25 Festive Romance Novels

Tuesday, December 1, 2020


Hi, friends!

Happy December 1st! I can't believe the year is winding down already - what even????? But this is my favorite time of the year, so I'm very excited and ready for all things seasonal! Despite the pandemic, I'm trying to remain cheerful and optimistic for the new year and I hope you guys are also able to find joy in the small things. <3

Around this time of the year is also when I'm in the mood to read all the seasonal books, so I thought I would compile and share with you a list of 25 holiday-themed novels. If you enjoy holiday romances or Christmas movies as much as I do for the festive aesthetics, I hope you'll find some books to add to your never-ending TBRs. If not, well, you can just stare at the pretties!  😉

Feel free to share your own recommendations in the comments below!

Quick disclaimer: I have not read every book on this list.

Let's get started! 


A Christmas romance that takes place over 24 hours in South Africa. Angie and Ezra, both mistaken to be part of a wedding party, are roped into being a fake couple. Conversation and love ensue.

His Princess by Christmas by Therese Beharrie 

Prince Kade shows up at single-mom Amari's doorstep wanting a temporary job. When he is forced by the media to take back Amari and her daughter to his Kingdom, the two forge a bond and slowly fall in love.

Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert

A festive and modern take on Beauty & The Beast when a beastly tattoo artist with a troubled past falls for a sweet barista.

Wrapped Up In You by Talia Hibbert

A blizzard offers two childhood friends to confront their crushes on each other in this novella by Talia Hibbert!

A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas by Jackie Lau

Ten years after an amicable breakup, two highschool sweethearts stuck on a road trip together decide to give love a second chance.

Many thanks to Lisa for this recommendation!

Holiday Home Run by Priscilla Oliveras

While volunteering at a youth center, Ben, an ex-baseball player, and Julia, an event planner, find joy with each other.

Stocking Stuffers by Erin McLellan

A grinchy sex-toy marketer and a flannel-sporting and bearded romance book club member engage in some frisky activities while stranded at a bed and breakfast.

Being Merry by Meka James

Meka James delivers a festive F/F opposites-attract romance in this book about a Christmas-loving woman forced to room with a grinchy bartender.

Gifting Me To His Best Friend by Katee Robert

This Christmas turns very sexy when a husband decides to "gift" his wife to his best friend. 

Scrooged by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

A mini-anthology with 3 sexy Christmas novellas!

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

23 days before Christmas, 34-year old Kate is signed up to go on 12 dates with 12 different men. Who is THE ONE?

The Kwanzaa Brunch by DL White

DL White brings a holiday romance set at a company Kwanzaa brunch. The holiday brings romance into Sienna's life when Booker shows up in her company.

Many thanks to Danie for putting this book on my radar.

Miracles & Menorahs by Stacey Agdern

A small-town holiday romance set around Hannukah! Sarah and Isaac butt heads and fall in love!

Sweet on You by Carla de Guzman

Christmas, baking, and prank wars! This sweet rivals-to-more romance novel in the Philippines is not to be missed.

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

The perfect friends-to-lovers to cozy up with this holiday season. Long-time friends Mark and Kelly realize that perhaps love has been right under their noses!

A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday

A tough NYC cab-driver finds love with a princess in this modern Christmas fairytale!

 A Real Royal Christmess by Linda West

A broken-hearted accountant and a prince escaping his arranged marriage are thrown together at a ski resort during the holidays in this opposites-attract romance.

Maybe This Christmas by Susannah Nix

A love story that spans 10 years! Alexandra and Lucas share their first kiss on Christmas in high-school. Though the two head their separate ways, they keep coming back to each other every Christmas.

Twelve Dates of Christmas by Rilzy Adams

Two estranged friends reconnect 6 years later and Rashad has to convince Zia that they would be better off as more than just friends over 12 dates.

All They Want for Christmas by Andie J Christopher

Two exes and one of their friends decide to have a sexy Christmas!

The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish

Alex and Corbin can't deny their connection when they start working at a bakery together in this holiday romance with just the touch of magic.

Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn

An unexpected kiss forces longtime friends-turned-partners to confront their feelings for each other. Oh, and there's only one bed!

Wrecking Christmas by Liza Jonathan

Kathryn doesn't anticipate wrecking her car on Christmas. She also does not anticipate being rescued by a sexy and rugged man and then being stranded with him in a magical little Christmas town where one's deepest desires come true.

A Merry Little Flithmas by Nicole Falls

Bryce and Yemi take it to the sheets after a late-night encounter at a laundromat.

Many thanks to Bella for this recommendation!

Tinsel In Tangle by Ainslie Paton

An office romance between two people who have secret crushes on each other. Their feelings for each other surface in the aftermath of a Christmas party gone awry.


Let's chat!

Do you enjoy holiday romances? Did any books from this list catch your eye?
Let me know in the comments below!

How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams

Monday, November 30, 2020

 

by Denise Williams
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: December 1st 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

With its promise of sexy lists, How to Fail At Flirting was one of my most anticipated romance novels of the year. I went in expecting a fun, steamy, and somewhat fluffy story, but came out with a poignant book that deftly explores the challenges of academia and the aftermath of abuse in relationships. 

How to Fail at Flirting opened up with Dr. Naya Turner at a roadblock in both her love life and her career. Her department at the university where she worked was on the verge of being potentially defunded, which meant that she could lose aspects of her job and a career that she loved. On top of that, the demands of her job have left her love life looking a little sad. An abusive ex has also led to her tightly guarding her heart and focusing all of her time and attention on her research and her career. Naya needed some loving of the romantic nature, so when her friends (who are really really awesome, BTW) encouraged her to have a one-night stand, she took the leap, which provided the perfect opportunity to meet Jake, her love interest. 

Man, I loved Naya's story of growth in this book. She was an impressive woman at the beginning of the book, but she developed even further as a character as she went on this journey of self-love. Her abusive ex had left her self-esteem at a very low point, so she had a lot of healing to do. Denise Williams took care of Naya's character compassionately and realistically. Your heart will ache for Naya, but ultimately you will truly root for her happiness and feel like a proud mama/papa bear at how she was able to rebuild the self-confidence that her dirtbag of an ex spent a long time wrecking. Though a big part of her character, Naya's abuse wasn't the only focus of How to Fail at Flirting. Her passion for her career and research in the education department was clear as day. You could just tell that it was a job she found very fulfilling from the way she spoke about it. She was great overall and readers will easily love her character, in my opinion.

Naya was definitely the star of this book, but her love interest, Jake, was a terrific addition and the perfect partner for her. They met at a bar following which they engage in a night of passion. Of course, we all know how one-night stands end in romance novels, so it was no surprise when the two find themselves wanting to be around each other beyond the night. Jake was a sweetheart and very much of a nice guy, which is what Naya deserved in her life. He was patient and sweet with her, making it easy to root for his happiness. Of course, their relationship wasn't smooth-sailing - an obstacle and a conflict-of-interest arose when it was discovered that Jake was a consultant hired by her university to determine whether her department would be eliminated. Though the stress of that situation loomed, their relationship managed to be light-hearted and swoony. I liked how there was a playful energy between them despite everything.

Anyways, How to Fail at Flirting was a great debut for me and I am excited to read what Denise Williams comes up with next. If it's anything like this poignant and romantic book, I know I have discovered a new favorite author to add to my romance library.

CW: racial microaggressions, intimate partner violence, and abuse

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Hi friends!

Please welcome Denise Williams, author of How to Fail at Flirting, to The Infinite Limits of Love. Denise was kind enough to answer some interview questions related to her debut novel and I can't wait for you all to read it! I hope this encourages you to get a copy of the book when it releases tomorrow!

What is your favorite quote from HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING that captures the essence of the book?

This line follows Jake and Naya’s first kiss and it’s the first time she feels the power of being with someone who sees and values her.
“I wanted to be kissed like that again, like I was something special, something wanted, like I was . . . someone.”

Do you have a playlist that goes with the book?

I usually have a playlist of songs to listen to while writing a book—songs that give me the emotion of the scenes of the goals of the characters—but I never had one for How to Fail at Flirting. I’ve recently re-read the book and put together songs that put me back in the world of Jake and Naya. I’ve never shared it with anyone, so I hope you all enjoy it! Here's a link to the Spotify playlist.

Runnin’ (Lose It All) by Arrow Benjamin, Beyoncé, & Naughty Boy
The book opens with Naya realizing she’s unhappy with aspects of her life. She’s spent years running from things that make her happy and I love how this song feels hopeful but also reflects how Naya feels lost at the start.

Texas Man by The Chicks
Naya is looking for a one-night stand when she meets Jake and is seeking a physical connection. Little known fact: the book originally began in Texas!

Brave by Sarah Bareilles
Naya doesn’t feel brave at the start, but her meddling friends believe she is. I imagine she’d listen to a song like this before her initial attempts to get back into the world of flirting.

Girls Like You by Maroon 5, feat. Cardi B
“You’ve not like other girls,” isn’t the compliment it sounds like, but “Here’s what I adore about you,” sure can be. I think this song has Jake energy. He sees how good she is for him, no matter the other complications around them.

Little Do You Know by Alex and Sierra
The story is told from Naya’s point of view, and she’s falling in love, having fun, and having great sex, but she’s also still healing from the trauma of her past relationship. This song makes me think about how Jake cares for Naya and how she, eventually, lets him.

I just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
Long-distance relationships like Jake and Naya have are hard! I lived in Tokyo and London as a kid and my parents taught me this song so sing to my grandparents when we called the states. 

Julianna Calm Down by The Chicks
This song (and let’s be real—this whole album!) was like letting out a good cry and then a heavy sigh. So much of this song is Naya wrapped up in the lyrics—a little scared, a little bold, a little fake it ‘til you make it, and a little ready to keep going.

Wait for You (cover) by Travis Atreo
Jake is the perfect partner for Naya for many reasons, but especially his patience. I hope readers appreciate how much he adores the heroine from the beginning, and he’ll wait for her. 

Brand New Me by Alicia Keys
I love that Naya figures out her “brand new me” isn’t because of Jake and isn’t new at all—that she’s the sum of all her experiences, but can feel a renewed sense of self…and that self happens to have Jake!

Rainbow Connections by Garfunkel and Oates
I discovered this song when I was editing How to Fail at Flirting and I love it for so many reasons (A fun video, pro-marriage equality, catchy tune, etc.) but the line “All the things that make you you, all the things that make me me, that led us to the place we were always meant to be” described the HEA for this book.


Naya, like yourself, is an academic. As a current baby academic myself, the representation for academia felt very authentic to me. Did anything from your own experience make it into Naya's experience? What's one piece of advice Naya would give any starting a graduate program?

Thank you! I have worked in academic and higher education for fifteen years. I drew from my experiences about the politics of the place and the day-to-day work that faculty might be doing, but luckily, I’ve never had to worry about department cuts and the other workplace challenges Naya has to face! 
If Naya could give one piece of advice to someone starting a graduate program, it would be to find your people, those friends, classmates, mentors, etc. who will cheer you on. Writing and research can feel isolating, and in a field where critique is a way of life, it’s important to have people in your corner who you trust to lift you up and help push you forward.

HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING also takes a deep dive into abusive relationships and their aftermaths. It's a delicate topic and I imagine the research process was difficult. How did you cope with writing a heroine who had been through an abusive relationship and what was the research process like? If there's one thing you would want readers to take away from Naya's journey of self-discovery, what would it be?

It was really important to me to show a survivor getting her HEA. I hope readers for whom this might be triggering will read reviews of the content warnings on my website ahead of time if that is helpful for them.  

Something I’ve said often is that sometimes trauma and traumatic experiences are the story and sometimes they are the character. In terms of research, I spoke with a lot of people, read about trauma, and pulled from some of my own training. I hope readers walk away seeing a woman hurting and healing and living with trauma who can still have good friends, good sex, and find love, that those things can co-exist, but also that love and friends and sex don’t magically erase the impacts of trauma.

HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING has a list of the sexy variety - my favorite! We see Naya's list in the book. If Jake had a sexy (or not so sexy) bucket list, what would be on his list?

I like this question! Here are some sexy and not so sexy things that would be on Jake’s list and maybe a few will surprise you…

- Learn to surf. He always thought it looked cool but never felt coordinated enough.
- Go to adult space camp.
- Vacation in a glass hotel in Finland to see the northern lights (and keep warm with Naya while there)
- Sex somewhere public. Jake is a rule-follower and secretly loves the idea of doing something taboo, especially if it involves Naya.
- Getting pegged. He has always been interested but never felt comfortable sharing that with his ex.
- Slow, romantic sex after proposing to the woman he loves and she says yes. (Is that a hint about a forthcoming bonus epilogue? Maybe!)
- Adopting a dog with his new fiancée. 
 
If you and your partner and Naya and Jake could go on a double-date anywhere in the world, where are you all off to and what will your date night look like?

Since we’re still in COVID times, I think we’d keep our double date local. Jake and Naya are fictional and would have quarantined for two weeks, so we’d invite them over. Here’s how I’d envision the night:
My husband and Jake would cook us dinner because Naya and I don’t really cook, unless boiling watch and microwave popcorn count.

I imagine Naya and my husband would insist we watch Star Wars together and Jake and I would roll our eyes and play online Scrabble until it was over.

We’d light a fire and sit around talking about politics, pop-culture, and music while enjoying nightcaps and cake, my and Naya’s favorite snack.

There are a ton of places I’d love to travel, but 2020 is living it’s most 2020 life, and having people over feels like one of the best possible treats!
 
What's next for you in terms of writing? Anything fun you can share with us? 

My next book with Berkley will be out late next autumn features Wes, Naya’s self-defense coach. I’m so excited to share more about this book soon and you get to check in on Jake and Naya in it! I have a pretty solid crush on Jake, but Wes might give him a run for his money in terms of book boyfriends.


Many thanks to Denise for taking her time to answer my questions!

Let's chat!

What's on your bucket list?
Let me know in the comments below!




Waiting on Wednesday (24): Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

  


Deal With The Devil by Kit Rocha

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

by Kit Rocha
Series: Mercenary Librarians #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: July 28th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I had been excited to read Deal with the Devil ever since the book deal was announced. It promised mercenary librarians and how freaking cool does that sound? I haven't read a lot of post-apocalyptic romances but after having fun with Deal with the Devil, I'm thinking this is a subset of science-fiction that I desperately need to explore more of. This book was super entertaining! I found myself speeding through it as there was plenty of action and plenty of fun twists!

His Princess by Christmas by Therese Beharrie

Monday, November 23, 2020

by Therese Beharrie
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: November 1st 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

It's that time of the year when all I want to do is read holiday romances and watch all the cheesy holiday movies. This year, I'm starting earlier than usual because why the heck not? I thought starting off my holiday reading spree with one of my favorite authors would be the best decision and of course, Therese Beharrie never disappoints me. His Princess by Christmas was just the wholesome romance novel with all the holiday feels that my grinch heart desired! It's full of tropey goodness and is sure to leave you feeling all bright and positive.

The Hidden Moon by Jeannie Lin

Thursday, November 19, 2020

by Jeannie Lin
Series: The Pingkang Li Mysteries #3
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 1st 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

The Hidden Moon came on my radar thanks to Aarya on Twitter. I immediately put a hold on it at the library and what a great decision that was. The Hidden Moon was just as lovely as the stunning cover. I'm so excited to have discovered a new author whose backlist I have the opportunity to read.

Waiting On Wednesday (23): Ever After Always by Chloe Liese

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

 


6 Recent Kindle Unlimited Reads

Monday, November 16, 2020


Happy Monday!

I am bringing you a set of mini-reviews for a few books I recently read from Kindle Unlimited. I recently renewed my subscription and it's safe to say I'm enjoying discovering more and more authors daily. Let me know if you have any recommendations for authors and books I need to check out from Kindle Unlimited.

Big Announcement: A Romance Award

Wednesday, November 11, 2020



Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

by Alexandria Bellefleur
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 10th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

We've had incredible romance debuts this year and I've been fortunate enough to have read several that made it to my favorites list. Written in the Stars is at the top of that list. This witty and radiant F/F romance which takes inspiration from Pride & Prejudice and The Bridget Jones Diary is not to be missed!

October Monthly Recap

Monday, November 9, 2020

 


Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: October 27th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Though this third installment in the Bromance Book Club series has a more serious and somber tone to it, it was still a story I had a great time with. Lyssa Kay Adams has easily become one of my favorite romance writers with her humorous voice and swoon-worthy romances. Crazy Stupid Bromance featured a lovely friends-to-lovers romance that I recommend to fans of the series and lovers of the trope.

15 Gothic Novels & Historical Mysteries Perfect For Halloween

Monday, October 26, 2020

 

Birthday Shot by Rilzy Adams

Thursday, October 22, 2020

by Rilzy Adams
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: August 21st 2020
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Rilzy Adams has been a very fun author discovery for me - thank you, Twitter. I love how I can spend a few solid hours with her stories thoroughly entertained and satisfied. Birthday Shot was especially a must-read for me since I'm a big fan of the older brother's best friend trope when done well. Yet again, the author delivered with a solid story that had me swooning and fanning myself.

Waiting On Wednesday (22): Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

by Cara Bastone
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication Date: October 20th 2020
Source: ALC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

It's official. Cara Bastone is one of my favorite 2020 romance debuts. There's something wickedly special about her voice and I'm hooked. Call Me Maybe, an Audible Original title, was one of the most entertaining and charming audiobooks I've had the chance to listen to. I was sporting a very silly grin while I was listening to it and I can't wait for all of you to pick it up and relish this sweet story.

Murder On Cold Street by Sherry Thomas

Monday, October 19, 2020

by Sherry Thomas
Series: Lady Sherlock #5
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: October 6th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I am so in love with the Lady Sherlock series, I can't possibly express my feelings for it no matter what I say. I had high hopes for Murder on Cold Street and once again, Sherry Thomas delivered with just the story I was expecting. 

Trust Fund Fiancé by Naima Simone & Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Thursday, October 15, 2020


Waiting On Wednesday (21): For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


Love Island Book Tag

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Happy Tuesday, bookworms!

Jen showed me this Love Island tag created by Paige at Minimal Bookie. I'm a huge Love Island fan - I've seen all the UK seasons, the Australian seasons, and I watched the latest US season live. I have way too much fun watching the show and devouring all the drama that always happens on these kinds of dating scenarios. They are way too entertaining! Obviously, as a fan of the show, I had to do this fun tag. Be sure to also watch Paige's video.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Monday, October 12, 2020

by Rebecca Roanhorse
Series: Between Earth and Sky #1
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Publisher: Saga
Publication Date: October 13th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷

I'm not the most experienced adult epic fantasy reader but when Amber at Du Livre couldn't stop raving about Black Sun, curiosity got the best of me. I don't know what it was about Black Sun, but this is the first fantasy book I've read in a very long time that has held my attention all the way through. It's a remarkable character-driven fantasy series opener that's undeniably going to evolve into an epic trilogy. 

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

by Olivia Dade
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 6th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

There's a reason why Olivia Dade is one of my favorite authors. She writes nuanced stories with some of the best fat representation in romance. With her Avon debut, she takes her writing to another dimension. Spoiler Alert had me on an emotional rollercoaster but more importantly, it left me with the happiest feelings in my heart.

September Monthly Recap & October TBR

Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Nick & Katie's {Infinite} Playlist: Pairing 13 Romance Books With Songs

Monday, October 5, 2020


Hiya, this is Katie, a friend of Nick's! 

Nick recruited me to help out with this particular blog post in which I match songs to books she's recommended to me over the years. Does anyone else get this problem, where they read an amazing book and afterward they can't help try to find songs that fit the book/couple, even if it means taking on a, ah shall we say, creative interpretation of the lyrics? Because it's basically a permanent side effect of reading for me at this point. I just get so excited and proud when I find the perfect song that can relate to the books I read! So without further ado, here's the list I compiled so far. There's bound to be a lot of songs I left off, so I would love to hear what are some of your favorite songs to listen to for romance books!

12 Books From Kindle Unlimited On My TBR

Thursday, October 1, 2020


Hi guys!

Today I'm sharing a list of 12 books that I found on Kindle Unlimited that I'm excited to read. Ari gifted me a KU subscription last year and I can honestly say it was a really good present. I've discovered a ton of great books and new authors, especially Black authors. If you're a romance reader, then I definitely recommend getting a subscription. There's currently a sale going where you can get up to 40% off of a subscription if you're interested. P.S this is not an ad! 

I hope you guys find some new books to add to your TBRs! Be sure to drop your recommendations if you have any too! 😀

W.W.W Wednesdays (7)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

  


Happy Wednesday, friends!

I hope you're all doing well.
I've been down for the past week or so. This pandemic has made me grateful for all my friends I've met online. They are truly keeping me sane and connected, in a way. School has been tough for me lately. I have so much that needs to be done, but I can only get through a couple of tasks a day. It's become a real source of frustration.

On a more positive note, I've started a new Turkish drama and I'm obsessed with it. I had seen a couple of folks mention it on Twitter and omg, it's so good. It has all of my favorite tropes including fake-engagement and enemies-to-lovers. The chemistry between the actors is FIRE. SEE BELOW.




OK I'll stop now ...

I got Lisa and Katie to watch it too and now it's all we talk about. 😅 I've never watched a Turkish drama before but it's interesting how some Turkish words are very familiar to me since they bear a close resemblance to French and Hindi. If any of you watch it, let me know in the comments below! I want to hear all about your thoughts.

Let's get to my W.W.W post!

Can't Help Falling by Cara Bastone

Monday, September 28, 2020

by Cara Bastone
Series: Forever Yours #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: August 25th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Having loved Cara Bastone's debut novel, Just A Heartbeat Away, one of my favorite romance novels of 2020, I was excited to pick up the next book in the companion series. Can't Help Falling was just as brilliant as the first book and I can candidly say that Cara Bastone is up there for me in my list of favorite authors.

Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen

Friday, September 25, 2020

TRUTH OR DARE 

by Danielle Allen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: August 27th 2020
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I read my first Danielle Allen book, Work Song, for the very first post of this feature, so I had full intentions of also picking up Truth or Dare. Also, look at the abs on this cover hunk ... 👀 What gave me the push was Sharonda's TikTok and bless her, because Truth or Dare was exactly the steamy read I needed in my life.

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Thursday, September 24, 2020

by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 28th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

Today Tonight Tomorrow is a book that feels like a cozy blanket on a cold wintery afternoon. It will draw you in with its witty and engaging characters and will leave you with the biggest smile on your face. Rachel Lynn Solomon is a gifted writer and this heartfelt story is further proof of just how far her talent extends.

W.W.W Wednesdays (6)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 


Bonjour, friends!

How are you guys doing? 
I'm ready for this week to be over. It's been a busy week for me and I'm very tired. I feel like I'm perpetually tired because weekdays and weekends are all blurred together now. Even though places are opening up over here, I'm not venturing out unless it's to get groceries every 2 weeks. I'm also incredibly home-sick and have been trying to figure out if I should go towards the end of the semester. I miss my family.  
Anyways, at least it's officially fall, my favorite season of the year! The cooler weather has been very nice! How's the weather where you guys are?

Let's get to my W.W.W post!

Top Ten Tuesday (27): Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 


Happy Tuesday, bookworms! 

And Happy First day of Fall for those of you in the Northern hemisphere!
I hope you're all doing well! I survived a 5-hour stretch of meetings yesterday and I am officially all pooped out today. In more exciting news, Today's Top Ten Tuesday is all about our Fall TBRs. This is my favorite time of the year and with the year, we've had, we need something good to look forward to. I'm channeling all my energy into this season.

I don't normally do TBRs because I'm a picky mood reader, but I have a tentative list of books I want to read. It's a mix of ARCs and books I've bought/found for free on Amazon.

Anyways, let's take a look at my list, shall we?

Well Played by Jen DeLuca

Monday, September 21, 2020

by Jen DeLuca
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: September 23rd 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Jen DeLuca returns to the renaissance fair with another heartwarming love story, this time featuring one of my favorite tropes - a romance that develops over text messages. While I thoroughly enjoyed her debut novel, Well Met, Well Played was an even lovelier story, in my opinion.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Thursday, September 17, 2020

RAYBEARER

by Jordan Ifueko
Series: Raybearer #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: August 18th 2020
Source: Library
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

I'm really loving the West African inspired YA fantasy that we've been getting this year. Raybearer is one of the most fascinating and unique books I've been lucky enough to read. I have to thank my Twitter friend, Rogier, for getting me hyped for the book and his recommendation didn't lead me astray. I was in love with every moment of this book.

W.W.W Wednesdays (5)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I hope you're all doing great. This week is going so slowly and I feel so lazy. Ugh. I've also been crankier than usual and have been super hungry all the time. I'm not sure what it is. On a more positive note, it's finally beginning to feel like fall here in Philadelphia. This week we have cooler weather and I even sported a sweater yesterday. Fall is my favorite time of the year so I couldn't be happier about it!

Let's get to my W.W.W post!

Top Ten Tuesday (26): Recent Favorite Covers Without People On Them

Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Happy Tuesday, bookworms!

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is a cover freebie. I asked my friend, Amber, for ideas and she suggested favorite covers that don't feature any people. It sounded like a fun challenge. I ended up having to focus on YA covers since there aren't many romance books that don't feature people.

Anyways, enjoy the pretties!