Monthly Review Recap
I had an AMAZING month of books! Click Titles for Reviews
- Deep by Kylie Scott (4.5 Stars, 4.25 Heat)
- Manwhore by Katie Evans (2.25 stars, 4 Heat)
- Tattoos & Tatas Audiobook by Tara Sivec (10 stars, No Heat)
- The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn (4.5 Stars, 4 Heat)
- Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde (4 Stars, 4 Heat)
- Until July by Aurora Rose Reynolds (5 Stars, 4.75 Heat)
- Big Love Abroad by Jasinda Wilder (4.5-4.75 stars, 5 heat)
- Against the Cage Audiobook by Sidney Halston (4.25 stars, 4.5 Heat)
- Overruled by Emma Chase (4 stars, 4.5 Heat)
These are the April bestsellers for Kindle US based on clicks on my links.
1. Within These Walls by JL Berg
From USA Today Bestselling author J.L. Berg, comes a breathtaking story that shows us how love truly can conquer all…even the most damaged of hearts.
Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.
I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?
Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated.
Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.
I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.
But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?
My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.
***Due to some graphic language and explicit scenes, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***
*Megan LOVED this book!
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2. Thrust by Victoria Ashley
2 brothers… 1 girl…
I never expected to be that girl. The one desiring the touch of two brothers and being thrust into a world of intense pleasure. Not in reality anyway.
Both of these brothers are out to please and they both have the equipment to do it. The Wilder brothers have proved that.
Kyan Wilder fucks like no other man I’ve ever experienced. He’s rough, creative and still willing to be gentle when you need it. He’s every single woman’s desire brought to life and he’s not willing to let me go until he’s done pleasing me in every possible way he can.
Hunter Wilder is a loose cannon. He likes to party, get wild and then show you a good time in the bedroom. He keeps me pleased and reminds me that I’m still young and not everything in life needs to be so serious.
We’re all fine with sharing. Things are going smoothly. It saves the brothers from having to commit and it ensures that I’ll always get the sexual satisfaction that I desire. I mean what girl doesn’t dream of having sex with the two most sinfully sexiest brothers to walk this earth?
Well I didn’t… Until I got a taste.
But then I remembered that nothing this good lasts forever…
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3. The Summer Remains by Seth King
Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.
As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app – and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.
Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.
I loved this book. I cried the whole time! Review to come this week.
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4. Tool: A Stepbrother Romance by Sabrina Paige
I call him “Tool” because he’s a d*ck.
Gaige O’Neal is nicknamed “Tool” because of what he’s packing. Rumor is that he’s well equipped.
He’s a cocky, entitled, insufferable a**hole who’s as reckless with women as he is with that stupid motorcycle he races.
It’s been four years since I’ve seen him. Four years ago, he was the bane of my existence. And my best friend, my biggest confidant, my first love.
It’s just my f**ing luck that the first time I see him in four years, he’s buried beneath three scantily clad blondes.
Now I’m stuck here under the same roof with him while he recovers from a racing injury. An injury that clearly hasn’t affected the use of his tool.
The problem is, as much as I despise him, I just can’t help myself. I want to find out what kind of tool he’s working with.
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5. Until July: ( Until Her ) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
This is a standalone and a spin off of the New York Times best selling Until Series.
Wes Silver wasn’t looking for love, but when July Mayson literally knocks him on his ass during their first encounter, his world is turned upside down by the quirky blonde, and every moment with her makes him more determined to protect her.
July Mayson doesn’t understand the pull she feels toward the bad boy biker Wes Silver, but she knows being with him is like nothing she’s ever felt before. Now all she has to do is tell her overprotective father, Asher Mayson, that she’s found her boom.
Purchase Until July: ( Until Her ) at Amazon
6. Boarded by Love (Bellevue Bullies Series Book 1) by Toni Aleo
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Toni Aleo, comes a spin off series from the Assassins: The Bellevue Bullies!
Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.
She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.
She’s my game changer.
He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.
I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.
Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.
You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?
Especially when you’re boarded by love.
Purchase Boarded by Love (Bellevue Bullies Series Book 1) at Amazon
7. Love, in Duology: The Love in English and Love in Spanish Bundle by Karina Halle
Love in English synopsis:
He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.
He speaks Spanish. I speak English.
He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.
He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.
He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.
I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.
Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the damn truth.
To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.
Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Spanish charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.
Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.
Something that can never, ever be.
Or so she thinks.
Love, in Spanish synopsis:
Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.
That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.
Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.
Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.
**LIMITED TIME RELEASE**
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8. The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
**WARNING: THE VIRGIN ROMANCE NOVELIST IS A STANDALONE ROMANTIC COMEDY THAT WILL CA– — USE YOU TO LAUGH LIKE A HYENA IN PUBLIC. READ IN THE CONFINES OF YOUR OWN HOME. IF YOU ARE ADDICTED TO CLIFFHANGERS, GETTING YOUR HEART RIPPED OUT OF YOUR CHEST AND FEELING LIKE A BULLDOZER JUST PLOWED THROUGH YOUR STOMACH, THEN THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. IF YOU LIKE PEEING YOUR PANTS AND CRYING FROM LAUGHING SO HARD, THEN PLEASE CONTINUE READING.***
Her bosom heaved at an alarming rate as his rough hand found its way down to her soft, yet wiry briar patch…
Can you say briar patch in a romance novel? What about meat sword? That’s what it is…a meat sword, right, all meaty and sword like, slaying through the inner dungeons of a woman’s dark desires. What about breasts? Do bosoms really heave?
God, I have no idea what happens when private parts touch.
I’m a virgin trying to write a romance novel and can’t seem to write past a sex scene thanks to my lack of experience.
My two best friends encourage me to drop the pen for a while and gain some real life practice through multiple dating facets such as blind dates, online profiles, and random hookups.
But losing my virginity is proving to be tougher than expected…
I Loved this book! See my review.
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9. Here With Me (The Archer Brothers Book 1) by Heidi McLaughlin
Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive… until Evan’s twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.
After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
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10. The Disclosure Series Box Set by R.E. Hunter
She was running toward her future. He was running from his past. When their worlds collided, nothing could prepare them for what was to come.
Desperate to overcome her painful past, Embry Jacobs searches for a fresh start in law school. A man is the last thing she wants. Or needs. Until she meets Luke Brody.
Luke has demons of his own. He wants nothing more than to move on, but when Embry walks into his life, his mistakes come back to haunt him.
Secrets and lies spiral out of control as they struggle with their forbidden love. When everything comes undone, can the damage be unbroken?
Purchase The Disclosure Series Box Set at Amazon
11. Kin Series Box Set by Jennifer Foor
The Full Kin Series including an exclusive Novella, Renew Me. (7 books!)
Following this family of cousins while they struggle through life and each find love.
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12. A Broken Forever by Megan Noelle
**AN AMAZON TOP 100 BESTSELLER**
**MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY 18+**
**Contains sensitive topics involving sudden child loss, and the devastation that follows**
Grey and Stefan knew from the moment they met that they were destined for one another. Despite the none-too-quiet protests from his family they married straight out of high school. Their love was strong and only grew when a year later they welcomed their baby girl into the world.
Life was perfect…until one night changed everything.
A horrendous accident destroyed them; stripping them of everything they knew, taking away their happiness and their daughter. While mourning the loss of their little girl they were also suffering the loss of each other. Stefan blamed himself for their daughter’s death, drowning away the guilt in liquor.
Grey had never been so alone. Stefan had died inside the day their child did. Doing the only thing she could to save herself, she ended their marriage.
Six Years Later
Stefan Harrison is the most eligible bachelor with a wallet and company that continues to grow. Every night he has a different woman on his arm with the next not far behind. Grey Desmond is the lead stylist and co-owner of a reputable salon with the perfect fiancé and a beautiful wedding in her future.
But one chance meeting between Grey and Stefan is all that is needed to reawaken the feelings from the past.
She tries to avoid him but he won’t let her. Losing Grey was Stefan’s biggest mistake and he won’t stop until he wins her back. But Grey doesn’t know if she could ever trust him again. Leaving her heart to decide between the perfect future…or the past she never let go.
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13. Double Dare (A Neighbor from Hell Book 6) by RL Mathewson
From the New York Times Best Selling Series, Neighbor from Hell comes Double Dare…
Marybeth still couldn’t believe that she’d survived this long with a friend like Darrin, but somehow she’d managed to beat the odds and not give in to temptation and smother him with a pillow while he slept.
Of course some days were more difficult than others…
For twenty years he’s been biding his time, waiting for the right moment to make his move and now that she was finally his, he had to do everything in his power to keep her even if it meant making a decision that would tear them apart and force her to face the truth.
I LOVE this series!
Series Order: Playing For Keeps (A Neighbor From Hell Series Book 1) (99¢) | Perfection (A Neighbor From Hell Series Book 2) (99¢) | Checkmate (A Neighbor From Hell Series Book 3) (99¢) | Truce: The Historic Neighbor From Hell (A Neighbor From Hell Series Book 4) (99¢) | The Game Plan: A Neighbor from Hell (A Neighbor From Hell Series Book 5) | Double Dare (A Neighbor from Hell Book 6)
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14. Silver Bastard (Silver Valley Book 1) by Joanna Wylde
First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels
Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward–full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.
Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from… But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can’t ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her–the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.
Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants…
Purchase Silver Bastard (Silver Valley Book 1) at Amazon
15. Lock & Key by Cat Porter
I suppose some of us have to get really dirty before we can become truly clean.
I was allegedly South Dakota’s most famous Old Lady.
Sixteen years ago I had survived my Old Man’s murder.
Never again will I surrender my heart.
Never again will I sacrifice to the Club.
But that all changed in one night.
I came home and crashed into him,
and my past and present blew up in my face.
Both of us lonely, running on empty, and unwilling to admit it.
Now I feel things I’d forgotten about, want things I’d cut out of my insides.
Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away,
When it first sinks its teeth into you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep.
I’d forgotten that.
Who holds the keys to betrayal? To suspicion? To trust?
To brotherhood? To family?
To redemption and a bleeding heart?
Right now, I just might.
This is BOOK ONE of the Lock & Key Series
Warning: This work of fiction contains graphic language, sex, and material some readers may find objectionable.
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16. THE KINGSMEN MC COLLECTION: Books 1-4 by Tara Oakes
*** Warning *** This collection is intended for those 18 years or older due to mature and sexual content.
Journey through Jay and Lil’s epic love story and explore the growing romance between Clink and Charlie, book after book at an incredible value.
BOOK #1- A LIL’ LESS BROKEN
Lil’s and Jay lived their very own fairytale biker romance. He was her first love, her only love. She was what he needed, what he wanted.
Insecurities, fear and misconceptions lead Lil’s to make a heartbreaking decision to abandon that life and love behind, before it consumes and destroys her as it did her mother years earlier.
But.. moving on isn’t so easy when you are deeply connected to your past.
When Lil’s finds herself in a whirlwind of danger her knight in shining armor, er…, her badass biker on a Harley bails her out. But at what cost?
BOOK 2- A LIL’ LESS LOST
Do fairytale’s always have a happily ever after? Jay and Lil’s had just found the love they once shared and foolishly lost. But, a horrific turn events threatens to end it forever. Jay must race against time to save his ol’ lady Lil’s and their baby before tragedy strikes. In this sequel we learn more about Jay, the deep love he has for his soulmate, and just how far he is willing to go to protect her.
This novella is approx. 50,500 words and does not contain a cliffhanger ending like it’s prequel. However, an epic love story like Lil’s and Jay cannot possibly be wrapped up in two tidy little novella’s… now can it?
BOOK 3- A LIL’ LESS HOPELESS
Jay and Lils’ epic tale of true love has unfolded, first in ‘A Lil’ Less Broken’, followed by ‘A Lil’ Less Lost’, and now concludes in the third installment of Tara Oakes’ thrilling Kingsmen MC saga.
Jay has proven his loyalty over and over… that he is willing to do whatever necessary for his one true love, his Lil’ one, Julia. She just so happens to have an uncanny ability to find herself in need of that loyalty time and again.
What happens when the tables turn and it is Lil’s who must risk it all to save her ol’ man? To prove once and for all, to him, and to the MC they call family that she is no longer the little girl they’ve known. But instead, is a fierce ol’ lady determined not to stand idly by as everything she has worked so hard to regain is threatened.
BOOK 4- BITTER SWEET DECEPTION
The Kingsmen M.C’s saga continues in this newest installment of Tara Oakes’ tantalizing new series. In the first three novella’s you’ve come to know and love the characters within the club. Jay and Lil’s have had their epic love story play out over the pages of “A Lil’ Less Broken”, followed by “A Lil’ Less Lost” and finally, “A Lil’ Less Hopeless”. While their fairytale is far from over, the next arc in the series concentrates on some of the other intriguing characters that have been woven throughout Jay and Lil’s storyline.
The question on everyone’s mind is…. WHO IS CHARLIE? And what is she hiding?
Planting herself deep within the club’s inner circle, Charlie came to Chisolm with one goal in mind… to destroy the Kingsmen, M.C., no matter the personal cost. An unknown hatred fuels her mission to take them down. Pairing herself up with one of the club’s bad boy’s, the M.C.’s enforcer, Clink, seemed like just the ticket to get her in the door.
Once inside the club she had been eyeing from afar, she comes to realizes things are very different from what she had imagined them to be. Villainizing the group as a whole for an injustice that was done to her many years earlier no longer seemed to fit with growing attachments and relationships she was forming.
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17. Beyond These Walls (The Walls Duet Book 2) by JL Berg
Happily ever after.
That was what we were supposed to have.
Pudding cups, sandy toes and a lifetime of making each and every one of our dreams come true–that is the future I’d promised her.
I could see it in my dreams, hold it in my hands, but then I watched as all of our hopes and wishes suddenly slipped through my fingers like sand.
I thought the worst was behind us, but what if we’d just delayed the inevitable?
They say love can overcome any obstacle. But can it survive death?
The breathtaking love story of Lailah and Jude concludes in Beyond These Walls.
***Due to some graphic language and explicit scenes, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***
Megan LOVED these!
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18. Three Rivers (A Gateway to Love Novel Book 1) by Chloe T. Barlow
How do you start over when you gave everything to one life, one plan, and lost it all?
Althea refuses to allow herself to love again. Imprisoned in grief at twenty-four after her husband’s sudden death, she’s convinced her heart died along with him. She spends her days honoring his memory by clinging to the legal career he helped her to build and to the remaining pieces linking them together.
Griffen’s been running from his past. Despite success as an author and investigative journalist, he’s been traveling through life on autopilot. For a decade, he’s chosen perilous adventures and meaningless sex over the danger of any attachments. When he finally returns home to Pittsburgh, he’s slammed by the awakened memories and regret he’s spent years trying to escape.
A chance encounter brings them together. Their instant desire for each other – and the bond they discover between them – shocks them both. Despite her best efforts, Althea can’t resist Griffen’s charm or his intriguing proposition – if she agrees to a no-strings affair with him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her.
Their perfect plans go awry when the intensity of their connection overwhelms them. Will they risk it all on the chance of something great together…or will the power of their secrets and guilt tear them apart?
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19. Hate: A Love Story by Laurel Ulen Curtis
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Life can be messy,
And love can be too.
Most people say that it’s not important where you’re going, but instead, how you get there.
Unfortunately for me, the journey to love was absolutely agonizing. Love and Hate wrestled with my life day after day, year after year, and the only way to stop it was to let one of them win.
I fought to love harder. But I loathe my love story.
Warning: This standalone novel contains explicit language, sexual content, and potential triggers.
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20. Combust: A Devil Chaser’s MC Romance by L. Wilder
• to catch fire; burst into flame
• to become suddenly angry
• the act or process of burning
• rapid burn
• violent excitement or passion
Sheppard’s devotion to his club was unquestionable. He would do anything for them, including giving his own life to protect his brothers’. He proved that the day he took a bullet for Bishop, the president of the Devil Chaser’s MC. He thought his life was over when he fell into the lake and got dragged under by the fast-paced current.
Ana’s world was crashing down around her. Her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor was being threatened. She felt lost, and she was quickly losing hope. The day she stumbled across a body by the lake, her instinct to save his life overwhelmed her. She knew her life was complicated, but she couldn’t stop herself. She had to help him. When she looked into the handsome stranger’s eyes, she knew she would go to any lengths to save him.
Ana would do everything she could to save Sheppard’s life, but would he be able to do the same for her? When Ana’s past comes crashing into her future, will they be able to withstand the blast? Or will their love combust into flames?
Warning: This book is intended for readers 18 years or older due to bad language, violence and explicit sex scenes.
Series Order: Inferno: A Devil Chaser’s MC Romance (99¢) | Smolder: A Devil Chaser’s MC Romance (99¢) | Ignite: A Devil Chaser’s MC Romance (99¢) | Consumed: A Devil Chaser’s MC Romance (99¢) | Combust: A Devil Chaser’s MC Romance (99¢)
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