Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of June 16th

Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of June 16th
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June just keeps getting better and better with another week of extraordinary contemporary new romances ready to be added to your to-be-read shelf.

❤ Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn (June 17)

Avery Flynn’s latest romantic comedy is sweet, sexy and sassy, and it’s the perfect feel-good summer read. Caleb and Zara meet when they agree to allow their parents to take over their dating app profiles as part of a publicity stunt. Neither is looking for love and both are forthright about their reasons for agreeing to five public dates, but they soon find themselves enjoying each other’s company and leaning into their attraction. They are refreshing, well-matched romantic leads with chemistry that leaps off the page, and their evolution as a couple is both charming and romantic. The memorable cast of secondary characters, including their hilarious parents and a dog named Anchovy, adds to the entertainment and adorableness of this story, and you don’t want to miss Parental Guidance.

How to Lose a Fiancé by Stefanie London (June 17)

(Blurb) 

Sophia Andreou has always been the “good daughter” who tried to keep her domineering father happy. She followed the rules and did everything that was asked of her. But this time, her father is asking too much. The family company is crumbling, and her father has arranged a marriage to a Greek billionaire who can save their property business. What?! Umm no thank you. If Cinderella can dress up to win a prince, surely Sophia can do the opposite and ditch hers… 

Dion Kourakis has come a long way from being an orphan with only a single friend to his name. Now he runs a billion-dollar investment company and has the respect of everyone in Europe. His charming personality covers a lot of emotional scars, including his desire to make his mentor proud. Dion doesn’t exactly want a bride to go along with his next business deal, and he plans on letting the lass down gently when they meet…

Only, his future bride has turned out to be nothing like what he thought she’d be. She’s quirky and has a habit of turning up to social events in strange outfits. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what she’s up to, but the harder she tries to convince him she’d be an awful wife, the more he wants to convince her they’d be perfect together.

Letters to Molly by Devney Perry (June 18)

Devney Perry has delivered a truly unique and exceptional love story with Letters to Molly, and it’s one of those exceptional books that stays with you long after reading it. The story features divorced couple Molly and Finn, who begin to excavate their painful breakup after Molly starts receiving old letters written by Finn that he never intended for her to see. Their journey is raw, emotional, impactful and breathtakingly romantic, and this book needs to be on every romance reader’s shelf.

Nine: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater by T.M. Frazier (June 18)

T.M. Frazier spins a tale like no other, and her latest, Nine, is another utterly original, gritty and engrossing romance. Nine and Lenny’s first meeting was fleeting and nameless but hauntingly powerful, and it changed both of their lives. When fate brings them together again four years later, Nine has an agenda that isn’t necessarily in Lenny’s best interest, but he quickly finds himself turning from pursuer to protector. With its distinctive setting, characters that you won’t forget and provocative story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, you’ll be tempted to devour Nine in one sitting and then immediately read it again.

Broken With You by J. Kenner (June 18)

(Blurb)

True love never fades…

After surviving a troubled childhood, Denise can’t believe that she’s blissfully married to her partner and soulmate. She’s confident that not even Mason’s long-term, deep-cover assignment will shake their bond. And she certainly doesn’t anticipate that when he finally walks back through her door that he’ll have no memory of her, himself, or their time together…

When Mason is pulled out of an operation gone bad, all he knows is what he’s told — that he was a covert agent, that he has information vital to national security somewhere in his head, and that they can tell him no more for fear of burying those hard-fought secrets even further. They tell him nothing else; not even that the beautiful woman who makes his heart beat faster is not just his partner, but also his wife. 

The secret she must keep wrecks Denise, who wants only to return to Mason’s arms. But despite the desire that still burns hot between them, she can’t tell him who she is—or that she’s carrying his child. 

But when dark forces threaten both their lives in order to retrieve the information trapped in Mason’s mind, it’s not their past that will be tested, but the tenuous new love now burning hot between them.

Violent Ends (White Monarch trilogy #2) by Jessica Hawkins (June 18). Not a standalone. 

(Blurb) 

I had a life, love, and future to give.
Until my enemy took a wife.


The devil has a name, and it’s Cristiano de la Rosa. On my wedding day, he was the last man I expected to see standing at the altar. He wants to make me his queen. His brother wants to rescue his princess.

Getting Cristiano to lose control becomes the name of the game, and the stakes are life and death. But as truth and lies blur, loyalty is tested, and our chemistry threatens to reach the melting point, the prize grows less clear. Either freedom no longer means what I think it does, or Cristiano is as devious as everyone says, and he’s mastered the art of playing my mind.

All I know for certain is that nothing is certain. And all you need to know?
This is a love story.
But even love stories have to end.

A Story Like Ours (Love Story duet #2) by Robin Huber (June 18). Not a standalone.

Debut author Robin Huber concludes Sam and Lucy’s epic love story with the second book in the Love Story duet, A Story Like Ours, and it’s captivating, sexy, emotional and deeply romantic. If you love second-chance romances, you do not want to miss this duet that delivers all the feels.

Hooked by Elizabeth Hunter (June 18)

(Blurb)

She’s in high heels; he wears hiking boots. 
Can these two opposites make romance in Metlin work?


Tayla McKinnon is not a small town girl. The fashion blogger moved to Metlin with two goals in mind: help her friend start a book store and have a little fun. A year later, Tayla has made new friends, successfully launched INK, and is ready for a new challenge. Too bad she can’t get a certain rock-climbing, comic book geek off her mind.

Jeremy Allen has been playing the long game with Tayla, even though the avid outdoorsman was certain she was the one from the minute he set eyes on her. They may have different tastes, but their chemistry is undeniable. 

When a job opportunity from a new fashion start-up lands in her inbox, Tayla takes it as a sign. She’s not meant for a small town, even though her best friend and her inconvenient crush are trying to convince her otherwise.

Jeremy can’t believe Tayla would be willing to leave her new life behind, but maybe he’s been playing it too cool. Summer in Metlin can sizzle, which gives Jeremy an excuse to turn up the heat.

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

(Blurb)

Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, wild adventures—and mistakes—included, something her perfect sister, Mindy, never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a break-down with her three little kids in tow, Brooke’s shocked.

Wanting to make amends, Brooke agrees to trade places, taking the kids back to Wildstone for a few days so Mindy can pick up the pieces and put herself back together. What Brooke doesn’t admit is she’s just as broken . . . Also how does one go home after seven years away? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she’d shoved deep. 

Soon the sisters begin to wonder: Are they lemons in life? In love? All they know is that neither seems to be able to run far enough to outpace her demons. And when secrets surface, they’ll have to learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

Love by Chelle Bliss (June 18)

(Blurb)

Angelo and Tilly never thought they’d find love again…but they’re about to say ‘I do’. 

Finding love once is hard, but twice is almost impossible.
I’d almost given up, but then Tilly Carter walked into my life.
The sweet talkin’ Southern girl stole my heart.

With my future walking down the aisle, and my entire family by my side, it’s time to make her mine forever.

Till There Was You by Marie Force (June 18)

(Blurb)

Being an adult has its advantages…Lucas Abbott and his identical twin grew up sharing everything—including a reputation for funny, idiotic behavior. But now that Lucas is ready to shed that lovable-idiot image, grow up and have a real, adult relationship, the joke’s on him. He and his twin have fallen for the same woman.

Crushed and hoping a few days on the slopes will work out his frustrations, he heads for Stowe, Vermont. All thought of fun and relaxation flies away as a car spins out in a snowstorm, and his firefighter/paramedic training kicks into high gear.

Danielle Rowson is hoping to pick up the pieces and build a new life for herself and her daughter in Vermont. Winding up in a ditch in the middle of a blizzard isn’t part of the plan—and neither is the kind, sexy rescuer whose strong hands pull them to safety.

Lucas has been a little kid, a big kid and now an adult—and he discovers that adulting has more than one advantage. Especially when it comes to sharing with Dani and Savannah the one thing that’s his and his alone: his love

A Pizza My Heart by Teagan Hunter (June 20)

(Blurb)

Most people would probably be embarrassed to land themselves back in their hometown and working at a pizzeria after an ugly divorce.

Not me.

It’s home, and I have one last shot to make Wren Daniels see me as more than just her brother’s best friend.

When the opportunity to show her what’s been right in front of her this whole time presents itself, I take it, holding nothing back this time.

Wren thinks we’re pretending, but there’s nothing fake about the way I feel.

After all, she’s always had…a pizza my heart.

Ask Me Why by Harloe Rae (June 20) 

I’ve quickly become a huge fan of Harloe Rae’s, and Ask Me Why is my favorite book of hers yet. Brance is my version of hero catnip – sexy, intense and downright surly – and he meets his match with the spunky but tenderhearted Braelyn after his young son befriends her. Brance doesn’t trust easily and tends to assume the worst, but Braelyn doesn’t allow him to push her around. They are absolutely explosive together from the moment they first face off and attraction explodes between them. They challenge each other at every turn through sizzling, rapid-fire exchanges, but both have deep emotional wounds simmering beneath their prickly rapport. Their verbal sparring enflames the mounting sexual tension while also crumbling their heart’s defenses, and they come together in a union that is fiery and poignant. This smile-inducing, fan-yourself-worthy enemies-to-lovers romance packs an emotional punch, and it’s the latest addition to my keeper shelf.

The Locker Room by Meghan Quinn (June 20)

(Blurb) 

Have you heard the rumor around campus about the locker room?

If you haven’t, let me enlighten you: Legend has it if you bring a girl into the sacred after-game domain of the baseball locker room, it will end with a walk down the aisle. One rowdy and naked encounter against the lockers with the girl of your dreams will make her your wife. 

Translation: baseball players are stupidly superstitious and believe the locker room has magical powers. 

But not all baseball players are superstitious, me included. 

So when the girl I’ve fallen for brushes me off, I start to question if I need to switch my way of thinking. Maybe it’s time I finally hand out a coveted invitation to the locker room. 

The only question is, will she accept?

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