I know that summer is definitely under way because this month has been packed with releases. This is the type of problem I want to have on a summer break, if you’re hopefully having one. These new adult romance books deliver the sizzle, angsty tension and fun!!
Storm and Fury by Jennifer Armentrout
Enter a world of gargoyle protectors, rising demons and one girl with an explosive secret.
Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.
When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed
This is a paranormal romance book that is sooooooo good! It’s a unique story filled with gargoyles, demons, adventure and BANTER! I don’t know if you’ve noticed this trend but, I love books with great banter and Armentrout is so good at this. This is a spin off of her series, The Dark Elements, but I didn’t read that one and I wasn’t lost at all in this book. In this story, we meet Trinity who is a human living among Wardens (gargoyle shape shifters) in a secluded school whose training ground is her whole world.. She’s always shown enhanced abilities, for being “human”, and when her world seems to be crumbling around her, these abilities are tested. She discovers all is not as it seemed to be. This isolated world is suddenly teaming with newcomers and one certain Warden that keeps occupying her thoughts. Ugh, the plot was so fast-paced, the mission Trinity embarks on is one that cannot guarantee any survivors and I loved every second of it!
Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey
I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.
Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.
Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:
I know my boss.
Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.
Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.
He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.
It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.
Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.
A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.
My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.
My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss
This was such a fun read! Grey always packs the fun, in her light-hearted funny reads. In this book, we meet Taylor. Life hasn’t treated her well, she’s the main breadwinner of her family and is responsible for their well-being. Despite that she’s still has a positive outlook on life and is doing what she needs to do to make ends meet. Until a stranger walks into a bar and totally changes everything. Ethan and Taylor’s chemistry jumps off the pages and the push and pull of their relationship makes for some great moments throughout the story.
Broken Halo by Brynne Asher
Zero three zero nine.
Four little numbers … four little words. They might be random and insignificant to anyone else, but they meant something to us.
No, they meant everything to us.
Until they were ripped away.
That was the day our lives took a different course. One we had no control over. One that others puppeteered and mangled into a cluster so big, it left us with emotional scars lined with resentment and venom toward each other.
All because I’m a Montgomery and he’s a Barrett.
Now, Trig’s back and he hates me with more hostility and rage than ever … and I’ve learned to do the same. But when the world comes crashing down and the stakes couldn’t be higher, I can’t run and I can’t hide.
I need the help of the one person whose loathing for me runs deeper than blood and colder than his icy-blue stare.
I need Trig.
I need him more than I know.
The ANGST!!! Brynne Asher brings on the alpha males and the angst here. It’s the second in the series but can be read as a standalone. This is a second chance romance with a deep, emotional history that is perfectly explored —I love books that balance out the past with plenty of the present. Trig and Ellie are forced together after many years apart, you can feel the emotions coming off of them from their unresolved issues. This close proximity brings them to finally acknowledge what went wrong in their relationship so long ago. Once those flood gates open, it’s impossible to hold them back.
Superfan by Sarina Bowen
Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.
Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.
But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.
While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.
But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.
She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart.
Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing to win.
This is a standalone in a series I’m obsessed with! Each hero and heroine is unique and painted so vividly. It feels like you are stepping into their world and being immersed in their day to day. This was a book that had the cutest meet-cute and it kept delivering the cuteness! There’s also a suspense thread weaved throughout that kept me glued to the pages. I was alternatively smiling and in shock at the events that unfolded. A huge element, I love about this book is that the heroine doesn’t need anyone to provide for her. She’s perfectly sufficient on her own and helps so many people along the way.
These summer books bring on the angst, humor, banter and CHEMISTRY! What read are you diving into this month?