SYNOPSIS: He’s not your average Joe from the corner bar. He’s the heir to the crown. I should know, I’ve followed him for years. Not in a stalkerish way. Magazines and online gossip blogs are fair game when you’re royalty. But I do know every detail about him, down to the brand of boxer briefs he wears. All my studying of the man who plays a starring role in my dreams pays off when I win a dinner with him. As if that wasn’t enough, he barters a deal with me that has him moving into my spare guest room. I forgot that fairytales don’t exist though because just as I’m about to get everything I want, including the prince, I find out there’s someone in Prince Adrian Marx’s life I don’t know—his fiancée.
Can I just say that I am loving this book. We first meet Sierra in book 1: My Bestie’s Ex and she isn’t the most lovable with the situation she’s put in. I think it’s understandable why we don’t really get to know her in the first book, so it was cool to get her story in the second. We also get a glimpse of her obsession with Prince Adrian in book one too. I just really enjoyed the setup that added to Sierra and Prince Adrian’s adventure throughout this book. The book has all the great markings of a Piper Rayne romance, and I’d definitely recommend it!
This series is turning out to be a good one, and I think the next book, The Rival Roomies, is going to be my favorite! I can’t wait.
Thank you to Piper Rayne and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!
Five friends. One singles cruise. So many sexy shenanigans…
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Big thank you to Social Butterfly PR for the novellas in exchange for honest reviews!
Overall series rating —> 4.5 STARS
Review: Something I love about this series is that all of the characters seem to be a bit of a hot mess, or at the very least in a rut of some kind. They meet their person on a vacation, but we get to see what happens after the cruise is over. The connection between the novellas makes them even more fun to read!
#1 Kissing Kendall by Katee Robert
SYNOPSIS: All Kendall Barnes wants is a nice relaxing cruise to reconnect with her friends from college. Instead, they’re mistakenly booked on a singles’ cruise. Despite this series of unfortunate events, Kendall is determined to follow through on her original plan… At least until she meets a gorgeous stranger who might just be enough to tempt her into breaking all her rules.
Alex Jeffries is on his first vacation in over ten years, and he hates every second of it. He can’t stop thinking about what could be going wrong with the bar he owns back home, at least until he meets Kendall and forgets about everything but kissing her. Maybe a party cruise wasn’t the worst idea after all…
Kendall and Alex embark on a sexy fling, but it only takes a few days for the truth to sink in. The mind-blowing chemistry between them is only getting stronger, and despite the expiration date they both agreed on, they can’t help wondering if this vacation fling can go the distance…
Or are they destined to crash and burn when they come back to reality?
REVIEW: This one was STEAMY. The chemistry between Kendall and Alex is sizzling! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Kendall come out of her shell. Alex’s choice in the end is definitely SWOON WORTHY.
SYNOPSIS: All work and no play is no way to enjoy this cruise.
Executive Director Grace Kim figures this reunion with her college friends is the perfect excuse to prove that she knows how to keep work/life balance and enjoy the Caribbean, preferably with her pants intact.
Rich, sexy, brilliant Bryan Wu has an app for that, and he charms Grace into helping him test it. He offers seven days of the best vacation of her life (bonus, sizzling chemistry) before they return to reality, but he didn’t anticipate just how much of his heart he’d give her.
When an accidental error results in a humiliating video of her online, Grace must salvage her career and decide whether to erase Bryan from her memory forever or admit they brought out the best in each other.
SYNOPSIS: I never dreamed I’d meet my celebrity crush while stealing every single pair of my best friend’s pants.
Trust me, my life is not that wild. In fact, the most excitement I usually get is running my fan-favorite Insta thirst account featuring butt-tastic pics of Hollywood superhero Carter Hayes. So, imagine my shock when, in the middle of the cruise ship hallway, I realize the guy whose shirt I’m stuffing slacks inside of is Carter disguised as a tourist. How I manage not to faint dead away, I’ve got no clue.
When word leaks that Carter might be on board, he asks me to help him maintain his cover. There’s no way I’m gonna say no to that. I just don’t share that I’m the anonymous woman behind the fan account that reported sighting him onboard. No biggie. Right?
However, when things between us go from friendly to hot to OMG-I-can’t-keep-my-clothes-on-around-him, all I can do is hope he never discovers my secret. You see, somewhere along the way, Carter went from an untouchable movie star to the man I’m falling for.
REVIEW: A celebrity undercover and a super fan. What could go wrong? This has Avery Flynn’s trademark humor and emotion. Aubrey is a total nut in the best way. When I saw the dilemma, I was just waiting for the secret to come out and the drama to happen. It most certainly did, but the resolution was so sweet.
SYNOPSIS: All work and no play has made me a very dull and very horny boy. But now that I’ve secured my coveted tenure professorship in mathematics, I can concentrate on 1) getting a life; and 2) getting off. Not necessarily in that order.
A vacation with my best friends is the perfect way to kick off my new life. And the fact that our relaxing week on the beach is mistakenly booked as a raucous singles cruise seems like the perfect answer to problem number two.
Propositioning the assistant football coach from my university (and the number one player on my spankbank fantasy team) on the ship’s deck after three too many rum punches seems like a good idea at the time. One hotter-than-hell kiss and blow-my-mind orgasm later and the deal for a week-long fling is done and it is definitely the best idea I’ve ever had.
One cruise. Two guys. Seven nights. Zero strings. It sounds like the perfect equation to me… what could possibly go wrong?
REVIEW: I didn’t receive this ARC, so this one is on my TBR!
#5 Loving Liv by Stacey Kennedy
SYNOPSIS: Liv Sloane needs a vacation. After her cheating ex broke her heart–and their engagement–Liv never fully recovered. In fact, she’s spent the past two years avoiding romance at all costs… with the exception of that sizzling one-night stand she can’t seem to forget. So when her friends from college suggest a reunion cruise, Liv knows a relaxing week of sun, sand, and beach reads is exactly what she needs to clear her mind. But when they board the ship, Liv is hit with two surprises. Her friends accidentally booked a singles cruise, and her one-night stand is waiting on deck.
Miles Schantz has spent the past six months thinking about Liv. As a Dom at one of the hottest sex clubs in Las Vegas, Miles has his pick of women… so why can’t he get Liv out of his head? When he receives an email asking him to join Liv on a cruise, he can’t believe his luck. But when he meets her on board–and she’s completely unaware of her “invitation”– Miles has to come up with a new plan. Six nights of no-strings-attached passion. Six nights of wild fantasies, sexy games, and forbidden adventures. Six nights to show Liv that she belongs with him…
SYNOPSIS: For one night of my life, I dared to do something reckless. My birthday. A bar. Karaoke. And a man so hot he could melt the sun. Sparks flew. Lust took over. For one night of my life, I felt alive. Then I was back to my “boring” life. Career-driven. Goal-oriented. Always planning ahead. But nothing could have prepared me for the positive pregnancy test. We weren’t that reckless. There goes my “boring” life. And what happens when I tell the father?
REVIEW: I want to preface my review by saying that accidental pregnancy is one of my all time favorite tropes and that is why I picked this one up. It’s also been a while since I really disliked a book, but I found this plot to be over the top. I also sincerely disliked the male character, as he was always making decisions for the female lead. Personally, the ending was not a happy one for me either. The whole story just made me irritated and unhappy. I can say a lot more, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, because you may very well be intrigued by this one.
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review!
“Must be nice to have family members who own a bar and a bakery.” I inch a little closer. “My brother owns his own vet clinic. I get a family discount on wormer.”
Dean laughs, and it rumbles right through me. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a laugh I can describe as sexy before, but everything about this man is turning me on.
“It is nice getting free food and drinks.”
“I bet. Though I’d probably weigh five hundred pounds after a month of all that free food.”
Dean grabs a menu and hands it to me. “The house pretzel with cheese is better than the fries.”
“That does sound good. It’s not too late to order food?”
He shakes his head. “The kitchen is open until ten.”
“Good. I feel bad when it’s way too close to closing time.”
“That’s very considerate of you.”
“I worked in retail in college.” I give the menu one more glance and decide on the soft pretzel and cheese. “It was irritating when people came in right before closing.”
“I try not to go anywhere if it’s within fifteen minutes of closing, unless it’s my sister-in-law’s bakery. Then I’ll go in a minute before and order whatever takes the longest to make.”
I laugh and meet his eyes, feeling another rush of heat go through me.
“I’m kidding,” he says. “And she’d probably tell me to get the fuck out anyway.”
“Oh, I would too.”
“So…where did you go to college?”
Shit. I have no idea of the names of any Canadian colleges. “The, uh, Central University of…of…” Canada is divided into territories, right? “…of the Northern Territory.”
“Never heard of it,” he says right as I realize my so-called college would be abbreviated to CUNT.
Oh my fucking gosh. If I were to drop dead right now, the universe would probably be doing me a favor.
“It’s a small school. Private too. And girls only.” Just pick up the shovel, Rory, you’re doing a good job digging yourself a hole to crawl in. “Do you come here often?” I blurt, needing to change the subject.
“If I say yes it makes me sound pathetic, but since my brothers own the place, we all come here to hang out.”
I smile. “It’s nice you like being with your brothers.”
“They can be assholes, but for the most part, they’re good guys,” he laughs. “And the free food and drinks don’t hurt.”
I feel my phone vibrating with a text. “Excuse me,” I say as I dig it out of my little purse. It’s Lennon, reminding me not to leave my drink on the bar when I turn away.
“That wouldn’t be your boyfriend, would it?” Dean asks, doing a good job of looking not too interested as he makes sure I’m single.
“No, it’s my cousin.” I quickly reply that I’m always careful and put my phone back done. “And I’m guessing you don’t have one either?”
“A boyfriend?” Dean gives me a smartass smirk. “Not at the moment.” He finishes his drink and moves his stool a little closer when a new song comes on, base loudly thumping around us.
About the Author
Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.
If you follow me here, or on Bookstagram, you should know by now that this is one of my MOST favorite series!! While we have a little while until we get the last three books (June 23rd 2020), we’re getting a novella on April 21st! WOO HOO, give me all the Bailey’s with babies!
A student/teacher, brother’s best friend romance like none other. Burnout by CoraLee June is FREE for a limited time.Maybe if we met at another time—another life—he could’ve been mine.
Maybe if I were older. Maybe if he wasn’t my brother’s best friend. Maybe if he wasn’t my teacher.
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Falling for Decker Harris made me realize that life wasn’t as serendipitous as everyone liked to think. We weren’t just a collection of maybes thrust into the world with hope and good intentions. Everything started with a choice, and somewhere between grief and redemption, I chose to make him mine. Download today!https://books2read.com/burnout
The Exiled Prince by Jeana E. Mann is FREE for a limited time. One night. No names. No faces. It should have been simple. I’ve never been reckless with my heart until I meet a handsome stranger at a secret masquerade ball. From the glint of his dark eyes, he knows I don’t have an invitation. I’m not rich or a celebrity. I’m just the personal assistant of someone important. Instead of showing me the door, he escorts me through the gardens and into a world of decadence, sin, and forbidden pleasures.From the moment we meet, I can’t stop thinking about him. The way his hands feel on my hips. The press of his hard chest against mine. Everything about this night is a sham except for the way he owns my body. Tomorrow, I’ll go back to my normal life and forget this ever happened. Tonight, I’m going to live it up.Except…this isn’t the ending. It’s just the beginning. A few months later, my new boss is the billionaire exiled prince from the masquerade, and I’m in serious trouble.
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Holden Rivers is a junior and the hottest guy on campus. He’s a member of the best fraternity, has both girls and boys dying for his attention, and is a pompous jerk. His arrogance is just one of the many things that drive Kayleigh absolutely mad.
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Determined. Ruthless. Head of a business empire. From the outside, I look bulletproof.
Behind closed doors, though, family always comes first. My parents. My eight–yes, eight–siblings. Every single one of them nagging at me to settle down and get married. I may be bulletproof, but I can’t seem to deflect them. No matter how many times I patiently explain that I don’t believe in love.
I hadn’t counted on Ava Lindt.
Beautiful. Funny. Just as stubborn as I am. It’s frankly infuriating.
I only hired her as a consultant to make our next jewelry collection launch unforgettable. So why is it thoughts of her that I can’t shake? Those curves, that smile… it’s irresistible. And completely off-limits.
She won’t risk her job. I won’t risk my heart. But one kiss, one touch at a time, our sizzling chemistry is turning into a deep connection. With her time at Bennett Enterprises drawing to a close, I’ll have to decide what I was wrong about– her, or love.
SYNOPSIS: Teagan Berkeley is trying her best. A single mom raising a precocious teen, she may have given up on her dreams, but she’s accepted her life in her small beachside hometown. Now the one person who abandoned her when she needed him the most has returned, bringing back memories of what might have been.
Derek Hartz arrives in town with a teenage daughter-and he’s full of guilt over his failed marriage and the way he ended his friendship with Teagan. He’s determined to set things right with her, but first he needs to gain her trust, something he’s not convinced he deserves.
As Teagan and Derek open up to each other-and confess their deepest secrets-it’s impossible for them to deny what’s always been between them. But just when their happily ever after is within reach, their complicated history surfaces again and threatens to keep them apart. Forever.
REVIEW: Tragic-second-chance-romance anyone? Wow, these two high school besties royally screwed things up and you may even go into this wondering how they could ever have a HEA. This book actually made me think what it must have been like to be parents, or close friends of these two, and be on the outside looking in. I would have gone crazy wanting to intervene and push them together. Their journey is riddled with heartbreak, but man a journey it is. Corinna Michaels does romance in way that sucks me right end, from beginning to end, and this was no different. I would definitely recommend this one!
Thank you so much to Forever Pub for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.