Top Standalone Recommendations
One of my favourite things to do in my spare time is to lose myself in a great book whose story I can devour in a single sitting. I like the finite journey that a standalone novel offers me as a reader, the knowledge that I have the complete story in my hands and that there is an ending in sight. So, I’ve compiled a little list to give you some of my favourite standalone books, some old, some new, but all of them unforgettable stories I have loved like crazy and would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. And while some of these books might be part of a series, if they are on this list, it means they can be read and enjoyed as total standalones.
Happy reading, book junkies!
“It’s not grand gestures but the small things that seem so mundane and inconsequential that slot themselves inside our memories forever. When everything else fades with time, those are what shine bright, undying.” – Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig
I didn’t tell anyone I was reading this book because I was fearful I’d jinx it. It was a new author to me, but from the moment I read the blurb, I was drawn to this story, lured by its very premise and the gut-wrenching emotional conflict that would inevitably ensue. Within the sticky walls of a love triangle, however, I soon discovered a most persuasive exploration of the very state of being in love, of its limitations and its endless possibilities, and of how adaptable the human heart can be. I was rapt from the first page, consumed by its every word, and I still cannot stop thinking about it.
PROVOCATIVE ・ GUT-WRENCHING ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Can’t stop thinking about you. Can’t stop watching you. Can’t stop wanting you. What is it you think you’re trying to do to me?” – Where Lightning Strikes by A.L. Jackson
SIX STARS! I was besotted by this story, by the devastating beauty of this author’s poetic prose, and by the compelling complexity of these characters. Every time my mind returns to Tamar and Lyrik, I feel the urge to revisit their story, to re-read the countless passages I found myself highlighting page after page, to lose myself in them once again, because this is not a story you easily walk away from. You hesitantly totter away from it, forever glancing back longingly. I fear I do not have enough stars to offer to a magnificent story such as this one.
MIND-BLOWING WRITING ・ COMPELLING CHARACTERS ・ STEAMY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I’ve never been kissed like that.”
He inhales deeply and his grip on my body tightens. Then he leans in closer, and runs his tongue along the edge of my ear. “I’m going to make you feel a lot of things you’ve never felt before.” – Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell
Wow, I think every piece of clothing on my body caught fire more than once while reading this crazy wonderful book. A true gem in every possible way, this was an addictive, well-written, impassioned love story that I simply could not get enough of, making it one of my top reads of the year, and most decidedly, one of the best sports-themed romantic comedies I’ve ever read. And, oh Lordy, were the sex scenes ever delicious!
EROTIC ・ PASSIONATE ・ ROMANTIC ・ WITTY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I want you to know that I’ll never ask you to choose. I’ll never ask you to tell me I’m your one true love.” – One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
With confident, intelligent, highly refined prose that never stops morphing as the story changes, adjusting its tempo and style to the storyline itself, Taylor Jenkins Reid leaves us breathless with the tale of a woman whose life forces her to learn the meaning of loving truly, no matter how many times it comes her way. I cannot stop thinking about this story, these characters, the situations they found themselves in, and I am recommending this book to every fellow reader. With all my heart. Unreservedly.
REFINED PROSE ・ THOUGHT-PROVOKING STORY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I lock my screen and watch with interest as Joshua does the same. We are aligned like chess players. We fold our hands… We act like normal colleagues who don’t want to swirl their hands in each other’s blood.” – The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
A perfect Romantic Comedy in my eyes, this story hooked me in from the start. Cover to cover, this was by far one of the most enjoyable and charming books I’ve read this year—funny, romantic, sensual, and even deeply touching at times, this delicious enemies-to-lovers romance became instantly a top favourite of mine.
ENEMIES TO LOVERS ・ CLEVER DIALOGUES ・ SENSUAL ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I have loved you every moment of every day, and I will love you until I cease to be. Bird, man, or king, I love you, and I will always love you.” – The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
A mesmerizing tale set in a fantastical world that captivates us instantly and then gently fills our hearts with the kind of joy and wonder that can only be found in an Amy Harmon book. From the spellbinding, truly poetic writing style, to the depth of emotion present on every single page, this story was sheer beauty in every possible way, and an instant favourite for me.
POETIC WRITING ・ HEART-WARMING ROMANCE ・ SPELLBINDING STORY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Georgie, have you gone insane?”
I smiled. “No, brother. All is well.”
“Then why on Earth are you in Italy?”
“To find love, of course.” – A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey
From the moment I finished this book, all I wanted to do was go back to the very first page and read it in its entirety once more. There was simply not a single aspect of this story that I did not love, these characters and their story capturing my heart over and over again, and making me only greedier for more. R.S. Grey is a master at crafting tales that speak to the heart, but with this story, she sang to mine, making it an absolute joy to read.
TENDER ・ SLOW-BURNING ・ EVOCATIVE ・STANDALONE NOVEL
“How do you tell your friend—your best friend—that you’ve been right here, under her nose, playing with her like a puppet?” – Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
This book truly resonated with me, still lingering in my mind and rendering me incapable of moving on, and I attribute that entirely to the characters, to the many fascinating facets of their personalities, and this author’s incomparable way of telling a story that is captivating and relevant in equal measure. I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve ever read by Penelope Douglas, but this might just be my new favourite.
ENEMIES TO LOVERS ・ EXHILARATING ・ PLOT TWISTS ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“We’re soul mates. Destined to be together, written in the stars, Bogie-and-Bacall perfect. Kennedy doesn’t see it yet—but that’s all right. Because I’m patient. And relentless.”- Appealed by Emma Chase
I simply adored this book! This sexy second chance romance was an absolute delight to read, with two characters I couldn’t get enough of and so many unforgettable scenes that made me giggle and swoon all at the same time, I was smitten cover to cover. The story of two estranged childhood best friends who suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of a courtroom, this book was the perfect blend of sizzling sexual tension and heartwarming romance, and with a charming brand of nerdy humor lacing every single page, it was positively one of the most uplifting stories I’ve read of late.
SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ・ SIZZLING ・ HEARTWARMING ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“It will be okay, Clara. They can’t ruin your life twice.”
“That won’t stop them from trying.”
“Well, I won’t let them ruin my life twice.”
“It won’t stop them from trying.” – The Fable of Us by Nicole Williams
I loved every single word of this splendid second chance romance, genuinely connecting and understanding these characters even when their actions would not have been my own, and letting go of them in the end was sweet agony. Nicole Williams’ stories always offer a refreshing change of pace, their slow-building tempo and the empathetic quality to her character development continuing to be the key feature of this author’s extraordinary voice. I always walk away from her stories with a heavy heart, because once you’ve lived in one of her realities, you always want more.
COMPELLING CHARACTERS ・ SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Now you have two choices: we can sit down and eat this awesome spaghetti I just made . . . clothing optional, or we can go to bed . . . clothing not optional.” His eyebrows snapped low over his mesmerizing eyes and a muscle twitched in his cheek under his beard. “I’m good with either one as long as you realize the second option is happening regardless.” – Built by Jay Crownover
What a truly spectacular read this was! The perfect balance of steamy romance and engaging plotline, I never stopped feeling while reading this book, and could not put it down even for a second. From the impeccable characterisation of its key players—fascinating, realistic, and perfectly imperfect—to a heart-warming, multi-layered storyline that tugs at every last one of our heartstrings, I rarely find myself enjoying a book so completely, so fervently, and with such abandon, but everything about this story ‘got to me’, and made me fall in love with this author’s competent writing style.
STEAMY ・ HEARTWARMING ・ MULTILAYERED STORYLINE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I have a business arrangement to offer you.”
“A business arrangement?”
“Yes, well, in actuality, Mr. Hawthorn, I’m here to propose marriage.” – Grayson’s Vow by Mia Sheridan
This is the story of a marriage of convenience between an enchanting little “witch” and a grumpy old “dragon”, a marriage designed to benefit both, but be in name only, until a ‘love spell’ is cast and a game of make-believe turns into a real-life fairy tale. And while there are in fact no real witches or dragons in this book, there’s nonetheless a dreamy, almost fantastical quality to this love story, reminiscent of so many childhood fairy tales, and its message just as inspiring. I was enthralled by these characters, emotionally invested in their every high and low, and utterly smitten by the magic that is woven between them. This is a book I loved loved LOVED…and then loved some more.
COMPELLING STORYLINE ・ MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
I held her cheek with my hand, turning her lips to meet mine. “Say you miss me,” I whispered against her mouth. “And that you won’t regret me. Ask me if I think about you and miss you every day.” – Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
A truly splendid tale that might have started as a forbidden romance between two people who stood to lose everything by simply loving one another, but this book ended up being so much more than that. I loved this book madly, finding myself addicted to its every mouth-watering scene, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking not just a great book, but an unforgettable one too. An absolute must-read.
FORBIDDEN ROMANCE ・ STEAMY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I never stopped loving you, not even in my darkest hour.” – King of Hearts by L.H. Cosway
I adored every single thing about this book—from its quirky and utterly addictive writing style, to two of the most loveable, compelling and downright delightful characters I had come across in a very long time, not to mention a storyline that I never saw coming, its twists and turns keeping me on the edge of my seat start to finish, and making me turn those pages faster than a speeding bullet. This is quite possibly one of the best books I have read in a while, so incredibly uplifting and engaging, a startling story that is nothing short of amazing in its uniqueness, and somehow, while I was looking for a superb read, I stumbled across an epic one.
COMPELLING CHARACTERS ・ UNIQUE STORYLINE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Once you’ve been loved by a man like Damian, once you’ve been branded and molded in the fires of that possession, you will never be moved by tepid, impostor kisses.” – The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar
SIX STARS! Holy cow! What a SPECTACULAR book this was! Gripping and unexpected, this story literally took my breath away, and I not only found myself reading until dawn, but also incapable of moving on and picking up another book for days to come. This was one of the most riveting, compelling, and truly unforgettable reads of my life. Not to mention, one of the most divinely written ones too. With its exquisite prose, almost poetic at times, the phenomenally framed characters, vulnerable and strong at the same time, the passionate, turbulent love story that pulls on every one of our heartstrings like a fine concerto, the richness of a storyline that is never predictable and consistently enthralling, this is a book I wish I could make everyone read. Because books like these are few and far between, and are nothing less than life-changing.
GRIPPING ・ UNEXPECTED ・ EXQUISITELY WRITTEN ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“You were always with me, Grace. I never found a way to let you go.” – Before We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino
A heart-wrenching, truly unforgettable tale of second chances at love, of two people whose love never died, never even dimmed, even though what was taken from them could never be given back. Ms Carlino has a flair for dreamy, passionate love stories that warm our hearts and feed every romantic bone in our bodies, but this time around, she has given us a true gem, a timeless tale of a never-ending love set against the backdrop of a magical city she captured oh-so perfectly, a tale that I suspect will become a favourite for many.
HEART-WRENCHING ・ SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Get out of my computer immediately. I’m willing to move past the fact that you hacked me, but it ends now.”
“No more backdoor?”
“No more backdoor.”
He appeared crestfallen. “Ever?”
“Never,” Kate said firmly.
“Not even on my birthday or like a special occasion?”
“Are we still talking about my computer?” she asked.
“You probably are.” – Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis Graves
A truly beautiful, heartfelt story that left me once again smitten by this author’s brand of storytelling, this was one of the most delightful reads of the year for me, with also some of the wittiest and most engaging dialogues I’ve ever had a chance to enjoy. It surprised me at every turn, and I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone looking for a beautifully written book to make their hearts smile. It can be read as a standalone, even though their story continues in a sequel.
DELIGHTFUL ・ WITTY ・ EXCEPTIONAL DIALOGUES
“Oh … Summer…” he tsked his tongue, his fingers sliding under the edges of my underwear. “These are going to get in the way.” – Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
A light-hearted, somewhat less intricate love story than her other works, this is a book that shows us that even when she sets to write “light and funny”, she does it with impeccable attention to detail, and the kind of flawless character development that could carry any storyline forward. This is a heart-warming tale of opposites attracting, of two people fighting their attraction to one another, only to fail at every turn, and of life proving true the old adage that when one door closes, another opens in its stead, just as long as we have the courage to walk through it.
LIGHT-HEARTED ・ OPPOSITED ATTRACTING ・ FUNNY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“If I could, I’d take you somewhere real upscale. There’d be a starched white cloth on the table, napkins folded into fancy shapes, and candles all around us. I’d order champagne and the best food on the menu. We’d eat and laugh and talk, and I’d take you dancin’ till dawn. Then I’d lay you down on soft sheets and love you till the sun was high in the sky.” – Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick
A story of forgiveness, of second chances, and of letting go of anger and self-hatred in order to be truly free to embrace all that life has to offer—a story like this is simply my favourite kind of reading escape. Every emotional word of this oh-so wonderful tale stole my breath away and even though it was my undoing on more than one occasion, it left me with the goofiest grin on my face. This is a book I want to urge everyone to read, to drop everything and not wait another minute, because beautiful, inspiring stories like these are rare finds these days.
EXQUISITELY POIGNANT ・ BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I’m going to remind her why we’re perfect for each other. I’m going to show her that there’s no one else on this earth that can love her like I can.” – Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec
SIX STARS! An epic love story like no other, this was one of the most intense, heart-wrenching books I have ever read, as well as one of the most exquisite ones, and I wish there were a way to read it for the first time all over again. Lucy and Fisher’s tale will forever hold a very special place in my heart. It quite simply enthrals you completely, shutting out the world around you and overwhelming you emotionally until you cannot think of anything else.
GUT-WRENCHING ・ HEARTFELT ・ ROMANTIC ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I will fight for this love. Lie for it. Steal for it. It is worthy of that… I love her completely. She returns the love wildly. This love is worth the unsaid truths. The hidden lies.” – Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
SIX STARS! One of the most mind-blowing books I have ever read. It is not what I expected to find and I was left speechless by the end of it. Faultlessly written, impeccably mapped out, this book shows us how far a person is prepared to go for true love, how many sacrifices they are willing to make, and how far they would derail from their own moral compass just to make sure they never lose that love. This book is pure genius…sexy, shocking, unexpected, and nothing is what it seems.
EROTIC ・ JAW-DROPPING TWIST ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I loved every word, every thought, and I loved you . . . so much.” – Making Faces by Amy Harmon
SIX STARS! Oh, how I cried!!! I never expected to fall in love with a story like this, but I didn’t expect to ever find a story like this in the first place. This is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us. Its beautiful message is so all-encompassing and so powerful that I truly believe everyone should do themselves a favour and read this book at some point in their lives. Everyone.
UGLY CRY ・ HEARTWARMING ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I wanted you before I even knew you… You’re everything I ever wanted, darling.” – The Will by Kristen Ashley
SIX STARS! I have loved and lived every single Kristen Ashley book I have ever read, but this was the most epic one of them all for me. A tale of second chances at finding love, it tells the story of two people whose lives have taught them to recognise beauty once it comes along and to allow themselves to hold onto it, regardless of how undeserving of it they believe themselves to be. Josie is possibly my favourite female KA character ever, and that scene in the locker room… OMG. Maybe have some ice handy?
HEARTWARMING ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“All my life, I was the girl who everyone thought had everything or could get it. But the only thing I ever wanted was a man like you.” – Soaring by Kristen Ashley
This is a story about life, about the unexpected journeys that life takes us on, about the curveballs, about the direct hits and the pain they bring, but it is first and foremost a story about second chances at finding happiness, about finding the strength to be whole again and fighting for what matters the most in life. A truly splendid example of this author’s inimitable style of storytelling—I walked in these characters’ shoes, I felt all they felt, my heart roared every time they ‘soared’, and in the end, I did not want to say goodbye to them.
HEART-WRENCHING ・ SECOND CHANCE AT HAPPINESS ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Love’s hard to find, and when you do, you don’t throw it away.” – Secret by Kindle Alexander
This is a truly inspiring story about living one’s truth, about the kind of selfless love and devotion that puts most of us to shame, about finding the courage to show’s one’s most vulnerable side to those we love the most. Love does not always mean an easy road ahead, but stories like these make us believe that there might be a happily-ever-after for us all.
INSPIRING ・ M/M ROMANCE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“In this flyover, flyaway town that barely topped five figures, one of them was a man with an angel’s face, a man who’d asked me my name before he f*cked me in his car on a fearless August night. I couldn’t get him out of my head.” – Unteachable by Leah Raeder
SIX STARS! This story overwhelmed me, thrilled me, ignited me and brainwashed me. There is no other way to put it. It was perhaps one of the most enjoyable ‘rides’ I’ve been on and it left me stunned. In awe. Speechless. A taboo student/teacher romance might have been the premise of this story, but I found it very hard to keep perceiving it as that. For me this was a beautiful love story between two flawed characters I loved from beginning to end, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a ‘different’ kind of love story.
STUDENT/TEACHER ROMANCE ・ SEXY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I’ve just experienced the hottest, most erotic, life-changing sex of my life, and I don’t think I’m going to get a repeat. Tonight was obviously an ill-advised hook up for her. And I’m so screwed because it was the best thing that has ever happened to me.” – The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
This might have started as a captivating little college romance, but it became quite clear to me from very early on that this book did not follow any given formula. This story is incredibly multi-layered, so flawlessly written that I found myself re-reading passages just so that I would fully absorb the beauty of the prose, and it moved me deeply. The inherent vulnerability of both these characters, the powerful connection they share, the way they express with their bodies what they won’t or can’t in words, their humbling self-awareness—this story had everything that makes a true must-read for me, and then some. Nothing about this story is predictable, everything is just perfect, and apart from being phenomenally written, it is one of the most refreshing and surprisingly touching tales I have come across.
CAPTIVATING ・ PHENOMENALLY WRITTEN ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“…all I wanted to do was kiss her, explore the gentle curve of her lower lip before sucking on it. And Ivy would have flipped out. Because friends do not maul other friend’s mouths.” – The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan
Gray and Ivy are two characters that we fall in love with on the very first page, their playful banter making us grin like lunatics, and as their story progresses, their every facet makes us love them more and more. This is the type of read I will always be in the mood for and cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone seeking a feel-good, confidently written, sweet but achingly sexy friends-to-lovers tale that makes you want to read it in a single sitting.
FRIENDS TO LOVERS ・ SWEET BUT SEXY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I never knew that I’d risk everything, even my freedom, just to touch someone. Just to touch you.” – Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank
A tale of forbidden romance, this is a story that is so well-rounded, so masterfully assembled, every component fitting perfectly into the overall storyline and giving us one of the most intense, tantalizing, emotionally charged romances to feed our wicked fantasies. It has everything I always dream of finding in a forbidden student/teacher romance, but it is a love story first and foremost, and as such, I cannot recommend it enough to all the hopeless romantics out there.
STUDENT/TEACHER ROMANCE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“It’s just me, Boyce. You don’t have to do anything to impress me.”
“Because you already think I’m awesome, or because you never will?”
“You saved my life. I’ve been impressed with you since I was five years old.” – Sweet by Tammara Webber
I feel like my heart is glowing like a Christmas tree from the sheer exquisiteness of this beautiful, oh-so romantic and yet very tantalizing story, a story that sneaks up on you unhurriedly, pulling you in deeper and deeper, as you lose yourself in a swirl of emotions and truly superb prose. I cannot believe that this is my first novel by this extraordinary author
EXQUISITE ・ ROMANTIC ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“If you tell me you don’t want me, I’m going to demand you give me your panties to prove they’re not damp.” – Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
A sweet, slow-paced, very sexy romance, this story is not as straight-forward or as predictable as it might seem. Gently and sensitively interwoven with some heavier, much more intense emotional undertones than I ever expected to find in a story of this kind, this was a book I found to be absolutely impossible to put down. It’s a story that warmed my heart and made it race all at the same time, every part of this story done just right, and every eloquent word penned by this gifted author making me want to read everything else she’s ever written.
SWEET ・ SEXY ・ SURPRISINGLY EMOTIONAL ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“You’ve always been my sunshine. Ever since we were kids. I know you’re still in there, Bree. And I will find you.” – The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons
This is the story of a young woman rising from the ashes of her painful past and embracing life in all its beauty. It is one of the most positive, feel-good, emotionally fulfilling stories I have ever read, a story about finding the light at the end of the tunnel, and the courage to live rather than wallow in sorrow. While captivated by this book, I found myself smiling, snickering, laughing out loud, crying, even hugging my dog.
POSITIVE ・ FEEL-GOOD ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“If you would just let me in, if you would just love me back, we could have a beautiful life.” – The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
You know you’re going to experience a myriad of emotions just by opening an Amy Harmon book, but nothing could have prepared me for the sheer exquisiteness of this story, and for these marvellous characters. Every part of this book surprised me, thrilled me, made my heart burst at the seams, and I urge you to dive into this story without preconceptions, other people’s definitions of genres, or what this book is all about. There are really no words that would ever do justice to a story like this one. This is an inspiring tale to cherish forever, a story written so elegantly, at times even poetically, that breathes itself into our hearts and, hopefully, even leaves a small part of itself behind. An absolute delight to read.
INSPIRING ・ EMOTIONAL ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“In the process of finding the girl I fell in love with three years ago, I found my best friend.” – Black Box by Cassia Leo
This is not a book about the rosy side of life, or perfect characters with perfect lives. This is a story about two damaged individuals whose fates keep touching at every crucial moment in their young lives, continually tying their destinies to one another and making them each other’s lifeline. It might be a story describing a grave human condition, but it is also a beautiful romance between two people who were born to save one another, and it is one of the most sensitively and candidly told stories I have ever come across.
CANDID ・ SENSITIVELY WRITTEN ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I loved you then. I love you now. I’ve loved you every day for seven years.” – Play It Safe by Kristen Ashley
A heart-wrenching, and yet truly uplifting second chance romance, this is one of those unforgettable love stories I just knew from the very beginning it would crush me emotionally, and while the tears kept coming…and coming, I never lost faith in Ms Ashley’s extraordinary ability to give us powerful endings that more than make up for all the heartache. It’s a story of a young girl who never had anything, yet all she ever dreamed of having in life was a place to belong to and the love of a good man. And it is a story of a man whose birth right gave him all he ever needed in life, but it is the love of a woman like Ivey that made it all worth fighting for.
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ HEART-WRENCHING ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Whatever happens after this, I just want you to know that this was worth it. You were worth it. You were worth everything.” – Priest by Sierra Simone
I am almost ashamed to admit how much I actually enjoyed and truly liked this book…because I LOVED it. I loved the message it carries, I loved the characters and how perfectly imperfect they are, I loved the confident writing style that oscillates seamlessly between elegant, philosophical prose and explicit, steamy erotica, but I loved the unconventional nature of the love story the most, in all its illicit beauty.
TABOO ROMANCE ・ STEAMY EROTICA ・ STANDALONE NOVEL (+ FOLLOW-UP NOVELLA)
“Let me have you tonight. I took your virginity, baby. All you know about pleasure you learned from me. I know how to make it work for you, how to do you right. I know what you like. And how you like it.” – Deep Down by Elle Aycart
This is one of the best examples of erotica and romantic fiction merging together so flawlessly to give us a sexy but deeply emotional story to lose our minds over. Never have I found a book to be so incredibly arousing that it not only kept me hot and bothered page after page, but I was also genuinely ‘into’ every single sizzling scene in it. This is not a book for the prude folk out there – we have a very dominant and rather kinky alpha male in the house who is not afraid to voice his wishes, and every time he opens his mouth, something so mind-blowing comes out of it that you will either blush like a schoolgirl or want to start a fan club. A truly skin-tingling second chance at love story beginning to end.
TOE-CURLING ・ SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ STANDALONE STORY
“Once upon a time you thought you’d die without him. Then you thought you’d crumble into dust if you ever saw him again. Well, he’s back. And you’re still standing.” – Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace
One of those timeless love stories that shows us how unique true love is, how hard it is to find it, or let go of it, this is a heart-warming, comical at times, sexy, moving, somewhat bittersweet tale of giving love a second chance, but also of parenthood and finding that golden balance between overprotectiveness and letting your child make their own mistakes in life. I giggled, I swooned, I fought to catch a breath while sobbing like a baby, and I have loved, loved every single moment of it. One of my favourite books of the year, one of my favourite stories ever.
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ BITTERSWEET ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I know I’m probably the last person you want to see right now, but I just thought if I sat on your porch, you wouldn’t be scared. You wouldn’t be alone.” – Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
This was one of those rare books where the ‘nice guy’ is the hero of the story, where his goodness and selflessness are his dominant traits, and where his every act of kindness is the reason we fall deeper and deeper under his spell. It is a story about the resilience of the human spirit and the true power of love on a wounded heart. It made me hopelessly fall for a silent boy whose gentle soul and kind heart showed me that there is nothing more romantic than a look that speaks a thousand words. The story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom, this is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.
HEARTWARMING ・ UNFORGETTABLE ・ STANDALONE STORY
“…it was so hard not to dream that somewhere out there, there was someone strong and gallant who would dance with me under a starlit sky and call me his beloved—and mean it.” – Kyland by Mia Sheridan
This is a story I cannot and never want to forget. It is one of the most beautiful tales of selfless love and resilience of the human spirit I have ever come across, a story designed to churn emotions in us and make us ponder on our own lives. I cannot tell you how deeply this story has touched me and how much it still hurts even just recalling some aspects of it. This is a book that drowns you in its heartache as much as it blinds you with it beauty. I swooned, I cringed, I smiled through my tears and I bowed from the pain, and every word of this extraordinary tale is sheer magic.
HEART-BREAKING ・ INSPIRING ・ SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“The mind, it can be a deceitful thing. But it is no match for the heart.” – Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
This book was like no other that I have ever read, its unique structure and pace designed to make our hearts race, skip beats, melt and crush from one moment to another, never knowing what to expect next. Meticulously assembled to ‘feed’ us only little snippets of the story at a time while our minds are frantically tiling the puzzle pieces to form the picture we are so desperate to complete—this is an impeccably written story, infused with suspense and cloaked in mystery, showing us the hefty price of a second chance at happiness in life.
SUSPENSEFUL ・ PULSE-RACING ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I’d love to take you home and f*ck you senseless, if that’s what you’re after.” – Take Me On by Cherrie Lynn
This series won me over with its sinfully delicious alpha heroes who zero in, take and claim their ladies like nobody’s business, a series that is singlehandedly responsible for my shameless obsession with tattoos and piercings in all the right places, but this book is my favourite of the lot. The perfect marriage of romance and steam, this was a book I loved cover to cover, and would recommend to anyone seeking a feel-good but thoroughly emotional escape from reality. Tattooed guy, god in the bedroom is included.
STEAMY ・ ROMANTIC ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I was your man, you were halfway around the world from me, honey, I’d f*cking phone you … If you told me you needed a timeout, first, I wouldn’t f*ckin’ let you have one. Second, I wouldn’t give you reason to f*ckin’ want one. And last, you took off anyway, I’d f*ckin’ phone.” – The Gamble by Kristen Ashley
This is the book that started my obsession with Kristen Ashley novels. I did not even know what an “alpha” male looked like until I met Max. I was utterly enthralled. The signature KA prose, the unmistakable pace, the sizzling chemistry between the characters, the suspenseful back story—it is all there and I could not get enough. I have re-read this book too many times to count, or admit.
ALPHA HERO ・ SASSY HEROINE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“God, if he wasn’t so handsome, strong, sometimes sweet, didn’t have a Harley, that beard, a tendency to play with my hair, didn’t look so good in jeans and wasn’t so danged good in bed, he would seriously not be worth it.” – Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
This is my absolute favourite book in the Colorado Mountain series and the one book I have re-read the most times in my life. A superbly written, perfectly paced, entertaining, original, addictive emotion-fest, and I keep returning to these characters every time I need a book that feels like “home” to me. The hero in the story, Tate Jackson, is the ultimate alpha male, and there are scenes in this book that get to me every single time, regardless of how many times I have read them.
ALPHA HERO ・ FAVOURITE RE-READ ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Love you, Ty.”
“Down to my bones, mama, right back at you.” – Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley
Ty Walker. There are no words to describe the alpha god that is Ty Walker. It starts as a marriage of convenience between two people who both have something to gain from such an agreement, but before you know it, we are fanning ourselves so hard, you’d think there’s a volcano nearby. There are a few scenes that are so heart-breaking, I re-read then every time I need a book to make me feel. And then there’s that shower scene…OMG.
ALPHA HERO ・ HEART-WRENCHING ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Met you twelve years ago and we’re just gettin’ here. I don’t call that fast. I call that a waste of f*ckin’ time I’m about to rectify.” – Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley
Two best friends, a tale of unrequited love at first, and then nine years later, they meet again and finally get a chance to create something that should have been theirs from the very beginning, this is a heartwarming story of second chances at love, of best friends turning lovers, of people finding a home in one another. We have a protective and nurturing alpha male, this one with a gentle Dominant streak, a fierce but emotionally vulnerable heroine, a passionate union of minds as well as bodies–all perfectly packaged into a delicious bundle of addictive fiction at its best.
DOMINANT HERO ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Born to love you, baby. Die lovin’ you, my Sylvie.” – Creed by Kristen Ashley
This is not just a love story. This is not even just a timeless love story. This is a story of two best friends, two soul mates, two halves of the same whole, two people whose shared past made them capable of truly loving and giving themselves to only one person in the whole wide world. It is a story about learning to let go of a past that cannot be changed and embracing future in all its unexpected and unpredictable glory. A heart-stopping tale of second chance at love, this is a story that tugged at every single one of my heartstrings, and my only regret is that I will never be able to experience this breathtaking book for the very first time again.
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ BREATHTAKING ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“You’re still the woman I want to f*ck the second she comes into a room! The woman who occupies my thoughts and my dreams.” – Hate To Love You by Elise Alden
An unconventional and truly twisted storyline that made my skin tingle from the very first page (a pregnant virgin!!), this book is like no other book I have ever read. The story pulls you in like a rip current and your mind does not know which way is up. Nothing prepared me for the way it manipulated my mind, stretching it in such a way that I wholeheartedly adored every convoluted, complicated, messy, borderline crazy part of it. I have been obsessed with this book ever since I read it and I read it twice because I couldn’t get over the ‘hangover’.
TWISTED STORYLINE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I never expected her. Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived with them. How you went about your day and hung out with your friends and f*cked other people without having this one important person in your life.” – The Deal by Elle Kennedy
This heartwarming, funny, unexpectedly profound little gem took me by surprise and ended up rocking my world. Deceivingly nothing more than a cliché college scenario at first glance—a jock falling for the ‘invisible’ girl—this is a story of courage, inner strength, of paving one’s own way in life, and of love…unplanned, unequivocal, impassioned love that you feel all the way to your toes. There are so many heartbreaking layers to this story, so many themes to ponder on, but even more reasons to smile and walk away with a spring in our step. If you’re looking for a flawlessly written book with the perfect blend of light-hearted humour, heart-warming romance and a convincing storyline, I cannot recommend this story highly enough. I read this book in one day, sporting a permanent smile on my face because everything about this story made me happy, and at the end, I so desperately wanted to re-read it all over again.
HEARTWARMING ・ GREAT DIALOGUES ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Are you trying to buy your way into my good graces?”
“Yup. And excellent pun, by the way.”
“I wasn’t punning. My name just happens to be a homonym.”
“I love it when you talk homonyms to me.” – The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
There are so many fabulous layers to this story, all working perfectly together to deliver an engaging, uplifting, unputdownable tale of opposites attracting, of two people being exactly what the other needs, in good times and in bad, and never giving up on each other. This is a story that had me grinning cover to cover, and while it had the perfect combination of addictive plotline and fulfilling character development, this was first and foremost a fun, heart-warming read.
ENGAGING ・ HEARTWARMING ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I never dreamed any f*ckin’ dream… Didn’t dream it, saw it, waited my time, and then you gave it to me.” – Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
In one of the best executed and most emotional stories to stem out of this author’s endless imagination, we are thrown into the world of the brethren of the Chaos Motorcycle Club. A young man who had been searching for a place to belong to ever since he lost his parents as a young child, and after a painful adolescence, he finally found that place when he walked through the doors of Chaos MC; the Club President’s rebellious daughter who has had a secret crush on him ever since she was sixteen years old; a romance born out of friendship, their connection enduring and only getting stronger every time their paths cross over the years. Against a rough backdrop of everything that being part of a motorcycle club might entail, we lose our senses in one of the most beautiful and untraditionally romantic love stories penned by a beloved author. A truly breathtaking story.
MOTORCYCLE ROMANCE ・ EMOTIONAL ・ UNREQUITED LOVE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Are you real?” I asked his skin.
“Baby, you’re standing in my arms,” he answered.
“Please be real,” I whispered. – Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley
A woman emotionally broken, unable to move on, crippled by guilt and disillusioned with love, approaches the hero for a one-night-stand, her intentions are just that–one night of sex and nothing more. But once they get a taste of each other, of how good it feels to be in each other’s arms, a one-night-stand soon becomes a lot more than that…even though the heroine’s demons are deeply ingrained and tough to beat, constantly setting their relationship back and turning it into a fight to stay together. There are no words for the kind of range of emotions I have felt reading this book. Not many books make me cry but this book succeeded effortlessly and it did so on more than one occasion. The emotional vulnerability of these characters, paired with their desperate longing to be loved–unconditionally, genuinely, completely–made my heart clench page after page. There is something truly magical about a scenario where a man won’t give up on a good woman, regardless of all her hang-ups and issues, and who is willing to do his best to make her feel loved and protected.
MOTORCYCLE ROMANCE ・ EMOTIONALLY VULNERABLE CHARACTERS ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“It was always you. Only you. I was into you back then, Carissa, in a big fuckin’ way. And that hasn’t changed.” – Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley
A story of second chances in life, of two people who find all they’ve ever dreamed of having in each other, but also a story of families, of people who might not share the same blood but who would do anything for one another—this is in many ways the ‘quintessential’ Kristen Ashley novel, her unmistakable style and tone of storytelling present in every word, letter, and comma, and yet there was something quite unique about this story, and its powerful message of never losing hope, and the true meaning of family.
MOTORCYCLE ROMANCE ・ SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I’m done walking through fire for you, High! I’m done not because I’m done but because there’s nothing left of me to burn. You have it all! You’ve always had it all! I gave up everything so you could have it all! Please! God! Leave me to my nothing! And if you gave one single shit about me, ever, make them let me have my nothing!” – Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley
SIX STARS! I have never cried so many times and so desperately as I did while reading this breathtaking story, every aspect of it touching everything that I am, everything that I dream of, everything that I fear the most as a woman. Kristen Ashley’s unparalleled insight into the female psyche and her ability to infuse a woman’s innermost vulnerabilities as well as strengths into her stories, celebrating both in equal measure, is the very reason I keep coming back for more, the thrill of diving into one of her stories never wearing off, never dimming, never becoming anything less than a true craving.
MOTORCYCLE ROMANCE ・ SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ UGLY CRY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“You don’t get to ask questions, no matter what… Rule two is you answer my questions, and you have to answer them honestly… The last rule is your body belongs to me, so that means your orgasms are mine. You don’t come without my permission.” – Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane
Talk about total sensory overload! One of the hottest stories I’ve read in a while, with possibly some of the best written sex scenes I have ever come across, this is a book I devoured in every possible way. And loved every delicious moment of it. Steamy, romantic, exhilarating—every twist and turn in this mouthwatering story was delivered just right, penned to perfection, and kept me hypnotized cover to cover.
SIZZLING SEX ・ ROMANTIC ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I could suffer through anything if you were my reward.” – Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn
SIX STARS! Exquisite, deeply moving, but also truly uplifting, this is a book that didn’t just touch me – it owned me. Every part of it was just perfect, done just right, the story flowing organically from page to page, immersing me deeper and deeper into a story I never expected to find. It’s a love story about risking it all for the right person, and it was one of the most complete, romantic and yet so sexy, real but also astoundingly beautiful tales to ever tickle my imagination and feed my insatiable heart.
MOVING ・ UPLIFTING ・ ROMANTIC ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I might not remember every touch, but my body certainly does. I can feel his fingertips tattooed all over my skin. They’re in the bruises I can see and they’re invisible, too: the echo of his fingers in my mouth, dragging along my legs, pumping inside me.” – Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
This story was the very opposite of what I thought I would find. When I picked up this book, I expected light-hearted humour, romance, a fun read at most. And as much as those elements were all present, this book is first and foremost a stunning insight into human nature, into short-term escapism versus the vivid reality of everyday life. A deceivingly predictable scenario which turns into one of the most real and realistically told stories I have ever read, this is a book I adored. I laughed, I sighed, I fanned myself, and I even choked up on occasion—the story of Mia and Ansel is what happens when a modern fantasy is faced with the starkness of everyday reality.
SEXY ・ ADDICTIVE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“It’s yours, you know.”
“My heart, of course, but also my body. My hands, my lips, my cock. I trust you with all of it more than I even trust myself.” – Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren
I laughed, I cried, I felt my body burn from the sheer sexiness of too many scenes in this book to count, never knowing a guy merely touching a woman’s calf could make me literally combust in my own skin like that. A beautiful read, an astonishing love story, a couple whose journey I understood and felt from beginning to end—this is a book I would recommend with all my heart.
EROTIC ・ INTRICATE CHARACTERS ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there’s no f*cking way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way. It’s not possible.” – On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
A young woman who lost her entire family in one tragic accident when she was a teenager and has had to look after herself ever since then, she keeps all those around her at arm’s length, never really allowing herself to care about anyone or others to care for her. Everything changes when she meets her new roommate’s older brother, a man whose mere presence makes her lose control of herself, and while her initial reaction to him is to resist his advances, her body has a different agenda whenever she is near him. This luscious yet poignant story has so many tremendously developed layers, the brilliant character development being just one of them, and it seduces your senses, making you invested in the characters from the get-go. This is ultimately a story of finding the perfect balance in a relationship, a balance between the past and the future, a balance between trust and self-preservation, and a balance between friendship and love. A must read by a most beloved author.
FLAWLESS CHARACTERISATION ・ POIGNANT ・ STEAMY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“If you were just some woman in a bar, I’d pick you out from all the others, take you home, and f*ck you so hard you wouldn’t be able to walk straight in the morning.” – Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
Two best friends, she is painfully insecure around the opposite sex, he is an incorrigible player, she convinces him to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident…until lines are crossed and all they can think about is each other. And taking each other’s clothes off. This delicious friends-to-lovers romance is one of my favourite books in the series. It is emotional, sexy, utterly addictive and it poked my heart repeatedly,
FRIENDS TO LOVERS ・ EMOTIONAL ・ SEXY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“You’re worth every bad thing that’s ever happened to me, because going through them led me to you.” – Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
They met as teenagers, for a brief but unforgettable moment in time, and while their lives have led them onto very different paths, they both ended up becoming survivors of the cruel hands that fate has dealt them. When they meet again, the heroine cannot see past the hero’s tattoos and cocky demeanour, reminding her of all the relationship mistakes she’s made in life. But appearances can be deceiving… An inspiring tale of courage and resilience, framed by a beautiful and truly heartfelt romance between two people you cannot help but fall madly in love with from the moment you meet them.
HEARTFELT ROMANCE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I never thought you’d light up for the likes of me… I’m going to f*ck you until you see stars.” – Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
A touching friends-to-lovers tale that had me either squirming in my seat from the unrelenting chemistry between the characters, or clenching my chest from all the angsty emotions it stirred in me page after page. It’s also a story that shows the true definition of a family, of the incomparable power of friendships, and how much the two can sometimes become one in life. I loved this book, loved it so much I couldn’t help but re-read parts of it right after I first finished it.
FRIENDS TO LOVERS ・ TOUCHING ROMANCE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Don’t ask about my past. And never expect a future.” – Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
SIX STARS! I thought I was prepared for another brilliant book by this author, but nothing could have prepared me for this story. It’s a book that annihilates you from within, slowly breaks your heart into so many pieces you’ll need tweezers to pick them all up, and then it simply stuns you into silence with one of the most unexpected, soul-shattering book moments in history. This is the sexiest, most heart-wrenching Colleen Hoover book to date—a book that shows us a brand new side of this author’s writing genius, and it is in my humble opinion, her best work thus far.
HEART-WRENCHING ・ SEXY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Every bit of it. Every day, every week, every year, every f*ckin’ second, buddy, this. All of it. Worth the wait.” – At Peace by Kristen Ashley
A single mum, a badass next-door neighbour, what starts as a recurring booty call slowly becomes exactly what they were both desperately waiting for all their lives. Sexy, deeply emotional, this story made my heart race too many times to count, certain scenes bringing tears to my eyes on every single re-read. And I’ve re-read this book at least half a dozen times. It’s a story of second chances at happiness, of allowing yourself to love again, to be loved, and it is one of this author’s best works (in my humble opinion).
ALPHA HERO ・ SECOND CHANCE AT HAPPINESS ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Never loved another woman. Not in my life. Waited until I got it right. I got it right.” – The Promise by Kristen Ashley
She was his late brother’s girlfriend, he blamed her for his death for years after it happened, until one act of selflessness and self-sacrifice on her part awakens all that he always refused to feel for her. But she is not ready to forgive him… A story of second chances, of forgiveness, of seizing the opportunity to correct past mistakes and ‘make it right’, of having the courage to capture one’s happy ending even when you don’t believe you deserve one—this is a book that stole my heart from the get-go and made me incapable of walking away from these characters for weeks after I first read it. It’s a story that warms your heart from the inside out, and leaves you with a deep sigh of contentment.
SECOND CHANCE ・ FORGIVENESS ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“If we don’t make out of this alive, Sophie Price, I want you to know that I’ve never loved anyone as much as I love you. You’re it for me.” – Vain by Fisher Amelie
This is the truly beautiful story of a young woman’s journey from egocentricity to self-awareness, from having regard only for herself to being willing to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of another human being. The heroine travels a painful journey of self-discovery, learning to love and embrace the person she really is, and finally finding her true purpose in life. There is also a sublimely heart-melting love story embedded in the midst of one of the most moving, relevant and attention-worthy plotlines I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Cricket was a balm to my disturbed spirit… She was everything I never imagined I could possibly want. She was… devastating.” – Greed by Fisher Amelie
This book left me speechless and utterly in love with every word in it. The hero is one of those privileged youths who take their parents’ wealth for granted and live a careless life splurging money on vices and luxuries. Tired of living under his father’s thumb and obey his orders, and desperate to save his sister from their dad’s cruel intentions, he leaves his old life behind, cutting all ties, escaping with his sister to a remote cattle ranch in Montana…where he meets a girl who steals his breath away from the moment he lays eyes on her. Just like its prequel, this story carries a powerful message of love over material possessions, of learning to value what matters in life, and be willing to sacrifice everything for the wellbeing of loved ones.
POWERFUL MESSAGE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I have dozens of steel pins and rods through my body, holding me together. Physically. Nothing but ten tiny breaths holds the rest of me together.” – Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
A broken young woman, a terrible tragedy that took almost everyone she has ever cared for away from her, shattering her body and soul, and the man who breaks through her protective walls; a college freshman determined to follow someone else’s dreams for her, never actually questioning them or asking herself what her heart really wanted out of life; the owner of a strip club and a former underground fighting champion who fought all his life to escape his past and gain independence by becoming his own boss and never creating ties, until a young woman makes him question his strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule, challenging his self-control and resolve; a rebellious bad girl whose ‘get out of jail free card’ involves working with her one and only one-night-stand, the man she never forgot. Four exceptional stories, four sets of characters I simply adored, a series that delivered so consistently and at such a remarkable level one book after another, each story unique, gripping, unforgettable, only getting better and better.
GRIPPING ・ FLAWLESSLY WRITTEN ・ 4-BOOK SERIES OF STANDALONE STORIES
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I can’t believe that soon you will be here, in our arms, in our lives… We are ready for you, sweetheart. So very ready.
We love you so much already.
See you soon.
Momma & Daddy” – Dear Emily by Trudy Stiles
If you love superbly written, heart-wrenching but emotionally fulfilling stories that make your heart grow tenfold, then you will love these books just as much as I have. Two connected stories, two characters whose lives have become forever intertwined, two young women desperate to create in life what their hearts ache for the most—a family of their own. I cried, I smiled, I hugged my Kindle sobbing uncontrollably, these stories are the perfect marriage of fiction and real life, two stories that are so poignant and honest, and yet they makes us dream with our eyes open like only true fairy tales can. A superb translation of real life into fiction, a must read for anyone looking for a book to touch their heart and renew their belief in humanity.
DEEPLY EMOTIONAL ・ HEART-WRENCHING ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“It’s not fair that I remember you and you don’t, Evelyn.” – Lick by Kylie Scott
A series that keeps getting better and better, which is rather scary since it was perfect from the very beginning. A band of rock stars, one by one falling for their leading ladies—we have a hot tattooed guitarist who wakes up in Las Vegas married to the woman sleeping next to him who has no recollection whatsoever of the night before…but he does; a sexy drummer whose hilarious shenanigans and filter-free mouth had me in stitches cover to cover and who convinces a woman he’s just met to pretend to be his girlfriend…by moving in with her; and the moody, hot-tempered, hard to live with lead singer whose addictions force him into hiring the only woman who is not afraid of putting him in his place…until she secretly falls for him. The dialogues in every single book in this series are simply fantastic—clever, unforced, and always fresh—and I simply cannot get enough of these characters.
IRRESISTIBLE ROCKERS ・ HILARIOUS ・ EMOTIONAL ・ 4-BOOK SERIES OF STANDALONE STORIES
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“Whoever you end up with, just know you were mine first. A part of you will always be mine. When you find your prince charming, the one who has everything you’re looking for, perfect, you’ll still be my f*cking princess and not any other’s.” – Rogue by Katy Evans
This is a book I expected to like, and found myself obsessively devouring. A young woman who dreams of finding a good man and falling head over heels in love with him, and whose bad luck in dating never stops her from hoping that her perfect man would suddenly walk into her life and love her the way she craves to be loved. But while searching for her happily-ever-after, she makes a mistake that puts her entire future in jeopardy, the very mistake that brings a very dangerous man into her life…a man who never expected to come across in his line of work with the only woman who has ever made him wish he were someone else. The level of emotion, the raw chemistry between the characters, the insight into both their personalities—this book was the total package for me. A story that caught me by surprise and made me adore every delicious, dirrrty moment of it.
DELICIOUSLY DIRTY ・ COMPLETE PACKAGE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I love you, Alex. I loved you when we were kids… and I’ve continued to love you every day since.” – Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons
A young widow, a single mother of three, a man who returns into her life after years of separation, and shows her that she is allowed to love again, this is a heart-warming story of second chances at happiness in life, of missed opportunities and allowing one’s heart to love again, showing us that sometimes it is not the heart that needs to move on, but rather the mind that stalls the heart from embracing love again. Through humour, sarcasm, compelling heartache, we are given a beautifully written account of a young woman’s battle with herself, torn between her past and her heart’s desire to love and be loved again.
HEARTWARMING ・ SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL (+ FOLLOW-UP NOVELLA)
“You’re my heart, Savannah. Not in it. Not a part of it. I’m consumed by you. Obsessed by you. I need you in my life any way I can have you.” – Nocturne by Andrea Randall & Charles Sheehan-Miles
This is not only a superbly written story, emotional, sensual, well-rounded, complete in every sense, but it kept me in a state of subtle exhilaration from beginning to end because I knew, I just knew this was my kind of love story. And it not only did not disappoint, it blew me away. It might start as an illicit affair between a student and her teacher, but these characters’ battle to be together has a lot more to do with them wanting different things and having different priorities at different stages in their lives, than with society pulling them apart. God, how I loved this book!!
SENSUAL ・ SUPERBLY WRITTEN ・ STUDENT/TEACHER ROMANCE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“This man was big. Over six feet, the broadness in his shoulders was enough to accelerate her heart rate. He was pure male animal. No matter what soap, deodorant or cologne he used, he wouldn’t be able to obliterate the scent. He was powerful, a predator, but what made him absolutely irresistible to her, overriding her common sense, was that he was a sexual submissive. An alpha wolf who chose the role of beta in the bedroom, but only for the right woman.” – Natural Law by Joey W. Hill
An impressively written, intensely emotional and flaming-hot story that somehow manages to melt your heart and make you tingle to the tips of your toes all at the same time. It might be set within a BDSM framework, and the plotline relies heavily on this theme, but this book takes taboo to a whole new level of literary excellence. Unlike the vast majority of books in this genre, the dominant in this relationship is the female lead character and her counterpart is a somewhat unorthodox version of a male submissive–he is a policeman who dominates in all other aspects of his life, but enjoys handing over control in the bedroom, albeit preserving his powerful alpha tendencies. This is a delicious and highly addictive tale of two people connecting on every possible level, and finding their natural place in a world that would judge them for their innate sexual tastes. This book owned me, body and soul, and it commanded every single heartbeat in my chest while I was reading it.
BDSM THEME ・ ALPHA HERO ・ INTENSELY EMOTIONAL ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Sweetheart, believe it or not, I long ago realized restraining your hands won’t do squat, because you use more than your hands to touch me. You look at me, and you slice through me deeper than anyone ever has.” – Heavy Issues by Elle Aycart
This book simply has it all—witty and realistic dialogues, loveable characters, a beautiful love story of self-acceptance and lowering one’s defences when the right person comes along. The focus is, of course, on the relationship between the two main characters, but it is equally a story about learning to love and accept oneself and allowing others to love us. So hot and oh-so emotional.
WITTY ・ SEXY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I’ve watched you come apart in my arms. I’ve held you while you slept. I’ve felt your baby kick. No, I haven’t f*cked you. My dick hasn’t been inside you. But don’t be mistaken; we do have an intimate relationship.” – To the Max by Elle Aycart
The perfect fusion of sweet and racy, with well-timed injections of humour and suspense, I loved the slow-burning pace of this love story, the way we get to witness the gradual evolution of their relationship—from friends to lovers, from lovers to each other’s forevers—and I couldn’t get enough of the sizzling chemistry between them, not to mention the explosive sex scenes that were simply perfect start to finish. If a well-written, sexy, feel-good love story is your thing, look no further.
SWEET BUT RACY ・ PREGNANCY ・ SLOW-BURNING ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I knew she was broken, knew no matter where she ended up in life, her past would always be there to haunt her, knew she had so much to overcome. But I also knew, underneath it all, she was strong. I saw it in her eyes and felt it in her spirit. I knew she was kind and good, knew she was beautiful. And I knew I was never going to stop loving her.” – When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
A broken young woman, a history of domestic abuse, and the man who shows her what love truly is. But the young lovers are soon taken from one another by such unspeakable evil, breaking their hearts and forcing them to spend the next six years living far from each other. When he returns to their home town, he realises what one single decision made in the heat of the moment has cost them both. This is not just a story of second chances, but also about seizing life when it matters the most so that every waking moment is not spent in regret and what-ifs. A story I could never forget.
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ HEART-BREAKING ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I want a relationship that lasts longer than a night and isn’t billed by the hour!” – At Your Beck & Call by Jane Harvey-Berrick
One of the most fascinating, engrossing, exceptionally written stories I have ever come across, this book is the perfect example of how every life story, even the most unconventional ones, can turn into a splendid fairy tale. The leading character is a male escort and from beginning to end, we are drawn into a world that is so different from our own and yet so intriguing we cannot look away, and a hero who is so self-aware and honest that his thought process slowly becomes our own. If you’re looking for a ‘different’ kind of love story, one that doesn’t come in a neat little box with a bow on top, or even meet a given stereotype, I’d recommend this book to you wholeheartedly.
MALE ESCORT ・ OLDER HEROINE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“You can’t live your life through the eyes of the past forever… Don’t drown yourself in the sorrows of what has been.” – Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch
A genuinely delightful and profoundly emotional tale of heartbreak, loss, forgiveness, bravery and resilience, this is a rather unconventional setting for a love story, and yet it hooked me from its first flawlessly written page. A young woman returning to her home town in hopes of fixing her broken relationship with her father, she joins her father’s crew on their latest fishing expedition, hopeful that facing her biggest fears would also help them heal their bond and mend her broken heart, never expecting that the setting of all her childhood nightmares would also become the very place where she would find her heart again. A truly stellar book.
UNCONVENTIONAL SETTING ・ FORGIVENESS ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“He pulled me into a hug and put his lips to my neck, just where it joined my shoulder and breathed deeply through his nose, sending his hot breath blowing down my neck and back. This is what he always did to calm me down, when I would sob on his shoulder; this was the only thing that seemed to work. I could feel his heart beating fast against my chest, so I focused on matching my breathing to the pace of his. I breathed in his smell until I had calmed myself down.” – The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley
I read this book when I first started reviewing books and even though I now read fewer and fewer books set in high school, it has stayed with me ever since then as one of the most beautiful young romances out there. The story touches on domestic abuse, but only very lightly as the focus stays on the trauma that physical/sexual abuse causes, rather than the act itself, and on the characters’ coping mechanisms. It is a book about first loves, about brotherly and sisterly love, and about growing up. The premise of a young boy comforting and protecting the girl he cares for from her nightmares by sneaking through her window every night and holding her all night so she wouldn’t cry in her sleep got me when I first read the blurb and it still gets me every time I think about it. A story I frequently re-read in parts.
FRIENDS TO LOVERS ・ HEARTWARMING ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“… when kindred souls meet, they are destined to be together, always.” – Always by Kindle Alexander
This is one of those beautiful romances that transcends time, distance, gender, religion, or current opinion on whom we should or shouldn’t love, and shows us the true meaning of love. It is the epic love story between a charismatic attorney who is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation, and a handsome, uptight restaurateur who still struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned m/m reader or if you’re stumbling into this genre for the very first time, I urge you to give this extraordinary book a chance. I have no doubt whatsoever that it will leave you speechless.
M/M ROMANCE ・ EPIC LOVES STORY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I don’t fit in your world.”
“Neither do I. So let’s make our own. We’ve done it before.” – On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
This is one of the nicest love stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and even years after reading it, I still remember every scene in it and often go back to re-read some of my favourite passages. It is the tale of two people who find themselves stranded on a deserted island, and while fighting for survival, find themselves drawn to each other, regardless of their age difference. The writing style is quite unique, ‘fluff-free’ as I’d call it, because it focuses on narrating the story without long-winded scenery descriptions or internal monologues. It’s amazing how much can be said with so few words. My initial shock over the characters’ age difference quickly disappeared when the story became about two people who find themselves in horrific circumstances, stripped of everything but their humanity, courage and ability to love. Maybe don’t read this book while on a plane…?
AGE DIFFERENCE ・ LOVE CONQUERS ALL ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I’d met men who made me laugh, who made me sigh, even a few, very few, who’d made me come. Until now I had never met one I couldn’t forget.” – Dirty by Megan Hart
By far the most arousing, tantalizing, toe-curling, panty-obliterating, sensual read I have ever come across. This story, however, should not be just nicely slotted into the “erotica” genre – this is a beautifully executed psychological drama as well, one with so many layers that the reader just keeps peeling off until the very end. The heroine is a woman of a thousand dichotomies, single by choice and adamant that she does not do relationships. She sleeps with random men, often without even giving them her real name because sex is more than just a release for her – it helps her escape her thoughts and her childhood memories that create a constant prison in her mind. She meets the hero just as randomly as any other guy before, but their connection is different, even though her every instinct tells her to flee and protect herself from heartbreak and disappointment. This is not a traditional story of two soul mates finding each other and never letting go. This is a story of overcoming emotional scars, of finding the courage to confront the past rather than erase it, and of letting oneself be loved. An exceptional author who uses language skilfully and purposefully, making even the more erotic scenes as unbelievably sensual and they are sexy and utterly mind-blowing. A top recommendation from me.
SIZZLING HOT ・ DAMAGED HEROINE ・ EXCEPTIONAL WRITING ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Would we be more like friends than mother-daughter? Would she think I was annoying? What insecurities would she have? Would she hate me for not being married?” – One Pink Line by Dina Silver
This is a story about love, not only the romantic type, but also between mothers and daughters and all the people we take for granted in our everyday lives. It is also a story of finding one’s identity, putting all the puzzle pieces together that make up the picture of who we are, where we come from, what defines us. Told from two very different POVs, of a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and faced with a child she never planned for, and of a daughter who believed she was a product of this great love, only to realize her existence is not what she assumed and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is. This is a story of sacrifice driven by love for an unborn child, of forgiveness, and I still smile every time I think of it.
UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I’ve been in love with you since we were kids, since the first time a pretty little five-year-old girl looked up at me and asked me if I wanted to play dolls.” – I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre
A young woman growing up being the baby in a family of overprotective macho brothers, in love with her brothers’ friend ever since she was a little girl, but never thinking he saw her as anything more than his friends’ baby sister. Years later, one night of passion shows her that he saw her all along…until they are faced with decisions neither of them thought they were ready for. I loved all books in this series, but for some reason Sophie’s book is my favourite. I loved the themes in this story, I loved the heroine’s willingness to fight for her relationship with the hero, even against her own family, and I loved the way the main characters loved each other. I have found myself re-reading this sweet romance on more than one occasion.
FRIENDS TO LOVERS ・ FIERCE HEROINE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Daylight won’t protect you from anything. Bad things happen all the time; they don’t wait until after dinner.” – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
A young woman whose past is a journey of discovery for the reader as it is for the characters, this is the exceptional story of a 17-year-old girl whose self-inflicted mutism protects her from the world around her…until she meets a boy named Josh. They are two damaged people who carry the burden of their traumas inside them, never expressing them and never trusting anyone with them. But they slowly start trusting each other, opening up, creating a safe haven of two where they can finally lower their defences and be free to just feel. A true masterpiece of a book, flawless in every way, mind-blowing start to finish. And those two last words…
UNEXPECTED ・ EMOTIONAL ・ PERFECTLY PACED ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“The heart always wins out over the mind, The heart, although reckless and suicidal and masochist all on its own, always gets it way. The mind may be what’s best, but I don’t give a shit what my mind is telling me anymore. Right now, I want to live in the moment.” – The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
Two young hearts, two lost souls, two halves of the same whole whose chance encounter sets them on a journey of self-discovery and falling in love—happiness and a sense of belonging to someone being the destination they’ve both been longing for. This is the story of a young girl who feels trapped in her own life, afraid to be herself, afraid to express what she wants, unable to deal with the pain from her past, so one day, she simply buys a bus ticket and takes off, with no clear destination in mind, only wanting to distance herself from her life and everyone in it. And that is where she meets a young man whose own demons have put him on that same bus. This is a story about falling in love body and soul and never wanting to let go, but even more than that, this is a story about finding a direction in life and someone to share that direction with. (This book can be read as a standalone novel, even though there is a sequel that continues and concludes these characters’ story.)
JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY ・ EMOTIONAL LOVE STORY ・ CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE NOVEL
“… love isn’t always roses and rainbows and butterflies in your stomach. It’s equally cruel and painful and the world’s worst villain.” – Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski
A story of hope, unwavering devotion, selfless sacrifice, and love in one of its purest and most beautiful forms. Flawlessly and compellingly written, I lived every page, every emotion, every unconventional facet of this truly epic romance. But this is not just a love story, albeit somewhat untraditional—this is also an extremely vivid account of a woman’s silent battle with mental illness and its dire effects on the only emotional bond she has managed to form and sustain in her life. While this is a spin-off novel from The Edge of Never series, it is a standalone story. An absolute must-read.
COMPELLING ・ HEART-WRENCHING ・ EVOCATIVE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see—the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.” – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
The story about a 17-year-old girl in her last year of high school, once part of the popular crowd at school, whose life changed one night when she woke up in hospital, with cuts all over her arms and back, and no memory of what happened to her. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when a smoking-hot, girl-using loner waltzes into her life, her world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away… What follows is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of two troubled and deeply hurt souls who gravitate towards each other based on their shared pain and desperation to have their normal lives back. This is a book about love in all its forms—the love between a child and a parent, the love between siblings, the love between a boy and a girl, and the love between friends. It is also a book about human endurance and ability to overcome tragedies. I loved these characters, I was heart-broken by their stories, and I absolutely adored this book.
COMPELLING ・ HEART-WRENCHING ・ EVOCATIVE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I think of everything I have ever loved, possessed, wanted, worked for, hoped for, treasured in my life. I love you more.” – True
LoveStory by Willow Aster
When I started reading this book, I expected nothing more than great storytelling, but I eventually walked away with my mind spinning in so many directions, everything I thought I had believed about relationships and true love having been shaken, questioned, stretched beyond my own limits of familiarity. I don’t know how I expected this story to unfold, but I certainly did not expect it to make me question the one thing I have always believed I knew the answer to – whether love indeed conquers all. It is a story about the enduring power of love, about forgiveness and finding our own version of happiness in life. It’s an untraditional love story but it is an epic one nonetheless.
UNTRADITIONAL LOVE STORY ・ ENDURING POWER OF LOVE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Not many chances a man has in his lifetime to do right, to earn the love of a good woman, and to get a taste of true freedom. And babe, for me, you’re all f*ckin’ three. Have been for a good while now.” – Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
I loved this book with every single fibre of my being—it captivated me, agitated me, owned me, aroused me, it assaulted my senses and it left me utterly confused because in theory I shouldn’t have liked a story like this, but I did, every word, every scene, every twisted part of it. It is so graphic and yet so beautiful, so rough and yet so romantic, it got under my skin and there was not be a darn thing I could do about it. This is no ordinary romance and it might appear gruesome and wild at times, but it tells the timeless love story of two kindred spirits who loved each other from the moment they laid eyes on one another, who battled against everything life had thrown at them to keep them apart, and who didn’t just find their happy ending. They created it.
MOTORCYCLE ROMANCE ・ WILD ・ GRITTY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I promise you this. I’ll love you until the day I die even if I have to live without you. And if it’s fifty years from now, you come home, Nick Anderson. Do you hear me? I’ll be waiting on you.” – The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred
Two young kids whose heartwarming friendship, as they grow older, blossoms into a lovely romance—this is a story of love conquering all. It is about our ability to forgive unimaginable hurts and put love first. A beautifully written book, an elegant and confident writing style, a delightful story of second chances at love and forgiveness that I often like to re-read.
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ FORGIVENESS ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I love you because I can be honest with you. I trust you. I love you because you’ve made me see I’m more than I thought.” – Strangers by Barbara Elsborg
We meet the two main characters while they are both trying to commit suicide by drowning. Completely different events in their lives have made them so helpless and hopeless to resort to such drastic acts against themselves, and yet we somehow find ourselves laughing with them, laughing at their interaction with each other, and hoping that two hopeless souls can equate to a hopeful ending. A beautiful love story follows, but in order to keep what they have found in one another, they need to want to stay alive. It’s a story that elated me while I expected it to depress me, and the story was so interesting and engaging, not to mention skilfully written, that I could not put it down even for a moment.
ELATING ・ DIFFICULT THEMES ・ FULL OF HOPE ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
““I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t care, but you mean everything to me, and if this is what you need, then this is what you’ll get. But we’re damned well going to work on changing this association between caring and spanking.” – The Dom’s Dungeon by Cherise Sinclair
A young woman seeking a fresh start in life far away from the scars from her past, arranges a vacation exchange to job hunt in a new city. When she arrives at the house she will be staying at, she discovers a locked door…so she picks the lock, only to find chains and manacles, whips and paddles, odd benches with straps…a Dom’s play dungeon. And the Dom happens to return home in that very moment, finding the heroine in a very compromising position. What follows is a deliciously erotic and yet deeply touching story of two people being exactly what the other always needed in life. This book had everything I was looking for—well-developed characters who complete an emotional journey, a fun and interesting plot, situations that had my toes curling—and I simply devoured it. Multiple times.
BDSM THEME ・ STEAMY EROTICA ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“Dear god, please give me strength to make sure that I don’t become the threat against the girl I’m trying to protect.” – Willing Captive by Belle Aurora
The daughter of an Irish-American magnate, living her life in relative social seclusion due to her father’s over-protective ways, finds herself kidnapped from her own home by masked commandos and blindfolded in the back of a van. Frightened, angry, confused, she soon discovers that her abduction might not have been an abduction at all and that the very people who took her from the safety of her family home might be the only people capable of protecting her. While the story remains action-packed from beginning to end, this is ultimately a beautiful heart-warming romance born at a most trying time and capable of surviving against all odds. Through loveable characters, engaging dialogues, regular injections of light-hearted humour, a passionate but well-paced romance, this was a truly un-puttable down and well-rounded story that made me laugh, cry, swoon and tingle all over.
ABDUCTION ・ LOVEABLE CHARACTERS ・ LIGHT-HEARTED HUMOUR ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I want a soul mate, not a temporary bedmate.” – Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst
The successful owner of a matchmaking agency, a young woman who hopelessly believes in love and everlasting happiness but remains single with no happy romantic prospect in sight. Her latest challenge comes in the form of one of the top divorce lawyers in the state and love cynic extraordinaire, who comes to her agency with the intent of exposing her as a fraud by becoming her client. This is a stunning tale of two people loving each other above all else, being perfectly matched in every possible way, apart from wanting very different things in life. It wrecked me, tugged at every one of my heartstrings because it made me feel every bit of the emotional conflict within these characters. An author known for her relentless romantic streak, for her written-in-the-stars connections between strong heroines and dominant males, and the overwhelming sexual chemistry between them, and this book is no exception.
WRITTEN-IN-THE-STARS ROMANCE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I was so lonely that I was practically nonexistent. I wished I wasn’t. I wished my personality was one that made people gravitate toward me. I wished I knew what to say to people. I wished I knew how to just fit right in. I wished I could just be comfortable in social settings and be able to go after everything and anything I wanted. In short, I wished I was my brother. He was never lonely.” – My Only by N.K. Smith
A young man resigned to sit on the sidelines of life, overshadowed by his outgoing and popular twin brother, Adam is one of the geeks that everyone mocks, while his brother is the most popular boy at school. He keeps to himself, downplaying his abilities, thinking that he is less than all those around him, and secretly wishing he were more like his brother. When a girl named Olivia moves into the house next door, Adam sees her from his bedroom window and is immediately drawn to her, her perky but compassionate personality drawing Adam out of his shell, and giving him courage to be himself. Until his brother notices her too… But this is not a story of conflict, this is a story of human connections and of living life to its fullest without any regrets. It’s a story about finding yourself through a connection with another person, a story about how lost and alone you can feel one moment, but then through a simple touch from someone else, you know exactly who you are, where you are, and where you’re going to go. There were scenes that made my heart clench, some that literally made me a sobbing puddle of mess, and others that quite simply obliterated me, but there was never even a split second where I did not absolutely adore this book.
HEART-WRENCHING ・ STORY OF HUMAN CONNECTIONS ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I’m surrounded by people every day, yet I always feel alone, no matter how hard I try to connect. It’s as though a veil has been thrown over my heart, and no one has ever been able to tear it down. Until this boy. This unattainable, untouchable, unreliable boy.” – After Math by Denise Grover Swank
A heroine raised in a trailer park by a mother who only saw her as a burden and never made her feel loved, she has moved away from home and now lives her life surrounded by rules, structure, set plans for her future, striving to achieve independence in her life and to never need anyone to feel complete. Afflicted by anxiety attacks due to her traumatic childhood, she struggles in social contexts and in a world without order, finding solace in maths. When she starts tutoring the cocky soccer player the entire school idolises, an unexpected connection immediately sparks between them… This is the delightful story of two people who live their lives presenting a brave façade to the world around them, keeping their true face hidden where no one can hurt them. It’s a story of finding the one person in the world who makes you want to finally let your guard down and let them see the real you. And hopefully find yourself in the process. This book was my undoing from the very first page.
DELIGHTFUL ROMANCE ・ SOCIALLY AWKWARD HEROINE ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“The easiest way to keep a woman over your shoulder is with a hand on her ass, and the other between her legs.” – Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair
When the heroine’s lover talks her into a mountain lodge vacation with his swing club, she soon learns she’s not cut out for that lifestyle. The lodge owner finds her freezing on the porch, takes her in and he warms her in his own bed, and there the experienced Dominant discovers that the woman in his bed might not be a swinger at all…but most definitely a submissive. An insecure heroine with body image issues, a hero tormented my memories from his military past, together they lose themselves in each other…as long as they can hold onto one another. I have loved every single novel by this author, her flawlessly written BDSM stories making my skin tingle at the mere thought of them, but this book does not contain very hard core BDSM themes. The focus is more on the mental condition of the characters and their evolving connection. The troubled hero/insecure heroine formula worked perfectly in this story, adding a delicious angsty element to the storyline hinting at unrequited love. Gets me every single time.
BDSM THEME ・ HEROINE WITH BODY IMAGE ISSUES ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“She gave for no gain of her own, no goal she needed to reach. Love was not a prize but something she owned inside and shared freely. Every night she took him deep into her body and held nothing back. The woman who was his wife was a fierce, proud creature who both shattered and humbled him, and he realized in the glimmer of firelight that he loved her. He was in love with his wife.” – The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
A marriage arrangement to benefit both parties, the heroine agrees to marry her best friend’s older brother, the man who once shattered her heart. The hero doesn’t believe in marriage and is determined to keep things all business between them…but the more time they spend living under the same roof, the more they tear through each other’s walls and become vulnerable to something neither of them have ever experienced or felt before. This is a feel-good, funny, sexy, romantic story of two people who do everything they can to fight the chemistry between them, to only fail miserably at every turn. A story like this is a romantic escapist’s dream come true.
BEST FRIEND’S BROTHER ・ UPLIFTING ・ SEXY ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“Let me be clear, la mia tigrotta. I’m taking you to bed. I’m going to strip off your clothes, bury myself inside you, and make you come so many times the only word from your lips will be my name, begging me to do it all over again.” – The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst
A young woman who guards her heart fiercely, her fear of rejection holding her back from believing in ever finding love. But she craves to be loved, to have a man look at her with possession and devotion…and that exactly what she finds when she agrees to an unconventional contract of pretend-marriage. A patient hero who doesn’t mind taking his time to peel off the heroine’s defences, one by one, and make her reveal her true self to him, while admitting to himself that she might actually be exactly what he’s been looking for all along. The build-up of sexual chemistry between the main characters, the anticipation, the will-they-won’t-they left me breathless. This series is the perfect marriage of romance and erotica, food for the hopeless romantic in all of us.
PRETEND-MARRIAGE ・ GUARDED HEROINE ・ ALPHA HERO ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“You don’t know this yet. But you are Mine.” – Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Alpha heroes with fangs!!! There is seriously no sexier vampire world than the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and this is the book that started it all. We are introduced to this world as the leader of these vampire warriors and defenders of their race finally finds his mate. When one of his most trusted fighters is killed, leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate, he must usher her into his world, a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams. Fast-paced, brilliantly written, with a background storyline that continues from one book to another, I have loved many of the other books in the series, but this one still remains one of my favourites.
ALPHA VAMPIRES ・ STEAMY ・ COULD BE READ AS STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.” – Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
A former blood slave, the hero still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike…until he rescues a beautiful woman from their enemy, one who awakens the passion in him he believed not to posses, and whose love brings him back to life. This is one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching stories in the series, this hero being my favourite of the lot. His inner journey brought me to tears, his self-hatred and the memories from his past breaking my heart on more than one occasion. It’s a story of love healing all, even the deepest of wounds and the most persistent of nightmares. A favourite re-read.
ALPHA VAMPIRES ・ SUPER STEAMY ・ COULD BE READ AS STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)
“I always knew I would fall in love with you, … but you were never supposed to love me back.” – Back To You by Priscilla Glenn
Two people who couldn’t have been more opposite when they first met back in high school, but drawn to each other from the moment they laid eyes on one another, this is a story of friends becoming lovers, of heartbreak, of eight long years of separation, and of love that withstands time, betrayal, and heartbreak. This is a journey of redemption and second chances, and it is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read.
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ REDEMPTION ・ FORGIVENESS ・ STANDALONE NOVEL
“I went right to your shop and waited. I watched for you and once I saw you, I knew I was going to end up chasing my girl, waiting for you to turn around and see…the real me and love me for who I am and not what I did to you. I’m standing in front of you, Josie. You just have to turn around.” – Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
High school sweethearts, best friends, first loves. But the hero’s dream of becoming a rock star ends up costing him everything he cared for, including the woman he desperately loved. Ten years later, life takes him back to the very place he ran away from, forced to face everything and everyone he left behind. This is an utterly moving story of second chances in life, of redemption, remorse, forgiveness, of loves lost and found again, of trust regained.
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE ・ FORGIVENESS ・ STANDALONE STORY (IN SERIES)