WEEKLY WRAP-UP: December 11th

It was a VERY good release week, with both quantity and quality. I read THREE sexy yet laidback romances about athletes (Floored, The Romantic Pact, and Steele) – each with vastly different storylines but similar feels. I also read a brain-breaking paranormal story (Layla), a couple of solid holiday romances (Not Your Average Vixen and I’ll Be Your Santa Tonight), as well as a few others. December is filled with exciting releases, so we’re finishing the year off right.

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that there are 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 list of my favorite covers of 2020, my Christmas Countdown, and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LOVED it

I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess.
My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.
I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.
And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/39TyL5X


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy and sweet

If you’ve ever had a steamy one-night stand with a British football player and then find yourself pregnant with his baby, you know how Lia Ward feels. 

To be fair, Lia didn’t know who Jude McAllister was when they met. 

Studying abroad for her master’s program, all she knows is that she’s a little lonely and he’s very charming, even as they have an epically sexy argument about which type of football is superior. 

In Jude’s mind, shagging the feisty American girl is exactly what he needs. He’s been fighting the clock of his long-standing football career and the younger players primed to take his position. Proving that he can feel like his old self again—something he’s been trying to do with everyone in his life—should be easier after blowing off steam with Lia.  

But oh baby, when a plus sign pops up on Lia’s pregnancy test, that ‘one night’ becomes a whole lot more. 

Now Lia and Jude have to navigate their impossible-to-ignore chemistry, and prepare for the parenting game, something neither of them know how to play.

Read the review here

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3lX7SjN


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With an asterisk

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mjuADQ
Bookshop PB: https://bookshop.org/a/18118/9781542000178


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sweet and easy

A second chance may be just what James Steele needs…

I might be one of the older players on the Arizona Vengeance, but I like to think that also makes me one of the wisest. Or at least I used to.

Turns out, I’ve been a bit selfish. I’ve been married to hockey and my team for years, which hasn’t left much time for my actual wife, Ella. Now I’m juggling a separation I never wanted, the pressure of being a single dad to our teenage daughter, and the career I sacrificed it all for. 

While my game on the ice might be on fire, the game in my personal life is clearly lacking, as evidenced by the fact I just saw my wife on a date with another man. If I have any hope of saving the family I love, I need to re-prioritize, and fast. So it’s time for me to get back to fundamentals, just like I did when I learned how to play hockey. I’ve never backed down from a challenge, and romancing my wife is a challenge I am very much looking forward to.  

Time to put on my game face, because I’m in it to win it.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fKjO73
Bookshop PB: https://bookshop.org/a/18118/9798649617376


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy and sweet

It’s Dasher versus Rudolph with a little Vixen thrown in!

A Christmas wedding is on the line in this steamy holiday romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Krista Sandor.

Maid of honor, Bridget Dasher, didn’t think anything could ruin her sister’s Christmas Eve wedding…until she met the best man.

Scratch that—the worst man.

Don’t be fooled by his name. Soren Christopher Traeger-Rudolph—yep, Rudolph—is the Grinch of all groomsmen, and his plans for this wedding will only land him on the Naughty List.

Or…

Her bed.

Naughty reindeer games like you’ve never seen ensue when Rudolph brings out the Vixen in this Dasher.

With witty banter and laugh-out-loud moments, prepare to experience Christmas bliss in Not Your Average Vixen, an enemies-to-lovers holiday romance.

Author note: No reindeer were harmed in the writing of this book.

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Serious and sweet

Single dad.

Two words that force me out of bed every morning.
Because two little girls depend on me.
Because my family’s company depends on me.

As CEO, I have to show up, lead, be present.
As Dad, there’s no room for error, not when it comes to raising my girls.

I’m no longer the same man, just a shell of a person I once was, going through the motions every day. Not seeing, barely breathing.
Until Becky Summers, the new nanny.

She makes me see life in color when it was muted gray before.
She brings a smile to my face when I swore I forgot how to.
She makes me believe that there’s more to life than going through the motions.

Reasons why I shouldn’t date Becky:
She’s my kids’ nanny.
I’m her boss, and I shouldn’t cross that line.
She has secrets she’s hiding.

Reasons why I should:
Because … I think I’m falling in love with her. 

Nanny I Want to Mate features a single dad raising two sassy little girls, a sweet nanny, two overprotective uncles, a ton of love and laughs and a happily-forever-after that will leave you smiling and sighing and swooning all in one sitting. No cheating. No Cliffhanger. Grab it today.

Read the review here

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3qLy8kR


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Naughty and nice

From bestselling author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes a hot holiday romcom that’s the perfect blend of naughty and nice…

Holly Jolly hates Christmas—ironic, she knows.
But she can’t turn down the opportunity to create San Francisco’s legendary, life-size gingerbread house. Surrounded by tinsled trees and merry mistletoe, Holly steps into her own nightmare before Christmas. Especially when her boss turns out to be a very sexy Saint Nick.

Saint Nicholsen never expected his new pastry chef to hate his favorite holiday—or to be so alluring. And when one conversation makes it clear there’s more to her story than the gorgeous grinch is letting on, Saint decides to grant her every missed Christmas wish.

Unfortunately for him, Holly doesn’t trust the holiday that’s only proved disastrous. She’s already taken out Santa, overdosed on eggnog, and almost toppled the tree—and that’s only this year.

But somewhere between presents and tree trimming, the magic of their attraction begins to melt her candy-coated confidence and open her hurt-wrapped heart.

When Christmas Eve rolls around with more than a kiss from her Christmas list, Saint will be her Santa tonight, but come tomorrow, will Holly take the leap and hold onto the magic?

Author’s Note: This grumpy grinch romcom is complete with an attempt on Santa’s life, an ornament that’s shaped very inappropriately, and some very steamy scenes of festive frolicking. Proceed with caution.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3q9MH17


⭐️⭐️⭐️ A little disappointing

Don’t fall for your roommate…especially when he’s your best friend.

Cooper Bennett is my best friend.

That’s all he is and all he ever will be.

Nothing will change that.

Accidentally seeing him naked? Please. So not a big deal.

Having less-than-tame thoughts? I mean, have you seen this guy? Who could blame me?

Kissing him? It was a one-time mistake, and it will not be repeated.

Falling into bed with him? Uh-oh…

It’s fine. We’re fine.

We’re Caroline and Cooper. Best friends until the end. Nothing has ever come our way that we couldn’t survive together.

Surely, we can handle this too…

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy but superficial

A swoon-worthy romance from USA Today Bestselling Author J.H. Croix!

A second chance for Christmas.

Delilah

I never thought I’d see Alex Blake again. Most certainly not on the side of a snowy highway in Alaska.

The memory of his summer kisses kept me warm on lonely nights for years. Life and geography got in the way. 

When my car skids off the highway in the darkness in Alaska, I’m plenty bitter and I’ve lost all faith in fantasies.

I didn’t count on Alex, didn’t count on him setting me on fire, and definitely not on him betting it all on us.

Alex

I never could forget Delilah Carter even though she was nothing more than a memory. Until I find her stranded on a snowy highway a few thousand miles away from where I last saw her. 

The years don’t matter. This time, I get to make our wishes come true.

*A full-length, standalone romance.

Read the review here

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


Best of 2020: My Favorite Covers

We all judge books by their covers, don’t deny it. I will wholeheartedly and enthusiastically admit that I’ve added countless books to my TBR based almost entirely on their cover. Sometimes that works out in my favor… and sometimes it doesn’t, lol. But I love me a good cover.

The 20 books on this list feature the covers that stopped me in my tracks. They’re all gorgeous in one way or another, and 100% memorable. Whether there’s a shirtless dude or an adorable illustration, these covers make an impact. Check out the complete list here.

Throughout the month, I’ll be looking back on some of my favorite romances from 2020. From swoonworthy heroes to well-done tropes, there are elements of so many books that stood out from the crowd. Check back every weekend for a new list!


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. 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.


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.


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