WEEKLY WRAP-UP: December 18th

It was a 4-star kind of week, both in quantity and quality of new releases. I read some solid romances, but nothing that was a total homerun. The very steamy Blame It on the Champagne was probably the best of the bunch, followed by the sexy, suspenseful This Much is True and the charming You Had Me at Hockey.

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that there… isn’t a lot going on next week, lol. With the holiday on the way, there aren’t many new releases. However, I am in the process of clearing out my 2020 TBR, reading the books that I think MIGHT have the potential to make my Top 20 of 2020 list in a few weeks. That means there will still be new reviews on the way next 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 the list of my favorite 2020 romance in each trope and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy and suspenseful

Hope

I blame the alcohol.
I lost my restaurant business, was forced to sell my dad’s cherished 1967 Chevy Impala, and I got a little drunk.
Now I’m waking up with the hottest, angriest guy I’ve ever seen, speeding down the highway like a bat out of hell.
Ice-blue eyes hit mine with stomach-clenching force… and he swerves onto the shoulder, ready to kick me out.
Needless to say, our romance doesn’t start out sweet.

J.R.

Two years ago, I hugged my little boy goodbye and told him I’d be right back.
Next thing I knew, I was arrested and sent to prison for a crime I didn’t commit.
Until they let me out early…  

Now I’m headed home to confront the man who put me away.
A lie put me behind bars, and I’m ready to find the truth.
I don’t have time for a sexy girl with pale blonde hair and bright blue eyes stowed away on the backseat of my new car.
My mission is to get my son back and clear my name.
Love is not on the agenda.
It never is, though, is it?

(THIS MUCH IS TRUE is a single-dad, opposites attract, STAND-ALONE romance. No cheating. No cliffhangers.)

Read the review here

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3802SGe


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy escapism

There’s only one thing to do when you wake up, married to your brand new boss, whom you hate but can’t resist: You blame the champagne.

I blame the bubbles for my wild night with a masked stranger. 

Who cares if it’s nothing this good girl would normally do–with a man that turns out to be my horrible boss? 

Who cares that I’m promised to someone else? 

I blame the alcohol for agreeing to marry him. 

As long as my new husband keeps his mouth shut, I can survive five years of our little arrangement. It’s too late for anything else.

But our impromptu wedding leads to so much more than I bargained for. His dirty promises warm me. His kisses make me lightheaded. His respect slips past my best defenses. The hate turns to friendship, and makes me dream of more. He’s like the most dangerous kind of champagne. 

That’s why I blame him for making me fall in love with him. 

But when I find out our marriage was nothing more than revenge, what’s to blame for my broken heart?

Read the review here

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


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy and sweet

A sexy best friend’s brother romance from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente!

I’m the wrong guy for her.

She’s sunshine and cherry pie. I’m whiskey and fast cars. I’m also keeping one hell of a secret from the woman I’ve wanted for years.

But when I find a list my sister left behind for Ruby, I’ve got no choice but to offer the sexy, big-hearted girl next door both a road trip and a chance.

A chance to discover how big she can dream. 

And if some of those dreams play out in the bedroom? Well, there’s nothing wrong with a few — okay, several — hot nights together as we hit the beach, visit old stomping grounds, and test all sorts of limits, in and out of the sheets.

Seven days, then I’m off, moving across the country, far away from her.

No way can things get complicated in a week. Ruby and I aren’t the kind of dream that has a shot of coming true.

Especially once she learns what I’ve done.

GOOD WITH HIS HANDS is a sexy standalone romance in the Good in Bed series!

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/34oMzS9


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy but scattered

How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.
It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.

Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.

It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.

Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The Relationship Pact is a fun and flirty college sports romance with lots of heart. No cliffhanger. 

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gY9adE


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sweet and steamy

Can a spirited, down-to-earth influencer get an uptight hockey player out of his shell?

Josh
I am a warrior. That’s been my motto since I recovered from a near-death accident when I was younger. Now I enjoy my nice, settled life in Dallas playing pro hockey—a boring life is better than being dead. I’m not a party guy or an adventurer; I like my routine and peace and quiet. So being traded to New York is the worst possible change that could happen. And meeting unfiltered and fascinating Sara Carrington throws my life into even more chaos.

Sara
I’ve been considered weird my whole life, which is why I’m still a virgin, but I’ve turned it into a career with my YouTube videos. Who knew people would love watching me talk about my zits, taste-test meatless burgers, and try to learn TikTok dances! Now I’m launching a podcast. Getting hockey star Josh Heller as a guest will help gain listeners for sure. I expect a bearded jock with no teeth and nothing to say, but I get a hot as H-E-double-hockey-sticks grouch with a surprisingly dirty mind. My mission to make him laugh is successful, but I want to know why he’s so uptight underneath that panty-dropping smile. Maybe I can teach Josh to have some fun . . . and maybe he can teach me a thing or two along the way. . . .

USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson’s epic Bears Hockey series can be read together or separately:
MUST LOVE DOGS . . . AND HOCKEY
YOU HAD ME AT HOCKEY

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/33HR7D9


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quick and cute

In the game of Online Dating, names can be deceiving…

CEO Harrison Steven McGinnis is incognito. Better to use a fake name while online dating when money, connections, and his famous company are on the line. 

To save himself from the gold diggers of the world, he hides his face and changes his name to Steve, and still manages to make an amazing connection with a woman named Felicity.  

New Year? New boyfriend?
Accountant Felicity Thompson is working late. Committed to meeting her year-end goal, she isn’t leaving her desk until the job is done. Her reward? A date with Steve.

If only the light above her desk would stop flashing, and the run-in with the mega-hot maintenance man would stop making her squirm in her desk chair. 

Suddenly, work is taking longer to finish and her date with Steve? Doesn’t feel so exciting. Not when she can’t get her mind off of Harry.

Can her New Year’s Eve be saved? 

And who will be waiting for her when the ball drops at mid night?

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/33sj1mc


Best of 2020: Top Picks by Trope

Who doesn’t love a good trope? Everybody’s got a favorite, from tense enemies to lovers reads to playful fake relationship romances. I’ve always got certain expectations when I start reading a story that plays up a trope, and the books on this list all exceeded those expectations. 

I’ve selected the book that I think best represented each trope in 2020 – at least out of the 350+ romances I’ve read this year! I’ve got a note about each book below, as well as the blurb and links to Amazon for easy addition to your collection. They’re each 5-star reads that fulfilled my trope-tastic cravings.

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

You can find the list of my top picks by trope here
or my favorite 2020 covers here.


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.

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