R E V I E W ➠ Hands Down by Mariana Zapata




Before he was Big Texas, he was Zac the Snack Pack.
Bianca Brannen knows time—mostly—heals all wounds. Including those your once loved ones might have unintentionally given you. (Those just take longer.)
She thinks she’s ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. Or at least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before the lights, the fans, and the millions, he’d been a skinny kid with a heart of gold.
Waltzing out of Zac Travis’s life should be easy. Just as easy as he walked out of hers.

RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2020

I loved him, and I knew it. I really did. And I had no fucking business doing so.

-Bianca

Not my first read by the author i first fell in love with and i mean re fell in love with her Winnipeg book sooo hard. So i was used to get slow burns, since I’ve read a lot of her other books as well so this will be with a heavy hard to write this review. But i am always honest with my reviews, as i also am a emotional reader. Since i don’t do spoilers and i rather not get into them I’ll try to explain best of my feelings for this book. 

The heroine is a quirky adorable woman who works two jobs, one she hates one she loves. The hero is a quarterback in the NFL and has been all his life. these two have known each other since in diapers, nothing too tragic on their child hoods while some with the heroine. They end up not taking or seeing each other for 10 years due to reasons and when a chance presents itself for the heroine to have to see the hero, she is even more heartbroken when he doesn’t remember her. see the heroines cousin who plays a big part is bffs to the hero, all their life from day one and still. That said i really don’t want to get into too much of the store, there is a lot of it. But I’d love to express my feelings for the following:
1. I felt very disconnected to the hero the entire time until the very end. yes its her pov only but i longer for that connection with him
2. dare i say this,  but even THIS was too platonic for me. i felt no romance in any sense but at the end.  heck i thought she’d be better off with Santiago. here is why: the hero calls her kiddo THE ENTIRE BOOK and i his be honest but a few times i get but it threw me off every single time even in the end,  also doesn’t help that he patted her shoulder or head like a little sister type, it just threw me off soooo hard. 
3. when you have a VERY slow burn, to me you risk the whole story being mostly forgotten once you reach the peek, in this case at the very end. I will say this,  not a spoiler but only 1 sex scene in this (nothing wrong with it just letting you know). The first kiss was super cute though. I enjoyed the peek and epilogue but here is my problem, when you get that portion in so little i always want, no need more. again, might be a lot of people’s likes but, unfortunately for me… this was a painful slow. All that said, i want to praise the hell out of Mariana for her words, story line and characters, no matter what is what i fell in love with with reading her first book. I’m sorry this one ended up not being one for me but I’m sure they’re will be plenty more for me to try.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Standalone
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R E V I E W ➠ Southern Sunrise by Natasha Madison




Buried secrets never stay hidden in the South.
Emily
I fell in love with him when I was fourteen. Under the stars, he told me he loved me, and under the stars we promised to love each other always. But under the stars, he broke my heart by walking away.
He left me without a second glance. I was just an afterthought.
Now he’s back, but this time, I’m not falling for his Southern charm.
Maybe.
It’s time I get my happily ever after, even if part of me wishes he was still mine.
Ethan
I found out on my twenty-first birthday that everything I thought I knew was a lie, and the man I had grown up thinking was my father wasn’t.
The pain I felt blinded me, making it impossible to hear what anyone said.
I left them all behind, including her, my best friend and the woman I was going to marry.
Five years later, I’m back, only to find the woman I still love has another man’s ring on her finger.
She’s going to marry my best friend unless I stop her. And this time, I only have until sunrise to change her mind.

RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2020

Not my first read by the author and not my last. I have read almost every singe book by her and of course have read the other books in this series!

Okay, okay, okay…what just happened? I started reading this around 8pm and its almost 1am i am now finished and I’m…I have just cried on and off for hours. Have your tissue handy because this ones a heart-breaker. So by now we all know this is the love story of Ethan who is Savannah’s son, i feel like by this point you probably don’t want to start the series with this book so we all know who he is. I want sure what to expect to be honest, then i thought i knew what to expect then i was broken into pieces, felt every single word and cried right along. Sometimes trying to find yourself or who you are comes at a cost, and Ethan paid BIG! Emily, beautiful Emily… forever will love her, i felt every single break of hers, every year gone by alone, gah just so tragic but beautiful. 


If you want angst mixed with heartbreak, throw in some curves on the road AND then have it all try and find the same path… this is for you. I am so glad Ethan and Emily got their story, probably a critical and important one at that.  not the end but I’m throwing this into my “when I’m feeling sad’ pile so i can extra FEEL it when i re-read!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

TOP 2020 MUST READ!
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: #4 of Series
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Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑

R E V I E W ➠ Hot and Heavy by Erika Wilde


(Some Like it Hot Book 2)


He swore he wouldn’t touch her, but she’s about to test his restraint.
Prim and proper secretary Melodie Turner has been in lust for her boss for years . . . and she’s finally going to do something about it. P.I. Cole Sommers might be able to barely resist her sexy new attitude and flirtatious behavior, but when she takes a cue from his current case and decides to seduce Cole’s mind with highly provocative letters, she knows his body won’t be very far behind . . .
Cole is definitely in over his head. He’s got more cases than he can handle, but all he can think about is taking his secretary to bed, turning her over his knee, and showing her what happens to naughty girls who don’t behave. At every turn, Melodie is there, taunting him, teasing him, making him burn with a deep, undeniable need. But Cole promised her father that he’d protect her—even from himself—which means she’s off-limits.
Only he hadn’t counted on being the target of Melodie’s irresistible sensual assaults. Nor had he planned to lose his hardened heart in the battle . . .
Originally published as A Shameless Seduction by Janelle Denison.

RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2020

Not my first read by the author, and I have not yet tread book #1 in this series. But the blurb in this one really caught my eye, and yes this may have been on the shorter side but the SIZZLE was turned up WAY up!

Melodie and Cole are a couple that sizzles then calms but sizzles back up. It was so much fun to watch Cole confusing himself on his feelings and Melodie was the prime heroine. I am glad I gave this a try and I want to give out more but honestly don’t want to spoil it since it is such a shorter read! Always excited to read a Erika Wild book and looking forward to more.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Book 2 of Series
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Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑

R E V I E W ➠ Love and Neckties by Lacey Black




For Samuel Grayson, everything is black or white. As a funeral director, there’s no room for in-between. He’s accustomed to dealing with life and death, though he’s definitely more comfortable with the latter. Especially when it comes to a chaotic, petite, feisty ball of energy. Freedom Rayne. Samuel’s pretty sure her goal is to make his life hell, or so it appears. When Samuel boards a flight to Las Vegas for his sister’s wedding, the last thing he expects is to share it with the one woman who drives him crazy.
Freedom is eccentric and completely content with it. Floating around from job to job, she finds peace and tranquility in everything she does, including tormenting poor, uptight Samuel Grayson. When she finds herself on the same flight as him for her best friend’s wedding, she sees this as the perfect opportunity to get under his skin, something she tries to do every chance she gets. The problem is the more time she spends with him, the more she likes him.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Not for Samuel and Freedom. Will they be able to forget about their trip when they return to Rockland Falls? What if one mistake turns out to be the best thing ever?

RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2020

Not my first time reading the author, but I have only read a handful of her books. I wanted to read this one because the blurb really caught my eye and the cover is gorgeous of course. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this read.

Samuel ‘Sammy’ Grayson the hero was an INTERESTING hero, for one his profession was not your usual, he is a funeral director that really loves his job and is set in his ways. So “that” type of person. It was so much fun to watch the heroine Freedom who is a bubbly, live life to fullest and fun person bring this man out of his shell. It has lot’s of laughter, fun, interesting events so to say, and so much ROMANCE! I absolutely fell in love with the story line then the characters, their plane ride, the laughter, the kisses…I don’t know but I really enjoyed this read! Glad I gave it a shot!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Book 4 in Series
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Recommended: ☑

R E V I E W ➠ Knocking Boots by Willow Winters




A drunken bet that led to a fake relationship? My naive little heart still hoped it would last…
We were never meant to be together.
He’s a bartender with noncommittal tendencies.
I’m looking for … the opposite. Commitment. Period.
But drinks and a bet led to something it shouldn’t have: a fake relationship. Worse, a first date, a first kiss… and then more.
He’s addictive and I can’t bring myself to accept the reality.
That it’s all a lie and I’m fooling myself by thinking he could want more. That I could change him.
He’s mine for as long as I keep on pretending like this is just for fun.
As if I don’t want more…
Like when he whispers my name, I pretend it doesn’t make my heart flip.
Like when he holds me at night, I pretend I don’t want to lay in his bed every night.
It’s just a bet; just a lie . . . until it isn’t.

RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2020

Not my first read by the author, and I was excited for this…it’s a little different for me and I love the new cover! It was for sure a easy, super sweet and just beautiful read.I wasn’t sure what to expect and this kind of just flowed!

I loved both Grace and Charlie, their soul and heart is something to strive for. I couldn’t find any fault in them, yes they had pasts but together they were just so at ease and the love and passion. This author really knows how to throw in some steamy moments to make even someone like me blush, I loved every minute of it. I really don’t want to say too much, this is one of those books to just dive into and enjoy!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Standalone
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Recommended: ☑

R E V I E W ➠ Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann Ryan




Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn’t inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she’s healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she’s proud to call her friends. However, when they make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds herself not only up first but also forced to face a past she thought she’d escaped.
Cross Brady has no need for a relationship. As the oldest of five, he’s always been the one his family can rely on. Now, all he wants is to work in peace and live his life. His priorities shift dramatically, though, when Cross finds himself in Hazel’s path.
Though the two initially fight their connection, they soon learn that it’s safer to fall for each other than keep running from what’s holding them back—not to mention, who wants them dead.

RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2020

Not my first read by the author and I have read almost all of the contemporary ones, so this NEW series was a surprised and exciting welcome. I mean I couldn’t fall in love harder with both hero and heroine if I wanted to! Just plain loved it ALL!

This is a story of two human that HAD meet-cute but refused to see it. The heroine is a woman that has escaped but still living in fear. The hero is a man who seems to have it all but is still missing something. When these two come together accidentally, it’s the most beautiful way they are together. Cross is the sweetest hero, he is patient, kind, sweet, sexy and alpha. I loved them together, even in the not so good times…it was great. This will pull you into the real version as I call it, basically it feels more real because of the feelings and actions from the hero and heroine. I love that they both were so vulnerable to new and to one another that their honestly to each other is kind of what made them work. Definitely recommend this beginning to a new series!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: Abuse (prior not current)
Standalone/Series: Book #1 Series
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Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑

R E V I E W ➠ A Little Bit Wicked by Melissa Foster




What do a cocky biker and a businesswoman who has sworn off dating bad boys have in common? According to Chloe Mallery, not much.
Justin came into the Wicked family after a harsh upbringing by a thieving father. He’s gone through a lot to become a true Wicked, and he’s made them proud. Now he’s ready to show the woman he loves exactly what type of man he is. But Chloe has worked hard to move past her difficult upbringing, and she’s wary of getting involved with a man who looks like he’s walked right out of it. When tragedy strikes, will their trying pasts draw them together, or will Justin’s protective nature be too much for Chloe’s independent heart to accept?

RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2020

Justin, she said apologetically. “You know I swore off dating bad boys a long time ago.”
“That’s what you keep saying, but you have no idea how good bad can be.”

…It was her favorite country song. She couldn’t believe her ears. “Justin…?”

Not my first read by the author and not my last, MF is actually one of my top 5 favorite author’s and also one of my very first reads…so if you asked me how many books I’ve read by her…my answer would be ALL! This was an exciting NEW something from MF!

This is a TRUE LOVE story, paved with lot’s of obstacles and barriers and two opposite VERY opposite people who fit each other in every way possible. We have Justin the hero who is very manly but the biggest heart and the sweetest but in just a alpha and sexy way. Their flirting at the beginning and catching each other, IN LOVE with the process. This is slow burn but a very fun one! Both hero and heroine come from a troubling and broken pasts but I have to be honest the way they both come together isn’t just beautiful but inspiring and sweet and sexy and sensual. Like I said you will fall in love with JUSTIN continuesly through out the book!

In here you will get fun, laughter, sweetness, love and passion…the kind of passion in all aspects (family, relationship and actions). Truly an amazing start to a new series. Can’t wait for more!!

TOP 2020 MUST READ!
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: N/A
Standalone/Series: Book #1 in Series
Type: All Tags on top of this page!
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑

R E V I E W ➠ Agony by Kaylee Ryan




Reese
Cooper Reeves was the boy-next-door. Every milestone, every memory of my youth was entangled with his.
We were inseparable… until college.
It wasn’t his friends, girls or even sports that came between us— it was me.
Tired of being in the friend zone, I finally made a move. Turns out it was the wrong one.
Cooper walked away to play his first year of professional football and left me behind with a broken heart.
Cooper
It’s always been her. Even before I really knew what love was, Reese Latham was by my side, making me swear we’d be best friends forever.
And we were… until one night changed everything. I knew how she felt because I felt it too, but I pushed her away to save our friendship.
The longer we’re apart, the more I realize she’s not only my best friend, Reese is the love of my life.
I was kidding myself thinking I could let her go because now I know that living without her is the worst kind of agony. 

RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2020

Not my first by the author and I have read all her books and absolutely love the author’s style and words. That said, this is something a little bit different and new from her and so I was just jumping in. I will say that it does contain a slight trigger of mine, I say slight because I managed to get past it pretty fast and continue reading, without eeven blinking back.

Reese and Cooper are two people who have been inseparable through out their whole life, heck even their parents are best friends and in each other’s lives at all times. Their chemistry always is sparkling but Cooper does not want to do anything to ruing their friendship that means the world to him even if he might feel more for Reese and Reese doesn’t know how he feels the same for her. It’s basically a thin line that they both walk, because on one hand it would be so easy to fall into place and the other, no one want’s to risk losing a person. After all, their relationship is not just a friendship but a soul mate type of relationship in all the ways!

This will make you laugh, swoon and even fall in love with both hero and heroine but it will also break your heart, make you want to yell at them and mend it all together. For the first time I was not ready for the author to surprise me in the best way possible. This is a Cliffy and so be prepared because after Book 1 I am not sure which way it’s going to go. Very SLOW-BURN and I don’t want to give out too much but definitely need Book 2 already, like now!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
My Triggers: Mild Love Triangle
Standalone/Series: Book #1 of Duet (Cliffy)
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Recommended: ☑

R E V I E W ➠ The Change Up by Meghan Quinn




BREAKING NEWS: The Bad Boy of Baseball, Maddox Paige, is totally and utterly whipped.
Okay, that might not be the headlines in the newspaper this morning, but it’s the reality of my current situation.
It all started a month ago when I received a call from my best friend, Kinsley. She got a new job in Chicago and needed a place to stay. I’ve known the girl since I was five, what harm would it be to have her stay at my place for a while?
Ha! Total disaster.
Now instead of going out every night with my teammates, I’m couch surfing and sketching endless photos of my best friend . . . but that’s the least of my concerns.
The disaster, you ask? I’m rapidly falling head over cleats in love with my best friend, my roommate, and my number one fan.
And she has no idea . . . 

RELEASE DATE: June 11, 2020

Not my first read by the author and I have read most of her books!! I was excited about this one because a mix of Meghan’s writing and rom-com…such a huge sucker for good rom-com’s and this one took the cake for sure!!

Maddox Paige is not what I expected, yes he looks like the bad boy, sleeping with a new girl every night type of man who has it all but he has the BIGGEST heart and when he is sweet, boy will your tooth hurt! I loved LOVED Maddox with Kinsley *sigh* and *swoon* their friendship is beautiful. Kinsley is the type of woman that will bat for you no matter what, she is loyal to the core and that’s why there wasn’t a single thing I did not like about her, all her actions are pure. Maddox’s past is heartbreaking, but Kindley really is there for him in all the ways possible. When their lines are blurred, things heat up and that slow burn will burn very bright! Like I said one of my favorite rom-com’s and hero’s!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A MUST READ!
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Type: All Tags on top of this page!
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑

R E V I E W ➠ Hooking Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds




Anna McAlister needs a new life. But that doesn’t mean she needs a new man. After leaving her fiancé and Chicago behind, she promises herself no dating until she finds what she’s looking for. But meeting one seriously hot and determined detective has her questioning herself.
Calvin Miller is that detective, and he’s been burned by women in the past. It’s easy for him to sleep alone and focus on his work, but the moment he lays eyes on Anna, he starts imagining sexy nights with her wrapped in his sheets. Maybe it’s time to get back out there.
But just as the attraction between them begins to sizzle, Anna’s past shows up to create trouble. And to make matters worse, a string of murders forces Calvin to juggle his new relationship and his career. His worst fear? That the two are somehow connected.
Can they find love together, or will her past and his duty sink their hopes?

RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2020

I think by now a lot of you know how much of a Aurora fan I am, I have read and re-read all of her books, and this was a bitter-sweet one because it’s the last one in the series. I really could use another 5 or 6 in the series. And Calvin, most favorite HERO this year.

Calvin took the cake for me. He is a handsome, sexy, tall, funny, loyal, alpha and sweetest man alive..oh an a Police Officer that has a soft spot for sweet heroines that are a bit sassy. Which out Heroine Anna is, they come from very different worlds yet all it took was one look. Calvin wants to understand Anna and Anna wants to shield him from her family and past. Little bit of drama, action and mystery in this one, sweetest moments…gah I loved everything about this and like I said wish there was another 5 or 6 more! I highly recommend this entire series!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

TOP 2020 MUST READ
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: N/A
Standalone/Series: BOOK #3
Type: All Tags on top of this page!
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑