What is Frolic Reading? June 2019

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Happy Summer Frolic readers! Our contributors this month have a nice array of older releases, current releases and even a tease of a future release on our list of favorite things we read in June. We hope your month of reading was as exciting as ours was.

Lisa Ward | The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

I’ve been a Tarryn Fisher fan since her release of The Opportunist. She has a talent for writing flawed characters that you can’t help but root for and love.

This story was a page-turner and the ending…GASP!! It was a “what the what?” moment where you look around to see why everyone is acting normal and not hyperventilating like yourself.

When you read as many books as I do a year, sometimes even if the story is great, the overall formula is stale. This is NOT the case for The Wives. I couldn’t predict the main character’s thoughts, actions, or her next move. The book was a breath of fresh air that I actually probably held in the whole time while reading. The Wives releases on December 31, 2019.

Aurora Dominguez | Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Mia Corvere is life. And so is this author. I finally picked up this dark and bloody tale, filled with romance, intrigue, and twists and turns this month and could not put it down. Mia is avenging family deaths, and her badass personality will have readers rooting for her and gasping all at once. Just my type of book, but please note, it is NOT YA. And that’s totally ok.

Mary Dube | Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Oh, how I adore Tessa Bailey’s contemporary romances! She always delivers, and Fix Her Up is another sigh-worthy, laugh-out-loud funny and uber-sexy romantic comedy that left me with a huge smile on my face. It’s the first standalone book in the Hot and Hammered series and features a feisty, endearing heroine, Georgie, who has always been in love with her brother’s best friend, Travis. He’s a former professional baseball player, who has been devastated by his forced retirement due to an injury, and he has moved back home to start over but has completely stalled out. Georgie is determined to get him out of his self-pity, grumpy fun, and she confronts and pushes him as no one else has. Travis is annoyed, but it works, and he begins to notice her as more than just a pesky kid. Soon, their friendship gets a healthy injection of scorching-hot sexual chemistry, so when they decide to fake a relationship, Travis cannot ignore his attraction. Their relationship is both adorable and compelling as they deal with their rapidly evolving feelings, as well as their own personal identity struggles, and you can’t help but love everything about Georgie and Travis. Fix Her Up is a thoroughly entertaining, fan-yourself-worthy, and hilarious romance that skillfully combines light-hearted ambiance with more reflective and emotional moments.

Donna Soluri | The Master by Kresley Cole

While compiling my #TBT list for last week’s homage to National Body Piercing Day, I mistakenly convinced myself that Russian Mafya boss, Maksimilian Sevasatyan in Kresley Cole’s The Master, had some bling down below. I realized my mistake very early in my re-read, but I’m happy to report the time spent researching was not a hardship. Maks and Cat’s story is just as fantastic as I remembered, even without the addition of an apa in his pants! Cat is on the run from a deadly ex-husband and Maks is a dangerous, Russian politician and mobster with particular tastes in women. Cat doesn’t fit his profile at all, and yet, the chemistry between them is so explosive, it might just make you blush! A lot is going on in this book. We get Maks’ dysfunction that stems from a turbulent childhood coupled with his strained relationship with his two brothers. We also get Cat’s story, which lends a bit of mystery to the book, to keep you on your toes. Add in Dom/sub style sex and the addition of a chastity belt as punishment and well, suffice it to say, Kresley Cole can tell an intriguing story that will have you turning pages faster than you can imagine! This is the second book in her Game Maker’s series, and it can be read as a standalone, but I promise you, you want to read The Professional, for the scene in the broom closet alone, it’s worth your time!

Megan Corbett (Head of Editorial) | Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

First, can we just talk about how adorable this cover is?! When this gem of a book came into the office, we had to fight over who got to read it first and that lucky person would be me! The heroine, who struggles with intense chronic pain, decides to not let that stop her from living her life and sets out to change everything. Add in one sexy apartment building manager and you have a great read in your hands! Talia is always excellent with her witty dialogue and steamy scenes but as a suffer of chronic pain myself, it made me so happy to watch Chloe get her HEA. Pick up this book when it’s released November 5th, you won’t regret it!

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