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With Leverage being renewed, I'm suddenly craving a good heist romance. Got any recs, please?
Oh we love a good heist...and we adore Leverage! So here’s some to try.
The Pirate & I by Katharine Ashe - M/F Romance, Open Door (Historical, Regency)
Confidence Tricks by Tamara Morgan - M/F Romance, Open Door (Contemporary, Romantic Comedy)
Never Mix Sin With Pleasure by Renee Ann Miller - M/F Romance, Open Door (Historical, Victorian) [in Pre-order]
Bow Street Bachelors series by Kate Bateman - M/F Romance, Open Door (Historical, Regency)
Book One / Book Two / Book Three
The Will Darling Adventures by KJ Charles - M/M Romance, Open Door (Historical, Queer)
Heiress for Hire by Madeline Hunter - M/F Romance, Open Door (Historical, Regency)
Faking It - Jennifer Cruisie - M/F Romance, Open Door (Contemporary, Romantic Comedy)
Zorak by Cyndi Friberg - M/F Romance, Open Door (Sci-Fi, Alien)
The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham - M/F Romance, Open Door (Historical, Regency)
Hunted by the Sky by Tanez Bhathena - M/F Romance, No Sex (YA, Paranormal)
A Pocket in Time by Lexi Post - M/F Romance, Open Door (Time Travel, Regency)
The Knight of Ambra by Lyn Brittan - M/F Romance, Open Door (Contemporary, Romantic Suspense)
The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by KJ Charles - M/M Romance, Unknown Heat Level (Regency, Queer)
Brazen Angel by Elizabeth Boyle - M/F Romance, Open Door (Historical)
The Financier by Liz Maverick - M/F Romance, Open Door (Contemporary, Romantic Suspense)
*These suggestions are not endorsements. Please read the description and the reviews to decide whether you want to read the books!
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Being with someone who is genuinely kind and cares about your mental health is so... different.
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QOTD: Do you read reviews before starting any book?
I try not to read reviews as that tends to cloud my judgement and I’d like to go into the book and come out with my own opinions.
Then, once I’m done I like to go ahead and read reviews.
The Ex Talk is a book I’ve been seeing around #bookstagram and so I’m excited to start this one as it is marketed as a hate-to-love.
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“People shouldn’t be changed - but perhaps they should grow.”
- Take a Hint, Dani Brown
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Once upon a time, I knew his face by heart. I had him memorized.
Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You
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"That's the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose." - Casey McQuiston
How insane it is to love a book as if it is your best friend?
Well, that is how I feel when I read Red, White & Royal Blue.
The story is breathtaking and so well-written and crafted, Casey McQuiston is a modern-day Wizard when it comes to compelling characters, driven plot.
I've read this story multiple times this year and I know I will read it a few more times before the year is over. ~ Hessabookishgirl on goodread
Below is a spoiler review.
As a recently came out Bisexual person, I loved this story. I lot of books have gay or lesbian characters, but rarely do I find books with Bisexuality, so from the start, I loved Alex. He was funny, sarcastic and real in ways I barely read in stories.
Henry is adorable, lovely. The whole time I read the story, I just wanted to hug him tightly and protect him. He been through so much, his father dying, be forced in the closet and abandoned by his family.
From the first chapter I knew I would love this couple and this story. For one, this is an enemies to lover story, which I am a sucker for, but them writing emails to each other, using old letters was so unique and adorable. It was basically how many words can I saw I love you, without saying I love you.
When Alex started making plans for the future and Henry got so scared he ran, was so heartbreaking. I didn’t know how to react, I understand both of their pains, but Alex getting on a plane and going all the way England to confront him was amazing. Threatening to let the press find out if he didn’t open up.
Alex’s family was so supportive of him and I love that he had them. When Henry’s mother came around, I cried so much. I felt for her, she didn’t mean to abandoned her children, she was just drowning in her grief.
The ending of the book was well written and I felt happy for their future when it ended.
Also shout out to Pez, Nora, June and Bea for being the best characters are well. I shipped the throple that was Pez, Nora and June. And Bea willing to throw down for Henry is epic.
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Why the hell did I wait so long to read this book?? It was so fantastic that I’m having a hard time putting my love for this book into words, but I’ll try. Just know that I’m fangirling really hard over this book right now.
Boyfriend Material had me laughing, it had me crying, it had my heart melting, and it had my heart breaking. But most of all, this book was fucking relatable. Luc and Oliver are probably some of the most relatable characters out there. They’re both anxious and stressed out, but in completely different ways. There were more than a few scenes that I felt all the way to my core. And I think this book will be sticking with me for a long time.
All in all I loved this book to pieces. I wish the next one was coming out sooner, because I just need more of Luc and Oliver and their quirky friends. Boyfriend Material is probably one of my favorite books of the year and is getting a solid five stars!
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“Why do I get the feeling you’re falling tragically in love with me as we speak?”
“No idea,” Zaf lied, planting his hands against the door, one on either side of her shoulders. “Why do I get the feeling you’d be terrified if I was?”
~ Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
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No room for buddy reads here, only best buddy reads 🙌
- feat. my best buddy to read and rant with @booksmadeofvelvet 🥰
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“Hey there, Shortcake.” ❤️🍰
One of my favorite summer reads (and now favorite romance books of all time!) is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ! I’ve read it twice in the last month (and my favorite parts more than that)—if you love enemies to lovers, this is like THE book to read. I was so excited when ACOBAF said this was going to be the art for the month of August 😆❤️! It’ll be available in their shop as a booksleeve & print in September, so go follow them 💕.
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Any light hearted romance book recs?
Sure! I live for light hearted romance 🥰🥰🥰
CONTEMPORARY / NEW ADULT
Summer Nights series by Lauren H. Mae (it’s fun + feels, and a series that’s 100% criminally underrated!, READ THESE)
The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert (maybe not everyone would call it “light-hearted” but this series definitely has this “make-you-feel-good vibes going on for it)
Well Met by Jen DeLuca (a totally cute one)
My Favourite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
The Score by Elle Kennedy (I mean, it’s an oldie but this book just never fails to put a smile on my face, what can I say?)
Dirty Martini Running Club series by Claire Kingsley (a group of friends + female friendship + hotness = perfect for the summer)
Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey
The Trouble With Quarterbacks by R.S. Grey (the very definition of light-hearted)
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
The Princess Affair by Nell Stark (F/F; royalty trope and it was really Good™ )
Jock Row by Sara Ney (low on angst, high on banter and cuteness)
From Paris with Love series by Lauren Blakely (perfect for the summer!)
The Mister series by Louise Bay (especially books 1 and 2, personally I was a bit meh on book 3)
Anyone But Her by Erica Lee (F/F; short, cute and loads of sexual tension)
Modern Love series by Alisha Rai (an excellent one!)
Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan (I’ve seen very mixed reviews for this one but personally I really enjoyed it? It’s not 100% light-hearted but it’s definitely low on angst and is all about make-you-feel-good feels)
Sassy in the City series by Erin McCarthy (not all books in this series were a “hit” for me but they are mostly short-ish, sweet and steamy)
The Brooklyn Book Boyfriends series by Kayley Loring
A Very Bossy Christmas + A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day by Kayley Loring (maybe not the most appropriate recs given it’s summer now but well, you asked for light-hearted and these are IT)
All Grown Up by Vi Keeland (inverted age-gap romance; one of my favs from this author)
To the Moon and Back by Melissa Brayden (F/F; celebrity romance, theatre and hotness, what more does one need?)
Five Parties With My Worst Enemy by Elle Sharpe (SO GOOD; enemies-to-lovers...SO GOOD)
Regency Vows series by Martha Waters (I had a bone or two to pick with book 2 of this series but overall I had a really good time reading these)
Feminine Pursuits series by Olivia Waite (F/F; maybe not 100% care-free but this series just leaves me feeling all good and giddy, it’s wonderful!)
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare (SO GOOD)
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Recently read: Another round of romance reads!
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne was absolutely delightful. So much better than her second novel. She’s still got it!
Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto was fun. Not one of my favorites of the year, but definitely a good sunny afternoon read.
If The Shoes Fits by Julie Murphy was also cute and fun, but not anything that blew me away. If you’re looking for plus size romance though, this one is for you!
I didn’t pay as close of attention to Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas as I should’ve because I was kinda drunk on vacation while reading, but it was still super cute. You really can’t go wrong with Kleypas tbh.
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♥️ What’s your top favorite romance? (Book/Movie)
My top favorite romance book has got to be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. It got me into the genre and it’s just a funny and quick, office hate to love romcom. It honestly gave me K-Drama vibes with how quirky Lucy and the predicaments she’d get in were and also Josh gave me the broody male lead vibes. 😆
I have yet to read another romance book that has made me feel what these characters did. Also, I’m a bit excited for the movie too 🍿
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The Spanish Love Deception Aesthetic
Catalina & Aaron
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“Love is certainly never safe, but it’s absolutely worth it.”
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown
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“It’s weird knowing someone just casually, he said, and then later
finding out they’re observing things all the time. It’s like, God, what has
this person noticed about me?”
~ Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney.
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Romance Recommendations by Asian Authors
Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.
There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.
The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. As much as he’d like to focus on his Hollywood fresh start, he can’t get Jia out of his head. Especially once he starts to suspect who might have used his famous name to catfish her…
When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family. But as the whole world swoons over their relationship, Jia can’t help but wonder: Can an online romance-turned-offline-fauxmance ever become love in real life?
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.
If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.
For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.
But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.
Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.
America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
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10 gut wrenching words, am I right?
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im sorry guys i just cant over the fact that mariana zapata consistently says you can have one (1) sex scene, as a treat and we all just consistently go thank you i'll take it
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*thanks to Goodreads for the image!*
This one was a delightful romance.
Chloe Brown wants to get a life, hence the title. Due to her chronic illnesses, she doesn’t feel like she can do much. After a near death experience in the beginning of the book, she decides to make a list of things to do (travel, one night stand, moving into her own apartment). In her apartment building, she meets her landlord Red. Repeatedly. And the encounters are not really the best.
Overtime, Red and Chloe realize how they feel about each other, after Red offers to help with her list. What ensues is a bunch of adventures and some ~steamy~ scenes.
My one qualm I had with this book was that Red kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I can’t quite articulate why, but he just didn’t seem like a realistic character. Other than that, I will definitely reread this one again. It’s lighthearted and fun, and just a good time.
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