I read 387 books this year, so narrowing it down was more difficult than ever! And it is always difficult because I am the most indecisive person ever. So here are some books I didn’t mention in that stood out when I was going back through my reading challenge this week.
Favorite from a Favorite Author
I knew I was going to like this one, I love Ilsa Madden-Mills’ books, BUT this one blew me away. It was so freakin’ good!
Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy it so heartfelt. I have read and reread it this year, because I loved it so much!
TAKES PLACE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Kennedy Fox really pulled at my heartstrings with this enemies-to-lovers story. Forced proximity due to the pandemic and all the anxieties that felt so familiar. I sincerely loved every moment of this one.
Piper Rayne is another favorite writing duo of mine and I’m working my way through their extensive backlist! The Rooftop Crew is a new series this past year and I am LOVING it. The Rival Roomies holds a special place for me, but every book is great!
When I need a good laugh, Sara Ney is one of my go-to authors, specifically Books 1-3 of the How to Date a Douchebag series! Her newest series, Trophy Boyfriends, has very similar vibes and I am loving these characters!
Okay, so April did not include any reading for me. Usually it is my go-to coping skill, but I haven’t been able to focus at all. With everything going on, changing my very hands-on job to a virtual platform, and my father passing away, I have been a hot mess in all honesty. I’m seriously waiting for the day when I pick up a book and get lost in it. Hopefully soon!
With all of this going on I haven’t been able to keep up on blog posts and ARCs, so I just wanted to showcase the amazing books I wanted to get to this past month. Kind of like a wrap up, but I didn’t read them all. Haha. So here are books that are DEFINITELY on my TBR!
Pub Date: April 1, 2020
Synopsis:Ryder Ever since she sat next to me in class and gave me death eyes, Willa Sutter’s been on my shit list. Why she hates me, I don’t know. What I do know is that Willa is the kind of chaos I don’t need in my tidy life. She’s the next generation of women’s soccer. Wild hair, wilder eyes. Bee-stung lips that should be illegal. And a temper that makes the devil seem friendly. She’s a thorn in my side, a menacing, cantankerous, pain-in-the-ass who’s turned our Business Mathematics course into a goddamn gladiator arena. I’ll leave this war zone unscathed, coming out on top…And if I have my way with that crazy-haired, ball-busting hellion, that will be in more than one sense of the word.
Willa Rather than give me the lecture notes I missed like every other instructor I’ve had, my asshole professor tells me to get them from the silent, surly flannel-wearing mountain man sitting next to me in class. Well, I tried. And what did I get from Ryder Bergman? Ignored. What a complete lumbersexual neanderthal. Mangy beard and mangier hair. Frayed ball cap that hides his eyes. And a stubborn refusal to acknowledge my existence. I’ve battled men before, but with Ryder, it’s war. I’ll get those notes and crack that Sasquatch nut if it’s the last thing I do, then I’ll have him at my mercy. Victory will have never tasted so sweet.
Pub Date: April 7, 2020
Synopsis: Sometimes scoring off the ice leads to the greatest rewards. I’ve had only one goal in life since I first strapped on a pair of skates—make America’s pro hockey league. I left Denmark. I made it to the top. Now, I’m determined to be the best. No distractions. I eat, sleep, and breathe hockey. Until my birthday when my teammates convince me to live a little. But living a little takes on a whole new meaning when less than a year later I’m confronted with a crying baby on my doorstep, drooling on a note that declares he’s mine. Suddenly, I’m a single dad in way over my head. There is no playbook for situations like this. Luckily, I have Paisley. My gorgeous neighbor, my long-time crush, and now—my savior. She’s there any time I need her. Helping. Guiding. Gazing at me with those green eyes that make me feel capable of this after all. With her at my side, I’m quickly learning there’s more to life than winning a hockey game.
Pub Date: April 7, 2020
Synopsis: What is The Bachelors Club?
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. So committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest… Four days co-habitating in a shared work space shouldn’t be a big deal. It shouldn’t be distracting. But Spencer Standish saw me puking in a company trash can, and won’t let me live it down. Cheerful, aggravating Spencer, who wants me to fetch her coffee. As if she’s the boss of me. And now I’m stuck sharing her office. Let’s face facts: I can’t be in a relationship; not when there’s a bet to win—not with Spencer, who loves my uncontrollable basset hound, lazy Sundays, and grilled cheese as much as I do. I refuse to fall for her.
I will be the last Bachelor standing.
Pub Date: April 14, 2020
Synopsis: Dani – As a bestselling romance author, most assume my life’s glamorous, filled with combustible chemistry, and most of all, romance. Ha! I can only wish. With a deadline looming, I’ve escaped to my family’s cabin on Anderson Island to free myself from distractions. My plan’s great, until a man, who could pass as a cover model on one of my books, comes to my rescue. Is there chemistry? Sure. Is he everything I’d look for in a guy? Absolutely. But will my career be at risk if I give into my desire?
Luke – For a player, women line up outside the locker room. For coaches, we’re lucky to get in the game. As the youngest NFL coach in the league, I live, eat, breathe, and even sleep football. To gear up for this season, I return to my home on Anderson Island for a much-needed break. When Dani literally crashes into my life, my mind’s suddenly on the sexy brunette with a sailors mouth, rather than my team’s next play. She has me dusting off another playbook entirely, making me wonder, did I make the right call?
Pub Date: April 16, 2020
Synopsis: Jonas Schwartz isn’t just good at playing football. He’s also good at playing hearts, and four years ago, he played mine like it was the easiest game of his life. Brokenhearted, I ran off to art school, swearing to forget about my one-off secret weekend with the star quarterback. I’d heard whispers about his injury, but I never expected Jonas to return to our hometown to rehab his knee, and I certainly never thought he’d show up on the other side of my door with a pizza in hand. He looks good. Better than before. Whatever—I’m over him. I’ve completely moved on. I just wish my heart would get the memo…
Pub Date: April 21, 2020
Synopsis: Something is off in Piper Dalton’s life, and she has a feeling it might just be her. All her siblings are blissfully settled with their forever loves. But while her sisters were dreaming of white weddings, Piper was left heartbroken and commitment phobic by her first love, her best friend’s younger brother. As a woman dominating the male-driven construction industry, Piper has no interest in turning in her hammer for an apron—even if hot and hilarious Harley thinks otherwise.
Burly bar owner Harley Dutch has a bum ankle and two preteen nieces to take care of, and having his best friend, tough-as-nails and sexy-as-sin Piper Dalton, come to his rescue is just the remedy he needs. Piper is her snarky self, and she kind of sucks at caregiving, but she’s owned his heart for years, she’s got a way with the girls, and Harley would sure like to have his way with her…
As things heat up between Piper and Harley, she warns him not to fall in love with her because she’ll only break his heart. Harley is the right man for that challenge—until he makes the biggest mistake of his life, and they begin to wonder if true love really can conquer all.
MY MOST ANTICIPATED
Pub Date: April 28, 2020
Synopsis: Court Kensington is a thorn in my side. I’m hired to clean up his badboy image, which would’ve been easy if my life wasn’t falling apart. First, I catch my movie star husband having an affair with his co-star. Then when I return to work, my job is at stake, because Court has gotten himself into trouble…again. Instead of getting him back in line, I find myself falling for his charm. And into his bed. And against the wall. And, and, and… Except Kensington charm shouldn’t work on me. Not when I’ve sworn to never ever sleep with a client. I had good intentions. I really did. But we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.