WEEKLY WRAP-UP: June 19th

What a great week for romance! There were so many awesome new books released this week, and it continues to be a very strong month in terms of quality. I’m going to have an extremely difficult time selecting my Best of June list, I can tell you that! This week, there were releases from some of my favorites as well as a few from new-to-me authors who I’ll need to add to my TBR in the future.

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that the new releases will keep coming! There are a lot of exciting new books coming next week, and I’ll have reviews going up 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 list of 15 Light and Sexy Summer Reads and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this

Every action has a consequence, and Claire Ward knows it. And yet, even knowing that her decision to swap places with her identical twin sister, Lia, for a night could be disastrous, she still does it.

Why? Because it will give her an evening with the man she’s been crushing on for years, Lia’s best friend, Finn. Miss Straight A Student has thought through all the angles, and knows the risk is worth it. And everything would have been fine, if Finn had been the one to show up at her door. But it wasn’t.

Bauer Davis— Finn’s half brother and his exact opposite in just about every definable category is the one waiting for her instead. A professional snowboarder, Bauer is covered in ink, full of attitude, and has a chip on his shoulder the size of Mt. Olympus. The kind of bad boy that Claire has never been attracted to before.

Now the good girl is with the wrong brother for a night, and when the consequence is that they have to pretend to be together for an event, it’s nothing she could have predicted. But maybe, just maybe, what makes Bauer so bad, is exactly what Claire needs.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3hu1ob7

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2BbI6Xv


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Refreshingly light

Carrie Anderson––truth seeker, storyteller, journalist-at-large––is bad at social media and great at getting herself into trouble.

When she’s fired from her dream job for an ill-advised tweet, she has no other choice but to return to the town where she grew up with her head hung low.

It’s temporary after all. She can work at her family’s bed and breakfast, fix her finances, and get back to her life and home in Los Angeles.

There’s only one not-so-little problem…the grouchy ex-NHL star making her rethink what home means.

Jake Turner––great at hockey, bad at people––is not a happy man.

Haunted by his past, all he wants is to disappear into obscurity, to get away from the scrutiny of the press he’s been under since going pro at nineteen. But when the press finds him, disappearing is no longer an option.

Worse yet, the same journalist he’s trying to avoid is making him reconsider whether being forgotten is what he really wants.

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and steamy

A captivatingly funny and deeply emotional new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. When the Dark Knights at Bayside and the cast of Bayside Summers collide, sparks fly, and trouble—or maybe love—is not far behind.

Set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, the Wickeds feature fiercely protective heroes, strong heroines, and unbreakable family bonds. If you think bikers are all the same, you haven’t met the Dark Knights. The Dark Knights are a motorcycle club, not a gang. Their members stick together like family and will stop at nothing to keep their communities safe. Their stories are told in the same loving, passionate voice readers have come to adore from Melissa. Some of the Wickeds’ love stories will be hilariously fun, others will tear at your heartstrings with injections of humor, but they will all leave you wishing you could climb between the pages and join them!

In A LITTLE BIT WICKED…
What do a cocky biker and a businesswoman who has sworn off dating bad boys have in common? According to Chloe Mallery, not much.

Justin came into the Wicked family after a harsh upbringing by a thieving father. He’s gone through a lot to become a true Wicked, and he’s made them proud. Now he’s ready to show the woman he loves exactly what type of man he is. But Chloe Mallery has worked hard to move past her difficult upbringing, and she’s wary of getting involved with a man who looks like he’s walked right out of it. When tragedy strikes, will their trying pasts draw them together, or will Justin’s protective nature be too much for Chloe’s independent heart to accept?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3fAv4S0


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Engrossing from the first page

He walked into school on his first day and owned it. 

I guess that’s what happens when you’re a prick, rich, and you’re best friends with the ruling school’s king. 

Also didn’t hurt he’s drop dead gorgeous. 

That’s all fine. 

I mean, I have nothing to do with them. 

I’m a loner, invisible, and that’s how I wanted it to be. 

I was even proud of it, until I wasn’t. 

Until I saw a girl kneel before him.

Until I couldn’t look away.

Until he caught me watching. 

His name is Blaise Devroe. My name is Aspen Monson. 

He only knew how to get, command, and demand attention. 

I knew how to do everything but that. 

And this is our story. 

*Rich Prick is a full 100k standalone. 

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2N250TH

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3hzzx9p


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and easy

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds comes the sizzling final installment to the humorous and heart-filled How to Catch an Alpha series.

Anna McAlister needs a new life. But that doesn’t mean she needs a new man. After leaving her fiancé and Chicago behind, she promises herself no dating until she finds what she’s looking for. But meeting one seriously hot and determined detective has her questioning herself.

Calvin Miller is that detective, and he’s been burned by women in the past. It’s easy for him to sleep alone and focus on his work, but the moment he lays eyes on Anna, he starts imagining sexy nights with her wrapped in his sheets. Maybe it’s time to get back out there.

But just as the attraction between them begins to sizzle, Anna’s past shows up to create trouble. And to make matters worse, a string of murders forces Calvin to juggle his new relationship and his career. His worst fear? That the two are somehow connected.

Can they find love together, or will her past and his duty sink their hopes?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2UN2G7q

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/37zKjIj

Audiobook: https://amzn.to/37ze3VI


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and fun

“Hard Pass.”
That’s what the last girl I slept with said when she got her first sober glimpse of me. She laughed, walked out of my penthouse—and I never saw her again. It doesn’t matter that I’m a rich, professional athlete; what mattered was my face.

Beauty might only be skin deep for some—but I know better.

“Pay Up.”

That’s what the last girl I spoke to said over the phone when I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. Desperate to sell a set of rare baseball cards, she’s clever and entertaining. I’m instantly smitten, but nowhere ready to reveal myself. Thank god she has no idea who I am—or what I look like. I’m a professional athlete–how hard can playing the love game be?

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Disappointing

Scarlet Reed has returned to Polson Falls, convinced that twelve years away is long enough to shed her humiliating childhood identity as the town harlot’s daughter. With a teaching job secured and an adorable fixer-upper to call home, things in her life are finally looking up.

That is, until she finds out that Shane Beckett lives next door.

Shane Beckett, the handsome and charismatic high school star quarterback who smashed her heart. The lying, cheating player who was supposed to be long gone, living the pro football dream and fooling women into thinking he’s Prince Charming. Shane Beckett, who is as attractive as ever and flashing his dimples at her as if he has done no wrong.

Scarlet makes it abundantly clear that old wounds have not been forgotten. Neighbors they may be, but friends they most certainly are not. She won’t allow herself to fall for the single father and firefighter again, no matter how many apologies he offers, how many times he rushes to her aid, or how hard he makes her heart pound.

But as she spends more time with him, she begins to fear that maybe she’s wrong. Maybe Shane has changed.

And maybe this time she’s the one playing herself—out of a chance at true happiness.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2zHZ3Zd


15 Light and Sexy Summer Reads

It’s starting to feel like summer, and that means I’m looking forward to more light and sexy reads! There’s just something about low angst romance that brightens my day, and they’re the perfect kind of books to binge by the beach or to sneak in a few pages of when you’re on the go. The following 15 books are all sexy and playful with lighter storylines that may feature just a touch of angst, but never get weighed down by anything too heavy. From rom coms to more serious reads, there’s a little something for everyone on this list. Check it out 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.

They’re sorted into four lists – freebies, 99 cents, $1.99 and $2.99 or more. These deals change daily, so grab them while you can! Fair warning: I add new deals as I see them, but only remove expired deals once a week and they sometimes go fast. Check out the complete list here.

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