Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of February 3rd

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already February, but I welcome the change because it looks like another amazing month for contemporary romance. I’m already blocking out large chunks of time in my calendar in the hopes that I will be able to read them all. These ten new releases are the perfect way to kick things off!

Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

Warrior Undone by Jessica Ruben (Feb. 4)

Jessica Ruben wowed me with her debut trilogy Vincent & Eve, so I was excited to read her next book, Warrior Undone, and it didn’t disappoint! It’s an intensely emotional and poignant romance in which a former soldier suffering with PTSD finds love when he least expects it. Slade and Lauren met through mutual friends and had an unforgettable night together, and their attraction still burns hot when they see each other again months later. They both want more and fate seems to be pushing them together, but Slade is dealing with the deep psychological wounds of war that make him question his ability to be in a relationship and whether he deserves someone like Lauren. Their journey to happily ever after is compelling, passionate, hard fought and deeply satisfying, and you’ll be thinking about Warrior Undone long after you finishing reading it. 

Maid in England by Brenda St. John Brown (Feb. 5)

 

Maid in England is a second-chance romance in which a formerly engaged couple are reunited twelve years later when she’s hired to help advance his career, which is ironic considering they broke up because she worked too much. I have a feeling this story is going to be pure and truly romantic.

Gentleman Sinner by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Feb. 5)

Prepare yourself to meet your next book boyfriend! Jodi Ellen Malpas writes the absolute best alpha-heroes, and Theo Kane is in a league of his own.  He’s rough around the edges and has a powerful presence in both body and attitude, but he’s shows a softer side when he meets Izzy. He’s captivated by her, protective of her and sweet to her, and he does everything in his power to make her his. Their chemistry is smoking hot and the sex is off-the-charts, but they also develop an emotional connection that gives their love story substance and heart. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, and Gentleman Sinner reminds me why Malpas is one of my all-time favorite authors.

Legend by Sawyer Bennett (Feb. 5)

 

No one does hockey romance as well as Sawyer Bennett, so I’ll be 1-clicking the third, standalone installment in her Arizona Vengeance series, Legend. In this opposites-attract, fan-yourself-worthy romance, a professional goalie finds himself surprisingly beguiled by his beautiful neighbor.

The Fearless King by Katee Robert (Feb. 5)

 

Katee Robert writes some of the most enthralling and sexiest romantic suspense, so I am dying to read The Fearless King, and it features one of my favorite tropes – the fake relationship. A woman seeks out the helps of a dangerous man in order to protect the family business she runs, and this sets them on a course neither could predict.

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli (Feb. 5)

 

I can’t wait to read Sonya Lalli’s latest romantic comedy in which a woman agrees to allow her traditional Indian grandmother to play matchmaker, and I have a feeling there will be no shortage of laughing, smiling and sighing. The family dynamics are sure to add richness to the story, making The Matchmaker’s List a truly memorable and one-of-a-kind romance.

Waiting for Willa by Kristen Proby (Feb. 5)

 You can never go wrong with Kristen Proby, so it’s no surprise to me that I adore Waiting for Willa. It’s the third, standalone book in the Big Sky series and a second-chance romance that delivers all the feels. Max and Willa were childhood sweethearts when he left their small town of Cunningham Falls in order to pursue success on a bigger stage. She stayed and ended up falling for and marrying his best friend, but, sadly, she’s now a widow and a single mom. Max has moved back to town and he wants Willa back, but he has to prove to her that he won’t break her heart again. He’s absolutely swoon-worthy as he patiently and thoughtfully pursues her, and I love every tender and steamy moment of Max and Willa reconnecting and falling in love again. Dare I say: This might be my favorite Kristen Proby book yet.   

Car Crash by T. Gephart (Feb. 7)

 

Gephart’s romantic comedies are always a must-read for me, and Car Crash looks like it will be fantastic. Two commitment-adverse people decide to join forces and fake a relationship, only to develop real feelings that make them wonder if they can take things from pretend to bona fide.

Lessons from a One Night Stand by Piper Rayne (Feb. 7)

 

It’s always a big thrill when I’m introduced to a new-to-me author that knocks my socks off, and I was practically dancing with excitement after reading my first book by Piper Rayne, Lessons from a One Night Stand. It is a hilarious, sexy and heartfelt romantic comedy in which a one-night stand evolves into so much more. Holly and Austin never thought they’d never see each again after their spontaneous and passionate interlude, so they’re both shocked to discover that she’s the new principal at the school he teaches and coaches at. Neither were planning on falling in love because both have plans to soon leave their small town in Alaska, but they can’t resist one another. With its charming cast of secondary characters, picture-perfect setting, intensely likeable hero and heroine and feel-good, emotional romance, you simply do not want to miss Lessons from a One Night Stand. I’m already a devoted fangirl of Piper Rayne and can’t wait to read more.

Tanner by Lauren Runow and Jeannine Colette (Feb. 7)

 

I’ve really enjoyed the Sexton Brothers series by Lauren Runow and Jeannine Colette, and I’m excited to read the third brother’s book, Tanner. The Sextons are seriously sexy, and I have been particularly interested in Tanner, who is more artist than mogul and very different from his brothers. He and Harper’s chance meeting is the beginning of an epic happily ever after, and I predict their story will be a pure feel-good romance.

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