Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

4.5 STARS!

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

SYNOPSIS
Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything. To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened. But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

REVIEW: I just adored this book. The writing pulled me in from the very start, and the witty banter and British humor kept me enthralled. There was just enough drama while watching the growth of the characters. I felt so invested in Luc from the very first scene, Alexis Hall did a wonderful job of making the characters endearing and human. It is always such a joy to read a romance where characters are dealing with real life issues while finding their HEA!

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Only With You by Lea Coll

3.5 STARS

Release Date: June 30, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Hadley – First I turned down a marriage proposal, then I moved to Annapolis to open a law firm. I thought my world couldn’t change any more…
Until Cade stepped into my office, smelling of sawdust with his company’s T-shirt stretched taut over his chest and biceps. Everything about him was sexy-as-sin and completely off-limits. But I can’t risk the business I sunk my savings into by dating a client, and he won’t risk his heart. The more we spend time together, the more I want him. Even if a relationship between us was possible, how can he give me all of him?

Cade – After my wife died, I swore off dating. I threw myself into my charity instead. It was easy at first, but I can’t ignore my attraction anymore. Hadley comes from a wealthy family that operates with manipulation, lies, and deceit. I don’t fit into her world, but the closer we get, the more I wanted to show her how things could be different. I never thought I’d meet someone who gave me hope for a future. One full of possibilities, love, and maybe even marriage and kids. But how can I promise her forever when I know love doesn’t last?

REVIEW: The main thing I enjoyed while reading this book was watching Hadley growth and Cade’s healing. I was definitely invested in their individual characters and wanted them to have a HEA! The buildup for the deep connection they had didn’t really click for me, but I still enjoyed them coming together and was very happy with the ending. Many of the side characters were really intriguing, and I wouldn’t mind getting Hadley’s firm partners’ and brother’s stories! I think people will enjoy this one!

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ABOUT LEA COLL

Lea Coll worked as a trial attorney for over ten years. Now she stays home with her three children, plotting stories while fetching snacks and running them back and forth to activities. She enjoys the freedom of writing romance after years of legal writing. She currently resides in Maryland with her family.
 
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Tempting Tim by Melissa Ellen

4 STARS

Release Date: June 16, 2020

SYNOPSIS: I never wanted the limelight. The only thing I wanted was Conley Logan. When words failed to express my feelings for Conley, I relied on music instead. But our love song ended before it even began, before I’d even told her how I truly felt. As a result, I watched Conley leave hand-in-hand with my bandmate instead of me. Not wanting the fight that would break up the band, I made a choice. I lived with it every day, knowing it was nobody’s fault but my own. I’ve moved on. I’m content with my small-town life, running a bar. But now Conley is back, forcing me to face the music. From the way I’m still tempted to make her mine, it’s as if nothing has changed-but until she tells me why she’s back, I’m not sure I can trust what’s growing between us.

The only thing that has changed: I’m not letting her get away this time without a fight.

REVIEW: This was a new to me author and I’m glad I took the chance. I really enjoyed this one and was rooting for Tim the whole time! You get a taste for Conley and Tim in the beginning and find out more about their missed opportunity as the story goes on. I loved the interference of their friends! I also appreciated that they are a bit older, and Conley is coming with the experience of a ridiculously long relationship that really never served her. It all pulled me in and made me need to know what happened to these two. Let’s just say I had a huge smile on at the end of this book!

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I’m an indie author that focuses on contemporary romance with a little bit of everything: humor, angst and sometimes suspense. I went from designing buildings to crafting stories. I grew up as a bookworm, reading anything and everything and still try to read at least a book a week. I’ve always had an active imagination. Luckily, I now have time to put it to excellent use into stories that are constantly swarming around in my head. When I’m not writing, you can find me relaxing on my porch with my husband and son or tackling my latest DIY project.

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The Player Next Door by K.A. Tucker

3.5 STARS!

Release Date: June 16, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Scarlet Reed has returned to Polson Falls, convinced that twelve years away is long enough to shed her humiliating childhood identity as the town harlot’s daughter. With a teaching job secured and an adorable fixer-upper to call home, things in her life are finally looking up. That is, until she finds out that Shane Beckett lives next door.

Shane Beckett, the handsome and charismatic high school star quarterback who smashed her heart. The lying, cheating player who was supposed to be long gone, living the pro football dream and fooling women into thinking he’s Prince Charming. Shane Beckett, who is as attractive as ever and flashing his dimples at her as if he has done no wrong.

Scarlet makes it abundantly clear that old wounds have not been forgotten. Neighbors they may be, but friends they most certainly are not. She won’t allow herself to fall for the single father and firefighter again, no matter how many apologies he offers, how many times he rushes to her aid, or how hard he makes her heart pound. But as she spends more time with him, she begins to fear that maybe she’s wrong. Maybe Shane has changed. And maybe this time she’s the one playing herself—out of a chance at true happiness.

REVIEW: This was my first book by this author, which I snatched up since I’ve heard nothing but good things about K.A. Tucker! I enjoyed it. All of the different characters were fascinating during the interactions, and I was curious about how Shane Beckett was going to redeem himself, because he actually did mess up royally when they were younger. He had his reasons, but for my personal preferences they were crappy and he handled it poorly. That being said, he was a teenager, and I think that’s the point of this book. To highlight that some people do grow up and regret/learn from mistakes they made in their youth. I kind of felt like the ending was a little anti-climactic and that the antagonist’s change was a little too drastic. Overall though, I enjoyed this one, and I will definitely be checking out this author’s backlist!

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Experimental Marine Biology by Susannah Nix

3.5 STARS

Release Date: June 15, 2020

SYNOPSIS: “Just friends” is all Brooke and Dylan have ever been. (Except for that one night in high school, but they don’t talk about that.) Growing up, he was her protector. Her confidant. The one guy she could always trust. Now she’s a marine biologist working toward her PhD in California, and he’s an underwear model in New York. Despite the distance and their wildly divergent career paths, they’ve managed to stay friends.

Dylan’s only in town for a few days, crashing on Brooke’s couch and repaying the favor by acting as her date to a friend’s wedding. It was totally an accident she saw him naked. Pretty soon, the “just friends” thing goes out the window, and they find themselves giving friends with benefits a shot.

It’s all going great…until it isn’t.

Dylan’s got a ticket back to New York at the end of the week, and Brooke may have accidentally broken his heart. Can they navigate these uncharted relationship waters? Or has she wrecked her oldest friendship? 

REVIEW: This was my first book from this author, but I’ve been curious about this series for a while! This story was cute and quick. I enjoyed the very real issues that Dylan and Brooke went through and their journey from friends to lovers to more. Both characters have some hold ups despite each having some really great qualities. Luckily, it just felt like they were meant to be as they interacted. Brooke’s whale decorations were cute and good for a laugh too.

Also, if you’re looking for a book without explicit details during the sexy times, this one might be for you!

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About Susannah Nix

Susannah Nix is an award-winning author of contemporary romances featuring smart women and swoony men, including the Chemistry Lessons series of romcoms about women who work in STEM fields and the Starstruck series of movie star romances. 

Susannah resides in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.

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The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

4 STARS

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Publisher: Forever

SYNOPSIS: Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

REVIEW: This was a super fun read. I mean the way Samiah, Taylor, and London meet was so entertaining! I was laughing out loud from when Samiah was with her sister, to how she handled everything at the restaurant. It was fun to see these women develop friendships. I just feel like this was very female driven and you wanted to root for all of the main characters! When Daniel appears, you just know he’s going to be exactly what he needs to be. It was just nice to see two smart and kind people develop a relationship! I would definitely recommend this one.

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Stirred by Charity Farrell

4 STARS!

Release Date: May 19, 2020

SYNOPSIS: I don’t want him. I can’t do this.
That’s what my ex said after our son was born, leaving me a single dad.

These days, my world consists of two things: Noah and my bar. Until her—the woman I want—but can never have. My ex’s sister wasn’t supposed to be stirred into the mix. Even though I try to push her away, my son falls in love with her. As much as I want to keep my distance, I can’t break his heart.

Lines become blurred, and fighting our attraction becomes nearly impossible.
Even though we know it’s wrong, desire doesn’t always fade away.
As soon as we cross that line, nothing will be the same and everything will fall apart. And it does.

REVIEW: When I read this synopsis, I knew I needed to buy this one the day it came out. Which is what I did and I was not disappointed!

There is just something about a wounded single dad that pulls me right into a story. Cohen is all broody with a wall up that no one is supposed to break through, but with good reason. His son Noah is the freakin’ cutest and I love how he adds to the story along the way. And of course Noah totally falls for Jamie, because who wouldn’t. Jamie is a doctor that’s sweet and just wants to be apart of her nephew’s life. The journey these three go on definitely has its ups and downs, but I really enjoyed it. I know the whole sister’s ex might not be the most enticing to some readers, but when the sister abandoned her man and her child, and isn’t the nicest person, I think we can all look past it for love! I think that “forbidden” factor adds a level to the story that makes it more intense and definitely had me rooting for love to conquer all!

Another thing about this book is that the side characters are awesome! I was totally invested in the whole group, and Charity Farrell set us up with some expectations for more HEAs. And I am dying for the next book Shaken so we find out all the details about Georgia and Archer’s love/hate relationship!!!

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Beholden by Dr. Rebecca Sharp

Release Date: May 12, 2020

SYNOPSIS:

𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐥 𝐎𝐜𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐚 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐞.

The loss of her parents took her from Carmel Cove and the loss of her grandfather brought her back. Unexpectedly inheriting the shambles of her family’s coffee shop, her first instinct is to run. 𝘈𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭, 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦.

So, Laurel makes a plan: fix up the business, sell it, and get out of town. And it would’ve been perfect… if the building hadn’t come with a condition: a stubborn, broody, and distractingly sexy contractor. 

Eli Downing made a promise to look after Laurel, and offering to repair the coffeeshop is just the start. He’s not going anywhere whether she likes it or not. And for as many walls as she pays him to fix, he’s determined to tear down the same from around her hardened heart. 

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐥 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐧. To her family’s legacy. To her loyal hometown. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵.

Unfortunately, Carmel has only given Laurel one outcome she can rely on. And when loss draws another line in the sand, 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦?


REVIEW

This one was emotional. Laurel has lost a lot of people, and the loss of her grandfather is what brings her back to her hometown. Eli’s character is really wonderful and the chemistry is really enticing, which helped because Laurel isn’t exactly lovable in her grief at times (which is totally understandable). I think this is a beautiful journey of life, loss, and grief. Sharp weaves a alluring tale with depth and feeling.

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Dr. Rebecca Sharp, while using a pen name, is actually a doctor living in Pennsylvania with her husband – the love of her life.

She enjoys working in her practice with her father as well as letting her creativity run free as an author. Growing up she’s always loved a good love story and finally decided to give writing one of her own a go.

After graduating with her doctoral degree, she now enjoys spending that thing called free time traveling with her husband, cooking, and knitting.

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The Rival Roomies by Piper Rayne

5 STARS! ALL THE DAMN STARS!

Release Date: May 12, 2020

SYNOPSIS I’ve loved him from afar. Though most times he’s only a foot away. I’m smart enough to know he’ll never be anyone’s forever. He checks all the bad boy boxes. Tattoos. Check. Motorcycle. Check. Chip on his shoulder. Check check.

If he wasn’t my neighbor and friend I may have thrown myself at him. Okay, yeah. I wouldn’t. Because guys like Dylan don’t want a woman who writes kid’s math textbooks under him in bed. Instead, I pathetically savor morsels of moments where I have his sole attention.

That was until his archenemy moved in with me. Now suddenly, Dylan’s moving in too and warning off the first guy in a long time who’s showing me interest. Could he finally see me as more than a friend, or am I just a prize to win and show off to his enemy?

REVIEW

I had VERY HIGH expectations for this book, and Piper Rayne exceeded them all! THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED IT TO BE!!! First of all, the build up in the first two books made me so freakin’ excited for this one. I love the whole unrequited love between friends that isn’t actually unrequited. Their journey and self-growth just makes the story so rich. Getting more background on Dylan, Knox, and the newbie Jax had me rooting for Dylan even more and really understanding him. Plus, now I can’t wait for Jax and Knox to get their HEAs and I think I might just know who Jax ends up with!

Okay, now let’s talk about the AMAZING Rian. She writes math books for living. I love this for some reason and just want to be friends with her. Her parents are something else, and you really learn about their impact on her in this one. The way she cares about Dylan gave me all the feels. Her and Dylan may come from different backgrounds, but they have so much more in common than they know. Their back stories just made them so endearing and I needed them to get their HEA. Alright, I could seriously go on all day, but I don’t want to give anything away. Let’s just say, I would 100% recommend this series in general, but especially this book!!

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Sneak Peek: Reckless Memories by Catherine Cowles


I loved him before I knew what the word meant.
But he was never mine to love.


Reckless Memories, an all-new emotional friends to lovers standalone from Catherine Cowles is releasing May 12th, and we have the first peek inside this not-to-be-missed romance. 



Prologue
Isabelle
 
PAST
 
“I would rather sit on a hill of fire ants in my underwear while eating ghost peppers.” I leaned against the counter and popped a cracker into my mouth. My nose wrinkled. It was one of those multigrain ones that tasted more like cardboard than actual food.
 
“Isabelle Marie Kipton, I have had just about enough of your snarkiness, young lady.”
 
But I wasn’t a young lady, at least not in my mother’s estimation. Young ladies were poised and put-together and never questioned the dictates their parents set for them. I questioned everything, never went along easily, and was far too disheveled to gain any sort of approval from my parents.
 
I stared unblinkingly at my mother, not giving an inch.
 
“You will sit at that dinner table, and you will be composed and polite to our company.”
 
I let out a snort. “Like their daughter is composed and polite to me?” Lacey was more like the Devil incarnate, but she wore her pretty, polite mask perfectly. So, my mother might as well have thought she was the Second Coming.
 
Violet looked up from where she was arranging a platter of hors d’oeuvres. “Lacey snaps back because you bait her. Maybe you two are just more similar than you’d like to admit, and you ruffle each other’s feathers.”
 
I glanced up at my older sister. The perfect image of the young lady my parents wished I would be, with her impeccably styled hair and future-doctor composure. She might as well have been a stranger. When had that happened? I searched my mind for the date the switch had been flipped, when Violet had gone from friend and confidante, the sister who’d always had my back, to someone I couldn’t even begin to understand most of the time.
 
“You can be friends with her all you want, Vi. I’ll take a pass on having vicious snakes in my circle.” I glanced at my mother. “Or sharing a dinner table with them.”
 
Red crept up my mother’s neck and seeped into her face. “What is wrong with you?” I stayed silent. The list of what my mother found wrong with me would take us all night to get through. “That’s it. Hand over your phone.”
 
My fingers tightened around the edge of the counter. “Are you seriously taking my cell because I don’t want to have dinner with someone who’s awful to me? Who bullies my friends, and is cruel to everyone who isn’t in her little gang of followers? I’ve tried to tell you time and again that she’s not who you think she is.”
 
My mother held out her hand. “Perhaps if you kept better company, these things wouldn’t be an issue. You are who you spend time with, Isabelle. And those girls you run around with are not what I want for your future.”
 
My back teeth ground together as I slipped my hand into my back pocket, pulling out the device she’d requested and placing it in her palm. No phone meant no emergency line to my best friends, to Ford, to the people who kept me sane amidst the insanity that my mother brought about. I kept my face carefully blank. I wouldn’t give her the satisfaction of knowing that she’d impacted me in any way. She didn’t deserve to know she had that power.
 
“Since you insist on acting childish, you’ll be treated as one. Your curfew is now nine p.m.”
 
I gave her nothing. I was already a prisoner in this home full of people who’d rather judge me than try and understand where I was coming from. 

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Synopsis

I loved him before I knew what the word meant.
From skinned knees to first dates and everything in between.
But he was never mine to love.
I settled for friendship, even though I always wanted more.

That was before.
Before he ripped my world apart and didn’t bother sticking around to help me pick up the pieces.
I knit every last shred back together all on my own.
And I’ve all but forgotten his name.

Now, he’s back, and everything is torn apart once more.
But he’s not the only one doing the tearing this time.
And there might be no stopping the person who has it out for us both.



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Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.


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