Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of September 29th

Contemporarily Ever After: Top Picks for the Week of September 29th
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❤ Indicates the books that I have read and recommend.

Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann (Sep. 29)

I loved every moment of Jewel E. Ann’s Perfectly Adequate and didn’t want it to end. Eli is a doctor and single father, who was devastated by his divorce and still trying to process what happened. He’s curt, cynical, grumpy and has no interest in dating, but he finds himself intrigued by a quirky nursing student, Dorothy. She has Asperger syndrome and is perfectly comfortable in her neurodivergent skin, and she lightens his heart and makes him want to love again. He is absolutely delightful as he fumbles his way through romancing someone as unique as Dorothy, and Perfectly Adequate is a refreshingly different, utterly swoon-worthy and downright memorable romantic comedy with characters that you’ll adore.

Crazy Rich Cajuns by Erin Nicholas (Sep. 29)

(Blurb)

 He wears suits and ties. He’ll one day inherit a fortune. He has a law degree. He shines his shoes, for God’s sake. What is she doing attracted to a guy like him? But she is. She so is.

She drives air boats on the bayou, drinks and cusses, and gives city boys in suits a hard time just for fun. Why can’t he get her out of his mind? But he can’t. He definitely can’t.

A weekend trip to Savannah for a fancy-schmancy party with his highfalutin family is the surefire way to prove that they have nothing in common but intense chemistry. And to maybe scratch this I’ve-never-wanted-anyone-like-I-want-you itch once or twice. Or five times. 

But it takes only about twenty-four hours for the bayou girl and the city boy to figure out that they don’t really know much at all–about each other, or about themselves. And figuring all of this out is going to be downright crazy. 

The Write Escape by Charish Reid (Sep. 29)

(Blurb)

 Take one heartbroken Chicago girl

Literary editor Antonia Harper had it all—the career, the man, the future. That was then. Now Antonia is jobless, alone and at a crossroads. What better time to travel the world? A solo honeymoon on the Emerald Isle will be like hitting the reset button. No distractions, no drama.

Add some luck o’ the Irish

Aiden Byrnes may be a literature professor, but words fail him when he meets the woman staying in the cottage next door. Tully Cross is meant to be a sleepy little village, and he’s meant to be on a working holiday—not a vacation, and most definitely not with his beautiful neighbor. 

And you get some mighty good craic

They say laughter is the best medicine—and as it turns out, superhot sex isn’t so bad either. Antonia and Aiden’s spark quickly grows into what could be something special, if they’re willing to take the leap. Ending up an ocean apart is unthinkable, and when real life comes calling, there’s no ignoring that leap anymore…

Mr. Mayfair by Louise Bay (Sep. 29)

 I am halfway through Mr. Mayfair and am absolutely loving it. It’s a wickedly sexy and thoroughly entertaining romance with a compelling, rakish hero and a smart, loveable heroine, who finds love again — and her self-confidence — with her fake date to her ex-boyfriend and ex-friend’s wedding. Don’t miss the fun and swoons of Mr. Mayfair.

Perfect Strangers by J.T. Geissinger (Sep. 29)

(Blurb)

“These kisses of his…they’re demanding and possessive. They’re hungry and deep. They’re the kisses of a man who wants more of a woman—who wants everything—and isn’t going to stop until he gets it.”

Author Olivia Rossi hasn’t been able to write a word since tragedy struck two years ago and ripped her world apart. Heartbroken and still haunted by the past, she accepts an offer to spend the summer at a friend’s apartment in Paris in search of healing and her lost muse.

What she finds instead is James, an enigmatic stranger who ignites in her an unexpected and all-consuming passion.

Agreeing to tell each other nothing more than their first names, Olivia and James embark on a torrid affair. But the more time they spend together, the more Olivia begins to realize her summer fling is turning into a powerful connection…and that the magnetic man she’s falling in love with might not be what he seems at all.

Dangerous Temptations by Kelly Elliott and Kristin Mayer (Sep. 30)

Wow. Dangerous Temptations took me by surprise, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s a humorous, sexy and sweet romance with an absolutely fascinating mystery that leans on real life history. Sidney returns to Salem, Massachusetts, to take over her grandfather’s veterinary practice, and she meets the devastatingly attractive local police officer and fellow new resident, Mike. They have an easy, flirtatious dynamic with combustible chemistry, and when things start to get a little weird in Salem, they make a great team. Sidney is trying to unravel a cryptic scavenger hunt that her grandfather left her, and it seems to be linked to the town’s past while also influencing the present. Maybe? Your eyes will be glued to the page as you devour the unexpected and thrilling twists in this unique story that blends history, romance and suspense.

Frat House Confessions: Wes by Bethany Lopez (Sep. 30)

(Blurb)

She wants more than just his forgiveness…

Trixie’s not ashamed of the exposé she wrote for the college newspaper last year. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the story, even if it meant lying to a friend to get the inside scoop.
Still, every time she sees Wes, she regrets the loss of someone she really enjoyed spending time with. Not one for labels, or someone who puts limitations on attraction, Trixie can’t deny the pull she feels toward Wes when they cross paths again. 

He’s willing to do whatever it takes to change her perception of him…

Wes has always been the odd man out. Different than his brothers, he was always more comfortable playing video games or enjoying solitary moments in the pool.

Although he never expected someone as sexy as Trixie to fall for an inexperienced guy like him, he also never expected her betrayal. Now that he has a second chance, can he get her to see him as more than the nice guy she duped?

A year has passed, but anger and regret still linger. Can Wes and Trixie agree to put the past behind them and move forward, or will late night confessions prove to be more than they can forgive and forget?

Man Find by Krista Sandor (Sep. 30)

(Blurb)

An anonymous chat forum. 

Two lonely people. 

And the summer everything changed.

Camden Bergen is Colorado royalty. An heir to the Bergen Mountain Sports empire, he could have the world at his fingertips. Instead, he’s shouldering the pain of his past, across the ocean, hidden away from everyone but his anonymous online friend known to him only as Mountain Daisy. 

But that’s about to change.

Cadence Lowry doesn’t have time for distractions. Between teaching full time, raising her young son, and renovating two historic homes, her only escape is corresponding with her chat forum friend, Mountain Mac. 

Love isn’t on her radar until Camden mysteriously returns to Denver after a decade long absence and moves in next door. 

It’s only for the summer, but things don’t stay neighborly for long. 

Surrendering to an attraction they can’t deny, they agree to a no strings attached steamy summer fling. 

But when their hidden identities are revealed, will it be too late to salvage a love always meant to be?

White Knight (Dirty Mafia duet #2) by Meghan March (Oct. 1). Not a Standalone.

Meghan March concludes the Dirty Mafia duet with White Knight, and it is a thrilling and suspenseful end to an epic, swoon-worthy love story. There are unexpected twists and turns, fast-paced action and scorching-hot chemistry as Memphis and Cannon fall in love while unraveling secrets and dealing with his powerful and dangerous mafia family.  

Chronicles of a Rockin’ Mess by S.E. Rose (Oct. 1)

(Blurb)

Sometimes a song can break your heart. And sometimes, you need a rock star to put it back together.

Rock star Lincoln Grant is off-limits. But that hasn’t stopped his assistant, Lark Sutton, from wanting him.

Lark put her own music dreams aside when she took a position working for the scandalous, playboy rock star. After he finally does the unthinkable, she leaves him to pursue her own music and re-invent herself. Eighteen months later, Lincoln’s band comes knocking at her door, begging her to come back to help them with an out-of-control Lincoln. 

At first, Lincoln tries to resist her help, but soon he finds that he’s falling for her. Will Lincoln change Lark’s mind about him or will she leave him and the band once and for all?

Light My Fire by Jessica Ruben (Oct. 1)

Jessica Ruben has taken the gritty mafia romance and given it an intriguing twist — the Albanian mafia is featured rather than the typical New York Sicilian mafia. And I found the departure from the expected made Light My Fire riveting. Elira and her family fled Kosovo after the war, and she is now a college student in the United States. Her brother is floundering and flirting with danger, and he garners the attention of her childhood champion and fellow immigrant, Nico, who is now a powerful, ruthless leader in the Albanian mafia. Elira is pulled into her brother’s problems and reunited with Nico, who strikes a deal with her to pretend to be his wife at business functions. Their connection was always intense and unique, but it is much more potent now that they are adults, and their pretend marriage quickly becomes complicated as Elira struggles with her conflicting feelings for Nico. This dark, raw love story will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out how Nico and Elira can find common ground within the chaos of mafia life.

War of Hearts by S. Young (Oct. 1)

(Blurb) 

Thea Quinn has no idea what she is. All she knows is that her abilities have been a plague upon her life since she was a child. After years of suffering at the hands of a megalomaniac, Thea escaped and has been on the run ever since. 

The leadership and protection of his pack are of the utmost importance to Conall MacLennan, Alpha and Chief of Clan MacLennan, the last werewolf pack in Scotland. Which is why watching his sister slowly die of a lycanthropic disease is emotional torture. When Conall is approached by a businessman who offers a cure for his sister in exchange for the use of Conall’s rare tracking ability, Conall forges an unbreakable contract with him. He has to find and retrieve the key to the cure: dangerous murderer, Thea Quinn.

Thea’s attempts to evade the ruthless werewolf are not only thwarted by the Alpha, but by outside dangers. With no choice but to rely on one another for survival, truths are revealed, intensifying a passionate connection they both fight to resist. At war with themselves and each other, Conall and Thea’s journey to Scotland forces them to face a heartrending choice between love and betrayal.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory (Oct. 1)

(Blurb) 

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?

The Broken One by Ruth Cardello (Oct. 1)

(Blurb)

Single mom Heather Ellis would do anything for her adopted daughter, Ava. Even post an online reward for anyone who found the girl’s lost stuffed animal. Who’d have guessed it’d be returned by a drop-dead-sexy man with such sadness in his eyes that she had to reach out to him? To Ava, he’s a hero. To Heather, he’s a fantasy that puts at risk the happy life she’s made for herself.

It’s been five years since billionaire developer Sebastian Romano lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. Now he’s all business. No room for emotion. Until he stumbles across that damn stuffed wolf and the beautiful single mother looking for it. Is he ready to give love a second chance?

But there’s more to Sebastian, his family, and his past than Heather knows. More than even Sebastian knows. Will the life they’re building together be challenged when the truth is finally revealed?

Someday, Somehow by Claudia Y. Burgoa (Oct. 3)

(Blurb)

Men and women can be friends. 
At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself since George walked into my life.
We bicker as much as we have each other’s backs. 
We’re inseparable. 
So, she left to find herself and I feel like I can’t breathe without her. 
It’s okay, it’s only temporary.
But when she walks back into my life, it’s on the arm of a stranger.
Her fiancé. 
Seriously, I just realized I’m in love with her and she’s engaged?

I have six weeks to convince George we’re meant to be together—not only in the kitchen or be forced to watch her marry another man. 
Time is running out, and soon, she’ll be gone from my life.
I’m risking everything, will that be enough?

Sweet Agony by Christy Pastore (Oct. 3)

(Blurb) 

He’s the kind of guy that keeps me up all night, but only in my dreams. 

And it’s agony, sweet agony.

From the moment I laid eyes on Brantley Cardwell, I knew he was too good to be true—sexy, southern and charming.

There are some guys that are just too everything for their own good.

I should’ve kept my distance that summer, but I didn’t.

I should’ve known better than to fall for someone like him. But at seventeen, taking control of my heart wasn’t so easy.

I thought he’d be my first kiss. I thought he’d be my first everything.

He became my first crush. And then he crushed me.

Twelve years later he’s back in town and there’s no way I’ll fall for that sexy southern drawl, irresistible smile and all that charm.

No matter how well he fills out a pair of old faded Levi’s.

Maybe it’s the taste of bourbon on his lips that burns so good. But the bourbon holds a secret igniting a firestorm neither one of us can stop.

Now Brant is risking his legacy, his family, his heart—all for me.

Losing Stars by J. Sterling (Oct. 4)

(Blurb)

 I’ve loved Ryson for as long as I can remember. He stole my heart on set when we were teenagers and hasn’t let it go since. It hasn’t always been easy being Hollywood’s hottest couple, but it’s always been worth it.

Until now.

I never thought anything could come between us. I never imagined a scenario where Ryson and I wouldn’t be together…. but here we are; living out my worst nightmare. And in the public eye, no less. 
Everyone wants a piece of me, but all I want is him. In a world where love seems destined to be torn apart, how could I ever have thought we’d survive?

Viral by T. Gephart (Oct. 4)

What happens when Vaughan, a struggling musician, posts a hilarious but cutting rant on social media after he discovers that his girlfriend and best friend/bandmate are having an affair? It goes viral and makes Vaughan instantly internet famous, and he catches the eye of a powerful record producer. He suddenly gets the deal of a lifetime that could make him a real rock star, but will his intense attraction for his new boss’s daughter, Gillian, cause his career to tank before it even has a chance to launch? You’ll find out when you read T. Gephart’s Viral — a tender, steamy and entertaining romance with endearing characters, laugh-out-loud humor, sizzling sexual tension and a socially relevant story.

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