Favorite Enemies to Lovers Romance Novels

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I’ve not found an enemies to lovers romance that I love more than The Hating Game. Hands down. I loved the unique writing style and, of course, the banter. I think the main reason I gravitate toward this trope is because of the hilarious back-and-forth between the characters. I loved it so much, in fact, that I created an entire blog post of my favorite quotes from this book.

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From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

If anyone can write hilarious banter, it’s Mariana Zapata. And she nails it in this one. I think the most unique thing about this book that attracted me to it was the fact that it was a sports romance with ice skaters. Along with the fantastic hate-to-love trope, I really adored how hard Jasmine works. There are also a lot of parallels between this book and The Hating Game, so if you loved The Hating Game, you should definitely pick up this one.

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

This was the first Mariana Zapata book I ever read, and it may still be my favorite. This isn’t exactly a traditional enemies to lovers. These two begin in an employer/employee relationship and end up having a fall out. I think my favorite thing about this novel is Aiden. I love his fierce dedication to his passion. I like that he is quiet and severe without necessarily being broody.

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Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Again this one doesn’t begin with the couple starting out as enemies, but very quickly into the story they do not get along. It’s actually an interesting premise since the main character has actually idolized the hero in this book growing up. He is a retired professional soccer player and she is a current soccer player. He gets recruited as her assistant coach and things go down from there. Again, I love how badass Sal is and I so appreciate how this book addresses the significant lifestyles and pay difference between women in sports and men.

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

This is my most recent enemies-to-lovers read and I was so pleasantly surprised by it. I really like Christina Lauren and will read almost anything they write, but it’s only once in a while that they hit it out of the park for me. This book had me laughing out loud with the banter and one-liners. It was such a fun reading experience.

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Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This book has been extremely popular this year and not just because it’s such a sweet enemies-to-lovers romance. I think everyone appreciates the political escapism this book provides… and the humor is on point. The writing style took a little while for me to get into, but once I did, I really loved this book. This was my vote for the Goodreads Choice Romance category!

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Captain (Morgan Brothers #2) by Lauren Rowe

This book actually begins with an instalove, but don’t run away just yet. No one pulls off instalove better than Lauren Rowe. She has the ability to created palpable chemistry between two characters. These characters soon have a falling out and the tension is high. If you’ve never read a Lauren Rowe book, I highly recommend her!

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Amour, Amour (Aerial Ethereal #1) by Krista and Becca Ricci

This book took me completely by surprise. I loved the setting of a cirque de soleil type troop. The super-talented, somewhat arrogant hero who seems unbreakable is always fun to read about – particularly when you throw in a character who is absolutely going to break through the prickly exterior.

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Well Met (Well Met #1) by Jen DeLuca

I think my favorite part of this book had to be the fact that it takes place during a renaissance fair. In this book you have the hero who takes his job very seriously and the heroine who would just assume not be involved at all. It creates a very tension-filled dynamic with lots of potential.

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Beautifully Written Books

I’m a sucker for gorgeous writing. I adore it when a book is so beautifully written that I have to stop and take a breath before reading on.

I totally understand that some people absolutely hate flowery prose. I am not one of those people.

And writing doesn’t necessarily have to be flowery to be beautiful to me. Sometimes certain authors have such an incredible ability to describe a thought or feeling in a succinct and unique, yet relatable way that you know exactly what they mean without three paragraphs of description.

Give me all of those books. And all of that talent.

Here are some of my favorite examples of beautifully written books:

 

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

“My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”

“Remember how it was when we kissed? Armfuls and armfuls of light thrown right at us. A rope dropping down from the sky. How can the word love and the word life even fit in the mouth?”

“Remember how it was when we kissed? Armfuls and armfuls of light thrown right at us. A rope dropping down from the sky. How can the word love and the word life even fit in the mouth?”

 

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How to Kill a Rockstar and God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.”

“Fate is just another word for people’s choices coming to a head. Destiny, coincidence, whatever you name it. It inevitably lies in our hands.”

“I know that if I ever have the audacity to blame fate or God for holding a gun to my temple, I also have the wherewithal to remind myself that if I end up with a hole in my head, I was the one who pulled the trigger.”

“Has the industry done to music what McDonald’s has done to eating?”

“Just knowing you exist changed the world for me.”

“I like to say I don’t believe in mystics . I don’t believe in fate. I don’t believe in destiny or kismet. I don’t believe in God. I don’t believe in anything. But I believe in the possibility of everything.”

“Real annihilation happens from the inside out.”

 

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The Nature of Jade by Deb Calletti

“It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn’t have something in the first place. I guess that’s what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.”

“They say religion is about love, but you wonder how much of it really is about fear.

“Stereotypes are fast and easy, but they are lies, and the truth takes its time.”

 

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Darkly Madly Duet by Trisha Wolfe

When gravity makes itself known, we’re powerless to stop the collision. Knowing you’re being drawn into a black hole does little to prevent the inevitable.

When I look into his eyes, I see myself. Not a reflection of the woman—but the hollow echo of my blood-stained soul.

She is my salvation. And I am her long-awaited consequence.

 

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Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

“Time passes by you like a bullet,” he says, “and fear gives you the excuses you’re craving to not do the things you know you should. Don’t doubt yourself, don’t second-guess, don’t let fear hold you back, don’t be lazy, and don’t base your decisions on how happy it will make others. Just go for it, okay?”

“A ship at harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.”

“We don’t need food to survive this life as much as we need our hearts broken at least once. But the best part is, the first break is always the worst. It’ll never feel this bad.”

 

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Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

“Gold shimmered no matter what, but few people could make darkness glitter the way he did.”

“He smelled of magic and heartbreak, and something about the combination made her think that despite what he claimed, he wanted to be her hero.”

 

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American Queen by Sierra Simone

“Jealousy is a word with too many meanings. It’s a TARDIS of a word, bigger on the inside, a small, mean thing on the surface, but a complicated dance of emotions and negotiations within. I’m suffering with every single meaning of the word jealous.”

“Sometimes the forbidden fruit is just too sweet not to bite.”

“I saw that you can be hurt—mortally wounded, in fact—and it doesn’t have to be anyone’s fault. Sometimes the world is just cruel that way, and it wasn’t fair to grudge them their happiness even as it tore down my own.”

 

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

“We are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose – just as a poor hand can win – but we must all play the cards the fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”

“Failure isn’t absolute, just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone.”

 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”

 

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”

“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”

“But love was always something heavy for me. Something I had to carry.”

 

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Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

“People are so complex. They want to hear the truth, but they want you to lie to them.”

“Life. It’s a funny thing. Some want it, some throw it away. Some cling, some have it stolen from them. It’s terrifying… which is maybe why I was drawn to Fear in the first place.”

“But her story isn’t finished, and for once she’s picked up a pen.”

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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Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan *New All-Time Favorite Romance*

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Archer’s Voice
Author: Mia Sheridan
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

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I was blindsided by this novel.

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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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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:

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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?

 

{New Video} My Favorite Sports Romances

Hey there fellow book lovers!

I just wanted to pop in really quick to tell you that I uploaded a new Booktube video last night. You can check it out here or down below.

I have a corresponding post to this video here.

Let me know in the comments who your favorite Booktuber is! I’m currently obsessed with Meltotheany (who also happens to have one of my favorite book blogs of all time), A Clockwork Reader, and Novel Ink.

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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