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Badly Behaved by Megan Brady(Review Post)

Published April 9, 2021 by bookbesties
Release Date: April 7

I’m a Monet.

A chameleon.

I’m whatever I must be.

And what I must be is a flawless daughter, a skilled socialite, and the perfect prize to the man who signed along the dotted line.

Not that I’m complaining.

I’m all for a contractual agreement, a quick and clean catapult into the next phase of rich girl life. One that takes little thought, less effort, and zero devotion.

It’s exactly what I want.

An impassive life.

A calculated future.

Or, it was until the lights went out, darkness took over, and I learned what it meant to live.

To feel.

To fall.

But everyone knows what thrives in the night burns in the light and flames were among us.

There is no escape.

No turning back.

No ending within my control.

My mother always says our choices determine our consequences.

I hate it when she’s right.

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This is an all-new 103k word standalone romance about a rich girl and the trouble she finds herself in when she catches the eye of a guy unlike the ones in her world.

Okay, so let me pick my jaw off the floor….. So I have read Meagan books and they are dirty and can be complex but I was not ready for the storm that awaited me in this book. “The Blackout Boys” are a force to be reckon with. I had all kinds of feelings at first and I was proceeding with caution as I went into this read totally blind. You see the dynamic between the boys and Jameson and it’s intriguing and left me feeling like I could not tear my eyes off of the words on the page. Jameson (loved the name) is a kick ass heroine who will have you laughing and on the edge of your seat. The twists and turns to the plot you will not expect . I loved that I was nail biting my way through this story. Everybody has demons in this story some are more tamed than others. It’s a wild ride that is worth every bit! Badly behaved is such a great indulgence.


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Meet Meagan Brandy

Meagan Brandy is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of New Adult and Sports Romance books. 

Born and raised in California, she is a married mother of three crazy boys who keep her bouncing from one sports field to another, depending on the season, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Starbucks is her best friend and words are her sanity.


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My Almost Ex by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published April 6, 2021 by bookbesties
Release Date: April 6

In the middle of a crowded bar in our small Alaskan town, my estranged wife snuggles up to me as if we’re still a happy couple.

Don’t get me wrong, we were a happy couple—before she walked out on me a year ago. We were the high school sweethearts everyone thought were destined to be together forever. We thought so too, which is why we married shortly after graduation.

 

We had a good marriage. Until she left me without any real explanation.

 

Now, she’s back—and this is the real kicker—she has amnesia and thinks I’m still her husband. Technically I am, although the divorce papers are sitting at the lawyer’s office.

 

She’s desperate to remember her life in Sunrise Bay but I only want to find out why she left me. Once we conjure that memory up, it’s sayonara because there’s no second chances here. But as you probably already figured out, things didn’t go quite as I planned.

If you have seen any of my other reviews for this author it’s no secret that I have been a huge fan. This is the second book in their new series and a new family line. The covers so far are colorful and in my opinion just draws you to the book. I was intrigued with he taste of Adam story from the last book and couldn’t wait to see how they could pull this off. I fell in love with Adam! I have a new book boyfriend and I feel like I have said that a lot when it comes to this author. The storylines and characters are believable and make you want to dive in to this world.
     My heart initially broke for Adam and I wanted to hug him tight! He was patient and caring and you could feel the love he has for his high school sweetheart. The road that he and Lucy ventured left you feeling so many emotions. I wanted to cry and laugh and just scream please be fixed. I could not imagine how it would be to wake up and not have my memory and recognize the people that you love. Adam and Lucy are my number one couple. Their story was a beautiful journey of how two people find that lost love and the road to repairing and hopefully finding a HEA.


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Meet Piper Rayne: 
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). 

A little about us…. We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too. 


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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston(Review Post)

Published April 1, 2021 by bookbesties

* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller *
* GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 *

* BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR* for VOGUE, NPR, VANITY FAIR, and more! *

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. 

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic. 

“I took this with me wherever I went and stole every second I had to read! Absorbing, hilarious, tender, sexy—this book had everything I crave. I’m jealous of all the readers out there who still get to experience Red, White & Royal Blue for the first time!” – Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners

Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously fun. It is romantic, sexy, witty, and thrilling. I loved every second.” – Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

So I read this book on recommendation of a good Enemies to Lovers book from booktok having no idea what it was about going in, and sometimes those are hit or miss. this book fell into the HIT category! 

If you are going to judge it by this category alone then yes, obviously you should read the book, but this is so much more.

This was my first M/M read and I absolutely adored it! It’s hilarious and hopeful and progressive thinking of this idyllic future that should not be as far away as it has ever been.

There is a woman president with mixed race children who own and are proud of their heritage instead of feeling they have to hide it in the limelight.
The love shown in this book is what everyone in the world dreams of experiencing, sharing, reveling in, and growing up with.

Side note, it was so weird reading about travel and gathering and rally’s in the year 2020 with no mention of wearing masks, but like I said, idyllic.

I laughed of course but cried so much at times. I recommend this book to everyone.

The Heiress Hunt by Joanna Shupe(Review Post)

Published March 28, 2021 by bookbesties

High society reprobate.
An unconventional heiress.
Childhood friends.

Is it too late…
Knickerbocker scoundrel Harrison Archer returns to New York to discover that his deceased father has bankrupted his estranged family. To save them from ruin, he’s forced to quickly find and marry an heiress. For a matchmaker, Harrison turns to the one woman he wishes he could marry: his childhood friend and true love, Maddie, who once broke his heart and is now engaged to a duke.

For true love? 
When her best friend Harrison left for Paris without a word, Maddie Webster took refuge in her infatuation with tennis. Now Harrison is back and needs her help in finding a bride. Begrudgingly, Maddie arranges a house party in Newport with a guest list of eligible heiresses. But watching Harrison flirt with potential brides is more than she can bear.

When Harrison and Maddie reunite, the passion between them ignites. But with their marriages to others looming, time is running out. Is their fate inescapable . . .or can love set them free?

 Yeay!!!!! A new series by Joanna Shupe, I’m so excited!!!!!  This is book one in The Fifth Avenue Rebels series and it’s a gorgeous way to start.  I mean it!  The characters, the setting, the romance… it really all is gorgeous. I love how even though I’m not a sports fan in any way other than tailgating and throwing sports themed parties this book made me want to go look up the history of women’s tennis when I finished reading it.  Although the book is set in 1895, heroine’s passion for tennis reminded me of my dad’s mom, who loved tennis and take me with her to watch and be the ball girl when she would go play with her friends. 

In fact I think one of the reasons I found this book so endearing is because I saw a lot of my grandmother in our leading lady.  Both would do anything to help a friend in need, were devastated if they thought they did anything to hurt the ones they love, and both knew exactly what they expected and what they were willing to tolerate from the men they chose to marry.  It was really nice reading this book and having my own personal sentimental connection to it. 

Aside from that aspect I felt like the book had the perfect blend of darkness, warmth, realism, playfulness, and just enough heart break at all the right moments to keep readers on the edge of their seat and cheering for the HEA we all hope will come.  I really enjoyed this book (for more than just my own sentimental value) and read it in one sitting.  I can’t wait for October and book two!!!! 

Her Reluctant Husband by Erica Marselas (Review Post)

Published March 28, 2021 by bookbesties

Release Date: March 25

I would do anything for my family, including marrying a man who hates me.

Not like I had a choice when the person who helped raise me tells me who I must marry in order to save my home. 

When I came face to face with Alex Wilks again, the man who despises me and wishes I never stepped foot back into Kinder Falls after the day I left, I didn’t know what I was in for. 

Alex was the boy I once idolized, but later, he became the man that broke my trust. 

Both of us are reluctant to dig into the lies and secrets surrounding the night that broke us apart. 

Because it might end up being the truth that destroys us.

One year. 

We just have to survive one year.

The only thing is, we both have so much to lose.

But maybe everything to gain.

Sometimes I worry when I dive into a new author because of course you don’t want to be disappointed and left finding something else to read. At first glance the cover on this book is eye catching and it’s a cute cover. Then there is the disclaimer of possible triggers and now I am more intrigued. The prologue started a emotional roller coaster that I was not expecting at all. And from there it’s a wild ride. This book really pulls at all the heart strings. This is a second chance romance elevated. My heart breaks for June and amazed at how strong she is from the minute you start reading the first sentence. Alex I wanted to punch him but again he didn’t have the whole story. When these two come together it’s beautiful. This story was written beautifully and showed the good the bad and the ugly with a HEA to soothe that rollercoaster ride . It is a book about healing and finding that love and comfort. This was definitely not what I expected when I started reading but I love when I discover a new author and it makes me want to binge anything else that they have written. Great read all the way!


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Meet Erica Marselas 

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Erica Marselas writes a little bit of everything. From sweet stalkers, to forbidden love, to rom comes, to young adult because she believes no love story is created equal and every story deserves to be told. Even the fictional ones. As long as she can dream it, she’ll write it. 


When Erica isn’t writing she’s a wife, a mother of four little ones residing in Maryland. 

Dt. Dr. Pepper is her drink of choice, but tequila keeps her sane. She’s a sucker for Christmas movies and serial killer documentaries. 

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My Beautiful Neighbor by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published March 28, 2021 by bookbesties
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Who’s the mystery woman who just walked into my brewery? 
 
I’m not the only one from my Alaskan small town asking themselves that question. But I’m positive, I’m the only one in Sunrise Bay undressing the pretty blonde in my head. Everything about her, from her make-up to her high heels says she’s a fish out of water. 
 
Whispers and speculations run rampant until the secret of who she is gets uncovered. Then the rumor mill goes into overdrive when she announces she’s staying to open a bookstore in the building next to mine—throwing a big wrench into my plans to buy that empty building.
 
I quickly find myself in a tug-of-war since my business partner/brother is upset she’s ruined the opportunity to expand our business. I try to keep my distance, but I’ve got one sister with a gossip column on the local radio station and two meddling grandmas setting me up as a tour director.
 
And now I kind of like the idea of our new neighbor staying. But small-town life isn’t for the weak—time will tell if she has what it takes to be one of us.

Did someone say new series? Yep the duo does it again! New family and town but still all the bells and whistles we love. I cried after the last series and glad to have a new family to be obsessed with. This book delivered in true Piper Rayne fashion and packed a punch. We meet again our grandma duo that we love and guess what ladies and gentleman……. they are still up to their same tricks lol. Cade is part owner of the local brewery along with his step brother Jed and they hope to expand their business and come close to snatching up the space next door. Well we know what happens to plans sometimes. Presley is the blonde beauty in town that has everyone whispering. When Cade and Presley meet well lets say its not a instant friendship lol. Presley is determined but has some issues to work through. With some time these teo come to an agreement but will it work? Love the cover its so colorful and alluring. Again loved the hero and heroine both funny and charismatic.

It was a great start to the new series!

 

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Meet Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. 

Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). 

A little about us… 
We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. 
We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. 
We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. 

Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Hard Luck by Sara Ney(Review Post)

Published March 28, 2021 by bookbesties

Hard Luck is part of the Trophy Boyfriend series and involves a teammate crossing that teammate/sister boundary.

Mateo has been captivated by his teammates sister for a long time, and after one night with her, he can’t forget her. True is not having much luck in the dating department and thought one night wouldn’t hurt anything. Now she now has no place to live and on top of that it gets worse when she finds out she is preggers.

I loved these two characters together. True is trying to work out her emotions of how she will proceed now that in nine months she will be adding to her family. She has that emotional struggle and it had me kind of feeling for Mateo. He is all about family since he comes from a big family. I love that the two come together and their relationship and friendship grows.True has two brothers that are real entertainment and they alone will have you in stitches. It is not a instalove and I was glad for that. I love the banter with Mateo being crazy and overbearing at times and his Spanish family that just kept the story funny and light. I love these Trophy Boyfriends series so much!

The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne(Review Post)

Published March 28, 2021 by bookbesties

The Devil in Her Bed is the final book in the stunning Devil You Know trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne!

He lives in secret service to the Crown—a man of duty, deception, and an undeniable attraction to a woman who threatens to tear his whole world apart.

They call him the Devil of Dorset. He stands alone, a man of undeniable power. Moving in and out of shadows, back alleys and ballrooms, he is unstoppable and one of the Crown’s most dangerous weapons. However, when he sets his sights on the undeniably beautiful Countess of Mont Claire, Francesca Cavendish, he doesn’t realize that he has met a match like no other.

TRUE LOVE WEARS NO DISGUISE

Francesca is a countess by day and stalks her prey—those responsible for the death of her family—by night. What she does not expect is to be thrown into the path of the devil himself, the Earl of Devlin. She has secrets of her own and he seems determined to lay them bare. Can her heart survive finding the love of her life and losing him when all is revealed?

SUCH A GOOD BOOK! 

Who doesn’t a love story of long lost childhood friends who are reunited after years apart? Throw in a few lies, some revenge, the murder of almost an entire family, and a sexy spy and you have a book I couldn’t put down.   Kerrigan Byrne has a knack for writing stories about long lost soul-mates who seem to come back from the dead just to get their HEA and no lie…..I am a big fan.  Like, these are the types of soul-deep connections and end all be all romances are what my wildest dreams are made of and I CANNOT GET ENOUGH. 

       Francesca Cavendish, Countess of Monte Claire will stop at nothing to avenge the murders of those she loved the most as a child.  She has spent every day since she witnessed their deaths training and honing the skills she needs to insure her success and every night sacrificing her reputation to get the information that will finally lead her to whoever ordered the hit on her family.   What does her reputation matter when the only boy she ever loved is dead? Besides, she doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her anyways, she has the love of her fellow Red Rouges, and they know the truth, and that along with her revenge is all that matters, right?   Of course! Or so she thought… 

   Chandler, the Devil of Dorset, is one of the Crown’s most powerful spies.  He is very good at what he does.  So much so that people who have known him since he was a child don’t even recognize him when he dons one of his many disguises and assumes one of his various aliases. With no history, no close friends, and no family to trace he is untouchable. His weakness is he has no weakness. Or so he thought is until his latest mission brought him face to face with an obsession he just can’t shake.

     This book was dark, exciting, and sexy, and made me swoon.  I couldn’t put it down.  

Musical Mayhem by Alley Cruz (Review Post)

Published March 24, 2021 by bookbesties

🔥🔥HOT NEW RELEASE🔥🔥 MUSICAL MAYHEM by Alley Ciz is LIVE! #1ClickHere: https://books2read.com/u/mdnw9E 🎸🎧 Musical Mayhem BTU 1.5 🎧🎸 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗪𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱: 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗯𝘂𝗺 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶-𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗺 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝗶𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘆. Enter Sammy Rhodes. Famed DJ The Spin Doctor. Musical genius. Fits with the band like he’s our sixth member. We hired him on the spot. So what’s the problem? He’s also all broad shoulders and dazzling smile, and has this flop of hair I constantly yearn to brush away from his handsome face. What should have been a match made in musical heaven could 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 my career. Why? Because as the front man of BoP, I’ve been living my life from deep inside my walk-in closest for years. Will I risk 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 for love? #newrelease #rockstarromance #needtoreaditnow #wildfiremarketingsolutions #mmromance #BTU #alleyciz About the author: Alley Ciz is an indie author of Contemporary/New Adult, Rom-Com, Sports Romances. She’s a stay at home mom to 3 amazing and crazy mini royals, a 95lb lab, and let’s face it on some days her hubby is her 4th kid… But to be fair she totally loves him a lot. When she’s not corralling her crazy mini royals she can be found writing the stories the voices in her head tell her. Caffeine is a staple in her daily diet since she does most of her writing late at night when the rest of her house is asleep, usually with her trusty dog Buke (short for Beukeboom reluctantly named after a NY Ranger even though she’s a NJ Devils fan all the way. Is it any surprise she writes sports romances? Pizza and mac-n-cheese are major food groups and she is a proud Potterhead and superhero buff. She is a complete romance junkie and can always be found reading or listening to a book. Links Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlleyCizAuthor Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/alley-ciz

This is a new author to me but I figured ok rockstar and MM I will give it a go. I love the cover so that was a plus and the blurb hooked me a bit more. So now moving along to starting the book. I really enjoyed her writing style. This was a winner for me. First you have Jamie , the rockstar, who is famous and a huge sex symbol to the world but has a huge secret about his sexual orientation. Then there is out and proud Sammy who is smooth and funny and just gives you the cool guy vibe. I love the story of Jamie emotions and his struggles of being gay but having to have that image that you feel you have to portray yourself as. Their connection was sweet and heartwarming. This was a home run for me. There was never a dull moment and I loved the friend group. I love it when a author creates a environment in the book and you just wish that it was real and happening now so I can go chill and play Mario Kart too! Lol overall win from cover to end for me.

A Lady’s Formula for Love (The Secret Scientists of London Book 1) by Elizabeth Everett REVIEW POST

Published March 17, 2021 by bookbesties

What is a Victorian lady’s formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry–it’s elemental.

Lady Violet is keeping secrets. First, she founded a clandestine sanctuary for England’s most brilliant female scientists. Second, she is using her genius on a confidential mission for the Crown. But the biggest secret of all? Her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland.

Solitary and reserved, Arthur learned the hard way to put duty first. But the more time he spends in the company of Violet and the eccentric club members, the more his best intentions go up in flames. Literally.

When a shadowy threat infiltrates Violet’s laboratories, endangering her life and her work, scientist and bodyguard will find all their theories put to the test–and learn that the most important discoveries are those of the heart.

      Ok Besties, it is my pleasure to introduce you to break out author Elizabeth Everett. In this her first book we get to see her attention to detail in both building a multitude of characters but in the intricate ways they all interact with one another, and how each interaction is worked into the story line in ways that allow you grow to know the hero and heroine individually outside of their interactions.   It was a unique experience and I really enjoyed it.  I also was surprised that although this heroine is literally a damsel in distress, who our hero has been hired to safeguard, and not my typical cup of- sassy, independent, knows what she wants, bada$$ heroine- tea, I found myself championing her success and loving her all the same.  What she lacks in self-confidence, poise, and cunning she makes up for in determination, goodwill, and intelligence and seriously those things combined give her a different kind of strength.  A kind of quiet strength that I think the world needs to recognize more of, so bravo to this author for spotlighting it!  This isn’t your typical historical romance in that the setting is a secret society for lady scientists and really, that alone was half of the fun of the book, you never knew when something would randomly explode or crawl out from under the door. Of course the other half of the excitement that makes this book such an enjoyable read is the romance that we see bloom between our damsel and her guardian.  Watching as both characters discover their self-worth through their reflection in the other’s eyes and witnessing the amount of personal growth and discovery the connection between them allows warms my heart and brings a smile to my face every time I think about it.   Lady Violet Greycliff and Authur Kneland perfect for each other and I am glad they get their HEA.

     So with all that in mind I think it is safe to safe that I really liked this book, I am excited to see where this author’s career will take us, and I can’t wait to see what all of you think as well.