Top Ten Tuesday: I Won’t Read That

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is opposite of last week. It’s Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book. Here are the things that turn me off a book.


1. Poorly written third person point of views.

I can’t handle it when an author narrates in dual third person point of view and both characters sound the same. I also can’t stand when the character is overly descriptive and describes what happens rather than experiences it in third person.

2. It includes aliens and outer space.

I’m not a UFO fan. I’ll blame it on my mother-in-law who talks about how they’re real all the time. I’d rather it stay unknown if or if not they exist. I’m also not interested in reading about them. There have been a few exceptions to this (Illuminae and We Are the Ants), but generally I will pass up books about them.

2. Ghost sex.

Yes, ghost sex. I wrote that. A human having sex with a ghost is not my thing. And yes, I read a book with it once. I won’t name the book, but I was completely turned off by it.

3. Student-teacher romances.

Being a parent, I have a really hard time reading student-teacher romances. They just feel all kind of wrong to me no matter what age or grade. There’s a line crossed that I can’t forgive. College ones are a little easier for me, considering both parties are adults and are usually near the same age. My exceptions, or ones that were okay for me, were A Different BlueSlammed and Waking Olivia.

4. Books that are portrayed as romances, but are more like overly descriptive narrative life journeys.

I don’t know if this makes sense to someone other than me, but I’ve read a few books that were marketed as contemporary romances that weren’t really what I would call a contemporary romance. They were overly wordy and descriptive. The sexual connections and acts felt almost clinically described. Every scenic detour and thought was overly contemplated. I’d rather have my quick and dirty contemporaries filled with humor. Sorry.

5. Fantasies filled with royalty.

I’m going to get some hate for this one, so I’ll apologize ahead of time. I will pass up fantasy books with blurbs filled with talk of different kingdoms and royalty most of the time. Just not interested unless someone I trust thinks I would like it.

6. Adult Paranormal Romances

I don’t have a problem with young adult ones, but for some reason I can’t stomach adult ones. Maybe it’s like the ghost sex thing. Or maybe it’s my lack of imagination. Just can’t do them.

7. Books where little children are kidnapped, raped or murdered.

Back to being a parent. I have a young daughter. I don’t even want to think about those things happening to her. I can’t stomach reading about them happening to other children. I pass by books with those things mentioned in the synopsis.

8. Horror novels

I don’t like to be scared. That’s basically what it comes down to. I don’t watch scary movies either. I did, however, enjoy R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books in my younger years.

9. Series that have lost me.

I love series with interconnected characters and settings. What I don’t love is when authors play catch up for every single character from previous books in the newest series release. I love those characters, but save that info for a novella. I want the meat of the new book to be the new characters. I want their story to develop. If an author does starts playing catch up all of the time, I’ll stop reading that series. Sometimes, it’s also a situation where a series started out amazing but then falls off. A lot of times I won’t return to read that author’s other books.

10. Anything that sounds boring or like I won’t like it.

Pretty simple, but true. If a blurb doesn’t interest me, I probably won’t read the book.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.
There are so many different things that make want to read books. Here are ten of them. (All author links are to their websites, and book links are to Goodreads.)


1. It’s by one of my favorite authors.

One favorite author? No, I have so many I’ve lost count these days. But if one of them releases a book, you can be guaranteed I’ll be reading it. A few examples: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy, Ginger Scott…The list goes on and on.

2. It’s a friends to lovers romance.

There’s nothing sweeter than two people who already love each other falling in love. It doesn’t matter how many times this trope is written, I’ll want to read it. A couple of my favorites: Him, Blurred Lines and Sincerely, Carter.

3. It’s an enemies to lovers romance.

So opposite of #2, but just as sweet. When two mortal enemies find they have more in common than they don’t, it makes for a fun romance. All that frustrating attraction is hot. Examples: My Perfect Mistake, Tempt the Boss, and Paper Princess.

4. It’s a sports romance.

I can’t help myself when it comes to sports romances. Those sexy athletes make for incredibly great love interests. All that cocky, muscly goodness is so enjoyable. 😉 I love seeing a strong man lose it over a girl. Some favorites: The Deal, Sacked, and The Hurricane.

5. It’s a part of a series I’ve read.

I’m a sucker for a great series. I especially love romance series where each book is about a different friend or family member. My most recent loves are The Brooklyn Bruisers and WAGS series.

6. Bloggers I follow loved it.

Once you’ve been around the book blogging world for a while, it’s easy to connect with bloggers who enjoy the same reads you do. There are several bloggers who like similar books as I do. When they give a book I’m interested in glowing reviews, I’m all about adding it to the TBR.

7. A respected author recommends it.

Following your favorite authors on social media is fun, but it’s even better when they recommend books. I’ve found several amazing reads by reading a book an author I love suggests. Case in point: Colleen Hoover recommended Kaleidoscope Hearts years ago on Facebook. I read it and fell in love.

9. A half-naked man showing amazing abs on the cover.

I don’t think I have to explain this one. Here’s some eye candy to back it up. You’re welcome. 😉

10. It’s controversial in a way that makes you think.

I like to have my thoughts and emotions challenged when I read. It could be anything from challenging my beliefs to messing with my mind. There’s something about being slightly uncomfortable when I’m reading. Some books that have accomplished one or the other for me: Forbidden, Me Before You, and Marrow.

Top Ten Tuesday: I’ve Never Read Anything Like This Before!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Ever Read — or as I’m calling it — I’ve Never Read Anything Like That Before! 

Here are ten of the most unique books I’ve read.


1. Illuminae
Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

It’s all about the format, baby. Iluminae was crafted in such a way that even this sci-fi hater could fall in love with it.

2. The Lace Reader
Brunonia Barry

I don’t think I really got what a reliable narrator was prior to reading this book. I didn’t get why everyone was raving about The Lace Reader while I was reading it. It wasn’t until the end that I truly got it.

3. Nine Minutes
Beth Flynn

I’ve read a ton of psychological thrillers, but none has disturbed me or blown my mind as much as the entire Nine Minutes Trilogy. I don’t know how Beth Flynn came up with the stuff she did, but it’s insane. Never would I thought I would love a story about a teenage girl being abducted by a motorcycle gang.

4. A Little Something Different
Sandy Hall

14 different narrators telling a couple’s love story. None of them were either of the people in the couple. The standout narrators of the story: a squirrel and a bench.

5. Forbidden
Tabitha Sazuma

Forbidden is a book about teenage incest that is so beautifully written that you can’t help but empathize with the characters. Which was very uncomfortable and slightly disturbing, but so unique.

6. Marrow
Tarryn Fisher

Honesty, I could have picked any of Tarryn Fisher’s books. She has a way of taking an innocent person and turning them into a villain without it bothering you. She makes you empathize with the bad they do. It’s pretty insane and cool.

7. Dietland
Sarai Walker

I have no clue how to explain Dietland to you. An obese woman wants to lose weight, revisits her mom’s old defunct diet group and there’s also a terrorist side plot. It’s unique for sure.

8. The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick

Four different stories combined to create one. You can read the four stories in any order.

9. Confess
Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s great at weaving different elements into all of her books, but Confess really stood out. It combines a love story, artwork, and real anonymous confessions.

10. Addicted to You
Krista & Becca Ritchie

She’s a sex addict. He’s an alcoholic. It was very unique to empathize with a sex addict. I never thought I’d have an understanding of that condition.


And those are some of the most unique books I’ve read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Could Write The Phone Book And I’d Still Read It

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc. I don’t know if I’m really in any fandoms or not. I religiously follow some authors, so maybe that counts? For my topic, I’m going with Authors Who Could Write The Phone Book And I’d Still Read It. 

Now, I know some of you youngins might not know what the phone book is, so let me explain. It’s what we used to use back in the old days before the internet when we needed to look up a phone number. They used to drop them on your doorstep once a year. So pretty boring to read, if you get what I’m saying.

Click on the author names to be directed to their websites.


1. Ginger Scott

2. Colleen Hoover

3. Tarryn Fisher

4. Elle Kennedy

5. Sarina Bowen

6. Krista & Becca Ritchie

7. Karen White

8. Kasie West

9. Maggie Stiefvater

10. Emery Lord

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do). I am going to do both of these, so you’re getting a two-for-one post today. 😉

All author photos are courtesy of Goodreads or their author websites.


Ten Twelve Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met

1. Al and Tipper Gore

My BFF dragged me to their book signing for Joined at the Heart back when it was released. Kind of cool.

The rest of the authors on my list I met at The Emerald City Author Event last year.

2. Claire Contreras

3. Tarryn Fisher

So Tarryn Fisher wasn’t on the event list, but she came to hang out and support Claire Contreras.

4. Jay Crownover

5. Emma Chase

6. Tillie Cole

7. Penny Reid

8. L.H. Cosway

9. K.A. Tucker

10. Barbie Borhman

11. Harper Sloan

12. E.L. James

E.L. James wasn’t on the guest list, but showed up to sign autographs anyways.


Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet

1. Ginger Scott

2. Colleen Hoover

3. Sarina Bowen

4. Elle Kennedy

5. Krista & Becca Ritchie

6. Kim Holden

7. Beth Flynn

8. Jessica Park

9. Kasie West

10. Emery Lord

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books You Won’t Want To Put Down

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc. Since I can easily read many books in a day given enough free time, I’m going with Ten Books You Won’t Want To Put Down. It’s kind of along the lines of books that will make you read the whole day.


1. A Boy Like You
Ginger Scott

 They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me.

We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.

And then he disappeared.

Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has taken away my desire to dream.

I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.

He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer, and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it feels…familiar.

He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else. Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.

This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew, is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from myself.


2. Full Tilt
Emma Scott

 “I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.


3. Addicted to You
Krista & Becca Ritchie

She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.


4. The Hard Count
Ginger Scott

 Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.


5. Paper Princess
Erin Watt

 From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.


6. Too Late
Colleen Hoover

 Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.


7. Calendar Girl
Audrey Carlan

 It’s really simple. I needed money. A lot of money. One million dollars to be exact. The amount didn’t matter. All that mattered is that at the end of that price tag held my father’s life.

No money. No life.

The time limit was one year. On January 1st I had to pay up or my Father was going to be killed.

When you’re faced with an ultimatum like this, you do whatever you have to do.

And that’s exactly what I did.

The job…Exquisite Escorts. My role, serve as high priced arm candy to anyone that can afford the $100,000 price tag for a month of my company. Sex is optional (for me) and a 20% increase on the price.

Mia Saunders just barely escaped a paltry life back home in Las Vegas until she gets the call that her Father has been beaten to within an inch of his life for not paying his gambling debt. Problem is, the lone shark is her lousy, ruthless ex-boyfriend. Another guy in a long line of men she’d fallen head over heels for. Not anymore.

Mia’s mission is simple. Serve as a high-priced escort for her Aunt’s company and pay monthly against her Father’s bad debt. A month with a rich man who she doesn’t have to sleep with if she doesn’t want to? Easy money. At least that’s the way it was supposed to go.


8. Nine Minutes
Beth Flynn

 On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.


10. One Kick
Chelsea Cain

 Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…


What books have you not been able to put down?

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR. Here are ten books I can’t wait to read this spring.


1. Say I’m Yours by Corinne Michaels
Release Date: March 27, 2017

 I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted.

I’m done being invisible.
It’s time to move on.

A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He’s kind, sexy, and attentive—everything a girl could want.

I thought I got it right this time.
That my heart could mend, and I would be happy.
Apparently, some things really are just too hard to walk away from.


2. Unwritten by Jen Frederick
Release Date: March 6, 2017

 After years of trying to hit it big with his band, Adam Rees’ dream is finally about to come true. A new lead singer brings with him a hot tour invite, but with a catch—his sister has to come with them. Despite an off-limits edict, Adam is instantly attracted the smart and beautiful Landry. But if he wants to claim his woman, it might be at the expense of all his ambitions.

Landry Olsen has had success at every stage of her life, except when it comes to men. She’s put her heart on the shelf, but one look at Adam and she’s a goner. The hot rocker heats her from the inside out, and she wants him as much as he wants her. The only thing standing in their way of their happiness is Landry’s brother—she ruined his musical hopes before, and she won’t do it again. Even if it means saying no to the one guy who makes her believe in love again.

There’s no fruit more tempting than the forbidden kind…


3. Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Release Date: April 18, 2017

 Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.


4. 180 Seconds by Jessica Park
Release Date: April 25, 2017

 Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.


5. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
Release Date: May 1, 2017

 From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?


6. Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely
Release Date: May 30, 2017

 Let’s be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like the perfect car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood. You probably also crave a ride that can go all night long.

I’m at your service.

Like the custom cars I build with class and sophistication, that’s exactly how I treat a woman, even if it’s for one night only. But then a wildly sexy brunette appears in my life and throws a wrench in all my plans.

She’s fiery, she’s talented, she’s gorgeous, and she’s my biggest rival.

But wait. There’s more. This woman I’m ridiculously attracted to also loathes me. That ought to be easy to deal with, except we’re forced to work together on the most important build of my career. Every day I spend with her, we set new records for trading barbs and dirty innuendos, and every night I’m left wondering if maybe all that hate is really something else. Until one night, that question is answered on the hood of a sports car when she calls out my name three times. And we can’t seem to put on the brakes.

If sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea, how much more dangerous would it be to fall in love with her?


7. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Release Date: May 16, 2017

 Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?


8. Buns by Alice Clayton
Release Date: May 23, 2017

 Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.


9. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
Release Date: May 2, 2017

 A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.


10. Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: May 23, 2017

 Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…


Are any of these books on your spring TBR? Have you added any of them since reading this post?