Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of May 26th


Hopefully, you had a moment to catch up on your to-be-read books over the long weekend, because there are many more must-read romances releasing this week that you’ll definitely want to add to your pile.  

❤ Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

Deceit by Ava Harrison (May 24)

Ava Harrison writes compelling, sexy romances with the perfect amount of angst to ensure you feel absolutely everything, and her latest, Deceit, will have you hooked from the moment you beginning reading it. Oliver is the type of fan-yourself-worthy bad boy that readers cannot get enough of, and he meets his match with Addison, a sassy, strong and successful businesswoman. He has a hidden agenda, and he never expects to fall fast and hard for her but he does. Oliver’s lies create quite a mess that he can’t escape, and he’ll need to grovel to win her back when his sins are exposed. Seeing this charming rogue brought to his knees is absolutely swoon-worthy, and you’ll be sighing and smiling hard over this love story.

Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen (May 28)


Addison Murphy is the funny friend, the girl you grab a beer with—the girl voted most likely to start her own sweatshirt line. And now that one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that list, too. She’ll get through this wedding if it’s the last thing she does. Just don’t ask her to dive for any bouquet. 

When Tucker Crawford returns to his small hometown, he expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He certainly doesn’t expect to see the nice pair of bare legs sticking out from under the hood of a broken-down car. Certainly doesn’t expect to feel his heart beat faster when he realizes they belong to one of his best friends.  

If he convinces Addie to give him a chance, they could be electric…or their break-up could split their tight-knit group in two.

Hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just asTucker realizes that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him—he was just too stupid to realize it—now she’s leaving to follow her own dreams. He’s going to need to do a lot of compromising if he’s going to convince her to take a shot at forever with him—on her terms this time.

Million Dollar Devil by Katy Evans (May 28)

Be sure to keep a fan close by when you start reading Million Dollar Devil, because this seriously sexy opposites-attract romance from Katy Evans is bursting with scorching-hot sexual tension. It’s a modern twist on My Fair Lady in which a rich, powerful CEO, Lizzy, picks a YouTube stunt-man-for-hire to pretend to be a sophisticated, wealthy playboy for her company’s latest marketing campaign. James is unfiltered, unconcerned with social niceties and ruggedly charming, and she’s determined to make him into the ultimate posh gentleman. Lizzy soon discovers that her definition of perfect might be all wrong, and a man like James is perfect just the way he is.

Smooth Moves by Marie Harte (May 28)


 He may be all brawn
But when it really counts… His heart is all gold

Former Marine Cash Griffith is a brawny beacon for trouble, always finishing a fight that someone else starts. Working at his family’s moving company, he does his best to keep a low profile, but he can’t help but tangle with the newest employee, Jordan Fleming.

When Jordan joins Vets on the Go! she has her hands full with her new job and her rebellious teenage brother, not to mention going toe to toe with the obnoxious, arrogant, incredibly hot Marine at work. Soon their battles turn to camaraderie, and one kiss leads to a connection neither of them expected. But when dark secrets come to light, will their bond break…or strengthen into a happily-ever-after they desperately desire?

Hammered by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente (May 28) 

Hammered is a romantic comedy that could easily qualify as an abdominal workout, because you’ll laugh so hard that your muscles will be sore the next day. It’s brimming with perfectly ridiculous humor, laugh-out-loud shenanigans, sexy times, endearing characters – both human and animal – and heartwarming romance. Jace and Olivia are absolutely adorable as they navigate a few storms on their way to happily ever after, namely Jace’s ex-girlfriend, and you’ll cheer for them every step of the way.

Savaged by Mia Sheridan (May 28) 


When wilderness guide, Harper Ward, is summoned to the small town sheriff’s office in Helena Springs, Montana, to provide assistance on a case, she is shocked to find that their only suspect in the double murder investigation is a man described as a savage.

But the longer she watches the man known only as Lucas, on the station surveillance camera, the more intrigued she becomes. He certainly looks primitive with his unkempt appearance and animal skin attire, but she also sees intelligence in his eyes, sensitivity in his expression. Who is he? And how is it possible that he’s lived alone in the forest since he was a small child?

As secrets begin to emerge, Harper is thrust into something bigger and more diabolical than she ever could have imagined. And standing right at the center of it all, is Lucas. But is he truly the wild man he appears to be? A cold blooded killer? An innocent victim? Or a perplexing mix of all three?

Harper must find out the answers to these questions because the more time she spends with him, the more she risks losing her heart.

Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne (May 28)

Passion on Park Avenue is the first book in Lauren Layne’s Central Park Pact series, and it’s a highly entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance with a charming hero and a fiery heroine, who are perfectly-matched and incredibly fun to watch. Oliver was Naomi’s childhood nemesis when her mother worked as a housekeeper for his wealthy family, so when they are reunited as adults, it’s not a joyful reunion for Naomi. She’s still angry over the way she and her mother were treated, but she begins to realize that grown-up Oliver is very different from the boy she used to know. Full of Lauren Layne’s signature banter, endearing characters and sparkling, intelligent storyline, you don’t want to miss Passion on Park Avenue.

Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson (May 28)


English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart. 

With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

The Initiation (Filthy Rich Americans trilogy #1) by Nikki Sloane (May 28). Not a standalone.


No one knows how new members are selected to the board of Hale Banking and Holding. But there are rumors of a sordid rite of initiation.

Whispers how one woman and nine men disappear into a boardroom.

This time, that woman will be me.

The Hale family owns everything—the eighth largest bank in the world, everyone in our town, even the mortgage on my parents’ mansion. And now Royce Hale wants to own me.

He is charming. Seductive. Ruthless. But above all, he’s the prince of lies. My body may tighten with white-hot desire under his penetrating gaze, but I refuse to enjoy it.

I’ll make a deal with the devil to save my family and sell myself to the Hales. But Royce will never own my heart.

Take the Bride by Carly Phillips (May 28)


She used to be his. Now she’s about to marry another man.
Will he let her go … or will he stand up and take the bride?

Ryder Hammond and Sierra Knight were high school sweethearts. Despite him being her brother’s best friend, their relationship burned hot and fast…and ended with heartbreak and regrets.

Years later, she’s at the altar, about to marry another man. 

He’s only there for closure, to finally put the past behind him. 

But when the preacher asks if anyone has a reason the couple shouldn’t wed, she turns around and her gaze locks on his.

Suddenly he’s out of his seat. 



And ultimately stealing the very pissed off bride and taking her to a secluded cabin.  

He wants one week to convince her they’re meant to be, to remind her of the fiery passion still burning between them.  

When their time together is up, will she walk away and break his heart this time, or will he finally have the woman he’s wanted all along?

Fearless King by Maya Hughes
Fearless King by Maya Hughes (May 28)

I am addicted to Maya Hughes’ Kings of Rittenhouse series, and I have been anxiously waiting for the release of the fourth, standalone book, Fearless King. It lived up to my high expectations and already has me anticipating the next installment in this must-read sports romance series. Liv is Ford’s best friend’s little sister, and she’s always been strictly off limits to him romantically, although that has never prevented him from desiring her. She’s had a crush on Ford for years, but he’s sent enough mixed signals that she’s resigned herself to just being his friend. Their relationship becomes a little more complicated after a passionate kiss; therefore, when Ford suddenly starts spending more time with her, their relationship feels very confusing. He realizes that he wants an opportunity to pursue more with her and is willing to work through some of the daunting obstacles facing them. Ford and Liv will steal your heart as you cheer for them every step of the way in their swoon-worthy romance.

#PrankLove in Blue by Sunniva Dee (May 29)


Ninni lives for pranking the crap out of K-Pop.
She’d do it with him 24/7—sorry: do it 𝘵𝘰 him.

As in prank him.

Yep, their thing has everything to do with pranks.
Nothing to do with an insanity-in-a-bucket attraction.
It’s not like he’s drop-dead gorgeous and has infinite charisma or anything.
His brain isn’t Donald Duck, Einstein, and Shakespeare in one mischievous swirl either.

Nope! The girls of Blossom Field Avenue #246 and the Dudes of #247 are at prank war.

The Dudes are about to get upstaged.
It’s the prank of the ages!
Perfect. Legendary. Life-altering.

Wait: baby-inducing?

No worries, though. When pranks OD on love, the Dudes and the Blossoms know exactly what to do.

No Limit by Christie Ridgway (May 30)

No Limit is the second, standalone book in Christie Ridgway’s 7 Stud Club series, which is centered around seven poker-playing friends, and this single-mom romance delivers all the feels. Eli has raised his four younger sisters for the last eleven years, so he’s not interested in dating someone with a young child, but his sexy neighbor, Sloane, and her adorable daughter tempt him to reconsider his future bachelor plans. Their romance is absolutely heartwarming and fan-yourself-worthy hot, and the perfect feel-good experience.

Cherishing the Goddess by Lucy Eden (May 31)


Billionaire CEO Alexander Wolfe has spent years putting in 120-hour weeks in the office and adding zeroes to his net worth. But lately, work has left him feeling burnt out and uninspired. Then he is given the chance to go head-to-head with a legendary corporate raider and the man he’d idolized his entire career. He seizes the opportunity, immediately jumping on a plane for Barbados to close the deal in person. If he’s successful, it’ll be the biggest win of his career. 

He had no way of knowing that meeting a mesmerizing beauty would have the power to derail everything…

Calypso Sterling has no time for men who value her beauty over her intellect. Instead, she focuses all her energy on her studies and career aspirations. But when her home—and a closely guarded family secret—is threatened, she’s ready to defend all she holds dear.

She had no way of knowing a handsome stranger had the power to take away everything she’d ever loved…

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