Now, I don’t know about you, but I spent a SIGNIFICANT amount of time refreshing my browser and scrolling aimlessly on the internet this week. Not a ton of reading happened. Most of what I did read was cozy and light; comforting, low angst reads that have me ready for the holiday season. This week’s wrap-up includes a mix of new and not-so-new releases, and there are a couple of great reads included.
If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that things pick back up next week, especially on the 12th. You’ve got a few more days to surf the web before some of the new books arrive – not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing! But there are some exciting books on the way soon.
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 Mood Matcher recommendation list and this week’s Deals and Steals list.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD
What would you do if you discovered your new boss in his office with no pants, a magnum of champagne, and a glitter cannon?
Asking for a friend.
I found something that belongs to Keats Morgan, the notorious bad boy sports agent. So I do the right thing.
I return it.
You’d think the man would be happy to have it back.
Instead, he proceeds to fire his assistant right in front of me.
He looks to me to step in as a replacement, but I want nothing to do with the jerk.
Keats is gorgeous and charming as hell. It’s his arrogant attitude that makes me turn around and almost walk out the door.
The problem? I desperately need a job. Any job.
And Keats is offering me an incredible one.
I agree to his terms before I realize there’s a catch, and it’s a big one.
Author’s Note: This standalone novel features a gorgeous boss and the assistant who turns his upside-down world right side up. Toss in a cute sidekick named Dudley, a trio of professional baseball players, and a twisty road to a happy ending. You’re in for a swoony read with a dash of heart.
Read the review here
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quick and cozy
From bestselling author Kandi Steiner comes a cozy second-chance romance about love, loss, and adventure…
When I decided to surprise my family in Wellhaven, Vermont for Christmas, I never could have known that I’d get a surprise of my own — in the form of an unexpected blizzard.
I haven’t been home in four years, not since I left this town with my eyes set on adventure.
And my heart set on forgetting the only man I’ve ever loved.
River Jensen — my ex-husband.
I don’t plan on seeing him during my visit. I definitely don’t plan on him saving me when my little rental car slides off the icy road. And the last thing I could have ever prepared for is being stuck in a tiny cabin with him, waiting out the storm.
Four years have passed since I’ve seen him — the boy I loved, now a man I don’t know at all.
But being stuck inside with him leaves us nothing but time together.
Everything about him has changed, and yet, he still has the same forest green eyes that have haunted me since I left. Back then, we were at an impasse. Back then, there was nothing left to talk about, nothing left to fix. Back then, the only choice I had was to leave and start anew.
But the more I re-discover the man I left behind, the more I question why I ever left at all.
And if I’m too late to find my way back home.
The Christmas Blanket is a stand-alone holiday novella set in a snowy small town in Vermont.
Read the review here
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy and suspenseful
She’s running for her life. He’s the safe haven she never expected to find. The holiday season is about to get HOT.
Hiding out for the holiday season in the heart of the South? Not something that Haley Quick ever expected to have on her to-do list but then…she never expected her ex to want her dead, either. Turns out, life is full of surprises. Time to deal. Haley has ditched New York for a crazy little dot on the map known as Point Hope, Alabama. It’s a town gone extra crazy for the holidays, and Haley is sticking out like a sore thumb with her very much Grinch-self.
But enter sexy sheriff Spencer Lane…Tall, muscled, and made with an extra dose of sex appeal, he is exactly the kind of man that Haley should be avoiding. He’s charming, he looks way too good in a Santa hat, and, oh, yes, he’s her new landlord. The hits just keep coming. She can’t afford to let Spencer learn all of her secrets, a tough job since she is living with the man. No sex, though. It’s purely a business relationship. Except…the holidays in the South sure do get HOT. Or maybe that’s just sexy Spencer. Usually, Haley falls for the bad guy. It’s the whole reason she’s running for her life. She can’t help but wonder…What would it be like to fall for a man like Spencer?
He just got his Christmas wish.
Sheriff Spencer Lane can’t believe his luck. The most beautiful, fascinating woman he’s ever seen has just dropped into his life like a gift from, well, the big guy in red. Only the problem is that Haley seems to think Spencer is some by-the-book, nice guy. Probably because of the badge. And if she wants him to be the hero, that’s a role that he’s happy to play for her. But the truth is, Spencer has plenty of darkness inside, too. An ex Navy SEAL, he knows how to get sh—um, stuff done. He also knows how to be very, very naughty.
When danger threatens his Haley, all bets are off. No one is going to hurt her. No one is going to threaten her. Not in his town. Not on his watch. The nice guy will show Haley just how bad he can be.
Fake snow, a parade of wild elves, and a stalker ex don’t make for the merriest of times, but in Point Hope, anything can happen—and it usually does. Ready for a steamy story that will get you in the ho-ho-ho spirit? Settle back, curl up with Spencer, and have yourself a jolly old time.
Read the review here
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quick and cute
From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a standalone holiday novella.
Eggnog. Check. Roaring fire. Check. Hot romance book. Check!
Riley Kennedy’s emails keep getting crossed with her male colleague, Kennedy Riley. The infuriating man forwards them along with his annoying commentary and unsolicited advice. At least she never has to see him in person, since they work in different locations…until they come face to face at the office holiday party.
As luck would have it, Kennedy turns out to be outrageously handsome…though still a jerk. Yet somehow he’s able to charm her out on the dance floor—and convince her to participate in his crazy scheme: he’ll go home with Riley for a Christmas party and pretend to be her boyfriend, if Riley agrees to be his date to a wedding. It sounds easy enough. Little by little, however, the act they’re putting on starts to feel like so much more than a Christmas pact—and Riley’s about to learn there’s more to Kennedy than she ever imagined.
Read the review here
The Mood Matcher
If you’re anything like me, you want a distraction from everything that’s going on in the world right now. Everyone gets that in a different way; when I’m moody, I want rom com comfort, but my husband always seeks out something gory and campy. Whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s probably on this list. I’ve got romances for different moods, from light and fluffy to intense and sexy.
Every book on this list is a great read in its own way, but they couldn’t be more different. Hopefully something provides you the distraction you need during this crazy time! 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.