PositiveNPRThis is an enemies-to-lovers plot at its best — with sparks flying, banter that\'s fiery but never mean, and a palpable sexual tension. By the time Sabrina and Nick reach their happy ending, you wonder how they were ever at odds.
RaveNPRFor a book about a man who is certain he cannot feel, The Bride Test sure packs an emotional wallop. Esme\'s moments of recognition of her own worth—in a world that doesn\'t want to see it—and her journey to make a life in America is heart-achingly beautiful. I totally wept through the last quarter of this novel (so many feels!) and it was so worth it for a HEA [Happily Ever After] that is both surprising and perfect, and everything you want a romance novel to be.
PositiveNPR\"There is so much to love in this romance: sexy, sporty, highly competent characters having a sexy, sweaty, complicated relationship. But in a novel so much about preventing mass shootings, it\'s startling that Loren doesn\'t even mention gun control measures. That would take some of the onus off individuals to stop the violence, and it would go some way to absolving people like Shaw and Taryn of the burden of needing to protect everyone, even at the expense of their own happiness.\
PositiveNPRAll the familiar beats are there, seamlessly fitting in this vibrant modern setting. Why read yet another adaptation of P&P? Do it for Zuri—a richly drawn, real and relatable version of Elizabeth Bennett who really brings pride to the story ... Her love of her family, neighborhood, way of life and aspirations shine through every line, especially in the poems she writes. And do it for Zoboi\'s description of Darcy ... Pride is one for the keeper shelf.
PositiveNPRMarlee is a fierce, loving and sassy heroine, determined to be independent for the first time in her life—even if it means sacrificing the best sex (and the best relationship) she\'s ever had. Her love story isn\'t about which football player is The One for her, it\'s about a woman claiming her independence on her own terms, even when a hunky guy keeps coming to the rescue.
PositiveNPRFor a sweet friends-to-lovers road trip romance, don\'t miss The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson. Sam Cooper and Wesley Reed met as roommates freshman year of college and their ongoing friendship has been a testament that two gay men can be just friends ... Until Sam has to return home to Montana for his sister\'s wedding — and face his parents after calling off his own wedding at the last minute. Of course his bestie, Wes, will be by his side, vintage car and all, for the great American road trip. It\'s not a question of if but when these guys will get together.
PositiveNPRMagic Mike XXL meets Bridesmaids in Stripped, a sexy, funny contemporary romance by Zoey Castile that asks an important question: What happens when the guy you\'ve fallen for is a stripper? ... It\'s a devilishly fun scene that kickstarts a hot romance.
RaveNPRIt\'s happened to so many women: they have a fantastic connection with a guy and then he disappears ... Rosie Walsh\'s Ghosted takes this premise and refuses to let it go, in a gripping and surprising romantic suspense story ... the story takes a surprising turn. This novel is, at heart, a love story ... You won\'t want to put it down.
RaveNPRGemma Hastings has inherited her aunt\'s talent for geology and her fossils ... including clues to the hidden skull of the \'Beauchamp Lizard\', which makes her the target of thieves and murderers...to the rescue comes Lord Cameron Lisle, Gemma\'s mortal enemy ... Murder mystery meets fossil hunting meets engagement of convenience in One For the Rogue by Manda Collins. If you can look past a heroine who\'s intrepid (or dumb) enough to venture out into a stormy night to investigate a mysterious light, despite a recent spate of murders, you\'ll find an enjoyable romance between an otherwise very intelligent geologist heroine and a smart, swiftly reformed rogue ... Sometimes all it takes for love to blossom is a chance encounter — or a murder and a mystery ... The writing will appeal to readers who like their historicals to sound historical, but character\'s point of view is pleasantly modern.
PositiveNPRI was totally charmed from the first page of When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri and utterly hooked by the end of the first chapter. Perri\'s lively and funny voice brings a fresh perspective to that familiar and beloved story of a single girl finding love in the big city.