WEEKLY WRAP-UP: February 12th

February is shaping up to be a crazy – and crazy good – release month! This week felt a little bit like the calm before the storm, with some solid releases, but not the chaos that will be the 23rd. I feel like all of my favorite authors are releasing books this month, and that’s not a problem for me! My favorite this week was easily the quirky and funny Drop Dead Gorgeous, but I also enjoyed the steamy Love in Moments and the suspenseful Surrender. And I wrapped up The Ex Talk, which ended up being a refreshingly different read.

If you read my Teaser Thursday post (found here), you know that there are plenty of exciting books on the way soon! I’m reviewing a LOT of books that are releasing on the 23rd, so I’ve been reading like crazy. There will be plenty of reviews coming 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 new release list.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

I see dead people.
No, not like that movie.

I’m a coroner, and yes it’s the kiss of death on my dating life. When men find out what I do, I’m lucky to hear “it was nice meeting you.”

Until I almost accidentally kill Blake Hale with my car.
Instead of being freaked out by me, he’s intrigued.
No matter how much I try to scare him off, he keeps coming back for more.
And for a follow-the-rules guy, he’s breaking them all for me.

We couldn’t be more different.
He’s all goodness and light, with a brain that’s even sexier than his six pack.
I’m danger in a pretty package, and no amount of knocking on wood is going to make the happily ever after he’s promising come true. But…

With each word we exchange, my resolve weakens.
With each heated look, he gets further into my soul.
With every kiss, he consumes me by accepting me just as I am.

I deal in death all day. He sells life… insurance. What could possibly go wrong when I start believing in Mr. Right?

Drop Dead Gorgeous is a full-length meet-cute Romance… with a twist! It is a standalone.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2N5waw4

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steamy and smart

Swedish hockey player, Anders “Iceberg” Berg, is counting the days until he’s an unrestricted free agent and can land the contract he’s worth. Yet, instead of recovering and resting at home so he can play to impress his dream organization, he’s in Denver for his brother’s wedding at a gin distillery, watching the pretty brunette who organized the whole thing. 

Olivia Dyer can’t wait to put the year behind her. Her father died, and the event hall she ran at her family’s distillery was destroyed. The cost to the business and her mental health more than she could ever afford to repay. Rebuilding both takes all her effort leaving little time for anything else. Except for a single night of fun with the hot hockey player who’s been watching her every move. 

When a kitchen catastrophe throws Anders and Liv together, it ends with an evening neither of them can forget. It was only meant to be one night. But when Anders is unexpectedly traded to see out the rest of his contract with the Denver Rush, and his plans to leave as quickly as possible are disrupted by the sultry brunette who defines courage, their only option is to give in to the attraction they feel for one another. 

Yet with Liv stuck in the past and Anders firmly focused on the future, can they put aside their differences and allow themselves to find love in the present? 

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3bcQBl2

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sexy and suspenseful

The saying goes, you can never fully put your past behind you. 
But that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do. 
One night of chaos nine years ago changed everything for me.
I lost my family. I lost my home. 
And I vowed never to let a man be the guiding force in my life again. 
That is until Kellin Shaw walks back into it. 
A sexy and intriguing stranger I barely knew; he has no idea how closely tied he is to my past all going wrong. A man so impossible to resist I don’t even know how to begin trying. 
But he’s got secrets of his own. 
A dangerous air about him that both thrills and terrifies me.
If I were smart, I’d run from it all instead of allowing myself to be lured in deeper. 
What happens when you surrender yourself to a man who has the power to destroy you?

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/36QnCAl

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Slow start, great finish

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio. 

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.  

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3rL4HPl

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Just okay

Life lesson from Grady Buchanan: If you’re going to fall in love with the untouchable girl in town, don’t hire her as your only employee. 

Even after he bungled the interview with Magnolia MacIntyre, he knew better than to hire her. The list of why it’s a bad idea is a long one. 
Her father could ruin his fledgling business. 
She is completely overqualified. 
And he’s attracted to her. 

What does Grady do? He offers her the job.

Magnolia knew better than to take it. Normally, she’d make the safe choice, and working for Grady is anything but. 
He’s new in town–and entirely too charming. 
Her dad will be furious. 
She hates the outdoors and working for an outdoor adventure company is not exactly the right fit. 

What does she do? She says yes on the spot. 

Grady and Magnolia will have to prove to everyone in their life that they’re not crazy. And prove to each other that the list of why it’s a bad idea should be tossed out the window. 

For these two opposites, sometimes doing the wrong thing is exactly right.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3txGU7d

Check out this week’s new releases here.

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