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

Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of November 24th
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If you’re in the U.S., I hope the Thanksgiving holiday means extra time to spend with family and friends this week and to read, of course.

❤ Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

The Mighty Anchor by Carrie Aarons (Nov. 24)

The Mighty Anchor is a second-chance romance with all the feels. It’s the third, standalone book in Carrie Aarons’ contemporary sports series, Rogue Academy, which features three professional football playing best friends who each find their happily ever after. Lara and Vance had a tumultuous, intense relationship that ended badly when he chose the game over her, so when she found herself pregnant soon afterwards, she decided to raise their baby on her own. When Vance returns to their hometown and discovers her secret, he’s livid, but it’s also the wakeup call that he needs to realize he should have never let her go. He decides to fight for her heart, and his quiet determination and patient pursuit is absolutely swoon-worthy. You’ll hold your breath in anticipation of their reunion, and The Mighty Anchor is a tender, steamy and sigh-worthy romance that you do not want to miss.

Someday, Someday by Emma Scott (Nov. 24)

(Blurb)

How long would you wait for love? 

Max Kaufman was kicked out of his home as a teen and his life has been an uphill battle ever since. From addiction and living on the streets, to recovery and putting himself through nursing school, he’s spent the last ten years rebuilding his shattered sense of self. Now he’s taken a job as a private caretaker to Edward Marsh III, the president and CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Max soon learns Marsh’s multi-billion-dollar empire is a gold and diamond-encrusted web of secrets and lies.

The longer Max works and lives with the Marsh family, the tighter the secrets tangle around him. And his heart—that he’s worked so hard to protect—falls straight into the hands of the distant, cold, and beautiful son of a dynasty…

Silas Marsh is set to inherit the family fortune, but his father is determined his heir be the “perfect” son. Before Silas can take over the company and end its shady business practices, he must prove himself worthy…and deny his true nature.

Silas must choose: stand up to his father by being true to himself and his undeniable feelings for Max. Or pretend to be someone he is not in order to inherit everything. Even if it means sacrificing a chance at happiness and real love.

Everything’s Better with Lisa by Lucy Eden (Nov. 25)

Everything’s Better with Lisa is the third, standalone book in Lucy Eden’s Everything’s Better series, and it’s refreshing, real and wonderfully entertaining. Cole and Lisa are new neighbors, and although their late-night meet-cute is more of a meet-angry, they quickly develop a friendship after Cole’s life takes an unexpected turn and Lisa offers to help him. They have smoking-hot chemistry and things between them soon turn romantic, but Lisa is trying to heal after an unhealthy marriage and dealing — both mentally and physically — with a chronic disease. Their emotional connection deepens as they get to know one another, and the evolution of their relationship is refreshingly frank and down-to-earth but still sweet and sigh-worthy. Eden does a phenomenal job of delivering a complex and layered story that incorporates serious real-life issues without overwhelming the narrative or pushing the romance to the side, and her characters are well-developed and likeable. If you haven’t read Lucy Eden yet, I highly recommend her and Everything’s Better with Lisa.

Restless Hearts by B.J. Daniels (Nov. 26)

(Blurb)

He’s fighting for a second chance with his first love…before it’s too late.

The last time PI Blaze McClintock was on her family’s ranch, she left in handcuffs. She vowed then to never go home again…until her estranged father is accused of murder. He’s not a good man—this entire Montana town knows that. But Blaze believes her father is innocent and she’ll do anything to prove it, even ask the one man who broke her heart for help—the only man in town who’s on her side.

No matter how hard he tried, Jake Horn could never forget Blaze. As teenagers, their passion ignited, leaving destruction in their wake. Now, years later, it’s obvious little has changed. But as they work together to unravel what really happened that night, a dangerous secret threatens to separate them for good. This time, though, Jake won’t let Blaze go without a fight—even if it means risking his own life

Exquisitely Hidden by M. Jay Granberry (Nov. 26) 

(Blurb)

As front man for the band everyone’s eyes are on me.
I bask in the spotlight
Because it hides the flaws.
Everyone has secrets.
Mine will ruin everything I’ve built.
My career, my music, my life…
But keeping this secret?
It’s breaking my heart.
I knew how we would end before we started
And still I can’t resist him.
Not everyone will understand.
But I do.
It’s simple.
He’s the man I’m meant to love.
How long can I deny who I truly am?
Should I keep my secret or risk it all?

Broken Record by K.A. Linde (Nov. 26)

(Blurb)

Savannah Maxwell’s life is perfect.

She landed her dream job, is moving to D.C. after graduation, and finally has plans to live with her long-term boyfriend, Easton. Everything is exactly how it should be.

Until the boy next door walks back into her life.

Now, Lucas Atwood is offering her everything she’s ever wanted.

The life she only dreamed of.

How can she choose between the easy love that she thinks she deserves and a second chance with the boy who broke her heart?

Lethal Redemption by April Hunt (Nov. 26)

(Blurb)

Top FBI profiler Grace Steele was just a girl when she escaped the Order of the New Dawn, and she’s spent the last seventeen years trying to forget her time there. But when private security firm Steele Ops needs her help extracting a young woman from the secretive cult’s clutches, she’s all in. Even though the mission requires posing as the fiancée of the only man who’s ever broken her heart.

It’s been nine years since Cade Wright turned his back on his childhood sweetheart, and he’s never stopped regretting it. Now that they’re forced to work together, he knows this is his opportunity to show Grace how much he’s changed. But the deeper they get pulled into New Dawn, the clearer it becomes that the demons still haunting Grace are very real, and Cade will have to risk everything to keep her safe . . . including his own life.

A Cowboy Like You by Donna Grant (Nov. 26)  

In the Heart of Texas, a heartthrob cowboy may get his second chance at love…

Danny Oldman, the handsome Lone Star sheriff, is still single. He tells himself, and anyone who asks, that he is married to his job—and what matters most is keeping the people of his beloved Texas hometown safe. The truth? Danny still hasn’t gotten over his high school crush. She moved away after graduation and took Danny’s heart with her.

Skylar Long never thought she would have to flee Houston and return home—where it all began for her. But that’s what happened after the man of her dreams turned out to be an actual nightmare. Now, Skylar is desperate to escape her obsessive boyfriend. Nothing shocks her more than seeing Danny again and realizing that their long-ago attraction is more powerful than ever. But can she and Danny find a way to fight against Skylar’s wealthy, powerful ex who is dead set on tearing them apart?

Unspoken by Kelly Rimmer (Nov. 26)

(Blurb) 

Sometimes it’s what you don’t say that can change everything…

Isabel Winton had planned to spend the last few days of her marriage at her vacation home, intending to reflect, regroup…or maybe just do some solitary sulking. Instead, she collides with her almost ex, Paul, who has the same idea. Too stubborn to leave, Isabel figures this is a chance for them to get some closure. But she’s astonished to see that months apart have transformed her emotionally aloof husband into “Paul 2.0,” more open than ever before.

Paul was blindsided when Isabel left him. He had no idea she felt he was more committed to his career than to their marriage. With his new, hard-won self-awareness, he blames himself for letting her walk away. But winning her back will take more than simple words. It’ll mean finding the courage to grow, to trust, and grab a second chance at life by each other’s sides.

Weekend Fling by Stacey Lynn (Nov. 26)

(Blurb)

Fresh out of a long-term relationship, Willow Parks is working two jobs and caring for her mother, whose husband left her with nothing but a pile of bills. That’s why Willow made a vow: no men until she figures out her own life.

But while she may not need a man, she could use a break. And a weekend away at a California beach to clear her head? That’s appealing. Even if the offer comes from Trey Collins, the irresistible tech-mogul millionaire who visits her coffee shop every morning like clockwork—and needs a date for his best friend’s wedding. With an adorable, occasional stutter, he refuses to take no for an answer.

Once the weekend begins, Trey is intent on proving how good they can be together. Willow’s even feeling tempted to break her vow—until reality rudely interrupts her well-deserved getaway. There’s no way she and Trey have a future, not with the colossal amount of baggage Willow has to offer.

But Trey is used to getting what he wants. He just has his work cut out for him convincing her that they want the same thing.

The Rancher’s Redemption by Kate Pearce (Dec. 1)

(Blurb)

Family, community, hard work. It’s what always draws the folks of Morgantown back to the ranch—along with the promise of so much more . . .

Widowed for ten years, now running the family ranch, Adam Miller is no longer the fun-loving guy who married his high school sweetheart the moment they graduated. His bitterness in the aftermath of her death even alienated his closest link to her—Lizzie Taylor, her best friend. But when Adam comes across Lizzie in a dire situation, he’s compelled to help—and finds himself with an unusual opportunity to make amends . . .

A struggling single mom, Lizzie’s extremely wealthy ex ran out on her when she got pregnant. But now he and his family have decided to fight for custody of her young son. When Adam shocks her by offering to pose as her partner, awkward as it may feel, it’s Lizzie’s best chance to hold onto her child. And as they strive to present a united front, their old friendship rekindles, sparking an unexpected attraction—along with past hurts and secrets. Soon they realize they’ll have to find a way to forgive if they want to move forward—especially with 
each other . . .

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