Title: Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: September 17, 2019
This was such a cute, slow-burn romance. Claire is widowed and she found out at her husband’s funeral that he had been cheating on her for quite some time with at least two women. These women became best friends. They all thought they were the only woman in Brayden’s life. They make a pact to keep each other away from the bad guys.
Claire is trying to reinvent herself, starting with her old house. Her friends introduced her to her contractor, Scott. Scott is the opposite of Claire and normally not at all the kind of guy she’d be interested in. They have good banter. Their relationship starts off as quasi enemies and then they transition to friendship.
I love the slow build where they had to work up to even being friends and admitting that they enjoyed each other’s company. They’ve both had their guards up from their previous relationships. There is very minimal steam, but plenty of tension.
This is my first Lauren Layne book and I am definitely a fan. Also, this is book two in the Central Park Pact series, but works as a stand alone. I’m going to go back and read the first one and I can’t wait for Audrey’s story in the third installment.
I love the setting and character development. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. This would make such a cute movie.
Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for my eARC copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Accidental Life Swap
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Publisher: HQ Digital
Pub Date: September 1, 2019
The Accidental Life Swap turned out to be quite the charming story. Rebecca works as a PA for Vanessa Whitely of Vanessa Whitely Events. Vanessa is a difficult boss. She’s brash and doesn’t value her employees. Rebecca has a degree in Events Management, but Vanessa only sees her for her organizational skills and ability to run her errands. Vanessa bought a home in a small town out in the country that was in need of restoration. Rebecca is more of a people-pleaser and not used to sticking up for herself, so when Vanessa sends her to oversee the remainder of the remodeling there is no push back.
The first day on site, Rebecca is mistaken for Vanessa among the work crew. She doesn’t correct the mistake since everyone is a little intimidated by Vanessa, and thus the accidental life swap is in full swing. Rebecca is able to be more assertive by hiding behind her borrowed identity. She didn’t foresee the falsehood causing any real trouble until she falls in love with the town and it’s people.
This story really was charming. The pacing was a bit slow. It took a little while to fully get into it. It felt like a lot of the story was just following Rebecca and her inner monologue. I would have liked a little more interaction and dialogue with the community. The love story was cute, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more chemistry other than them just bantering over their fiercely competitive nature when it comes to board games. Overall, if you enjoy a cute non-steamy romance then this was a good one.
Thank you Netgalley and HQ Digital for my review copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: Call Her Mine
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publishing Date: August 13, 2019
Rating: 4 ⭐️
Call Her Mine was a wonderful friends-to-lovers story, but it was also more than that. Ben and Aurelia have been friends for over a decade. They both have feelings for each other and neither one has been willing to risk their relationship to try for more. Aurelia is resigned to life in the friend zone and just as she is determined to put a little space between her and Ben, they find a baby on his doorstep. Ben is the supposed father and he really needs Aurelia’s help.
This is the catalyst for their new, romantic relationship. They are now navigating so many new facets to their relationship. Their relationship as lovers and now as coparents. In this instance, their solid foundation of friendship allowed for easing some of the tension brought on by these new circumstances. They are searching for answers together and falling in love with each other in a whole new way and learning to love another little person.
Foster made this about more than just romance. It was about friendship, family, commitment, compassion, and forgiveness. It was a nice, quick read.
Thank you Netgalley and Montlake Romance for my review copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: I Wanna Sext You Up
Author: Evie Claire
Pub Date: August 20, 2019
Rating: 4 ⭐️
Links: Goodreads Amazon
Lorie has been rebuilding her life and reworking her dreams. She has goals and is focused and determined to advance as quickly as possible in a new career as a pharmaceutical sales rep. She gets assigned the tough, new doctor Saam Sherazi. He never has time for the sales pitch and is solely focused on his patients. In the beginning, he treats Lorie just as he has all of her sales team. A phone mix-up allows Lorie to get past his barriers. They have a lot of things in common and he loves that she isn’t interested in him just because of the M.D. behind his name.
These new feelings are unexpected and cause a lot of stress for Lorie. She doesn’t want to risk her job over what may be temporary feelings. The boundaries are hard to keep in place. The lines get blurred and redrawn. This was a fun, fast-paced workplace romance. Saam his direct and upfront about what he wants and Lorie is more resistant because she does have a lot more at stake. Their problems are real world, relatable and Lorie is strong and not willing to give up her dreams just to be with Saam. Saam is understandable and tries not to give up on Lorie.
Thank you Loveswept publishing and Netgalley for my ARC copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: Deception (Dumont #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publishing Date: August 6, 2019
Links: Goodreads, Amazon
Rating: 5 ⭐️
Sadie Reynolds is a college student that was previously traveling around Europe with her boyfriend. She found out he had been cheating on her. They part ways and she is on her own. On her way to catch a train to Barcelona she is mugged and a passing car stops to help her. Help comes in the form of a sexy, rich Frenchman, Olivier Dumonte. This pair has an instant connection.
These characters are layered and there are personal struggles that each character must work through. Sadie is not ready to take a chance on what they have. She is comfortable with where she is in life. Olivier has a lot of family dramas going on in his life. Some of it creates trouble for Sadie and Olivier.
There are some fantastic, steamy scenes. The story kept me entertained. I loved all of the secrets, drama, and intrigue. I kept trying to anticipate where the story was going and I couldn’t do it. It was a great read.
I can’t wait for more of the Dumont family. Karina Halle never disappoints.
Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Netgalley for my advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
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I love reading romance novels and I’ve been doing a good bit of it recently. I’ve felt a little embarrassed by that fact and have had a sort of revelation…who cares? I feel like I fell a little into thinking that people may judge me based on that and maybe not see me as a real reader, but I enjoy them and I want to talk about them with people. So here goes my list of Romance novels I’ve enjoyed lately.
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
- Whiskey Chaser by Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley
- Sidecar Crash by Claire Kingsley and Lucy Score
- Marriage for One by Ella Maise
- Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley
- The Baby Bargain by Crystal Kaswell
- That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn
- Roomies by Christina Lauren
- Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
- My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
I’ve really taken to Christina Lauren’s books. They are all fantastic. Where are all my romance readers? What are some of your favorites? How do you feel about reading romance? Does reading romance make you less of a “real” reader?
Title: A Pack of Love and Hate
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Available July 30, 2019
Get a Copy: Amazon
This is the final book in this Trilogy and it did not disappoint. Each book I have ended up reading in a day. I just cannot put them down once I get started. Wildenstein’s writing keeps me hooked. I feel emotionally connected to the characters and completely enraptured in the world that she has created. I love all of the twists and turns in the story. There couldn’t be a more perfect ending. This review seems a little harder to write and I would hate to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at this.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
ONLY ONE CAN WIN.
Volunteering to duel alongside Liam Kolane against the ruthless Creek Alpha could get Ness killed, but the alternative, leaving her hot-headed Alpha to die alone in the dueling ring isn’t an option. Not even when he places ridiculous conditions on her, like not spending time alone with August, her intended mate.
Ness didn’t want a mate, but that was before August stepped back into her life, before he picked up the scattered pieces of her heart. Between their shared history and the magical tether that binds them, Ness finds herself falling dangerously hard for the sexy shifter.
But Liam’s heart is on the line. A heart that still beats for Ness.
Only one man can win her love, the same way only one Alpha can rise from the duel.
Let the fight begin..
Thank you to Twig Publishing for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and I do truly love this series. If you love books by Sarah J. Maas, I also feel like you would these.