Things We Never Said by Samantha Young

thingswenever saidPages: 357

Goodreads rating: 4.08 / 5  stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 5th 2019

Publisher: Self published

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Local metalsmith and gift shop owner, Dahlia McGuire, likes her quiet life in Hartwell, Delaware. It’s the perfect place to hide from her family and the tragic events that led to their estrangement. However, when her father, the person she loves most in the world, needs her Dahlia has no choice but to return to Boston to face her ghosts. One of those happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Michael Sullivan. The man she was never supposed to fall in love with.

Michael Sullivan has never forgotten Dahlia McGuire. Some might say he’s never gotten over her. For years he lived with the anger of her desertion, and now, newly-divorced, he’s finally ready to move on. That proves impossible when Dahlia returns to Boston and reawakens their explosive connection. Despite everything, Michael wants her back, but Dahlia can’t seem to let go of the tangled emotions of the past. When she flees home to Hartwell, Michael follows, determined to do everything in his power to convince her they belong together.

However, when the unthinkable hits the quiet seaside town, Michael finds himself trying to unravel more than the mystery of Dahlia’s broken heart. It’s time for truths left unsaid to finally be spoken or Michael and Dahlia might find themselves torn apart forever…

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

TBTPages: 296

Goodreads Rating: 4.06 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 7th 2019

Publisher: Berkley Romance

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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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Smutathon Book Recommendations: Authors of Color, Second Chance Romance, Fake Dating and Bad Boy / Bad Girl

Happy Wednesday everyone! Here’s the second batch of my smutathon book recommendations featuring the following categories:

  1. Authors of Color
  2. Second Chance Romance
  3. Fake Dating
  4. Different Worlds

You can check out my first batch of recommendations here. Without further ado, here are my recommendations:

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Smutathon Book Recommendations: Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden Romance, Friends to Lovers and Vacation Romance

There are two weeks left before #Smutathon begins and I’m sharing my book recommendations. I did a book recommendation last round and you may check out my post (#Smutathon v. 2.0: TBR and Recommendations) since some of the categories are included for this round.

For my batch 1 of my recommendations, the categories included are the following:

  1. Enemies to Lovers
  2. Forbidden Romance
  3. Friends to Lovers
  4. Vacation Romance

I don’t want my post to be lengthy and I’ll just recommend five (5) books per category.  But feel free to ask me other books aside from the ones I listed. Without further ado, here are the books:

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Romance Authors Whose Books I Haven’t Read Yet

Through the years I began venturing on romance genre, a lot of my friends recommended me great romance novels. I have read some of them but others remain sitting on my TBR pile. It’s either I was distracted from other hyped books or I forgot to read them. I’d like to share my list of authors whose books has been on my radar but never had a chance to start.

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Exploring Tropes: Mafia Romance

As promised, I’ll write a book recommendation based on tropes. I have a list of my top five romance tropes and you can check it out here. On my first Exploring Tropes, we’ll venture on Mafia Romance. Honestly, books that has this trope is thrilling and addictive. The romance is always explosive and I just love mafia men. You know I’m a sucker for bad boys. The heroines are feisty and call out their lover’s bullshit.

It’s understandable this isn’t for everyone as it has trigger warnings such as violence, profanity, kidnapping, drugs, abuse etc. Everything is not sugarcoated and admittedly some of them are problematic. It’s your discretion to read them. I’ll do my best to rank it according to its darkness level so you’ll have an idea what to expect or if you can handle the story. It’s a lengthy post so please bear with me. Here are the mafia books / series I enjoyed:

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Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

Huge DeaL2Pages: 259

Goodreads Rating: 4.11 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 12th 2019

Publisher: Montlake Romance

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Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.

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