Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Do you need more romance books in your TBR piles? Of course, you do!


Hello friends!

I'm still in more of a mystery/suspense/phase at the moment, so that's what I have mostly been reading. But like always I was able to sneak in some romance novels that I'm happy to share with you all. I have to say, I haven't been overly impressed by any romance novel in particular lately. The ones I've read have been fun to read, but most also weren't memorable. I want something to completely sweep me off my feet! So if you have any recommendations, feel free to let me know in the comments below!

I'm also sharing with you all 6 books I've recently added to my TBR at the bottom of this post. Hope you guys find something to add to your TBRs too! :)

Let's take a look at the books I read since last week!
HEAD OVER HEELS by Jennifer Dawson [★★★]
Received for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion of the book.

I have had ups and downs with the Something New series, but for the most part it's been an enjoyable series. I had no idea the author was continuing on with the books, but I was eager to learn of Head Over Heels' existence. To be honest I couldn't remember the two main characters here from the previous books. Even after I was done reading Head Over Heels I couldn't remember them! I know I have a very poor book memory but usually I'll remember as I read the book. Anyways, back to talking about the book. This is the story of Sophie and Ryder. Sophie is caught in the middle of a scandal that she had nothing to do with, but that ultimately leaves her jobless and her reputation in Chicago destroyed. She accepts a temporary short-term job in Revival, a small town, where a couple of her best friends live. Sophie is a smart woman who possesses a lot of drive and determination. She puts all her efforts into whatever task she is responsible for, and that's a quality I admired and loved about her. After being burned by love, she is also a little reserved emotionally, and is afraid to risk her heart. Enter her landlord Ryder, a handsome bad boy who also happens to be a sheriff in town. On their first meeting, Sophie decides that even though she's wildly attracted to Ryder, she dislikes him for some unknown unexplained reason. This dislike she has for him really confused me, and actually bothered me. It felt like it was done to sort of manufacture a hate-to-love romance, and it didn't work all that well for me. So even though there were qualities I liked about Sophie, her reaction to Ryder left me annoyed. I wasn't entirely keen on Ryder either. I mean he's a typical alpha her, with not a lot of anything else going on for him. The other male characters in this series have had more defining qualities to them, so I found Ryder to be very underwhelming. The romance between the two certainly had a lot of sexual chemistry. There's no doubt that Jennifer Dawson knows her way around tension between her couples. I can't exactly pinpoint why though, but even though Sophie and Ryder had a ton of chemistry together, I wasn't feeling them 100%. Maybe it's because a lot of time is spent on the actual physical aspects of the relationship over building an emotional connection? After a while, I got real tired of hearing about their sexy shenanigans, and wanted to see them connect on a more intimate level. What I loved in Head Over Heels though was seeing all the previous couples. They are all so cute, and I loved the glimpses into their lives. Head Over Heels is a very readable book because Jennifer Dawson has such a great addicting writing style, but I'm not overly impressed by Head Over Heels.
LORD DASHWOOD MISSED OUT by Tessa Dare[]

Well that was absolutely delightful! Even though I love Tessa Dare and the Spindle Cove series, I haven't read most of the novellas set in the same world. I'm not sure why, but let's just blame it on my dumbness, yeah? I've had Lord Dashwood on my e-reader since the book released, so I have no excuse. Anyways, I was feeling like a historical romance the other day and decided to pick it up. In typical Tessa Dare fashion, she managed to make me fall in love with Lord Dashwood Missed Out from the first page. I adored the main character, Nora, here. She's smart, funny, and so witty! She had her heart broken when Lord Dashwood left her even though she was hopelessly in love with him, but she turned her grief into a successful pamphlet that makes her famous. Isn't that ingenious? The infamous Lord Dashwood or Dash as Nora likes to call him, is a doofus for leaving Nora, but he left to make his career as a cartographer. When they somehow end up stranded in the middle of a snowstorm while Nora is off to Spindle Cove for an author event, the underlying sparks between them fly. I loved reading about the friendship between the two, and how it blossomed into love for both of them unbeknownst to each other. It was really sweet, and though there's some resentment between the two when they finally reunite after all these years, they are adorable and so entertaining together. Tessa Dare knows how to write clever dialogue, and steamy chemistry between her couples! I was worried the short length of the novella would limit that, but I should have known. This is Tessa Dare after all! We also get to see the other characters from Spindle Cove, and I squealed in happiness. They are just such a fun bunch, and I could read about all the characters forever and ever. Anyways, Tessa Dare is a HR queen, and if you haven't read her yet ... what are you even doing with your life???

RECENTLY ADDED TO THE TBR
I'm constantly adding books to my TBR, which is honestly such a struggle, but I also love finding new books. So, I thought also share with you all some of new discoveries! That way, I get to pile more books on you guys too! :D

Click on the covers to take you to Goodreads!

The Love Experiment About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay, #5) The Last King (The Kings, #1)  Bad for Her (Bad Boys Gone Good, #1) Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts, #3) A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1)

I'm most excited for The Last King and Hurts to Love You because those are two of my favorite authors!!

What are some recent stellar romance books you've read? Are you excited about any of the new titles I've shared?
 Let me know in the comments below!


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