WEEKLY WRAP-UP: August 14th

It was a GOOD week for romance, with some playful new releases to lighten the mood! A few of my favorites released books, so I was happy to do some satisfying reading. The heavier books faltered a bit for me this week, and that just shows the kind of reading mood I’m in – there’s enough drama in the world right now, I don’t want it in my books! That being said, every book I read this week was well done.

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that there are plenty more exciting books on the way next week. 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 this week’s list, Bring on the Fun: 15 Low Angst Romances, and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LOVED it

Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.

From ax throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

Read the review here

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2XS1OzW


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

TO: Alex Vega

FROM: Emilia Stiles

SUBJECT: Hello

Dear Mr. Vega,

I felt it necessary to follow up on today’s meeting, since we weren’t able to speak candidly in front of your son.

I was shocked to discover that you are Ryder’s dad. Given that your ex-wife will be out of the country for a while and you are currently his primary caregiver, I’m sure you understand why we need to establish boundaries and etiquette. I think it would be best if we just pretend that we met in person for the first time today.

Your son is a very bright (flirtatious and talkative) student and since his education is a top priority for both of us, I hope I can count on you to respectfully refrain from grinning at me, using that sexy tone of voice, and undressing me with your annoyingly beautiful brown eyes if we should happen to interact with each other again in the future.

Thanks so much,

Miss Stiles

TO: Emilia Stiles

FROM: Alex Vega

SUBJECT: Re: Well, hello again…

Dear Miss Stiles,

Great to hear from you. My son’s education is indeed a top priority. As such, I respectfully agree to refrain from doing all of the aforementioned things.

However, I can’t promise to stop thinking about that kiss at the bar this summer. I’ve been thinking about it for the past month. It’s interesting how humorless and uptight you are about my son’s totally awesome personality, given that I have personally witnessed just how flirtatious and talkative you yourself can be when mildly intoxicated.

You’re so welcome,

Alex

P.S. I volunteered to be a chaperone for your next field trip. See you then.

Read the review here

Amazon US ➜ https://amzn.to/2E2NRI8


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An intense conclusion

Arianne Capizola is living a lie.
Angry. Abandoned. Afraid.
She’d rather spend her days locked away on her father’s estate than with the guy who stole her innocence: her fiancé.

Niccolò Marchetti is living a nightmare.
Broken. Banished. Betrayed.
He’d do anything to save the girl he loves, even if it means paying the ultimate price.

As the truth surround their legacies begins to unravel, everything they thought they knew shatters. But Nicco will do anything to protect the girl who taught him how to love, and she will risk it all to save the guy who stole her heart.

The clock is ticking as old and new enemies close in.

Only this time, their love might not be enough to save them.

*King of Souls is the second 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

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3kwYQdI


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Unpredictable and interesting

Trey Westcott—devastatingly gorgeous. Intimidatingly brilliant. Powerful beyond belief.

A man with all the money in the world—literally.

As the first trillionaire in existence, my boss lives a life most people can only dream of. Anything he wants—anything at all—is a snap-of-the-fingers away. 

But when the coldhearted magnate snaps his fingers and requests me for a stint on his arm playing the role of his devoted fiancée and then some, he makes an offer I can’t refuse. 

And so I don’t. 

But I make it clear that he’ll have my time, my body, my attention, my discreet professionalism—everything except my heart.

It’s not for sale. 

Because all the money in the world can’t change the secret I’ve kept the last eight years. A secret that complicates the very business deal I’m to help him secure. A secret that makes the undeniable tension between us all the more forbidden.

Trey Westcott can have anything he wants … but he can never have me. 

Even if he’s all I’ve ever wanted.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3asC3LO


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Angsty but problematic

One single summer changed them forever, and one moment of devastating silence destroyed it all. 

Growing up with six siblings, Leo Preston has always struggled to find his voice.

While his brothers are loud, greedy, and somewhat obnoxious, Leo is forever the quiet one.

The thinker. The listener. He watches his life pass by as an outsider in his own world, absent and alone. Lost.

Until he finds her. 

For Leo, Mia Kovács is like a prize, a gift wrapped in passion and devotion.

And she’s his—his very own secret he doesn’t have to share. Together, they can overcome anything…heartache and destruction, guilt and regret. 

Mia gives Leo everything he didn’t know he needed, including her fragile heart. The only thing she doesn’t give him… are secrets of her own.

Read the review here

Amazon US ➜ https://amzn.to/3kxrY4J


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mixed feelings

One sensual touch; one reckless kiss. They say stay away from him. I say try and stop me…

I love you too much to hate you…

Angelica Treviño was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen.

I wanted to make her smile, but I had no idea when she did, she’d steal my heart.

Sunset eyes, waves of golden-brown hair, cute little butt…

I’m ready to meet the family and put a ring on it.

Instead, I’m on the wrong end of a gun, her older brother threatening to kill me.

It all started with a kiss…

Deacon Dring is a cocky rich boy with ocean-blue eyes, sexy brown hair, and a chiseled body.

Soft lips that melt my knees, that melt everything.

As a child, my family said he was bad.

They made me promise never to see him again.

But one touch of his hand, one reckless kiss, and I broke that vow…

Many times.

Now we’re adults, and the price of lying is more than I’m willing to pay.

They say we can’t be together. I say try and stop us.

(RECKLESS KISS is a stand-alone, forbidden, billionaire romance about two families who hate each other and the boy + girl who choose to love in spite of their violent past. No cheating. No cliffhanger.)

Read the review here

AMAZON: https://amzn.to/2CdNbPL


Bring on the Fun: 15 Low Angst Romances

So. The world is a pretty heavy place at the moment. If you’re anything like me, you read romance as a way to get away from it all for a little while; to take a breather after a long day. While I love a complex, emotional read as much as the next girl, I’ve found that nine times out of ten lately, I’m just looking for something LIGHT. The 15 romances on this list are playful, fun, and light on the angst. They’ve got unique storylines and characters who will keep you smiling, often with plenty of humor to brighten up your day. There are several genuinely good heroes on this list, as well as heroines who can hold their own. So if you’re looking for a lighter romance that will keep you hooked, you’ve found it here! Check out the complete 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.

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 only remove expired deals once a week and they sometimes go fast. Check out the complete list here.

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