It was perfect…
Until it wasn’t.
One night was all it took for our world to crumble around us, leaving only secrets and lies between us.
Now, I have to face him again, and the boy I used to know has become the man who loves to hate me.

Add to Goodreads:

Paperback out now, Kindle edition 3/19

A gorgeous, brooding rock god. 
An unstoppable chemistry we fight to ignore. 
Desperate passion I want indelibly inked on my soul.

Jobless and financially destitute, I have no choice but to see this tour through. Even with my boss hating my guts. A fact he goes out of his way to prove every chance he gets.
Lucky for me, the best part of Jasper Diamond is his daughter. But being the nanny on the road with one of the world’s biggest rock bands poses more challenges than I was expecting – including falling for the elusive front man.
But with the world chasing after us, how long can we hide what others are determined to exploit?
They say there is a thin line between love and hate.
That all good things must come to an end.
Set on a collision course, nothing could have prepared us for this.
Or for what fate has in store for us.

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/38MoGmY

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/38MoGmY

Paperback out now, Kindle edition 3/19

Bookshop owner, Georgie Jensen, is done with shallow jerks. Her Own the Eights blog dishes out advice on how to steer clear of egotistical creeps only concerned with looks and status. Her focus is finding one’s true soulmate—not the superficial ten but the solid, reliable eight.

Jordan Marks is the city’s top fitness trainer who won’t settle for anything less than the best. His blog promotes working hard, playing harder, and striving to always be—you guessed it—a ten.

When these two opposites are forced to team-up for an online competition, opinions clash and mouse pads fly.

The twist: there can only be one winner, and if Georgie wants to keep her shop open, that winner needs to be her.

But the more time this eight and this ten spend together, the more they learn that, when it comes to love, a number might not be what matters the most.

Own the Eights is a steamy rom-com full of heart, heat, and oodles of laugh out loud moments!

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3aNMA2M

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/38P99Tk

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