Here are some buzzy contemporary romance reads you may have missed in November!
Noble Prince by Devney Perry
The night Luke Rosen met Scarlett Marks was the only time he’s regretted becoming chief of police. One horrific night of blood and death, and now she’s living under his roof—all because he swore an oath to serve and protect.
Scarlett is stubborn and infuriating. She has no respect for the order in his structured life, and she never does anything she’s told. Worse, she doesn’t seem to care that the information she has on a motorcycle gang means she might end up dead. But her unwavering strength, her courage and tenacity and beauty, makes it impossible for him to abandon her.
If Luke is going to keep her safe, he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life. He can either honor his values as a cop, knowing Scarlett is unlikely to survive . . . or he can break all the rules and protect the woman who’s invaded his home and his heart.
The last we saw of Scarlett, she was being dragged out of her sister’s house into a safe haven, Luke’s house. Throughout the series, Luke appears as the new Chief of police that’s a change from the previous corruption that plagued the town. He was also so kind and patient so to see Luke throw Scarlett over his shoulder was a welcome change. We knew a little of Scarlett as she’s Presley’s twin (Stone Princess) but we fully delve into Scarlett’s harrowing past here. Scarlett has to let down her walls and learn to trust again after years of emotional abuse and making bad choices, Luke might just have the right kind of patience and alphaness to get her through it.
Reclaim by Aly Martinez
Choices. Everyone makes them. From mundane to unimaginable, one choice can change the trajectory of your entire life.
My mother’s choice was to abandon us with our abusive father.
My brother’s choice was to go to prison for killing the boy who assaulted his soulmate.
Camden Cole’s choice was to fall in love with a shattered girl who had absolutely nothing to offer him but heartbreak.
It was one summer beneath the trees, but with Camden, I had a place where I belonged.
A friend who was always waiting for me.
A boy who I caught staring at me more often than not.
He was mine, but when the world closed in and secrets exploded all around us, it was my choice to let him go.
Choices. Everyone makes them.
But mine would ruin us all.
Aly Martinez always pulls on the heartstrings with her angsty relationships but this one was so special. I usually don’t like when stories start in the past and then venture to the present but I enjoyed the Cam and Nora timeline so much. We meet them as children trying to make ends meet by finding worms in the creek. As each year passes, they grow into adults and events in their life force them apart. Cam is everything a book boyfriend should be with his extreme loyalty and ability to romance a very prickly Nora. It moves him up the rank to one of the best book boyfriends I’ve ever read.
Rushing In by Claire Kingsley
She’s the one girl he can’t have.
With his dimpled grin and devilish charm, firefighter Gavin Bailey is hot as a five-alarm fire and twice as dangerous. The youngest of five brothers, he’s the daredevil of the family. Until the unexpected strikes and he finds himself sidelined.
Skylar Stanley’s life didn’t just fall apart. It exploded. Spectacularly. Dropped by her publisher and her agent, and dumped by her boyfriend, she suddenly has no place to live and a career circling the drain. She comes home to the quirky, feuding small town she hasn’t lived in since Kindergarten to pick up the pieces. And hopefully find her mojo.
Gavin would happily help Skylar get her groove back—in and out of the bedroom—except for one big problem. Her dad is Gavin’s boss, mentor, and the closest thing he’s ever had to a father.
As much as Gavin loves racing headlong into danger, Skylar is a risk of a different kind. One that he’s determined to avoid.
But the line between friends and lovers gets awfully blurry, and Gavin just might find the one thing that truly scares him.
Claire Kinglsey is an autobuy from me. All her books are filled with funny, relatable characters that pull out all the romance stops. This series should be read in order, I would be remiss in not mentioning how much I enjoy these stories. They’re those feel good kind of stories that have the right amount of drama, romance and amazing side characters that make you want to read the next one soon. This is a shy girl meets town bad boy troupe with her dad also being his boss that amounts to a vast amount of hi jinx with the Bailey brothers.
Hard Love by Sara Ney
Hard head. Bad attitude. Terrible boyfriend. That’s what my exes have said about me—but I wasn’t serious about any of them, so what do I care what rumors they spread? What I need is to be left alone; by the press, by the paparazzi, and by women.
Too bad I’m about to be surrounded by them for the weekend. My obnoxious, matchmaking brother is getting married, and he’s doing his damndest to find me a wedding date…
“HARD TO FIND.”
That’s what they say about good men—they’re hard to find. Not that when I find one, I’ll be the type he’s looking for; too nice, too ordinary, too boring.
My cousin is getting married, and her fiancé insists on throwing me at his brother. Cold, uncaring professional football player Tripp Wallace would never look twice at a woman like me. Too bad for both of us, I was wrong…
If you’re looking for a romance that follows the best formula for laughs and banter, Sara Ney is your best bet. In Love, the third in the Trophy Boyfriend series, Chandler and Tripp find themselves somehow thrown together over a wedding weekend. As they say, unexpected things happen when you’re not looking. Tripp, a professional football player, is a big old grump and Chandler is staying at home trying to finish her masters. This is an opposites attract story that the heroine really makes the hero work for it.
If there’s one thing I’m thankful for this month, is the time to read. What are you reading this month?