Why Romance?

My beautiful friend, Haley aka @whimandwitty came up with this brilliant #whyromancestack challenge after someone thought it was okay to question her reading preferences 🤯🙄 I could go on for days about how NOT okay that is but you all are mature, level-headed adults so let’s just skip over that rant, shall we?

Romance is my preferred genre. I read other things, but I keep coming back to the love books because they’re always my faves. Would you like for me tell you about how I think romance is the most well-rounded genre? About how, with romance, you can laugh, cry, be scared or thrilled, solve a crime, save the day, and after all that live happily ever after? Should I talk about how romance can empower, enlighten, and educate? Or maybe we should explore how I, a nearly 33 year-old woman can see my past, present, and future self in a lot of romance heroines?

I could. I could honestly go on and on. But I won’t.

Because what it all boils down to is this: I am a grown ass woman and I can read whatever I want. That’s it. I don’t have to justify myself or my reading preferences to anyone. If you’re so worried about what other people are reading, that says a lot more about you than anyone else. Mind your business. Worry about yourself. Read what makes you happy.

Review: The Catch by Lauren H. Mae

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

I honestly don’t think I could properly express how much joy it brings me to read a book by a new indie author that is so good it knocks me right on my ass. When Lauren reached out and asked if I would consider reading and reviewing her book, I was immediately intrigued by the adorable cover and the fun synopsis. Little did I know I would be in for a stubborn and sassy heroine and one of the most precious and swoony cinnamon roll heroes I’ve ever read!

Catia meets Josh on vacation and she’s shocked by how much she’s instantly drawn to him. But love has not been kind to her in the past and she refuses to believe that any guy is that perfect. What’s the catch? Despite her efforts, Josh lives up to his amazing first impression and when they realize they live only an hour apart, Catia agrees to continue seeing him after betting her friends she can prove Josh is way too good to be true.

I loved every minute of this super fun, insta-love story. I am a big fan of seeing a relationship grow from the very beginning rather than the chase taking up 80% of the book. This was such a cute and quick read that had me grinning like a creep from start to finish. Available on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited so scoop this one up ASAP, friends!

Review: Coffee Girl by Sophie Sinclair

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥

Kiki has lost her job at a men’s magazine and is desperate to remain in the fashion world. So when her brother’s friend, who just happens to manage country’s hottest star has an opening as a wardrobe assistant on tour, she reluctantly takes the job. Kiki’s not quite sure she’s cut out for life on the road, but after crashing into a handsome stranger she can’t stop thinking about, she’d gladly spill coffee all over herself again just to get another glimpse. Imagine her shock when she realizes the handsome stranger is none other than Tatum Reed—the very star she will be dressing for the foreseeable future. Tatum’s harmless flirting quickly turns serious when he makes his intentions clear. But can Kiki put her insecurities aside long enough to let herself fall?

This was such an adorably fun and quick read! Kiki and Tatum stumbled a bit right until the very end, but they’re story was so cute and their chemistry was steamy AF. I’m not a huge country music fan, but Tatum kind of makes me want to be! Kiki is super sweet and a little naive, but impossible not to like and root for. I do wish we could’ve seen her grow into her own a bit more, but it was nice to see the beginning of the boss babe she is destined to become. If you need a quick pick me up that’s fun and steamy, then definitely check this one out! It’s available in Kindle Unlimited.

April Wrap-Up

What a weird month, huh? Barely left my house, read a bunch, watched a ton of tv, and homeschooled my son. Life’s weird y’all. Did you read any of these? I loved a lot of these but my faves were City of Girls and Artful Lies 💘 What was yours?

📖The Holdout by Graham Moore ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📖All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📱More of You by Laura Pavlov (arc) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫🔥🔥

🎧City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📱More of Us by Laura Pavlov (arc) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

🎧Open Book by Jessica Simpson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📱The Ninth Inning by J. Sterling (arc) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

📱The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (arc) ⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

📱A Secret for a Secret by Helena Hunting (arc) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥

🎧Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

📱I Knead You Tonight by Teagan Hunter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥

🎧Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥

🎧Reasonable Doubt by Whitney G. ⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥

📱Artful Lies by Jodi Ellen Malpas (arc) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥

📖Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras (arc) ⭐️⭐️💫🔥

🎧Misadventures with a Professor by Sierra Simone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥

Review: Artful Lies by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Eleanor finally takes the plunge and moves to London after dragging her feet following the death of her father. While in search of a job as an antique dealer, she keeps crossing paths with an enigmatic and frustratingly beautiful man. A bizarre turn of events lead to her working for the gorgeous stranger, who turns out to be none other than Becker Hunt; a god in the antique and art world. They vow to keep it professional, but that’s easier said than done when the instant attraction sizzles between them. Soon they’re entangled in a passionate love affair that they both know can’t go anywhere. No matter how much one or both of them might want or need it.

My girl Jodi does it again, y’all! Seriously. This one knocked the wind right out of me. I was intrigued with this unique story from the first page and the further I got into it, the more I fell in love with Becker and Eleanor and their beautifully chaotic power struggle. I love Eleanor’s sass and strong will, but what I love even more is that it becomes abundantly clear that submitting to Becker doesn’t make her weak, but rather empowers her, making her even more vivacious and confident. And don’t even get me started on—dare I say—the ultimate hot nerd: Becker mother trucking Hunt. Y’all 🥵 Smart, cocky, arrogant, slut for antiques, AND wears glasses? *grabby hands* Wow, I love him.

The one thing I didn’t love about this one? The fact that we have to wait until freaking NOVEMBER for the sequel. I mean, wtf? 🤬🤯 I cannot wait to see where Jodi lands this wild ride. If you’re torn between contemporary and historical for your next read, well look no further. This is a steamy contemporary romance with a lovely old world charm. And it’s out today so scoop that shit up now!

Thanks so much to the author and my friends at Social Butterfly PR for the e-arc!

Cover Reveal: Love the One You Hate by R.S. Grey

Excuse me but I’m still not over how much I love this cover! Who does a BROWN cover and does it amazingly well?? RS MF GREY, of course! I’m so dang excited for this one! Releases May 7th and you’re not going to want to miss this one! 🤎

Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.

For good reason.

His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.

His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.

Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.

Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls. 

We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust. 

What’s worse? 

He knows it.

They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love. 

One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.

Review: The Ninth Inning by J. Sterling

Genre: Contemporary (Sports) Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

This was a cute and quick read by an author I really enjoy but haven’t read in awhile. I loved The Perfect Game series and was pleasantly surprised when some of those characters made appearances in this book as well. Cole & Christina’s story is unique because we meet them after Cole has abruptly put an end to their on again/off again fling. He’s convinced that focusing on baseball and the upcoming draft is the only way to get out of his hitting slump, but turns out he’s even worse off without Christina by his side.

I loved watching these two find their way back together. There was the typical young adult drama and miscommunication but they were too cute together to care too much about that. This was a quick and sweet read that I would definitely recommend for sports romance fans!

Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Genre: Memoir

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Well if you think you knew everything there is to know about this queen, think again! I FLEW through this audiobook (read by Jessica herself) and I was completely enthralled with it from start to finish. I was floored by her honesty, humbled by her faith, and quite frankly hung on her every word when she spilled the tea about her marriage and divorce from Nick Lachey.

I knew she was successful and charming and hilarious, but I had no idea how downright wonderful Jessica is! She is a delight and total HBIC because even after all the difficult things she’s been through, miss thang is still running a billion dollar company.

Another 5⭐️ read that I gobbled up during quarantine. What was the last 5⭐️ book you read?

Review: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Genre: Historical Fiction

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Okay so I know I’m suuuper late on this one, but man did I love it! Set in the 1940’s New York City theatre world, I knew this one would be right up my alley. I just didn’t expect it to hit me in the feels so hard. It’s a true coming of age tale that tells the story of Vivian Morris, as she reflects on her wild days as a costume designer and regular NYC party girl. Vivian looks back on the fun she had and the choices she made, including the one took a lifetime to fully understand and come to terms with. I highly recommend this one and if you have the opportunity to listen to the audiobook, take it because it’s phenomenal!

Mini a Review: More of You by Laura Pavlov

Star Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

Happy pub day to this gem and my pal, Laura. This one gets 4 angsty stars from me.

I wasn’t expecting such an emotional rollercoaster but that’s exactly what this was. The second book in Laura Pavlov’s trilogy was a super quick read for me. Cruz is still a snack but he kind of lost his mind and threw us all of a loop in this one. This was such a great read to lose myself in for a bit and I can’t wait to see how Cruz & Jade’s story ends.

Available TODAY on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited!