July Reads

July was a great ARC heavy reading month for me. I ended up reading 9 books – which is a lot, considering it was a busy busy month! Favorites of the month included Isn’t it Bromantic? and Bombshell! I’m excited to see what great books August has in store!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bombshell by Sarah MacLean

Isn’t it Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Out of the Blue by Kathryn Nolan

Love Next Door by Helena Hunting

The Devil and the Heiress by Harper St. George

The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

Rating: 3 out of 5.

When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The Viscount Made Me Do It by Diana Quincy


June Reads

I can’t believe it’s already July – the best month (okay maybe only because it’s my Birthday month 😂). How is half of the year already over?! I wrapped up my favorite books of the year so far and you can read my blog post here if you’d like. There have been some amazing books that have released this year and I am looking forward to what’s in store for the rest of the year. I ended up reading more than my usual in June. The Royals Next Door was easily my favorite book of the month!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting (re-read)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian

Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne

When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

Mid-Year Favorite Romances

How is June over already?! I feel like the year just started and it’s already halfway over. Summer is my absolute favorite season – most likely because my birthday is coming up 🤗 I love the longer days, the best fresh fruit and relaxing by the pool! I also love the amazing romances that are released in the spring/summer. I have read some amazing books this year – some have been ARC’s that are still going to be released later in the year and others are books that are already out!

Here are my top ten reads of 2021 so far –

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

  • Fake dating, forced proximity with plenty of sizzling chemistry – I adored this rom-com!
  • Wonderful STEM representation that was so cute and nerdy!
  • Already I can’t wait to re-read The Love Hypothesis!
  • Releases September 14, 2021 – add it to your TBR!!

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

  • Enemies-to-lovers amongst judged on a baking competition – YES!
  • I loved the banter and sizzling chemistry between Sylvie and Dominic.
  • Definitely plan to be hungry while reading about all the sweet treats in this fantastic rom-com.
  • Battle Royal releases August 17, 2021.

Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan

  • Kristen Callihan is a new to me author and I only discovered her after reading Make It Sweet – technically the book after Dear Enemy!
  • Loved loved loved the chemistry and history between Macon and Delilah!
  • I’m a sucker for a great second chance romance and Dear Enemy had me hooked right from the beginning!!

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

  • I remember describing Twice Shy as a warm, gentle hug and it truly felt like that while reading it.
  • This romance was achingly sweet. I loved the relationship between Maybell and Wesley.
  • Enemies-to-lovers, grouchy cinnamon roll hero and…an only one tent situation – yes!
  • Highly recommend Twice Shy.

The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle

  • I recently read The Royals Next Door and while it was my first Karina Halle book it definitely won’t be my last!
  • A bodyguard romance with a sarcastic/grumbly/cinnamon roll hero – yes please!
  • I loved the relationship between school teacher Piper and Harrison, the bodyguard to the royals (who moved next door).
  • I was often laughing, but also loved the more serious topics discussed like mental health and privacy (especially of the royals).
  • Add this one to your TBR – releases August 31, 2021.

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

  • I have to start off by saying friends-to-lovers is not my go to trope. And yet…I LOVED Popply and Alex.
  • Told in alternating timelines between the past and the present I felt like I completely understood these two.
  • The writing from Emily Henry was beautiful as always and I honestly can’t wait to re-read this gem!

A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett

  • Strong STEM representation especially women in HR
  • Grumpy + sunshine
  • A romance so swoony and tender
  • Highly recommend this historical rom-com!!

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

  • Own voices romance featuring fake dating and a cooking competition – yes!
  • Loved Reema and Nadim! They were funny, sweet and so adorable.
  • I related so much to the South Asian representation in Accidentally Engaged and can’t wait to read more from Farah Heron!

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

  • Loved this romance between grumpy sea captain Brendan and insta-famous socialite Piper
  • It Happened One Summer had the perfect combination of humor, romance (so hot!) and tenderness. I loved both Brendan and Piper so much!!
  • Add this book to your TBR – releases July 13, 2021. I already can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Float Plan by Trish Doller

  • Absolutely lovely and brilliant writing by Trish Doller! I was highlighting so many passages as I read along.
  • Loved Anna’s journey of self discovery as the book progressed.
  • While there were serious topics being discussed including mental health and suicide, I loved the way relationships bloomed for Anna. Not just with Keane but the people she meets on her journey while sailing across the Caribbean.

May Reads

I can’t believe that June is here! How did almost half of the year already fly by? May was a great month! A few of my favorite things from this month included baking these cinnamon rolls I baked for mother’s day that turned out amazing. I also got to have happy hour with my girlfriends who I hadn’t seen in 1+ year (all of us are vaccinated) which was so much fun and made my heart so happy. And I listened to more audiobooks on my runs (thank you Hoopla!). I had a pretty great reading month and even had a chance to read one of my most anticipated books of the summer/fall!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe

Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

A Scandalous Deal by Joanna Shupe

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

April Reads

April flew by and I can already feel the beginnings of my favorite season – Summer! My reading lately has been hit and miss. Sometimes I can read a few books back to back and other times I just need a break or a re-read. I didn’t read very many books in April, but the books that I did read were mostly really stellar! Standouts included The Love Hypothesis and People We Meet on Vacation. Looking forward to reading some great summer romances in the next few months!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher

Managed by Kristen Callihan

Must Love Cowboys by Carly Bloom

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

March Reads

March totally flew by! I ended up binge reading a few books including Neon Gods, Twice Shy and Dear Enemy. My reading really slowed down during the end of the month and now I’m in a weird funk, where even if the story is good I’m just reading it so slooooooowly 😭 I hope to bounce back and read more in April!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne

Forever Never by Lucy Score

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

February Reads

February flew by and I definitely felt like I didn’t have a lot of reading time this month. Figures, since I started my new job and computer training/training took up a good part of the month. Although I didn’t read a lot of books this month, the ones I did read were mainly 4 and 5 star reads!

I haven’t made my TBR list for March, but there sure are a lot of good books releasing in the next few months!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett

Love at First by Kate Clayborn

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Make it Sweet by Kristen Callihan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

The Frind Zone by Kristen Callihan

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Wicked Sexy by J.T. Geissinger

January Reads

I feel like January just stretched on and never ended. But I think I say the same thing every year 😅 This month started off slowly, but I picked up some speed towards the end.

I didn’t have as many stand out reads, but did read quite a bit of 4⭐️ reads. Once again, audiobooks have really been a way for me to get reading in.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Float Plan by Trish Doller

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

Flirting with Forever by Cara Bastone

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman

Roommate by Sarina Bowen

Like Lovers Do by Tracey Livesay

The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George

Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Rating: 3 out of 5.

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli

Top 20 Romances of 2020

How was your reading in 2020? I think the perfect word to describe mine would be sporadic. There were days/weeks/months when I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough and then other times where my reading would just come to a halt.

I did read some amazing books this year though and thought I’d highlight my top 20 of 2020! I created a top 10 list of books I read that were released this year and a top 10 list of books that were released previously, but that I read and loved this year!

Did we read any of the same books in 2020? I can’t wait to go back and re-read some of these new favorites 💕

Top 10 books published in 2020

A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Mila Vane

  • Barbaric romance/fantasy that gave me all the GOT vibes
  • Enemies-to-lovers romance that was sizzling from the very first time Maddek and Yvenne met
  • Suspenseful fantasy romance that will leave you wanting more!

A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

  • Grumpy hero with a heart of gold
  • Enemies-to-lovers romance with hilarious shenanigans from Stevie and Bishop
  • Slow, slow burn with sexual tension that had the pages burning up
  • If you like audiobooks – this one was amazing!

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

  • Engaged couple not so in love with each other anymore
  • Funny, beautiful and honest writing by Sarah Hogle
  • Tackles the difficulties that we all face when in a relationship.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

  • Enemies-to-lovers/second chance romance
  • Cutesy cover, but underneath a story about self-reflection, healing and forgiveness

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

  • The cutest meet-cute involving an adorable doggie!
  • Friends to lovers romance that had me equal parts grinning and sobbing
  • Listen to the audiobook if you get the chance – amazing!

Not My Romeo by Ilsa Madden-Mills

  • The funniest meet-cute!
  • Witty banter and chemistry that kept me hooked from the beginning
  • Reminded me of old school Suzan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) books with great secondary characters!

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

  • The premise alone had this book as one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and I was not disappointed.
  • A pleasure professional and an uptight socialite become roommates – so much witty banter.
  • Equal parts funny & sexy!
  • The chemistry between Josh and Clara was 🔥 but also they were so so sweet to one another and I loved it.

Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross

  • Opposites attract between a conduit & a vampire in this fantasy romance
  • Suspenseful romance filled with super sexy times!
  • Loved Devraj’s backstory – especially since I connected with his South Asian/Indian character.

The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe

  • Jack Mulligan and Justine “do-gooder” were so absolutely perfect for one another
  • The chemistry and sexy times were hot hot hot
  • Lots of angst in this romance and I was rooting for Jack and Justine throughout the entire book!
  • Loved that this historical romance was set in America!

Little Lies by Helena Hunting

  • A continuation of the Pucked series with the newest generation
  • Classified as New Adult, but the writing by Helena was perfect as always
  • Lots of angst and sexual tension in this second chance romance.
  • Filled with hilarious scenes, but also scenes that were touching and so sweet.
  • A must read if you loved Pucked/All In series!

Top 10 books not published in 2020

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

  • I held off on reading this series for so long because I didn’t think it was for me. Ha!
  • I read ACOTAR so quickly and could not wait to find out what happened in ACOMAF.
  • This book was everything I ever imagined this series could be.
  • Rhys…swoon – need I say more??

Shortcake by Lucy Watson

  • Enemies to lovers + forced proximity!
  • Chemistry between Emmy and Ben was so sexy
  • Love how Lucy Watson also touched on topics like panic attacks and anxiety, but in a way that made us love these characters even more!

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

  • So many friends recommended Lord of Scoundrels to me and I don’t know why I waited so long to pick it up!
  • Jess is so feisty and Dain was just…A LOT 😂
  • This book had me laughing out loud so much, but also swooning over these two!

Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

  • Grumpy meets sunshine
  • So many funny laugh out loud moments!
  • Sizzling chemistry and wonderful banter between Gabriel and Penny!
  • Loved how these characters were so complex and saw one another’s vulnerabilities.

Him/Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

  • I cannot believe I waited to long to read about Wesmie!
  • I loved loved loved this book and it was my first M/M!
  • Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy did such a wonderful job of giving me all the feels in this duet.
  • Highly recommend the audiobook of both Him and Us as well as the rest of the books in the WAGs series!

Rules of Engagement by JT Geissinger

  • Mason needs a wife so his football organization will get off his back.
  • Maddie is a matchmaker and decides to help Mason.
  • Hilarity ensues and sparks fly!
  • Loved this hilarious slow burn rom-com with lots of heart!

Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

  • Paranormal romance between a werewolf and a witch.
  • Hilarious. laugh out loud internal dialogue between Mateo and his werewolf Alpha
  • Slow burn that was super super sexy
  • Loved Evie’s relationship with her sisters!

Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey

  • Friends to lovers romance with so much heart and heat
  • Adored Elijah and Addison and their chemistry was evident from the beginning of their relationship.
  • Elijah – the cinnamon roll, dirty talking hero…swoon!

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

  • Opposites attract romance between a nobleman & a commoner
  • Romance that puts women’s rights front and center – Annabelle is a suffragist after all
  • Loved the relationship between Annabelle and Sebastian – the push and pull made it feel so real!
  • The friendships between the suffragists was so great! Can’t wait to read more about them.

The Billionaire’s Wakeup Call Girl by Annika Martin

  • Hilarious and sexy – I loved the first in this amazing series!
  • The inner monologues of Lizzie and Theo were equally parts amusing and funny
  • Super sexy phone calls between these two had me rooting for them to finally see each other for who they really were
  • Grumpy + sunshine = my favorite type of romance.
  • Listen to the audio if you get a chance!

November Reads

November was a good reading month! It helps that I discovered Hoopla recently and listened to a lot of audiobooks on my daily walks. After the last few reading slumps, I’m glad that I was able to get lost in books (not counting election week – because that was an anxiety induced week where I feel like I was a zombie). Here’s to hoping that December will be another great reading month and that 2021 will be better than 2020!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Second Chance on Cypress Lane by Reese Ryan