Aug 072021
 

Hook, Line, and Sinker (It Happened One Summer #2) by Tessa Bailey

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time—in bed and out—and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?

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Aug 012021
 

Man of the Month Club: OCTOBER by Callie Love & Ann Omasta

Single father, Parker Monroe, has been best friends with identical twin sisters, Samantha and Sloane Ford, since the trio was young. Revealing his secret crush on one of the sisters would tip the delicate balance of their lifelong friendship.

Tomboy Sam loves her best friend, Parker, in a way that goes beyond friendship, but he only seems to have eyes for her beautiful, vivacious sister, Sloane.

Gorgeous, popular Sloane is completely oblivious to the sizzling sensual tension that bubbles just beneath the surface in this twisted love triangle.

When the Man of the Month Club matchmaking application pairs Parker with one of the Ford twins, will the trio’s friendship implode? Find out when you read Man of the Month Club: OCTOBER.

The Hot Shots of Romance Quickies are scorching short stories featuring sexy heroes, curvy heroines, seductive instalove, sizzling bedroom scenes, and satisfying happily-ever-after endings. Start anywhere. Binge-read them all. Grab OCTOBER now and enjoy a perfectly-portioned taste of steamy romance to satisfy your craving.

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Jul 302021
 

Playing with Fire (Hometown Heat Book 3) by Lili Valente

Thou shalt not bang your best friend. That commandment would be a lot easier if Maddie wasn’t the sexiest siren ever to wade into a tide pool. Or if I was good at resisting temptation.

I’m the troublemaker, the firefighter who enjoys getting a little too close to the flames. And the trouble is double, since Maddie’s sister is about to marry my brother. That makes a tryst even riskier.

But it’s cool—we’ll keep our bang-a-palooza a secret from our siblings and keep things casual, so no one gets hurt.

The problem? Nothing about this thing with Maddie feels casual.
From the electricity between us to the way my heart flips when she smiles—everything I feel for her is intense.

But can we handle the heat when my past—and hers—suddenly come back to haunt us…

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Jul 202021
 

Burn (Fuel Series Book 3) by Ginger Scott

**Burn is the third and final book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott. This second-chance romance completes this angsty, steamy, new adult trilogy.

Dustin Bridge’s world is about speed. About the edge. His life has been carved by cutting corners and making moves, following impulsive decisions while weighing the facts at hand.

On the track, that has never steered him wrong.

In life, though? That’s another story.

On the cusp of greatness, the world’s up-and-coming racing star seems to be living the perfect story. A hero to his hometown. A partner to his best friend. A man poised to take the throne, to become the greatest, and to reap the rewards and attention that come along with it.

He’s been branded the track’s most eligible bachelor. And rarely does he cross a finish line without a dozen screaming, adoring women brandishing his name on glitter-covered T-shirts across their chests, just hoping he’ll break his own rules and take one of them to bed.

But he won’t. As loose as Dustin may be on the road, he’s become disciplined in life. He let love in completely—once. For one person. Hannah Judge. And she wrecked him.

And now, she’s back.

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Jul 122021
 

His Favorite Cowgirl (The Brother’s at Horseshoe Ranch Book 3) by J. S. Cooper

Cowboys make the best friends, but can they also make the best boyfriends?

Wyatt Hamilton has been my best friend since I was in diapers. He is the yin to my yang and we’ve always been inseparable. But now I’m trying to break away because I’m ready to find a man that looks at me as more than his best friend. I’m looking for a boyfriend and a husband and I’m not going to find him if Wyatt Hamilton is always hanging around me like some sort of overprotective big brother.

He considers me his favorite cowgirl, but I’m looking for a man that just wants to make me his woman. But Wyatt isn’t getting the hint that I need my space. I’m doing everything in my power to ensure that he sees that I’m now a woman and I’m looking for a man. Even if that means that we can’t be in each other’s lives as much anymore. I never expected for him to react in the way that he did. I never expected to find out that my best friend wasn’t just a cowboy, but a confident sexy alpha male as well.

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Jul 092021
 

Worst Best Friend Ever (The Worst Ever Series Book 3) by J. S. Cooper

I’ve been writing letters to a military man overseas and now he’s coming back home…

I started writing to Cody two years ago while he was stationed at a base overseas. I’ve told him everything about my life…only I slightly embellished some parts. Like the fact that I’m really into sports, have a serious boyfriend, and I’m in my fifties. I had my reasons, you see, but now he wants to meet and I’m scared he’s going to think I’m a big liar.

So I decide to tell him that I’m his penpals daughter, yeah, nothing like adding oil to the fire. But when we meet I can’t help but think how handsome he is and how I want more. But how can I ever start a relationship with someone that doesn’t really know the real me? Am I the worst best friend ever?

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Jul 082021
 

Pretty Boy D (Kings of Cypress Pointe #1) by Rachel Jonas & Nikki Thorne

Dane Golden—Best friend. Temptation in football cleats. Roommate?

I’m screwed.

His followers don’t call him Pretty Boy D for nothing. The guy is, literally, God’s gift to women. I should know. I’ve watched chicks throw themselves at him since puberty.

Sharing his loft should be simple. Easy. But shortly after I settle in, we realize being “just friends” was so much easier when we weren’t sleeping under the same roof.

Seven years of thinking we had this down to a science goes out the window the night Dane sees my “Never Have I Ever” list. Now, he’s on a mission to help me cross off the top four items. Some of which aren’t quite as innocent as he’d expect.

What he’s proposing will break the rules we agreed to when I first came to stay here. He wants me to give in, to let my guard down and face my feelings for once. At least, that’s what that wicked look in his eyes and the mounting heat between us suggests.

This isn’t how I imagined being roommates would go. But a girl can only stare temptation in its green eyes for so long and not weaken.

My best friend wants to have his way with me and, right or wrong… I think I might let him.

***

Pretty Boy D is a full-length standalone novel. This book can absolutely be read on its own, but when you’re done, it’s recommended that you check out more from the Golden triplets and Joss in the complete enemies-to-lovers trilogy, KINGS OF CYPRESS PREP.

Do you enjoy the frustratingly hot push and pull of a good friends-to-lovers or roommates-to-lovers romance? Then you’ll love getting to know Dane and Joss. Due to adult themes and sexual situations, this one’s only for the 18+ crowd. Expect an HEA and no trigger warnings needed.

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Jul 012021
 

Shift (Fuel Series Book 1) by Ginger Scott

Dustin Bridges has always had two things he could count on—his fearless instincts behind the wheel and the support of his two best friends, Tommy and Hannah Judge.

Dustin brought the speed.

Tommy, the brains.

And Hannah . . . she was the glue that held everyone together.

Together, they were unstoppable.

From the dirt tracks of their youth to the late-night drag races under a desert moon as teens, the Judge siblings pushed and watched in awe as their friend edged closer to his dream. Always racing, always running. That was Dustin’s gift and curse. And while his life at home was unbearable, his world with the Judges always seemed perfect.

Growing up with people makes for a special bond. But sometimes life has a way of testing just how strong a relationship is. And falling in love with one of your best friends, not to mention your other best friend’s sister? Well, that can be the toughest test of all.

Heartbreak doesn’t know what it’s up against, though, because when there is a prize to be won, nobody bets against Dustin Bridges.

**Shift is the first book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott. Books 2 and 3, Wreck and Burn, will release in July!

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Jul 012021
 

Wreck (Fuel Series Book 2) by Ginger Scott

**Wreck is the second book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott.

When Dustin Bridges left Camp Verde to try to make it on his own, he left half his heart behind. A life with Hannah Judge was just too dangerous. A mountain of chaos and violence was always aiming for the target on Dustin’s back, and that made giving up the only person he ever loved feel necessary.

But impossible isn’t a word Dustin believes in. Defying odds is what he’s good at. It’s how he’s survived. And when fate calls him home, he sees it as his chance to take back his girl, to make his heart whole and to put his makeshift family back together.

Just one thing. That family? And more importantly, that girl? They want nothing to do with him.

When Dustin left Hannah without a word, he broke a promise. More than that, he broke a bond. He broke Hannah. The life she saw in her future was gone in a blink, and in its place she grew a heart of stone and a craving for danger.

But isn’t danger what Dustin Bridges is really all about?

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Jun 272021
 

The Rulebreaker by Claire Contreras

Maverick Cruz and I started off as pen pals and became besties when we went to the same sports camp at age twelve. He rooted for me at my soccer games. I cheered for him at his hockey tournaments. Through heartbreaks, new relationships, and failed friendships, we knew we could always count on each other. That’s why no one is more surprised–or panicked– than I am when I start to develop different feelings for him. But Instead of telling him the truth, I agree to help him find a girlfriend. Someone who is not me. Someone who is so opposite of me that I have to make a list for the charade. The problem is, he wants to practice his dating skills with me. The corny pickup lines, the hand-holding, the door opening, the staring. Before this, I thought sharing a house with him was an excellent idea. Who wouldn’t want to room with their best friend? Now, the close proximity is killing me. What’s worse is that I can’t stop looking at him like he’s a Greek god, and he can’t stop seeing me as his virginal little sister. Still, I push it aside, until one night, when he’s lying beside me in bed and I’m the one who forgets the rules and crosses the line between friends and something more. It’s a horrible idea. He’s a player. I’m a virgin. Yet, I can’t seem to stop myself. New item on my list: DO NOT FALL FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND.

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Jun 212021
 

Ready to Run (Sunnyville Series Book 1) by Jennifer Rebecca

A friends-to-lovers romance.

Bayleigh Hart

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Runaway Bride

I didn’t mean to. It just happened. I swear it. One minute, I was walking down the aisle, and the next, I was in Bora Bora with my bestie, Archer Scott. But this honeymoon isn’t in Vegas, and the feelings and naked parts we discovered aren’t going to stay there.

Archer Scott

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: In love with my best friend.

I always thought I would have time to get closer to Bayleigh. That was until I was checking the Yes box on the RSVP for her wedding. One minute, she’s about to begin her life with Mr. Not Me, and the next, I’m dancing on a bar in a grass skirt. Fortunately, I’m a “grab the bull by the horns” kind of guy, so I go with it.

It’s like they always say—Shh… it happens in Sunnyville!

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Jun 102021
 

Small Town Pretender (Havenbrook Book 5) by Brighton Walsh

Asher McCoy can win over a sold-out crowd with a husky note and a strum of his guitar, but proving to a judge he’s responsible enough to gain custody of his niece and nephew? Not so easy. His big idea—a fake marriage. And who better to play his doting bride than his longtime best friend? He just needs to get her home first…

Natalie Haven couldn’t get away from her suffocating hometown fast enough. For years, she’s fluttered around the globe as a freelance photographer. And if that unconventional job pisses off her daddy? Well, all the better. But when her best friend sends out an S.O.S., she heads back to the one place she swore she’d never land.

Except a fake marriage means a not-so-fake living arrangement, including only one bed. Nat’s witnessed enough women fall for Asher’s charms, but she refuses to be one of them. Because permanence isn’t in her blood. Not even for him.

Excerpt Small Town Pretender by Brighton Walsh

While she obviously wasn’t oblivious to the fact that both of her closest friends were smoking hot dudes, she’d also never really seen them as sexual beings—not to her, anyway.
Or she hadn’t.
She didn’t know if it was because she’d spent the past six nights sharing a bed with Asher—and waking up pretzeled around him like he was her personal stuffed animal—or if it was the whole maybe-marriage thing that had sparked that part of her brain, but now she couldn’t not see it.
She could honestly say now she definitely understood the whole mysterious, broody musician vibe girls went crazy for.
“How long are you gonna stand there starin’ at me like a stalker?” he murmured without opening his eyes.
“Oh, I’m the stalker, but somehow you knew I was standin’ here, even with your eyes closed.”
“You might be small enough that I could fold you up and put you in my pocket, but you walk like you’ve got cement blocks tied around your ankles.”
With a laugh, she strode toward him and dropped down on the cushion at his side, shoving her elbow into his stomach and delighting in his grunt of surprise. “You deserved that. I walk just like I do everything else.”
“Yeah, like you don’t give a single fuck what anyone thinks.”
Daintily, Ash. I do all things daintily. But, please, tell me more about this favor you need from me…”
He chuckled and wrapped an arm around her, tugging her into his side. She snuggled in, notching herself perfectly under his arm, like that very space had a Nat-shaped cutout made just for her.
“My compliments aren’t winnin’ me any favors?” he said. “Is that what you’re sayin’?”
“What I’m sayin’ is that if you want something, you’d be better off gettin’ it with some chocolate and maybe a little wine instead of your smart mouth.”
He chuckled. “You love my smart mouth.”
“Not today I don’t.”
“Unconditional love—isn’t that what you promised me?”
“I didn’t promise you shit. I’m not your wi—“ Nat nearly choked on the word, remembering too late exactly the size and shape of the elephant in the room. The one they’d been avoiding all day. “Speakin’ of, we should probably talk about that.“
“Yeah… Look, Nattie, I know I’m askin’ a lot. This would be…” He blew out a breath, the move ruffling her hair. “You know I wouldn’t have asked if I had any other options.”
“So I’m your last resort then? Good to know.”
“You’re my every resort,” he said without hesitation, earnestness in his tone.

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Jun 072021
 

Knocked Up (Knocked Up #6) by the Best Friend by Mayra Statham

She’s my best friend and the woman of every fantasy I have ever had since I laid eyes on her. She’s the one for me. And she is completely clueless about my feelings for her.

Until one passionate night blurs our boundaries and she becomes mine.

Yet she acts like nothing happened.

They say friendship is the best foundation for a solid relationship. And we have that in spades. I just have to convince her of that.

Come on and dive into this friends-to-lovers romance where a toe-curling happily ever after is more than guaranteed!

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May 292021
 

Only One Regret (Only One Series 5) by Natasha Madison

From USA Bestseller Natasha Madison comes a brand new Hockey series The Only One.

Cooper
My name came with big skates to fill.
At the top of my game, I had everything I wanted, or so I thought.
Being traded to Dallas was not what I was expecting but neither were the divorce papers I was served.
Now I’m a single dad in a city that isn’t my home.

Erika
Handed my biggest client when I was twenty-two made my dreams come true.
Over time, our work relationship changed, and we grew closer, leaning on each other for support.
He was my rock, my best friend.
Then one drunken night changed everything, and I saw what was in front of me all along.
I just hope that when the dust settles, we won’t regret it.

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Apr 232021
 

Ford’s Fate (Paranormals of Avynwood Book 2) by Michelle Dare

As a young vampire, Ford had experienced more than those much older than him.

The love of his life left him. He fell for his best friend. People he considered friends were killed. Blood was on his hands.

Through it all, he never forgot his first love. The one who stole his heart then shattered it when he least expected.

When Sienna left Ford and mated with another, she thought she’d found her companion for eternity. Except, her life didn’t play out that way. Her mate was killed, leaving Sienna a shell of the shifter she once was.

Ford wanted Sienna back, but the choice had to be hers.

Then her life was in danger, and his plans changed in an instant. All that mattered was keeping her safe.

Reaching a crossroad, they were helpless to fate’s plan.

Ford was left standing before Sienna, wearing his heart on his sleeve, waiting to see what she’d do next.

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Apr 202021
 

Beneath the Wreckage (The Wrecked Series Book 5) by Catherine Cowles

It was supposed to be a summer we’d never forget.
Instead, everything was stolen from me.
The best friend who was more like a sister. The innocent way I looked at life.
Leaving me with only unanswered questions.

Returning to the island is the second chance I didn’t know I needed.
And Hunter is the surprise that knocks me sideways.

There’s a hurt in him that calls to my own.
A strength I find in sharing our scars.
Igniting a spark that turns to flame.

But someone isn’t happy about the world I’m building for myself.
And nothing will stop them from tearing it all apart…

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Apr 152021
 

Wild for You by Amanda Bailey

Fireflies, night swimming, and falling for my best friend.

He’s all I ever wanted—all I thought I’d ever need.

Hearing he didn’t feel the same gutted me.

And when he left, he took my whole heart with him.

Six years later, he finds me and turns my quiet life upside down.

He convinces me to go back to the lake—where it all started.

Where we’ll get a whole new beginning …

And say a final goodbye.

Kassie’s Review:

Wild for You is a spin-off to the Flirting with Forever series and it made for a perfect little addition.
Willow made her appearance in Fight for You as Sawyers roommate and she was such a fun side character.
I’m glad she got her own book with her own happy ending. Willow and Mav’s friends-to-lovers romance with your small dose of drama was perfect. I loved all their childhood memories coming up. Such a sweet and beautiful story but of course with some spice.
I loved getting a little more of Hadleigh, Sawyer, Maddison, and Shawn.
The girls doing karaoke and Sawyers karaoke trivia, perfection! There’s a lot to make you smile in this book but there’s also some emotional parts that made this story even more beautiful.
As always, this book can be a stand-alone but the Flirting with Forever series as a whole is really great!
YOU CAN EXPECT:
contemporary romance

friends-to-lovers
ALL. THE. FEELS.

tearjerker
skinny dipping

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Apr 142021
 

Live and Let Grow by Penny Reid

Alice is in love with her best friend. Now all she needs to do is tell him.

Best buds Milo Manganiello and Alice Hooper have been the one constant in each other’s lives for over fifteen years. The charismatic and compassionate physics professor was there when Alice got married, and he was there ten years later when she got divorced. Likewise, the candid and kind computer science professor has always been there for Milo. She babysits his apartment and plethora of houseplants when he’s traveling and they share breakfast together every day he’s in town. Alice wasn’t always in love with Milo, but the feeling has grown, and when Milo returns from his latest globe-trotting adventure, Alice decides it’s time to spill the seeds.

Does Alice have the grit to confess? And will feelings take root? Or is hers a love destined never to bloom?

‘Live And Let Grow’ is a 14k word (short) contemporary romance of long-suffering unrequited love and can be read as a standalone.

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Mar 312021
 

Heavy Petting (Boys of the Bayou Gone Wild #2) by Erin Nicholas

A hot, fun friends-to-lovers small town rom com!

Jordan Benoit and Fletcher Landry have been best friends since they were six. He’s always been The Guy. When she needed picked up, cheered up, or lifted up—like literally, to see the stage at a concert or something—Fletcher was the guy.

So when her boyfriend dumps her—on national TV—Fletcher immediately gets on a plane and comes to her rescue.

And when she ends up in a Vegas wedding chapel and needs someone to say, “I do”…yep, Fletcher’s the guy. Of course.

But being The Guy 24/7 is a lot. He just wants everyone to give him a freaking minute to get this marriage thing right. Including his sexy, sweet new wife who he’s wanted for three years. Who is exasperatingly, temptingly all-in from minute one.

Jordan knows what she wants. A life in her hometown. A job with alpacas. And Fletcher. Not necessarily in that order.

They’ve said the vows. They’d told the world. They’ve told their grandmas. Forget taking things slow. Forget just heavy petting. Forget any chance of backing out when things get tough. They’re going to have to go all the way, in every way.

After all, friends becoming lovers should be the easiest thing in the world. Right?
Publication date : May 25, 2021

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Mar 242021
 

Date me Like You Mean It by R.S. Grey
Release Date: November 5th 2020

I’m good at hiding my feelings.
Having to pretend I’m not in love with my best friend?
Pfft. That’s child’s play.
Here’s how I do it: I avert my eyes when he walks out of his room, shirtless in all his toned glory. I squash the butterflies that fill my stomach every time he slowly unfurls a dimpled smile. And, most importantly, I keep an arsenal of “personal massagers” in my bedside drawer. Wink.
Not to brag, but Aiden Smith isn’t hard to resist if you’ve been doing it for as long as I have. In fact, we might have continued as best friends forever if not for the fact that I needed him to play the part of my fake boyfriend.
Date me like you mean it, I told him. Nudge nudge. C’mon, just go along with a little lie, help a girl out, and then we can all return to life as we know it.
Except he veered from the plan.
He crossed the line.
Flirting with me when no one else was around? Pinning me down and kissing me like that? Okay, how exactly is taking off my bra part of the ruse, Aiden?!
I’d ask him about it if I could, but well…things got ugly and we’re not best friends anymore.
In fact, we’re the exact opposite.
Now, I have to play nice even though I want to crush his heart in the palm of my hand.
Pretending not to love Aiden was the easy part.
Pretending not to hate him?
Well…I might need a little more practice.

Oh, my heart!!! This book kept me up all night. I started it and read until I had one eye opened. I wanted to finish it because I fell in love with the characters and connected really well with this one.

I always gush for books with a real life aspect of it and man, it was like a friend was telling me the story of her life. It felt real, the emotions were spot on… you could feel the longing, the despair, the angst, the frustrations and the anger…

So, Aiden and Maggie became fast best friends at their siblings wedding. She moved to Austin after the wedding and Aiden offered her a spot to become his roommate. From this moment Maggie already had hearts in her eyes and her crush was cemented living with him. But it was clear he had no feeling toward her so she stayed in the friend zone.

When Maggie made the mistake to commit to a Bachelorette party and couples were mandatory, she convinced Aiden to fake it with her. But the lines were crossed and the timing was bad, because the next day Aiden was offered the job of his dreams, becoming a journalist for The Times.

He left her. He thought she didn’t want him to stay.

OMG… seriously… best friends to lovers book out there. Loved it. Read it… Love it yourself.

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