WEEKLY WRAP-UP: May 15th

So this never happens. If you’ve been following my reviews for awhile, you probably know that I give out as many 3-star ratings as I do 5-star (possibly more), and that there aren’t usually more than one or two in a week. This week… well it was FANTASTIC. There were so many great releases that it felt like I was handing out 5-star ratings left and right – and I can tell you that there are some more coming soon. May is turning out to be very, very good for romance, and I couldn’t be happier.

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that there are even more exciting new releases coming next week. The reviews will keep coming, so be sure to leave some room on your TBR for these great new books. I can already tell you that it’s going to be very difficult to make my Best of May list, because the selection is awesome.

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 this week’s recommendation list, All About the Ladies: 15 Great Romance Heroines, and my Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review coming Monday

This one’s a bonus – I’ll be posting my review of Beautifully Cruel by J.T. Geissinger on Monday (can’t overwhelm you with all the reviews in one week!), but I can tell you that it was OUTSTANDING. It’s darkly funny with CHEMISTRY that lights up the pages. I started this one after dinner last night and stayed up til three in the morning to finish it, so… I am exhausted at work today but have no regrets. It’s sexy and a little crazy but so, so good. In a week where I gave out more 5-star ratings than I did all last month, this one was my favorite.

If you just can’t wait til Monday for the review, last time I checked, I was first on the page on Amazon…

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

Alpha (noun): 
1) Having the highest rank in a dominance hierarchy 
2) The most powerful man in a group
3) Liam Black

He was a stranger to me, a dark and dangerous presence who materialized from the shadows one rainy night to save me from a vicious attack. I didn’t know his name or where he was from. All I knew was that the only place I’d ever felt safe was in his arms. 

But safety is an illusion. 
And not every savior is a hero.
And—as I’d soon find out—having an alpha save your life comes with a price.

Liam Black wanted something from me in return.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Such a great hero

A Secret for a Secret, an all-new must read forbidden standalone romance that is sure to have you swooning from the start by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting, is available now! 

From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes a new romance about trading secrets, breaking the rules, and playing for keeps.

My name is Ryan Kingston, and I’m a rule follower. I’ve never been in a fistfight. I always obey the speed limit. I don’t get drunk, and I definitely don’t pick up random women at bars.

Except the night I found out that my whole existence has been a lie.

I got drunk. And picked up a stranger.

Her name was Queenie, and she was everything I’m not: reckless, impulsive, and chaotic. We did shots and traded secrets. And ended up naked at my place.

She left me a thank-you note in the morning and her panties as a parting gift. But no way to contact her.

Six weeks later I’m sitting in the first official team meeting of the season, and there she is. I neglected to mention that I’m the goalie for Seattle’s NHL team.

And Queenie? Turns out she’s the general manager’s daughter.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2y2lxDo


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this hero

There’s a reason they call me Wylde and it’s not just because it’s my last name. 

I might be one of the newest players on the Arizona Vengeance team, but I’m no stranger to the celebrity that goes along with being a professional hockey player. Whether it’s a fan seeking an autograph or a puck bunny looking for more, I’ve grown used to the attention. I not only thrive on it; I use it to my advantage. Let’s just say my bed is rarely empty.

When a quirky redhead at the local bookstore stops me dead in my tracks, I decide to pop in and turn on the trusty Wylde magic. As smart and strong-willed as she is beautiful, Clarke Webber isn’t swayed by my witty banter or charming good looks. And when she realizes who I am and the fame that comes along with it, she likes me even less. Thankfully, I’m always up for a challenge. The more I get to know about her, the more I know my playboy days are behind me. 

If I’m going to capture Clarke’s heart, it’s time to be a lot less Wylde, and a lot more Aaron.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3c4rHSk
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2YEJxay
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/3beIKzI


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this one

I’ve loved him from afar.

Though most times he’s only a foot away. I’m smart enough to know he’ll never be anyone’s forever.

He checks all the bad boy boxes. Tattoos. Check. Motorcycle. Check. Chip on his shoulder. Check check.

If he wasn’t my neighbor and friend I may have thrown myself at him. Okay, yeah. I wouldn’t.

Because guys like Dylan don’t want a woman who writes kid’s math textbooks under him in bed.

Instead, I pathetically savor morsels of moments where I have his sole attention. That was until his archenemy moved in with me.

Now suddenly, Dylan’s moving in too and warning off the first guy in a long time who’s showing me interest.

Could he finally see me as more than a friend, or am I just a prize to win and show off to his enemy?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3bnII8C


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Laugh out loud funny

Have you ever hit rock bottom? 

I embarrassingly have.

It’s why I’m wearing my girl’s decorative scarf over my head, clutching her lady drink to my chest, and singing ever so softly to Joni Mitchell while swaying back and forth. 

This is what therapists refer to as LOSING IT. 

Oldest story in the book: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy screws up MASSIVELY, girl tells boy to suffocate in the fruits of his very own unborn children. 

Heard it before? I’m sure you have.

So what’s so different about this story? Well, it’s about me, The Modern Gentleman, New York City’s top advice columnist, and my rather ungraceful downfall from my pristinely polished pedestal

It’s about a girl I met who threw all my proven theories to the wind and left me awkward, needy, and absolutely head-over-wingtipped shoes in love.

This is a story about June Lacy and how she single-handedly dismantled The Modern Gentleman.

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and playful

It’s a game of exes and oooohs! Enjoy the sizzling new standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

I’m an expert in break-ups. From the slow fade, to extreme ghosting, to, ‘but you never said I couldn’t send pics of my junk to your step-sister on Instagram’ – I’ve seen it all… and built a mini-empire along the way.

My blog, the Break-Up Artist, uses my past heartache to help people move on – and avoid weeping on the floor at 3am consuming their body weight in spray cheese and Oreos. Ahem.

Now, I have a new job that could mean the big-time: helping a famous Hollywood it-couple navigate their tricky break-up. Except not everyone wants them Splitsville. The movie studio needs to keep them together to promote their big movie, and they’ve sent someone to make sure I fail in my first VIP gig.

Wes Baxter. Also known as my ex.Also ALSO known as, the guy who broke my heart so thoroughly, I had to turn myself into a self-help guru just to get over him.

I’m determined to follow my own advice (no drooling over Wes’s perfect abs, or remembering how he rocked my world) but being trapped together at a luxe country retreat isn’t helping things… And neither is Wes’s early-morning naked swim habit.

Soon, love is in the air, the sparks between us are hotter than ever, and I’m seriously questioning my ‘no backsies’ policy. Wes swears he’s changed. He wants to try again, and he’s got an annoyingly sexy way of convincing me.

But can second chances really work? Or has the Break-Up Artist finally met her match?

Find out in the sizzling new romantic comedy from USA Bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy with banter

What do you do when the entire nation is on lockdown?

If you’re an heiress to a billion-dollar fashion company, then you quarantine in a glamorous cabin and finish your final semester of NYU online. The best way to focus on her upcoming valedictorian honor is away from her family, classmates, and the paparazzi. Cameron St. James is ready to get out of the big city and head Upstate for seclusion, despite her parent’s pleas to stay home. 

What do you do when a pandemic is sweeping the world?

If you’re barely making ends meet, then you isolate yourself in your best friend’s mountain cabin with breathtaking views and no neighbors for miles. It’s the perfect safe place away from three roommates who don’t take the life-threatening epidemic seriously. Elijah Ross is ready to work remotely and focus on his next big promotion, assuming he’ll still have a job after this. 

What happens when things don’t go as planned, and you’re stuck with the one person you dislike the most?

You improvise and do whatever it takes to avoid each other, though it proves to be impossible. The cold evenings alone turn into movie and popcorn nights together by the fireplace. Days turn into weeks, and eventually, more than just a friendship blossoms. As the unknown haunts them, they lean on one another for comfort—until someone pops their safety bubble and threatens everything.

The Two of Us is an enemies to lovers, brother’s best friend standalone romance set in the current affairs of history in the making. Though the character’s storyline is fiction, the virus is very real, and we’ve made sure to be sensitive on this topic.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2zSF1Lg


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy/sweet

Sometimes, it takes being dumped by the wrong person so you can find the right one.

Sometimes, the job you hate, but pays the bills, kicks you to the curb.

And sometimes, being divorced and jobless at twenty-four leads to questionable choices on New Year’s Eve that have the potential to turn into something wonderful . . . once you weather life’s bumps to get there. Of course.

Like finding out your drop-dead-gorgeous one-night stand turned baby daddy is Ryan Monroe, swimming gold medalist who came out of retirement for one more Olympic Games.

And that your dad is his new coach.

Or that Ryan will never overlap his personal life with his work life again.

That’s when the secrets . . . the omissions begin. Because sometimes, that’s how you protect fledgling relationships and those you love. Isn’t it?

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hot mess of a hero

Hunter

I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay?
It was just one of those unexplainable things. Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds.
It just happened.
Now my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company.
Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying…

Sailor

I didn’t want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things?
It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2WDZpYa
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3bmakuM


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quick and steamy

Giving my virginity to a stranger was my first mistake.
Lying about my age, my second.
Never expecting to see Lex again, my third.
He promised me one night and I took it, never expecting anything in return.

Then a few months later, I see something I shouldn’t have and fate brings us back together again.

I didn’t mean to see it and I wasn’t snooping. I just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that doesn’t matter to them. I’m a liability.

Now Lex is everywhere I am. Following me, watching me, and making sure I don’t tell anyone what I saw that night.

He’s dominating, possessive, and downright controlling sometimes. He warns me of how dangerous this could be for both of us. He tells me that he doesn’t want to hurt me, but he has no idea what seeing him again is doing to me.

Not when I have secrets of my own, secrets Lex isn’t ready to hear.

When all the lies are told and secrets come out, will the promises that we made in the dark be kept in the light?

**This is book five in the North Woods Series. Each book can be read as a complete standalone. Contains adult situations, and themes.**

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2X0W7hV
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2Z3Ubrr


All About the Ladies: 15 Great Romance Heroines

In celebration of all the strong, dynamic heroines out there who are often overshadowed by the heroes in their love stories, I’m sharing my list of 15 romance novels featuring heroines who steal the show. It may not be their abs that grace the cover or their name in the title, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t hold their own. Some are single moms, some are strong and determined, but they all play a big role in making the books such compelling reads. 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. Check out the deals here.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t remove expired deals until the start of the next week (usually Monday), but I DO add new deals throughout the week as I see them. You can always find the list under the “Freebies & Deals” tab during the week.

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