WEEKLY WRAP-UP: October 2nd

What a WEIRD week! I almost forgot to put together this week’s wrap-up because… well, the news is crazy, lol. But there were some excellent new romances this week – one made my Best of September list (Swing and a Mishap), one will likely make my Best of October list (Cruel Paradise), and another was sweet, low angst fun (Roommaid). Two others had me intrigued only to let me down in the end, but they were compelling in their own way.

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 September list, my October release calendar, and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

Anti-hero (noun):

1) A powerful and charismatic man lacking moral character

2) A magnificent bastard

3) Killian Black

You don’t know me. You think you do, but you don’t. The only thing you know is my name, and even that’s a lie.

I’m king of Boston, lord of criminals, ruler of an underworld empire.

Or am I?

Only one thing’s for sure: I operate alone.

Until I cross paths with a brazen little thief who sets my whole kingdom on fire.

Just as two wrongs don’t make a right, two villains don’t belong together. Especially since she’s the daughter of my most deadly enemy.

Taking her would start a war. 

Keeping her would be suicide.

Making her mine would break every code of honor and defy all common sense.

Then again, where’s the fun in following the rules?

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/36q3pSw


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

“Hawks fans still in shock after centerfielder, Shepherd Oliver, sustained season-ending injury last night in the 5th inning of the playoffs against Chicago.”

Two years ago, I was a pretty big deal. I thought I had it all, until a blast from my past popped up on my social media feed, keeping my ego in check and reminding me how basic I am. Except sassy Wren Bennett isn’t just a blast from my past. She’s the only woman I ever saw a future with.

Even though my soul leaves my body every time she says she hates baseball and has never watched me play, a year’s-worth of messages filled with laughter and sarcasm only remind me how amazing my “pen pal” is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how fine I look in a pair of baseball pants; I’m still 3,000 miles away, and she’s taken… or so I thought. Maybe I should have thought a little harder before I dropped her like a seeing-eye single into the outfield.

When an injury has me questioning everything about my life, I can only think of one place I need to go and one person I need to see. Home, to Summersweet Island, to get back my “pen pal.”

Now I just need to make sure single mom Wren knows I didn’t come back for a change, and I didn’t come back for a job. I’m swinging for the fences, and I’m finally coming home to make her mine. If only she’d stop insulting me and stay in one place long enough for me to tell her. She wouldn’t try to drown me with a tub of ice cream, right?

I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/30fLkCK


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Low angst and playful

From bestselling author Sariah Wilson comes a charming romance about living your life one dream at a time.

Madison Huntington is determined to live her dreams. That means getting out from under her family’s wealth and influence by saying no to the family business, her allowance, and her home. But on a teacher’s salary, the real world comes as a rude awakening—especially when she wakes up every morning on a colleague’s couch. To get a place of her own (without cockroaches, mold, or crime scene tape), Madison accepts a position as a roommaid. In exchange for free room and board, all she needs to do is keep her busy roommate’s penthouse clean and his dog company. So what if she’s never washed a dish in her life. She can figure this out, right?

Madison is pretty confident she can fake it well enough that Tyler Roth will never know the difference. The finance whiz is rich and privileged and navigates the same social circles as her parents—but to him she’s just a teacher in need of an apartment. He’s everything Madison has run from, but his kindhearted nature, stomach-fluttering smile, and unexpected insecurities only make her want to get closer. And Tyler is warming to the move.

Rewarding job. Perfect guy. Great future. With everything so right, what could go wrong? Madison is about to find out.

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Problematic

I could love the monster or leave the man. 

Out of Love by Jewel E. Ann is now live! 

Conspiracies. Corruption. Serial killers.

You name it–I’m fascinated by it. My mom always blamed my overly curious and highly suspicious mind on my dad.

My incredibly overbearing dad.

Mr. No One Is Good Enough For My Daughter has been terrifying my dates since I turned fifteen.

College is my chance to be free from his control and date any guy I want.

I’m absolutely certain he would hate Slade Wylder–almost as certain as I am that I do too.

Since when have I shied away from trouble?

Slade fascinates me. He lives in a house I’m certain is haunted. His dog is trained as well as any guard I’ve ever seen. Rumor on campus is that he deals drugs. It would explain a lot.

But it doesn’t explain why he saves me from my darkest moment.

It doesn’t explain why I can’t stop thinking about him.

And the explanation I finally discover is far more dangerous than any rumor.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/36bGpXr


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Soapy and sweet

I’d spent years separating myself from my twin sister in every possible way. Until one day, I was offered a lot of money to pretend to be her. 

It was supposed to be easy. 
Look like her, dress like her, act like her. Don’t make friends, don’t be nice, and don’t fall in love. Get in and get out.

But I should’ve known that it wouldn’t be that simple. Being Tiffany Lewis’s twin sister was hard enough…beingTiffany Lewis was much, much worse. 

A famous twin, a hunky neighbor who could ruin it all, and a film crew…what could possibly go wrong?

Everything. Everything could go wrong.
Horribly wrong.

Read the review here

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2S8qS2v


Best of September

September was an AWESOME month for new releases, with some of my favorite romances of the year. From light to angsty, there was a little of everything, but the fun, sexy reads dominated the month for me. The six books on this list all take the reader through a variety of emotions, mixing humor and heart with plenty of heat. Though the vibes are all very different, each one held my interest from start to finish, and their unique storylines ensure that they’ll leave a lasting impression. Check out the complete list here.


Mark Your Calendar: October Releases

There are SO MANY new romance novels coming your way in the month of October!!! It can be incredibly difficult to keep track of all of the new releases each month, so I’ve put together a calendar to help you manage your TBR. The following books are the ones that are on my radar – I’ll be reviewing MANY of these throughout the month, so keep an eye out for new reviews! If I know for sure that I’ll be reviewing a book, then I’ve indicated that as well. Check out the complete list here.


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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