Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of Jan 6th


There are so many amazing contemporary romances releasing the week of January 6th that you should be prepared to face the ultimate bookworm dilemma – choosing between reading or sleeping. Since I almost always forfeit sleep in order to read, I am being proactive and warning all the people in my life that I will be suffering from epic book hangover all week. #sorrynotsorry

Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

Repeat by Kylie Scott (Jan. 7)


This second-chance romance from the uber-talented Kylie Scott has an intriguing twist – the heroine has amnesia and cannot remember why she broke up with her boyfriend just a month before. I predict this will be a highly emotional story as these former lovers excavate their past and decide whether or not to fight for their future. Repeat is available exclusively in audio on January 7 and will be available in print on April 9.

Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan (Jan. 7) 


Kendall Ryan consistently delivers entertaining, fan-yourself-worthy contemporary romances, and Finding Alexei looks like another book for my keeper shelf. A professional football player saves the day and gets the girl when he steps up to help her care for her roommate’s baby. I am totally loving that the hero is a baby-whisperer!

Damien (Stark Saga #6) by J. Kenner (Jan. 8). Not a standalone.

Devoted fans of J. Kenner’s The Stark Saga series, like myself, are going to be in bookworm heaven when they get their eyes on Damien, because we finally get inside the head and heart of the hero, Damien Stark. This will be the first time in which Kenner has written from his point of view, and I predict that his voice will be nothing short of epic.

Out of My League (Hope Valley #1) by Jessica Prince
Out of My League by Jessica Prince (Jan. 7) 


Out of My League is the first book in Jessica Prince’s new series, Hope Valley, and it’s a small town romance in which a freelance romance editor has a crush on her sexy neighbor. But when he begins to reciprocate her interest, she’s not sure that she’s prepared for him to discover her closely guarded secrets. This looks like a steamy, heartfelt romance with an interesting dash of suspense.

Faking It by K. Bromberg (Jan. 8)  


K. Bromberg is one of my favorite authors, and Faking It, is a seriously sexy enemies-to-lovers romance in which a brash, playboy CEO finds himself unwillingly attracted to his sassy, charismatic fake girlfriend while on a cross country promotional tour for his online dating service, SoulM8. Read an exclusive excerpt from Faking It here for a sneak peek of the flirty, comical banter and searing sexual chemistry between Zane and Harlow. Don’t miss this book!

Brant’s Return by Mia Sheridan (Jan. 8) 


Mia Sheridan writes deeply affecting love stories, and Brant’s Return looks like it is going to be an intense and emotional journey. A man returns home to face his dying father and his past, and he finds himself drawn to a woman who might have more demons than he does. Can these two wounded hearts find love and peace?

Promises (Web of Sin #3) by Aleatha Romig (Jan. 8). Not a standalone 

I’ve heard the Web of Sin trilogy by Aleatha Romig is dark, delicious and addicting, and I can’t wait to dig into this sexy thriller. Binge-readers can rearrange their schedule and prepare for a read-a-thon when the final book, Promises, releases this week.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (Jan. 8)


In this second-chance romance from the brilliant Alyssa Cole, two former lovers run into each other on a stalled subway train, and they decide to explore the city together and revisit their past. Is their chance meeting the start of a new beginning or an opportunity for closure? I can’t wait to find out!

Reckless Love (Cowboys and Angels, #7) by Kelly Elliott (Jan. 8). Not a standalone.


Reckless Love is the seventh and final book in Kelly Elliott’s family-centric series, Cowboys and Angels, and I’ve loved each of these tender, steamy and entertaining love stories. Elliott advises that you read the entire series in order to get the best experience, and I agree. You’ll fall hard for the Parker siblings – five brothers and two sisters – as they each find love and happily ever after. The final installment sees the youngest brother, Trevor, fight through his fear of commitment in order to win the heart of the only woman he’s ever loved. This seven-book series would make a terrific binge-read.

Evidence of Desire by Lexi Blake (Jan. 8)


Lexi Blake writes exhilarating, edge-of-you-seat romantic suspense, and I don’t think I will be able to put down Evidence of Desire once I start reading it. Two lawyers work together in order to clear a client of murder charges and discover a shared fiery passion in the bedroom, but they might not be prepared for all the twists and turns headed their way.

Teasing the Princess (Royals United #2) by Nana Malone (Jan. 8). Not a standalone.


Nana Malone continues her charming royally-themed love stories with the conclusion to her Royals United duet, Teasing the Princess, and it’s a bodyguard romance. I repeat: It’s a bodyguard romance.

Thinking About You by Monica Murphy (Jan. 9)


In Thinking About You, an adorable and sexy American football player meets and falls hard for a noble British beauty after one magical night in London, and although they just met and their lives are on different continents, they want to pursue a long-distance relationship  and explore the powerful feelings developing between them. Monica Murphy delivers a perfectly-paced, charming and drop-dead sexy romance that proves there is no obstacle that true love cannot conquer – even an ocean. Read an exclusive excerpt from Thinking About You here.

The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen (Jan. 9) 


Readers should buckle up and be prepared to enter the raw, powerful and gritty world of the Chicago mob in this dark and sexy romance. A young debutante is forced into marriage with a man she just met and who stole her first kiss, and she soon discovers that she’s a pawn in a very dangerous game. L.J. Shen is known for her anti-heroes, and I hear this is her most alluring and most ruthless one yet.

Ruthless King by Maya Hughes (Jan. 10)


I’m addicted to Maya Hughes’ Kings of Rittenhouse series, which follows a group of high school friends from college into the world of professional hockey, and Ruthless King is the third, stand-alone book. It is a beautiful, emotional and sexy love story between two people, who broke each other’s hearts but discover they are still very much in love years later. You will root for these two as they bicker and fight their way through the misunderstandings and scars of their painful past. Hughes captures all of the turmoil, angst, hope and potency of a second-chance romance and reminds me why it might be my favorite trope.

Everything Worth Fighting For by K. Street (Jan. 11) 

I hear this second-chance romance from K. Street delivers ALL the feels. After being separated for ten years, the hero and heroine have a chance encounter in their small hometown and discover their feelings are very much alive. But they both have secrets and guilt over their past, and their journey to happily ever after isn’t going to be easy. Of course, the best ones aren’t easy, right?

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