It was an EXCELLENT release week – the last few weeks have been hit or miss for me, but there was not a bad book in the bunch this time! I think half of my 5-star reads for the month released this week, and I discovered a couple of great new-to-me authors. As an ARC reader, release date has little bearing on when I actually read a book, so it was interesting to see how many of my favorites released this week.
If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you already know that next week is what I’m referring to as “the calm before the storm.” May is BUSY and it truly starts kicking into high gear on the 12th. So clean out your TBR and make way for some great new releases!
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 Bosses & Billionaires, my Best of April list, and my Deals and Steals list.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Low angst and sexy
Daisy Lewis is experiencing a relentless string of bad luck.
Fortunately, Daisy has her sister’s destination wedding coming up. A week of sand, sea, and sun in the South Pacific as the maid-of-honor is exactly what Daisy needs to forget her upturned life and focus on the positive.
That is until Daisy meets the best man.
If you take tall, dark, and handsome, and add a dash of rugged, a pinch of brooding, and a whole lot of sexy, you’ve got Tai Wakefield. Unfortunately he’s also a major grump, total alpha, and seemingly out to antagonize Daisy at every turn.
As if being part of the wedding party with Tai wasn’t bad enough, Daisy’s bad luck soon resurfaces when she ends up on a cramped sailboat with Tai and the newlyweds.
Which then shipwrecks on a deserted island near Fiji.
Okay, so they aren’t completely alone. There’s an oddball research scientist who has been isolated for far too long, they have rundown bungalows as shelter, stores of water and canned food, plus a feral goat named Wilson. It’s Lost…without the smoke monster.
But with rescue weeks away, Tai and Daisy realize the only way they’re going to get through this mess is to stop fighting and start working together.
And with their guards down, they get closer.
A lot closer.
Soon, Daisy realizes that the only thing worse than being stuck on a deserted island, is being stuck on a deserted island with a man she hates to love and loves to hate.
A man that can break her heart.
Read the review here
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this
I’m no Prince Charming, and the last thing I want is a Cinderella.
My instructions were simple: scour the city for a fake fiancée who’s not my type at all. Have her on my jet Monday morning, dressed appropriately for a yacht vacation.
I need a woman believable enough to convince a certain client that I’ve changed my playboy ways…yet nothing like the supermodels and socialites I usually have on my arm.
Somebody too annoying to tempt me—no emotional entanglements, thank you very much. This is business only.
If she’s unfazed by my looks and wealth, all the better.
Should be easy. Right?
Apparently not, because my people go and hire Tabitha. My hairdresser.
What were they thinking? Yes, I said annoying, but I didn’t mean her, the most frustrating woman in the world.
Tabitha is sunshiny. She has a pet hamster. She loves Hello Kitty, and she gets under my skin like nobody else.
As if that’s not bad enough, the minute we step on deck, she thinks that certain people on the yacht are up to something shady—based completely on her soap opera knowledge.
She won’t listen when I tell her she’s being ridiculous.
But as the days go by, I find that we’re actually having fun. And our fake kisses are heating up. And suddenly her wild theories aren’t sounding so strange after all…
Read the review here
Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3f2j0tB
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2W6iQZr
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Opposites attract goodness
True love is in the details for the Jersey shore’s premier wedding planner in this heart-swooning series about big dreams and happy endings from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
Avery Sunshine might not have a soul mate of her own, but she still believes in happily ever after—for her clients. Making dreams come true is her business at Sunshine Bridal, which she runs with her two sisters. When her best friend announces her engagement, Avery is thrilled to take charge of the giddy bride-to-be’s big day. Less thrilling? Her best friend’s arrogant and demanding brother, who just so happens to be the man of honor.
Carter Ross’s first instinct: call 911. He promised to always take care of his impulsive little sister, and he honors that vow. Even if it means taking over her wedding, where he is sure Avery will fail. At best, Avery is unpredictable. At worst, if she’s anything like the spitfire of a college girl he remembers, the main event could run wild.
With Avery and Carter wrestling for control, tempers heat up. So does the spark of attraction they’re fighting with every kiss. As the wedding draws near, it’s time to reconcile a rocky past and make a decision that could change everyone’s lives. Because what they’re rebelling against looks a lot like love.
Read the review here
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Angsty goodness
Tyler Adams and I never should have met.
I was rich, he was poor.
I was plain, he was beautiful.
I ached for the spotlight, he made his music in the dark.
Yet he looked at me in a way my rock star father and rich, snobby classmates never did: like I mattered.
I never saw it coming.
When Tyler moved in with us to work with my dad and attend Oakwood Prep, he seduced my enemies and claimed their crown.
He betrayed my friendship and crushed my heart to become their rebel prince.
They can keep him.
I’ll never forgive the boy I used to ache for.
But some nights…
…He makes me want to.
A Love Song for Liars is Book 1 in the angsty, emotional Rivals trilogy. Fans of forbidden new adult, academy and rock star romance will love this new series.
Read the review here
Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2y2ReME
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2zCuRhF
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Seriously satisfying
Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery from an eating disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. Despite the good news, her successful siblings (and their perfect spouses) have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her unreliable boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida family vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro—a firefighter paramedic and dive captain willing to play the part of her smitten fiancé . . .
Luis’s big Cuban familia has been in Key West for generations, and his quiet strength feeds off the island’s laidback style. Though guarded after a deep betrayal, he’ll always help someone in need—especially a spunky beauty with a surprising knowledge of Spanish curse words. Soon, he and Sara have memorized their “how we met” story and are immersed in family dinners, bike tours, private snorkeling trips . . . sharing secrets, and slow, melting kisses. But when it’s time for Sara to return home, will their island romance last or fade with the stunning sunset?
Read the review here
Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2XpRboC
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3ejZ4SG
15 Bosses & Billionaires
That’s right, we’re talking about rich guys. It’s a beloved trope for a reason – there’s something about a bossy alphahole that sparks sexual tension like nothing else. Whether it’s an office romance or a fake relationship, billionaire romances often feature opposites who clash until that tension combusts. Not all of these heroes are billionaires with a B – and not all of them are jerks – but these 15 books all fall under this category in one way or another. See the full list here.
Best of April 2020
What a month! April was… let’s call it interesting. I don’t know about you, but there have been many changes in my life during the month of April, and while I’ve continued to read every day, my routine has definitely changed. I’ve got less patience for books that aren’t working for me, and I’ve been leaning more heavily on rom coms. While I hit a bit of a book slump mid-month, I seem to have shaken it off now. So while I normally pick my top 5 or 6 books of the month, this time it didn’t seem quite right to do so. Instead, I’ve pared it down to only the four best books of April – and these ones were SO, SO GOOD.
I’ve included my book review for each, so you can see how enthusiastic I was about them (hint: VERY enthusiastic, lol). In case you’re wondering, I typically write my reviews immediately after I finish reading so that I’m still in my book hangover while writing… though occasionally I’ll have to stew about the characters overnight first.
I can’t even tell you how many exciting books are coming out in May – every time I think my TBR is full, another one of my favorite authors announces a release. Needless to say, it’s going to be a busy, BUSY month for reviews! Fair warning: you may want to keep your schedule clear on May 12th and 19th, because there are some amazing releases those days.
View the list here.
This Week’s Deals and Steals
I love the first of the month because it brings a whole new selection of deals! I’ve collected over 100 free or cheap Kindle books from romance authors I’ve read or been meaning to try – most are less than $1! Try out some new-to-you authors for cheap or fill up your Kindle with books from authors you already love. Grab them while you can because they change daily!!!! Check out the deals here.