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#SnowInLoveBingo Recommendations

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s holiday post, I’m going with a recommendations post and this one is all about the #SnowInLoveBingo board and the books you can use to fulfill the prompts. Personally, I’m super excited for this readathon and have already completed a handful of challenges. With that being said, let’s get into the board and the books I’d recommend for each prompt.

You can check out the three hosts on Twitter: Dani, Jen and Aarya. I’m super excited to participate in this round and hopefully, get a blackout board. With that being said, let’s get into the board and the books I’d fit with each prompt.

Set Outside the US or Europe

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The first book I have to recommend for this is Not Another Family Wedding by Jackie Lau. Jackie Lau is quickly becoming a new favorite author. This one follows Natalie and the friends-to-lovers she has with Connor who is an old college friend. This book deals with a lot of other topics such as family drama, family expectations and setting boundaries in relationships. Easily one of my new favorite romances I’ve read this year.

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The second book I picked out for this prompt is I Love You So Mochi which is a YA romance mostly set in Japan. Honestly, this book is super fluffy and sweet like candy which is why I enjoyed it. If you’re looking for something to help with your Goodreads goal or you want something quick and fun, this is a good pick for the prompt.

Family Drama

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The first book I chose for this prompt is Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams which is the third book in the series. This one is a friends-to-lovers romance and the heroine, Alexis deals with a lot of family drama in this story. It’s a huge part of the plot so it’s a perfect fit for this prompt.

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Oddly enough, these first two prompts have adult and YA reads to pick from. Tweet Cute is a You’ve Got Mail retelling about two high-schoolers who are running rival restaurant twitters along with another surprise element. This book has tons of family drama and family plays a huge role in this book but it didn’t detract from the incredible romance, either.

Hot Beverage

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The book I chose to pair with this is Coffee In the Noon by Harleigh Rae. This is such a beautifully written story about two people who connect while running together. It’s such a lovely story told in such a short amount of pages. I don’t recall if they have coffee together or not but the title will hopefully count! Lol

Meta

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The book I paired with this one is Beach Read by Emily Henry and it’s about two writers who fall in love while trying to work on their books. In this book, we see the different parts of their books and it’s definitely meta in that sense.

Fluffy

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For a Fluffy Christmas book, I decided to go with Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert which is a short Christmas novella that’s pretty low-angst. These two definitely have some fluffy moments and it’s clear they have the warm fuzzies for each other. I might be just trying to push Talia Hibbert on you but to each their own.

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Another fluffy book I have to recommend is Blind Date With a Book Boyfriend which is a low-angst and super sweet romance set at a bookstore. This was incredibly short and sweet and super fluffy. I couldn’t find a better fit for this prompt than this book.

Childfree HEA

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This one was pretty easy so I just picked two books I enjoyed with the first being Birthday Shot by Rilzy Adams. This book features a romance between a girl and her brother’s best friend. It’s such a steamy book and I absolutely love it. It just made me SO happy. ❤

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The second book I chose for this prompt is Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade. This is a romance between two fanfiction writers and it’s such a love letter to fandom. This book is so much fun and I’m glad I was able to read it so quickly after its release.

Into the Woods

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The book I chose for this one is Bear With Me by Lucy Eden. This book features a girl who is dealing with a breakup and she goes to a cabin in the woods to escape. She eventually meets a shifter and it’s their romance. Honestly, this one was another short one but it was fun and sweet. Easily one of my favorite romances set in the woods.

Black Historical

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For a Black historical, I decided to recommend Bingo Love by Tee Franklin. This is an f/f Black romance between two women whose love story spans decades. It’s such a cute story and it honestly made me so happy. This is the one category that I struggled with so I’m happy I found at least one book to rec here.

Feels Like Home

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The book I chose for this prompt is Teach Me by Olivia Dade. This book is set in a small town, Marysburg and I’m from a small town. I interpreted this prompt to mean it seems like it’s home so this was an easy one. I read this book this year and absolutely loved it so if you want a small-town romance, then this is a good one.

Fake Relationship

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The book I paired with this prompt is The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert. This book is a fake engagement between a prince and a school secretary. Honestly, I read this book in the beginning of the year and remembered loving it. It’s such a unique take on the fake dating trope and I think it could appeal to a lot of different markets especially lovers of royal romance.

Reread

For this one, I don’t have a specific book as this one is more open to interpretation but I know I’ll be rereading You Deserve Each Other for this one.

Cover/Title You Love

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For the cover I love, I’m going with Along For the Ride by Mimi Grace. This book is an enemies-to-lovers road-trip romance and it’s such a delight. It’s pretty short so I don’t want to give too much away. However, I think it’s a really fun one and would be perfect to use for this prompt.

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As for the title I loved, I went with Me + Somebody’s Son: A Heights Story by Christina C Jones which is basically just a short little novella about two people reconnecting who knew each other in college. It’s super steamy and sexy too. Honestly, this title is just everything and I’m so happy CCJ picked this one for it.

Last Book Acquired

This is another one that’s more open to interpretation but I can suggest some books you could find on Kindle Unlimited that could work for this prompt.

  • The Boss Who Stole Christmas by Jana Aston
  • White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter
  • Fans Only by B. Love

Audiobook or HEA

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For audiobooks, I have to recommend The Wright Brothers series by Christina C Jones. If your library uses Hoopla, I know they have the first book but I remember reading all of them on Hoopla. It was such a bingeable series and I absolutely love it.

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For an HEA, I decided to go with Undone by Bryce Oakley. This is an f/f romance between a singer and a songwriter who gets hired to help her with her new album. This is a pretty low-angst story with HEA and lots of adorable moments between the two. Easily one of my new favorite f/f book series.

Blogger Rec

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For this one, I decided to go with Sofia again. I used her in my original TBR post and she recently recommended this book in her wrap-up. This is one of my favorite series by Tessa Dare and it’s a lot of fun for a historical romance. Easily one of my favorite historical series and I definitely trust Sofia’s opinions.

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For this one, I decided to talk about a rec that I don’t talk about nearly enough and that’s Nordic Daddy by Lara Kinsey. I talked about this one in one of my Jonas Brothers recs posts and it’s such an underrated fave. It’s a short and sweet novella featuring a single dad and a lot of smut.

Brown Eyes

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I don’t actually recall if either of these characters had brown eyes in the book but I’m just going to guess. However, I have to recommend Warmth by D. Rose and it’s such a short yet lovely novella. It features two people who work at the same company but in different cities and the relationship they eventually get into. This one seems to fly under the radar but it’s such a solid novella.

Small Town Romance by AOC

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For this prompt, I have two books and the first is Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. It’s a novella set in the small town of Sweet Rose and it’s an m/m romance between Jordan and Rex who meet at a bookstore. It starts off as dislike but they even tally warm up to each other. This is one of the few m/m small town romances I have to recommend.

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The second book I have to recommend for this is the entire Ravenswood series by Talia Hibbert. They’re all set in the small town of Ravenswood and each relationship is just so delightful. Personally, I’m not sure if I could decided between book 1 or book 3 but I need to do reread of this series. Easily one of my favorite small-town romance series.

Snow

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For snow, I decided to go with Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This is a Christmas novella in the Fit trilogy and it’s easily my favorite of the series. It’s such an adorable one and it makes me SO happy. I don’t even recall all that much about snow but this cover has snow on it.

F/F Contemporary

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The book I chose for this prompt is Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole. I’ve read a decent amount of f/f books this year but I really loved this one in 2019. It’s such an adorable romance between these two and with a modern twist. Easily one of my favorite romance series and this is the perfect companion to it.

Messy Characters

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For messy characters, I went with Pink Slip which is the first book in The Spies Who Love Her series. This book is pretty messy as almost all of the characters have some sort of messiness attached to them. For Kierra, she’s dealing with the messiness of losing her job and being in love with her bosses. As for Monica and Lane, they’re dealing with things changing in their marriage and trying to figure out their feelings for Kierra .

Specific/Unusual Profession

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For this one, I chose Vanilla Clouds by Roe Horvat which features Michal, one of the main characters who works at a chocolaterie which is pretty unusual for me. I’ve never read a book where the main character is a chocolaterier and it was honestly a huge plus to this book. Easily one of the rarest and most fun occupations I’ve ever heard of.

Rules/Lists/Resolutions

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The book I chose to pair with this prompt is Marriage For One by Ella Maise. This is a marriage of convenience story where a girl gets married to be able to open her own coffee shop after her uncle deeds the property to her fiancé. I’d say this one can work for rules as it’s a rule that the property can only go to her fiancé and I’m pretty sure her and Jack have a list of things they want to get done and abide by in their marriage.

Music

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This is a book I haven’t really talked about much but this is another marriage of convenience between a girl and a guy she sees singing while she’s about to get on the subway. This book also deals with Broadway too so it’s a twofer. Roomies is also one of the few recent releases I’ve loved by them.

Retelling/Mythology

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For the final recommendation, I’m going with Cinder by Marissa Meyer. While this first book doesn’t feature as much romance, there’s still romance in there. Honestly, this is one of the few retellings I’ve actually read and I really love this series. Easily one of my favorites and it was the first book that came to mind. 🙂

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Those are all of my recommendations for #SnowInLoveBingo and I honestly had a lot of fun, making this list. It did take some time but it gave me a lot to think about. I really hope I can get a full blackout bingo by the end of it. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 2020 Romance Recs + 5 2020 romances I have on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! With 2020 almost over, I figured I’d write a recommendations post about books released in 2020. I’m going to try to shy away from books I’ve talked about a lot and feature ones I don’t talk about much. With that being said, let’s get into the books as I have a lot to say 😛

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1. Love In the Time of Corona

When everyone talks about Rilzy Adams, they always talk about Go Deep which is an amazing book. However, she does have a significant backlist and one of her more underrated reads is Love in the Time of Corona. This is a romance between a couple who is about to get divorced and then they get forced to quarantine together. It’s a short read but it really packs a punch. I don’t want to give too many details since it’s only 60 pages but it’s a great read as most of the US is supposed to be quarantining.

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2. Bottle Rocket (So Over the Holidays #3)

The next read I have to recommend is Bottle Rocket from the So Over the Holidays series which follows the Holiday siblings and their romances. This is a romance set during the 4th of July and it features Rosie’s second-chance romance with her high school sweetheart and it’s SO good. Not only does it feature an adorable romance, but it’s incredibly steamy and really allows the heroine to explore her sexuality. Easily one of my new favorite holiday series.

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3. I’ll Be the One

The next book I have to recommend is I’ll Be The One which is the only YA book on my list and the one with the least amount of romance. This book follows Skye who is a bisexual plus-sized singer and dancer that enters a competition to be a K-Pop star and it’s her journey along with a romance she has with a fellow contestant. This one was a pretty short read and I personally thought it was a perfect summer read. It’s so cute and fun if you want a light read.

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4. Guarding Temptation

The next book I have to recommend is a novella by Talia Hibbert. I know that everyone knows how much I love Talia Hibbert. This is a romance between a girl and her brother’s best friend who hook up one night and then he acts as though it’s a mistake until she needs his help after being doxing online. This book has the perfect amount of pining, angst, steam and adorable moments. While it lacked the substances of her longer books, I enjoyed my time, reading it. If you’re new to Talia Hibbert and don’t want to commit to a longer book yet, I’d recommend this one.

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5. Me + Somebody’s Son: A Heights Story

The next romance I have to recommend is by Christina C. Jones and it’s Me + Somebody’s Son: A Heights Story. This is a Black love novella and I thought it was such a delight. It’s a romance between two people who went to college and reconnect years later. I don’t want to say much about it but it’s a lot of fun and another short one. It was sexy, funny and sweet so if you want something to help you hit your goal, this is a good one.

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6. Oops! (Oops! #1)

The first TBR book I have to talk about is Oops! by Alexandra Warren. I recently discovered her Tale of Two Cities holiday series and can’t get enough. Since then, I’ve been moving this one up on my TBR even though it’s an accidental pregnancy novella which is a trope I usually don’t like. However, I have faith that Alexandra Warren won’t steer me wrong and I’ll hopefully end up enjoying this one.

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7. Queen Move

The next book I have on my TBR is Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan. For this one, I actually have a valid reason for not reading it. I haven’t read the second book in the Kingmaker series and this one follows a character from that series. With that being said, I didn’t want to read this one until I finish that series. However, I do know it’s a friends-to-lovers romance so I’m ready!!!!!!!

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8. Hairpin Curves

The next book on my TBR is one I recently purchased on my Kindle and that’s Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters. I’m pretty sure this is an f/f romance between two women who were friends but have a falling out. It sounds like it’s going to be super sweet and steamy plus I’ve heard it features sex toys which I haven’t read in a lot of romances. Either way, it seems like a solid f/f romance.

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9. The Restart (New Beginnings #2)

The next book on my TBR is actually a sequel and that’s The Restart which is the second book in Nicole Falls’ sports romance series. I’m pretty sure this is a sports romance and I’m super excited to read it as I loved the first book. I honestly don’t know much about this one, but I loved the first book so I think I’ll love this one. Plus I know the third book was published recently so that’s something to look forward to.

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10. Thickerella (Faded Fairytales #1)

The last book on my TBR is Thickerella which is the first book in the Faded Fairytales and it’s a Cinderella retelling. I honestly don’t know much about this book but I adore the cover and it’s been on my wishlist ever. It seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’d rather go in not knowing much.

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Those are some of the 2020 releases I recommend and ones I have on my TBR. I feel like my TBR grew a ton during this year and those five books are just a small glimpse. I’ll also be knocking a bunch off my TBR with my challenges, too. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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My Top 5 Songs from Positions + Recommending a book for each song

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you read my review of The Roommate, then you’ll know I paired 5 Ariana Grande songs with it. It was mostly an early post to celebrate her new album coming out. However, I’ve had some time to think about the album and come up with my top 5 songs from it. To make it a bit more bookish, I decided to pick a book to pair with each song.

Before getting started, I’d like to know your top 5 songs and if you have books you’d pair with these songs. With that out of the way, let’s get into my top 5 songs and the books I’d pair with them.

5. “34 + 35”

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Starting things off, the first song I had to include was “34 +35” which is basically the horniest song on the album. It’s all about Ariana wanting to spend all night, boning her man and honestly, that’s a mood lmao. Before getting into why I paired it with this book, my favorite lyrics are: “Even though I’m wifey/You can hit it like a side chick/Don’t need no side dick (no).”

For the book, I chose Fans Only which follows two best friends who start an Only Fans account to make money and it’s basically about them having sex. Obviously, feelings go deeper but this song matches up perfectly with most of this book. This was an easy pick for this one.

4. “Nasty”

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Speaking of horny songs, the next one on my list is “Nasty.” This song is as its title says, it’s all about getting nasty with someone. Aside from the lyrics, I really enjoy the beat of this song and I just think it’s fun. As for my favorite lyrics, “Promise I’m gon’ give it to you/Like you never had it/I know it’s so good.”

For the book to pair up with this song, I went with Desperate Measures by Katee Robert and honestly, it fits perfectly. This is an erotic romance between Jasmine and Jafar with an emphasis on daddy kink and consent non-consent situations. Once again, this was another easy book to pair with this song.

3. “Six Thirty”

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For my next favorite song, it has to be “Six Thirty.” This one is all about the your man being down for you no matter what. It’s only slightly sexual as compared to some of the others on this list. As for my favorite lyrics, “I just wonder baby if you’re gonna stay/Even if one day I lose it and go crazy.” Honestly, that is SO relatable so it’s clear why I like this song.

The book I paired up with this one was Take A Hint, Dani Brown. This one really reminds me of how Dani feels about Zaf and how she grows to realize he really is down for her. Sigh, these two are one of my favorite bookish couples in 2020 and this song pairs so incredibly with their vibe.

2. “Off the Table”

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These top two songs are easily my two favorites from the album. “Off The Table” is such a beautiful song and a perfect collab with The Weeknd. Something about their voices together and the lyrics just make me feel things lmao. My favorite lyrics from the song have to be, “I’ll wait for you/Even though it always feels like I’ll be number two/To someone you can’t hold anymore/If you let me in, I’m ready to give you what I couldn’t before.”

The book I paired up with this song was Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This book focuses on a m/m/f BDSM relationship and they’re all healing from traumas but eventually come together. It’s such a beautiful story about love, healing and growing as a person. This book jumped out to me as soon as I started looking for books to pair with these songs.

1. “Obvious”

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As for my favorite song on the album, I’m going with “Obvious.” I didn’t think about this one much upon first listen but I’ve had time to sit with it and I can’t get enough of this song. I’ve been listening to it on repeat and it reminds me a lot of my relationship so maybe I’m biased. Either way, my favorite lyrics are, “I love the thought of us in the evening/Crave the feeling/The way you feel, something ’bout it’s healing/I’m praying we don’t fuck this up.”

The book I paired up with this one is Being Hospitable by Meka James. This book focuses on a girl falling for her best friend’s sister and these two SO obviously have feelings for each other but don’t do anything for the longest time. It’s jus so sweet and matches up perfectly with their relationship. ❤

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This post was more for me than anyone else since I love Ariana and I wanted an excuse to talk about this album. Hopefully, someone out there enjoys it though lmao. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 f/f romance recs + 5 f/f romances I have on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month’s recommendations post, I consouled my notebook and noticed I wrote down f/f romance books but haven’t made a post yet. I know that people often talk about how it’s hard to find f/f romances and I’m here to help you with that.

Before I get started, I’m not part of the LGBT+ community so I can’t speak to the rep of these. Rather, I enjoyed the romances in them so that’s why I included them. With that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into the f/f romance books I have to recommend.

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1. Budding Romance (Nicolette & Dorothea #1)

The first book I have to recommend is of course by one of my new favorite authors and that’s Lara Kinsey. This book follows a romance between two ladies: one of which is headmistress of a school and the other is gardener she hired. Even though this is a short novella, this is one of the softest books I’ve ever read. There’s a little bit of angst but I honestly enjoyed this so I’d recommend this one and the rest of her backlist tbh.

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2. Four Letter Word (After Hours #1)

The next f/f romance I have to recommend is Four Letter Word by Ava Freeman. This is a romance between two co-workers and I’m pretty sure one is lesbian while the other is bisexual. I might be wrong so don’t quote me on it. It’s another short novella but I remember having a great time, reading it and it’s friends-to-lovers so I highly recommend it.

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3. The Kaleidoscope Album Series

The next book/books I have to recommend is The Kaleidoscope Album Series. I’ll be honest and say I’ve only read the first two books in the series. However, they were both a lot of fun, super short and both focused on such different relationships. The first is a romance between a singer and a songwriter while the second is between a member of the band and the girl who is hired to organize her apartment. They’re both incredibly cute and I think they’re not too unrealistic since some celebrity stories can be.

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4. Bingo Love

The next f/f romance I have to recommend is Bingo Love by Tee Franklin. With Graphics-A-Thon likely coming back in January, this is a perfect pick for that. This book follows a romance between two women who reconnect in their old age and fall back in love. This book is so sweet and has such a lovely art style. I just love the colors in this and it’s rare to see f/f romances featuring Black women plus it’s the second one on my list so if you enjoy Four Letter Word, you could check out this one next.

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5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I don’t really have to introduce this one, but I really loved it and I know that it’s such a beloved f/f romance. Even though the book focuses more on Evelyn than the romance, it’s such a perfect romance. Easily one of my favorite releases from Taylor Jenkins Reid and if you haven’t read it, this should be your push to finally read it!

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6. A Little Light Mischief

The first f/f romance I have on my TBR is A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian. I’ve never read anything by Cat Sebastian but I know she writes queer historicals and this one has been on my TBR forever. I’m not really sure what this book focuses on but I love historical queer romances and definitely have more I need to read. Lol

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7. A Girl Like Me

The next f/f book I have on my TBR is A Girl Like Me by J. Nichole. I found this one while browsing Kindle Unlimited and this book seems like it’s going to be cute. It’s super short and I love the cover. Honestly, the synopsis doesn’t give me much to go off of but I definitely need to pick it up asap.

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8. Marriage of Unconvenience

The next book on my TBR is Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron. I’ve read a few books by this author and enjoyed them. They did used to write m/f romances but I’m pretty sure they write strictly f/f romances now. I think this is about two women who decide to get married so one of them can get their inheritance. Plus it’s friends-to-lovers so I’m crossing my fingers that I love it.

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9. Get It Right (Love at Knockdown #1)

The next book I have on my TBR is one that’s releasing in December. This book is an f/f romance and I’m pretty sure it’s a second chance. I don’t want to know too much before going in but it seems like it’s going to be incredible. Plus that cover is just excellent so I know I’m going to try to squeeze it into my December reading plans.

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10. Mangos and Mistletoe

The final f/f book on my TBR is another one I plan on reading in December. Mangos and Mistletoe was released last year and I remember it being pretty hyped. Since then, I’ve been anxious to read it and see if it’s as cute as others have said. Plus it’s a Christmas romance I’m pretty sure and we all know how much I love holiday romances. Easily one that I know I’ll be reading before the year ends. 🙂

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Those are all of the f/f romances books I have to recommend and ones I have on my TBR. I’m sure there’s more but I love having 10 total. I’d love to know if you would recommend any of the ones I have my TBR. I also might do an m/m version of this post if it ends up performing well. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 Halloween Romances to add to your TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Halloween is a little over a week away and I wanted to make a post about my favorite Halloween romances. I’m by no means an expert in this topic. However, I’ve read a decent amount of Halloween romances and I have at least 5 I can recommend. I know most people don’t think of Halloween as a traditionally romantic holiday but these books challenged that notion so let’s get into them.

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1. Her Halloween Treat

The first Halloween romance I’m recommending is one I read last year. Entitled Her Halloween Treat, this is the first book in Tiffany Reisz’s Men at Work series. This one features a romance between Joey and Chris. Joey is Chris’s best friend’s little sister and they reconnect while she’s visiting for her brother’s wedding.

If you’ve read anything by Tiffany Reisz, then you’ll know this book is bound to be incredibly steamy. Tiffany Reisz just writes god-tier smut and this book is no expectation. It’s also a little over 200 pages so it’s a pretty quick read if you want to cuddle up with your blanket and a pumpkin spice latte or your hot drink of choice.

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2. True Love and Candy Corn

The next book is one I read early in October and it’s True Love and Candy Corn. It’s a short story that’s only about 20 pages. However, it’s such an adorable read as it follows two different timelines. It starts with Rebecca when she’s 13 who has a crush on her college-age neighbor and then it fast-forwards to 9 years later. Even though it’s short, it was pretty sweet and was the perfect read when I was taking a bath. If you want something super quick but with some Halloween vibes, I recommend this one.

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3. Mating the Huntress (Monsters and Mates #1)

The next book is one I read earlier this year and I LOVED it. Talia Hibbert is one of my new favorite authors and this book is the perfect Halloween treat. It follows a romance between a werewolf and a werewolf hunter. It’s also a fated mates story if you couldn’t tell by the series. These two have the sweetest romance and I especially loved what happened when Charity went over to Luke’s the first time. If you’re looking for a steamier Halloween read like Her Halloween Treat, then this one should be up your alley.

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4. Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish (Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish #1)

This was actually a book I read in September and I’m excited to continue the series. This one follows a second-chance romance between Nora and Brendan. These two have an odd connection to each other and I commend G.G. Andrew for being able to write a romance about this. It gives some spooky Halloween vibes as most of it is set at a haunted house attraction Nora works at and Brendan is a HUGE horror buff.

I’ve only read the first book in this series but I’m excited to continue it. It seems like it’s going to be a solid Halloween romance series.

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5. The Mindfuck Series

The final series I have to recommend is the Mindfuck series by S.T. Abby. This isn’t technically a Halloween romance but it’s close enough. This follows a romance between a serial killer and the FBI agent she falls in love with. This book is incredibly intense yet has a great love story. However, it might be too much for some to handle as this book features a lot of disturbing scenes including rape, murder, pedophilia, tortue and SO much more.

The subject matter won’t be for everyone but if you can, I’d read it. I binged the entire 5-book series in just a few days. Once you start reading them, you really can’t stop. If anything, it makes me want to read more serial-killer romances lmao.

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Those are 5 Halloween romance books I’m recommending for 2020. I know Halloween isn’t traditionally a romantic holiday but maybe you’ll find something you like. There aren’t many lists focused on Halloween romances, either. Hopefully, you’ll find some new Halloween reads before the holiday actually gets here. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 Football Romances Recommendations + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I knew I wanted to include a recommendations post about football/NFL romances. If you didn’t know, the NFL has been back about a month and it’s been bonkers. Whether it’s because of the pandemic, players or teams, things are up in the air. Then again, that always seems to be the vibe with the NFL.

In honor of the NFL being back, I knew I wanted to write up a post of my favorite football romances. Most of these either feature a current NFL player or a retired player in which the NFL is discussed a lot. I’m also featuring one high school football player so that’s why it’s not strictly an NFL romance recs post. Either way, I’m super excited to talk about these books so let’s get into them. 🙂

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1. First & Then

The first football romance I’m recommending is First & Then by Emma Mills. This is the high school football player romance. This is Devon and Ezra’s romance since Devon is writing a feature on Ezra for the school paper. In that time, she learns a lot more about Ezra especially his interest in football, what it means to him and why football is such a big deal to some people.

It’s been years since I’ve read this book but I remember absolutely loving it and loving how much Devon grew to appreciate the sport. It does have some questionable language along with some talks about death/grief if you’re sensitive to that.

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2. The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1)

This is the romance where the NFL player is retired and his career actually plays a large role in the story. Rhiannon and Samson hooked up once before Samson ghosted her and they eventually reconncect via their rival dating apps. Of course, that gets the ball rollling and it’s their romance. However, this book focsues a lot on NFL players and the health concerns the league generally ignores.

It’s especially relevant as Samson’s dealing with the loss of his uncle who was a huge presence in the NFL. Eventually, Samson is able to deal with that along with making amends with some former teammates and dealing with his own thoughts on concussions in the NFL. Overall, the romance is great, the football aspect is great and it’s a fun read.

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3. The Changeup (New Beginnings Book 1)

Alright, I’m going to be honest and say, this one is not a football romance. I couldn’t think of any others I’ve read and I wanted to show this one some love. This is a romance between a baseball player and the sports journalist who won’t stop trolling her on Twitter. Eventually, the two fall in love and this book is SO great. Both of the main characters are Black as well.

This book just made me SO happy when I read it. It’s easily one of my favorites of the year and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s not a football romance but I knew I wanted to talk about it so hopefully you don’t mind.

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4. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The next book is one I just read last month and actually inspired this list. I’m sure most of my fellow romance bloggers have already read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. It features a prominent NFL player and the romance he has with his assistant. I don’t want to give away too much because I think it’s part of why this book is so good. It’s a super slow-burn read too if you’re into that.

This is another book that’ll probably end up being one of my top books of 2020. It was such an incredible read and I honestly want to re-read it already. If you’re looking for a solid NFL romance, I highly recommend this one. I honestly can’t get enough of these two and it just makes me smile.

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5. The Playbook series

The last recommendation I have is for the Playbook series by Alexa Martin. Each book focuses on a different woman and their romance with NFL players. The books also talk about relevant topic to the NFL including concussions, player protests and free agency which isn’t easy. Thankfully, Alexa Martin is married to a former NFL player and it’s clear she has the experience to back it up.

I’m pretty sure this is going to be a four book series and Snapped is going to be the final installment. My favorite book in the series is Fumbled which is a second-chance romance and focuses a lot of concussions in the NFL. If you’re looking for an NFL romance and haven’t read the Playbook series, then you need to fix that ASAP.

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6. Hands Down

The first NFL book on my TBR is Hands Down by Mariana Zapata. This book focuses on Zac who was a side-character in Wall of Winnipeg and he was such an adorable cinnamon roll. I’m happy Mariana Zapata decided to release a book focused on him as he was SO great in Aiden’s book. While I don’t know much about this book, I’m pretty sure it’s a second-chance romance and it sounds like it’s going to be amazing.

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7. The Baller

The next book on my TBR is The Baller by Vi Keeland. This book is a romance between an NFL player and a female sports reporter. I’m pretty sure he tries to get a rise out of her when she’s doing a report on him. Eventually, they end up forming a connection and dating after that? I’m not really sure but I’ve heard good things about this one. It seems like it could end up being a new favorite NFL romance.

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8. Scoring With the Wrong Twin

The next book is one I found while looking on Kindle. This is actually called the WAGS series by Naima Simone which stands for Wives and Girlfriends of NFL players. I actually haven’t heard anyone talk about this book or series. It seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun, though. I’m crossing my fingers it ends up being as steamy and fun as her Lick series though.

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9. Not My Romeo

The next book is by Ilsa Madden-Mills who I’ve never read from before. This book involves a mistaken-identity romance because it’s a mix-up with first dates and the girl ends up on a date with an NFL player. This is one of her recent release and I’m excited to give it a try. I know a lot of people enjoyed Dear Ava by her so I have a little bit hope that this one will be good. Plus I rarely read this premise in NFL-related romance books so we’ll see.

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10. The Bombshell Effect (Washington Wolves # 1)

The last book I picked out was The Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen. This is another author I’ve never read from before. This book follows a romance between a girl who inherits the football team her father owned and one of the players who she has a horrible first meeting with. It sounds like it has the potential to be a lot of fun as well as angsty. Nevertheless, I’m excited to finally pick it up and I think I might end up dedicating a week or two to reading more NFL romances.

I also wanted to feature a few honorable mentions I found while looking for some of these books.

  • The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner. (Follows a girl who has season tickets but doesn’t actually feature an athlete!)
  • Connecticut Kings Series by Christina C Jones and Love Belvin
  • A Bennett Affair series by Donnia Marie
  • New York Sabers series by Farrah Rochon
  • Fulton U series by Maya Hughes

Anyways, those are all my football romance recs and the ones on my TBR. If you guys want a future post where I read football romances for a week, I could do that. It could end up being a lot of fun so I’m down if anyone would like to see it. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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Recommending books based on the Jonas Brothers It’s About Time album

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you haven’t been following me, then you might not know this. Last year, I met the Jonas Brothers on August 31st and since I already have a post planned, I knew I wanted to have a post dedicated to them. They really do mean so much to me and meeting them/being at their concert was everything. I always get such a boost of serotonin when I think of them lmao.

In honor of my concert and the Jonas Brothers being my faves, I wanted to do a second part to recommending songs based on their albums. Earlier this year, I did one with their Happiness Begins album. This time, I’m going back to their first album, It’s About Time and recommending books based on those songs. Without further ado, let’s get into the songs and the books I’d pair up with them.

Track 1: “What I Go To School For”

“That’s what I go to school for/Even though it is a real bore/You can call me crazy/She is so amazing”

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The book I paired up with this song is Lucky Caller by Emma Mills. I feel like this book perfectly sums up the relationship between Jamie and Nina. These two were childhood friends who grew apart until they’re paired up for a podcast at school. It’s basically the catalyst for their relationship and I feel like the lyrics really match up with how Jamie feels about Nina. While it wasn’t my favorite Emma Mills book, I really feel like this song goes with this book really well.

Track 2: “Time For Me To Fly”

“Time for me to live/ It’s time for me to sing Time for me to lay down all my worries and I’ll spread my wings/Time for me to fly”

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The book I paired up with these lyrics is Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry. This book is a retelling of Thelma & Louise and it features our two MCs finally getting the freedom they want. While things don’t go as planned, I think these lyrics would be something they could relate to. I feel like Winona and Lucille really didn’t care what happened as long as they could fly away from their lives.

Track 3: “Year 3000”

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I wasn’t sure which lyrics to pair up with this book but it’s one of the few futuristic books on my Goodreads. If all the books I read, I feel like time machines would be most likely featured in this world. Maybe I’m wrong but I knew this one was going to be tough lmao. Hopefully no one minds that I cheated a little bit. Lol

Track 4: “One Day At A Time”

“And I die/One day at a time/Cause I just cant seem to get you off my mind”

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The book I paired up with this song is After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book focuses on a married couple who decides to separate for a year and then after a year, decides if they want to get back together or still separated. These lyrics really reflected a lot of what the main character, Lauren was feeling. She didn’t realize how much she loved and missed Ryan until he was gone and this song perfectly encapsulates that.

Track 5: “6 Minutes”

“This party’s lame and now I’m running out of time/I’ve only got six minutes if I’m gonna make her mine”

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The book I paired up with “6 Minutes” is Nordic Daddy by Lara Kinsey. These two meet during a coffee break so it’s an incredibly quick conversation and then them realizing they want to go on a date. It really felt like 6 minutes or less before the two decided to go out together. This book is also 23 pages so things move pretty quick but it pairs so incredibly with this song.

Track 6: “Mandy”

“Mandy always laughs when I act stupid/I am unaware that I’m a nuisance/With her it’s never wasted time”

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a book where the MC was named Mandy. In place of it, I chose Untouchable by Talia Hibbert. I think those lyrics really describe how Nathaniel feels about Hannah. While Nathaniel isn’t a nuisance, it’s clear that he can’t get enough of Hannah and would do anything for her. Throughout the book, he became more and more invested in her and I feel like that’s exactly what this song represents.

Track 7: “You Just Don’t Know It”

“I don’t want to see you/ Be near you/You’re a million miles too close”

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The book I’m pairing up with this song is Love Her or Lose Her. I feel like this book really expresses Rosie’s feelings for Dom. As much as she loves him, he’s too close and he doesn’t realize how damaged their marriage is. It was such a prevalent part of the first half of this book and I feel like those lyrics would work for her. Even though the tides turn, I think it’s a great song to pair up with this book.

Track 8: “I Am What I Am”

“I am what I am/I can’t help myself/And if you don’t like it/Get with somebody else”

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The book I’m pairing up with “I Am What I Am” is I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee. This book is all about Skye knowing who she is and what she wants. She deals with a lot in the book but doesn’t let it get her down. Instead, it motivates her to work harder and achieve her goals. If there’s one character who embodies this song, it has to be Skye.

Track 9: “Underdog”

“She’s original/Never trying to fit in/She’s got a way to always go/Against the grain”

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The book I chose for “Underdog” is I Love You So Mochi. I feel like those lyrics really go with Kimi. Kimi’s life isn’t perfect and she’s dealing with growing up along with feeling like she’s disappointing her parents. She really is an underdog in a lot of the situations she ends up in but she tries to make the best of it. While she isn’t nearly as much of an underdog by the end of the book, I feel like it pairs nicely with her character.

Track 10: “7:05”

“Tonight you called me on the phone/Said you had to stay at home/Is there something I should know?”

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I feel like these lyrics perfectly go along with The Boyfriend Project. The beginning part of the book is basically these three women finding out a guy is three-timing them. The lyrics above seem to sum up all of their feelings. While it doesn’t continue into the rest of the book, I don’t read many break-up books so I needed to get a bit creative 😉

Track 11: “Please Be Mine”

“I will not disappoint you/I will be right there for you/’Til the end/The end of time/Please be mine”

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The book I chose for “Please Be Mine” is Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I feel like these lyrics perfectly describe Xeni and Mason’s feelings for each other. Originally, they don’t think being married is the best idea but they realize how much they love each other. It really feels like they belong to each other and they just make me so happy. This used to be my favorite Jonas Brothers song too so I knew I had to feature a special couple 😛

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Anyways, those are the books I would pair up with the songs from the Jonas Brothers first album, “It’s About Time.” I know that some answers were a little bit off-the-wall but it’s hard to pair up some of these songs with books. Hopefully you guys like this post so I know if I should do another version. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 indie romance recs + 6 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s Friday post, I decided to do a remix on the post I did last month. Last month, I talked about romance books by Black authors I want to read plus six on my TBR. This month, I’m shifting the focus to just indie romance books I recommend along with six on my TBR. I’ve been focusing more on reading indie romances this year and I’ve found a lot of hidden gems I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

I don’t want to talk too much as that’s a lot of books. Either way, I’m excited to get back to this series and hopefully, you guys like it, too. Anyways, let’s get into the books. 😀

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1. Not Another Family Wedding

I read a Jackie Lau book back in May and was excited to read more of her backlist. The book I read in July was Not Another Family Wedding and I absolutely loved it. This book is a romance between Natalie who brings Connor as a date to her sister’s wedding. It’s pretty adorable and focuses on older characters as Natalie is 36. She also doesn’t want kids and makes it very apparent throughout the story. Overall, I thought this book was refreshing and is easily my favorite Jackie Lau book yet.

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2. Puneet’s Getting Mail

I’m sorry but why aren’t more people reading this book? I stumbled upon this book while on Amazon and absolutely loved it. It’s about Puneet and the romance she has with her former billionaire boss. While it’s incredibly short, it was a great intro to their relationship and they were just so dang cute. Plus it’s kind of got a “You’ve Got Mail” vibe to it and I just want more people to be reading it already. It’s only 99 cents on Kindle and the next book in the series is coming out soon. Just do yourself a favor and read it.

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3. The Roommate

Have I talked about this book too much? Do I care? Uh no because The Roommate is easily the sexiest/smuttiest book I’ve ever read. I don’t remember the MC’s name but it’s basically her having sex with her roommate’s parents. It’s just so HOT and all of the characters in the books are Black to boot. If you like erotica and haven’t read anything by Brandy Bush, then you need to change that. I LOVE this book and it only has 87 ratings on Goodreads. It deserves so much more love and it’s just a delight.

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4. Let’s Get Textual

I’m pretty sure this book is indie published but I could be wrong. Either way, I knew I had to feature the Texting series on here. I’ve read the first two books and both books were so much fun. Let’s Get Textual focus on Zach and Delilah who meet because Delilah thinks she’s texting her brother but is actually texting Zach. It’s incredibly cute while still being a little steamy and keeping things modern. This is a relatively popular book but I know that I wouldn’t have heard of it if it weren’t for Ellyn. That’s why it made the cut so here we are.

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5. Hammer & Tongs

The last book I’m recommending is a historical novella by Lara Kinsey. I’m just going to copy what I wrote for my wrap-up as this is hard to explain. This is a historical romance between Isaiah and Arthur/Brigid and the challenges they face with Isaiah’s business and their relationship. It was short, sweet and sexy which is a theme for this list. Either way, this is another super underrated one and I wish more people knew about Lara Kinsey. Hopefully someone decides to give her a chance as her books are wonderful.

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6. Being Hospitable

This one is actually on my Kindle TBR as I bought the first two books in this series but haven’t read them yet. I’ve heard good things about Meka James so I’m excited. This book is an f/f romance between roommates and I think the love interest is the MC’s best friend’s sister. Either way, it sounds like it’s going to be a good time and I really want to read this one before the year ends.

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7. Blind Date With A Book Boyfriend

The next book is another one I’m super excited about. This would be my first Lucy Eden read, too. It’s also another one I have on my Kindle and have yet to read. I’m pretty sure this book features a guy and a girl who meet at a bookstore and the romance they have which sounds amazing. I’m just really excited to see if it’s as cute a the cover makes it out to be.

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8. Harbor

I’m not sure if you’re sensing a theme here but this is another book I bought on Kindle but haven’t read yet. This book is the finale to the Beards and Bondage series. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series so I’m excited to see how it ends. I know this book features a poly relationship too so that sounds like it’s going to be full of sexy times. Then there’s the cover which is just everything. Basically, I’m excited to read this and finally see how this trilogy ends.

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9. Yearning For Your Love

The next book is one I have saved on my KU TBR. This book is a second-chance romance between high school sweethearts and it sounds like it’s going to be great. It’s just under 100 pages too so it’s going to be a quick read. The cover is really what drew me in and then I saw the words football players and I was hooked.

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10. Swing Batter Swing

The next book is one I heard about a while ago. Since then, I’ve been wanting to read this book as the premise sounds amazing. It’s basically about a guy who is a sports agent and he only hires males assistants but then “accidentally” hires a woman. The premise definitely sounds a little bit sexist but it seems like it’s going to be a good romance story so we’ll see what happens. I just love the premise of this so much and the cover is gorgeous so obviously I need it.

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11. Capturing Her Heart

The last book is an incredibly new release as it just hit Amazon on the 18th. I originally saw this on the B. Love Twitter and immediately wanted to read it. I actually don’t have any idea what this book is about or if it’s even a romance. Nevertheless, the cover just drew me in and it looked great so I added it to my TBR. Either way, this book sounds like it’s going to be great by the reviews on Goodreads. 🙂

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Hopefully you were able to find some new books/authors to check out. I’m personally hoping to get a good chunk of these off my TBR soon. I have so many books saved for KU and I’d like to make at least a small dent in that list. No matter, I’m just excited to be mentioning all of these books on my blog!

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Audiobook Recommendations #1

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you haven’t noticed, I don’t usually do recommendation posts. Maybe it’s because recommendations are incredibly subjective. What I might enjoy, you might think is awful but that’s a discussion for another day. Anyways, let’s get back to what this post is supposed to be about.

During quarantine, I’ve been listening to a lot more audiobooks than normal. Maybe it’s because I can’t leave my house so I enjoy hearing someone talk to me or maybe it’s because I’m just lazy. Either way, I knew I wanted to make a post of some of my recent audiobook reads and recommend them.

Before I get started, I broke this down into three different categories. The first is non-fiction reads and the second is romance. Lastly, there is a YA section. Basically, this list has a little bit of everything and hopefully, you’re able to find something you like. Either way, let’s get into my recs!

Non-Fiction Recs

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1. Open Book by Jessica Simpson

This was actually the book that inspired my list. I read Open Book and absolutely loved it. If you couldn’t tell, this is Jessica Simpson’s memoir. In the book, she deals with a lot of tough topics such as sexual abuse, divorce, and abusive relationships. Even so, the book still has some of the brightness that can only come from Jessica Simpson.

Did I mention Jessica Simpson narrates this one herself? Because she does a fantastic job of telling her story and giving us a glimpse into her private life. Having her narrate it made the experience that much better. There’s just something special about hearing an author narrate their own story. Even if you’re not a fan of Jessica Simpson, I still highly recommend this audiobook as her story might touch you in some unexpected ways.

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2. Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

As for the next non-fiction book, I’m going with Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong. This book is told in letters Ali is writing to her daughters following Ali’s life while giving advice on certain situations. Once again, this is another case where the author narrates the book. While Jessica Simpson was more of an emotional narrator, Ali Wong didn’t lose her trademark humor or wit while reading. It made for a much more enjoyable experience.

This book is more light-hearted but it does focus on a lot of deeper topics, too. Ali talks about the challenges of being a mother, the dark side of stand-up comedy, and being rejected. Overall, this book is fun while giving great advice and not being afraid to go to the next level. Considering I’m a big fan of memoirs, these two were solid picks for me. If you’re just getting into non-fiction, these two are a good starting point.

Romance Recs

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3. The Wright Brothers series by Christina C. Jones

While this isn’t a recent read, I knew I had to include it when talking about romance books as I listened to this entire series on audio. I have a review of it if you want to check that out. If you don’t, this series follows the 3 Wright Brothers and their individual relationships. Each book focuses on a different trope. Whether it be hate-to-love, boss-employee, or friends-to-lovers, there is going to be a book for everyone out there hopefully.

These are also perfect if you’re looking for short reads. Each of them clocks in around 6 hours aside from the third book. When I listened to these, I devoured them in a few days and they’re available on Hoopla.

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4. Undone by Bryce Oakley

This next read is perfect for pride month so I knew I had to include it. I’ve been talking about this book since I read it but it has hardly any ratings on Goodreads. Undone follows a relationship between Billie, a songwriter, and the relationship she has with Vero, the popstar she’s writing for. This book is incredibly short so things can feel a little bit rushed but I thought this was just so sweet.

This book clocks in at just under 5 hours, making it a super short listen. The narrator is Lori Prince who also narrated another f/f romance I enjoyed, Anyone But You. While the other books in the series aren’t on audio yet, I plan on reading it if you want to check them out on Kindle. If you’re in the mood for some good f/f romance with a little angst and lots of cute moments, I highly recommend Undone.

Young Adult Recs

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5. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Moving ahead to YA books, I knew I had to include something by Elizabeth Acevedo. Thankfully before I made this post, I listened to Clap When You Land which is told in verse. The book follows the two different girls who share a father and their lives along with the events that happen after their father dies.

This book is incredibly intense and focuses a lot of grief, sisterhood and privilege. While it’s my least favorite of her book, I really did enjoy the audiobook. It’s narrated by Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte who make such an incredible pair. It’s also incredibly short if you’re looking for a short read.

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6. The Lunar Chronicles

The last book I’ve read recently on audio is The Lunar Chronicles and you might be thinking. “Uh, didn’t you just read this?” You’re not wrong but Ellyn and I decided to buddy-read this series together on audio. Currently, I’m reading Scarlet and I have to say that these books are even better on audio. Even though I know this is an older series, I wanted to include it on my list.

Personally, I think Rebecca Soler is one of the best audiobook narrators and she does a great job of differentiating between the characters. I read Cinder when I first read this series and I remember enjoying it. I’m happy to see that the next book is narrated just as well.

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