I’ve gotta say… there are some FANTASTIC deals this week! As I was looking through the deals to start prepping my weekly deals & steals list (don’t worry, the full list is still on its way!), I realized that I’ve read and loved MANY of the books that are free or cheap right now. There are also several that I snatched up for myself! So I thought I’d share a list of 15 of this week’s best deals.
Fair warning: the deals are active as of this moment – no guarantees they’ll still be happening when you check out this list!!!! If I’ve reviewed a book in the past, I’ve included that. If not, I explained why it made the list.
Check out this week’s complete list of deals here!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LOVED this – FREE!
I can’t believe how much I LOVED this book. I initially read this back when it came out and was completely blown away by the story, so I revisited it just in time for the next book in the series. And I’ve gotta say – it holds up really well. At the time, this was the first book I had read by P. Dangelico but I have since read nearly her entire library of books because this was so great. It’s got some fantastic chemistry between the leads, a relationship that just gets deeper as time goes on, some lightness, and an emotional punch that will hit you in the gut.
Nothing But Trouble follows Alice, a film student from a blue collar family, and Reagan, a premed student and college water polo star from a wealthy family of doctors. When Reagan causes Alice to badly sprain her ankle and she loses her source of income, he feels responsible and won’t stop trying to help her out. Alice is unsure of his motives because Reagan is a “big deal” around campus and she’s already let him off the hook, so she doesn’t understand why he would spend time helping her. There is immediate attraction between the two but they each have their reasons for not pursuing anything, so they wind up developing a friendship.
I loved the slow burn from strangers to friends to lovers. Reagan really is a sweetheart and I never doubted that his feelings for Alice ran deeper than he liked to believe. He is so easy to like, and I was rooting for these two in a big way. It’s New Adult romance done so well, and P. Dangelico filled the book with an intriguing set of supporting characters that I am excited to read future books about. Hopefully we’ll also get an update on Reagan and Alice. Though we get our HEA, it doesn’t come without a few speed bumps along the way – as the title suggests, Reagan is Nothing But Trouble. I received an ARC via NetGalley and then purchased it for my collection, and am voluntarily leaving a review of this slow burn romance.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not what I expected, but great – FREE!
You really can’t go wrong with a book by Kendall Ryan, and when you add in a best friend’s little sister / pro athlete storyline (plus that awesome cover), you know it’s a book you’ve got to read. I’ll openly admit that this isn’t the book that I was expecting based on the title and blurb (which is probably why it took me a little while to get into the story), but it’s certainly a solid start to the new series.
The story follows Justin, a pro hockey player who has enjoyed the lifestyle being an athlete has provided him… but things have started to feel stale lately. He’s over meaningless nights with faceless women, and in a drunken moment of weakness he winds up in bed with his best friend’s little sister, a woman he grew up with and one of the only people who knows him inside and out. When the sun rises, awkwardness ensues as the two try to gauge how the other is feeling, and a misunderstanding leads them both to believe that the other isn’t interested in anything other than what they’ve already shared. Fast-forward three months later, and neither has been able to forget their steamy night together, so they clear the air and find themselves in a friends with benefits situation. But you can’t truly have a no strings attached relationship with someone who has known you for so long, and they find themselves in a complicated situation.
I love Kendall Ryan’s writing style, and the setting she created for this book will lead perfectly into an intriguing series. These are all guys who play hard on and off the ice (to the extreme), but it’s easy to see that they all have good hearts. Though Justin doesn’t have the best track record, he was easy to love and I was rooting for him to find happiness. It’s a steamy book and the chemistry between Justin and Elise is readily apparent. What threw me off initially is the direction I thought this book was going to take. Based on the blurb, I really thought Justin was going to see the error of his ways after his night with Elise, but it takes a LONG time for either one to acknowledge that they want more. That’s more an issue with my expectations for the book rather than a flaw in the story, so I can’t really fault Ryan for that, but it definitely colored my opinion of the book from the start. I’m intrigued by the couple that will be featured in the next story – we’re introduced to Owen in this story and it will take a strong woman to tame him, but assault survivor Becca seems like she’s up to the task. Overall, it’s a sexy and fast-paced start to a promising new series.
The Locker Room by Meghan Quinn – 99 cents
I love Meghan Quinn’s writing and what I’ve read of the series has been great so I’m looking forward to reading some of the earlier ones!
Have you heard the rumor around campus about the locker room?
If you haven’t, let me enlighten you: Legend has it if you bring a girl into the sacred after-game domain of the baseball locker room, it will end with a walk down the aisle. One rowdy and naked encounter against the lockers with the girl of your dreams will make her your wife.
Translation: baseball players are stupidly superstitious and believe the locker room has magical powers.
But not all baseball players are superstitious, me included.
So when the girl I’ve fallen for brushes me off, I start to question if I need to switch my way of thinking. Maybe it’s time I finally hand out a coveted invitation to the locker room.
The only question is, will she accept?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD – 99 cents
Well… that was pretty awesome. The absolute perfect way to handle a duet, this has so much sexual tension, chemistry, angst without being agonizing, HEAT without taking things too far, and an ending that just leaves you wanting to start the conclusion as soon as humanly possible. I loved Jasper and Viola together – there is ZERO question in my mind that he is the guy for her, he just needs to let himself admit that. For those of you who are questioning whether this is a love triangle or not… there’s no comparison between the brothers, and I did not waiver even once in feeling that connection. J. Saman expertly navigates the complexities of a woman who spent too many years with the wrong brother, creating a compelling story that will hook you in from the very beginning.
The story follows Jasper, a rock star in need of a nanny for his special needs daughter while he goes on tour with his band. When his assistant interviews his twin brother’s ex without his knowledge, it stirs up all sorts of feelings – for all three of them. They were all friends growing up and Viola dated Jasper’s brother for four years until his cheating tore them apart. In the aftermath of the breakup, Jasper all but admitted his feelings for Viola… but said it changed nothing. Now that seven years have passed, feelings linger for all three of them – and it’s the first time that Viola and Jasper have seen each other since his bombshell of an admission.
This is the kind of book that you sit and devour in one sitting – it’s engrossing from the start and so, so compelling. l was rooting for Jasper and Viola the instant they laid eyes on each other. He’s cold and aloof most of the time, but such an amazing dad and obviously so in love with Viola. There were times when I was frustrated with both of them – Jasper for refusing to make his move, and Viola for not realizing how much she’s getting both brothers’ hopes up — but I always wanted to see them wind up together. It’s a slow burn with some downright steamy scenes (texting has never been so sexy), and I cannot wait to read the conclusion.
Blue Moon Series by Lucy Score – 99 cents each
I’ve read and loved many books by Lucy Score but this is one series I’ve never read from her. So you’d better believe I snatched up the entire series this week! Blurb for book 1 below!
“Are you calling dibs?”
“She’s a woman, not the last piece of f**king pie. And yes, I’m calling dibs if it keeps your hands off of her.”
Carter Pierce is a man who believes in signs. He just doesn’t know what to do with this one.
In the small town of Blue Moon Bend, where everybody is a matchmaker and a tie-dye wearing hippie, Carter wants to be left alone to tend the family farm. After returning from Afghanistan with scars, his only goal is recovery. He doesn’t need distractions. Definitely not one with silver-blonde hair who just keep getting in his way.
Summer Lentz is a big city journalist sent to interview Carter and his family. She’s out of place in the small town, with her designer wardrobe and workaholic lifestyle. She asks too many questions and doesn’t take no for an answer, threatening to destroy the peace that Carter has been working towards. She thwarts every attempt he makes to retreat back inside himself, somehow bringing him closer to being whole again.
Summer has secrets of her own, but she never planned to open up to anyone–especially not the scowling, secretive farmer whose story she’s after. But as she gets drawn into the community, she starts to realize that she can’t stay closed off forever.
And what’s more, she doesn’t want to.
Can Carter and Summer grow closer with a little help from the town? Or will secrets keep them apart?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So, so good – 99 cents
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.
A Pizza My Heart by Teagan Hunter – FREE!
I love Hunter’s rom coms, and this is one of the few that I haven’t read yet. I snatched up this freebie the moment I saw it!
Foster Marlett was always there…until he wasn’t.
After disappearing for four years without so much as a goodbye, he’s back, and something has definitely changed about him other than his marital status.
Long gone is the boy who left on a whim.
And have his arms always been that big?
When he starts sending looks my way I know I should ignore, I can’t help but wonder if there’s something between us that wasn’t there before.
But that can’t be possible.
He’s always just been my brother’s best friend.
I can’t fall for him…can I?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and low angst – 99 cents
Sometimes I just want to read a good low angst, sexy book with characters I can root for – and this definitely satisfied that craving. It’s light, quick, and a lot less emotional than most second chance romances. In fact, the only thing that bumps this down to 4 stars for me is just how easily these two work out an issue that separated them for 5 years. Had there been a little more tension, a little more depth, I would’ve given this 5 stars without thinking twice.
The story follows Jude, a pro hockey player whose career is sidelined by an injury. Forced to lay low and do some rehab, Jude returns home and runs into the girl who got away. Back in college, Katie caught Jude’s eye and he spent weeks pursuing her, only to get called up to the majors the day after they finally got together. A misunderstanding broke them apart, but now that they’re going to be seeing each other on a regular basis, Jude sees this as his second chance to get his girl.
After reading the blurb, I expected this to go a little differently, but I’m actually pleased with the direction it took. These two didn’t have some sexy fling back in college; it just took weeks for Katie to give him a chance. While there’s plenty of heat once these two get back together (and so much chemistry), the emotional connection is the focus here. I loved Jude from the start – he has absolutely no hesitation once he sees Katie again. He’s all in right away, and that was so refreshing to read. It’s not often that I want my romance novels to be longer, but this could’ve benefited from a little more length and a slower build to give it a less insta-love feel. I’m of the opinion that if a simple conversation could’ve prevented 5 years of separation then that’s a problem in and of itself, but I did like that this wasn’t overwrought with angst. All in all, it’s a solid start to a new series and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next. I received an ARC via Social Butterfly PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sexy/sweet second chance romance.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD – 99 cents
Kayley Loring’s books have such PERSONALITY; a completely distinctive writing style that just makes me smile. I always know I’m in for light, playful, sexy reads with her and that’s exactly what this is. A touch of the forbidden adds the only angst to this otherwise smile-inducing read; it’s the kind of light romance that you can devour in one sitting – and I did. The only problem? Well, now I have to wait until she releases her next book.
The story follows Alex, a single dad raising his son in L.A. Alex isn’t completely jaded by his failed marriage, but it’s taken him awhile to get back into a place where he’s ready for a relationship. Upon meeting the sweet yet sexy Emilia, Alex feels a spark that’s been missing for a long time. There’s instalust between them and the hint of something more, but Alex and Emilia are clearly not meant to be together – yet. Not only is Emilia just starting out fresh in a new city, but her vivacious new student is also Alex’s son. As the lust between them builds into something deeper, it gets more and more difficult to keep things platonic.
It’s a sexy, banter-filled slow burn with characters who are easy to like. I loved the texting and email exchanges, the tension, and the overall playfulness of the read. It’s SUPER low angst, with a teacher/student’s dad relationship that’s a catalyst for this relationship developing into more. And despite this being a slow burn, it’s one of the sexier reads from Loring. These two just have so much chemistry between them. There is one decision towards the end that had me scratching my head, but no major roadblocks to enjoying this light, sexy read. Can’t wait to see what the author writes next, because I’ll definitely be reading it! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light romance.
Amazon US ➜ https://amzn.to/2E2NRI8
Four Day Fling by Emma Hart – 99 cents
I read this light and sexy fake relationship romance before I started reviewing books, and it was such a fun read! Hart always delivers solid low angst romances.
A standalone romantic comedy of epically awkward proportions, from New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart.
You’re ready to leave after a one-night stand, and you’re figuring out how to—shock horror—leave your number and ask him to be your fake boyfriend for your sister’s wedding this weekend.
When he wakes up.
Well, that happened to me. And over coffee and omelets, I found myself a date.
Which was how I ended up arriving at the wedding with a guy I knew nothing about.
I didn’t know his last name, or how we met, or how long we’d been dating. I didn’t know where he grew up, what he’d majored in in college, or how many siblings he had.
I sure as hell didn’t know he was Adam Winters, hotshot hockey player—and not only my father’s favorite player, but my little nephew’s freakin’ idol.
Which means I’m in trouble. Big, big trouble.
My mother is suspicious, my sister is bridezilla on crack, and my grandpa will tell anyone who’ll listen about his time in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
I have to keep this up for four days, and then Adam and I can return to our regular lives, where we don’t have sex whenever we’re alone and my family aren’t interrogating him over his intentions with me.
At least, that’s the plan.
And we all know what happens to those.
Sweet as Sin by J.T. Geissinger – 99 cents
The entire Bad Habit series is on sale right now and these rock star romances are all STEAMY, angsty reads! Geissinger writes in a variety of styles, and this series is instrumental to some of the books she’s written since.
Inside a drop-dead sexy, hard-partying rock star lies a good heart…and a dark secret.
Twenty-something Kat Reid is loving life as an in-demand Hollywood makeup artist. She has absolutely no interest in rock ‘n’ roll, but in order to pay the mortgage, she agrees to work on the set of a rock video for the world-famous rockers known as Bad Habit…which brings her face-to-face with Nico Nyx, lead singer of Bad Habit and Adonis in the flesh.
However, the fiercely independent Kat isn’t impressed by the hard-living, womanizing rock star. But when Nico’s model girlfriend shows up to the set drunk and Kat is tapped to replace her as the video’s sexy bride, her combustible chemistry with Nico suddenly threatens to consume the set. Nico feels it, too–and becomes determined to win Kat over, body and soul. Yet behind his rock god swagger, Nico hides a dark secret. Can he rock Kat’s world forever, or will he just break her heart?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hilarious and heartwarming – $1.99
I could not stop laughing as I read this. It definitely put a smile on my face! Fresh, funny and full of romance, Anyone but Rich is classic Penelope Bloom but perhaps a little more refined than usual. I loved every minute of this book – it has Bloom’s trademark humor, lightness, and fun, which makes the pages fly by. It’s a great start to a new series that focuses on our couple but also leaves breadcrumbs for some intriguing future stories (there’s never a dull moment with Rich’s brothers).
The story follows Kira, a young woman just starting her new job as a teacher. Just as she thinks her life is getting on the right track, she discovers that the infamous King brothers are moving back to town. Rich and his two brothers were always the Kings of the town until they left for California and started a billion-dollar tech company. Last time they were in town, they almost blew apart Kira’s relationship with her two best friends (and Rich mysteriously did something to wrong Kira), so the friends have made a pact to never date any of the King brothers ever again. Rich has never been able to forget what he did to Kira, and he seeks out her forgiveness as soon as he returns to town… but her refusal to give it leaves him more than intrigued.
It’s such a light and fun book with characters you can’t help but root for. It’s a slow burn, enemies to lovers (at least on Kira’s end) romance that feels well developed but seems to fly by. I thought Rich was adorable (with a little bit of alpha) and a great fit for Kira. I am definitely excited to read the other two King brothers’ stories – Cade may be a bit of a playboy/class clown, but I can already tell he has a heart of gold. Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC. I am voluntarily leaving a review of this hilarious and sexy book.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this – $1.99
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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great banter mixed with deep emotions – $1.99
You know what they say about assumptions… and that is truly the heart of this book. I’ve seen Leddy Harper on the bestseller charts before, so when NetGalley offered me an ARC in exchange for an honest review, I jumped on the chance to try her new book. I love the cover – it looks like a light and fun read, and in a lot of ways it is. The banter is fantastic, our heroine is funny, and our hero is sweet and oh so loveable. But there is way more to the story than that – mixed in with all of that rom com goodness are shots of deep emotion and many poignant scenes. I had my own assumptions going into this, and our couple battle assumptions throughout the book.
The story follows Kelsey, a woman who had her heart ripped to shreds by an ex (and boy did he do a number on her). When she is confronted with memories from that relationship, she tries to use her best friend’s bachelorette party as an escape and winds up sleeping with the stripper. The only problem is, they agreed not to exchange names, and when she discovers that she is pregnant, she has no way of knowing who the father is. Turns out, the stripper wasn’t actually a stripper, he’s the groom’s best friend and just happened to be there by a humorous turn of events. What follows is her struggle to decide when she should tell him about the baby, because she soon realizes the father of her child is actually a great guy and someone she might like to have in her life even if she weren’t carrying his baby.
Let me just say, I absolutely loved Aaron. He’s sick and tired of people making assumptions about who is based on what he does for a living and where he lives. He’s ready to settle down but women don’t stick around long enough to see what an awesome guy he is, and that’s left some emotional scars. This couple’s journey to happily ever after is not an easy one, but their chemistry and banter was never in question. It’s a sexy book but there is no explicit sex – the focus is much more on the connection between the two characters, and I loved that. It’s a great book that invokes a variety of emotions out of the reader, and tells the story of two people who just had to dig a little deeper to see what they can have together.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this hero – $1.99
Talk about the perfect guy – Tyler is almost too good to be true in this book! That’s really the premise of this light, funny and hard to put down book. The story follows Leah and Tyler, two neighbors who have combustible chemistry from the moment they meet (which is a hysterical meet cute featuring a cat named Mouse). Much of the book is told from Leah’s perspective, and she’s not sure what to think about the amazing and sexy guy who lives next door to her. Tyler keeps inviting himself over, they cook dinner every night, spend nearly every free minute together and she swears he keeps flirting with her… but he never tries to kiss her pursue anything more. She’s tired of men who play games with her feelings, so Leah decides to wait him out and see if he is actually interested in more.
This book doesn’t play by the rules of the typical romance novel – our couple spends scene after scene together, leading with friendship and establishing a deep connection. I found myself looking at the progress bar on my Kindle thinking, whoa how are they so close already? I’m not sure how to describe it, but this book moves at its own speed and that really kept me on my toes. There were times when I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop because I liked Tyler so much – and Leah feels the same way. When NetGalley offered me an ARC in exchange for an honest review, I recognized this author but had never read any of her books before. I will definitely be changing that in the future, because her writing is great and the characters are extremely likeable and relatable.