Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of March 17th


Do you like to take long flights when you travel? I do, because they allow me to read in an environment with minimal interruptions. It’s a free pass to do my favorite form of entertainment, so you’ll never hear me complaining about the number of hours in the air. I’ve got a long flight scheduled this week, and I know that I’ll have plenty to read with all of these new releases.

Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

Fearless and Falling by Season Vining (Mar. 18)


Fearless and Falling is a small-town romance in which the town’s shy, quiet girl is finally noticed by her longtime crush. I just discovered Season Vining, and I love her emotional storytelling and am excited to check this one out.

The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan (Mar. 19)


In Kendall Ryan’s latest sexy romantic comedy, a popular male escort is on hiatus while writing a book and finds himself severely tempted by his best friend’s little sister. I predict The Hookup Handbook will have the perfect blend of humor, steam and romance.

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (Mar. 19)


I can’t wait to read this novella by the immensely talented Alyssa Cole. It’s part of the Reluctant Royals series, which is a must-read, and is a love story between a mega-nerd and an anime expert. I don’t think I need to say anything else!

With a Hitch by R.C. Boldt (Mar. 19)


R.C. Boldt writes emotional, sexy romances with a dash of Southern charm, and she’s delivered one of her most swoon-worthy heroes to date – Dax. He’s a professional football player with a heart of gold, and he’s about to fall for the woman hired to find his perfect match, Darcy. Their journey to happily ever after is funny, sweet and fan-yourself-worthy hot, and With a Hitch is a feel-good romance that you don’t want to miss.

Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken (Mar. 19)

Rachel Van Dyken’s new sports romance, Risky Play, delivers all the feels. Mackenzie and Slade meet on a flight to Puerto Vallarta when both are looking for a temporary escape. They have an unforgettable night together, but it doesn’t end well when Slade has to suddenly leave and doesn’t say goodbye or leave his contact information. Four weeks later and back at home in Seattle, they see each other again and are flabbergasted to discover Slade is her boss. He’s a professional soccer player, and she’s his new personal assistant. They go from one-night lovers to contentious coworkers and slowly bicker their way back to being friends again while trying to ignore their smoking-hot chemistry. Both are dealing with emotional wounds that makes it hard for them to trust, so their happily ever after doesn’t come easy. Of course, the best ones never do.

Protecting the Heiress (The Heiress Duet #1) by Nana Malone (Mar. 19). Not a standalone.


I read the synopsis of Nana Malone’s Protecting the Heiress and couldn’t preorder it fast enough. A single mom’s sexy new manny is actually a man working undercover to protect her and her child. Swoon. The second book in this duet, Tempting the Heiress, releases April 9th.

Violent Delights (White Monarch trilogy #1) by Jessica Hawkins (Mar. 19). Not a standalone.


Violent Delights is the first book in Jessica Hawkin’s White Monarch trilogy, and this looks like an emotional and sexy story. Two brothers from a powerful family are waging a war against one another and one woman is caught in the crossfire. If this romance is anything like its gorgeous cover, it will be enthralling and unforgettable.  

Hissy Fit by Lani Lynn Vale
Hissy Fit by Lani Lynn Vale (Mar. 19)

Hissy Fit is the first book in Lani Lynn Vale’s The Southern Gentleman series, and it’s a fun, heartfelt and steamy small-town romance. Raleigh was the nerdy, awkward girl in high school, who always had a crush on the school’s popular quarterback, Ezra, but he never really noticed her. Now, they’re adults and back at home teaching and coaching at their old high school, and Raleigh still has a huge crush. When she literally runs into Ezra during one of her bouts of clumsiness, she’s gains his attention, and he’s immediately intrigued by her. She has a hard time accepting his sudden interest, so he sets out to charm her. These two are absolutely adorable together, and you’ll be cheering for them all the way to their happily ever after.

The Missing Ingredient by Marika Ray (Mar. 21)


In this romantic comedy, a fiery and determined chef agrees to judge a reality cooking show in order to promote her new restaurant and finds love with one of its contestants. The Missing Ingredient is sure to be sweet and spicy.

Bitter Rival by J. Sterling (Mar. 21)

Sterling’s Bitter Rival is a very sexy enemies-to-lovers romance. Julia and James are neighbors and competing winemakers, whose families have a long history of hating each other. Although Julia and James have always been extremely attracted to one another, their relationship has been tainted by their family’s expectations for animosity. When James finally decides to ignore the feud, he pulls out all the stops to pursue Julia, but he has an uphill battle to gain her trust, especially if she is going to need to defy her family to be with him. You’ll finish Bitter Rival with a smile on your face and craving for really good wine.

Advice from a Jilted Bride by Piper Rayne (Mar. 21)

I just recently started reading Piper Rayne, and I cannot get enough of their writing. Advice from a Jilted Bride is the second book in The Baileys series, which is centered around nine siblings who live in small-town Alaska, and it’s funny, sweet, sexy, romantic and emotional. In other words, it has it all.

Brooklyn Bailey was just left at the alter via text message when she meets her new neighbor, Wyatt, and sparks fly. He’s in town for six months working at the local hotel his family just purchased and discovers he’s not only Brooklyn’s neighbor, but he’s also her boss. They’re drawn to one another, but the timing for a relationship couldn’t be worse for either of them so they develop a friendship while trying to fight their growing attraction. As they get closer and the sexual tension mounts, they realize there’s is no timeline on true love.

A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone (Mar. 21). Not a standalone.


Sierra Simone writes some of the most provocative, thought-provoking and hottest erotic romance, and this four-part series, featuring six interconnected characters, looks like it’s going to be seriously mind-blowing, utterly original and downright kinky. A Lesson in Thorns is the first installment, so buckle up and get ready for a wild ride.

Best I’ve Ever Had by Abbi Glines (Mar. 22)


Abbi Glines’ fans have been anxiously awaiting Best I’ve Ever Had in order to see its broody hero, Eli, find his happily ever after when he returns to the small town of Sea Breeze, Alabama.

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