WEEKLY WRAP-UP: April 10th

With the holiday week upon us, it was a little bit quieter with new releases but it won’t be staying that way for long! There are still PLENTY of good books coming out in April, so be on the lookout for a bunch of new reviews – especially on the week of the 21st!

That being said, there were still some great books out this week, including one of my top picks of the year and a new-to-me author I’ll definitely be checking out again.

If you missed any of this week’s reviews, I’ve got the blurb and rating for each below. There’s also a link to my list of The 10 April Releases I’m Most Excited About, my Deals and Steals list, and a peek at what’s coming next week.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this

When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves–and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/39WB7gR
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/33sT3xC
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/39wFYVO


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Banter-filled fun

What is The Bachelor’s Club?

It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have.

Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified.

We’re ineligible bachelors, bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually. So committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest…

Four days co-habitating in a shared work space shouldn’t be a big deal. It shouldn’t be distracting. But Spencer Standish saw me puking in a company trash can, and won’t let me live it down. Cheerful, aggravating Spencer, who wants me to fetch her coffee.

As if she’s the boss of me.

And now I’m stuck sharing her office.

Let’s face facts: I can’t be in a relationship; not when there’s a bet to win—not with Spencer, who loves my uncontrollable basset hound, lazy Sundays, and grilled cheese as much as I do. I refuse to fall for her.

I will be the last Bachelor standing.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2RhvoM2


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A steamy good time

Kiki

Ellis Atwood is the devil. Ok, maybe that’s too harsh. Ellis Atwood is ruining my life.

First, he demolishes a perfectly good wedding trellis.

Second, he destroys a gorgeous doggie wedding that I spent ages planning. (I kid you not.)

Third, he makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, and that is not ok. I prefer the cold and harsh way my fiancé makes me feel so much better. (wait, that didn’t come out right.)

Fourth, and there is a fourth, he gets me all wound up and flustered.

And last, when he unexpectedly kissed me it made me forget my own name, or the fact that I’m getting married…in a month.

Please someone help me out. I’m a mess.

Worst part is, Ellis isn’t the bad guy I first thought he was.

And being forced to spend time with him is making me realize that he needs my help more than anything.

So what’s a girl like me to do?

Ellis

I’m only in town long enough to figure out a plan with my brother on how to save our brewery from the awfulness that is my father. Oh and be in a wedding.

Where I may or may not be crushing a little too hard on the bride-to-be. (spoiler alert, I’m crushing hard.)

She’s really cute. Like seriously.

And she has the cutest job, she’s a dog wedding planner. (I kid you not.)

I can see why Henry loves her.

I can see why everyone loves her.

I can see why I’m falling for her.

I’m usually not a relationship-type guy. Call it picky or whatnot, but usually I get bored easily. So, my plan is simple. Spend as much time with Kiki (soon to be Faniki, I know) and hopefully get bored with her adorkable smile and sexy legs that go on for miles.

Then, I can save the brewery, be the best man of the wedding, and get my butt back to Chicago and away from the happy couple.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3bQA2bw


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy and emotional

The second novel in New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott’s Meet Me in Montana series turns up the emotion with a story about finding true love and healing broken hearts.

Grieving the loss of her fiancé two years ago, Kaylee longs for a fresh start. When she follows her best friend from Atlanta to Hamilton, Montana, Kaylee looks forward to the wild terrain and a new town to help her forget the memories and dreams of a life that will never be hers.

After a tragic car accident, Ty Shaw is told he may never walk again. But Ty doesn’t easily accept defeat, and through grit, determination, and more physical therapy than any man should ever endure, he beats the odds. Even though he’ll never ride again, Ty longs to feel alive—the way he did on the Professional Bull Riders circuit.

When Kaylee meets Ty, she finds him just as captivating as the rugged landscape of Montana. When Ty is with Kaylee, he remembers just how good life can be. But can they move beyond their broken hearts and dreams to find a second chance with each other?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2UW9leM
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/39H83K1
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2wTsKoR


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heavy and emotional

Life isn’t a game. 

Life isn’t an empty bottle of bourbon spinning on a warehouse floor as I hold my breath. 

I feel weak when others perceive me as strong. I’m passionate though I appear to hate the world around me.

I see the beauty in all ugly things. I feel pain when I laugh. 

No one knows the truth.

Well, no one knew the truth until now.

Somehow, Brody Pearson understands more about me than anyone else in my life. 

The severed connection should mean something significant, but I don’t know if I can forget all my self-proclaimed promises.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2yu406L
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2V2aQYZ


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Didn’t love the hero

Sometimes scoring off the ice leads to the greatest rewards.

I’ve had only one goal in life since I first strapped on a pair of skates—make America’s pro hockey league.

I left Denmark. I made it to the top. Now, I’m determined to be the best. No distractions. I eat, sleep, and breathe hockey.

Until my birthday when my teammates convince me to live a little.
But living a little takes on a whole new meaning when less than a year later I’m confronted with a crying baby on my doorstep, drooling on a note that declares he’s mine.

Suddenly, I’m a single dad in way over my head.
There is no playbook for situations like this.

Luckily, I have Paisley.
My gorgeous neighbor, my long-time crush, and now—my savior.
She’s there any time I need her.
Helping. Guiding. Gazing at me with those green eyes that make me feel capable of this after all.

With her at my side, I’m quickly learning there’s more to life than winning a hockey game.

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️ Sweet turned sour

Cole Anders is in his last season at Fullton State. If he doesn’t get drafted this year, he’ll be forced to hang up his cleats for good. It’s not something he’s ready to do.

To prove he’s serious about his final season, he’s given up girls. No more casual hookups, dates or one-night stands. But there’s one girl who has always refused to give up on him. One girl who has been there since the start of Freshman year. One girl he stupidly assumed would always be waiting for him when he got off the field, no matter how long it took.

Christina’s had enough of Cole pushing her aside for baseball. She’s grown tired of waiting for him to see what she’s known since they were freshmen… that they are good together. She’s finally moved on- for good this time.

Cole has other ideas, but she refuses to cave. It’s not her problem if he wants her now. Too little too late. 

There comes a point in your life when you have to stop the incessant merry-go-round and just get off the ride, right? Try telling that to Cole.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2JW0pRz


This Week’s Deals and Steals

Authors are being very generous right now as countless readers are stuck at home with a need to escape from reality, so there are fantastic deals out there on Kindle books. Whether they’re low or no cost, these books are the perfect way for readers to check out authors they’ve never read before or to load up on books by some of their favorites. They change so frequently that I’ve been making this a weekly post – I can’t even tell you how many books I’ve added to my collection in the past month! Check out the full list here.


The 10 April Releases I’m Most Excited About

Every month, there are new releases that I look forward to, but April has some truly exciting books! From light to dark, funny to somber, there’s something for every mood. Though there are many books that I’m looking forward to, these are the ones I am most excited about (for a variety of reasons!). Check out the list here.


Up Next:

Next week brings a new novella from Teagan Hunter, the highly anticipated release of The Happy Ever Playlist by Abby Jimenez, a romance with a touch of suspense by Nancy Herkness, a second chance romance by Lauren Blakely, and a rom com by Christina Hovland (plus many more!).

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