♕ BOOKS I'VE READ 2018 ♕

CONTEMPORARY | ROMANCE


RUTHLESS ( ENEMIES TO LOVERS #4) BY MICHELLE HORST

MARCUS 
I’m good at deceiving people. Too good. 

I let people think I’m a bastard. 

Then Willow walks into my life, and no matter how hard I try to scare her off, she keeps coming back.

But, everyone has their limit, and I’m afraid Willow has reached hers. 

Why is it when you think you don't want someone they become the most important person in your life.... but am I too late to show her how much I love her?


WILLOW 
I tried so hard to fight for us. But some things can’t be saved.

They say if you really love someone you have to set them free. If the person comes back, they’re meant to be yours. 

The only problem with that theory is even though he came back, he always left again.

How much heartache can one heart take?

How much rejection can one person take?
The man I love more than life itself has broken me. 


Marcus Reed & Willow Brooks ~ Ruthless is Book 4 in the Enemies to Lovers series.


This is book #4 in the Enemies To Lovers Series. Each book in the series is about a different couple. To get the full experience of their friendship I'd recommend that you start with Heartless.




MY REVIEW - HERE 



EPOCH (TRANSCEND DUET #2) BY JEWEL E. ANN

                    
Some lives end unfinished, and some transcend time. 

After a horrific incident, Swayze finds herself trapped between two lives. Patchy memories and fear for her own safety thrust her into a gut-wrenching journey to uncover the truth. 

Will she let her dreams slip away to seek retribution and find the missing pieces to a puzzle that existed a lifetime ago? 

“I’m not going to watch you self-destruct. I’m not going to watch you fall in love with another man.”

Or will she discover the only truth that matters? 

Epoch pushes the boundaries of what we believe and what we know. It redefines fate and proves that the only thing separating the heart and the soul is an infinite timeline. 

“I think a part of you will be mine to love in every life.”      

MY REVIEW HERE

                    THE BIRTHDAY LIST BY DEVNEY PERRY

Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back. 

Widow. 

Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again. 

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?


MY REVIEW HERE 

THE BOY AND HIS RIBBON (THE RIBBON DUET#1) BY PEPPER WINTERS

“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret? 
I’ll tell you what you do.
You lie.”

REN

Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth. 
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed. 

DELLA

I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything. 
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it. 
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.


MY REVIEW HERE 

WHAT HE ALWAYS KNEW ( WHAT HE DOESN'T KNOW #2 DUET) BY KANDI STEINER


If I turn left, the road will lead me back to the man I promised my life to, the one I’d imagined building a family with, the one who’s done everything in his power to get me back.

If I turn right, the road will take me to the man I loved first, the man who brought me back to life, the man who would do anything to keep me.

I knew the fork in the road was inevitable; it was the decision I never wanted to make between choices I didn't know I had.

And I love them both.

My heart is destined to exist in two equal halves — one with each man. But one half beats stronger, the vein running deepest, and holds my choice in silence long before I know it for myself.

The realization of what I have to do, of the heart I have to break, just might break mine too.

Left or right.

All I have to do is take a breath and turn.
 


MY REVIEW HERE 

RECKLESS (ENEMIES TO LOVERS #2) BY MICHELLE HORST


I was in love with the boy. I’m obsessed with the man.

Logan is my older brother’s best friend.

My teenage years were spent dreaming about our future together. 

He taught me how to kiss. He stayed up late with me while I studied. He escorted me to the prom. 

But he is one of the Screw Crew and they only have one rule. I’m off limits.

I went to college and he started working. The secret messages stopped and I lost my first love before it even had a chance.

I’ve spent the past four years trying to forget the only man I’ll ever love. Just as I start to make a life for myself, guess who comes barging back into my life?

This is Logan West & Mia Daniels story. ~ Book 2 in the Enemies To Lovers Series

This is a Stand Alone book with a HEA and no cliffhanger in the Enemies To Lovers Series. Each book in the series is about a different couple. To get the full experience of their friendship I'd recommend that you start with Heartless.


MY REVIEW HERE 

PICTURE PERFECT LIE BY MARQUITA VALENTINE

The 1st book in my new and super sexy Kings of Castle Beach  about siblings on the NC coastal town of Castle Beach.

All Campbell Faircloth wanted was a safe place to call home.
All Knight King wanted was to leave his hometown behind.

I never expected to end up in Castle Beach, surrounded by a family who believes that I’m not only their brother’s wife, but the mother of his infant daughter.

I can’t tell them the truth—Knight and I met only three days earlier, during a layover in Atlanta.

He was headed out to fight in a war that hardly anyone talked about anymore, and I was headed back home to a family who pretended that I didn’t exist.

He helped me with my baby.

He kept us safe while we slept.

We shared lunch and dinner… and I spilled all my secrets to him.

Then he gave me an address, along with an offer I couldn’t refuse.
***
Six months later he’s back to bury his brother, and my lie is about to be exposed.

Only Knight doesn’t say a word.

He goes along with the charade, and each day we spend together, pretending to be husband and wife, it’s getting harder and harder not to believe in our lie.

Could our picture perfect lie turn into a picture perfect forever?

MY REVIEW HERE 

WHISKEY & YOU BY H.J. BELLUS

Sometimes it’s the hero who ends up needing a lifeline…

Jack Jarvis York is a ruthless and vindictive oil tycoon who knows no boundaries when he’s been double-crossed. Debtors beware. He’ll slit your throat for a nickel. And make no mistake, he will collect.

You never screw with a man’s pride, money, or oil. It’s Texas Law. Unwritten, yet gospel. They don’t call him the king of Texas for nothing.

When a debtor can’t come up with his money, JJ takes his wife as collateral...

What starts out as a trade-off between bitter men turns into an emotional collision of desire and forbidden love so dangerous, it threatens to destroy even the strongest of empires. 

No amount of money will ever rebuild everything that’s been shattered. Jack is left standing in the middle of his own chaos.

Greed and power are the least of his worries now. Death is knocking on his front door, wanting to collect. 

The woman he’s given his heart to just might become his collateral this time around. Past sins may trump everything...


MY REVIEW HERE 

TRANSCEND BY JEWEL E. ANN

Newsletter exclusive story. This book will publish in its entirety on March 26th to Amazon.

“In another life, she was my forever.” 

An unexpected tragedy leaves Professor Nathaniel Hunt a widower alone with a newborn baby. 

He hires a nanny. She’s young, but well-qualified, with a simple life, a crazy name obsession, and a boyfriend she met at the grocery store. 

Over time, he discovers she knows things about him—things that happened before she was born—like a hidden scar on his head, his favorite pizza, and how he cheated on a high school Spanish test. 

She speaks familiar words and shares haunting memories that take him back to over two decades earlier when he lost his best friend in a tragic accident. 

“I’m afraid of what’s going to happen when you realize I’m not her.”

Transcend is a sexy, mind-bending journey that uncovers possibilities, challenges beliefs, and begets the age-old question: is there life after death?

MY REVIEW HERE

AVALANCHE (BEARPAW RESORT #1) BY CAMBRIA HEBERT

Don’t get caught in the surge.

Through a bullet hole in a wall, I watch a man bleed to death. 
Those responsible think their crime died with the victim, until I identify them.
What’s a girl to do when she’s being hunted by murderers 
witness protection can’t even stop?
Run.
My only refuge is a place I vowed to never go again.
When it’s do or die, an eight-year-old heartache suddenly seems trivial. 
Besides, he won’t be there anyway.
But he is.
Turns out my old pain feels brand new the second his eyes meet mine.
I can’t leave. I can’t stay. 
This snowy town that’s supposed to be my shelter 
suddenly exposes me more than before.
With no one else to lean on, Liam becomes my lifeline. 
Now we’re both running for our lives, 
trying not to get swept away.


MY REVIEW HERE

DISTORTED LOVE ( DARK INTENTIONS DUET #1) BY T.L. SMITH

I LOVED HIM FROM THE AGE OF SIXTEEN. 
HATED HIM FROM THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN. 
HE DISAPPEARED AT THE AGE OF NINETEEN. 
WE STARTED OFF AS ENEMIES, THEN FAST BECAME LOVERS. 
BUT OUR STORY ISN’T A HAPPILY EVER AFTER. 
IT WAS A STORY OF A KING AND A PEASANT. CAN YOU GUESS WHICH I WAS? 
I KNEW WE WEREN’T MEANT TO BE. 
YOU SEE, HE FELL IN LOVE WITH HER FIRST. HE LOVED ME LAST.
I'M NOT SOMEONE'S SECOND CHOICE.
NOT EVEN FOR THE BOY WHO STOLE MY HEART. 
I'M SOMEONE'S FIRST. 
NOW, I JUST HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT.


MY REVIEW HERE 

MY WAY BACK TO YOU (SECOND CHANCES DUET#2) BY CLAIRE CONTRERAS

Love isn't always about timing.

Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it. 



I admit I wasn't ready. 

I know you don't want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain.

Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away.

Let me show you what our years apart have done to me.



Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .

MY REVIEW HERE

WHAT HE DOESN'T KNOW BY KANDI STEINER

On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

The house was once magical, filled with love and joy and plans for the future. 

Inside its walls are many things that belong to me — my books, the china from my mother on my wedding day, the beautiful cage once home to two birds, now empty, just like me.

And a man.

A man who also belongs to me.

A man I no longer wish to keep.

A man who, no doubt, has not slept, though the sun is rising. Because the house where he waits is where I laid my head to rest every night for eight years. Until last night.

No one who knows me would believe Charlie Pierce, the quiet, bookish girl who never made waves is pulling out of the driveway of a man who isn’t her husband.

But they don’t know me at all.

I don’t even know me.

Not anymore.

They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I live inside of? It has three.

On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

But there is no longer a home



MY REVIEW HERE

SINNER (PRIEST #2) BY SIERRA SIMONE

I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18. 

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

Sinner.


MY REVIEW HERE
ONLY YOU BY MELANIE HARLOW
Nate Pearson is ridiculously handsome and wears the hell out of a suit and tie, but I’ve seen the parade of beautiful women leaving his apartment across the hall—a different one every time—and I want no part of it. When it comes to romance, I’m looking for something real, something that will last: the happily ever after.

As a divorce attorney, he loves to tell me there’s no such thing.

As a wedding planner, I choose to disagree.

We disagree on almost everything, in fact. Everything except James Bond. The only time we really get along is when we’re watching 007 flicks together, and I’ll admit—he has rescued me from a disaster or five. So when one of the baton twirlers from his parade leaves a baby girl at his door with a note that says “I’ll come back for her” and he begs me for help, I can’t turn him down.

But it’s a mistake.

Because watching him with his daughter, I start to see another side of Nate, a side that has my breath coming faster, my body craving his, my heart longing for him to change his mind about love and tell me there’s a chance for us.

I don’t want to be just another girl leaving his apartment in the morning.

I want to be the one he asks to stay.
 
  

MY REVIEW HERE

THE FALL BY PRESCOTT LANE

You know the story.  
Boy meets girl, they fall in love, two kids, white picket fence.  
This isn’t that story.  

This is more like...  
Man meets woman.  Man sleeps with woman.  
Man meets another woman, sleeps with her.  
And so on.  You get the idea.

I own a small boutique hotel in New Orleans, the Kingston.  I’ve seen men do some stupid stuff in the name of the woman they love, or at least the woman they love for the night.  

That’s not me.  I’m always in control.  You’d be surprised how much you can get away with on just good manners and a smile. It’s the only way to keep my secrets safely locked away. 

And my smile hides a lot.  Until her.

She turns me down flat.  Playing hard to get is my favorite game.  It’s the thrill of the chase.  

Only problem is, I think it’s me that’s getting caught



MY REVIEW HERE














CRUX UNTAMED (HADES HANGMEN #6) BY TILLIE COLE


THEN THERE WAS YOU (SECOND CHANCES DUET) BY CLAIRE CONTRERAS


JUSTICE (CREED BROTHERS #1) BY K.C. LYNN


THE SMALLEST PART BY AMY HARMON


HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN (CRACKS DUET #2) BY L.H. COSWAY


TWISTED LOCKE BY VICTORIA ASHLEY AND JENIKA SNOW















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