WEEKLY WRAP-UP: December 4th

What a release week! The new month brought so many new romances, and a lot of them were great. My favorites (Hard to Hold and The Revenge Pact) were filled with the kind of sexual tension that keeps you reading late into the night. There were also a couple of solid rom coms (Best Friends Don’t Kiss and The Bookworm’s Guide to Faking) that kept me laughing during the workweek. Top that off with some other unique reads, and it was an OUTSTANDING release week. I can’t wait for the rest of December!

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that there are plenty more exciting books on the way next week – ESPECIALLY on the 8th. It’s a big, big release day and 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 Christmas Countdown, my Best of November list, and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely LOVED this

New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, is back with a heartfelt, standalone romance and a new hero to steal your heart . . . 

The contract with Major League Soccer was supposed to help repair my damaged reputation.

Then I discovered that I’d made a deal with the devil: the player I’m supposed to recruit is none other than the bad boy, star Premier League footballer, Rush McKenzie. 

British. Tattooed. Sexy. A man currently at the center of a huge scandal.

The goal? To convince him to stay in the States.

But what’s wrong with a little fun in the meantime? No strings. No sweet nothings. Just a way to pass the time while we’re both struggling to prove our true selves to the world. 

If someone found out our relationship was anything more than professional, it would only serve to prove all our critics right. 

***
I never should have agreed to take the fall. 

But I did and I’m a man of my word. 

Even if it means risking everything I’ve worked for.

The only bright side is Lennox Kincade. 

Gorgeous. Defiant. Rumor-tainted. Totally off-limits.

Sharing a house with the gorgeous sports agent should have been a fun distraction from the turmoil. Someone to help pass the time while the tensions back home die down. 

But what started as nothing, ends up as something I never saw coming.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/37eMD7T


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

River Tate is a god on campus. 

The king of football.

A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you. 

The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair. 

Anastasia Bailey is a nobody. 

The queen of nothing.

An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin. 

The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her. 

But when Anastasia’s life crashes down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces. Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.

He can’t tell her no.

Because revenge (or love) is sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2L3sI4m


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Banter-filled fun

What I expected on Saturday morning: Books.

What I got on Saturday morning: my ex-best friend and first crush in front of me.

Let it be known that I, Holley Stuart, do not give a single rat’s behind about pro baseball’s star pitcher Sebastian Stone. 

I definitely don’t care that he’s standing in my bookstore.

Nor do I care that he seems to have forgotten about the last time we saw each other—senior prom, when he both humiliated me and broke my heart, albeit unknowingly.

Now, he needs a date to his sister’s wedding.

Don’t ask me how I ended up being it, because I have no idea. But that’s the least of my problems.

His grandfather is adamant we’re dating, and Seb isn’t in a hurry to convince him otherwise, so I have no choice but to go along with it.

The problem? The only thing I’ve ever faked is… well, you know.

I’ve definitely never faked my feelings for someone.

And judging by the way I feel whenever Seb looks at me, it doesn’t look like I’m starting now…

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KO6umB


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Feel good and easy

Best friends don’t kiss…

But maybe it doesn’t count if it’s pretend?

Goal: Find a boyfriend, get married, buy a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and pop out 2.5 kids.

Deadline: Sixty days.

That’s possible, right?

HAHAHA. *Faints*

I’m kidding. Well, kind of. I mean, I’m not going to attempt a shotgun wedding or try to get knocked up by some guy I met on the internet, but there is no doubt that, this year, home for the holidaystakes on a whole new, terrifying meaning. 

I have to travel from New York City—my home and safe haven for the last fifteen years—to my tiny hometown in Vermont for Christmas, my baby sister’s wedding, and my high school reunion.

Talk about a trifecta of single-doom. 

Throw in Callie Camden—aka my high school class’s version of Regina George—and it’s a recipe for certified disaster.

Especially since my mouth ran away from me when she asked me if I’d be bringing someone to our reunion, and I told her to put me down for two. 

Gah. Now I can’t go alone.

But the online dating world is a cesspool of bad manners, speedy hookups, and outright weirdos.

Handsome, single, successful—that’s what I’m looking for.

And it just so happens that my best friend Luke London fits all of the criteria.

The only problem is best friends don’t kiss…

But maybe it doesn’t count if it’s pretend?

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fI5FXR


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy and sweet

Everett James Thompson 

I’ve been in the spotlight since I was born, thanks to my famous parents. Reaper and Harmony have been the gold standard when it comes to celebrity love stories. It’s hard to be in that shadow, to live up to that precedent. 

Which is why I stopped trying when my band, Grey Skies hit the big time. 

But when I go to Vegas to support my Mom, in her new residency, I have absolutely no idea I’ll leave Vegas with a new pop-star wife. 

Brianna Jenkins 

As one of the top pop-stars in the world right now, I don’t have time for anything. Much less love, or even a night out. 


When my best friend surprises me with tickets to the sold-out Harmony Stewart show in Vegas on my one off weekend of the month, I’m beyond excited. Especially when we find out our seats are next to her family. Harboring a crush on her oldest son added with a few more drinks than I normally have equals consequences neither one of us bargained for. 

The next morning, I’m no longer Brianna Jenkins, pop star. 

I’m Brianna Thompson, member of the new power couple, about to take the world by storm. 

Whether I want to, or not. 

Read the review here

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3mjsgN8


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great new series

From bestselling author Susan Stoker comes a sizzling new series about four former military operatives who rid the world of the worst of humanity while fighting to protect the best part of their lives: the women they love.

Former military operative Carson “Bull” Rhodes hasn’t dated seriously since he and his teammates left the army. Since then he’s opened Silverstone Towing—which is a front for his other job: hired killer. When kindergarten teacher Skylar Reid calls for help while stranded on the side of the interstate, the attraction is instant. The problem is Bull’s career has jaded him. Skylar’s innocent, and he wants to keep her that way.

Cautious by nature, Skylar never expected to fall in love with her tow truck driver. Even so, once Bull reveals what he really does for a living, she’s not sure she can handle it. When Skylar faces threats that have nothing to do with Bull’s job but are just as deadly, the stakes are higher than ever.

With the help of the Silverstone team, Bull will use everything he’s learned over the years to bring the woman he loves home—because the alternative is unthinkable.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mkkeTZ
Bookshop PB: https://bookshop.org/a/18118/9781542021340


⭐️⭐️⭐️ It’s complicated

Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t. 

He was the hockey star. I was an outcast. 

He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me. 

His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me. 

Years passed.

I got my life together.

Cut went onto NHL stardom. 

Then there was a text. 

I was drinking. 

There was a party. 

Cut was there… 

I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him. 

The only problem? He never knew I existed.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/37o5uxd


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy and sweet

From pro rugby player to…Manny?

Australian rugby pro Cole Hauser has had enough of speculations about his future post-injury. So when a football buddy puts his house in America at Cole’s disposal, he jumps at the chance for some peace and anonymity. The plan is perfect–until he discovers he’s roomies with a woman who knows how to wield a nail gun and her kid. Awesome. Not.

Single mom Jane Spencer is supposed to be spending four weeks alone in the wilds of Colorado rehabbing a house that’ll put her business on the map. Instead, her time is overrun by her four-year-old and a grumpy, too-sexy rugby dude whose only goals are to watch ESPN and brood. Awesome. Not.

When, surprisingly, McHottie offers to get his ass off the couch and help Jane out with Finn, she’s hesitant. But before she knows it, Cole is knee-deep in kid activities during the day and they’re both fighting their simmering attraction at night. 

Anything between them can only be temporary – their time together is short and Cole lives on the other side of the planet. It should be easy to say goodbye, right? Wrong. It doesn’t take long for them to realize they’ve borrowed a whole lot of trouble.

But trouble never felt this good. 

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3o9F1Kr


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lust over love

What happens when the biggest blizzard of the year hits and you’re trapped in a cabin with your best friend’s brother? You take every opportunity to spend time together and make him fall in love with you.

The Best of Us is a best friend’s brother, opposites attract, and snowed-in together standalone romance.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fS1Yiv


Jeeves’ Christmas Countdown: 25 Days of Holiday Romance

Unwrap a little holiday goodness every day until Christmas! If you’re anything like me, you love to get ready for the holiday season with some cozy Christmas reads. There’s nothing I like more than to settle into the season by reading quick and cute holiday novellas, steamy seasonal books, and anything that gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling. I’m especially looking forward to easy, low angst reads this year for… obvious reasons, lol.

To get you into the Christmas spirit, I’ve put together an advent calendar of sorts. I’ve selected a holiday romance for every day from November 30th through December 24th – the 25 days leading up to Christmas. Whether you choose to spoil the surprise or unwrap this advent calendar one day at a time is up to you. Each of these holiday romances has a guaranteed happy ending and will surely get you ready for the holidays. There are novellas for most of the weekdays and full-length romances for the weekends.

Check out the countdown here.


Best of November 2020

There are some months when I have to debate with myself for days on end which books will make my Best of list. This is not one of those months. These four books were the clear winners in a quiet release month, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome. Each one of these books held my attention from start to finish, were devourable and engaging, and are books that I’d recommend without hesitation. From the laidback and adorable Catch to the intense and steamy See Me After Class, this month’s picks each have a VERY different vibe, but they were all outstanding. Check out the list here.

December brings lots and lots of new releases, with books from many of my favorite authors. If you missed my End of the Year Release Calendar, you can find it here – there are many 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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