For the past two years, my life has been consumed by romance novels. It’s been wonderful being able to fall in love every single day. Here are five books that allowed me to do just that.
This book has set the bar for all audiobooks with an ensemble cast that features Zachary Webber and Emily Woo Zeller. I enjoyed the book but the audible book elevated it to something wonderful. If you opt to read the book with your eyes instead of your ears, please, I implore you, find some way to listen to Chapter 29.
by Kayley Loring
Publication: October 7, 2021
Series: The Brodie Brothers #2
Dear Mr. Brodie,
I hope this email finds you well.
Your well-being and personal growth are of the utmost importance to me, as a therapist.
As such, I have decided it is in your best interest to continue individual therapy with another practitioner.
This is due to the potential for boundaries being crossed between us.
Attached is a list of colleagues I would recommend for you.
Scarlett Shepard, MS, MFT
Consider our sessions terminated.
Now I can tell you how beautiful you are and how attracted I am to you.
Let’s start crossing boundaries over dinner tonight.
You’ll say it would be unethical, and I’ll point out that we’ve only had a few sessions.
You’ll cite the age difference, and I’ll tell you how hot it is that you’re six years older than me.
You’ll say you’re a mom, and I’ll remind you that I think your son is awesome.
We don’t have to discuss my former attachments to former co-stars ever again.
This is due to the fact that clearly my only personality issue is that I’m irresistible.
Yours in well-being and personal growth,
Dylan Brodie, W.M.H.T.A.T.Y.E.H. (Way More Handsome and Talented Actor Than Your Ex-Husband) (Goodreads)
This is a slow burn romance with POC representation. Read this if you want to read about a man who has an unquestionable belief in a woman who has always been told to be someone other than herself, urging her to do what men before her have been unable to do. What could be sexier?
The Devil Comes Courting
by Courtney Milan
Publication: April 20, 2021
Series: The Worth Saga #3
Captain Grayson Hunter knows the battle to complete the first worldwide telegraphic network will be fierce, and he intends to win it by any means necessary. When he hears about a reclusive genius who has figured out how to slash the cost of telegraphic transmissions, he vows to do whatever it takes to get the man in his employ.
Except the reclusive genius is not a man, and she’s not looking for employment.
Amelia Smith was born in Shanghai, and taken in by English missionaries. She’s not interested in Captain Hunter’s promises or his ambitions. But the harder he tries to convince her, the more she realizes that there is something she wants from him: She wants everything. And she’ll have to crack the frozen shell he’s made of his heart to get it. (Goodreads)
PERFECT BOOK BOYFRIEND
If you’re looking for the perfect book boyfriend, look no further than rugby player Cameron McGregor. He will teach you how to capture another man’s attention while telling you all the things you need to hear so you can see how wonderful you are.
Melt for You
by J.T. Geissinger
Publication: May 15, 2018
Series: Slow Burn #2
A wallflower gets seduction tips from a playboy athlete—until love changes the rules.
Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday—with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks.
Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type—at all—but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire. Though a lot of women have rumpled Cam’s kilt, Jo is special. Far from the ugly duckling she thinks she is, in Cam’s eyes she’s sharp, funny, and effortlessly sexy. Now, thanks to him, Jo is blooming with confidence and has the man of her dreams within reach.
Unfortunately for Cam, he’s just helped to push the woman of his dreams into the arms of another man—and now he’s in the fight of his life to keep this beauty from getting away. (Goodreads)
SMALL TOWN ROMANCE
Have you ever wondered what life might be like if you had to move back home? Would the people there still be the same? Would the hot bad boy everyone crushed on still be hot? Lucy Score gives you a glimpse of that life, You’ll wish she was writing your story, and Jake Weston was the hot bad boy you were fake dating.
Rock Bottom Girl
by Lucy Score
Publication: March 6, 2019
Downsized, broke, and dumped, 38-year-old Marley sneaks home to her childhood bedroom in the town she couldn’t wait to escape twenty years ago. Not much has changed in Culpepper. The cool kids are still cool. Now they just own car dealerships and live in McMansions next door. Oh, and the whole town is still talking about that Homecoming she ruined her senior year.
Desperate for a new start, Marley accepts a temporary teaching position. Can the girl banned from all future Culpepper High Homecomings keep the losing-est girls soccer team in school history from killing each other and prevent carpal tunnel in a bunch of phone-clutching gym class students?
Maybe with the help of Jake Weston, high school bad boy turned sexy good guy. When the school rumor mill sends Marley to the principal’s office to sign an ethics contract, the tattooed track coach, dog dad, and teacher of the year becomes her new fake boyfriend and alibi—for a price. The Deal: He’ll teach her how to coach if she teaches him how to be in a relationship.
Who knew a fake boyfriend could deliver such real orgasms? But it’s all temporary. The guy. The job. The team. There’s too much history. Rock bottom can’t turn into a foundation for happily ever after. Can it?
Warning: Story also includes a meet-puke, a bouffanted nemesis, a yard swan and donkey basketball, a teenage-orchestrated makeover, and a fake relationship that gets a little too real between the sheets. (Goodreads)
Sports was never on my radar until I discovered romance novels. This is a slow burn romance that takes the does he or does he not love her to a whole new level because said wall is a complete grump but needs his assistant to marry him so he can stay in the country.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
by Mariana Zapata
Publication: February 28, 2016
Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.
But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.
For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.
What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants? (Goodreads)
Have you read any of the books on the list? What romance novels do you recommend?