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Angst In Romance

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

 When I sat down to outline this post, I knew that I could not do the topic any kind of justice without seeking some other voices. I've been following both Charlotte and Hannah for some time now and I like to think that I know their reading tastes pretty well. I always lump those two (in a good way) as "angst experts" because they bring up the topic of angst in romance often on their social media. It was only obvious that I slid into their DMs to ask if they would be interested in collaborating on this post. I'm very glad I did because they got me thinking about different perspectives that readers have about angst.

I hope you enjoy reading this post and that you find some terrific new books to add to your TBR.

Cover Reveal: With You Forever by Chloe Liese

Monday, April 19, 2021

Happy Monday, romance bookworms!

I hope you've all had a restful weekend.
I'm excited to start off this week on a strong note with a cover reveal for the wonderful Chloe Liese's upcoming title, With You Forever, the next installment in The Bergman Brothers series. If you're a regular follower of the blog then you know that Chloe is one of my favorite authors and this series is one of my all-time favorites. So, I was really thrilled when she asked if I would be willing to help her share her cover. I mean, duh!!

Anyways, I'm very excited for this book's release because it has alllll of my catnip tropes including slow-burn romance AND marriage-of-convenience. I think it's going to be amazing based on how Chloe has teased us with the Axel and Rooney scenes in her previous book. I need it to be September already!

Let's take a look at the cover!


by Chloe Liese
Series: Bergman Brothers #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 14th 2021

Cozy up for a heartfelt, humorous, sizzling slow-burn in this marriage of convenience romance about finding love—and home—in the most unlikely of places.


Rooney Sullivan is sunshine incarnate. Warm, bright, always smiling, she’s everything I’m not and the last person I have any business desiring. Desperate to hide a hopeless attraction, I’ve done everything possible to keep my distance...until a charades game gone wrong brought that to a grinding halt. 

Since then, steering clear of Rooney has been impossible. In a matter of months, she’s kissed me speechless, commandeered my art career, and infiltrated not only my dreams but my home. The woman who was once avoidable has become the last thing I needed: temptingly within reach.


Axel Bergman is a gorgeous grump who doesn’t have the time of day for me. Thankfully, I’ve kept my crush under wraps...well, until I kissed him. Charades got away from me, okay? It was an accident! I haven’t seen him since, which is for the best. My life is a mess, and the last thing I need is to embarrass myself further with the man who avoids me like that’s his job rather than painting modern masterpieces.

It seems the universe, however, has a different plan. When Axel and I unexpectedly find our paths—and problems—converging, a marriage of convenience proves the perfect solution. At least, until I’m facing my most serious problem yet: a once-loveless marriage of convenience that’s inconveniently become a love match, after all.

With You Forever is a sunshine and grump, marriage of convenience romance about a shy artist on the autism spectrum*, and a smiley smartypants who has a chronic IBD. Complete with DIY home disasters, interfering family and friends, and a steamy slow burn, this standalone is the fourth in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after.

*This is an #OwnVoices story for its portrayal of autism by an autistic author.


How lovely is this cover designed by Jennie Denton?? First of all, I love the color palette. But mostly, I love that you can tell something about the characters' personalities from it. AND THERE ARE PETS!!! WHICH INCLUDES A GREYHOUND BABY???? LOOK AT THAT LONG BOI. Not gonna lie, I may be more excited to see the shenanigans that the cat and the greyhound get into more than anything else! ;)

With You Forever releases on September 14th.


I can't wait to pick this book up! 

I also had to do a dessert pairing because this is me we are talking about! :) Check it out on my IG page!

If you're interested in reading my reviews of Chloe's other books, I've linked them below for your convenience!



What do you think of the cover? 
Have you read The Bergman Brothers series yet?

Let me know in the comments below!

2 Romantic Audible Originals

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Hi, friends!

With being home more frequently, I've been incorporating more audiobooks into my daily life - thanks to much bullying pushing by Amber. I love being able to listen to a quick audiobook while I'm doing a chore or going on a walk. When audiobooks first became big a few years ago, I was convinced that they wouldn't be for me. These days, a lot of talent and energy go into producing good quality audiobooks. They are almost like listening to a movie which can make it really fun. I'm lucky enough that I have access to various sources of audiobooks but in today's post, I wanted to chat briefly about two romance Audible Originals that I recently listened to. 


by Nina Bocci
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication Date: February 4th 2021
Audiobook Length: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Source: Audible Subscription
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
Audiobook Production & Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧

A Vineyard Valentine, as the title hints, is a quick and romantic novella that takes place during Valentine's Day. Vineyard owner, Eloisa, is hosting a Valentine's Day soiree at her family's vineyard except that she hates all things Valentine's Day. This year, to spice things up, she hosts an Anti-Valentine's Day event so she can hang out with follow V-Day grinches. She just needs to run between the two events to make sure that everything is going smoothly. Very much to her surprise, she meets a handsome gentleman with who she immediately has a connection. I enjoyed listening to this very quick novella. It had a magical feel to it with the way the author described the setting. The couple had good banter and I thought the narrator made their chemistry shine through. I especially liked the conversations and games they have pushing them to interact. Don't expect a ton of romantic or character development here as the novella is only about 2 hours long. It's really just all about this one night. It was cute and it entertained me while I was cooking, so it was a good listen in my book. :)


by Falguni Kothari
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication Date: February 11th 2021
Audiobook Length: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Source: Audible Subscription
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2
Audiobook Production & Narration: 🎧🎧🎧1/2

The Set Up is the story of Aditi and Krishna who are set up on a blind date by their respective grandparents. Neither is overly excited about this date and they are ready to sabotage themselves so they never have to meet again. Things start off rockily but somehow these two end up liking each other much more than they anticipated. When they discover that their grandparents had a bit of a "the-one-who-got-away" type of relationship back in the day, they decide to set up their grandparents instead. Insert turns of flirty texts and encounters with Aditi and Krishna bonding. I thought this novella was super cute and I had a stupid grin throughout most of it. While both Aditi and Krishna are likable and fun, it's their meddling grandparents who are scene stealers. They are so freaking adorable and made me feel all warm and cozy. Even though I knew this was just a novella, I was a little sad at how short this listen was because the characters had such good chemistry and I think there was room to make this a promising full-length novel. Obviously, that is me being selfish because I enjoyed learning about the characters so much and would have loved to spend more time with them. As for the narration, I enjoyed it for the most part. I thought Soneela, in particular, was brilliant and really brought Aditi's character to life. Vikas Adam, I struggled a little bit with. I especially did not like his voice or accent when he was quoting the desi aunties in this book. I'm sorry I know this is a little rude but he sometimes made Krishna come across as an a-hole. His sometimes cringe-worthy performance wasn't enough to completely take away from my enjoyment of the overall story though. All in all, this was wonderful and I look forward to reading more from Falguni Kothari!

Let's chat!

How do you feel about audiobook novellas?
Let me know in the comments below!

To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

by Jodie Slaughter
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 7th 2021
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Hot Copy by Ruby Barrett

Monday, April 12, 2021

by Ruby Barrett
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: April 13th 2021
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Scoundrel of My Heart by Lorraine Heath

Tuesday, April 6, 2021


by Lorraine Heath
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 30th 2021
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷