Favorite Books with Unique Love Stories

When you read as many romance novels as I do, love stories tend to get a bit repetitive. So, it’s refreshing when I come across a story that has a particularly unique romance.

Don’t get me wrong, I love many of the common tropes, but it’s always nice to come across something just a little bit different.

Here are some of my favorite 5 star books with unique romances

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Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place #1) Kelsey Sutton

I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions… she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

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Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet

As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother, the powerful head of a Broadway theater company, has no time for her. She does have one friend-a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael-but only she can see him.

Years later, Jane is in her thirties and just as alone as ever. Then she meets Michael again-as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they’ve really been reunited.

SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S is a love story with an irresistible twist, a novel about the child inside all of us-and the boundary-crossing power of love.

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My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

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The Wish Collector by Mia Sheridan

New Orleans, a city of mystery and magic, of secrets and dreams, and a history drenched in both love and the deepest of heartache.

When ballet dancer Clara Campbell arrives in New Orleans, lonely and homesick, she is immediately captivated by the story of Windisle Plantation and the tragic tale that is said to have transpired beyond its gate. Legend has it that it is abandoned by all living souls, but to Clara’s great surprise, it is not a ghost she hears through the stone wall surrounding the property, but a flesh and blood man. A scarred stranger with a pain deeper and darker than the churning waters of the Mississippi river that flows beside his self-imposed prison.

The ruined man behind the wall hides himself from the world. The last thing he expects is to find a friend in the selfless girl who speaks to him through the cracks in the rock. The girl who keeps returning week after week. The girl who makes him wish for things he has long since given up on. The girl who strikes both fear and hope within his wounded heart. But there can be no future for them, no life beyond Windisle, for no one knows better than him that monsters only live in the dark.

The Wish Collector is the story of shame and triumph, of loneliness and love, and the miracle of two hearts connecting despite the strongest of barriers between them.

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Darkly, Madly Duet by Trisha Wolfe

Born, Darkly

He challenged her sanity.

She shattered his reality.

They dared each other…to the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she’s forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

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Duet: a performance by two.

But who is acting, and who is devolving?

A buried past is unearthed, and Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially set him free. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

In this moving story two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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My Favorite Creepy Romance Novels for Halloween

Happy Almost-Halloween, friends!

Even though I’m past the years of planning out elaborate costumes with my friends, Halloween is still a fun holiday for me. It’s filled with all of those memories, and now I get to see my little ones’ excitement.

As far as Halloween-inspired books, however, I have to say I’m lacking quite a bit in that area. I definitely want to try out more thrillers and horror novels, but it’s a little overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.

I do know a few novels that have pretty great romances that are also pretty creepy, so I thought I’d make a short list for you here.

Some of these books are meant to be creepy, others just have an eery vibe.

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Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place #1) by Kelsey Sutton

I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions… she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.

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A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone

When librarian Poe Markham takes the job at Thornchapel, she only wants two things: to stay away from Thornchapel’s tortured owner, Auden Guest, and to find out what happened to her mother twelve years ago. It should be easy enough—keep her head down while she works in the house’s crumbling private library and while she hunts down any information as to why this remote manor tucked into the fog-shrouded moors would be the last place her mother was seen alive. But Thornchapel has other plans for her…

As Poe begins uncovering the house’s secrets, both new and old, she’s also pulled into the seductive, elegant world of Auden and his friends—and drawn to Auden’s worst enemy, the beautiful and brooding St. Sebastian. And as Thornchapel slowly tightens its coil of truths and lies around them, Poe, Auden and St. Sebastian start unravelling into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Together, they awaken a fate that will either anoint them or leave them in ashes…
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From the author of the USA Today bestselling New Camelot series comes an original fairy tale full of ancient mysteries, lantern-lit rituals, jealousy, money, murder, sacred torment, and obsessions that last for lifetimes…

***A Lesson in Thorns is the first of four books in the Thornchapel series.***

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Never, Never series by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat… and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

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With Visions of Red
(With Visions of Red: Broken Bonds #1-3)
by Trisha Wolfe

Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first installment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG, Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

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Born, Darkly (Darkly, Madly Duet #1) by Trisha Wolfe

He challenged her sanity.

She shattered his reality.

They dared each other…to the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she’s forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

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Recent 5 Star Reads

I have been gone for far too long, my friends, but I’m back really quick with a new BookTube video!

Instead of trying to talk about all the books I’ve been reading while I’ve been gone, I decided to just talk about my favorites… and there are some great ones here.

For those who don’t feel like watching, I’ve listed my favorite reads from the past few months below. (If you’d like to hear my thoughts on these books, check out the video.)

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Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lauren Blakely

Look, she started it.

She issued me a challenge I couldn’t back down from. Make her purr like no man has done before.

Fine, she’s my business partner’s daughter. All right, I’m also working in the same damn practice with her. Yes, she happens to be my ex-fling. But that was seven years ago, and it was barely a week-long thing.

Except, Sloane is still the one I can’t stop thinking of — brilliant, sexy, captivating Sloane. Maybe a week of taking her to new heights will get her out of my head.

So what if we spend a few nights on the town too? So what if I romance her across Manhattan? It’s all in the name of scientific pursuit of more magnificent Os.

Until the rules change…

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Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?

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Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Love is a circus

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future—acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

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Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Kat Tanner (aka Kathleen Tyson. . . and yes, she is *that* Kathleen Tyson): 1) She’s determined to make good decisions, 2) She must get married ASAP, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes.

To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy. Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes: single, romantically indifferent to her, completely trustworthy. Sure, she might have a wee little crush on Dan the Security Man, but with clear rules, expectations, and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity—and heart—all in one piece.

Except, what happens when Dan O’Malley isn’t as indifferent—or as trustworthy—as she thought?

★★★★★ Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist for Best Romance ★★★★★

Marriage of Inconvenience is book #7 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.

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Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover

What is more important? Friendship, loyalty or love?
Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson collaborate once again to bring fans of Maybe Someday back into the musical world of Ridge and Sydney.
And Maggie.
And Warren and Bridgette.

This is a follow-up to the NYT bestselling novel, Maybe Someday. It should be read after Maybe Someday and the novella spinoff, Maybe Not in the series.

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A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone

When librarian Poe Markham takes the job at Thornchapel, she only wants two things: to stay away from Thornchapel’s tortured owner, Auden Guest, and to find out what happened to her mother twelve years ago. It should be easy enough—keep her head down while she works in the house’s crumbling private library and while she hunts down any information as to why this remote manor tucked into the fog-shrouded moors would be the last place her mother was seen alive. But Thornchapel has other plans for her…

As Poe begins uncovering the house’s secrets, both new and old, she’s also pulled into the seductive, elegant world of Auden and his friends—and drawn to Auden’s worst enemy, the beautiful and brooding St. Sebastian. And as Thornchapel slowly tightens its coil of truths and lies around them, Poe, Auden and St. Sebastian start unravelling into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Together, they awaken a fate that will either anoint them or leave them in ashes…
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From the author of the USA Today bestselling New Camelot series comes an original fairy tale full of ancient mysteries, lantern-lit rituals, jealousy, money, murder, sacred torment, and obsessions that last for lifetimes…

***A Lesson in Thorns is the first of four books in the Thornchapel series.***


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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


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Infini by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Some love is infinite

“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past.

“You can help me fix it,” she says.

And then she hands me a list.

 

Favorite Romance Audiobook Performances & The Things That Make Them Great

As you may or may not know, most of the books I read are in audio form. And since I also primarily read romance, I’ve become pretty picky with the narrators and performances I prefer as I listen.

It’s very easy for a narrator or the performance to take me out of a story, but there are many times either of those two things bring the story to life.

Here are the things that make an audiobook performance great for me:

1. Perfect casting
I so appreciate authors/publishers who take the time to cast a narrator thoughtfully.  (Here’s lookin’ at you Lauren Blakely). Particularly when a novel is written in first person, it’s important that the narrator sound like how I picture the character would – there have been many times, especially in YA, where the narrator sounds far too old for the character and it takes me completely out of the story.

2. Comedic timing
Another thing that a lot of the narrators of these books get right is comedic timing. A great comedic performance can have me laughing out loud.

3. Differentiation between characters
I love books with a lot of dialogue, but it can easily get confusing remember who is speaking if the narrator does not make differences (even subtle) in their voices when they speak for different characters.

4. … But The Voices Have to be Believable
An accurate accent is important, but so is male narrators using female voices and vice versa. I’ll never forget listening to Fifty Shades of Grey for the first time and hearing the narrator change her voice for Christian… I nearly burst out laughing at a part that was supposed to be intense because it sounded exactly like the voice I use to make fun of my husband. In contrast, I’ll never forget letting my husband listen to XE Sands narrate and then telling him it was one person narrating for the male and female parts and he didn’t believe me!

5. Any audio nuances/extras are always appreciated
Even if it is just music for the chapter transitions (like in King of Code) or special music played when magic is being wielded (like in Vampire Academy) or full-cast/duet/duel narration. I also love, love, love it when there are extras at the end of an audiobook such as interviews or music.

Now it’s time to share my list of books that did everything right.

 

My Favorite Romance Audiobooks

Let’s get these first two out of the way, shall we?

Every Single Lauren Rowe Book
Why? Because Lauren narrates all of her books alongside John Lane. There is something to be said for authors who narrate their own books because you know that the way it is read is how it was intended to be heard. Also, she’s a fantastic voice actress with on-point comedic timing. As for John Lane, his deep, gruff voice somehow works perfectly for every single character in all of her books, no matter how different.

Every Single Mariana Zapata Book
This is my love letter to Callie Dalton. Mariana Zapata’s books are full of internal dialogue, most of which is incredibly hilarious, and Callie Dalton absolutely nails it every single time. Recently, Mariana has had her books done in duet narration – my favorite second only to full cast – in which there are two narrators narrating for their characters throughout the book. (Please see: From Lukov with Love and Luna and the Lie)

Birthday Suit by Lauren Blakely
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Lauren Blakely is my favorite audiobook author simply because she so avidly loves her audiobook-reading fans. So much so that she orchestrated this amazing Full Cast narration – purposely casting all of the most-loved Romance Audio Narrators. This also included a hilarious and fun interview at the end!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series by Jenny Han
Laura Knight Keating’s voice is absolutely perfect for Lara Jean. She doesn’t sound too old and not too immature. It truly sounds like she IS Lara Jean!

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
This entire series has pretty fantastic narration, but the 5th book in the series was my all-time favorite. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with Jacob Morgan, but Jacob Morgan doing a Scottish accent? Yes. Freaking. Please. Also… we can’t forget Rose Diorio’s sweet voice which was so perfect for Poppy.

Darkly, Madly Duet by Trisha Wolfe
But, like, Joe Arden is doing an Irish accent… also this is one dark, sexy novel… the combination is almost too much to bear.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Such a swoon-worthy performance by Deacon Lee and Kyle Mason. There really isn’t much more to say about that. Also, there is a really great interview at the end of the book between the authors and narrators.

King of Code by CD Reiss
This was my first introduction to CD Reiss and Christian Fox and it was almost too damn much. Christian’s voice may just be perfect and it was perfect in this performance. I also heard that he played the transition music for each of the chapters as well (he’s a musician and a singer).

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe
I will never forget the first time I listened to this book. I read the eBook before the audio came out and the second I got to Christian Fox’s chapter, I legit had to hit pause and pull the car over to take a breather because I could not handle how perfect his voice was for one of my all-time favorite heroes.

Tangled by Emma Chase
SebYo (Sebastian York) is well-loved in the romance audio world for good reason. The comedic timing was so important for this novel in particular and Sebastian absolutely nailed it.

By Your Side by Kasie West
Another YA book well cast with Caitlin Kelly as the narrator for this sweet story. Her voice fit the book and the character so well.

American Queen by Sierra Simone
Stephanie Rose’s voice is a great combination of innocent and sexy – which was, in turn, perfect for this super steamy book.

Priest by Sierra Simone
Ok. So, can we talk about how a book this freaking on fire is almost too much to handle when narrated by Jacob Morgan? Hearing Sierra’s words come out of Jacob’s mouth is bordering on excessive.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Never has an audiobook been cast as perfectly as The Hating Game. Katie Schorr’s adorable, quirky voice made me love Lucy even more. She nailed all the subtle inflections and comedic timing.

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March
OMG no one could have made A Little Night Magic as hilarious as Amanda Ronconi. She absolutely nails the sarcasm and self-depreciation like no one else.

Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank
I swear, XE Sands is a freaking magician with her accents and ability to do a man’s voice. All of the characters sounded different and there were SO MANY characters in this book!

 

 

Favorite Reads from February 2019

Hey there book lovers!

It’s been a whirlwind of a month, but I managed to read 17 books in between the craziness.

I discovered a couple new favorites along the way and I thought I’d share them with you.

If you want to hear my thoughts on ALL the books I read this month, you can check out my video here:

Otherwise, here were my top 5 favorite reads from February:

Continue reading “Favorite Reads from February 2019”

Favorite Steamy Scenes – Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and as a mostly romance focused book blog, I knew I had to do something particularly special. I thought about listing my favorite romance novels, but that’s opening a can of worms. Plus, I already listed some of my favorite YA Contemporary Romance Novels and Adult Contemporary Romance novels recently, so I thought to myself…

Enough with the LOVE… let’s talk about LUST for Valentine’s Day.

Ok, so these are all romance novels and with the lust there is also plenty of love. You’ll notice I have very, very few erotic romance novels on this list. That’s because reading straight erotica does nothing for me. I need a swoony back story. I need to love the couple and their journey to be truly invested in their steamy scenes.

Below is a list of my favorite steamy scenes and the books in which they belong.

BEWARE OF SOME POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!

 

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How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou #1) by Molly Harper

OK, hear me out. I know how this sounds… A dragon book listed under my favorite sexy scenes? Talk about STEAMY! (I’m sorry, that was incredibly corny, and I 98% regret making that joke.) Anyway, there was something about this scene that gave me all kinds of butterflies. Maybe it’s the hate to love, maybe it’s because they were in a room full of pillows, maybe it’s because he literally made her glow… more than likely it was a combination of all of those things. This was such a great read in general and the steamy scenes in it were so swoon-worthy.

 

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A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert

Ruth is on the spectrum, so her first intimate scene with Evan is full of so much sweetness because of how thoughtful and attentive Evan is! He’s so attuned to her and her discomfort, and he’s understanding a patient. It was such a beautiful scene to read.

 

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Shift (Shifters #5) by Rachel Vincent

OMG you guys, there is some super intense revenge sex happening in this book! It begins with Faythe confessing that she can’t remember what her ex’s touch is like because he refuses to touch her since their breakup. Then all of a sudden they’re unexpectedly up against a wall, she’s shed of all her clothing, he’s only unbuttoned his pants and as he walks away with four simple words, “Maybe now you’ll remember.” Daayyyyuuummmmmm.

 

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Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

It’s very likely this made the list because the slow burn buildup is so excruciating that it’s a freaking relief when you finally reach the first steamy scene … pair that with the fantastic writing and you have yourself a breathlessly long-awaited scene for the record books.

 

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With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

When you pair lyrical and vivid writing with extraordinary passion and incredible darkness like Trisha Wolfe is known for, it is no surprise that her steamy scenes are a favorite. All the steamy scenes in this series are epic, I mean, we have a shibari expert as a Hero, what do you expect? Let me just say that this scene starts with some incredibly intimate and mind-bending shibari and ends with her being slowly lowered down from her harness … directly onto him.

 

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Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

I mean… Keane can dance Magic Mike style… what more do I need to say?

 

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American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy #1) by Sierra Simone

If you’re looking for the best MMF steamy scenes possible… this series is absolutely your go-to. Unlike a lot of erotic romance novels, Sierra’s writing is gorgeous and her storytelling is just as good. There is no sacrifice of quality for the sake of steam.

 

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Priest (Priest #1) by Sierra Simone

Get out your fans, friends, because I assure you that you will be unprepared for the steam in this book! (In the best way)

 

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Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2) by Laura Kaye

I can’t pinpoint what it is exactly about the steamy scene in this book, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. I think it mostly has to do with how much I just adore Caden, he has my whole heart and this scene is so lusty, but also so full of love. It’s an intoxicating combination.

 

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Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

Along with being my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romance, the steamy scene in this one was so fun and sweet. I loved the familiarity of this couple because of their long-time friendship paired with the newness of their more intimate relationship.

 

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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by JR Ward

Whew! Honestly, the back story in this one makes the steamy scenes so much better. There is also something about the extreme denial of intense desire for the sake of affection that got me.

 

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This super slow burn hate-to-love story lives up to the moment we all wait impatiently for in the end. There is something about Joshua finally losing control that makes it so glorious.

 

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

I mean… how could this not be on my list? This is my OTP right here and I felt like I wait so very long for the steam!

 

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Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

I mean… you don’t get many tropes in which the guy is a virgin and after reading the steamy scene in this one… I’m thinking there should be more.

 

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

All I have to say is the creative use of all one’s senses in this one, plus the build-up, plus the epic sweetness is just so, so good.

 

What books have some of YOUR favorite steamy scenes?

 

My Top 5 Favorite Male & Female Romance Audiobook Narrators (and My Favorite Books they Read)

As you may or may not know, I’m an obsessive reader of audiobooks. A decent percentage of the books I read are on audio, and a lot of times, even if I read a physical or eBook and enjoy it, I’ll likely purchase it on audio as well.

I’ve always loved having people read to me, but I totally get that it isn’t for everyone.

I’m a really good multitasker, so listening to audiobooks actually makes me more productive and as long as I’m not reading, writing, or talking while listening to an audiobook, I get sh*t done a lot faster when I’m listening to a book.

If it wasn’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t have read as many books as I have (200 last year! 150 the year before!). I don’t have a lot of down time to sit and read a book without feeling guilty, but with audio, I can still get what I need to get done while also getting some reading done.

In my many years of listening to audiobooks, I’ve come to love certain narrators and even will purchase audiobooks based on the narrator first, then the author/synopsis second.

I’ve become a huge fangirl of these narrators.

Of course, all of these narrators are popular in the romance genre because, obviously, that’s my main love.

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25 Favorite Books I Read in 2018

You guys… I tried making this post 18 Favorite Books I Read in 2018, but GODDAMNIT I READ 160 BOOKS THIS YEAR AND HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO NARROW THAT LIST DOWN TO JUST 18 FAVORITES?!

It wasn’t worth being cute. Anytime I thought about cutting a book from this list, I felt a deep sense of betrayal and I was pretty sure the Book Gods would smite me.

Also… I 100% cheated and put books in a series together if I loved them all, so… whatever. THIS IS MY BLOG I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!

#dramaqueen

Anyway, Happy New Years Eve! I’ve been loving reading your End of the Year Wrap-ups. I hope you enjoy this one:

 

Here are my favorite books that I read in 2018:

In no particular order.

Madly, Darkly Duet by Trisha Wolfe

This extremely dark romance is the first of its kind that I read and absolutely adored. These were the first books by Trisha Wolfe that I read, and I was hooked. Her way with words are basically magic.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This was a recent read for me, and it was 100% worth the hype. I’ve been so into contemporary lately, it definitely took a book like this to pull me back into the fantasy worlds I love.

Until it Fades by KA Tucker

I was so surprised by this novel because it is a trope that I’m not a big fan of and usually avoid (single mother trope), however, it is also a sports romance (which is one of my favorites), so when my sister recommended it to me and told me the premise (a girl rescues a man who happens to be a famous athlete), I decided to read it despite my hesitations, and I’m so glad I did!

Caraval & Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I was absolutely swept away by Caraval and fell even harder in love with this world and its characters in Legendary. In fact, Legendary’s MC, Tella, is one of my all-time favorite MCs.

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

I mean… this is a love-to-hate, ice skating sports romance, what more can I ask for? Also, Mariana Zapata’s hilarious name-calling and put-downs in this were so epic.

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4 Authors I Fell in Love With in 2018

I’m trying really hard to pretend that my vacation is coming to an end by staying in bed all day and reading/updating the blog.

For some reason, my vacations seem so much shorter when I’m running around doing things the entire time. I feel like it’s much longer when I sit around and read all day.

Does anyone else feel like this?

Maybe it’s an introvert thing.

Anyway, I’ve been seeing similar posts like this all around the blogosphere and I thought I’d list the authors I’ve discovered and loved this year.

So, here’s to all the authors who made my 2018 reading experience exceptional.

 

Trisha Wolfe

I did my very first author spotlight on Trisha because she has pretty much taken over my blog this year ever since I read the Darkly, Madly Duet.

 

Lauren Layne

I feel like Lauren Layne came out of nowhere for me. I went into Blurred Lines with no real expectations and ended up re-reading it again within a few games because I loved it so much. I read three more of her books (I Knew You Were Trouble, Irresistibly Yours, and Good Girl) and really enjoyed all of them.

 

Helen Hoang

I loved everything about The Kiss Quotient and I’m so excited about the movie and her next book!

 

Lauren Blakely

I have no idea where I have been, but I’ve recently fallen absolutely in love with Lauren Blakely thanks to Wanderlust. The best part is that I found her after she’d already published a bunch of books I was able to binge on thanks to the Romance Package on Audible!