WEEKLY WRAP-UP: April 24th

It was a busy, busy week for new releases, and what looks to be the end of my April reading slump! I do frequently give 3-star ratings, but it’s felt like there have been a lot in April. This week’s releases had some exceptionally good books as well as some promising reads that faltered just a little.

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you already have an idea of what’s coming next week, but there is some GOOD stuff on the way! I’m reading through my ARCs now and I’m loving a few of them so far. Be on the lookout for some exciting new releases this weekend as well!!! The release schedule on several books has been shifted around due to all that’s going on in the world, so it’s getting tougher to predict when things will release but there are some highly anticipated books coming soon.

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 May Releases on my TBR and my Deals and Steals list. There were some exciting announcements this week, so my TBR for May is filling up quickly!!!


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An emotional ride

From Wall Street Journal & USA Bestselling Author M. Robinson, comes a rock star contemporary romance filled with angst and all the feels.

Once upon a time…

There was a little girl who believed in fairy tales and happily ever afters.

Hoping. 

Praying. 

Waiting…

For her prince to come. 

Together they’d conquer the world.

Slaying dragons, demons, and villains. 

Until her Prince Charming let his demons prevail.

She cried and begged and prayed. 

She hated him. 

She loved him. 

She couldn’t save him. 

“I’m sorry.”

“I love you.”

Were five words she despised more than anything. 

Her fairy tale had become her worst nightmare.

She didn’t know how much more she could take.

She didn’t know love could turn into hate.

There were so many things she didn’t know. 

Especially, how to tell him, “No.”

Read the review here

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

Haven’t read From the First Verse Yet? It’s an angsty, gritty rock star romance that I have complicated feelings about, and this release completes the duet. Read my full review of the first half here.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this

When Tyler Adams knocked on my door, he was a broken prince with a wicked smile. A god with a guitar.

I don’t trust musicians, but he was different.

At seventeen, I offered him my home, my life, my heart… 

…He stole them all.

From USA Today bestselling author Piper Lawson comes an emotional new adult forbidden romance series. LOVE NOTES is a 15,000-word prequel to the new Rivals trilogy.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2S2h1LX


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this hero

He’s growly. Grumpy. Stubborn.

And now, my new roommate.

Walking away from my disastrous last relationship was an easy decision, but moving in with a friend-of-a-friend hockey star who’s rarely home? Not quite as simple, because Grant makes me feel all kinds of things I’m not prepared for.

Protected. Desired. Unsteady.
• • •

She’s beautiful. Smart. Tempting.

And a little fragile.

I’ve never been anyone’s knight in shining armor, but when Ana needed a place to stay, it was easy to offer her a room with me.

Not so simple, though, is keeping my hands—or my mouth—to myself. And the night she crawls into my bed and shares her body with me? Heaven.

But she’s not looking for a relationship, and to my surprise, I find myself pissed off by that idea.

They say my heart is broken, that I’ll never settle down. I used to think that was true. Now, though? Hell, your guess is as good as mine. 

First, she took my bed.
Then she took my heart.
Then she took my everything.

Read the review here

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2TNLNIh
Paperback: https://amzn.to/2TzCFIG


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy and sweet

What are two besties willing to risk for something more? The New York Times bestselling author of This Is Love has the answer in this fun, sexy, and emotional romance about friendship, family, and giving love a chance.

Something is off in Piper Dalton’s life, and she has a feeling it might just be her. All her siblings are blissfully settled with their forever loves. But while her sisters were dreaming of white weddings, Piper was left heartbroken and commitment phobic by her first love, her best friend’s younger brother. As a woman dominating the male-driven construction industry, Piper has no interest in turning in her hammer for an apron—even if hot and hilarious Harley thinks otherwise.

Burly bar owner Harley Dutch has a bum ankle and two preteen nieces to take care of, and having his best friend, tough-as-nails and sexy-as-sin Piper Dalton, come to his rescue is just the remedy he needs. Piper is her snarky self, and she kind of sucks at caregiving, but she’s owned his heart for years, she’s got a way with the girls, and Harley would sure like to have his way with her

As things heat up between Piper and Harley, she warns him not to fall in love with her because she’ll only break his heart. Harley is the right man for that challenge—until he makes the biggest mistake of his life, and they begin to wonder if true love really can conquer all.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2Vv1qp6
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3a6wLDH
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2Vx7n4T


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and funny

Love is a battlefield, and divorce attorney Sadie Howard is entrenched on the frontlines. She thought she might have met the right man once, but he was a career military guy who got shipped overseas and left her heart on the tarmac. These days, the only commitment Sadie wants is the one she’s made to her Denver law practice.

Combat photographer Roman Dvornakov is back. Fresh out of the U.S. Army, he’s using family connections to snap photos at a few weddings while he builds his civilian photography practice. After all he’s captured on film, a few posed wedding shots should be a cakewalk. Seeing so much death through the camera lens, he’s now ready to build something worth living for. A thriving photography business, definitely. But he’s certain his new mission also includes Sadie, the girl who slipped away.

Sadie isn’t convinced, and she’s not willing to open her heart anytime soon. Besides, she’s got a high-profile divorce case taking up all her attention. Winning the case for her client will make or break her practice. So what if it’s a custody dispute over a ridiculously expensive fish tank? When Roman discovers the soon-to-be divorced couple are still in love, he and his slightly-nutty grandmother, Babushka, are determined to convince them to cancel the proceedings. He’s not camera shy when it comes to matters of the heart, but interfering with Sadie’s clients could wreck her career and any chance they’ll ever have together…

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2xxiz9M
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3evQ5Of


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot holes get in the way

Sawyer LaGrange.

He’s my best friend’s older brother.

He’s quiet, brooding, sexy as sin

Dark hair, a scruffy square jaw, and deep lines of muscle I trace my fingers along slowly, followed by my lips…

He always does what’s right.

Until me

They say you get in life what you have the courage to ask for.

Well, I’m brave.

And I want him.

Secrets.

Everybody has them.

Big, small, innocent… forbidden.

Mindy was a line I should never have crossed.

But I did.

She was beautiful… sassy and tempting,

And rules were made to be broken.

We broke them all.

Now I’m home, released from service with hidden scars.

Now my secrets are the demons that grow stronger every day.

I try to send her away, but I can’t let her go.

She’s my reason to fight, and I’ll walk through hell to be the man she deserves. To give her a reason to stay here with me.

(HERE WITH ME is a STAND-ALONE best friend’s older brother, second-chance, military romance. No cheating. No cliffhangers.)

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3csAH3h
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2KdWLmh
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2xyZnZg


⭐️⭐️⭐️ There’s cheating

It began with betrayal.

And ended in murder.

She was never supposed to cross my path. She was never supposed to know about the currency of Secrets or the Oaths of Blood.

But like a thief in the night, she stole my soul even if she wasn’t mine to possess.

As a member of the Elite, I live by simple tenets. A gentleman
above all. Private matters stay private. Secrets whispered are never revealed.

Enemies and friends are of the same coin. And power is king.

My so called brothers killed my friend. I intend to make
them pay. And before it’s over, I’ll bend all the rules of morality,
decency and legality. I will borrow and steal to set the scales right. But
begging–begging, you can forget about.

My name is Ben Covington and I know my sins.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2V7Ide0

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/34YUKUg

Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2XI18hr


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Serious and emotional

In Alisha Rai’s second novel in her Modern Love series, a reclusive investor goes viral, shoving her into the world’s spotlight—and into the arms of the bodyguard she’s been pining for…

OMG! Wouldn’t it be adorable if he’s her soulmate???

I don’t see any wedding rings <eyes emoji>

Breaking: #CafeBae and #CuteCafeGirl went to the bathroom AT THE SAME TIME!!!

One minute, Katrina King’s enjoying an innocent conversation with a random guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire encounter with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae has the world swooning. Going viral isn’t easy for anyone, but Katrina has painstakingly built a private world for herself, far from her traumatic past. Besides, everyone has it all wrong…that #CafeBae bro? He isn’t the man she’s hungry for.

 He’s got a <peach emoji> to die for.

With the internet on the hunt for the identity of #CuteCafeGirl, Jas Singh, bodyguard and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina’s ever seen, offers his family’s farm as a refuge. Alone with her unrequited crush feels like a recipe for hopeless longing, but Katrina craves the escape. She’s resigned to being just friends with Jas–until they share a single electrifying kiss. Now she can’t help but wonder if her crush may not be so unrequited after all…

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3b5jxsd
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2V74ZTs
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/3bas7Gb


15 May Releases on my TBR

As April winds down, it’s time to start thinking about all of the great books that are releasing in May – and there are some AWESOME ones! With new announcements made every day, it’s almost impossible to keep track of all the romance novels on the horizon, so I’m sharing a list of 15 May releases that are on my TBR. My to-read pile will continue to grow, but these 15 books are at the top of the list. 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 this week’s list here.

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