• Romance

    Shooting Stars – Lissanne Jones

    4.5/5 Stars In this captivating novel by Lissanne Jones, we follow Em and Jase, two best friends who met in foster case as children. Years later, both of the friends are highly successful. Years later, they’re still only friends with nothing else happening between the two of them until one day, something changed that changes the course of their relationship forever. In this stunning work of art, heart strings are pulled and emotions are higher than ever before. Instantly while reading this novel, I was captivated by Jase and Em. Each individual backstory, alone with their story together was beautifully written. Their friendship was one that is enviable, and the…

  • Romance

    Bulletproof – Xavier Neal

    4/5 Stars In this book by Xavier Neal, we follow Blake, a headstrong business woman full of confidence and Bronx, a hardworking bodyguard. When Blake’s life is threatened, Bronx is hired to protect her—not to let her kidnapped. Against his morals, Bronx has a strong attraction to Blake, but the assignment comes first. In this stunning novel, rules are broken.  I loved this book! Blake is such a badass. Her intelligence and complexity is unique to many heroins in modern romance novels. Bronx’s personality fits with Blake so perfectly, I couldn’t get enough of their banter and wit. As their relationship grew stronger, I was totally invested.  The plot in…

  • Romance

    Misconduct – Penelope Douglas

    5/5 Stars “Damaged people were survivors, and they survived because they always put themselves first. Self-preservation demanded it.” In this steamy romance, Easton Bradbury, a former tennis player, becomes a history teacher at a local private school in New Orleans. With a past that she wants to forget about, she focuses on becoming the best teacher she can be. After meeting Tyler Marek, the father of one of her students, it’s easy for Easton to realize why his son isn’t doing well in her class. Tyler, while a successful business man, has no clue how to raise a teenage boy. Easton and Tyler battle on her teaching methods, ultimately getting…

  • Contemporary,  Romance

    Always Been You – Lily Miller

    5/5 Stars. This stunning debut novel by authors, Lily and Miller, follows Olivia and Parker as they find their way back together after years of separation. Breaking up at eighteen, Olivia and Parker followed opposite paths that led them anywhere but together for years. Olivia opened a flower shop with her best friend Ellie while Parker worked for his father and their company opening managing hotels along the east coast. When Parker’s mom walks into Bloom, Olivia and Ellie’s flower shop, wanting their help designing arrangements for her anniversary party, Olivia can’t say no. With the party approaching, Olivia’s fear of running into Parker after all these years grows stronger,…

  • Romance

    Birthday Girl – Penelope Douglas

    5/5 stars “It’s hard to find that one person who speaks your language.” Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas follows Jordan, a nineteen year old student working hard to support herself and her boyfriend, Cole. After a long night at work on her nineteenth birthday, Jordan finds herself at the movies and meets a man who doesn’t just intrigue her, but offers her life advice that makes her feel something she’s been missing for a long time. After being evicted from their apartment, Jordan and Cole move into Cole’s father’s house. After finding out that Jordan’s movie theater buddy, Pike, is her boyfriend’s father, feelings are stirred. With her long-lasting relationship…

  • Romance

    Controlling Assets – Shae Coon

    4/5 stars Controlling Assets by Shae Coon is the second interconnected standalone in the Marron House series. This novel follows the very successful Caleb Marron in his fight to take down his enemy, Talia Stone. In this spicy dark romance, Caleb and Talia try to fight their desires until it becomes clear that there’s something between them.  While this genre isn’t one that I typically read (I’m not the biggest fan of dark romance), I absolutely loved Shae’s style of writing. She was clear and concise in her diction, and every character really seemed to pop off the page. The family dynamic between Caleb, his sister, and his parents is one…

  • Romance

    Punk 57 – Penelope Douglas

    5/5 stars “Alone, Empty, Fraud, Shame, Fear, Close your eyes. There is nothing to see out here.” In this stand-alone enemies to lovers/friends to lovers romance by Penelope Douglas, Punk 57 follows Misha and Ryen, two childhood penpals who have never met in person. With their constant communication for years, Misha and Ryen Become best friends with one simple rule: we’ll never meet in person. They never look each other up, and they have no idea what the other looks like. That is, until, Misha runs into Ryen at a party and is instantly intrigued by everything that she is. When Misha switches schools and goes under a fake name,…

  • Contemporary,  Romance

    Vicious – L.J. Shen

    4/5 Stars “Be wise. Let your heart lead the way. And when you find someone who’s worth it—never let them go.” In this dark romance novel by L.J. Shen, Vicious follows Emilia and Vicious, two people from entirely different worlds who are crash each others worlds to pieces. Emilia’s attracted to Vicious but knows he’s just that– Vicious. Vicious, with a hard exterior and a hunger for hurting those around him, bullies Emilia like it’s his job, and when he forces her out of the state after they graduate high school, they never speak again. That is, until they meet again in New York at 28 years old. Ten years…

  • Contemporary,  Romance

    Out of the Gate & Off to the Races – Elsie Silver

    5/5 Stars “Two broken people, damaged by the ones meant to love them the most, finding solace in each other’s arms.” Elsie Silver, Off to the Races. Starting with Out of the Gate by Elsie Silver, this novella follows Ada and Dermot as they struggle with their undeniable attraction to each other. Ada’s ten years younger than Dermot, who’s known her since she was a little girl. Their love is forbidden, terrifying, and completely wild. Will they work out their differences and find a way to make it work? I loved this novella. Elsie Silver has a way with words that is so elegant in its simplicity, this story bleeds…

  • Contemporary,  Romance

    Confess – Colleen Hoover

    4/5 Stars “It’s amazing how much distance one truth can create between two people.” OMG! In this contemporary romance novel by Colleen Hoover, Confess follows Auburn Reed in her attempt to take control of her life. At a young age, Auburn’s entire world collapsed around her, and her losses haven’t stopped since. Now, at 21, she’s on a mission to take back control and take back what’s most important to her. The start of her journey includes a job search and leads her into an art studio in Dallas, where she meets Owen Gentry, the mysterious artist, who might just have the power to complicate her situation further. With an…