WEEKLY WRAP-UP: September 4th

September started off RIGHT, with an awesome release week. While I enjoyed all of this week’s new books, I’d be very surprised if two of them (Real Fake Love and Revved to the Maxx) don’t make my best of the month list – they were both outstanding.

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 my Best of August list and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this

If people have polar opposites, Luca Rossi is mine.

His butt is in the baseball hall of fame. Mine’s comfortably seated in the hall of lame.

When he’s not snagging fly balls out in center field, he’s modeling in shampoo commercials. I once jammed my own finger while stirring cookie dough, and sometimes I forget shampoo is a thing.

He’s a total cynic when it comes to love.

I make a living writing love stories.

But after my latest broken engagement (no, I don’t want to talk about how many times that’s happened), it’s clear he’s exactly the man I need.

If anyone can teach me to be the opposite of me, it’s him.

The first thing I want him to teach me?

How to not fall in love.

And as luck would have it, he’s in desperate need of a fake girlfriend to get a meddling grandmother off his back.

We couldn’t be more perfect together, because the last thing Luca Rossi will ever be is the next man to leave me at the altar.

Or will he?

Real Fake Love is a line drive straight to the heart featuring a grumpy athlete, a jilted bride, a fake relationship, and the world’s laziest cat. It stands alone and comes complete with sibling rivalry, the world’s most awkward shower scene, and a sweetly satisfying happily ever after.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3i1T2aE


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

Maxx Reynolds needs help.

His shop, house, and life are all in a state of disarray.

In desperation, he turns to the internet to hire a new employee, 
thinking it will make his life easier

What he expects is a fellow named Charly.

What he gets is a quirky, sassy, red-head named
Charlynn who runs circles around him.

And she’s all woman.

He can’t stand her.

He can’t keep his hands off her either. 

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and easy

An irresistible baseball star and a resistant hometown girl stumble into love in a flirty romance by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Pro baseball shortstop Carter Ramsey is about to be Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year, but the only title that matters to him is out of reach: World Series MVP. Benched by a recent injury, Carter retreats to his hometown to recover. His ten-year class reunion and a potential reconciliation with the sweetheart he left behind could be perfect distractions. Until another old acquaintance throws Carter a curveball.

Olive Dunn admits that her former high school science partner is still a handsome charmer. But she wasn’t swayed then, and she won’t be swayed now. Because Olive remembers Carter’s little shortcoming: he tends to bail the moment it suits him, without a backward glance. Best to keep her feelings strictly platonic while he’s in town.

Except the entitled boy she knew is a changed man: solid, reflective, and generous. As they ease back in to their familiar friendship, things take a surprising turn, and Carter and Olive must decide if what they have is a passing flirtation or a real shot at love.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Gjt0Sp


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sweet yet sexy

From USA Bestseller Natasha Madison comes a brand new Hockey series The Only One.

Ralph 
Being traded to Dallas was a dream come true. I had everything I wanted, my game had never been better, and my wife was due to have our baby any day now.

What could go wrong?
Everything.

I was now raising our baby on my own. After hockey practice and games, I didn’t have time to sleep, let alone make sure my social media was up to par.

I never thought I’d get a second chance at love.

Candace 
When my hotshot brother was drafted in the NHL, he didn’t have time to do his social media, so I took over for him. Little did I know it would become my career.

My plate was full with over fifty NHL players, and I wasn’t taking on any new clients.

Yet when he showed up on my doorstep with the cutest little girl in the whole world, I couldn’t say no.

I was just helping, but it turned into more than that. He’s the man I’ve been waiting for.

All it takes is one touch, one night, one chance, and only one kiss. 

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy and suspenseful

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow comes an intense, heartwarming, and funny standalone read where friends-to-lovers insanity is fate for two stubborn hearts.

Just friends? Is a peach pie to the face “just” a little mishap?
I know what I felt the day Quinn Faulkner saved me from death by dessert.
My best friend was always The One. The Impossible.
Older. Flawless. Brutally gorgeous. A small-town prince of summer crushes.
Leagues above a tag-along dance nerd like me.

Years later, my uncle needs a goat wrangler. I just need an escape.
What better way to flee a cheating ex and dumpster fire career?
What better way to collide with the boy who got away?
And now he’s an atrociously hot, mysterious, overprotective beast.

Breathe in. Breathe out.
I’m grown up now.
Unmoved by his slayer charms and heart-stompy memories.
I can’t stay to unravel his darkness—or savor his vows to protect me.
We’re safely platonic.

Until the Ferris wheel incident.
Then we’re alone with a tension so thick you can chew it.
Quinn kisses me like no tomorrow. Truly. Madly. All in.
I wanted to piece my life back together.
Will shattering the best friend zone leave us whole or heartbroken?

Full-length romance thriller with a Happily Ever After made of laughter, tears, and smiles. Two friends meant to be fall so hard it hurts with a little help from a scheming granny, a tribe of goats, and one big dog.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2F4oZQQ


Best of August

August was such a BUSY month for new releases, with so many great books to choose from. I enjoyed plenty of romances this month, but these six stand at the top of the pack for me. In a month where there was so much drama going on in real life, I definitely gravitated towards lighter books. Yet my top pick this month (Heart Bones) is actually a book that leans into the angst without feeling weighed down. All six of these books effortlessly weave in emotion, keeping somewhat light yet still having plenty of weight to the romance. Check out the complete list here.

September brings a wide variety of new releases, with romances from some of my favorites as well as plenty of new-to-me authors whose work I’m just getting acquainted with. If you missed my September Release Calendar, you can find it here – there are a LOT of exciting books to look forward to!


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 free or cheap Kindle books from romance authors I’ve read or been meaning to try – many 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!!!! Fair warning: I may 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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