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Joined May 2016

Bookstagram @lauren_reading Romance fanatic (but I️ read everything), dog mom and 2nd grade teacher.
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Trusting Skylar | Susan Stoker
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A little preachy at times, but it‘s a mid range on the Susan Stoker book scale. Not super bonkers and sexist, but not amazing either (it seems like her books are one or the other). It moved slow at first, but I liked Bull and his taciturn ways and the ending was a surprise.

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Island Affair | Priscilla Oliveras
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Fake dating in the Florida keys was the best trope as it‘s getting cold here in the Midwest! This book was sweet and funny with deeper moments that made the ending so good. I can‘t believe it took me so long to read it.

Sara shows up to her family vacation wanting to show she‘s got her life together.But her date ditches her and she convinces Luis to be her guy for the week. Luis is on forced vacation from firefighting so decides to help Sara out.

K_Books I just went to Key West, Florida for vacation. I‘ll have to check out the book. 1d
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the 2001 problematic tropes were strong in this one. It made me laugh and roll my eyes, while simultaneously cringing. Pregnant virgin (ai) on the run. Somehow is pressured into sexy times pretty quick all while he yells “god bless Texas” at climax. There‘s a ton of sex scenes which surprised me and the descriptions are *chefs kiss* classic. The misunderstanding is off the charts ridiculous. I really only liked the little brother in this book.

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Absolutely loved all five of these holiday novellas, even the ones that are part of a series were fun. There‘s sweet, sexy, paranormal, funny, and loving all mixed together to make an anthology that kept me reading.

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Office Hours | Katrina Jackson
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Deja is smart,strong and supportive,but the stress of her tenure track job has her mental and physical health in jeopardy. She also has the cutest crush on fellow professor Alejandro. He‘s sexy and put together. And when she realizes that he‘s got a thing for her too, the sparks fly. Katrina Jackson can make the sexiest scenes even more sensual. And Alejandro is the best at trying to work out being supportive of Deja without being overbearing.

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I‘ve been putting off reading this, I love the Brown sisters and I didn‘t want the series to be over.But at the same time I knew it would be amazing so I had to finally pick it up and it was just as good as I expected. It was funny,so sweet and just made me feel good.Jacob made me realize that Talia Hibbert writes the most amazing cinnamon roll heroes. And it was so fun to see Eve coming to understand who she is and what she wants for herself.

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Max Monroe books always crack me up! I felt such a connection to Holley with awkward clumsiness and moments of pure reaction. She was hilarious and took so many embarrassing things in stride. This whole book was sweet and really fun to read.

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Nikolai | Roxie Rivera
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I‘ve been excited for this book, the Vivian Nikolai relationship has been building up all series. The bad boy and innocent sweetheart are a match made for mafia romance.

There‘s a lot tied up from previous books which I liked, even as deep secrets came uncovered to make the book even more interesting. The twists and drama had me fully invested. I‘m not a big fan of the virgin heroine, but it was done well here so I didn‘t mind it.

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Guild Boss | Jayne Castle
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I was so excited that she had a new Harmony book out because those are some of my favorites and it‘s been years since the last one.

The book was everything I love about this series. Dangerous moments with a paranormal theme, a smart and serious guy with a mission, one kick ass heroine who knows her worth and a dust bunny that adds all the humor and cuteness. Otis was my favorite part of the book of course.

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Archangel's Light | Nalini Singh
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Perfect, in my opinion this story was absolutely perfect and the emotions that Nalini Singh dragged out of me in the last chapter had me crying the happy tears. I‘ve loved Illium and Aodhan throughout this series, over ten years of reading these guys.

There‘s a lot going on in this book with the new archangel of China and finding secrets popping up all over.

Lauren_reading But the relationship between Sparkles and Blue was the backbone of the story, from the moment they met as baby angels to now. Their friendship and love is just amazing. 2w
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I had high hopes for this dark romance- all the pieces were there. A drug lord “hero”, a feisty kidnapped heroine and murder. But it was pretty meh. I just didn‘t get pulled into the story.

tracey38 Sorry this wasn't a good one but that's ok because there are many more out there! 2w
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I struggled with the narration of this book, the guys voices for the women and kids was just so bad it took me out of the story constantly, which tells you how awesome the book was because even with that voice I loved the book so much! The story of a bachelor getting custody of his teen sister was filled with moments of humor, sadness, anger and love. Watching Fin open herself up to love was so sweet too.

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Texas Destiny | Lorraine Heath
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I adore the mail order bride trope. I had a friend that moved to Alaska years ago because of an Oprah show saying that‘s where men were -so I‘ve got a soft spot for that theme.

I listened on audio and enjoyed both the story and narration. She‘s coming out west engaged to Dallas, but his brother Houston is who is taking her on the three week trip to their ranch. It was a really sweet book and I‘m excited to read the next two books in the series.

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Mistletoe Mistress | Nicola Davidson
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I love Christmas novellas. I‘m not super into Christmas, but I find them comforting and I know they‘re usually sweet.

This was sweet and fun with a fantastic naughty side. Rachel gets caught being a little inappropriate for a maid and is sent to the country, but gets left at an inn. Arran is a new marquess on his way to London when he stops at the same inn. There‘s some only one bed with a side of spanking and it‘s just good romance all around.

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After reading the blurb I knew I‘d either love or hate this book. It‘s such a crazy messed up plot and it was fantastic. I could not stop reading and stayed up too late on a school night finishing it. It‘s like peak enemies to lovers, beyond anything I imagined.

There‘s so many coincidences and connections over years and secrets hidden from so many. It was absolutely crazy good.

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The Greatest Risk | Kristen Ashley
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This was probably my favorite book in this trilogy. This series is definitely of a different vibe than other KA books. Way more kinky loving and less angsty drama, even though that‘s still there.

I liked the relationship between Sixx and Stellan. The dynamic was hot and I enjoyed the back and forth between them. It‘s different than in the previous books. This was not my favorite KA book, but I enjoyed it. I just don‘t see myself rereading it.

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One of my favorite books of the year! It made me so happy, the title says it all. It is a funny, sweet, and at times heartbreaking book. Olivia Dade writes characters that you fall in love with. Alex and Lauren were both fantastic and flawed and perfect together.

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Because of You | Maggie Blackbird
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The second novella in this series was great. It was short and sweet, and while I‘d love these to be full length novels because I adore the characters, there‘s a ton of depth and feeling developed in such a short book.

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How can I wait until August for the next book?!?!?! I want more Catalina, Alessandro, Nevada and Rogan and the rest of the crew. This series is so good and I can‘t wait to read more.

Catalina is heartbroken that Alessandro left her, but she‘s got things to do as head of her house and a deputy. There‘s something in The Pit and people using illegal magic are doing things that could destroy the world. It was a fast paced good time!

robinb I need to get back to this series. I love Ilona Andrews! 3w
Lauren_reading @robinb I tried to slow down reading it, but just couldn‘t stop! 3w
robinb @Lauren_reading I‘m always that way with their books too! 😊👍 3w
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Reverb | Anna Zabo
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I love a bodyguard/rockstar romance. This is book three in the series, but it‘s my first by the author and it was great as a stand alone, but made me want to read the first two books. There‘s steamy scenes, fun rockstar moments and wonderful representation.

When a stalker starts emailing Mish, her band mates hire David as a bodyguard. While the danger is there, the feelings between the two sparks into a relationship of sorts, until it‘s more.

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I wasn‘t sure about this when I started,but I should have trusted that Tessa Dare would make a trope I‘m not usually a fan of into something great.It was sweet and had moments that really made me laugh.

I loved how Rafe wanted the best for everyone. Clio has been engaged to his brother for eight years and she‘s finally done. She is ready to do what she wants and needs Rafe‘s help. The brewery part was interesting and I loved the sibling dynamics.

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Untraveled | Anna Hackett
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This series is a great mix of nonstop action and romance. Treasure Hunter Security guards archeological digs and research trips, but are chasing down artifact thieves in an ongoing story arc.

Elin, an FBI agent, and THS agent Hale work together undercover to stop Silk Road from stealing a mystery treasure in the African desert. Super entertaining and fun to read.

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Ruthless Creatures | J. T. Geissinger
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Oh man, I love the cover and then I fell in love with this crazy book. I can already tell the whole series will be bonkers darkish romance fun and I can‘t wait to read book two.

Nat‘s fiancé disappeared the day before their wedding and she‘s still in mourning five years later. Until Kage moves in next door. He‘s dangerous and dark and just what she needs, until she learns his role in her fiancé‘s disappearance and what he wants to do to her.

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The Wrong Prince | Veronica Crowe
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Pros: absolutely hilarious moments that had me cracking up and a wonderful ending

Cons: kind of a love triangle and very flowery love scenes that were more cringe worthy than sexy.

It‘s on KU and I may read book two because I‘ve heard it‘s better than one.

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Roommate | Sarina Bowen
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I think a great book has perfectly flawed characters that grow and change. And this book was such a beautiful example of that.

Roderick and Kieran are both messed up in their own ways. Roderick left town years ago when his parents kicked him out for being gay. He‘s back in his hometown after leaving a disaster of a relationship that makes him question his own importance.

Lauren_reading Kieran just wants to be respected for his own choices and to escape a father he believes hates him. Kieran doesn‘t really know who he is or what he wants, but Roderick has him pushing for what he needs and standing up for what he wants. 4w
CarolynM Love Sarina Bowen. This is a good one🙂 4w
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Secret prince trope and I love it. Payton was hurt by a lord so vows to not marry someone in the ton. She meets Mikhail, and feelings are there, but he‘s hiding who he is because of past trauma. It was a spicy fun book and you should read it.

MeganAnn Secret prince trope and spicy fun?! Sign me up!😂❤️ (edited) 4w
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Hold Your Breath | Katie Ruggle
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Katie Ruggle knows how to keep you turning pages. This book had underwater life and death drama, a stalker and an amateur investigator looking into HDG.

Lou is a new member of the dive rescue team and has a crush on bossy and grumpy team leader, Callum. After finding a body while practice diving and having some danger close to home, the two stay together. The grumpy sunshine trope is strong in this one and I loved it.

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This was so much freaking awesomeness that I can‘t even explain my joy. I loved the whole idea of this book and it‘s so fantastic. It‘s finding love with a client, when that client is a Minotaur and you‘re milking him (Yup, that kind of milking). It‘s crazy, but it‘s also sweet and funny. I loved reading it.

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Devil to Pay | Jeaniene Frost
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Totally entertaining novella set in the Bones and Cat world. Short, but unique.

Elise is a vampire and is unknowingly becoming jaded. Until she meets Blake, a man possessed by a demon. She realizes she‘d do anything to help him.

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It was a big jump to Catalina being head of her house, but I‘m loving the change even though I miss Nevada and Mad Rogan.

Catalina is a siren, her magic can get people to love her, and now as head of her house she has responsibilities in which she needs to use a magic she‘s always kept contained. When a family is murdered she takes the case and is quickly in over her head. When sexy Alessandro pops back into her life she isn‘t ready.

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A Cowboy to Remember | Rebekah Weatherspoon
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I‘m not a big fan of the amnesia trope, but I like how Weatherspoon made it into a focus on understanding who you are as a person and consent within relationships.

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Meet Me Under the Mistletoe | Claire Contreras, Katee Robert, M. Robinson, Skye Warren, Jenika Snow, Pam Godwin, M. O'Keefe, Jade West, Giana Darling, Theodora Taylor, Sienna Snow, Sam Mariano, Maria Luis, Alta Hensley, Amelia Wilde
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A huge collection of short stories based on a Christmas Ball. Many of these stories are prologues or epilogues to full novels, but are still entertaining even if you haven‘t read those novels (I haven‘t read any of them). They‘re a mix of all tropes and some were slow, but overall a good bunch of romances.

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A second chance novella with a mystery murderer covering up something underhanded. It‘s got everything I enjoy in a Karen Rose book in a short format.

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I got some major Kulti vibes with this book, sexy soccer players and a forbidden romance.

Thalia is a physical therapist for Real Madrid after going through a very public divorce in England. When she and Alejo meet there‘s an instant spark, but he‘s a player and years younger than her. They can‘t be together without Thalia losing her job. The flirting in this book was stellar, the wait for them to get together almost hurt it was so good!

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This book was even better than the first. I love the middle class characters rather than lords and ladies in an historical romance. I listened to this on audio and enjoyed the narration.The story and setting were unique.Lizzie is kicked out of her home for standing up for what‘s right which leads to her marrying prizefighter Benedict.Their relationship starts off rocky as they travel the fair circuit in which Benedict fights and Lizzie gets a job.

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This was a classic trope and felt a bit old school even though it didn‘t come out too long ago.

When Skyler sees MMA fighter and club owner Gage when she‘s out one night and decides it‘s time to break out of her shell and cross to the wild side. It was a shorter book and a quick fun read.

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I love a grumpy sunshine trope and this book was absolutely awesome.I thought Piper would drive me nuts with her influencer “job” and lack of real world experience, but I loved her optimism and ability to relate to anyone.She was a fun match for a very set in his ways fisherman.The dynamic between the two was sexy and hilarious at times too.

This book lived up to all the hype and I‘m so excited I‘ve already gotten my greedy fingers on book two.

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I love a grumpy sunshine trope and this book was absolutely awesome.I thought Piper would drive me nuts with her influencer “job” and lack of real world experience, but I loved her optimism and ability to relate to anyone.She was a fun match for a very set in his ways fisherman.The dynamic between the two was sexy and hilarious at times too.

This book lived up to all the hype and I‘m so excited I‘ve already gotten my greedy fingers on book two.

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Control Freak | Brianna Hale
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All the freaky got packed into this novella and I couldn‘t stop reading.I think I liked it,maybe I really liked it. I don‘t even know anymore.

Our heroine is a child on her deathbed when the necromancer saves her.Years later the same illness hits the children of her town again and this time she goes to him.

There‘s some dubious consent,a dead hand finger sexing, a period leech and more off the wall sex stuff. It‘s interesting to say the least.

Soscha I thought I‘ve read some out-there erotica content but, whoa! 😳 1mo
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Renegade Hearts | Nikki J. Summers
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Can I be Olivia?!?! She has the attitude and confidence I only wish I could pull off. Like no fucks are given - her text responses to Adam‘s stalking are pure gold. And it‘s even better how much Adam loves that about her, he wouldn‘t change her for anything.

My dark-ish romance fans, this book is for you. It has some sweet moments so I wouldn‘t say it‘s really dark.It‘s funny and dangerous and sexy as hell.

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Knot My Type | Evie Mitchell
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Such a cute and funny contemporary romance. I loved the rep and Jay and Frankie‘s circle of friends.

Jay is a carpenter and local Shibari teacher. Frankie hosts the All Access podcast and goes to him to learn about accessible rope play for her show. There‘s an instant attraction and a quick jump from friends to frating to dating. The relationship felt really quick, maybe because of the timeline jump.I enjoyed this book and look forward to book 2

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Up for Air | Christina Berry
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Sometimes you read characters that are just so real that all the emotions and flaws and growth they show has you forgetting they only exist in a book. That was Jake and Nicole.

He‘s an orphan rock star. He‘s a player, struggles in relationships and I loved seeing him reconnect with his family and grow into his relationship with Nicole.

Lauren_reading She‘s a roller derby b$&ch who doesn‘t realize how much those around her care about her. I love how she was able to open up to Jake.

Just read this book, I can‘t recommend it enough.
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A novella jam packed with drama and mystery. It‘s time for Nevada and Rogan‘s wedding and his family has some major issues. This is the first book with Catalina‘s POV and I loved her with her fear and insecurities along with her all around courage to do what needs to be done. I love when a novella feels well rounded.

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Heated Pursuit | April Hunt
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The ups and downs in this book! There were moments where I couldn‘t stop turning pages and was loving it. But then there were moments where these highly trained characters did the dumbest stuff that pulled me right out of the book. (Ex: good guy knows there‘s a bomb about to blow, but decides that he can‘t just kill the bad guy, but needs to beat him a bit first *eye roll*)

I‘ll read the next book, but this one was just ok.

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Hostage to Pleasure | Nalini Singh
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I‘m still so invested in this series reread - I‘m acting like I have no clue what happens in future books and I‘m loving it. This is one of my favorites because Ashaya is so focused on Silence that she doesn‘t even realize how much she feels for her son and for Dorian. This book introduces new bad guys and moves the overall storyline along really quick!

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I am obsessed with this series! It‘s so good, non stop action and danger, a great number of twists and surprises and amazing characters. So much happens in this book, things are tied up (no spoilers) but many questions aren‘t answered and I can‘t wait to read more.

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Rhythm | Marie Lipscomb
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I never realized how much I needed a sweet cinnamon roll of an ogre in my romance! This was a short novella with insta monster love and overall a wonderful story.

Jaquelyn falls into a cave system that happens to be home base for Crug, a 10ft tall ogre who‘s been alone for years. They‘re both so different and the language barrier was funny, but there‘s an instant connection. I just loved Crug so much.

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Chasing Him | Kennedy Fox
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I gave this author duo another chance and they just aren‘t for me. It was an ok book, but I was just not that into it. It‘s definitely a case of it‘s me not them. There‘s romance and humor, but not my style I guess.

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She‘s friends with the hot guy across the hall. He‘s got a different woman every weekend. He‘s living his best life until a woman leaves a baby girl on his front step. He doesn‘t know anything about babies, but she jumps in to help. Feelings grow, but it‘s hard to know what‘s real with the sleep deprivation and the worry that their lives will never be the same.

It was cute and sweet.

Jemgirl2014 I'm going to try this one! I tagged a book that is similar only the hero and heroine's roles are kind of reversed. I really loved it! 😊 2mo
Lauren_reading @Jemgirl2014 I haven‘t read that one, but I love Penelope Ward books! Melanie Harlow is a go to for me lately when I need some sweet contemporary romance with some laughs. 2mo
Jemgirl2014 @Lauren_reading "The Anti Boyfriend" is one of my favorites! I've been meaning to check out more books by that author. I love Melanie Harlow too. I really enjoyed her Bellamy Creek series. ? 2mo
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Sweet, so freaking sweet that if that side of suspense hadn‘t been there it would have been too much. Even when Jess is being an alpha jerk I still liked him and displaced Gigi and Rowan were adorable as mom and young daughter. The danger and the Who done its kept me turning pages when the relationship seemed to work out quickly.