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Of witty banter, sarcasm and a second chance at romance // Making Up by Lucy Parker

by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Source: ARC received for review, pre-order copy
Rating: ★★★★★

It's fireworks onstage and off in a sexy enemies-to-lovers showdown. 

Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it's exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and—in an unexpected twist—an enragingly good kisser.

To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They've barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can't get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.

When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo's this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London—and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.

It seems hopeless.

Utterly impossible.

​And yet...

[Book CW: abusive relationship mentions, panic attacks]


I don't know what is in the New Zealand waters but like??? Lucy has managed to give us greatness for three consecutive books, and if that isn't black magic then I don't know what is.


It's obviously pure talent, not magic.

Although Pretty Face remains my favourite book (so far) in this series, I have so much love for Making Up. I finished the ARC weeks ago and when my pre-order came through I did another reread, and I love this book even more.

Talent, I tell you.


Where do I start?

I love Trix so much, she's such a great character. I admire her strength and resilience, and I even love her flaws and fears, because that makes her much more relatable and human. She survived an emotionally abusive relationship, and her art is affected from the trauma of it. It breaks my heart a little to see her struggling to recover her self-confidence and seeing her doubt herself.

Leo is hilarious, I love him. He's a bit of a prick, but that quality is needed when you have to verbally spar with Trix. Leo's wit and snark actually reminds me a lot of Richard, but while Richard's a bit of arrogant son of a banshee, Leo is more on the smartass side and definitely less broody. I love his passion for comics and special effects, and he is such a good brother too???

Also, did you know that he keeps a hedgehog named Reggie? Adorable.

I love Trix and Leo together even more. Making Up started with these two having this animosity laced with sexual tension, and it was so entertaining to watch them butt heads. The banter was so good! They're both a pair of smartasses. What made me adore them as a couple is the fact that they had history. Trix and Leo knew each other for a long time, so they knew each other even though they did spend 10 years going for each other's throats whenever they were in a room together. They knew each other best. I love their intimate moments just as much as I love their verbal sparring.

"You know, when you're not annoying the hell out of me, you might be my favourite person."

Oh yeah, it's worth mentioning that Making Up is full of my favourite tropes: enemies to lovers (obviously), second chance (Trix and Leo were once tight in high school until their falling out), forced proximity (they are roommates) ...

This book definitely hit all my kinks.

Overall, Making Up exceeded my expectations, and the epilogue made me cry, it was so lovely. Did I mention that Lily and Luc had cameos in this book? I'm so glad that we're getting two more books in this series because I'm not ready to part with this world and characters. If you haven't read this series, you're missing out!

A Book With A Hilarious Hilarious Opening: I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

by Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★

I've had such mixed luck with the Shacking Up series and Helena Hunting's books. I enjoyed the first book in the series but thought the second was a bit of a mess. I was curious about this one because it has a real-estate agent heroine. It's always fun to read about career-driven women. Plus, the Hamptons setting was hard to resist. I Flipping Love You fell somewhere in between the first book and the second for me.

Honestly, the opening scene of this book which involves an angry businessman, a case of mistaken identity and a scratched expensive car was a hoot. It was hilarious and really sucked me into the book. That was probably one of the best parts of the book. Rian and her fraternal twin are real-estate agents with dreams of someday flipping houses. Rian was a decent character. She's driven, has a tough shell around her heart and is very smart. I will say that she was prone to dramatics a couple of times throughout the book, but for the most part, I didn't have any issues with her character. She and her sister had some trust issues because of her family's history and understandably so. Pierce was equally enjoyable as a hero. A Manhattan lawyer, he comes to the Hamptons to help his brother flip houses. Pierce comes from money but is a little unhappy with his career and is trying ways to be happy. He was such a chill and charming guy and I liked the parts we saw of his character in I Flipping Love You.

Pierce's romance with Rian started off on such a funny note. I was sure that I would absolutely fall head over heels in love with these two. I definitely enjoyed their dynamic in the beginning. The constant running each other, the bickering and the chemistry were a lot of fun from a reader's perspective. That feeling didn't last very long though. Their romance started to fizzle out in the second half. I wanted to see them connect on a level deeper than just sex. I didn't feel like we got to see them emotional in any way here. So in the end, I wasn't entirely gaga over this romance.

I Flipping Love You was a fun book, but it definitely had the potential to be stronger, especially in the second half. Give this one a shot if you enjoy rom-coms!

Are you a fan of Helena Hunting? What are some books that started off great for you, but then fizzled out?
Let me know in the comments below!

"So what is it about this duke?" // It's All About the Duke by Amelia Grey

by Amelia Grey
Series: The Rakes of St. James #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★★
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Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal―but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…
Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?

I've never read any of Amelia Grey's previous works before, and It's All About the Duke was a great introduction to her writing because this book charmed from start to finish, and it's all because of the characters.

I love both Rath and Marlena. Marlena especially is totally adorable and she has my heart. She's young and innocent, but I like that she's not a pushover, and she has no problems speaking her mind in Rath's presence. I also love her loyalty to her friends Eugenia and Veronica. I mean, she started a gossip column and wrote a book for them! Although the reason for it was mainly fueled by teenage fury, I still admired her sense of loyalty to her loved ones. I also love her unconventionality, and her relationship with her chaperone, Justine. Justine can be so annoying sometimes, but Marlena is such a sweet-tempered girl, she deals with Justine so calmly. I would have been tempted to cause Justine bodily harm.

The first chapter described Rath as someone older and wiser, a reformed rake. He's a bit mellow now that his two best friends and fellow pranksters have found love and happily settled down. In the first chapter he did a bit of reflecting; he acknowledged that while he was competent with ducal responsibilities, he wasn't the perfect gentleman his father had hoped he would be and he regretted that, especially after the prank he and his friends played on the ladies of the ton a few years back. I really liked how the chapter ended with Rath feeling determined to be the perfect guardian to Marlena, to help her find a husband and marry. 

"He could be a rake if he looks so deeply into your eyes you know he sees all the way to your soul."

The major reason why this book worked for me is Rath and Marlena's relationship development. Marlena especially had some notions about Rath after the whole prank that affected the lives of her friends. She had been dragging his name and the other Rakes of St. James through the mud with her scandal sheet for a few years, so imagine her surprise when they finally met and Rath wasn't a complete ogre of a man. In fact, he was a perfect gentleman??? I love seeing her feeling all sorts of conflicted because Rath turned out to be a...*gasp* nice man??? how is this happening??? and he was apparently not the shameless rake she has her whole column based upon. The more time they spent together the more she liked him, and she started to dread the upcoming Season because the only man she wanted to spend her life with was the man she wasn't supposed to fall for.

Rath was instantly charmed by Marlena from the moment they met. He had no chance; Marlena was super cute and witty, and there was a spark between them in the first meeting. Boy, that did a number on him and his senses too. Like, here is his new ward, of whom he was supposed to look after and see that she married well, and he only wanted her for himself. There is a little hint of forbidden romance in the story because of the whole guardian/ward thing, but overall it was so entertaining to see Marlena and Rath fell in love with each other despite reasons. I sighed at all the stolen moments (and kisses!) they shared.

"I know we shouldn't kissed. It doesn't keep me from wanting to."

Overall, It's All About the Duke has been a fun read, and I'm so glad I requested to read it. Amelia also wrote a HEA for Marlena's friends, and I appreciate that so much because the girls definitely deserved all the happiness. The epilogue had me smiling because it was so satisfying and wrapped up the book perfectly. I'm definitely going to check out Griffin's and Hawk's books next.

*Quotes taken from ARC. 

What's your latest historical romance read?
Tell me in the comments!

Series I loved: Billionaire Bad Boys

Hey guys!

I've been missing for the last couple of weeks, and I'm sorry about that. I unexpectedly had a training at work for over a week, and it left me beat every single day. It was great, and it was a great opportunity. Not only great in terms of my work, but I also had the opportunity of meeting some amazing new people.

Because I've been away for so long, today I decided to talk about a series that has made me laugh like crazy this past month. Have you ever read Max Monroe? What about their Billionaire Bad Boys Series?! If you haven't, you should. Eheh. If you haven't figured out yet, that's the series I'm gonna talk about today.

3 Reasons To Read Melt For You by J.T Geissinger

by J.T Geissinger
Series: Slow Burn #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: May 15th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★

I was pleasantly surprised by Burn for You, the first book in this series last year, and have been eagerly waiting to read more from this author. I couldn't wait to start Melt for You and what a delight it was. Here are 3 reasons why you should pick up Melt For You.

1. It has a lovable heroine

Melt for You has a funny, feisty and very relatable heroine. Joellen is a 30+ woman who has been in love with her boss for the longest time. She thinks that she desperately needs to shed some pounds, is awkward as hell and lives with a grumpy cat. There are lots of shades to Joellen's character and I have to say, I enjoyed every facet of her persona. She definitely had some self-esteem issues stemming from being the ugly duckling of her family. Though she tries not to let her issues to get to her, it does take her a while to realize what a lovely person she is. Joellen is also funny as hell, and she'll have you cackling throughout the book. She was just so easy to warm up to.

2. OOF THE HERO! <3 

Oh man! Cameron has to be one of my favorite romance heroes in a long time. He was just so swoony and great and had me melting into a puddle goo. Oh and he's Scottish! What a charming guy he was! OK, I have to admit that I wasn't entirely into him at first. He seemed like a fuckboi, but the guy totally grew on me. I loved how he pushed Joellen to see herself for the fabulous woman she was. The guy is so positive and endearing - it was easy to forgive his manwhorish ways.

3. The slowest of slow-burn romances

I'm such a sucker for a good slow-burn romance, and J.T Geissinger captured everything I love about them in Melt for You. Joellen and Cameron don't start off on the right foot because he's a terrible neighbor. Their relationship slowly evolves into a comfortable friendship, and then into more. The banter between them was A+, and the chemistry was even better. I couldn't wait for them together, and the author makes all that waiting worth the while. Cameron and Joellen had the type of relationship that was built on making each other better and damn if that didn't have my heart aflutter.

So there you have it! Three solid reasons to check out Melt for You. :)

Have you read anything by J.T Geissinger?
Let me know in the comments below!

Seasoned romance (& some of Lisa's favourite titles!)

Hi, everyone! How are you doing?

It's been a slow reading week for me so I'm a bit uninspired to write a blog post today, but then I saw that today's #rombklove topic is Seasoned Romance a.k.a romance featuring characters who are 35+ years old. Guys, I squealed because I have lowkey been waiting for this day in the challenge because I'm old and I need more characters my age, demmit! I'm duly grateful to whoever responsible for coming up with the name seasoned romance because Romance Featuring Older Characters is a bit mouthful for a title. You can check out today's post here; most of the titles are new to me and I'm excited to check them out.

Anyway, here are some of my favourites:

Kristen Ashley is one of my ultimate favourite authors, and she's written so many older characters (35+) in her romance it's hard to pick just one, but for the sake of this post let me at least attempt it.

One of my KA favourites, Soaring featured a heiress heroine (47) and a firefighter hero (48), and both of them are single parents and neighbours. Good old KA combining all my favourite tropes in one book--a legend.

For You is also my KA favourite; H/h (in their 40s) were the It Couple in their town once upon a time, and they reconnected again when a dead body was found outside the heroine's bar, and the hero (a police lieutenant) was called upon to investigate. We're talking second chance romance after 20 years here, people!

KA's latest standalone, Complicated also featured older characters; the hero (42) is a recently divorced father of 3, and the heroine (38) is a hairdresser and a part-time lounge singer.

See? I'm literally unable to pick just one KA.

I've talked about my love for Pamela Clare's I-Team in this post. She wrote a seasoned romance novella in this series called Soul Deep. The hero, Jack (63) is a rancher and also a former Army Ranger, and the heroine, Janet (45) is FBI Special Agent. They met for the first time in the previous book in the series, and sufficed to say the meeting did not go well. They met for the second time after Janet got stranded in the snow and Jack rescued her.

I love Jack and Janet's relationship development; they bonded over good food (Jack's an amazing cook) and horses. Jack West is what I hope my future husband would still be when he's old (dude is fit, iykwim).

Pamela Clare also wrote another seasoned romance novel called Close to Heaven in her other series (hero is 47, heroine is 37, and they've been friends and colleagues for 20 years).

Nina Lane's Sweet Life is one of my favourite seasoned romances. The heroine, Julia turned 50 in the beginning of the story, while Warren, the hero, is a few years older, iirc? and a single father of seven grown up children (this book is  #5 in the series; books 1-3 are about his sons'). Also, it might be a deal-breaker for some but Warren is also Julia's brother-in-law (he was married to Julia's older sister until her death a decade or so ago). What I love about this book is how Julia and Warren are a solid team. They both co-parent Warren's kids, and both have high powered careers, but outside of that they have a separate, strong relationship together. 

I still love this quote by Warren, when Julia asked him how dating younger women was for him: "The sex was great. The rest... not so much. They went on about music and movies I didn't care about, and I kept wanting to advise them on their financial portfolio. Not a dynamic that worked."

I laughed so hard at this part. Poor Warren.

I also recently finished Maggie Wells' Play for Keeps, featuring H/h in their 40s (and the heroine is older than the hero!). The heroine, Millie is a PR specialist, while Ty is a basketball coach.I love Ty and Millie together, they're just meant to be. I'm a sucker for relationships where the hero and heroine flirt with and make each other laugh all the time. Their relationship is so easy, I'm a fan. They are also unafraid of confronting each other with their dissatisfactions, I love clear communication in a relationship.

I was told that Maggie also wrote other books with older characters, and I planned to check them out.

Honorable mentions

Okay, now that I'm done, time to check out the Twitter tag for more recs!

Do you read any seasoned romance?
Feel free to rec me titles in the comments!

Cocktales: A Cocky Collective // Cover Reveal!

Hey, guys!

So you might have heard about the latest cockup in Romancelandia: #cockygate. I'm still rolling my eyes every time I remember it. 

But something good came out of it! A whole brigade of your favourite authors have joined forces to come up with:

Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is coming May 26th! 

Cocktales Anthology

Publishing Date: May 26th
Cover Designer: CD Reiss 

Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th. 

Pre-order your copy today:

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Contributing Authors Include:

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword

Dylan Allen – 'Cocked and Loaded'

Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Double Cocked'

Whitney Barbetti – 'Cocksure Grin'

Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'A Wicked, Cocky Plan' 

K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Magical Cock and Bull'

Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Don’t Get Cocky'

L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal' 

Mariah Dietz – 'Landmines'

Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – 'Cock and Balls'

BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.'

Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall'

Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Tricky Bond'

Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – 'Cockamamie'

Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Couture'

Julie Johnson, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Culinary Cock-Up'

Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Crimson Cocktail' 

Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Swag'

Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Love & Hate at the Stallion Station'

Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Going Down'

Katyi McGee - USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocksure Co-Star' 

Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cockblocked'

Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Getting It Up'

Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Her Cocky Russian'

Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman'

Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’

Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Fight or Flight'

CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Capo'

Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Beard and Hen'

Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Color of Love'

Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Aligned'

Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – 'All'

Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series'

Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Until the Cock Crows'

Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Chocolate and Cockup'

Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – 'The Golden Sombrero'

Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Alpha'

Karla Sorensen – 'Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story'

Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Mafia'

April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Code of Conduct'

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

For more information, visit:

When Black Romance Authors Slay

Hello, romance-loving friends!

How are you all doing? I'm currently running on very little sleep because SCHOOL. But anyways, enough of that boring stuff. I've read some romance books lately that I can't wait to chat with you all about. In today's post, I'll be talking about two recent romance reads from Black authors, and they were both stellar! Scroll down to find out what the two books are!

Blog Tour Stop: Hooked On You by Kate Meader

by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: May 7th 2018
Source: ARC for review
Rating: ★★★★

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The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.
Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.
Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander...but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.
For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.

ARC Review: Bad Boy Brody by Tijan

Hey people. I received this book a few days ago for review, and I was about to write the review on my other blog, but then I decided against it. Because I'm in love with this book, and I want you all to know about it.

Bad Boy Brody has much more than a Hollywood bad boy, it also has a fantastic herd of mustangs, some mystery and a lot of heart. Check my review below.

A short recap.

Hello, everyone! How have you been doing? 

Feels like I haven't done any personal/update posts in ages. April was so hectic and too short, or is it just me? I was traveling early in the month, then my grandfather got really sick and passed away in the middle, and I finally got the awaited email from my uni: I passed my Master's thesis evaluation! So close to graduation now. 

Have you been following the #rombklove tag on Twitter? For everyday this month, there will be romance-related prompts and readers are free to use the tag to recommend books according to the prompts and get recs in return! This challenge is created by Ana Coqui and each prompt is hosted by different romance reader, which is so fun. You can read more about the challenge here. Yesterday's prompt was single parent, and I've had a blast talking about my faves. I also had fun talking to new people and bonding over our favourite reads. 

Reading-wise, this week is a good reading week for me. I've finished three review books, reread an old favourite, as well as finished a couple of novellas. 

The Trouble with True Love has fake courtship! I love how the relationship between Clara and Rex developed from we're in this together to I wish we were together for real

Savor You is a second chance romance story between two people who reunited after ten years. Fun fact: they also used to be married! I wish it had more a plot but I was invested enough in both Mia and Camden to enjoy this book. They're both chefs so there were a lot of cooking in this book, which I love. 

Hooked On You is one of my most anticipated reads this year and I'm glad to report that it doesn't disappoint! Bren and Vi finally got together in this one, can I have a hell yeah?! So much sexy, so much fun, and it comes out tomorrow (May 7th)! I'll be posting a review on Thursday as a part of the blog tour and I can't wait to share it with you.

Will You Still Love Me? is an impulse buy after reading this fabulous review. It's $0.99 on Amazon right now, and it's super short, but I was so satisfied after finishing it (which rarely happens with novellas). I love books that make me feel, and this book is one of them. I was sobbing by the end of the story. It's intense, sexy, emotional, and look at that cover! 

Reading Real Man is also an impulse thing. I saw the ARC on Netgalley and thought it'd be fun to try it. The best thing about Carina Press Dirty Bites is just that: it's short and dirty, and I was in the mood for short and dirty. The story is about a hotshot rich lawyer whose car broke down one day, and she met this hot, rough-looking mechanic who came to tow her car. Cue the sexy times. It was a fun read. 

I miss Laura Florand and I'm still mourning the fact that she's on hiatus and won't be releasing new stuff this year, so 2018 will be a Florand reread year. I've reread The Chocolate Thief a couple of months ago, so it's time for The Chocolate Kiss. Philippe and Magalie are one of my favourite Florand couples. I'm glad I reread this because I forgot how sexy this book was. Seduce me with hot chocolate and macarons!
I'm looking forward to read and review these books in my ARC list:

Hot Asset by Lauren Layne
Melt For You by J.T. Geissinger
Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

It's All About The Duke by Amelia Grey
The Bashful Bride by Vanessa Riley

Stripped by Tara Wyatt
One Night Wife by Ainslie Paton

What have you been reading?
Share with me in the comments!

Blog Tour Stop: A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman

by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #9
Genres: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Source: ARC for review
Rating: ★★★★

First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it’s the other way around...
General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman’s title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There’s only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.
Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark’s future into chaos...nor the undeniable desire they’ve rekindled.
Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.