Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of January 13th

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If you love an enemies-to-lovers romance as much as I do, you’ll be elated when you see this week’s list of top picks because there are quite a few with this delicious trope. In fact, you might need to go on a vacation in order to read them all – not that there is anything wrong with that.

Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

The Consequence of Falling by Claire Contreras (Jan. 13)

 

Claire Contreras delivers all the feels in The Consequence of Falling. It’s a charming and sexy enemies-to-lovers romance that owned my heart from cover to cover. The hero and heroine meet when they are teenagers, and they immediately clash while also feeling strongly drawn to one another. They dance around their attraction over the years and lead full, separate lives, but they always seem to come back to each other. I loved watching these characters bicker and kiss their way to realizing their long-held feelings.

You’ve Got Male by Lila Monroe (Jan. 14)

 

This fun romantic comedy sees two rival food truck chefs battle it out on the streets of San Francisco and fall for each in the process. I predict that love will be the true winner in this fiery, hilarious competition.

Now or Never by Victoria Denault (Jan. 15)  

Victoria Denault writes phenomenal hockey romances, and I’ve loved every book in her San Francisco Thunder series. Now or Never is the fourth, stand-alone installment, and it’s a sexy and entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance with real emotional depth. The heroine has fled to her family’s summer beach house in order to grieve her father’s passing and revaluate her life. She desperately wants to be alone, but her solitude is disrupted by her former childhood nemesis, who was hired to remodel the house. They butt heads and argue, but they quickly discover that they’re very different people now. Their relationship turns sexual and burns hot, but they also develop a supportive and strong emotional connection that takes both of them by surprise. Their journey to happily ever after is truly moving and deeply romantic.

Deal with the Devil (Forge Trilogy #1) by Meghan March (Jan. 15)

 

The first book in the Forge Trilogy, Deal with the Devil, is absolutely riveting, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Jericho Forge is the type of sexy, enigmatic alpha-hero that readers love, and he’s met his match with the fiercely independent and strong India Baptiste. There are exhilarating twists, unexpected turns and an insane amount of scorching-hot chemistry – set on the exotic and beautiful Mediterranean Sea. While it ends with a cliffhanger, don’t fret because the second book, Luck of the Devil, releases on February 12.

Hosed by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente (Jan. 15)

 

I have a feeling you’ll be able to skip your abdominal workout when you read Hosed, because Pippa Grant and Lili Valente are going to keep you laughing until your stomach muscles ache. A firefighter and a nerd, who have a rocky past, can’t fight their smoking-hot chemistry when they become neighbors.

One Chance Fancy by Lani Lynn Vale (Jan. 15)

 

Lani Lynn Vale is a prolific author and consistently writes heartfelt, steamy and fun romances, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Bear Bottom Guardians MC series. One Chance Fancy is the fifth, stand-alone book, and the hero is a little different than the norm in that the he has Asperger’s syndrome. When he discovers that he has a three-year old daughter, he’s shocked and nervous, but he instantly falls in love with his little girl. And she turns out to be the best surprise of his life. He realizes he has the ability to be an amazing caretaker, and he has the opportunity to get closer to a woman, who he’s wanted for years, when she offers to help him. One Chance Fancy will steal your heart and leave you with a huge smile on your face.

Hook by Chelle Bliss (Jan. 15)

 

Chelle Bliss is known for writing seriously steamy romance, and I am excited to read Hook, which looks like a sexy and poignant love story about two people with broken hearts, who find one another and start to heal.

When Ashes Fall by Marni Mann (Jan. 15)

 

Have you ever read a book that you wanted EVERYONE to read? Well, I hope everyone reads When Ashes Fall. It is utterly unique, intensely emotional and absolutely unforgettable, and it will break your heart in the best way possible and then mend it back together stronger than it was before. I do not want to spoil it, so I will just say that you will walk away from this story believing in love and the strength of the human spirit.

Scr*w You Renee Harless (Jan. 17)

 

Scr*w You is my first time reading Renee Harless, and I thoroughly enjoyed this highly entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance. The hero and heroine left college on very unfriendly terms and find themselves competing for the same job four years later. The heroine is still angry and hurt over the hero’s past behavior, but she’s also wildly attracted to him. As they battle it out in the office and try to ignore their attraction, they are forced to rehash their past and are slowly able to repair their friendship, which begins to evolve into something more. You can’t help but root for these two likeable characters to get their happily ever after.

Maybe Ever After by Cassie Graham (Jan. 18)

 

Cassie Graham is another new-to-me author, and I relished every page of this original, sweet and heartfelt friends-to-lovers romance. The heroine is a self-proclaimed nerd, who has always been attracted to the man who is her friend, coworker, neighbor and brother’s best friend. She’s successfully ignored her feelings and has been content to stay in the friend-zone, but when he shows interest in her, she’s more than willing to allow things to turn physical. The change in their relationship forces both of them to recognize their feelings, but both are hesitant to be the one to jump first and risk a possible broken heart. Maybe Ever After is a truly feel-good reading experience.

The Hail Mary (Waiting on the Sidelines #3) by Ginger Scott (Jan. 18). Not a standalone.

 

The Hail Mary is the eagerly awaited third and final book in Ginger Scott’s Waiting on the Sidelines series, which follows the golden-boy quarterback and the unpopular tomboy through the trials of young love to the test of college and into adulthood with the pressures of marriage and professional football. I’ve heard rave reviews about this beautiful and emotional love story, and I am excited to hunker down and binge read all three books.

Birthday Suit by Lauren Blakely (Jan. 18)

 

Lauren Blakely is one of my absolute favorite authors, and Birthday Suit is an uber-sexy romantic comedy with a lot of heart. The hero has been in love with the heroine for ten years, but she’s only ever seen him as a friend and was also in a relationship with his best friend. He’s accepted that he’ll never have his feelings reciprocated, but when they find themselves living in the same town after a few years apart, there is a profound shift in their relationship that opens the door to a romance. Their shared history is both tragic and wonderful, and they have to churn through some very difficult emotions in order to move forward. It’s breathtakingly romantic and deeply affecting watching them grow as individuals while also falling madly in love. Although I just finished Birthday Suit, I can’t wait to read it again.

Secret Match by Victoria Pinder (January 15).
 
A one-night stand in Paris results in a surprise pregnancy, and the father turns out to be her new boss. Oops! This story sounds like the perfect indulgence – romantic, sexy, entertaining and a guaranteed happily ever after. I’m going to block out my schedule in order to read Secret Match, because I have a feeling I won’t want to put it down.
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