WEEKLY WRAP-UP: September 27th

This week had a little of everything, from steamy to sweet, light to angsty, popular to polarizing. I read an outstanding emotional romance (Crazy to Love You), as well as a great steamy rom-kinda-com (Not Just Friends). The more popular romances let me down, from the problematic Playing with Fire to the mislabeled Stories of September.

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 Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this

I am meeting this woman for one reason and one reason only. And that officially makes her off-limits.

I want the one woman I cannot have. Again.
The second I lay eyes on Naomi Kent, I know I want her. 
And not just for my duet, though her voice is so strikingly beautiful, it can make angels weep. 
It’s her mind, her passion, her perfect curvy body. Everything about her sets my blood on fire.
But here’s the thing… I need her to get this song produced. 
She needs me to help her regain the life she lost. 
So, any chance at an us… Well, that’s a no-go, right? 

I don’t want anything Gus Diamond has to offer me.
And that includes his gorgeous face and sexy-as-all-sin body. Well, maybe I do want those. 
But this duet? Nope. Not a chance. 
I gave up this life when my world shattered and my broken pieces were stomped all over in a very public way. So you can understand why the last thing I want is to relive all that. 
But Gus has this way about him. 
And before I know what’s happening, I’m saying yes to things I know better than to say yes to. 
Including him. 
That is until my past decides to make an unexpected return. With one hell of an entrance. 

CRAZY TO LOVE YOU is a sexy, fun, and emotional forbidden romance with all the feels! It can be read as a standalone

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3069Ypu


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy with heart

A little harmless flirting never hurt anyone.

Jared Leighton

Presley, I screwed up, I’m sorry. You were vulnerable and I was supposed to be the good guy. Last thing I ever wanted to do was betray your trust, or worse, hurt you. I should never have even kissed you, let alone . . . yeah, well we both know how that ended. You’re my best friend’s sister for Christ’s sake, what was I even thinking? Clearly, I wasn’t. I’m so mad at myself, I want to break my own legs, save Tibbs the trouble. So yeah, I know this isn’t much of an apology, but I needed to make sure you’re okay. Let me know things are still cool between us or at least, what I can do to make it up to you. And it’s probably for the best if we keep this between just us. I swear on my mother, I’ll never touch you again.

Presley Tibbs

Leighton, not sure who you thought you were with last night, but it wasn’t some vulnerable little girl who needs protecting. I assumed that was pretty clear when I took you to MY bed. Don’t pretend that last night wasn’t exactly what we both wanted. We’ve been flirting with each other for years, and I finally got tired of playing games. As for my brother, he doesn’t and will never have a say in who I invite into my life or body—not his business. But if you’re scared that’s your hang up not mine. So save your apology, and your good intentions, and don’t treat me like I’m a woman who didn’t know what she was doing. Oh, and tell your mother I said hi.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kGdH4M


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light yet heartfelt

Georgie Buchanan doesn’t know the first thing about running a brewery—she doesn’t even like beer—so she’s thrown when her grandfather leaves his business to her and her three siblings. Selling Buchanan Brewery would be the prudent approach, and while Georgie is, first and foremost, a businesswoman, keeping it might be her best chance of connecting with her half-brother, Jack. But she quickly learns that what she thought was a fixer-upper is a money pit, the employees are all eccentric to the extreme, and her inheritance comes with a shocking catch. Her one hope for success lies with River Reeves, the handsome brewmaster who learned at her grandfather’s feet…if she can avoid falling for him.

After learning his best friend and boss is selling the brewery they built together to a soulless corporation, River quits on the spot, only for Georgie Buchanan to offer him a job the very same night. Helping her turn Buchanan Brewery around is his dream job, the perfect homage to the man who taught him everything and helped give him roots. There’s one problem: his new boss is his dream woman, and she’s not the type to mix business and pleasure. Balancing a new job, a new puppy, and a growing infatuation with his boss, River knows something has to give.

If Georgie has any luck at all, she’ll be able to turn Buchanan Brewery around without losing her mind or her heart. But as River helps her weather everything from her uncle’s possessed cat to a séance, she realizes she might be wishing for the wrong kind of luck.

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Problematic hero

From #1 Amazon Store and USA Today Bestseller L.J. Shen comes a raw, emotional love story about the truths that tangle us together…and the secrets that rip us apart.

A broken boy on the path to destruction.
A scarred girl without direction.
A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.
She is the strange girl from the food truck.
He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.
She is invisible to the world.
He is the town’s beloved bad boy.
She is a reject.
He is trouble.
When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending. But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.
Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this:
She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.
And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/32Iw5UJ


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bait and switch

Before the school bell rang on September 1st, we were already falling in love. 

Stories of September is a collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love. 

Authors included are:

Fiona Cole
Willow Winters
Meghan Quinn
Skye Warren
Ella Fields
Jade West
K. Webster
Amelia Wilde
Trilina Pucci
Meagan Brandy

Grab this ALL-NEW collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love today, for ONLY $2.99 DURING RELEASE WEEK!

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FZzPZ6


15 Unexpected Roommate Romances

After reading a really great roommate romance this week, it got me thinking about how many truly outstanding unexpected roommate romances I’ve read, especially recently. Admittedly, I am a fake relationship romance lover, and it’s a common trope in those books, but there are so many instances where adding in that forced proximity produces combustible chemistry. It ratchets up the tension and changes the whole dynamic, forcing our couple to get closer than they intended. 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 might 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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