WEEKLY WRAP-UP: May 8th

Leading up to Mother’s Day weekend (I hope all the moms out there have a great day!), it was a fairly quiet release week. That being said, there were some very satisfying reads, each with their own vibe. I tried out a new-to-me author, read something by an author I haven’t read in awhile, and caught up with a few favorites. Though not all of this week’s releases were homeruns, they were solid overall.

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you’ve got an idea of just how many great releases are coming next week. I’ve read some really good ARCs so far, so make sure to build some reading time into your schedule next week!!! I’ll have plenty of book reviews going up throughout the week, so keep an eye out – there’s a little something for everyone on the way.

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 calendar of May releases and my Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy and sweet

Love Under Quarantine, an all-new feel good strangers-to-lovers romance about finding love in the most unexpected ways from New York Times bestselling authors Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan, is out now!

While the world is ravaged by a global pandemic, hotshot NFL running back Evan Sparks is locked in his own personal hell. With a career-ending scandal on his back, Evan hides out in his best friend’s empty San Francisco home, the full city shutdown locking him in a lonely twenty-story apartment in the sky.

Romance writer Sadie Walsh is having the worst case of writer’s block ever…until the incredible, muscular stranger staying next door gets her muse going strong. The pair of loners, never expecting to find a friend in all the madness, meet each day out on their balconies like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.

Each new day brings unique challenges for the pair as they navigate the unknown and find solace together. They quickly figure out that as long as they have one another, they can handle anything.

Even falling in love under quarantine.

***

Writing together for the first time, New York Times bestselling authors Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan team up to tell a story that not only is a beautiful escape during a trying time, but a true lesson on the power of humanity’s ability to survive. Through a sexy, hopeful, strangers-to-lovers romance, the authors prove with love, trust, and faith, we can conquer anything.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2W4D07c


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and sexy

Chelsea Cooper thinks her best friend’s fiancé is the world’s biggest jerk.

She’s never really been one to make waves, but when it comes to that guy, Chelsea’s willing to make an exception. There’s just no way she can let her best friend make the biggest mistake of her life by marrying him. She’ll do anything to stop the wedding, even if it means teaming up with the one person who’s an even bigger jerk—the groom-to-be’s best friend.

Drew Russo thinks his best friend’s fiancée’s best friend is the prickliest woman alive.

Everything about Chelsea aggravates him. She’s too structured, too uptight, and too opinionated—especially when it comes to her thoughts on his best friend. When he’s tasked with keeping her away from their best friends’ secret wedding, Drew knows he’s in for one hell of a challenge. Never mind the days he’ll have to spend trapped in a car with the world’s most annoying woman.

The plan is simple enough—keep Chelsea from interfering with the wedding. But between distractions, delays and detours, they discover they aren’t the enemies they thought they were. And sometimes a wrong turn can lead you in the right direction.

Warning—This sweet, sexy, and laugh out loud funny romance is filled with all the most ridiculous road trip stories you can imagine and will make you realize sometimes being wrong can be a lot more fun than being right.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2VM2Z3r


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this

How can one wrong number be so right? A slew of L-O-L texts turn into romance that lasts a lifetime. 

You don’t want to miss this box set, which includes the never-before-in-ebook TEXTIN’ UP MY HEART

INCLUDES:
LET’S GET TEXTUAL – WRONG NUMBER
When Zach Hastings sends a text to the wrong number, it leads to a crazy adventure of finding love…and a baby goat.

I WANNA TEXT YOU UP – ROOMMATES TO LOVERS/BEST FRIEND’S EX
Caleb Mills was just looking for a new roommate. He didn’t plan to fall in love with her, especially not since she’s his ex-girlfriend’s best friend…

CAN’T TEXT THIS – SINGLE DAD
Monty Andrews just wanted to blow off some steam. She didn’t mean to wind up in the bathroom of a bar with a sexy, tattooed stranger…or in his bed. 

Everything’s going as planned–until they discover she’s his son’s teacher.

TEXT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME – SECOND CHANCE
Shep Clark is aiming to rehab his reputation after a disastrous year both on and off the field. 

Denver Andrews just happens to be aiming for a promotion at the paper, and an exposé on the local pro-baseball star would be the perfect piece…if they can keep their past out of it. 

TEXTIN’ UP MY HEART: A NOVELLA
Get caught up with the gang as Zach and Delia try to navigate their future.

This box set also features a Valentine’s Day short featuring Zach & Delia.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2SIUS5u


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quick, funny treat

Everyone says Rex Gunderson isn’t boyfriend material.

Everyone says he isn’t serious enough. Everyone says he’s a joke. In fact, rumor has it—the disgraced ex-manager of the wrestling team left campus with his tail between his legs.

But Rex is back, nowhere near the douchebag he used to be—and ready to prove everyone wrong.

The leopard has changed his spots—and he’s about to become my dating coach.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3b11hPZ


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy but a little slow

Handsome devil. Hate-worthy. Walking scandal.
I’m catching one feeling with him and it’s got teeth…

If I was a bird, I know who I’d paint white.
Holt Silverton. 
The cocky dolt who swaggered up thinking he’d buy my ranch out from under me.
I know his reputation—those stormy eyes and chiseled looks ruined half this town.
Spare me the pick up lines and pretty words.

I’d rather chew nails than get roped up in anything with him.
I ain’t selling off my home, my inheritance, or my horses.
Not even if I desperately need the cash when trouble comes calling.
But there are two things I didn’t count on.

Holt’s as stubborn as a bull.
He’s also hiding a rough and tumble country boy behind that big city suit.
Everything flips upside down the day he says he’ll help save my land.
Too easy.

Because I can’t let anybody uncover the awful secret on my property.
Not even gorgeous stallions turning I-hate-you into what-are-we-doing.
He’s no white knight.
The way Holt kisses is a warning…
Nothing will ever be the same after this dark knight rocks my world.

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow – a rogue of a man plays for keeps when he collides with a determined small-town firecracker. A bantery enemies to lovers thriller. Full-length standalone romance novel with all the Hell Yeah Happily Ever Afters.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2L6g5lV


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not for me

The prequel to the much anticipated Mafia Royals Romances…

Something dark this way comes.
He’s gorgeous, mean, and mine.
He catches me dreaming about him, and then just like my dream, he decides to make me his.
I should have said no when he asked me to swear fealty to him.
The knife clued me in first.
The blood second.
And third, it was the blessing of the most famous mafia bosses in the known world as they sat around the dinner table and told me that I had no choice but to join.
Because they knew my secrets.
And running meant I was nothing more than target practice.
I said yes, because of my bully.
And he told me he’d keep me safe.
But who keeps me safe from him?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/35NOAXO


Mark Your Calendar: May Releases

Every time I think my TBR for May is FULL, a new book gets announced!!! It’s truly a FANTASTIC month for releases, so I thought I’d share a calendar of sorts to help you keep track of all the romantic goodness coming your way soon! I’ve got the blurb and release day, plus preorder links where available, for each of the May releases that have caught my eye (so far!). I’ll have reviews for most of these during release week (I’m not superhuman so it won’t be all of them, lol). Check out the full calendar 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. Check out the deals here.

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