Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace - Newest recommendation!! 5+ STARS!!!
This is my latest TOP recommendation!!! If you love books with intensely strong emotions, that make you feel every word of the story with all your heart, make you go through every emotion from laughing out loud to full-on crying, and that have a gorgeous love at the heart of it all, then try this!! Also, if you’re a fan of The Sweet Gum Tree, you will LOVE this. The hero + heroine were childhood friends and later young lovers torn apart by a tragedy. Then, he suddenly comes home 26 years (!!!) later and the secrets behind why they were torn apart come out… Read my review
Sugar On The Edge by Sawyer Bennett - Just released!!
OMG, I had to one-click this!! The hero is a reclusive author who is total loner — twisted, bitter, and angry at the world who is drawn to a girl who is his complete opposite. He’s raw, forceful and a dirty talker. She’s a flowers and romance type of girl. — I can’t wait to read this!!!
PS: This is a complete standalone. There are 2 books before it in the series (different couples) but this author writes them so that you can read them alone.
Break The Sky by Nina Lane - Just released!!
I’m so excited to read this!!! This is a standalone spinoff of the Spiral Of Bliss series following the story of Kelsey and Dean’s younger brother, Archer West, who I hear is quite the bad boy!!! *squee* And I have to say, that cover is hot hot HOT!!!!
Lead by Kylie Scott - Just released!!
Rock star fans!!! This is the third Stage Dive book and it’s Jimmy’s story (a standalone). He’s the lead singer of their band and is used to getting whatever he wants. But things get complicated “when a PR disaster lands him in rehab” and he’s stuck with a new assistant, Lena. — I can’t wait to read it!!
Hope Over Fear by J.A. DeRouen - Just released!!
This is also a new standalone. I read the prologue and was hooked!! ➜ Today is the day that the man I love marries someone else. I don’t deserve pity or sympathy. I left Mason and ripped his heart to pieces as I ran away. The guilt and sorrow consume me everyday… But today is a new beginning. Today is the day I will wake up with a renewed determination to be better. My name is Sara Preston, and this is my story about what happens after.
Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway - Just released!!
This standalone sounds so intriguing!! ➜ Meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster. — The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t… Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her…. She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything… So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show… While you’re so focused on looking, I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight… I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her…You’re in for one hell of a ride.
Drive by Brenda Rothert - Just released!!
The hero of this new standalone is a foul-mouthed Russian hockey heartthrob who gets into a love-hate with a woman writing a column on him who has also sworn off men for a writing assignment!!
Rogue by Katy Evans - Just released!!
This is the latest standalone in the Real series. From the blurb ➜ His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero. There’s zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future. He may leave no trace of him anywhere, but his imprint is in me, in my very soul. The man I thought was my prince charming… went rogue. Greyson will stop at nothing to make me be with him. He’ll let no one stand in our way…
The Space Between Us by Anie Michaels - Reader rec!!
This book has HIGH ratings and a few readers who recently finished it all told me the same thing: they really loved it even though parts drove them crazy, but they were also soooo glad they kept reading cuz it all came together with a LOT of feels!! So I wanted to pass along what I heard in case you’re interested. This has mostly all 5-STAR ratings and it’s a second chance romance standalone. On my TBR!!
Not Yet by Laura Ward - Just released!!
From the blurb… Emma thinks she has life all figured out. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait. Then she meets Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something…
Beloved Healer by Bonnie Dee - Just released!!
This is a contemporary romance with a paranormal twist. ➜ The hero has a special ability to heal at a touch but it feels more like a curse than a blessing to him because it’s draining the life out of him. So he hides out in a small town, trying to avoid any entanglements. But then he meets Ava who is working to support herself, her disabled younger brother and her alcoholic mother. She doesn’t need the distraction of falling for a stranger who’s just passing through, yet can’t deny the magnetic attraction between her and Mason. They begin a tentative romance, each finding something they seek in the other… But when Ava’s brother needs his help, will Mason make the ultimate sacrifice for the woman he loves?
I absolutely LOVED this book!!! It was SO much more than I expected. Deeply emotional, sexy, funny, romantic…. and it had that special heart-pounding intensity to it. Definitely a new top fav!!! — It’s a forbidden romance about a Marine who’s home on leave and drawn to the one girl he can’t have… his best friend’s sister. But he’s only home for 4 weeks before he’s sent out again for another 9 months so every second they have together is stolen and precious…
Thrive (Addicted Series) by K&B Ritchie - Recent release!!
This is the latest novel in the amazing Addicted series, one of my all-time favorite on-going series. The series centers around 3 couples with each book being told from one of their perspectives. This one is focused on Lily & Lo (a sex addict & alcoholic) and it is absolutely fantastic!! I loved it! Read my new review. Please note: This is NOT a standalone.
Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown - Recent review!!
This was a unique, captivating standalone about a woman who was the seventh wife in a polygamist family and who fell in love with an outsider. A man who made her want more out of life and the freedom to choose who to love. — It was totally different than anything else I’ve ever read!! Read my review.
“I had my secrets. A voice inside me told me I didn’t belong here, that there was another life waiting for me.”
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - Recent review!!
** SOBS ** What an incredible story!! It was powerful, heart-breaking, and bittersweet but also oddly heartwarming. Absolutely unforgettable for sure. I think it’s impossible to come away from this without an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the blessings in your life. I’m SO glad I finally worked up the courage to read it! *sniff* – Read my review.
“I had a hundred and seventeen days in which to convince Will Traynor that he had a reason to live.”
*** LISTS OF BOOKS ***
- LIST of MY RECENT REVIEWS (in case you missed any recommendations)
- LIST of BOOKS I WANT TO READ (essentially, my TBR)
- LIST of BEST BOOKS READ IN 2014 - ongoing list
- LIST of BEST BOOKS READ IN 2013
- LIST of BEST BOOKS READ IN 2012
*** MORE BOOKS ***
Some random finds, some reader recommendations, etc.
I’m hearing great things about this book! ➜ “I was a thief of men… a whore. Not the conventional type that got paid for sex. I was the girl you talked about in your sad inner circle. The girl you shielded your boyfriend from as you cleverly covered him with your body when I came near. I was at threat to you. One week… one incredible week was all it took to forever change me. I was NEVER going to be you … until I met HIM.”
This is the finale of THE WILD SIDE serial! It’s about a guy in his forties whose falls for a much younger woman he meets at this gym. He’s ninety percent sure that she’s a criminal, and still, he can’t seem to turn her down… — #1 The Wild Side, #2 Iris, #3 Dair.
Damaged hero alert!! The first book is $0.99 and this is the second. Both can be read as standalones (different couples). The hero of the first book is an Alpha, ex-military guy with a bad childhood. He’s all anti-social and distant but falls for “her”… And the hero of the second book is a wounded Police Officer and the woman he’s falling for is ill…
I love the sound of this! The heroine is a journalist who decides to write a piece on the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned home 8 years ago horrifically scarred and hasn’t been seen since… And when Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for her that he hasn’t felt in years. — 50% of proceeds go to charity.
This is a bit of a second chance romance with a rock star hero. When her son was diagnosed with autism, Avery’s husband left her and her son became her whole world until a man from her past walked back into her life. Mason was a rock star who she’d loved silently for years and who’d broken her heart once. But “time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason.”
This is a new standalone in the Sometimes Never series (can be read on it’s own). It’s a second chance romance about a guy who was forced to leave his girl behind but returns home 12 years later… I love this kind of story!
Wow, this has HIGH ratings!!! It’s a “forbidden love story” that’s been getting a lot of buzz so definitely be sure to check it out!! It’s about a single mom who catches the eye of her lawn boy. “Love only comes around once in a lifetime. Only fools think otherwise, and I’m the biggest fool of them all.”
For any biker fans, I’m passing along a reader recommendation here. I haven’t read this book but here’s the info if you want to check it out! ➜ “I swore to myself never again. Never again surrender my heart. Never again 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. Until now.”
This series is hugely popular and has insanely HIGH ratings. They should be read in order. This is book four and is Cameron & Lucy’s story ➜ “There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured. He promised me that love forever. Even when it wasn’t enough.” — #1 More Than This, #2 More Than Him, #3 More Than Her, #4 More Than Forever.
This is the highly rated standalone sequel to Dearest Clementine about a soccer star who has a one-night stand with a girl who, for the first time ever, makes him want “more” but he doesn’t even recognize her the next time he sees her! It can either be read on it’s own or after DC.
PUDDLE JUMPING by Amber L. Johnson – $0.99 Recommendation
This was a beautifully written mature YA standalone romance about two childhood friends who are reunited in high school and fall in love. The hero has Asperger’s and the heroine loves him unconditionally. This is their love story. Read my review.
53 LETTERS FOR MY LOVER by Leylah Attar — Recommendation
Forbidden romance fans!! This was sexy, daring, and beautifully written Adult standalone — kind of a cross between Adult romance and women’s fiction with an intense forbidden romance spanning three decades. This was not your typical love story!! Read my review.
*** COMING OUT NEXT WEEK!!! ***
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - Upcoming must-read of 2014!!
WOW WOW WOW!!!! I read an early copy of this and it was absolute, stunning PERFECTION in every way. It was SO unique, and so intensely emotional that it just blew me away!! I almost guarantee that you will cry (seriously, my heart broke for Miles!!!) but I PROMISE you it’s worth every tear because the way that it all comes together is just GORGEOUS!!!! Oh and also, it’s HOT!! Like really hot!!! I honestly just loved every single word. 6 STARS!!!!! Be sure to pre-order your copy!! This is a MUST-READ of the year!! Read my review.
- Lead Me Not by A Meredith Walters
- Jane’s Harmony by Ryan Winfield (sequel to: Jane’s Melody)
- Blurred (Connections series) by Kim Karr
- Opposition (Lux series conclusion) by Jennifer Armentrout
- Crave The Night (Midnight Breed novel) by Lara Adrian