Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of March 24th

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I apologize in advance, because I am about to overwhelm you with a lot of amazing new contemporary romances that you need to add to your to-be-read pile. This final week of March is epic, and I struggled to make this list somewhat manageable. I’m not sure I succeeded, but I do know that you’ve got a lot of great books to choose from.

Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

The Feel Good Factor by Lauren Blakely (Mar. 24)

Lauren Blakely is my go-to author for sexy and smart romance, and The Feel Good Factor is just that. Derek has temporarily moved to town in order to help his sister while her husband is overseas, but he never expects to consider staying permanently or fall for Perri, the small town’s beloved police officer. When they end up as roommates, they give into their strong attraction and agree to a fling, but both are taken aback when have develop feelings for one another. You’ll love these two well-matched leads and their swoon-worthy journey to happily ever after.

Play Me by Kelly Elliott and Kristin Mayer (Mar. 24) 

I can never resist a great contemporary sports romance, and Play Me is an absolutely fabulous one. It’s sexy, heartfelt, romantic and downright fun, and you’ll be tempted to stay up all night to read it. Kendall needs a new coach for the minor league football team that she’s just taken over managing, and she’s got her sights set on Hunter Owens. He’s sworn off coaching and stonewalls Kendall when she approaches him with a job offer, but the sassy, determined business woman pushes him to reconsider. He does but on his own terms, and they argue and grapple for control in the office as the sexual tension reaches a fever pitch. You’ll love every page of this highly entertaining, feel-good story.

Cruel Sanctuary (Wages of Sin #1) by Tara Leigh (Mar. 24). Not a standalone.  

Cruel Sanctuary is the first installment in Tara Leigh’s The Wages of Sin duet, and it is a wickedly sexy romance with an unpredictable and engrossing plot. Explosive and dangerous revelations have just turned Aislinn’s life upside down, and she’s thrust into the arms of the mysterious and powerful Damon King. Although she doesn’t want to like Damon or be attracted to him, she cannot deny that they have chemistry in spades, but Damon has his own dark secrets that could threaten any future they might have together. The second book, Corrupt Savior, releases on May 13, and you need this duet in your life.

Nothing But Trouble by P. Dangelico (Mar. 26)

Nothing But Trouble is P. Dangelico’s first foray into New Adult, and it is a sigh-worthy, funny, sexy and entertaining sports romance that packs an emotional punch. You do not want to miss this book! As the university’s star water polo player falls for the quirky, newly-transferred film major, you’ll feel absolutely everything, and you won’t want to say goodbye to these characters. I’m already anxiously awaiting the next book in this must-read series.

Choosing Us (The Pierced Hearts Duet #1) by M. Robinson (Mar. 26). Not a standalone.

My head is still spinning from the jaw-dropping first book in M. Robinson’s The Pierced Hearts Duet, Choosing Us. This emotional, twisty, one-of-a-kind love story will hold you utterly enthralled and keep you guessing – it’s indescribable and completely addicting. Few cliffhangers have left me stunned and desperate for answers, and I can’t stop thinking about this one and wondering what the hell just happened. I’m dying to know where this story goes next, and while it might be painful to wait for the release of the second book, Choosing You, on May 14th, the limbo adds to the exhilarating experience. Besides, I’m selfish and need more people to discuss it with while I wait, so go 1-click this book!

Forget Me Not by Brenda Jackson (Mar. 26)

 

Brenda Jackson’s latest romance looks very intriguing – a woman believes her husband is dead, only to find him three years later without any memory of her or their life together. I have a feeling that I’ll be staying up all night to find out what happens in this page-turner.

Gone For You by Jennifer Van Wyk (Mar. 26)

I’m a sucker for a love story in which the hero and heroine fall fast and hard for one another. It feels like the ultimate love story, and Gone For You is one of the best I’ve read. Ethan and Olivia have an instant connection when they first meet, but the timing is all wrong. Ten years pass and they run into each other by chance, and they pick up right where they had just begun on that fateful meet-cute years ago. You’ll love these two and their tender, steamy and emotional road to happily ever after that takes a few unexpected twists and turns to keep you guessing.

Shattered With You by J. Kenner (Mar. 26)

 

Shattered With You is the first book in J. Kenner’s Stark Security series, which is a spinoff of her beloved Stark series, and it looks like it will be fan-yourself-worthy hot, suspenseful and totally romantic.

Sweet Fate (Dirty Sweet duet #2) by Laurelin Paige (Mar. 26). Not a standalone.

 

The second installment in this sexy and addicting age-gap duet is just as enthralling as the first, Sweet Liar. Audrey charms and seduces the much older Dylan and proves to him that he’s not too old for her or for love.

The Roommate Agreement by Emma Hart (Mar. 26)

The Roommate Agreement is a laugh-out-loud funny, sexy rom-com in which two best friends discover that they have feelings for one another after moving in together, and it reminds me exactly why Emma Hart is one of my favorite authors of romantic comedy. You’ll laugh, sigh and grin from ear to ear as these two endearing characters wrestle with their evolving feelings and newly-discovered attraction. Full of Hart’s signature banter and unforgettable secondary characters, you don’t want to miss this irresistible love story. Also, be sure to check out my interview with Emma on Frolic!

Downfall by Jay Crownover (Mar. 27)

I’m a big fan of Jay Crownover’s Welcome to the Point series, and Downfall is a great introduction to this sensual, gritty world. While it’s a complete standalone and not technically part of the series, it’s enough of a teaser that it makes you want to dive right in afterwards, and if you’re already a devoted fan, it’s fun to see glimpses of old friends and a familiar setting. A single mom is trying to start over and make it on her own in a dangerous city when her sexy, gruff neighbor comes to her aid and makes her yearn to trust again. Downfall is deliciously unique and eloquently romantic.

Flawless by J.D. Hawkins (Mar. 27)

 

I’m going to have a fan close by when I start reading J.D. Hawkins’ Flawless, because this one-night-stand-gone-wrong, enemies-to-lovers, workplace romance looks like it is going to be smoking hot. Is it March 27 yet?

Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan (Mar. 28) 

I am truly in awe of Kennedy Ryan’s talent, and she’s blown me away again with her latest, Hook Shot. It’s a seriously sexy, funny and entertaining sports romance, but it is so much more. So. Much. More. It’s an unfiltered and sometimes painfully relatable journey of self-discovery and healing with a poignant, deeply satisfying and inspiring happily ever after that sticks with you for days afterward. In true Kennedy Ryan fashion, she makes you think as much as she makes you feel. I’ll be gushing a lot more about this book soon on Frolic when I feature Kennedy in a special post, but, hopefully, I’ve convinced you enough to read Hook Shot now. And, I honestly mean NOW.  

Savior by Fiona Cole (Mar. 28)

 Did someone say age-gap romance? That’s all I needed to know to immediately dive into Fiona Cole’s Savior, and I devoured this uber-sexy, provocative must-read in one sitting. When Alexandra’s life reaches dire straits, she’s makes a desperate choice to sell her virginity on the internet. She posts an ad, but fate intervenes and sends her a hero, Erik. Well, it’s not obvious to her that Erik is even remotely hero-ish, because he keeps his motivations and feelings locked down behind a gruff, jerk-ish exterior. Truth be told, his feelings for this innocent and determined 19-year old scare the hell out of him, and he’s doing all he can to keep her at an arm’s length distance. If you love an alpha-hole hero, you are about to meet your new favorite. You’re welcome.

My Wicked Prince by Molly O’Keefe (Mar. 28)

 

Molly O’Keefe’s latest, My Wicked Prince, is an enemies-to-lovers royal romance in which the country’s playboy prince falls for the last woman he ever thought he would – his bookish, kindhearted new stepsister. O’Keefe’s storytelling always holds me captivated, so I’m blocking out an entire day to ensure I can read this one without any interruptions.

Enthralled (The Enslaved Duet #1) by Giana Darling (Mar. 29). Not a standalone.

 

An advanced review copy of Enthralled just landed on my Kindle, so I need to wrap this post up and go read. I’ve been impatiently waiting for this book, although I can’t even tell you what it is about! I just know it’s written by Giana Darling so it will be a little dark, a lot dirty and completely addicting. 

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