September is raining books. It was hard to round out a few choices because everyone has been delivering great reads! This month I dived into some fun romances, cultural experiences and some sex positivity that deliver an awesome read!
The Roommate by Rosie Danan
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online
The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too tempting to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.
After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…
Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too
This was so fun! Opposites attract, lots of sex positivity, and sexual explorations. It’s a unique romance novel approach that explores topics rarely mentioned, like sex worker etiquette while also teaching our heroine how to let her hair down. Our heroine is a straight-laced trust fund baby that is finally taking a leap of faith that takes her across the country. However, not all goes according to plan and she has to learn how to let life take her on a new unexpected journey. With the help of our hero, she’s navigating a path filled with porn, sex and lots of new friends.
Well Played by Jen DeLuca
Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.
When Stacey imagined “The One,” it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she’s not sure what to make of it.
Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey’s shock, it isn’t Dex—she’s been falling in love with a man she barely knows.
This is book two of the series set in a ren faire, a unique setting that I absolutely adore, the characters, the medieval jousting, bar maidens amass! I really enjoyed the character development and growth that’s illustrated by the main characters. We meet them when their lives are taking uncertain paths and finding the right way to go is not easy. A case of mistaken identity, life choices and smoking chemistry gives us a story that will charm you from start to finish.
Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo
When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.
At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture, even after immigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping—well forcing—her to stay within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and…white.
When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother. Soon, Azere can’t help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter.
The culture is rich in this novel. I really enjoyed reading this #ownvoices story that explores the life of a Nigerian woman living in Toronto. The immigrant perspective brings a richness to the story. It’s not always easy to blend two families, combined with very different cultures, and this leads to an interesting story of finding the right way to coexist.
Only One Kiss by Natasha Madison
Being traded to Dallas was a dream come true. I had everything I wanted, my game had never been better, and my wife was due to have our baby any day now.
What could go wrong?
I was now raising our baby on my own. After hockey practice and games, I didn’t have time to sleep, let alone make sure my social media was up to par.
I never thought I’d get a second chance at love.
When my hotshot brother was drafted in the NHL, he didn’t have time to do his social media, so I took over for him. Little did I know it would become my career.
My plate was full with over fifty NHL players, and I wasn’t taking on any new clients.
Yet when he showed up on my doorstep with the cutest little girl in the whole world, I couldn’t say no.
I was just helping, but it turned into more than that. He’s the man I’ve been waiting for.
All it takes is one touch, one night, one chance, and only one kiss.
A fun hockey romance with a single dad and a social media maven that will lead him in more than just his instagram account. Ralph is juggling single fatherdom while also trying to ace his new season with the Dallas hockey team, love was not in his plan but Candace was like a puck to the heart. Candace’s moments with Ari were heart warming and all her interactions with her family brought hilarious antics. I can’t wait for more from these Dallas hockey players.
What are you reading this month?