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Rebecca Recs: Queer Romance Reads

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Rebecca Recs” post and this time, I knew I wanted to do one in which I recommend some queer romance reads. While I don’t pick up queer romances nearly as much as straight romances, I do have a lot of them that I love and or have ones that are on my TBR. However, these are some queer romances I want to recommend if you’re looking for some new pride month reads. 

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1. American Dreamer

This is actually a book I picked up on a whim because I’ve heard people talk about it but I saw that Sean Crisden who is one of my favorite audiobook narrators was narrating this. This is an m/m romance between a food truck owner and a librarian who meet and honesty can’t stay away from each other. While the plot felt slightly predictable, I adored the romance in this and it honestly made me want to pick up the rest of the series ASAP. 

Also if you’re reading this, make sure you don’t do it on an empty stomach as the food Nesto cooks sounds amazing. 

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2. Bidding for the Bachelor

The second m/m romance I have to rec is Bidding for the Bachelor by Jackie Lau. This is Cedric’s book and it basically follows him as he gets bid on for a date auction by one of his brother’s friends. Things ensue from there as they end up becoming roommates and of course, eventually falling in love. This one was very low-angst but I really did enjoy it as it was sweet and fun. Plus it’s basically a complete standalone from book 1, too.

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3. Meet Cute Club

I honestly haven’t talked about this book in forever, but I knew I had to include Meet Cute Club for my last m/m romance and this is such a fun sweet story. It’s a romance between a bookshop worker and a guy who comes in to buy books for his romance book club. The two eventually start to get closer and sparks fly which was just delightful. I might not talk about this one much, but I adored it. 

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4. Read Between the Lines

For my first f/f romance rec, I decided to go with Read Between The Lines by Rachel Lacey. This is an f/f retelling of You’ve Got Mail between a bookstore owner and the person who is essentially taking it away from her. However, we also find out that the other woman has a secret and it unfolds from there. This was another pretty low-angst story but it was sweet yet super hot at times too. 

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5. Four Letter Word

The next book is actually a Black love f/f romance and it’s a romance between two co-workers who finally decide to take the plunge and try to be together. This one is relatively short and once again, pretty low-stakes but I did enjoy it. Plus I know I don’t talk about it much so I figured maybe someone would enjoy it. 

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6. Being Hospitable

The final f/f recommendation I have is Being Hospitable by Meka James. This is a short yet steamy novella featuring a romance between a girl and her best friend’s sister. The two end up becoming roommates and it’s basically a competition for them to seduce each other. This one was super hot and super short but definitely worth the read. 

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7. Something Like Love

As for this final category, I didn’t want to talk about certain identities but just some queer books I’ve loved. Of course, I had to include some Christina C Jones as Something Like Love is an m/f romance in which both characters are bi. While that was explored in the book, a lot of the story focused on their romance and realizing their feelings. This is such an amazing addition to the series and easily one of my favorite CCJ books. 

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8. Coffee Boy

The next book I have to recommend is Coffee Boy by S.A. Chant. This is a short little romance novella about a trans guy and his boss who is a bisexual man. This one is super duper short but it’s pretty fun and steamy. It’s also one of the few releases this author actually has on Kindle so it’s worth a try. 

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9. Unmasked by the Marquess

The final queer book I have to recommend is Unmasked by the Marquess which is a historical romance featuring a non-binary character and a male love interest. Honestly, I sometimes forget that I read this one, but I do remember it being a super unique and fun historical romance. Plus I’m pretty sure Cat Sebastian is known for writing queer historicals but this is just the only one I’ve read of hers. 

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I tried to give a good mix of all types of queer romance books so hopefully, you’re able to find something you enjoy. For me, I’m pretty sure I rated all of these between 4 and 5 stars so they’re solid recommendations from me. 😀 

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Spring Book Recommendations for 2022

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Happy Spring and in honor of this season, I decided to make a spring book recommendations list. For me, spring is all about welcoming new things, getting ready for summer, and reading some light and fun books. With that being said, hopefully, you find something new to enjoy from my list. 🙂

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1. Feelings: A Story In Seasons

The first book I have to recommend is one that’s actually told during different seasons in this author’s life. It’s a graphic novel, basically following her mental health journey but each section focuses on a different season. While the book can be dark at times, I feel like it has that same hopeful energy that spring brings with it. Plus the art style is just amazing so I had to include it.

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2. The Royals Next Door

The next book is actually a contemporary romance and I feel like it has major spring vibes. The Royals Next Door is a romance following a teacher and the bodyguard of the royals who live next door to her. While the book does touch on some tough topics including care-taking for a mentally ill parent, the book is also pretty light and fun especially when the romance starts up. Plus it has a pretty excellent meet-cute.

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3. Twice Shy

The next book I’m recommending is Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle. This is a grumpy-sunshine romance between Wesley and Maybell who both inherit a house and must work together to fix it up. This book is a pretty low-angst read and I really enjoyed watching both of them develop as people along with their relationship. Also, this cover just screams spring to me so I had to pick it.

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4. Her Big City Neighbor

The Cider Bar Sisters by Jackie Lau is one of my absolute favorites but I feel like Her Big City Neighbor is the perfect book to read in spring. This book is a grump-sunshine romance between neighbors Victor and Amy who honestly bring out the best in each other. While this is a light and fun book, for the most part, grief is a huge theme here so be aware of that. I also believe this one is free on Amazon right now and the audiobook just recently came out too so perfect timing.

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5. Digging Up Love

This is actually a book that I read earlier this year and I feel like would be perfect for spring. Digging Up Love is a romance between Alisha and Quentin who meet under unusual circumstances. While the book does feature a lot of their romance, it’s mostly about the two of them realize their goals and wants in life before eventually coming together. It might not work for everyone especially since it’s fade-to-black but I liked it. This one’s available on KU and it’s read and listen so you can listen to the audiobook if you want.

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Rebecca Recs: Graphics

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since we’re in the midst of our “28 in 28” for Graphics-A-Thon, I decided that I should make a recommendation post about graphics. While Ellyn and I have made multiple posts about this, I’m going to do yet another one. With that being said, let’s get into some graphics that I recommend you check out. 🙂

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1. Princess Princess Ever After

The first graphic I’m recommending is one I read years ago and that’s Princess Princess Ever After by Kay O’Neill. I know that most people talk about their Tea Dragon series but this one deserves love, too. It’s a story about two princesses who end up falling in love after one is rescued by the other. It’s super cute and super short so it’s perfect to read during the “28 in 28” readathon.

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2. Seconds

Another one I read years ago and enjoyed was Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley. This one is about Katie who has a horrible night and decides to try a magic fix to make it all better. I’m sure you can guess what happens as the storyline is slightly predictable. However, I did think this one has an incredible art style and a great story as I rated it 5 stars back then. I am due for a re-read of it, though.

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3. Nimona

Okay, so this one is a little bit tricky because I actually listened to Nimona on audio and thought it was SO much fun. I do think this is still a great physical read. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, this should scratch an itch for you. The cast of this is great, it features lots of cool sound effects and it just makes for an enjoyable listening experience. I feel like this is perfect for a re-read as it’s much easier to picture it after you’ve already read it.

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4. Sweat and Soap

Of course, no one is surprised by this and that’s Sweat and Soap. I absolutely love this series and I’m super excited to continue it. It’s basically about a couple who meets at work because he loves the smell of her and it’s basically a slice-of-life story with a romance between the two on the cover. I adore this and I can’t wait to read more in the series.

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5. Lore Olympus Volume 1

The final book I have to recommend is actually our buddy read and that’s Lore Olympus Volume 1. I feel like I don’t have to go into much detail about this one as it’s incredibly popular. It’s a Hades and Persephone retelling with the most beautiful art style I’ve ever seen. I honestly can’t wait for volume 2 to come out and it’s just absolutely delightful.

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Rebecca Recs: 5 romance books focused on food

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’m introducing a new series on my blog and that’s “Rebecca Recs” in which I recommend books with a certain theme. For this round, I decided to focus on romance books focused on food. Whether it’s in the title, in the book, or just a general theme, I have read quite a few books focused on that this year so I wanted to write a post so let’s get into it.

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1. Donut Fall In Love

The book that actually inspired this post was Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau. This is a book I’ve been highly anticipating since I love Jackie Lau. Her books just make me so happy. Plus her books usually feature food as a major plot point. This one is a romance between a donut shop owner and a celebrity trying to learn how to bake. The food descriptions are delightful but their romance is the real sweet treat.

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2. Sweethand

The next book I have to rec is another baker romance and it’s basically her romance with a celebrity who is her childhood enemy. This one is a super short yet sweet story but it features a lot of angst despite being a short book. Cherisse absolutely despises Keiran while he enjoys her but doesn’t realize why she hates him so. It’s such a delightful combo and it’s hilarious watching the misunderstandings between these two. It’s also super-steamy and set during the backdrop of a wedding which is incredibly fun.

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3. Mangos & Mistletoe

This is the final baker book and this one’s an f/f Christmas baker romance. It features two women competing on a Food Network type baking show and it’s them getting paired up as a team. As you can guess, they fall in love and it’s super short, festive, and steamy. While I do think the conflict was meh, I really did enjoy this one. It’s the perfect book to help you kick off the Christmas season.

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4. ATE

The next book is not technically a romance but rather erotica but I’m counting it. It’s a story featuring a personal chef and his client hooking up. This one is less than 100 pages and is basically just meeting, eating, and banging. I won’t get into much detail but I enjoyed it. If you want a super short story with little to no plot this one is for you.

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5. A Feast For the Senses

Keeping with the short theme, this one is actually a Thanksgiving romance and it features a second-chance romance between a girl and her friend’s brother. They end up getting stuck together Thanksgiving week and it’s basically them reconnecting. It’s nothing groundbreaking but it’s really fun and is perfect for this week. With Thanksgiving coming up, I knew I had to include this one.

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5 Halloween romance recommendations

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month’s “5+5” post, I decided to feature 5 Halloween romance recs. I’ll have a TBR with some Halloween romance books on it so I didn’t want to spoil that post. This is going to be a short intro because I have a lot to say about these books and I absolutely love Halloween so let’s get into it.

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1. Her Soul To Take

The first book I have to recommend is one I just read earlier this month and that’s Her Soul To Take by Harley Laroux. This book doesn’t feature Halloween as the major time of the story but things do happen on Halloween. However, this book is a paranormal romance between a girl and a demon. This book was actually a lot deeper than I thought yet still featured plenty of spice. It does feature a lot of blood, gore and horror elements if that bothers you.

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2. The Boos and Booze series

This is a book series that a bunch of Black authors released last year on Kindle Unlimited for Halloween. Each series follows a different couple but they’re all set in the same town and they all center around this big Halloween party. While they were all relatively short, the books were incredibly satisfying and sexy so if you’re looking for some steamy yet short Halloween reads, this is a good place to start.

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3. Her Halloween Treat

I know that I’ve recommended this one before, but it’s a delightful brother’s best friend romance set during Halloween. I’m pretty sure that almost all of this book takes place at a secluded cabin which is just delightful. It’s the perfect fall read and I think it’s probably my favorite Halloween romance.

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4. A Tale of Two Cities: A Halloween Novella

The next Halloween romance rec is part of a series and that’s A Tale Of Two Cities. The series is basically following couples who meet and then live in two different cities so for this one, these two connect during a bachelor-bachelorette weekend trip for Halloween. It’s another super short but incredibly steamy read that really hits the spot.

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5. Trick/Treat

This is actually a collection of two Halloween stories by Shea Sanders. One is named Trick while the other is named Treat. Both are incredibly short like less than 50 pages but they’re super fun and steamy. This first one is about a disaster blind date turned sexy while the second follows a long-term couple trying to spice things up for each other. I read these super quickly but I adored them and they’re still my favorite Shae Sanders reads.

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5 sophomore novel recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s recs post, I decided to go with sophomore novels as a theme. If you didn’t know, this is the second book an author has published and I feel like this is such a unique idea. Maybe I’m just full of myself, but I’m so happy to be doing this so let’s get into them. 🙂

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1. The Last Time I Lied

The first book is actually not a romance and that’s The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. This is a thriller featuring a girl who had a traumatic event happen to her at a summer camp and it’s her telling that story along with her going back to the camp. I won’t give away TOO much but I adored this one. I’m not big into thrillers, but I’ve been reading them this summer and this one was a solid read.

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2. First & Then

Of course, I have to feature Emma Mills on this list and her second published book is First & Then. While not my favorite of hers, this is a delightful read. It’s a YA romance between a girl who is writing something for her school paper and a popular mysterious football player. While in some ways it’s a product of its time, I really do enjoy it. It’s a bit cheesy but a lot of fun.

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3. Bewilder

The next book is one of three romances on my list. This is an f/f romance featuring one of the side character’s from book 1. This one follows Domino and Sabrina who have a disastrous meet-cute and then they end up getting closer as Domino hires Sabrina to help organize her house. If you’re looking for some cute f/f romances, I highly recommend this one.

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4. White Whiskey Bargain

The next book I have to rec is one of my favorites form last year. White Whiskey Bargain is a slow-burn marriage-of-convenience featuring two whiskey distillers. This book focuses on them dealing with their businesses and coming together as a couple. I absolutely adore it and I’m so excited to finally finish Jodie Slaughter’s backlist.

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5. Make A Scene

The final sophomore novel I have to rec is Make A Scene by Mimi Grace. This is a sweet, low-angst romance between Retta and Duncan who decide to fake date to help each other out. It was such an adorable romance, pretty slow-paced but I didn’t mind it. Plus that cover is just everything.

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1. Monday’s Not Coming

The first sophomore novel on my TBR is one I’ve been wanting to read forever. I’ve read a few of Tiffany D. Jackson’s books and have enjoyed them all. This is one I’ve been wanting to read but I have no idea what it’s about. I feel like it’s going to be an intense contemporary and I have to be in the right headspace for that.

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2. Our Year of Maybe

The next sophomore novel I have on my TBR is Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon. I absolutely loved the two books of hers I’ve read. This one is another one of her YA outings and I think this one follows an intense subject matter. Either way, I want to read all of her back list.

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3. The Witch’s Wolves

The next sophomore novel I have on my TBR is The Witch’s Wolves by Ellie Mae MacGregor. I honestly don’t know anything about this one. However, I’ve been eager to see what she’s going to write next after I read The Naughty List. Definitely on my August TBR.

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4. In Her Closet

The next book I have on my TBR is In Her Closet by Tasha L. Harrison. This one is about a woman who writes a sex advice column in a magazine, I believe. Honestly, I haven’t read a Tasha L. Harrison before and my library has some so I NEED to finally get to her books.

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5. The Queen of Dauphine Street

The last sophomore novel I have on my TBR is The Queen of Dauphine Street which is book 2 in the NOLA Nights series. I know this book follows the ex-wife of the love interest in book 1 and honestly, it just sounds delightful. I loved the first book in this series so I might even get Scribd so I can get it for a slightly cheaper price. 😛

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Recommending romance books based on your favorite Powerpuff Girl

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month’s recommending books based on a popular media, I decided to go with the Powerpuff Girls. As someone who loved the series as a kid and still really enjoys it to this day, I figured why not use our favorite superheroes? Plus with the live-action series being canned, we have to have something to look forward to so let’s get into my recs for them.

Blossom: The Intimacy Experiment

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For Blossom, I decided to pair her up with THe Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan. While I didn’t love this book, I feel like Naomi is most similar to Blossom. Not only is she incredibly smart, independent and a natural-leader but she’s also the face of the company. While this book doesn’t have tons of simlarites to the show, I feel like if you like Blossom, then you’ll really enjoy Naomi as a character.

I don’t personally think Blossom would grow up to have the same job as Naomi but I could see her working to help educate people on lesser-known topics. Blossom also wouldn’t be afraid to speak her mind like Naomi does so this one was easy.

Bubbles: Ice Cream Lover

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For Bubbles, I decided to go with Ice Cream Lover by Jackie Lau. This is a romance between a girl who owns an ice cream shop and a guy who absolutely hates ice cream. The main character, Chloe is so sugary sweet and cute so I feel like she matches up with Bubbles. Plus she’s super into glitter, unicorns and being girly like Bubbles is. However, she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and stick up for the people she loves like Bubbles. Honestly, I could actually see Bubbles doing this job and I feel like this book just screamed her name to me.

Buttercup: Written in the Stars

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For the final Powerpuff girl, I decided to pair her up with Written in the Stars. This book follows a horrible blind date turned fake dating situation and it’s so delightful. It’s also an f/f romance and the one character, Darcy reminds me so much of Buttercup. Darcy is pretty hardened, stubborn and grumpy as Buttercup is. However once you peel back the layers, you start to understand Darcy and that’s how I feel about Buttercup.

Maybe it’s just me but Buttercup seemed queer to me. I could be wrong, but I feel like this book pairs up so well with her. Overall, this book is just delightful and if you like Buttercup, I feel like this book could work for you.

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5 summer romance recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my “5 and 5” post this month, I decided to feature 5 summer romance recs plus 5 I have on my TBR. Since it’s basically hot as Hades outside, I thought this would be the perfect one for this month. I also wanted to do a summer romance recs posts so I’m killing two birds with one stone so let’s get into the recs portion first.

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1. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This

The first book I have to recommend for summer is one I just recently read. We Can’t Keep Meeting LIke This is a YA second-chance romance featuring two new-adult aged characters and it follows them as they reconnect via their family businesses in the wedding circuit. While it does have some intense moments, this book is relatively light and fun as it focuses on wedding plus you can’t help but root for the characters.

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2. Maybe This Time

My next summer recommendation is Maybe This Time by Christina C Jones. I’ve been making my way through her backlist and she has tons of books. However, the book I’m recommending for summer is Maybe This Time. Firstly, it’s super short at less than 80 pages so it’s a super fast-paced read, features the “Married in Vegas” trope and is the ultimately friends-to-lovers book. I read this one during a plane ride and it was just so fun so I knew it had to make the list.

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3. The Roommate

The next summer rec I have is The Roommate by Rosie Danan. This book is a romance between a girl and her roommate who she finds out is a very famous pornstar. While it does focus on that aspect, this book is really about the two of them coming out of their shells and opening up to each other. I won’t lie and say it isn’t steamy because it is but it was still a light and fast-paced read. While it won’t be for everyone, it’s worth checking out if you don’t mind the porn aspects of the story.

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4. Desire and the Deep Blue Sea

The next summer rec is Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade. This one is about a pair of co-workers who fake date for a reality show and it’s just so dang sweet. While it’s another relatively short read, the characters felt well-developed and I really rooted for their relationship as the story progressed. Plus this book is set during a vacation so it would be a nice vacation read. As per usual, it does feature plus-size rep if you’re looking for that. This one is just a delight.

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5. The Changeup

The final summer rec I have is one I read last summer and adored. This is a romance between a baseball player and the sports blogger who trolls her. This book felt so refreshing as it featured a female athlete rather than the man being the athlete. These two had a dislike-to-love situation going with such excellent banter and lots of fun summery moments. I honestly couldn’t get enough of this book and if you’re looking for Black sports romances, then you need to add this one to your TBR.

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1. Neon Gods

The first book I have on my summer TBR is Neon Gods by Katee Robert. This is a Hades and Persephone retelling which is something I never read lmao. However, it’s Katee Robert so I’m sure it’ll be smutty so honestly I’m just excited for that aspect.

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2. The Box In The Woods

The next book I have on my summer TBR is The Box in The Woods by Maureen Johnson. This is the 4th book in the Truly Devious series so I’ve been dying to read it. I honestly don’t know the plot of this book but this series is so fun and addicting so I know I want to read it this summer. I know this is more of a mystery so it would be better for fall but I just love these characters so I can’t wait that long lmao.

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3. Deuces Wild

The next book I have on my summer TBR is Deuces Wild by Christina C Jones. This is the third book in the High Stakes series and I’m super excited to read Ace’s story. She made a cameo in another series so I’ve been eager since I read the description for this book. Plus I need to keep up my backlist catch-up of CCJ.

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4. Today Tonight Tomorrow

The next book is another author whose backlist I”m getting caught up on. This is another YA outing from Rachel Lynn Solomon and I think it follows two high-school rivals who fall in love either right before or after graduation. Either way, I love this cover and I feel like Rachel Lynn Solomon is quickly becoming a new favorite author so I’m hyped for this one.

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5. Twisted Love

The final book I have on my summer TBR is Twisted Love by Ana Huang. I know this book has been making the rounds on Booktube and Book Tok so I’m cautiously optimistic. This one is a brother’s best friend mafia romance, I believe?? I know it features some of my favorite tropes so I’m incredibly excited to see if it lives up to the hype plus it’s on KU.

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Romance book recommendations based on Don’t Trust the B—- In Apartment 23 characters

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my recommendations based on characters post, I decided to go with a show that I absolutely adore and that’s Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 which aired on ABC. It only lasted for one season but I binged it on Hulu and absolutely fell in love with it. Even though it only had one season, I feel like it has a somewhat of a cult following so I’m hoping people who follow me watch it.

With that being said, let’s get into the romance books recs I have picked out for the characters from the series. 🙂

Chloe: If I’m Being Honest

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The first character I had go to with is “The B” which is Chloe. Chloe is such an eccentric main character and she’s also fairly unlikable. She lies, cheats, steals and basically acts super entitled but I love that about her. I know that she likely won’t be for everyone, but I really enjoy her so I knew I wanted to go with a slightly polarizing character in a book.

For the book, I went with If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka which is about a girl who is a bitch to put it plainly. She decides to try and reinvent herself to seem like a better person but ultimately, it ends up being about her realizing that she’s a great person. I feel like Cameron and Chloe share a lot of similar traits so I knew I had to use this book.

June Colburn: Can’t Text This

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The next character I’m going with is June Colburn who ends up being Chloe’s roommate. June is such a sweet and naive girl from a small-town who moves to New York and ends up getting involved in Chloe’s shenanigans. I feel like June is such a sweet and nice character who doesn’t seem to have much of a backbone but she’s still someone I rooted for in the series.

As for the book, I decided to pair her up with Can’t Text This which features a character who is very similar to June in Monty. Monty is such a sweet and innocent character which is how June seems to act. Honestly, I love both of them so this was an easy pick. Even though June only get a slight romance, I feel like Monty and Robbie’s relationship would mirror hers and Mark’s.

James Van Der Beek: Spoiler Alert

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The next character is one that I’m sure some of my followers are familiar with and that’s James Van Der Beek. In the show, James plays himself but a much more exaggerated and annoying version of himself. Honestly, it’s pretty funny and he truly made the show as he’s best friends with Chloe so he’s in a majority of the episodes. I only wish we’d gotten more plot lines focused on him in the series.

As for the book, I decided to pair him up with Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade. This book features a romance between a famous actor and a cosplayer who end up being in a relationship after a publicity stunt. How Marcus acts in public is exactly how I feel like James acts in the show so this was an easy pick.

Luther Wilson: Meet Cute Club

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For the next character, I decided to use Luther who is James’ assistant and he’s clearly mean to be a stereotypical gay character. It’s honestly pretty frustrating and it’s clear that they’re really making him ham it up. However, I wanted to featured a good m/m romance that doesn’t feel stereotypical to me.

For the book, I went with Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This is an m/m romance between a guy who runs a romance book club and the guy who works at the bookstore where he buys the books from. It’s such a cute story and I really think it’s probably my favorite m/m romance book so I knew I had to feature it on this list.

Mark Reynolds: Make A Scene

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The final character I’m using is Mark who is friends with June and eventually, becomes her love interest in the series. He’s also played by Eric Andre which I think is really funny as he’s super shy and sweet when Eric Andre is known for doing crazy stuff. I feel like Mark really did get the shaft as he didn’t even truly get his HEA which is what I wanted lmao.

For the book I’m pairing with him, I decided to go with Make A Scene by Mimi Grace. This is a fake-dating romance between a bakery owner and the gym owner whose businesses are right beside each other. It’s such a cute and soft romance which I feel is perfect for Mark. I tried to look for a coffee shop but this was the closest I could come up with but I still think it works.

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Books

5 Marriage Of Convenience recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my trope post this month, I wanted to do something a bit different. It took me a while to figure out a trope but I eventually decided to go with marriage of convenience. Personally, I really love this trope and I feel like done well, it can work amazingly so let’s get into my recs and the books I have on my TBR.

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1. A Worthy Opponent

The first book I have to talk about is A Worthy Opponent by Katee Robert. This book is the third book in the Wicked Villains series and it features Tink/Hook. This book is one that actually uses marriage of convenience to protect the characters and I loved that. I don’t want to give much away since it’s the third book in a series but I absolutely adore this couple and I loved seeing them be domestic.

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2. Marriage For One

The next book I have to go with is Marriage For One by Ella Maise. This book features a marriage of convenience between Jack and Rose. Yes, there are a few Titanic jokes in here but what I loved in this was the grumpy/sunshine dynamic between the two. This book is also a super slow-burn as it’s like over 500 pages and I adored it. While I didn’t love the backstory with how Jack found out about Rose, it was still an amazing read.

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3. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The next book I have to recommend is The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. This book features a romance between an NFL player and his assistant as he uses her to get married and it ends up working out both of their favors. This is another super slow-burn story that’s over 600 pages and honestly, I adored it. I loved the sports stuff, loved their romance and loved seeing them slowly fall for each other. If you haven’t read Mariana Zapata, I’d highly recommend starting here.

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4. Xeni

The next book I have to rec is Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This book follows Xeni and Mason who end up having to get married so they can get money from Xeni’s aunt. It was such a unique way to feature this trope and I absolutely loved it. This book has everything as it’s an interracial couple with a Fat male love interest, both of the MCs are bi and this book features pegging. This is super steamy and sweet while also being intense at times, too.

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5. White Whiskey Bargain

The final book I have to rec is White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter. This book features a marriage of convenience between two people whose families are working together to take down a threat. This book focuses a lot on whiskey and alcohol as the businesses are whiskey distilleries if you don’t mind that. Personally, this felt like such a slow-burn at times and I especially loved seeing the tension build up between these two. This was my favorite book of 2020 if you need a bigger push to read it 😛

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6. Temporary Wife Temptation

The first book on my TBR is Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee. This book is one I’ve heard a lot about from booktube and I’ve been intrigued ever since. I think this book follows two people who decide to get married to get their families off their backs. This will be my first Jayci Lee book and also my first Harlequin Desire book, too. Either way, I’m excited to see if it ends up being a new favorite.

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7. Radiance

The next marriage of convenience book I have on my TBR is Radiance by Grace Draven. This is a book I’ve heard a ton about but was skeptical about. It’s a fantasy romance which isn’t my favorite thing but I want to give it a try. This seems like it could end up being a new favorite if I get immersed in the fantasy world.

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8. The Marriage Contract

I’m not sure if this one counts as a marriage of convenience but I’m counting it as such. This is a Black love romance between a girl and an MLB player who get married. I think they get married accidentally but the marriage will help both of them out? I could be wrong, but it’s super short and seems like it could end up being a lot of fun. I’m going to cross my fingers I get to it before 2021 ends.

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9. The Vow

The next book I have on my TBR is one you’ll see in a future post 😉 With that being said, I saw this book on Instagram and have been excited about it since then. This book features a marriage of convenience between two people who both need it for something. I don’t know specifics but I am SO excited to read this. No doubt I’ll be reading it sooner rather than later 😛

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10. The Marriage Mistake

The final book on my TBR is The Marriage Mistake by Jess Fox. This is another book I saw on Instagram and saved for when it released. This book actually released at the very end of April so it’s a new release. I’m pretty sure this is a marriage of convenience between best friends and I’m in love with that. Sounds like it’s going to be delightful so I need to purchase this one ASAP.

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