My Deals and Steals list (found here) is one of the most popular posts each week, so I thought I’d take a minute to talk about a few of the deals that are available right now (and by that I mean, as of the moment I’m writing this, because we all know they change frequently!). There are some really great books that I’ve read and loved available for free or cheap, as well as books I’ve been looking forward to reading from favorite authors. Several even topped my list of favorite books from 2019, as well as a few from 2020.
Below are some of this week’s deals that I think are particularly exciting. If I’ve reviewed the book, I’ve included that. If there’s another reason it’s being mentioned, that’s included as well. If you’re like me, you load up your Kindle with all the great deals each week but don’t know where to start – this will help narrow down the selection!
One of my Top 19 of 2019
I don’t think Vi Keeland could write a bad book if she tried, but this is one of my absolute favorites from her. A story about two people whose places of employment have merged, they’re vying for the same job and know without a doubt that one of them is going to be disappointed with how things play out in the end. They definitely shouldn’t be starting something up, they definitely shouldn’t be falling in love. But that doesn’t stop it from happening. It’s an angsty, often emotional read that will grip you and keep those pages turning.
Check out my Top 19 of 2019 here
99 cents: https://amzn.to/362qDfk
Next book in the series releases soon
I’ve been looking forward to reading the upcoming release from Jewel E. Ann (details here), and this is the perfect way to get caught up on the series. 99 cents gets you the first two books (which act as a duet), which will tide you over until the next release.
Transcend / FREE: https://amzn.to/3cBsoT7
Epoch / 99 cents: https://amzn.to/3cDdITE
One of my favorite New Adult romances
I featured this freebie on my list of New Adult Done Right (found here). It was the first book I read by Sara Ney and cemented my love of her dialogue.
Love this rom com author
I featured Krista Sandor on my list of 15 One-Click Rom Com Authors (found here), and this freebie is the start of a series I loved by her. It’s light and steamy with plenty of humor.
Another One-Click Rom Com Author
I love Pippa Grant’s rom coms, and this freebie is one that I actually haven’t read yet. She’s got a new book releasing next week, so this will hold you over until then!
Part of a great series
I included Kendall Ryan’s Hot Jocks series on my list of 15 Romance Series to Start Bingeing Now (found here), and this is one of the only ones I haven’t read yet so I snatched it up immediately.
99 cents: https://amzn.to/3dQHEvQ
One of my Top 19 of 2019
Oh man, the BANTER in this near-flawless romance kept the pages turning. My main problem with this book is that I couldn’t put it down, and I was literally late for work because I was trying to sneak in just a few more pages before I left for the day. Rachel Van Dyken has always excelled at infusing humor and great dialogue into stories with complicated relationships, and Kickin’ It is no exception. The story follows Parker, a young soccer player with hopes of going pro. She’s an amazing player, but she developed something of a reputation after she punched her former coach. Parker meets Matt, a former soccer player turned agent through her friend, and he agrees to take her on as a client. What starts out as a rocky relationship when Matt believes Parker to be too immature to handle the spotlight turns into scorching chemistry and the promise of more.
I loved how Rachel Van Dyken handled the sensitive topics in this book with care (yes, this book will probably trigger some people, and it’s not all sunshine and roses). She infused banter and playfulness with some heavy topics. But Matt is the perfect book boyfriend, showing exactly what a relationship SHOULD be, which juxtaposes well with another relationship in this book that is a shining example of what SHOULDN’T be. I absolutely LOVED both Matt and Parker, and it’s their connection that makes this book what it is. There was only one scene towards the end of the book that felt a little over the top, but it wrapped up the story nicely. Other than that, it’s a truly engrossing read that feels like more than the everyday romance novel. Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I’ve been a fan of Rachel Van Dyken for a while now, and this book was the perfect mix of humor, fun, steam and angst without being too heavy.
One of my Top 19 of 2019
Loved, loved, LOVED the off the charts chemistry and fantastic banter that began the moment our couple meets in this book!!! I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by Adriana Locke, but this is by far the best I’ve read from her. The story follows Haley, a woman who wholeheartedly believes in love, and knows that she’s fallen into it too quickly in the past. She’s trying to work on herself and be single for a while, so that the next guy she falls for will be the right one. When she meets Trevor, they have instant chemistry and attraction sizzles between them. But Trevor is a commitment-phobe (though an adorable one), who hates when women don’t heed his warnings and catch feelings for him. They know that romance between them could never work, but that doesn’t stop the connection they feel, and as they have a series of run-ins, it becomes more and more difficult to resist the attraction.
Trevor is such a great guy, so relatable, and that is a true testament to Adriana Locke’s skill as a writer, because a guy who goes around inadvertently breaking women’s hearts should not be a likeable character. His treatment of Haley is great to read, because it becomes clear pretty quickly how women keep falling for him, but also that his feelings for Haley are unlike his past experiences. It’s a slow burn with plenty of heat along the way, and the tension between the two is palpable. There’s never a more tense situation than two people who are feeling the same thing, want each other… but know that they can’t go there. Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved reading this fantastic book that shows the complexities of finding love. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series.
One of my Top 19 of 2019
Complex and captivating, Resist draws you into a storyline that is anything but typical. Normally, I’m not someone who would enjoy a book featuring a madam of a escort service and a client of her service – it’s truly a testament to how outstanding K. Bromberg’s writing is that I loved this book. The story follows Vaughn, a normal woman who has found herself in a totally abnormal profession – she needs to pay off the mountain of bills she’s acquired taking care of her family, so she’s running a business that will help her expedite the process. When one of her girls is injured on the job, she finds herself stepping in with an important new client. Ryker, a successful divorce attorney, has been burned by women too many times (and sees the wreckage they leave in the wake every day at work), so he’s enlisted the services of an escort. Ryker finds himself drawn to the strong and fiery Vaughn in a way that he never expected, but she resists his advances at every turn.
The push-pull relationship between Ryker and Vaughn takes center stage here, and the story just pulls you in. Vaughn has become jaded by powerful men, so Ryker’s money and power don’t impress her, and Ryker’s skills as a lawyer mean that he knows how to wear down her defenses. This book wouldn’t work if both characters were not truly likeable, and that is definitely the case here. Neither one is perfect, but they are extremely relatable, and as we begin to understand their motivations better, it becomes difficult not to root for them. Please be aware that this is in no way a light or easy read (and there are plenty of triggers relating to sensitive subjects), but it’s an engrossing story that’s hard to put down. And yes, it does end in a cliffhanger – I cannot wait to read the next book. Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is a fantastic book and hopefully the wait for the conclusion will be a short one.
99 cents gets you 20+ books
This one’s pretty self-explanatory – how can you beat the price? If you’re interested in trying out some new-to-you authors, this collection is a great way to do it. It includes new stories by two of my favorite rom com authors, Krista Sandor and Jasmin Miller, as well as new books by plenty of other authors…. all for just 99 cents.
Price goes up after the weekend! https://amzn.to/364ARMc
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this
Well that was… basically perfection. I knew I was going to enjoy this, but Helena Hunting outdid herself with this one. It’s a light and funny romance with so much depth; a slow burn that crackles with sexual tension. Bishop has got to be one of my all-time favorite romance heroes – he’s a lovable jerk with a gigantic heart who isn’t a manwhore, respects Stevie in a major way, and connects with her on a deep level before things turn physical. This enemies to lovers romance held my attention from start to finish – I loved every minute of it.
The story follows Stevie, a physiotherapist and sister of a famous hockey player, RJ. When she goes through a bad breakup, her brother lets her stay at his empty apartment for a while, but a misunderstanding leads her new neighbor to think she is RJ’s mistress. Brash and unfiltered Bishop isn’t all that fond of his teammate to begin with, but when he thinks RJ has put his mistress up in her own apartment, he takes out his irritation on Stevie. The two go through a series of misunderstandings until they somehow find themselves exchanging favors after Bishop is injured on the ice. The more time they spend together, the more they realize that they had their first impressions all wrong.
I’ve always enjoyed Hunting’s work and was definitely looking forward to this because of the premise, but it exceeded my expectations by far. It’s not a short book, but I still managed to finish it in less than a day, letting those pages fly as I got to know these two. I loved their bantering/bickering, the chemistry that was evident from the very beginning, and the slow burn that gave their relationship so much depth. We also got to know King pretty well, and I am absolutely looking forward to reading his book next. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC via Social Butterfly PR (then purchased it for my collection), and am voluntarily leaving a review of this rom com with heart.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Understated and original
This hooked me in from the very beginning and didn’t let up all the way through. An understated and incredibly unique romance, Love Lettering features an adorably nerdy hero and the quirky heroine who complements him perfectly. The intricate descriptions of New York and typography will make you fall for the city as much as you do for Meg and Reid. In any other book, the descriptions would’ve been too much, but it’s so well written that it just made me that much more absorbed in the story.
Essentially, the story follows Meg, a woman who has become somewhat famous for her handwriting (think wedding invitations and anything else that requires some fancy lettering). The fame has given her a creative block, and it isn’t until a former client walks through her door that things start to change. A year ago, Meg did the lettering on Reid’s wedding invitations, and after observing his interactions with his fiancée, Meg predicted the relationship would be doomed to fail. When Reid – a man who makes his living looking at numbers and codes – accuses Meg of voicing her opinion about his doomed relationship via a hidden message on the wedding invitations, she’s forced to reflect on what led her to that point. The two forge an unlikely friendship of sorts that heals their broken pieces as they slowly fall for each other.
I loved the slow burn here – these two start out as strangers, almost adversaries, and gradually develop into more. Reid’s not the easiest guy to like (at least on the surface), but I fell for him in a big way. This is told exclusively from Meg’s perspective so the reader is left as much in the dark about Reid’s feelings as Meg is, which made the journey an interesting one. I’ll openly admit that I’m not one who usually enjoys lengthy descriptions of settings, etc., but typography plays a major role in the story and it totally worked for me. You’ll probably either love that or hate it, but it makes it so easy to visualize what Meg sees. I will say that this is such an understated, often serious, read that it doesn’t move particularly quickly, but it held my attention from start to finish without any loss of interest. If you’re looking for a well written, slow burn romance with characters who are as quirky as they are lovable, this is definitely worth your time. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC via NetGalley (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this charming romance.
Normally around $10, on sale for $2.99: https://amzn.to/2zCQRsJ
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this hero
I’ve gotta admit… this book is nothing like I expected it to be, but I loved it. Winter Renshaw’s writing is always great so I knew I was in for a good read, but this book is sweeter, cleaner, and lighter than I’ve come to expect from her books. It’s a New Adult romance with a hero you can’t help but fall for and I loved the journey.
The story follows a college senior and the star quarterback who has been pursuing her relentlessly since freshman year. Irie knows Talon only wants her because he can’t have her, so she feels no remorse continually turning him down despite her attraction to him. But when they take a class together in their last semester of college, everything changes. Irie starts to realize that Talon is one man on the surface and a completely different one when you dig deeper. Along the way, Talon and Irie discover that they have more in common than either could’ve expected.
I loved Talon; he makes this story what it is. His pursuit of Irie is so fun to read, because he knows that it will all be worth it once he succeeds. Sure, it started with him wanting to sleep with her, but you don’t pursue someone for four years without getting to know more about them and Talon likes everything he sees. It’s a slow burn, emotional romance that’s hard to put down. If you’re looking for a book that has a little of everything and a couple you can root for, I’d definitely recommend giving this a try. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review.
99 cents: https://amzn.to/2TaNUGE