WEEKLY WRAP-UP: April 17th

This week’s releases were full of surprises – both good and bad. It seems like the ones I was most excited about let me down, and the one that flew under my radar shot to the top of the pack. That being said, I had HIGH expectations for a few of these books (the authors are extremely talented), so it’s understandable to experience a little disappointment. I actually considered rating ALL of this week’s books 4 stars – or higher – but ultimately couldn’t do it. That’s definitely one flaw of the 5-star system – the quality of the writing may warrant a 5-star rating when the plot does not.

I can assure you that there is a lot of good stuff coming your way next week. It’s a BUSY release week, so get ready for lots of reviews!!! If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you already have an idea of what’s coming next week, but there are definitely some releases I’m excited about!

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 15 One-Click Rom Com Authors and my Deals and Steals list.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mysterious and original

From USA Today bestselling author Ava Harrison comes a gritty, twisted standalone romance. 

They say Cyrus Reed is ruthless. That he rules the underworld with an iron fist. 

A criminal. A murderer. A monster.
He controlled fortunes and amassed empires.

Our paths should never have crossed, but one poker game intertwined our fate.

I woke up stranded on his island. 
Forced to play a dangerous game of hate and lust.

He said he took me to protect me. 
That he was saving me. 

But who will save me from him?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2wAoVED
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/34A2ufB
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/34CMPw2

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Back half sours otherwise phenomenal read

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone comes a fresh romantic comedy full of “fierce humor and fiercer heart” about one trouble-making dog who brings together two perfect strangers. (Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue)

Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.
Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2XaW4Sq
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3dXPyUM
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2yzQ9fm

Haven’t read The Friend Zone yet? My review is here

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Didn’t love the hero

A sweeping, second chance standalone romance!

I was pretty good at living without regrets until a way too close call during a skydive. Instead of my life flashing before my eyes, I saw one face, one regret that’s been gnawing at me ever since—Presley. The woman I loved madly ten years ago. The woman I had to walk away from.

At first, all I want is to sort out why I can’t get her out of my head. But as soon as I see Presley again, I know I have to win her back at any cost. Brilliant, captivating and utterly beautiful, she’s the one I want.

Fate steps in when we’re asked to pair up to find a treasure in art and antiques. It’s an opportunity I can’t pass up—to uncover a path back to the woman I let get away while we chase down a love story a hundred years in the making.

Trouble is, Presley is tougher now, more wary, and she’s been hurt. By me. So it’s going to take a whole lot more than one hot kiss and a wild adventure together to convince her to give me a second chance.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3af1cYo
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2XI7opp

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Serious and steamy

She’s small-town business. He’s Manhattan high finance. Together they ignite in a novel about unexpected love and danger by Nancy Herkness, award-winning author of the Wager of Hearts series.

New Jersey bookkeeper Alice Thurber has a carefully constructed risk-free life. Everything in perfect balance. Until little discrepancies show up in her clients’ accounts. Most would ignore it. Not the impeccably precise Alice. In desperation she reaches out to a high-powered consulting firm for help. New York City’s movie-star handsome financial wizard Derek Killion reaches back. All he has to do is smile and Alice’s fantasies stir. A girl can dream, can’t she?

A cofounder of KRG, Derek’s promise is to advise small-business owners in trouble. He never guessed that assisting the diffident but sexy Alice would be so captivating and make it so hard to keep his desires in check. But just as intriguing is the alarming puzzle behind the computer glitch that’s unsettled his client. As the investigation unfolds, they must also confront an attraction too palpable to ignore. Every new dark twist they follow is only bringing them closer together—in passion and in danger.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2V0pAIT
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2y3AWTE
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2XqSSlx

15 One-Click Rom Com Authors

While I’ve always loved rom coms, I’ve found myself seeking them out with a much higher frequency since the start of social distancing. They’re great escapism – light, easy reads that make me laugh and smile, even if I’ve had a rough day. Some are sexy, some are tame, but none of them linger on the angst for long. 

Over the years, I’ve discovered countless skilled rom com authors, but I can purchase the following 15 authors’ work without hesitation (sometimes even without reading the blurb!) and know that I’m in for a good read. Check out the full list here.

This Week’s Deals and Steals

New week, new deals!!! There continue to be a ton of great freebies and deals out there on Kindle books, so get clicking and load up your eReader! These low/no price books are the perfect way to try out new-to-you authors without breaking the bank – I’ve added many, many books to my TBR in the last few weeks! Check out the list here.

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