When I was putting together my deals list this week, I realized that I have read and loved SEVERAL of the books. I’ve selected a few to feature this week – I’ve included my book review for each, and none of them are more than $2 (at the time of posting). There have been some other great 99 cent sales added in the last few days, so I’ve also got a mini deals list at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this
Jeeves’ Top 19 of 2019 Selection
Absolutely fantastic, engrossing and so hard to put down, Million Dollar Marriage is the best reality-show-based romance I’ve read, and one of the best books I’ve read this year. The story follows Nell, a woman who can’t seem to stop attending college for fear that she’ll have to start paying her student loans and finally enter the real world, where her studious habits won’t be appreciated as much as they are in an academic setting. She is reserved, loves classical music and reading books in French. When she realizes that she’s going to have to start paying off her mountain of student loans, Nell auditions to compete in a new reality show, Million Dollar Marriage, where the top prize is $500,000 and the rules of the game are a mystery. It’s on the show that Nell meets Luke, whom she considers to be a “dirty thug,” because of his dark good looks, tattoos and bad boy attitude. Luke needs cash to save his bar, so he agrees to compete on the show, knowing he’ll likely have to marry someone in the process (it is in the name of the game, after all). As Nell and Luke begin competing on this Married at First Sight/Bachelor/Amazing Race mashup of a show, they realize that while they might be total opposites, that doesn’t mean that their personalities don’t complement each other perfectly.
It’s an extremely well-written, engrossing read. I loved how immersive it felt – the vast majority of the book is Nell and Luke stuck together at all times, heavy on the dialogue with fantastic banter and chemistry. I’ve never read a book that felt like a shining example of what.a reality show contestant must go through, but this exemplifies that perfectly – with all of the ups and downs that go along with the process. It’s a slow burn romance, executed so well – the buildup of the relationship made the payoff that much sweeter. Don’t let the slow burn fool you, this is still a sexy read, and Luke is a loveable, swoonworthy guy who might be a little rough around the edges, but he is a fantastic catch. Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I couldn’t wait to start reading this book and I am so glad that it lived up to – and exceeded – my expectations.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD
Loved the chemistry between these two! This best friend’s little sister romance played out very differently than I expected – and I am completely okay with that. It’s essentially a strangers to lovers romance because these two have never met before. After crashing into each other’s lives in a big way, Case and Emma find themselves falling hard and fast. It’s sexy, light with touches of angst, and a much slower burn than I anticipated, which is definitely a good thing. I was hooked from the start; it’s completely devourable, reading quickly with never a dull moment.
The story follows Case, a software developer who flew to New York City to tie up a few loose ends in his life. He’s not in the city often, so he lets his best friend use his place. Expecting to walk into an empty apartment, Case is instead greeted by his best friend’s little sister, Emma. Since they’ve never met before, it’s quite the introduction. Broke and newly single, Emma came to the city to surprise her brother but now finds herself stuck with a near stranger. As the two share the apartment over the course of several days, they get to know each other a whole lot better. Though there’s obvious chemistry there, it’s complicated by the fact that neither one will be in the city for long.
I’m not sure how I expected this one to play out, but it constantly kept me on my toes. These two characters are both working through some issues in their lives, but the tone stays mostly light and sexy. You can definitely feel the attraction there and I was rooting for Case and Emma from the start. The author sets things up so that the story is a little mysterious and unpredictable, unraveling as we get to know these two better. It’s a slow burn to sizzle, getting steamy in the back half but still very much focusing on the emotional connection. I was completely engrossed, wanting to know how these two would be able to make things work. If I have one complaint it would be that the ending became unnecessarily complicated, but I enjoyed this one from start to finish.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Low angst and sexy
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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mysterious and engrossing
If you thought this family was complicated in the first book… you haven’t seen anything yet. A gripping and mysterious look into family dynamics and the forbidden nature of falling for your adoptive cousin, Disarm is about more than just romance. The first book in the series faltered a bit for me, so I didn’t go into this with high expectations (even though I usually love Karina Halle’s writing). That all changed very quickly as I got into the story. If you haven’t read the first book, that’s ok – the mysterious/suspenseful aspects of the story are laid out pretty clearly. It’s well written, complex, and engrossing with a slow burn that spans over a decade until it pays off in a big way. Not so much a book about falling in love as it is a book about embracing it, Disarm builds up to a pretty great conclusion… while laying the groundwork for what should be another powerful book featuring a Dumont in need of redemption.
The story follows Seraphine, the adoptive daughter of the Dumont family. As an orphan of Indian descent going from one foster family to the next, she didn’t have the best childhood and saw the Dumonts as her chance to finally have a real family. There’s tension between her father and uncle, but it isn’t until her father’s death (murder?) that things really come to a head. Through the years, her complicated feelings for her adoptive cousin, Blaise, added tension to their relationship. They’re not blood relations, but the attraction that simmers between them still doesn’t feel right. In the present, their relationship is as strained as it’s ever been – Seraphine is, after all, accusing Blaise’s father of murdering her own – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still feelings between them.
Mixing flashbacks with events in the present day, the reader gets to see the undeniable connection between Seraphine and Blaise. The attraction has been there for years, but they’ve never completely taken the leap – dating your cousin isn’t something you can just rush into and hope it works out. I loved seeing the softer side of Blaise when he was younger, because in the present he’s a pretty cold and detached guy. Perhaps my only complaint about the book is that we don’t get to see the connection between them in the present until quite a ways into the book, because the family dynamics take up so much of the story. That being said, it all pays off in the end, culminating in such a great ending for these two. I’m glad I gave this a shot after the lackluster first book in the series (Halle acknowledged writing that one was a struggle and it showed). This completely made up for that, and left me wanting to see what’s next for this family – I think the third book has the potential to be fantastic. My thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy. I am voluntarily leaving a review of this suspenseful, multi-faceted book.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy and unexpected
A VERY solid start to a new series, this is refreshing and different with a light feel that makes the pages fly by. Featuring a heroine who has found her own kind of family while partaking in an unashamedly lavish lifestyle and a hero who is incredibly intrigued by the world he becomes immersed in, it’s an opposites attract romance that will keep you interested. Any complaints I have are very minor, and I am definitely looking forward to more from this group of characters.
The story follows Levi, a reporter who has been tasked with looking into the Bright Young Things, a group of wealthy young people who partake in themed parties while keeping their secrets among those close to them. While attending his first party under an alias, Levi meets Stella, a woman who is completely comfortable with the decadence showcased at the parties. There’s an immediate connection there and it’s not long before Levi and Stella are burning up the sheets, but both are holding secrets that could bring their relationship to a screeching halt.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read anything by Hart, but I’m glad that I remedied that because this was great. It’s steamy and interesting with a storyline that’s both familiar and unpredictable. I loved the chemistry between these two, and though I prefer a slower burn, it also worked for their relationship. There’s some tension because both Levi and Stella are keeping secrets, but the tone stays mostly light and sexy. I wavered on my rating for this one because there were times when the characters just weren’t relatable to me, but that’s also part of the appeal. Ultimately, there was nothing major that bugged me at all, so I’m excited to see where the series goes next. I received an ARC via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sexy romance.