Goodbye Winter, Romance Faves

Hello Friends, and Happy Spring! I am very much looking forward to Spring, 2019. I am determined, reading wise, to really enjoy myself. I want this Spring to be a memorable one thanks in part to reading some awesome stuff. Before moving on and living my best Spring Life though, I want to share what my top 3 romance reads from Winter were. Narrowing my favorites down to only 3 was tough, because I can count on one hand how many books from my Winter reading that I didn’t like. I read a lot of stories that are standing the test of time and are really sticking with me. These 3 (and one honorable mention) are the ones that have had the most impact.

 

First up is A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates. I received this one thanks to the Harlequin Publicity Team and really enjoyed it. I read A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas as part of my Holiday Romance Binge which honestly is in the works to become an every holiday season thing! Holiday Romances are my absolute favorites and this one didn’t disappoint. It is Grant and McKenna’s romance. What I loved most about this book was Grant. I love a grieving hero romance and Grant was so well written. He ripped my whole heart out as he lived day to day refusing to move on out of survivor’s guilt. I loved how Maisey Yates explored that in this one and I am so excited to try more out from her.

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My next pick is Grip by Kennedy Ryan. I’ll probably never stop recommending this book by Kennedy Ryan. I was obsessed with it! Obsessed! This is Grip and Bristol’s romance. We meet the two in the novella, Flow which leaves off on this total cliff hanger and will have you immediately one clicking Grip so you can find out what in the heck is going on! This is an interracial romance which grapples with some heavy topics. I think it is an important book that more readers should read. I could seriously go on and on but let’s just say: police brutality toward people of color is discussed in this book, along with what it must be like to be a police officer in today’s America-I liked that both sides were explored, the mother’s of both Bristol and Grip wanting their kids to be with someone of their own kind, and a third party whose head over heels for the hero! There is so much going on in this story, amidst beautiful, poetic writing, a sexy romance and important message. Kennedy Ryan knocked it out of the park with this one.

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My third pick is going to Queen Bev herself, Ms. Beverly Jenkins! I have been gradually making my way through works by hers and have successfully completed her Destiny trilogy and while each book brought its own unique spin to the trilogy, one in particular really stood out to me. My favorite from this trilogy and my final favorite from this Winter, is Destiny’s Captive. This is Noah and Pilar’s romance. The two cross paths after Pilar, a female pirate, steals Noah’s ship. All 3 heroines from this trilogy were basically bad asses, but Pilar was my favorite. We see how tough she is, and it felt genuine. It felt like the life she had been living was truly all she ever knew and wanted.  So when Noah comes around she really struggles with the change. Noah though! Oh my goodness. If a damaged hero is your thing, you have to read this book. We learn at the end of this romance why Noah is so broken and dammit, I didn’t think Queen Bev would go there, but she did. It still breaks my heart thinking about it.

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I have to have an honorable mention, because this is my show and I’m allowing myself the liberty to bend the rules! In the spirit of bending rules, my honorable mention isn’t going to be a romance, which can be a tad bit debatable. My honorable mention is Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. by Lili Anolik. I have yet to read any of Eve Babitz’s fiction but when I saw the cover to this one, I couldn’t resist. I found it absolutely fascinating. I have never been to L.A. and find the 60s and 70s fascinating. I feel like those years get forgotten about as time continues to pass, but so much amazing music and pieces of pop culture happened during them. I loved how this book is one woman who lived during this time’s own experience. We learn how much of a recluse Babitz is know, but I felt Anolik really showcased her voice well. Literally after finishing this I jotted down all the Babitz titles I need to read sooner rather than later with the intention of decoding what I’m reading. I loved it!

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So those are my favorite reads from this past Winter. I am sad to see it go, but I hoping this Spring is an amazing one. I have so many awesome reads lined up! Let me know what your favorite reading favorites were from this past Winter, I’d love to know. I hope you’re taking care of yourself. Until next time, xo.

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Hello Spring, Romance Recommendations

I feel like when it comes to seasons, we as readers have two favorite seasons which really dictate what we’re reading. Everyone knows their go to’s for the fall: darker, cozier stories to curl up with. Then there is the summer, where our to be read piles look more light and fun. I know me personally, I don’t give Spring the respect it deserves. It’s the time of year for new beginnings. The flowers are beginning to bloom. The weather is getting cooler (unless you live in Texas, it already feels the the dog days of summer) and Its the perfect time to treat yourself to a trip to your favorite coffee shop’s patio to sip on a cool drink with a good romance for a bit. If you’re unsure of what to read, I have you covered. These are a few romances I have read in the past few months that I think will be perfect for those cool spring days.

First up is My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren. This is a fun friends to lovers romance. I like what the author duo did with this one. Very realistic to how a lot of people nowadays are tackling the dating world, the plot line involves online dating. A group of co-workers have an upcoming office party, and one of the friends puts out the idea that the crew should all create online dating profiles on a website. Millie (the only female in the crew)  goes along with the plan, yet creates a fake profile, and finds herself matched up with Reid, one of the guys from the crew. This was my first read by Christina Lauren. It was a lot of fun and very realistic. As someone who hasn’t been on the dating scene for a long time, it was a fun glimpse into how much it has changed with continuous growth of technology. If you want a fun, sexy romance that’s easy to get into, and follows a crew of educated professionals, I highly recommend this one.

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My next recommendation is Priest by Sierra Simone. I would probably recommend you read Priest in any season but if you’re looking for a romance that is going to hook you through the last page, you have to give this one a try. Priest is told from Tyler, aka Father Bell’s perspective. In the outskirts of Kansas City, Tyler is a Priest at a local Catholic Church and his world Is flipped upside down when Poppy stumbles in to make confession. Without even trying really, Simone created a very dark, atmospheric vibe that is almost an ode to how forbidden Tyler and Poppy’s romance is. Things that take place in this book are so wrong but so damn sexy. Save this one for those cool, breezy Spring nights..it is totally worth the read.

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Only You by Melanie Harlow is my next recommendation. At this point it’s safe say, Melanie Harlow can do no wrong in my book. I love her characters. I love her Detroit, Michigan settings and although I read the third book in this trilogy first, I absolutely adored Only You. This one has the accidental baby trope, but with a twist that works and won’t leave you pissed off..I know that is a lot of romance readers’ least favorite trope! It is also a friends to lovers romance, which I think Spring is perfect for. Emme and Nate have been neighbors for years. They are complete opposites. Nate is a divorce attorney and well known player. Emme is a wedding planner who wears her heart on her sleeves and has been known to fall easily and quickly. Let’s just say the unexpected baby with a twist makes the two see each other in a totally new light and brings them much closer than they every could’ve expected. I loved it.

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Fall in love with the romance of Grip and Bristol, in Kennedy Ryan’s Grip. This is the novella to the Grip series and I loved it so much. This is an interracial romance and although it’s a novella it truly sets everything you need for the rest of the series up. It takes place out in California and I could feel the breeze from the ocean on my skin and the whole vibe was just perfect. Grip is a poet/rapper and he’s become one of my favorite heroes of all time. I love what he stands for. This is a quick read, but one you won’t want to miss a thing with. It is fun and forbidden and sexy yet entangled with some very important dialogue. Amazing, you have to read it.

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My last recommendation is another shorter romance, but one that was a lot of fun and that’s Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart. Mallory is a complete klutz which adds a funny, lighthearted edge to this story. Her family is freaking hilarious. Her aunt and grandfather have been staying with her and her parents and there is the constant banter back and forth. I was literally sitting at the coffee shop one morning reading this on Kindle laughing hysterically, I know people around had to think I was losing it. Mallory literally steps into traffic due to not paying attention and is almost ran over by her soon to be boss, Cameron. Long story short, this is their romance. I am finding that I really enjoy office romances, so if they are a setting you enjoy, I can’t recommend Catastrophe Queen enough. You are literally on edge the entire time, worrying that Mallory is going to spill coffee all over the edge, or trip over her own feet.

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Thank you for reading. I hope you found something in this list that you want to add to your Spring to be read list. Share some of your Spring reading recommendations with me. xoxo,

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