Ten Sweet Reads for Valentine’s Day

As you know, I am a big fan of romance novels. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m going to share with you some romance novels that fall into what I would call the “sweet” category. All of these are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and leave you feeling warm and happy. There’s little to no angst in these love stories.

1. Girl at Heart
Author: Kelly Oram

My first recommendation is actually a YA romance. Girl at Heart is the story of baseball playing tomboy Charlie who wants nothing more than to be one of the girls in the eyes of her best friend. It’s super cute and I adored it.

2. Just One of the Groomsmen
Author: Cindi Madsen

Here’s another “tomboy” romance. Addison is best friends with 3 guys. When one gets engaged, she’s asked to be one of the groomsmen. Little does she know, one of the other groomsmen has his eyes on her.

3. Jock Row
Author: Sara Ney

When people hear NA romance, they usually think angst. This book (and series) has none. It’s just a very sweet sports romance.

4. Beauty and the Beefcake
Author: Pippa Grant

Awkard, smart girl + the beefcake = hilariously heartwarming.

5. The Accidental Girlfriend
Author: Emma Hart

A fake date that turns that can’t be for just one night. This was an incredibly funny romantic comedy.

6. Stroked
Author: Meghan Quinn

Seriously hilarious with a third POV from a Paris Hilton – type diva.

7. Sundays are for Hangovers
Authors: J.D. Hollyfield & K. Webster

An enemies to lovers story about two very different neighbors that will make you laugh.

8. First & Then
Author: Emma Mills

Emma Mills is another author who writes sweet YA contemporary romances to swoon over.

9. The Allure of Julian Lefray
Author: R.S. Grey

This giggle worthy romance will light up your life.

10. The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West

Kasie West is known for her super sweet YA contemporaries. This list wouldn’t be complete without one of her books.

Well, there you go. Ten sweet romances to make you swoon this lovey-est of love days.

Review: For the Win (Kelly Jamieson)

For the Win
Series: Wynn Hockey, #4
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Harrison Wynn
Even though I’m the oldest player on the farm team, I’m playing my heart out this year to prove that I have what it takes to play in the NHL.
Everyone expects me to live up to my dying hockey hero dad’s legacy, but my chances are receding every season.
What I need is to focus, but the team’s new yoga instructor is a major distraction; I’ve had my eye on her from the first time we met.
Except she’s not interested—okay, maybe actively disinterested—since I accidentally dumped her into the ocean during our paddleboard yoga class.
How can I prove to her—and to the NHL—that I’m worth taking a chance on?

Arya Ross
Men are the last thing I need in my life.
Yoga is my priority; it helps me center myself and heal my soul.
But I can’t turn down the once-in-a-lifetime offer to be the personal yoga instructor for the local hockey team.
Sure, there are some cute players—including Harrison Wynn, who seemingly won’t take no for an answer, and whose boyish smile and sexy charm are hard to resist.
He seems genuine, and I wonder . . .
Can I put my past behind me to start a future with him?


The Wynn Hockey series started out a little bumpy with the amount of family member characters to sort through, but I feel like it’s finally hit its stride with the third and fourth book in the series. I really enjoyed reading For the Win. I loved how Harrison and Arya met and fell in love. Both had personal issues to work through. Harrison had family problems and his hockey career. Arya had a scary incident from her past that kept her from moving forward. I loved how those issues didn’t get magically better because of their love for each other, but that their love pushed them to finally deal with the issues. That doesn’t always happen in romance. A lot of time the love saves the day. I appreciated the difference with this book.

Review: Undercover Bromance (Lyssa Kay Adams)

Undercover Bromance
Series: Bromance Book Club, #2
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assist Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.


Undercover Bromance is one of those reads that feel effortless. From the moment it began, I was immediately in love with the story. Liv and Mack’s antagonistic relationship from The Bromance Book Club spilled over perfectly into this book. Liv’s love to hate on Mack and his constant need to impress her and make her admit she liked him made for some spectacular banter and chemistry. It made for a really fun enemies to lovers romance.

Liv and Mack’s romance wasn’t the only thing that stood out positively in Undercover Bromance. The way Lyssa Kay Adams approached sexual harassment in the work place and the way society has normalized it over the years was outstanding. She brought opinions from all sides and educated while she entertained. I also have to applaud the way such a serious subject was also made to feel “lighter” within this romance — even when it really wasn’t.

I also have to say how much fun it was to be back with the gang from The Bromance Book Club. I love those guys. Their advice and love of romance novels always makes me smile. (Now, can I get a book for the Russian, please?) Undercover Bromance was a hit for me and a great sophomore addition to the Bromance Book Club series.

Review: Bastard Bachelor Society (Sara Ney)

Bastard Bachelor Society
Series: The Bachelors Club, #1
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What is the Bastard Bachelor Society?

It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have.

Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified.

We’re ineligible bachelors; bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually…

We’re so committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest. Rules are involved. Prizes.

Laugh it up, but I’m no loser.

Enemy number one to my single status? My irresistible neighbor, Abbott Margolis. She with her evil cat Desdemona, and Sexy AF pencil skirts. She’s kind and beautiful and hilarious. We can’t get involved, no matter how much her meddling grandmother pushes us together. But if I was going to lose this bet for anyone? It would be for Abbott.

Let’s face facts: I’m a bastard, unwilling to settle down. Especially when there’s a bet to win.


I’ve read all of Sara Ney’s books. It’s safe to say I’m a fan of her books and humor. That being said, when I started Bachelor Bastard Society I had this “oh no” feeling. Like maybe this was the first book of hers I wasn’t going to love. It started out with Brooks’ point of view and I WAS NOT a fan. His little boys’ club was so idiotic and I can’t believe those dudes all signed on for it.

Then came Abbot. Abbot was such a joy to read. She was hilarious. Her cat was the perfect demon pet. She had the coolest grandma around. There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about her. Once she started interacting with Brooks, he became tolerable. He was still an idiot, but one that grew on me. By the end of Bachelor Bastard Society I loved them together.

I ended having WAY MORE fun reading this book than I thought I was going to have at the beginning. I’m pleasingly kind of surprised to say I loved it.

Review: Dear Ava (Ilsa Madden-Mills)

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Dear Ava
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: February 3, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance.

The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until they destroyed me.

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer? Knox, the scarred quarterback, Dane, his twin brother, or Chance, the guy who dumped me . . .

Dear Ava,

Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Sh*t. That’s stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.

It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.

I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.
I’ve missed the smell of your hair.

And then everything fell apart that night.

Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.
Still.

Not part of any other series. Dark high school romance. Recommended for 18+.


I ended Dear Ava with a giant smile on my face. I know that’s beginning at the end, but it’s important because I started this book feeling sad. If you have read the preview to Dear Ava in Team Player 2, you will understand this. Ava’s been dealt some horrors to deal with, and returning to school is not something she is doing lightly. The attention Knox, one of the people who could be responsible for her troubles, is putting on her is both scary and exhilarating. Their story is both romantic and stressful due to the angst and subject matter. All that stress was worth it in the end, though. I loved the way everything played out.

 

DEAR AVA AN

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Help You Transition From YA to NA Contemporary Romance

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

I honestly expect every book I read to be 5 stars, so I’m branching out on my own today and changing my topic to:

Ten Books to Help You Transition From YA to NA Contemporary Romance

1. If you liked Second Chance Summer, try Left Drowning.

 

What they have in common: Big on emotions, dealing with grief, and great friendships.

2. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, try Bright Side.

What the have in common: Big on emotions, star-crossed lovers, great friendships, lots of great quotes, and tears.

3. If you liked Nowhere But Here, try Nine Minutes.

What they have in common: Motorcycle gangs, mysteries, and romance.

4. If you liked On Thin Ice, try The Deal.

What they have in common: Hockey players falling in love and great friendships.

5. If you liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda, try Him.

What they have in common: Sweet LBGTQ+ romances.

6. If you liked Catching Jordan, try Sacked.

What they have in common: Football players falling in love.

7. If you liked The Distance Between Us, try Jock Row.

What they have in common: Cute, feel good romances.

8. If you liked When It’s Real, try Maybe Someday.

What they have in common: Musicians.

9. If you liked Anna and the French Kiss, try Spanish Lessons.

What they have in common: Study abroad romances.

10. If you liked Cold Day in the Sun, try From Lukov with Love.

What they have in common: Strong female athletes who push the limits.

Wherever You Are (Krista & Becca Ritchie)

Wherever You Are
Series: Bad Reputation Duet, #2
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

I WILL RUIN HER.

You know that old saying “opposites attract” — well, no one ever tells you what happens after the attraction part.

Do opposites stick together forever?

Or do they just self-combust?

And then there’s the third option: someone or something forces them apart.

Look, the third option isn’t happening to us. I will end the bastard who thinks he can keep me from her. I only need to worry about one thing. . .

Epic, soul-crushing self-destruction.
Because I screw up everything I touch.
Even her.


I just have to thank Krista & Becca Ritchie for not making us wait forever for Wherever You Are. One week was long enough to stew over that end in Whatever It Takes. It was nice to be able to quickly jump back in right where the story left off.

I loved how Willow and Garrison’s story came full circle in Wherever You Are. Their love story was sweet. It was satisfying to see them make it through a long distance relationship, the media focus on them, and really everything life through at them. Their story was both a little heartbreaking at times, while also being very uplifting.

My only little issue with this story was all the back and forth between present and past. It didn’t bother me in the first book, but I felt the switches more in this one. Part of that was probably because I was wanting that happy ending. The other was that with every past section, the time in the future jumped so I wasn’t taken back to the last present moment. It was a little jarring at time. It didn’t ruin my reading experience or anything. It was just noticeable this time around.

Overall, this Wherever You Are was a strong conclusion to the Bad Reputation Duet. I’m so happy to have finally gotten Willow and Garrison’s story!

Mini Review: King of Lies (Whitney G.)

King of Lies
Series: Empire of Lies, #1
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: January 30, 2020
Publisher: WGW Books, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The man I fell in love with is a f*cking liar…
I don’t have much time to reveal all the details, but I will say this: The “Woman disappears after wedding” and “Woman flees before honeymoon” headlines are lying.
I’m not missing.
I didn’t run away after my wedding.
I would’ve never run away right before our scheduled honeymoon.
My husband has taken me.
No, correction: He’s kidnapped me because he claims that “it’s what’s best”. That I’m a mere pawn in his twisted game of chess.
Despite the fact that my heart is still tethered to his, or the fact that he’s still the most gorgeous and beautiful man I’ve ever met in my life (he can still make me wet with a single sentence), I have to focus on getting away from him.
I have to accept that he’s no longer the man I fell in love with.
He’s the king of lies


After the opening of King of Lies, all I could think was, “Oh, wow.” I was so curious about how Meredith ended up in the situation she was in with her husband holding her captive. As the story went on and revelations started coming, the more hooked I became to the story. It was truly fascinating. This romance isn’t something I’m used to reading from Whitney G. It’s her addictive romantic writing style, but it was also slightly erotic and all sorts of twisty thriller-ish. I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next installment, Queen of Lies.

Mini Reviews: Boss Man Bridegroom & Riven Knight

Boss Man Bridegroom
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: January 23, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Will you do me the greatest honor of all time and be my bridegroom?” she asks, hope in her eyes . . .

How did I get here? My assistant, bent on one knee, holding my hand, her expectant face waiting for an answer.

Just . . . how?

How did I go from being insulted by Charlee Cox to hiring her to be my assistant? How is it that she’s chaos in color – making me crazy and my life better at the same time?

I never thought I would be staring down at her bright blue eyes begging me to go along with this ridiculous scheme I suggested.

Yes, I suggested. Like the idiot I am, I thought hey, why not start an HR nightmare and have my assistant ask me to marry her?

Confused? Don’t worry, so am I.

But try to follow along, because this is how I became Boss Man Bridegroom.

My thoughts:

Boss Man Bridegroom was absolutely adorable. It had the humor and romance I have come to expect from Meghan Quinn. Rath was uptight, but also super sweet. Charlie was extra in the best way. I loved every minute of them falling in love. If you love fake relationships that turn real or office romances, this book is for you. If you’re unfamiliar with Meghan Quinn’s writing, but love a good romantic comedy, you could start with this book. Or you could do yourself a favor and start with Diary of a Bad Boy and then read The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister before reading this one. Each book is a ton of fun and they feature three male best friends finding love.


Riven Knight
Series: Tin Gypsies, #2
Author: Devney Perry
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Genevieve Daylee didn’t expect to be standing in front of a judge on her twenty-seventh birthday. But ever since her life became entangled with a former motorcycle gang, she’s learned not to expect anything but trouble.

Her mother, a woman she once admired and adored, is gone, leaving behind a trail of secrets and lies. She’s living in a tiny apartment above a garage owned by her brother, a man who loathes her very existence. And the father she met beside her mother’s grave is as much of a stranger as Isaiah Reynolds, the broken man with soulless eyes standing beside her in front of the judge.

Isaiah is her protector from the murderer at large in Clifton Forge. Though he’s more like a riven knight in dented armor than a prince on a white stallion. She knows next to nothing about him, other than he works as a mechanic. As of tonight, he’ll be sharing her bathroom.

And, according to the judge, Isaiah is now her husband.

My thoughts:

I liked Riven Knight even more than Gypsy King. It started out much quicker for me and I immediately bonded with the characters. Genevieve and Isaiah’s story was kind of a slow burn filled with all sorts of sexual tension. I loved how they navigated their new situation. I liked the mystery aspect of things. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was probably one of the biggest twists because I didn’t think it needed to go there…but that’s my personal opinion. Overall, a great addition to this new series.

Review: Frenemies (Emma Hart)

Frenemies
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Publisher: Emma Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There are some things you just have to deal with. Like your hot as hell college booty call moving in next door with his adorable daughter. The only time we’ve ever gotten along is under the sheets. Old habits die hard because two minutes on my front porch is how long it takes us to bicker. Not that a little fact like that bothers my healthy, eighty-year-old grandmother and roommate who’s determined to see me married before she bites the dust. Unfortunately for me, she’s got her eye set on Mason Black. She’s barking up the wrong tree. He’s not The One, no matter how much I swoon when I see him with his daughter. I have no intentions of rekindling anything with him—until a rubber spider in my mailbox starts off the mother of all neighborhood prank wars, just like the ones we had in college, and throws me right into his path. One that leads right to his bedroom…


Frenemies did in 160 pages what some books can’t do in 400. It told a complete love story filled with just the right amount of banter and hilarious hi-jinks. I loved Mason and his daughter Maya. I adored Imogen and her crazy Grandma Jen. I was invested in the romance from the beginning until the very end. There wasn’t really any angst or drama. This novella was just a fun filled read. It’s great for anyone looking for a quick, light romantic read.

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