Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

3-stars

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Title: Before I Ever Met You

Author: Karina Halle

Format: Physical Book

GOODREADS


♡ Age Gap Romance⁣
♡ Forbidden Romance “Lite”⁣
♡ Father’s Coworker/Friend⁣
♡ Sunshine hero⁣

Review

I’ve absolutely loved some books by Karina Halle (The Forbidden Man and Love in English), I’ve felt indifferent about some (The Pact), and I DNF’d one (Darkhouse), so I wasn’t sure where I would land with this one.⁣

To be completely honest, I don’t remember much about this book, but from the notes I took while reading it, I really liked it LOL!⁣

The book opens with the hero in a crappy marriage. His wife has just told him that she’s pregnant – something that was entirely unexpected because he had a vasectomy, however, he’s still excited. He’d gotten the procedure for her, even though he wasn’t sure about it. It turns out, though, that it isn’t his baby. (This isn’t a spoiler, it happens in the very beginning of the book.)⁣

Fast forward several years, he’s divorced and doing fine. You’d expect him to be this grumpy hero, but he’s actually the opposite. The heroine, who is several years younger than him has left a terrible relationship and is now a single mom. She moves in with her parents and gets a job at her father’s work as his partner’s assistant. The hero is her father’s partner. ⁣

I love, love, loved how protective of her she was without being overbearing and the fact that his nickname for her was “Dream Girl” is SO swoony. ⁣

Aside from being slightly forgettable, though, I didn’t understand her father’s character AT ALL. Her relationship with him and how he handles their relationship was just weird and inconsistent. Also, there is a trope that I was absolutely expecting in this and was SO disappointed when it happened. Ugh.⁣

Anyway, overall, I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I had to take away an extra star because of the ending. If you’re going to read Karina Halle, I’d still recommend The Forbidden Man or Love in English.


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Surprise baby, talk of past abuse/toxic relationship, pregnancy


Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Nah


Bookshelf Placement: Already there


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars

 

 

 

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

5-stars

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: Clap When You Land

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Format: Audiobook

GOODREADS


♡ YA Contemporary
♡ Written in verse
♡ Beautiful, highlight-able writing
♡ Amazing audiobook narration
♡ Emotional
♡ Strong family elements

Review

Ughhhhhh the WRITING in this book. So. Good.

I’m such a huge fan of contemporary poetry, so this book was everything I wanted.

It’s the story of these two sisters, one living in New York, the other living in the Dominican Republic, who only find out about each other when their father is killed in a plane crash.

There isn’t really a romance in this book at all, but there is a super sweet sapphic romance with one of the sisters.

Much like her other books, I need to read this both as an audiobook and physically. Elizabeth Acevedo narrates her own audiobooks and does such a great job. She’s duet narrating in this one with another narrator who also was really good. I need to read the physical book because there were so many beautiful lines that I need to highlight!

Also, at the end of the book, she includes an authors note talking about the actual plane crash that she based this novel on and how so many of the victims had such interesting stories, including those who were leading double lives with secret families.


Representation

Characters: Dominican, LGBTQIA+
Author: Dominican


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Death of a loved one, attempted sexual assault, plane crash


Audiobook Performance: 5 stars

5-stars


Butterfly Rating: 1 Star

1-star


Re-read Worthiness: Yes

For highlighting purposes.


Bookshelf Placement: Yes!

 

 

 

Free & KU Books I Downloaded in December

I am notorious for overloading my Kindle with free eBooks, so I decided to exploit that particular habit and share with you the books that piqued my interest in the month of December.

You can check out the corresponding video here:

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The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane

Available on KU

This is an age-gap romance in which the heroine is older than the hero.

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The Stopover (The Miles High Club #1) by TL Swan

Available on KU

I loved this one! The heroine gets upgraded to first class where she meets the hero. They have a one night stand and a year later she finds out he’s the owner of the new company she works at!

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The Takeover (The Miles High Club #2) by TL Swan

Available on KU

I also loved this book! The heroine is a widow and single mom of three trouble-making boys. She works at the company that the hero is attempting to take over. It’s an enemies-to-lovers romcom.

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That Second Chance (Getting Lucky Book #1) by Meghan Quinn

Available on KU

An adorable small town romance between a widow and a new-to-town teacher.

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Forbidden Planet (Rise of the Gladiator #1) by Cheree Alsop

Downloaded for free

This is a space opera bodyguard gladiator romance!

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The Sinners on Tour Boxed Set by Olivia Cunning

Downloaded on sale

A steamy rockstar romance series!

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Mounted by a Monster: Under Her Bed by Mina Shay

Downloaded for free

I mean, the title says it all. There is a monster under the heroines bed and the only way to “soothe” it is to… well, you know.

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The Prince and the Troll (Faraway collection) by Rainbow Rowell

Downloaded for free

A man befriends the “thing” that is living under a bridge!

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The Nine-Inch Difference by Cleo Peitsche

Downloaded for free

A menage between a woman who is looking to purchase an AI for “pleasure” and the owner of the company that she mistakes for an AI for sale!

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Filthy Marcellos: Lucian by Bethany-Kris

Downloaded for free

A motorcycle club romance that is potentially a star-crossed lovers situation.

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Hating the Boss by Kristen Granata

Downloaded for free

An enemies to lovers romcom / one night stand gone wrong.

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Seduction Games: (Game for Cookies Book 1) by Allyson Lindt

Downloaded for free

A menage where a gamer girls gets invited into her gamer friends relationship when she’s down on her luck.

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The Necklace: The Dusky Club, June 1962 by Linda S. Rice

Downloaded for free

A time-travel rockstar romance!

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Snow Queen (Haunted Ballet Book 1) by Ava Quintana

Downloaded for free

A romantic suspense where ballerinas from The Nutcracker are going missing.

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Vampire King (Adult Fairy Tale, Cinderella #1) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Downloaded for free

A Cinderella retelling, but make it vampires.

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Lies We Share: A Prologue by Ella Miles

Downloaded for free

A mysterious dark romance.

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Little Dove by KC Decker

Another mysterious dark romance – the heroine has a dark secret and she’s lusting after her bad boy neighbor.

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Hearts Reclaimed (Ardor Creek Book 1) by Ayla Asher

Downloaded for free

An enemies-to-lovers home renovation romance. The hero is a widower and the heroine’s fiance has cheated on her.

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HOOPS Holiday: A Holiday Collection by Kennedy Ryan

Downloaded for free

A holiday novella that takes place in the Hoops world between a sports reporter and a hall of fame basketball player.

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish #1) by Jessica Khoury

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: The Forbidden Wish

Author: Jessica Khoury

Series: The Forbidden Wish #1

Format: Physical Book & Audiobook

GOODREADS


♡ YA fantasy romance
♡ fairytale retelling
♡ irreverent hero
♡ badass heroine (& female side characters)
♡ longing
♡ female friendship

Review

OMG THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED! I’ll never forget hearing about this book from the author at a book convention – an Aladdin reimagining, except it is a romance between Aladdin and the female genie that he discovers in the lamp.

I’m so surprised that this book isn’t more popular! I love, love, love the genie’s backstory and the entire lore behind the genies. They are feared among Aladdin’s people and the genie is cursed because of her relationship with her first “master” that turned into an extremely close friendship. Her first master ended up dying for her and the entire story is from the genie’s point of view in second person because she is telling the story to her friend/first master.

The struggle that the genie goes through with loving humans was heartbreaking, because she’s only ever been burned by doing so, and then here comes Aladdin. I also liked that while she had magic and was pretty powerful, she wasn’t all-powerful and not your typical badass heroine.

Aladdin was also such a great hero. He was exactly like the Disney version, irreverent and charming.

I like how the Jafar and Jasmine characters were incorporated into the story as well. I really, really liked the princess, even though she’s not always on the same side as the antagonists.

If you like fairytale retellings, definitely give this one a try.


Representation

Characters: BIPOC


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
death of a friend, slavery, kidnapping


Audiobook Performance: 5 stars

5-stars


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: Already there!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars

 

 

 

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

4-stars

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Title: Serious Moonlight

Author: Jenn Bennett

Format: Physical Book

GOODREADS

Review

I’ve read two other books by Jenn Bennett previously and while I liked the others a lot more, I still enjoyed this one.

The heroine in this story is obsessed with true crime and Sherlock Holmes, so I appreciated how she assessed nearly every character she came across by giving them a suspect profile. I thought that was a really cool way to expand on characters without being info-dumpy. The heroine randomly hooks up with this guy that she meets at a cafe, but freaks out and ends up leaving him before they can talk afterward. She thinks she’s never going to see him again, until she gets a job during the late night shift at this sketchy hotel and he happens to work there, too. Meanwhile, he’s been searching for her and even put an ad in the missed-connections personals looking for her.

I had fun reading about their reluctant relationship and I learned a bit about narcolepsy that I didn’t know before, but ultimately I found a good portion of this book a little boring. My mind kept wandering and when I tuned back in, I didn’t really miss too much. I can’t really put my finger on why because the characters were interesting and had great chemistry, but I just wasn’t that invested in the story.

Overall, this is my least favorite Jenn Bennett, but I still plan on reading the rest of her backlist because I really liked her other two novels that I’ve read (Alex, Approximately and Starry Eyes)


Representation

Characters: BIPOC hero


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Medical issues, death of a loved one


Audiobook Performance: 5 stars

5-stars


Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Nah


Bookshelf Placement: Already there!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars

 

 

 

20 Favorite Standalone Romance Novels of 2020

The entire month of January will be dedicated to my favorite books of 2020!

Today I’m sharing my favorite (mostly) standalone romance novels along with a few that are in series, but I either didn’t read the whole series or I didn’t consider the entire series a favorite.

There will be a separate list of my favorite series of 2020 because I’m the worst at narrowing down lists.

Of you’d like to watch this video, you can check it out here:

Heartbreak Warfare

Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M Orgeron & Kate Stewart

Super emotional military romance with one of the best love triangles I’ve ever read!

Transcendence (Transcendence, #1)

Transcendence by Shay Savage

An adorable caveman romance!

The Forbidden Man

The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle

Age gap forbidden sports romance where the heroine is older than the hero. I love love love how the hero worships the ground the heroine walks on!

Sea of Ruin

Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin

The dark pirate romance I didn’t know I needed in my life!

Hands Down

Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

MZ always makes it to my year-end favorites list, and this year was no different. This is the slowest burn friends-to-lovers yet!

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn, #1)

Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

One of the few billionaire romances I love because the hero is pining after the heroine and she has no idea.

Fall Back Skyward (Fall Back, #1)

Fall Back Skyward by Autumn Grey

An emotional second-chance romance with an epic love (and a deaf hero that I adore!)

Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1)

Wolfsong (Green Creek #1) by TJ Klune

This is super popular for a reason! This m/m shifter romance was so swoony and sweet..

Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered, #2)

Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2) by Tessa Bailey

I adore how obsessed the hero is with his wife in this marriage in distress romance!

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1)

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Ian is one of my favorite historical romance heroes. He’s on the spectrum and the heroine is a widow.

Radiance (Wraith Kings, #1)

Radiance (Wraith Kings #1) by Grace Draven

Quite possibly the best friends-to-lovers romance I’ve ever read between two beings who aren’t attracted to one another, but become very good friends.

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1)

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid

I loveeee the pining in this small town romance and the hero is such a great bearded southern gentleman.

Smitten

Smitten by Lauren Rowe

SUCH A SWEET low-angst contemporary romance between two musicians.

Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love, #1)

Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love #1) by Anyta Sunday

This was such a fun new adult romance that took me by surprise!

Credence

Credence by Penelope Douglas

I didn’t think I’d love this super taboo romance as much as I did.

Behind the Bars (Music Street, #1)

Behind the Bars (Music Street #1) by Brittainy C Cherry

My favorite BCC of all that follows a couple’s super emotional journey from high school to adulthood.

The Doctor (Nashville Neighborhood, #1)

The Doctor by Nikki Sloane

This is the perfect blend of Your Dad Will Do and Birthday Girl.

Xeni (Loose Ends #2)

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

My favorite Rebekah Weatherspoon so far with a steamy marriage of convenience.

The Rakess (Society of Sirens, #1)

The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham

The perfect feminist historical romance for those who don’t like historical romances.

Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling

Love in the Wild by Emma Castle

THE TARZAN RETELLING OF MY DREAMS!

Breaking Gravity (Fall Back #2) by Autumn Grey

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Breaking Gravity
Author: Fall Back #2
Series: Autumn Grey
Format: Physical book purchased from the author

GOODREADS

Review

We all know. I love Autumn Grey and that hasn’t changed with this book. While I don’t know that another book can quite live up to Fall Back Skyward, I still really liked this book.

It’s an age-gap, student/professor relationship between the sister of the heroine from Fall Back Skyward and this famous cellist who can no longer play due to a serious injury to his shoulder. Instead, he is subbing for the heroine’s teacher who she also happened to be a Teacher’s Assistant for. So… a lot of forced proximity.

The only downside to this book was that I was getting so much anxiety over how risky these two characters were being – especially when the stakes were so high! She could get kicked out and he could lose his job, but there is just something about how Autumn writes her heroes that gets me every time.

She writes forbidden romances SO well. The things he would say to the heroine had me swooning all over the place. I literally gasped and clutched my chest several times while reading. It helps that I’m such a big fan of non-rockstar musicians in romance novels.

Also, getting to see peeks of the characters from Fall Back Skyward was so nice. This story overlaps with that one, so it was very interesting seeing what happens in that novel from this heroine’s perspective. It definitely made me want to do a reread of FBS!


Representation

Author: BIPOC


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Talk of past abuse, death of a loved one, age gap romance, teacher/student relationship, car accident, serious illness (side character), talk of self harm (side character)


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Maybe


Bookshelf Placement: Already there!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars

 

 

 

Reading My Dad’s Favorite Romances of 2020

Once upon a time, I came home from work when my youngest was still a baby, and I saw my dad sitting in my reading chair, my daughter asleep on his chest, reading one of the romance novels he found on my bookshelf.

I was shook.

In the many years I’ve been on this planet and despite most of the people in his family being avid readers, I’d never seen him read anything more than a car magazine.

But here he was, halfway through one of my contemporary romance novels, so entralled that he didn’t even notice I had come home.

And that is when it all began.

Since then my dad has binged every single Mariana Zapata books he could get his hands on, he bought grocery store cowboy romances, and eventually I gave him my old Kindle and he’s discovered so many authors via Kindle Unlimited.

His most recent favorite author is Meghan Quinn.

Periodically, I get adorable text messages from him when he’s finished a book that he particularly loved, telling me that I need to read it.

I’ve been keeping a list of these recs and last month I asked him to narrow down his favorites. He did and I decided to film a reading vlog where I read them.

Here’s the vlog:

In case you don’t feel like watching (it’s a long one as most of my vlogs are, I get it), here are the books that I read:

That Second Chance (Getting lucky #1) by Meghan Quinn

This is an adorable small town romance and the beginning of a series that follows brothers who have a supposed curse on their love lives put on them. This story follows the oldest brother who lost his wife. He’s immersed himself in getting involved in town activities to keep busy and distracted. During a shift as a volunteer firefighter, he’s called to the scene of a single-car accident in which the new-in-town heroine has driven off the road into a tree to avoid a moose. Thus begins their romance.

My rating: 5 stars (this was my favorite read of the vlog!)

The Setup by Meghan Quinn

Another fun romcom, but this time it is a new adult college sports romance and it has one of my favorite things in a sports romance – a female athlete! The heroine plays soccer for the same college where the hero plays baseball, though they don’t run in the same circles. The two are reluctantly set up by their parents, but it turns out there may just be some chemistry after all!

My rating: 5 stars

See Me After Class by Meghan Quinn

This is an enemies-to-lovers workplace romcom between two teachers with totally different teaching styles. The hero is the head of the English department and much more buttoned up than the heroine – who is a recent hire and teaches out of the box. The two immediately clash because of these differing POVs and thus ensues a series of ridiculous, hilarious pranks implemented by the heroine and her new friends at the school.

My rating: 5 stars

My Big Fat Fake Wedding by Lauren Landish

This is another romcom, but this time with a marriage of convenience between a woman who wants her dying grandfather to walk her down the aisle and a man in the public eye who needs to save face. This is also a childhood freniemies-to-lovers romance!

My rating: 4 stars

All in all this was an extremely successful reading vlog! I really liked the books he recommended! I got a little burned out on Meghan Quinn after the third book, but I still really liked them all.

Ever After Always(Bergman Brothers #3) by Chloe Liese *New Favorite*

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Ever After Always
Author: Chloe Liese
Series: (Bergman Brothers #3)
Format: eBook provided in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley
Release Date: January 12, 2021

GOODREADS

Review

I’ve been dreading writing this review because I don’t think I can properly put into words how much I loved this book. And for different reasons than the other books in this series.

If you loved The Bromance Book Club because of the marriage in distress aspect, this is for you. If you love a big, loud, sometimes obnoxious, but mostly loveable family, this is for you. If you want to be schooled on long term relationships – even if you feel like yours is just fine – this is for you. If you suffer from anxiety and you want to be seen, this is for you. If you want to swoon like crazy, this is for you. This was so perfect for me.

I can’t even tell you how many pages I highlighted in this book because I felt like it had so much to say about marriage. Things that I never even considered that completely changed my way of thinking – especially when a relationship feels off-balance because one person suffers from an illness (mental or physical).

Yes, there is miscommunication and yes it is so frustrating, but as someone who suffers from anxiety and has lost friends because I was considered “flakey” for changing plans last minute or having to leave abruptly or coming off as rude because I was spiraling into a panic attack… the miscommunication made perfect sense to me.

I love what Chloe Liese is doing with her novels. I love that she is placing a spotlight on things that otherwise get overlooked. I think her bio describes it perfectly, “Chloe writes inclusive romance because she believes everyone deserves a love story. Portraying underrepresented experiences, her romances embrace humor, heart, and heat, with a dash of nerdiness for good measure.”

I think, particularly when we talk about diversity in books, we can’t forget about disabled voices in that conversation.


Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Definitely!

Once the audiobook comes out, I’m binging this series again.


Bookshelf Placement: NEED


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars

 

 

 

December 2020 Wrap Up

Check out my December Wrap Up video here or keep reading!

Total Books Read: 38
Currently Reading: 1
Rereads: 0
Buddy reads: 0
Readathons: 1 – Smutathon
ARCs: 1

STAR RATING BREAKDOWN

1 Stars: 0
2 Stars: 1
3 Stars: 4
4 Stars: 10
5 Stars: 15
All-Time Favorites: 8

GENRE BREAKDOWN

NA: 5
Adult: 32
YA: 3
Contemporary: 28
Paranormal: 1
Historical: 2
Sci-fi: 3
Fantasy: 3
Nonfiction: 1
Non-romance: 2
Graphic novel/Manga: 0

FORMAT

Audio: 22
Ebook: 14
Physical: 1

REPRESENTATION

Books with Diverse Characters and/or Authors: 12

BOOKS READ FROM LEAST FAVORITE TO FAVORITE

2 Stars
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#38 Kissing the Coronavirus by MJ Edwards – a ridiculous 16 page novella in which a scientist hooks up with, you guessed it, the Coronavirus. Yes, he is green.

3 Stars


#37 The Naughty List by Ellie Mae Macgregor
– a super short Christmas novella in which the heroine hooks up with bearded lumberjack buff Santa.
#36 Tempting Dusty by Helen Hardt – a childhood friends-to-lovers cowboy romance with bull riding.
#35 The Black Fox (The Dirty Heroes Collection #1) by Brianna Hale – a super taboo Zorro retelling (stepfather/stepdaughter romance)
#34 Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle – Age gap, father’s work friend romance.

4 Stars

#33 Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett – YA Contemporary second chance romance with a Sherlock Holmes fan heroine who is trying to solve a mystery with her coworker/hero.
#32 Fans Only by B. Love – friends-to-lovers steamy novella where two friends decide to start a Fans Only account.
#31 Teach Me (There’s Something About Marysburg #1) by Olivia Dade – workplace grumpy/sunshine single dad romance between two teachers.
#30 Gifting Me to His Best Friend (A Touch of Taboo #2) by Katee Robert – holiday menage novella where a couple invites the husband’s best friend into their relationship.
#29 Within These Walls (Walls #1) by JL Berg – emotional novella where the heroine has been in and out of the hospital with a heart condition and the grieving bad boy hero works at the hospital.
#28 Treasure of the Abyss (The Kraken #1) by Tiffany Roberts – alien romance with tentacles.
#27 Same Time Next Year by Jenna Bennett – super short novella about a couple who meets in the same connecting hotel rooms on the same day every year.
#26 My Big Fat Fake Wedding by Lauren Landish – childhood frienemies to lovers marriage of convenience romcom.
#25 Breaking Gravity (Fall Back #2) by Autumn Grey – forbidden professor/student relationship where both are talented cellists.
#24 Slammer by Tabatha Vargo – non-romance novella about a prison nurse who falls for a dangerous prisoner.

5 Stars

#23 Barbarian’s Touch (Ice Planet Barbarians #7) by Ruby Dixon – beloved blue alien romance
#22 Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – YA contemporary written in verse about two girls who find out they have the same father after he dies
#21 The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – Aladdin retelling where the genie is female and the romance is between her and Aladdin
#20 Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan – Short emotional holiday novella with between a sports reporter and a retired basketball player with an adorable meetcute
#19 Three Women by Lisa Taddeo – nonfiction following three different women: one who had a relationship with her teacher in high school, one who is cheating on her husband, and one is a swinger
#18 Xeni (Loose Ends #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon – marriage of convenience for an inheritance
#17 His Beauty by Jack Harbon – brutal taboo Beauty and the Beast retelling where the Beast stays a beast and never turns human
#16 The Takeover (The Miles High Club #2) by TL Swan – romcom romance between a single mom widow heroine who owns a drowning communications company and the owner of a large communications company who wants to take it over
#15 The Stopover (The Miles High #1) by TL Swan – romcom about a woman gets upgraded to first class and has a one night stand with the hero who sits next to her, then a year later is hired at his company
#14 See Me After Class by Meghan Quinn – romcom between a outside-the-box teacher and a by-the-rules teacher
#13 The Setup by Meghan Quinn – new adult college sports romance where the hero and heroine are reluctantly set up by their parents
#12 That Second Chance (Getting lucky #1) by Meghan Quinn – small town romcom between a new-to-town woman and volunteer fire fighter with a love curse
#11 The Redemption (Filthy Rich Americans #4) by Nikki Sloane – addictive, super taboo, steamy romance with a bunch of rich people being ridiculous, but, like, still really good
#10 The Deception (Filthy Rich Americans #3) by Nikki Sloane – “”
#9 The Obsession (Filthy Rich Americans #2) by Nikki Sloane – “”

All-Time Fav

#8 Husky by Jessa Kane – short, steamy novella with a romance between a woman who recruits a husky bartender to model her clothes
#7 King Sized by Jessa Kane – short, steamy novella with a forbidden romance between a husky, submissive bodyguard and new queen
#6 The Rakess (Society of Sirens #1) by Scarlett Peckham – feminist historical romance between a woman who has made the best of being “ruined” and a widower single dad

Top 5

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