WEEKLY WRAP-UP: June 5th

What a week! I’ve got to admit, it was a pretty somber week to be talking about new books. For me, romance is a way to set aside everything that happened during the day and take a break from reality for a little while. This week’s new releases did an excellent job of helping with that. From light to dark to everything in between, this week’s new releases truly had something for every mood. And the best part? I was introduced to several new-to-me authors whose work I will DEFINITELY be reading more of in the future.

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that next week bring LOTS of new releases to choose from, including books by some of my favorite rom com authors. I’ll have new reviews throughout the week!

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 Best of May list and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

Arianne Capizola is her father’s daughter.

Humble. Hardworking. Honest.

She’d rather spend her days helping at the local shelter than brushing shoulders with her vain and entitled classmates.

Niccolò Marchetti is his father’s son.

Dark. Dangerous. Deceitful.

He’d rather spend his days getting bloody in the ring than attending class and keeping up pretences.

When their paths cross at Montague University neither of them are willing to drop the walls they’ve spent so long building. But he can’t resist the girl with stars in her eyes, and she can’t forget the guy who saved her that night.

There’s only one catch.

Nicco isn’t Arianne’s knight-in-shining-armor, he’s the son of her father’s greatest enemy.

He is the enemy.

And their families are at war. 

*Prince of Hearts in the first book in Nicco and Ari’s duet. Due to mature content that some readers may find distressing, this book is recommended for readers 18+

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/303btFN

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3eQ3OPj

Audiobook: https://amzn.to/3eKXNmL


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and sexy

A genius collaboration! All the stars for this quick-witted, sexy, and endearing cast of characters. Aly and M. Mabie delivered rom-com perfection! 
– Jewel E. Ann, USA Today Bestselling Author

When the Walls Come Down, an all-new, not-to-be-missed, witty workplace romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez and M. Mabie is available now!

Did you ever hear the joke about the guy whose wife cheated on him with his best friend? So he quit his job, moved into his parents’ basement, and gained fifty pounds? 

No? Because that wasn’t a joke. It was my life.

Four years later, I’m back with a dream job, a killer apartment, and a set of abs that are better than ever.

So, when Maggie Light, a stunning, snarky blonde moves in next door, and we spend the hottest weekend of our lives together, I think this could be the greatest comeback story ever. 

That is until I realize Maggie has moved to town to do one thing—steal my job. 

Maybe this isn’t a comeback story after all. Maybe this is war—one I intend to win. 

What I never anticipated was that maybe I’d rather win her. 

Perhaps, if I’m lucky, the universe has finally run out of jokes and I can somehow win both.

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Moving and emotional

Fortuity, an all-new passionate and moving single-dad standalone contemporary romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jewel E. Ann, is available now! 

Forty-something Gracelyn Glock is living the dream.
No husband.
No retirement plan.
And since her self-imposed man-ban—no need to shave above her knees.

After a tragic accident, Gracelyn inherits her ten-year-old nephew. She signs a lease on a San Diego beach house and learns their neighbors for the summer are a sexy anatomy professor and his young daughter.

Professor Nathaniel Hunt has spent the last decade being a single dad . . . and not having sex.

So when he discovers Gracelyn has a peculiar outdoor stripping ritual, a million inappropriate thoughts fill his responsible mind.

When kisses are stolen, man-bans are broken, and summer comes to an end, will hearts stay in one piece and hope stay alive? Or will saying goodbye destroy everything?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3eATF98
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2XfX7Qw


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Playful and sexy

Dating is hard. Dating in a small town? Impossible.

Leave it to my little brother to come back home announcing he knocked up his fiancée and the wedding has been moved…to next month.

When he tries to set me up with one of his football buddies, I tell him I’ll be bringing my own plus-one.

Only problem? I’m hopelessly single.

Enter Sullivan Scott, AKA my hero.

We strike a deal: he’ll pretend to be my boyfriend, and I’ll use my mechanic skills to help him fix his boat. That’s it. No funny business, and definitely no feelings involved.

Sully’s quiet and reserved, and I’ve been told I’m too much to handle on a good day. We’re opposites, and neither of us is looking for anything serious.

I’m certain we can keep this strictly platonic…

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XMj097


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy and light

Want a man who is not only hot but knows how to handle a blaze?
Well ladies, it’s your lucky day.

John “Mack” McPherson is 6’3” of fine with a six-pack that makes men half his
age question their gym regimen. Teddy-bear brown eyes with brown hair, his graying
temples let you flirt with just enough silver fox so you know you’ve got yourself a real
man. But don’t let the body and face fool you, he’s incredibly smart, with medals for
days and won’t think twice about putting his own life on the line to save someone else.

Brave, dependable, and needing someone equally awesome, 
Mack is ready to be
snapped up by a feisty female who isn’t scared to play with fire.

John,

Not sure how feisty I am now, but I’m fighting my way back. Little scares me
though, and I’m not someone who breaks easily. Not interested in playing mind games,
so if your idea of a good time is heading to a club where we pretend to be into the scene, then it’s probably for the best we don’t meet. I expect honesty and a half-way decent orgasm I don’t have to give myself. Other than that, open to negotiation.

Let me know if you’re game,
Hayden.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/36ZyyKM

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2MrGYBp


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Drama-filled slow burn

Jake Callahan. Prince of the popular crowd.

My mortal enemy.

Gorgeous. All the girls want him.

Quarterback. All the boys want to be his friend. He’s the most popular boy in the senior class.

And he hates me.

Or so I thought.

What I mistook for hatred turns out to be…interest. There’s that thin line, right? It makes me crazy. I can’t stand it. Attraction, chemistry, whatever it is, I also can’t resist it.

And neither can he.

Together, we make no sense. The odds are against us. His friends definitely don’t approve. I’m not a part of their crowd. Not one of the cool kids. I don’t fit in, or so they say.

But that doesn’t stop him from falling for me.

And it won’t stop me from fighting for him.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gNPCrJ


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not what I was hoping for

I loved all of life’s firsts, which was why I’d been saving mine for one girl, my older sister’s best friend—Hazel Jones.

She was tough and sarcastic with walls around her heart as tall as a football stadium, but I knew she was the one for me.

Desperate times called for desperate measures and I’d have done anything to make her mine. 

Like create a fake online persona. 

Lie about my age.

Pretend I wasn’t some naive virgin. 

And catfish the hell out of the love of my life.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2AwaPFR

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3gECiWH


⭐️⭐️ Romance fail

From neighbors to friends to lovers? All the makings of a risky second-chance romance by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan.

Since Carli Lancaster’s divorce, she’s worked hard to keep life as normal as possible for her daughters. When she lands a job as cohost of a local morning show, it looks like a fresh start. So does the arrival of a handsome new neighbor, who has more in common with Carli than just a property line.

Ben Chase is also new to single parenthood. And like Carli, he’s focused on the future.

From navigating neighborhood gossip to decorating for holidays to reaching out in times of trouble, they quickly learn to rely on each other. Just like a couple but without the complications of coupling! Sure, there’s attraction. They’re only human. But they’re also friends, and who wants to ruin a perfect relationship with romance?

They’re both thinking about adding some perks, though, and even if their new normal isn’t perfect, it’s definitely somewhere in the neighborhood.

Read the review here

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


Best of May 2020

May was an OUTSTANDING month for romance! I’m pretty sure I rated more books as 5 stars in May than I did in April and March combined. So it was extremely difficult to narrow down my top picks this month – and I’m not complaining! There were so many excellent books that I highly recommend, but these are the ones that really made my month.

My two absolute favorites? Hands down it’s Jock Blocked and Beautifully Cruel, but I loved all of these. There’s a little of everything in this group, so you really can’t go wrong. I’ve included my reviews for each to give you an idea just how much I loved them. Check out the list here.

From what I’ve seen of the releases coming in June, there’s another fantastic month of romance coming soon! If you need help managing your TBR, check out my calendar of June releases (found here) to see what new books are coming your way. 


New Month, New Freebies and Deals

I love the first of the month because it brings a whole new selection of deals! I’ve collected well 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!!!! Complete list here.

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