Free eBooks, Kindle Unlimited, & Birthday eBook Haul – June 2020

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Impossible
Free
In this hate-to-love contemporary, a woman saves a man’s life at the risk of her own and she holds a grudge against him because of it.
Made For You
KU
This is a sapphic friends-to-lovers romance between Aubrey, one of Atlant’s wealthiest Black women as the president and CEO of the Atlanta Redbirds, and London who dreams of starting her own clothing company.
Fading (The Fading Series Book 1)
Free
This is a small town YA contemporary romance about a girl who recently lost her father and her only solace are these recurring dreams she has about this boy she never met until one day a new boy arrives in town – the boy she’s been dreaming about.
Protecting the Heiress (The Heiress Duet #1)
Free
This is a contemporary romance between a man who is going under cover as a Manny and the baby’s mother.
Remembering a Witch
Free
This is a fated-mates type of story between Fenella and Graham who are both reincarnations of a centuries-old match.
Rush (Palm South University, #1)
KU
This is a New Adult College romance with a lot of angst, steam, and drama. I believe Jessica is doing a readalong for this entire series next month. I’ll put the information down below if that’s true.
Big Gray: A Romantic Comedy (In The Dark Series Book 1)
Free
This is a new adult college sports romance. Grayson has acquired the label “player” and now he is desperate to clean up his act and find a girlfriend. He decides to start a secret group called Parties Anonymous which is a party that is held in a pitch dark room so him and his friends can meet people without them knowing who they are.
Darkest Hour (My Darker Side Series Book 1)
Free
This is a forbidden bodyguard romance between the president of the US’s daughter and her bodyguard.
Broken Magic (The Sanctuary Chronicles, #1)
KU
This is a paranormal forbidden enemies-to-lovers romance between a witch and werewolf. Valeria is a witch who has had a strict upbringing and suddenly loses control of her magic and kills a bunch of people. Asher is seeking revenge on Valeria and her family when he discovers a secret about her.
The Call (Building the Circle, #1)
This is a paranormal romantic comedy about a family who has psychic and empathic abilities. There is disability rep in this book, the main character is disabled. She’s a self-imployed strategist. The hero is described as a foul-mouthed Prince Charming. They meet when Matilda, the heroine, shows up late for a sales meeting with Jake, the hero, dripping wet and partially frozen.
The Two Week Arrangement (Penthouse Affair, #1)
Free
This is an adult contemporary hate-to-lover workplace romance between an intern (the heroine) and the CeO of the company (the hero) who is a single dad of twin toddlers.
Playing to Win (Gridiron, #1)
Free
This is a contemporary new adult college sports romance between Blake – who is projected to be a 1st round draft pick – and an all around good guy and Kately who is a chem geek.
Lost Girl (The Neverwood Chronicles, #1)
Free
This is a Peter Pan reimagining.
Will You Be Mine? (Falling Like A Johnson #2)
KU
This is an adult contemporary friends-to-lovers romance that sounds like there is all kinds of pining because the hero, JT, has been in love with his best friend forever, however she has no idea. There is also fake dating – she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for a friend’s wedding. I beleive JEss from PeaceLoveBooks rec’d this in her recent Fake Dating Rec video.
Resolutions
KU
This is another contemporary friends-to-lovers romcom, but this time the heroine is the one who has been in love with her bearded best friend. Apparently the hero, Mike, has a girlfriend, but the description says there is no cheating.
Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1)
KU
This is an m/m contemporary romance between Jordan – who loves to read steamy supernatural romance novels and the new employee at his favorite bookstore, Rex, who makes fun of the books he reads. Little does Jordan know that Rex has a club called The Meet Cute Club that he invites Jordan to.
Stay Gold
Gifted from Misty at Mistysbookspace
This is a coming-of-age YA romance between a transgender boy and a cisgender girl.
Beast Master, Vol. 1 (Beast Master, #1)
Purchased
This is a romance manga that takes place in high school. Leo is the outcast because he “looks like a crazy animal with wild eyes” who has a special connection to animals. This intrigues the heroine instead of scaring her away.
Boys Over Flowers: Hana Yori Dango, Vol. 1 (Boys Over Flowers, #1)
Purchased
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I’m kes place in high school. In this one, the heroine is accepted to a prestigious Academy. It sounds like this is an enemies-to-lovers because her friend falls on the leader of this group of rich kids at her school and he refuses to forgive her. He then “tags” her to be bullied by the school, but she stands up to them.
Real Kind of Love (Books & Brews, #1)
Free
This is a adult contemporary romance with fake dating between an audiobook narrator and an ownder of a brewpub.
Crime Lord's Captive (Crime Lord, #1)
Free
This is a dark mafia romance about a woman who has run away from the ruthless man who rules the criminal underworld until he finds her again.
Ivan (Her Russian Protector, #1)
Free
This is an adult contemporary romance between Erin and the man she is hoping can help her find her missing sister.
Queen Move
Gifted from Lacey at Laceybooklovers
This is a contemporary romance between a woman and a man who come from families who used to be very close until something tore them apart. They grew up together and he used to be awkward in adolesence, but is now the complete opposite
Toxic Desire (Planet of Desire #1)
Gifted from Averie at AverieLovesBooks
This is an alien romance between a golden skinned alien who destroyed the heroine’s ship. She should hate him, but everything on his skin is an aphrodisiac.
Wrecking Ball (Hard to Love, #1)
Free
This is an adult contemporary sports romance between a woman who has lost everything and a jerky pro quarterback.
Sexy: Day and night I dream only of you. (Soulmates - Sexiness and Secrets Book 1)
Free
This is a contemporary romance between neighbors. A sexy italian guy moves into the apartment down the hall from our heroine. He’s described as “quiet, reserved, and disciplined with a thunderous passion.”
Taken by Lies (Truth or Lies #1)
Free
This is a dark romance about a woman who has been kidnapped by a man who she trusted and sold as if she were property.
Damaged Goods (Ravenswood, #1.5)
Free
This is a small town contemporary second-chance romance between a woman who is in an awful marriage and her kind high school sweetheart.
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America
Free
This is an anthology of stories about being young in Black Americ with authors such as Ibi Zoboi, Dhonielle Clayton, Nic Stone, Renee Watson, and more.
The Problem with Pugs (Love & Pets, #1)
KU
This is a romcom between a woman whose pug “attacks” the hero and she ends up having to pay his medical bills.
Interviewing For Her Lover (Six Nights Of Sin, #1)
Free
This is a dark, taboo romance that takes place around a BDSM club.
Dark Romance Collection
KU
This is a collection of Dark Romance short stories with authors such as CD Reiss, Skye Warren and Laurelin Paige.
Praying for Rain (The Rain Trilogy, #1)
Free
This is a romance that happens right before an apocalypse takes place.

Free eBooks & Kindle Unlimited Haul from May

This will likely be a monthly staple around here because I’ve been going a bit crazy download free and KU eBooks lately!

If you’d rather watch me talk about these books, you can check out my video here:

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Powertools by Jayne Rylon

Downloaded for free
I read this book and talked about it in my Contemporaryathon vlog as well as my May Wrap Up, so I’m not going to talk to much about it. It’s a reverse harem romance involving construction workers. And I loved it.
My Review | Buy Now

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Further to Fall by Catherine Cowles

Downloaded for free
This is an adult second chance contemporary romance between a teacher and an MMA fighter.
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The Edge Series by CD Reiss

Available on KU
I read the prequel and the first two books in this series so far and they were my favorite reads of May. It’s an intense military romance between a surgeon and a psychiatrist who meet in the middle of a warzone
My Review | Buy Now

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Heartache in Heels by Cate Lawley

Downloaded for free, currently on sale
This sounds like a magical realism story about a woman who has been hit with magic that is supposed to introduce her to her soulmate and instead she meets Brad who just happens to be invisible.
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*Mixed Signals by Mia Heintzelman

Available on KU
This is a romance between a corporate banker who gets stuck in traffic beside the man of her dreams in the truck next to hers. She then runs into him again at the gym, but he says something that pisses her off and she goes from crushing on him to hating him.
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Tajeal by Alisa Woods

Downloaded for free, available on Audible Escape
I saw that this was a paranormal romance with angels and I immediately downloaded this one. This is about Tajael who is an angel of light who has been assigned to be a guardian of Charlotte who is a physicist. We are all here for Women in STEM. GIVE ME ALL THE GUARDIAN ANGEL BOOKS!
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Chasing Echoes by Jodi Perkins

Available on KU
This is a YA Paranormal romance about a girl and her sisters who all have magical powers. Topaz is the main character and her ability is making this fall. That’s it. She thinks it’s completely useless, until she uses her powers one night after Stryder, a senior, plays a prank on New Years Eve and all hell breaks loose. Apparently Stryder ends up getting a curse put on him and he enlists the help of Topaz.
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Mind Reader by Kirsty McManus

Available on KU
I read and really liked this one. I talk about it in my wrap up and Contemporaryathon vlog. It’s a novella about a guy who can predict people’s soulmates and when they’ll meet and a woman who works in STEM cell research who thinks he’s full of it.
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The Mesmerist by Pam McCitcheon

Downloaded for free, currently on sale
This is a time travel romance between a woman who is leaving her cheating Fiance and a ghost! I’m here for the ghost romance.

The main character, Gina, is a dog trainer and the love interest is Drake, a man from the past who is trying to figure out how he died. He enlists the help of Gina, who, in the process of trying to figure out how he died, gets thrust back in time to the year he dies and has to try to prevent it from happening.
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Just Roommates by Charity Ferrell
Downloaded for free
This sounds like a new adult romance between an underage girl who keeps sneaking into a bar, and the man that keeps kicking her out. Then, once she turns 21, they become friends. Something happens and she ends up having to move into his guest bedroom.
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Bitter Heat by Mia Knight

Downloaded for free
This is a dark romance about a girl named Jasmine who gets stranded in a cabin with her exhusband who she hasn’t seen in 5 years. It sounds creepy!
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Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen

Downloaded for free
This is a small town, friends-to-lovers, romcom that revolves around a bakery.
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Heart of Eve by Pam Godwin
Downloaded for free
This is a novella that is part of the Trilogy of Eve. It almost sounds like this is post-apocalyptic and the main character is a priest who is the lone survivor along with a woman.
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Knotted by Pam Godwin
Downloaded for free
Can we take a moment to stare in awe at the cover of this? This is a dark, second-chance, cowboy romance! Whaaa?!
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King of Libertines by Pam Godwin

Downloaded for free
This is a novella meant to “prepare” you for Pam Godwin’s Sea of Ruin, which is a dark, historical, pirate romance!
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One is a Promise by Pam Godwin

Downloaded for free
A line in the synopsis says, “I love two men, but I can only have one.” Those of us who love love triangles – this is for you!
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*Desolate by Autumn Grey

Downloaded for free
I loved this book. It’s about a boy who, after he loses both of his parents, wants to become a priest like his uncle that took him in. However, he has always been drawn to a girl in town. When they are older, they become friends and suddenly he’s torn between giving his life to God or spending his life with her.
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*Wanderlust by Skye Warren

Downloaded for free
This is a dark contemporary romance about a woman who is kidnapped by a truck driver and he takes her on his rig all over the world. Apparently it is their romance!
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Loving Jake by Lisa Lanay

This is a brother’s best friend/second chance contemporary romance.
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The Chase by Elle Kennedy
Downloaded for free
This is a popular contemporary new adult sports romance between a preppy girl and a nerdy/sporty guy.
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Love Potions by Michelle M. Pillow

Downloaded for free
This is a witchy paranormal romance about a love potion gone wrong.
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Going Down by Jayne Rylon

Downloaded for free
I love the name of this because it’s a romance about divers! This is the author of Powertools which was a super steamy reverse harem, so I’m guessing this one is going to be pretty steamy, too!
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Through My Window by Jayne Rylon

This sounds like it’s a voyeur situation!
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Seduced by 2 by Kat Crimson

This is a bi MMF romance. Very likely going to be super steamy!
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Inked Hearts by Lindsay Detwiler

Downloaded for free
This is a contemporary romance about a girl who is running away from “the sting of betrayal” to a beach town where she meets a tattoo shop owner. Sounds beachy! Perfect for this time of year!
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Aries by Gemma James

So, apparently, this is about a virgin queen who must spend a month with 12 different men to decide who she will end up marrying.
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More Than Want You by Shayla Black

“I hired her to distract my enemy, now I’m determined to have her for my own.”
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Edge of Glory by Megan Vernon

This is a small town sports romcom that has to do with an olympic swimmer.
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April Audiobook Haul

In light of my recent eBook haul, I thought it would be fun to share all the audiobooks I hauled last month.

Thankfully, Audible Escape lets you view your borrow history now, which makes this even easier!

I subscribe to a bunch of audiobook services, so I’ve broken up this list by each service.

If you’d like to watch the video version of this post, head over to my BookTube channel:

 

Audible Credits

I used my precious monthly credit on House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas. This is SJM’s first adult book. It’s an urban high fantasy with all sorts of magical creatures including angels, fae, demons, shifters, and sprites. I read the first half of the physical book and listened to the rest on audio to give my hands a break from the weight of that hefty book.

Goodreads

 

I purchased a couple of extra credits and ended up using one of them on The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez. This is the second book in The Friend Zone series. I adored The Friend Zone even though some think the ending is problematic. In fact, I liked it more than this one, just a bit. It’s about a grieving woman who finds the hero’s lost dog and takes care of him while he is on vacation. If you like dogs, you’ll like this series.

Goodreads

 

The other credit I used to get the second book in the Hard Hitters series by Nalini Singh – Rebel Hard. Unfortunately, I DNF’d this one. I just wasn’t feeling it, but I might try it again. This is a contemporary romance with an arranged marriage trope.

Goodreads

 

Audible Escape Borrows

 

Inappropriate by Vi Keeland
I liked this one more than I expected! I gave it 4 stars. It’s about a girl who gets fired for having inappropriate content on her private social media and ends up calling her boss’s boss in a drunken rage. It’s their romance and it was really good!

Goodreads

 

Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren
This is a super short gritty stripper romance novella that I read for Smutathon. It was ok. I gave it 3 stars.

Goodreads

 

Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers # ) by Sarina Bowen
This is a contemporary hockey romance series that I’ve been reading and enjoying! I gave this book   stars.

Goodreads

 

Assigned a Mate by Grace Goodwin
This is a slightly ridiculous alien mail order bride super short, smutty book I read during Spring Break. It was OK for what it is and I gave it 3 stars.

Goodreads

 

Fighting for Everything by Laura Kaye
This is an emotional friends-to-lovers military romance where the hero is dealing with some serious PTSD. I enjoyed everything in this book except the romance and considering this is a romance, I only gave it 3 stars.

Goodreads

 

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
This is a friends-to-lovers new adult sports romance with disability rep. Our heroine is recently wheelchair-bound after a hockey incident. I loved seeing her journey, but the romance wasn’t believable – I would’ve preferred the two just stay friends and I didn’t agree with the hero’s choices. 3 stars.

Goodreads

 

 

Menace by JM Darhower
This is a dark scarred hero mafia romance that just had a weird tone to it that threw me off. I also didn’t really care too much about the characters or the story in general and ended up giving it 3 stars.

Goodreads

 

Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers # 2) by Sarina Bowen
This is another book in the Brooklyn Bruisers contemporary hockey romance series that I’ve been enjoying.

Goodreads

 

Jock Row by Sarah Ney
I DNF’d this one because the heroine was so annoying. It’s about a girl who is kicked out of a frat party for being … annoying … she refuses to leave because her friends are there (even though her friends didn’t care about her), so the hero is charged with guarding her from coming in the house and somehow ends up falling for her even though she’s the worst. I think she was supposed to be funny, but she wasn’t. It would appear this author is not for me because I didn’t like How to Date a Douchebag either.

Goodreads

 

I Dare You by Ilsa Madden
This was OK. It fell a little flat for me despite having a cute premise. It’s new adult unknown number sports romance and the two of them dare each other to do things. 3 stars.

Goodreads

 

The entire Pucked series by Helena Hunting
This was a reread for me – I love this series! I fell even more in love with Book 6 than I did the first time I read it!

Goodreads

 

January by Audrey Carlan
This was a short read for Smutathon and it was dumb. We have our stereotypical “I’m not like other girls” heroine that made me roll my eyes more often than not. The hero wasn’t well developed either. 2 stars.

Goodreads

 

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen
NEW FAVORITE! I adore this book so freaking much! 5 million stars! It’s about the quirky owner of the hockey team who also happened to build a tech company from the ground up and the girl he has cared about for years – his assistant who has no idea.

Goodreads

 

Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh
This has one of my favorite heroes and a super fun second meet cute. It’s about a girl who gets publicly dumped at a party in college and the younger guy who has liked her since then.

Goodreads

 

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
I read this book during Spring Break and really enjoyed it. It had all the elements I like in a YA. It’s a friends to lovers to enemies to lovers, forced togetherness romance that takes place in the wilderness for the majority of the book.

Goodreads

 

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
This was a really good forbidden romance between a teacher and her student’s father with a great meet cute.

Goodreads

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
I love this author’s To All the Boys series and I was hoping I’d like this one just as much, but I ended up DNFing this one.

Goodreads

 

Art & Soul by Brittainy C Cherry
BCC has yet to let me down so far. This is a sweet romance between a musician and an pregnant artist in high school who have to work together on a school project.

Goodreads

 

Try by Ella Frank
I did not like this one at all. The main character was pushy and made me super uncomfortable. I ended up DNFing this one.

Goodreads

 

The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
This was a rec from a subscriber and I absolutely loved it. It’s about a tattoo artist with a troubled past who has dreams of publishing a graphic novel and ends up moving in with a guy she just met in a one bedroom apartment. This is so swoony and the hero is amazing.

Goodreads

 

Fire in His Blood by Ruby Dixon
This is the author of the Ice Planet Barbarians series that I really enjoyed. This book is a post-apocolypic dragon shifter romance. This was just ok for me. I gave it 3 stars.

Goodreads

 

Audible Sale Purchases

Audible had a $5 sale and I picked up a couple of exciting books!

Wolfsong by TJ Klune
This was my favorite read of April. I absolutely adored this book because of the epic romance and the all around fantastic story. It’s a slowburn M/M shifter romance.

Goodreads

 

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
I bought this blindly simply because of the author, but since then I found out that a lot of people really enjoy this book. I believe it is a fantasy romance with fae.

Goodreads

 

 

Libro.FM Credits

This is my new favorite audiobook service because all purchases benefit independent bookstores! They have a great selection. It works just like Audible. You can get your first month free with my link!

Docile by KM Szpara
This seems to be a pretty polarizing read and the premise sounds interesting to me. It’s takes place in a world where family debt can be erased in exchanged for slavery for the rest of your life. If you choose to do that, you get injected with a drug called Docile which makes you complient. This is the story of a man who decides to do this without the drug.

Goodreads

 

Sick Kids in Love by Hanna Moskowitz
This is a YA romance between two teens with chronic illnesses. I’m here for the chronic illness rep.

Goodreads

Kindle Unlimited & Free eBook Haul

A long time ago I used to include eBooks on my book hauls back when I posted them here on my blog. It’s been several months since I have, so I thought it’d be fun to show you what I downloaded on eBook in April.

These are all KU or books that I found for free. Since pricing and KU availability changes so frequently, I can’t promise that these will still be available a the price I got them, but there is a decent chance!

If you’d rather watch this haul, you can check out this video on my BookTube channel:

April eBook Haul

Summer Magic by TM Cromer
Free download
A small town witchy romance. First in the Thorn Witches series. A romance between a witch who is struggling with her powers and the local sheriff.
Amazon

 

Lakeshore Secrets by Shannyn Lear
Free download
An small town second chance romance about a girl who was forced to leave her town, her family, and the man she loved… and what happens when she returns.
Amazon

 

Taming Her Mountain Man by Cameron Hart
Kindle Unlimited
A romance between a curvy girl and an older mountain man.
Amazon

 

The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle
Kindle Unlimited
This is a standalone forbidden sports romance between an older woman and a soccer player.
Amazon

 

Theirs for the Night by Katee Robert
Free
A super steamy MMF romance between a girl, a prince, and his bodyguard. I read this one, you can read about my thoughts in my April Wrap Up.
Amazon

 

Deliver by Pam Godwin
Free
This is a dark, taboo romance between a woman who sells male slaves, but ends up falling in love with one of them.
Amazon

 

Third Son’s a Charm by Shana Galen
Free
This is a historical romance between a duke’s daughter and her bodyguard.
Amazon

 

Lost & Found by Nicole Williams
Free
This is a new adult romance about a girl who promises her mom that she will get herself together in exchange for her mother paying for art school. She has a lot of baggage and has made a lot of bad choices… until she meets Rowen, a cowboy who lives in her town.
Amazon

 

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken
Free
A romance between a girl with a dark past and the guy who tries to save her.
Amazon

 

Taken by Love by Shannyn Lear
Free download
An emotional small-town romance between a girl who fled her town, but has to return and a wealthy horse breeder.
Amazon

 

Insatiable by Melanie Harlow
Kindle Unlimited
This is a small town friends-to-lovers romance.
Amazon

 

Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton
Kindle Unlimited
A fantasy romance that has been said to have an epic romance as good as A Cour of Mist and Fury.
Amazon

 

Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins
Kindle Unlimited
This is a forbidden, age-gap romance between a college girl and a construction worker.
Amazon

 

Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts
Free
This is a dark mob romance about a man that is seeking revenge on the heroine’s father by kidnapping her.
Amazon

 

Black Sheep by Tabatha Vargo
Free
The hero in this one shows up at the heroine’s family’s door hungry and alone. He doesn’t think he is worthy of the heroine.
Amazon

 

Pucks & Penalties by Helena Hunting
Kindle Unlimited
Pucked series outtakes and deleted scenes.
Amazon

 

Spring Romance Anthology
Free
A cute spring romance collection with authors such as Skye Warren, Tessa Bailey, Devney Perry, and Kennedy Fox.
Amazon

 

Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Free
This is the first book in their Addicted series about a sex addict and an alcoholic.
Amazon

 

Petal Plucker by Iris Morland
Free
A second chance romcom about a heroine who is determined to lose her virginity at 26 years old.
Amazon

 

Amnesia by Canada Jackson
Free
A sci-fi romance that involves demons.
Amazon

 

Your Dad Will Do by Katee Robert
Free
This is a super steamy taboo romance about a girl who seeks revenge on her cheating fiance by sleeping with his dad. I loved this one. Read my review in my Wrap Up.
Amazon

 

Work in Progress by BJ Harvey
Free
This is a house flipping romcom.
Amazon

 

Saint by EM Snow
Kindle Unlimited
This is a high school bully romance that I was bullied into downloading by a friend of mine LOL!
Amazon

 

With a Twist by Staci Heart
Free
This is a second chance romance between a girl who is a competitive eater, underwater cave diver, and ballerina and her high school crush.
Amazon

 

The Secret Note by Lauren Rowe
Free
A little brother’s friend romance.
Amazon

 

The Prince by Skye Warren
Free
A romance between a girl and a boy she finds hiding out in the woods.
Amazon

 

A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane
Kindle Unlimited
A popular fantasy romance with dragons.
Amazon

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

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.

I have hauled far more than 10 books in the last few months, but we’ll narrow that list down a bit for the sake of Top 10 Tuesday.

10 Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf”

Book Haul | Book Outlet, BooksaMillion, Paperback Exchange + New Video

Hello, hello booklovers!

I’m back with another amazing book haul.

I feel like you can tell when I’m stressed out because I end up hauling a lot of books. I tend to go to bookstores as relaxation, and bargain shopping for books makes me super happy.

Anyway, here are a bunch of books that I hauled from Book Outlet, Books-a-Million, The Paperback Exchange, and, of course, hand-me-downs from my mom.

If you’d like to watch the video of me talking about why I picked up the books and explaining (horribly) the synopses of the books, you can check out the video here:

Otherwise, read on my friends!

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

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Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

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A Curse So Dark & Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

An instant New York Times Best Seller! In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled.

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Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann
Leigh Bardugo
Kendare Blake
A. G. Howard
Jay Kristoff
Marie Lu
Jonathan Maberry
Danielle Paige
Carrie Ryan
Megan Shepherd
Nova Ren Suma
McCormick Templeman
April Genevieve Tucholke
Cat Winters

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The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato

Teddi Alder is just trying to figure out her life.

When she joins SUMMERTEENS, a library writing group, she’s only looking to keep herself busy, not go digging around in her subconscious. But as she writes, disturbing memories of her childhood friend Corey bubble to the surface, and Teddi begins to question everything: her friendship with her BFF Willa, how much her mom really knows, and even her own memories. Teddi fears she’s losing her grip on reality—as evidenced by that mysterious ghost-girl who emerges from the park pool one night, the one who won’t leave Teddi alone. To top it all off, she finds herself juggling two guys with potential, a quirky new boy named Joy and her handsome barista crush Aidan, who has some issues of his own.

As the summer unfolds, Teddi is determined to get to the bottom of everything—her feelings, the mysterious ghost-girl, and the memories of Corey that refuse to be ignored.

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Accomplishments of a Duke’s Daughter by Suki Umemiya

The story of a young woman’s struggles after being reborn into one of her beloved romance otome games–as the antagonist!

Iris, an otome game addict with no time for romance, gets hit by a truck after getting out of work–but instead of dying, she finds herself in the world of a game she’d played just hours earlier. However, she’s not reborn as the game’s protagonist, the main heartthrob of the harem. Instead, she starts her new life as the antagonist, right at the moment she’s being sent to live in a nunnery–for the rest of her life!

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I Stop Somewhere by TE Carter

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

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The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay. Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House-but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper, Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts-at whatever cost.

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Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

The illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, where he meets all sorts of creatures with all sorts of perspectives on life, love, and happiness, while learning to feel a little better about himself—based on the enormously popular Twitter account.

Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, an alien sent to study Earth. Always feeling apart, even among his species, Jomny feels at home for the first time among the earthlings he meets. There is a bear tired of other creatures running in fear, an egg struggling to decide what to hatch into, a turtle hiding itself by learning camouflage, a puppy struggling to express its true feelings, and many more.

The characters are unique and inventive—bees think long and hard about what love means, birds try to eat the sun, nothingness questions its own existence, a ghost comes to terms with dying, and an introverted hedgehog slowly lets Jomny see its artistic insecurities. At the same time, Jomny’s curious presence allows these characters to open up to him in ways they were never able to before, revealing the power of somebody who is just there to listen.

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too is also the story behind the widely-shared and typo-filled @jonnysun twitter account. Since the beginning, Sun intentionally tweeted from an outsider’s perspective, creating a truly distinct voice. Now, that outsider has taken shape in the character of Jomny, who observes Earth with the same intelligent, empathetic, and charmingly naïve voice that won over his fans on social media. New fans will find it organic, and old fans will delight at seeing the clever words that made them fans in the first place.

Through this story of a lost, lonely and confused Alien finding friendship, acceptance, and love among the animals and plants of Earth, we will all learn how to be a little more human. And for all the earth-bound creatures here on this planet, we will all learn how sometimes, it takes an outsider to help us see ourselves for who we truly are.

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Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead. But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

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Slayers by C.J. Hill

Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world.

The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?

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Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

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The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.

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Love, Life, and The List by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

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The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .

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Megan Mead’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

When she was nine, Megan Meade met a group of terrible, mean, Popsicle-goo-covered boys, the sons of her father’s friend — the McGowan boys. Now, seven years later, Megan’s army doctor parents are shipping off to Korea and Megan is being sent to live with the little monsters, who are older now and quite different than she remembered them.
Living in a house with seven boys will give Megan, who has never even been kissed, the perfect opportunity to learn everything there is to know about boys. And she’ll send all her notes to her best friend, Tracy, in…

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

Observation #1: Being an army brat sucks. Except that this is definitely a better alternative to moving to Korea.
Observation #2: Forget evil, laughing, little monsters. These guys have been touched by the Abercrombie gods. They are a blur of toned, suntanned perfection.

Observation #3: I need a lock on my door. STAT.

Observation #4: Three words: six-pack abs.

Observation #5: Do not even get me started on the state of the bathroom. I’m thinking of calling in a hazmat team. Seriously.

Observation #6: These boys know how to make enemies. Big time.

Megan Meade will have to juggle a new school, a new family, a new crush — on the boy next door, as in next bedroom door — and a new life. Will she survive the McGowan boys?

Giant Book Haul: Book Outlet, Books-a-Million, Paperback Exchange, Thriftbooks

Lesson learned: don’t wait too long to do a book haul otherwise it will be enormous.

Clearly my mission to fill up my new bookshelves plus the discovery of a used bookstore near me has impacted my book-buying habits!

I filmed and posted my Book Haul video for Booktube a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been putting off taking photos of the books since then, however, I finally was able to take the photos, so I’m able to share with you all the glorious books I purchased over the past several weeks!

If you’d like to watch the video, you can do so here:

If you’d rather just scroll through and see the synopses for the books, keep on reading!

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Book Haul: Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, & Indie Bookstore + {NEW VIDEO}

I had the most therapeutic retail therapy last Friday as I made my way home from staying with my parents while my dad had his heart surgery. (Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers <3).

I ended up having a giant anxiety attack when I got home Friday night anyway, which wasn’t entirely surprising considering how anxious I was last week before the surgery, however, I did have a very nice time shopping that afternoon before everything kind of came crashing down on me all at once.

Sorry to be such a downer in the beginning of this post, let’s move on to brighter topics like ALL THE AMAZING BOOKS I GOT!

It’s been so long since I bought brand new books, it was such a treat! Yay for my mom letting me use her Barnes and Noble membership and me getting my own Books-a-Million membership (Dear BAM, please don’t go out of business.) Also Yay for me finding an AMAZING indie bookstore that has Drag Queen Story Time. I found more amazing books there than I did at the other stores.

If you want more in-depth info about these picks, feel free to watch my corresponding video:

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