ROMANCE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS / SUMMER 2020
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Although the romance genre is one of my most favorite, I haven’t read many romance novels lately that have really stuck with me. But these three left an impression on me.
Also, ALL three books are available with KINDLE UNLIMITED. Here is my full list of KU romance books.
All three, two YA contemporary novels, and one rom-com are highly recommendable. Also, I already re-read one of them, and I know that another one has all the signs of a favorite re-read.
Have you read any of them yet?
Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score
A nice, normal life. Is that too much to ask? For Riley Thorn it is. Divorced. Broke. Living with a pack of elderly roommates. And those hallucinations she’s diligently ignoring? Her tarot card-dealing mom is convinced they’re clairvoyant visions.
Just when things can’t get worse, a so-hot-it-should-be-illegal private investigator shows up on her doorstep looking for a neighbor…who turns up murdered.
Nick Santiago doesn’t play well with others. Unless the “others” are of the female persuasion. Wink. He’s a rebel, a black sheep, a man who prefers a buffet of options to being stuck with the same entrée every night, if you catch his drift.
When the pretty, possibly psychic Riley lands at the top of the list of suspects, Nick volunteers to find out whodunit. Only because he likes solving mysteries not because he wants to flex his heroic muscles for the damsel in distress.
All they have to do is figure out who pulled the trigger, keep the by-the-book detective with a grudge at bay, and deal with a stranger claiming he was sent to help Riley hone her psychic gifts. All before the killer discovers she’s a loose end that requires snipping.
Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door was hilarious from beginning to end. A whodunit comedy with a standout heroine who can hear the death. And a private eye, who has the hots for her. As well as a host of side characters that made me crack up. It reminded me of an old school rom-com with a dash of mystery and lots of laughter.
Rich Prick by Tijan
He walked into school on his first day and owned it.
I guess that’s what happens when you’re a prick, rich, and you’re best friends with the ruling school’s king.
Also didn’t hurt he’s drop dead gorgeous.
That’s all fine.
I mean, I have nothing to do with them.
I’m a loner, invisible, and that’s how I wanted it to be.
I was even proud of it, until I wasn’t.
iUntil I saw a girl kneel before him.
lUntil I couldn’t look away.
iUntil he caught me watching.
His name is Blaise Devroe. My name is Aspen Monson.
He only knew how to get, command, and demand attention. I knew how to do everything but that.
And this is our story.
*Rich Prick is a full 100k standalone.
I love a good YA contemporary romance and Rich Prick delivered in every sense. Tijan is one of the best authors of this genre. She writes some of my most favorite possessive YA alphas. And her stories always have a dash of YA angst, drama, and a very satisfying plot. There is just something about her stories that syncs with me. Especially this one, since I already read it twice this year.
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim’s parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.
With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. Beyah’s plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.
Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface.
She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. But one thing they do have in common is that they’re both drawn to sad things. Which means they’re drawn to each other. With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.
I’m not a typical CoHo fan, but I’m a romance fan, and her last two books were right up my alley. When I read Regretting You, I loved the YA part so much that I wished the author would write a YA novel. She must have heard me because Heart Bones was everything I could have hoped for. The story had some angst with lots of emotions, and the YA love story was utterly satisfying.
ROMANCE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS / SUMMER 2020