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Hi, everyone, how are you? I hope you had a wonderful week and are currently enjoying a great weekend filled with great books. Other than going to church and celebrating with my family, I spent the days after reading and doing some updates on the blog. One of the things I did was updating the Upcoming Book Releases list from January through September this year which I hope you can check out. I also read two great books that I enjoyed very much. Therefore, my week was fantastic. I wish I could be with my family in my hometown, though, but overall I enjoyed the Christmas and New Year.
The books I want to highlight are Three Blind Dates by Devney Perry and The Bitterroot Inn by Devney Perry. If you haven’t read them yet, I hope you give them a try someday. I highly recommend them to romance readers. Three Blind Dates is a fantastic romantic comedy while The Bitterroot Inn is an awesome small-town romance, both of which are featuring alpha, hot, males that we love.
If you missed the announcement two weeks ago, I have decided to combine my two weekly features (The Weekly Recap and Latest Book News) in one post, which is this one. The reason behind it was they both are a weekly news related to books and bookish stuff, so I thought it would be more efficient to combine them both into one weekly post.
- Book Review – Three Blind Dates (Dating by Numbers #1) by Meghan Quinn
- Book Review – The Bitterroot Inn (Jamison Valley #5) by Devney Perry
- Book Review – Thrive (Guardian Protection #2) by Aly Martinez
Recommend Me Books:
Guys, we are back again to Recommend Me Books feature. Our theme this week is Fighter Romance. Are you a fan of fighter heroes? Have you read any books with fighter heroes in it? What are your TOP favorites? Please click the image below and share your favorite FIGHTER ROMANCE on the post. I would like to add your recommendations. 😀
Books I got and am currently reading:
I got an eARC of Thrive by Aly Martinez for review and couldn’t wait for any second to jump into it. I’m loving it so far. For those of you who might be interested, Thrive is a second chance romance who features an alpha hero.
New Releases (released this week):
Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison – Hockey star, enemies-to-lovers, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
They call me an outcast like it’s a bad thing. An asshole byproduct of a shitty upbringing. I don’t care about anything except myself and my little sister. I will always protect what’s mine. With one year left on my hockey contract I’m keeping my head down and my eyes on the goal. A collision, with her, changes my entire existence.
Never fall in love with a sports star. That’s what my stepfather always said. He told me athletes are complicated and moody—that the higher their paycheck, the lower their morals. As public relations for the New York Stingers, I know exactly what he means, but I can’t seem to say no to a friendship with one beautiful, damaged man. What started out as hate turned into something else. We tried to stay away, to keep our distance, but the pull was too strong. Something forbidden turned into something so irresistible.
Most Likely To Score by Lauren Blakely – A football player and his publicist fell in love, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
As the team’s publicist, I need a football player to be the face of our charity calendar, and Jones Beckett needs a savvy publicist to manage his new sponsorship deal. A simple give and take, and I’m sure I’ll have no problem following my iron-clad rule — don’t date a player. And never ever fall for one. No matter how charming, big-hearted and devilishly clever the man is.But you know what they say about best laid plans. Once I start spending my off-season days and nights with Jones, I’m following a brand new playbook, one that has me falling hard for the incorrigible flirt — heart, body and mind.That’s against the rules, and now what seemed like a bright idea has turned into a dangerously forbidden one.
Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee – Enemies-to-lovers, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.
Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.
Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.
Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.
Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.
So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.
Hot Shot by Karina Halle – Friends-to-lovers, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
If love is friendship set on fire, then theirs is about to go up in flames.
Delilah Gordon has a secret. She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old. And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody, rugged mountain man are anything but tame.
Fox Nelson has a secret too. As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.
As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes. And Delilah has one more secret to reveal. A secret that will change both their lives…forever.
Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy by J.R. Ward – Two couples finding love in the midst of war, paranormal romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.
Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.
As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with a connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?
Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon – She is stranded due to torrential storm with a hot man – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
Dax: After spending months buried up to my eyeballs in my family’s affairs, I’m ready for a break. The kind of break where I can spend two solid weeks camping and fishing in the company of absolutely no one. Then I find myself directly in the path of a drop-dead gorgeous tornado by the name of Becca Stone. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress? Especially when she happens to be a leggy blonde? The last thing I expect is for Becca to show up on my cabin doorstep the next night, shivering in the rain and ready for seconds.
Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.
Learning To Love The Heat by Everly Lucas – She is attracted to two men, contemporary, slow-burn romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
What she needs most might be what she least expects. Living without air conditioning in a Philadelphia heat wave has Claire on the brink of a total meltdown. When she escapes her overheated apartment to spend a day at the park, the last thing she expects—or wants—is for a gorgeous guy to chat her up. But his sweet smile and nerdy charm are impossible for even Claire to resist.
Patience and persistence go hand in hand. For Ben, Claire is the One, but there’s a small snag—she’s terrified of a man’s touch. But now that he’s found her, he’ll never let her go, even if he never gets to hold her. Another snag? Her obvious attraction to his best friend.
Sometimes it takes fire to wash you clean… Ben respects Claire’s firm boundaries, but Andy crashes right through them. He’s arrogant, crude, a total jackass…and criminally sexy.
Even if she can fix what’s broken inside her, how will she choose between the delicious slow burn she feels with Ben and the explosive inferno Andy ignites in her?
Can they find their happy ending without three hearts going up in flames?
Infraction (PLayers Game #2) by Rachel Van Dyken – Pro football player is fake-dating his best friend’s sister, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.
Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.
Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?
The Wright Secret by K.A. Linde – She falls in love with his brother’s best friend, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
I was just his best friend’s little sister. But he was always more than that to me. After twelve years of pining over Patrick’s easy smile, baby blues, and captivating charm, I decide to take matters into my own hands—and completely blow my chance. Who knew a self-proclaimed manwhore would decide to be a gentleman the first time I’m naked in his bed? Definitely, not me. But when I land there again, neither of us has any intention of stopping.
There’s only one problem: nobody can know. Especially not my three older brothers. If they found out, all hell would break loose. So I’m willing to keep our secret… Because I want him Wright here, right now.
Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn – Fake marriage for business, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
This marriage is strictly business . . . until the temptation gets way too real.
Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.
Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé.
Uncharted: a survival love story by Julie Johnson – Their plane crashes and they are the only two survivors – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
“When we crash-landed on the island, I thought my story was over. Turns out, it was about to begin.”
He was an asshole from the first moment we met. I took one look at the stranger in the airport terminal and knew he was exactly the kind of man my mother spent seventeen years warning me against. Gruff, grumpy, and far too good-looking to stare at without experiencing heart palpitations.
Thankfully, I’d never see him again. Or so I thought.
I couldn’t have known our plane would crash.
I couldn’t have predicted we’d be the only survivors.
I couldn’t have ever, in my wildest dreams, anticipated that the asshole from the airport would become my only source of solace in the darkness.
It’s so wrong to want him, for so many reasons. But as the months slip by and our hopes of rescue grow dimmer… the spark between us kindles into something impossible to ignore. Sometimes, survival requires swimming in uncharted waters. But if salvation doesn’t come soon… I might just drown in him.
Bayside Passions by Melissa Foster – Small-town, alpha male, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – LIVE
When Emery Andrews’s best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens a an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who’s as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.
After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean’s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he’ll have to bide his time.
When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she’s there, Dean doesn’t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what’s right before her eyes–although that guy she’s got a date with might be a problem.
Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl. But if we’re talking technicalities, he wasn’t supposed to be cheating on her every other weekend, either.
The day I met Mira York, I knew she was off-limits. But after months of stealing side-glances while he ruined the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, I realized there wasn’t a rule in the world I wouldn’t break to make her mine. She chose him anyway. I wasn’t sure how I’d ever move on, but bitterness turned into fuel for my fire. Without Mira, I thrived.
Until seventeen years later, when she showed back up, begging for protection from the very same man she’d left me for all those years earlier. Now, it was my turn to choose. And she wasn’t going to like my answer.
The Hookup by J.S. Cooper – Sounds like a potential love triangle, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – January 11, 2018
How Do You Know When You’ve Found True Love?
Janie Ryan has always dreamed of meeting her Prince Charming. The one guy that will sweep her off of her feet and carry her away into the sunset. All she wants is the fairytale love and she’s willing to change everything in her life to find and be with the one. Even if that means doing the unthinkable.
He was a Knight in shining armor according to himself
Nate Lexington is bossy, charming, handsome, and quite possibly the most annoying man I’ve ever met in my life. He’s also my best friend. He treats me like his little sister and if he could run my life he would. Only I don’t let him. Much to his chagrin. Nate thinks I live my life with my head in the clouds and all he does is groan when I tell him about my quest for true love.
He was the devil in disguise according to Nate
Dylan Mason is the sexiest man I’ve ever met in my life. I met and fell for him in a weekend. He swept me off of my feet and my heart became his in an instant. He was a charmer, a rogue, a devious manipulator. I didn’t care. He was the one I’d been waiting my whole life to meet. He was Mr. Perfection himself.
The Hail You Say (Hail Raisers Book 5) by Lani Lynn Vale – Second-chance, contemporary romance – Buy on Amazon – January 11, 2018
Get out! He yelled those words at the love of his life twelve years ago, and to this day, Reed Hail regrets them. He’s always been the type of person to speak before he thinks, and apologies have never come easy. It’s been over a decade since she was his, and he stubbornly thinks that he can keep on living without her. He couldn’t be more wrong. The last thing he needs is her vagina anywhere near his exam table. But nobody ever asks him what he wants. Maybe he should’ve gone into the auto-recovery business after all.
I hate you. Krisney Shaw would take those words back in a heartbeat if she could. In fact, she would take back everything. Never meeting him would be the perfect place to start. The memory of Reed Hail haunts her—morning, noon, and night. Then, to add insult to injury, she has to see him being happy while she’s breaking a little more inside every single day. Reed Hail is her worst nightmare because she’s constantly reminded of exactly what she’s missing—the other half of her soul.
Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, she sees his sexy, bearded face over the top of her paper gown, and she’s lost all over again. Don’t ever let me go. Both Reed and Krisney are determined to avoid each other. They do a great job of it, too…not. One ill-timed gynecological exam changes everything. One single second in time shows Reed what he’s missing—literally and figuratively—and suddenly he’s back at square one. The only problem with being back at square one? He won’t be able to leave her a second time. Especially since the first time around, he didn’t have a child with her to consider.
My Enemy Next Door by Nicole London & Whitney G – Friends-to-enemies-to-lovers, office (they both are lawyers) romance – Buy on Amazon – January 11, 2018
We used to be close.
We used to be best friends.
Until we became enemies all over again…
Courtney Ryan ruined our on and off again friendship with one swipe of her sexy, red pen. After the final rude message she wrote in my yearbook, I decided that we didn’t need to see each other anymore. (But if we ever did, I would show her exactly why I had every reason to be “cocky,” and make her admit that I really *was* “that damn sexy.”)
Now that it’s ten years later, I’ve graduated from law school at the top of my class, and I’m being recruited to work at the number one law firm in New York City. Since I’m in desperate need of a change and want to meet new people, I don’t hesitate to accept the offer. Until I find out that Courtney Ryan graduated from law school, too. Until I realize that she’ll be working at the same exact firm, in the office right across from me.
And if this timing isn’t unfortunate enough, she’s far more tempting and sexier than I originally remembered. (Oh, and last night I found out that she lives right next door…)
We don’t have to be close.
We don’t have to be best friends.
But she’s going to pay me back for making us enemies all over again…
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