a cursed kiss by jenny hickman

“True love was sacrifice, putting someone else’s needs above your own. True love endured every trial, every curse.”

Whew! Jenny Hickman! I am wrecked by this story. In the best ways! I was thoroughly entertained. “A woman desperate to resurrect her sister. A man desperate to break his curse. Embark on a journey that promises life…but ends in death.”

Tadhg (tie-g)= seduction & sarcasm. A nightmare disguised as a dream. Stomach flutters! I love him. Keelynn = Maiden Death. Strong female lead. Jenny writes the best banter between her OTPs! Teasing and wildly inappropriate comments. Keelynn+ Tadhg. The twists and chapter cliff hangers left me looking like Joey from Friends. You know…

I loved Jenny’s YA series and her growth as an author is evident in this story. FANTASTIC. Congrats, Jenny! Proud to know you! I cannot wait to read more from the Myths of Airren! A Cursed Kiss is perfect for fans of Elise Kova and Holly Black. A stand alone new adult fantasy romance that romantasy lovers need! Reader, pick up this book!

✨READ IF YOU LIKE✨:
-Irish mythology
-morally gray hero
-snow white hydrangeas
-enemies to lovers
-forbidden love
-i’ll kill you but I love you
-there’s only one bed
-secrets, bargains, & lies
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+. cold, cursed kisses, true love’s kiss, nose boops, tender kisses to the hair.

Thank you Jenny Hickman for an advanced copy and for writing kissing books and happily ever afters!

🎶 Song: Love The Way You Lie by J Rice 🎶

a cross-country christmas by courtney walsh

“Who says I want to be ‘Just your friend?” A world of emotions rushed at her, and she took a step back. “Knock it off, Sinclair. Your charm doesn’t work on me.”

What a gift this novel is! There is grace for our mistakes, and every once in a while, we all need a second chance. Beautiful! Courtney Walsh’s Christmas story has completely, utterly, and wholly stolen my heart. (Or maybe that’s Will- hello, Cap!) Yup. Swooning and fawning and falling for Will Sinclair.

Oh. Hi.

I LOVED Will and Lauren’s banter. Their love-to loathe-to love relationship. I couldn’t keep my eyes from welling with tears over this OTP! Spoiler: Cried two times. May or may not have ugly cried once. A Cross-Country Christmas is a book that romance readers will be rereading year after year.

❄️READ IF YOU LIKE ❄️:
-brothers best friend
-second chance romance
-forced proximity
-grumpy heroine x sunshine hero
-pride and prejudice
-Steve Rogers & Jake Ryan
-road trips
-Coke (cola, pop, soda- ya know!)
-Christmas traditions
-family dynamics, true love, and a reason to believe in miracles
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ but pg-13 content. “She looked up at Will, whose eyes had filled with tenderness as he pressed a kiss to her forehead.”

🎶 Song: All I Want For Christmas Is You by Ingrid Michaelson 🎶

Ps. It’s not the holiday season without Mariah Carey, right? 😛

Pps. …*dramatic pause* and then *sighs dreamily*

… just putting it out there.

duke, actually by jenny holiday

“Hugh Grant was right. Love always mattered, even if it hurt. And it did hurt.”

Dani & Max. We know them from A Princess For Christmas. Dani is post-love. Max is a freaking Disney prince. He is a literal aristocrat and she’s having trouble making rent. Will they find their HEA like Marie and Leo? Dani and Max’s banter had me smiling like a Cheshire cat. Stupid grinning. All the cute moments!

and

The epilogue is perfection! Romance readers need this Hallmark after dark book. I loved it! And now I really want a sausage McMuffin. Must read!

❄️ READ IF YOU LIKE ❄️:
-Dirty Dancing & Love Actually
-wild, dramatic declarations of love
-grumpy heroine & sunshine hero
-friends to lovers
-SLOOOW burn
-snow angels
-McDonald’s drive-through
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “Finally, finally, after all these hours, after all these months, they kissed each other.” …. “She was going to die here, kissing Max, and die happily.”

Thank you Avon books for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: Good King Wenceslas by Bing Crosby 🎶

november 9 by colleen hoover

“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

It’s November 9th and I LOVE (Benton James Kessler) November 9 by colleen hoover!

comment below if you’ve read anything by colleen hoover/or your fave coho book!

“She “loved me” in quotations. She kissed me in bold. I TRIED TO KEEP HER in all caps. She left with an ellipsis…”

📚 READ IF YOU LIKE 📚:

-tattoos. But likes small ones. One. Singular.

-book puns & booksting

-audible gasp plot twists!

-saying sigh out loud instead of actually sighing 

-alpha-Ben & non-alpha Ben

-well done bacon and over easy eggs

-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ “If we’re going to kiss, it has to be book-worthy.”… “I promise it’ll be an eleven.”

🎶Song: Gorgeous by X Ambassadors 🎶

love lettering by kate clayborn

“What I mean to say is . . .” He pauses, those blue eyes searching mine. “What I mean to say is, I think anyone would want to be your friend.” “Even me,” he says, finally. And then he adds, quietly, the most perfect, special fragment, the one I know I’ll be drawing for days and days. “Especially me.”

This is one of those books where my words will not do it justice. This story was stunning! Lyrical. Real. Written with a big, chisel-tip, permanent black marker: I LOVED, LOVE LETTERING!

Reid Sutherland= His face looks like the word swoon. Take-a-photo-and-show-it-to-your-friends-later face. Grumpy? Nah. A little sad? Yeah, maybe. Stoic. Playful. Kind. Protective. Meg Mackworth= The Planner of Park Slope. Sunshine? Yes. Whimsical, buoyant, frolicsome style? Yes. I adore these perfectly, imperfect characters!

My eyeballs turned into giant red hearts so romance readers MUST read Love Lettering. Kate Clayborn’s book will leave a Meg & Reid sized shadow beside you.

🖋 READ IF YOU LIKE ✒️:
-laughing & crying
-new york city’s all caps noise
-hand lettering & wall street
-old timey, sweet, & stoic hero
-a letter quest & number/letter games
-Masterpiece Theatre
-alas, cravats, pistols at dawn.
-bad math jokes
-romantic confrontations
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+. “It feels like floating, like being untethered. Like writing without letters. Like counting without numbers. It feels like love.”

🎶 Song: Call Me Lover by Sam Fender 🎶

the temporary roomie by sarah adams

“If a partner doesn’t make you want to blow steam out your nostrils, you better start kicking up a storm of something, or your passion is gonna shrivel up faster than a pickle on a sidewalk in summer.”

I DRANK THE KOOL-AID! I adore Sarah Adams and her OTPs! Sarah’s books are, “Light filtering into a desolate, damp cave. The first taste of watermelon in summer. A monarch butterfly landing on your finger.”

There’s something between Jessica (Jessi) Barnes and Andrew (Drew) Marshall. And he’s right, there is something: animosity. Drew is the guy you turn to when everything falls apart, and somehow, he can hold it all together. It’s his decisiveness, his attention to detail, his drive. Move over Zac Efron…I love you Dr. Stuck-Up Marshall.

If you love, love, you NEED these books like you need air. Long live the backwards hat!

⛄️READ IF YOU LIKE⛄️:
-mortal enemies to lovers
-fake dating
-forced proximity
-snowman Christmas mugs. In August.
-dual POV
-Seinfeld reruns
-pranks
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ but PG-13 content. “If he were an alcohol, he’d be aged bourbon. His kisses are sweet aromatics, his touch is a spice that burns, and his proof is so high I won’t be able to walk a straight line.”

🎶Song: My Heart’s Always Yours by Arkells🎶

serpent and dove by shelby mahurin

“I knew who you were. I knew what you believed…and I fell in love with you anyway.”

Comment below a series you need to finish!

Or comment below a series or book where a character dies and you are SURE it is a typo. (*cough book two cough*)

If you’re looking for a page turning, addicting, fantasy book…. You need to meet Lou & Reid!

✨READ IF YOU LIKE✨:
-17th century France
-enemies-to-lovers
-forbidden love
-marriage of convenience
-witch/witch hunter
-elaborate magical system
-friendship & secondary characters that steal your heart
-morally grey characters
-sticky buns
-#IsThisAKissingBook: shelved as Young Adult (YA); however, content is more New Adult (NA).

🎶 Song: Love Has No Limits by Fleurie 🎶

the off limits rule by sarah adams

“What are you thinking about right now?” “If I have a Sharpie in my purse so I can write my name across your forehead.” He grunts a laugh and continues rubbing my feet. “You’re insane.”

Bingeable author alert! Bingeable author alert! It’s Sarah Adams! You can’t help but dissolve into a pool of wobbly Jell-O over her heroes. Dangerous, eye-twinkling Cooper with his flat-bill hat backward on his head, taking his sexiness up to an unhealthy range. He could charm the pants off an angry troll.

The Off Limits Rule is a MUST READ! It is rolling on the floor laughing filled with scintillating chemistry from Sarah’s OTP: Lucy & Cooper! sighs dreamily.

✨READ IF YOU LIKE✨:
-brother’s hot best friend
-single mom
-cliff jumping
-secret & fake dating
-Target
-The Holiday & The Breakfast club
-the Darcy hand flex (you know what I’m talking about)
-dual POV
-“hand in the back pocket” a la TATBILB
-a lit grocery store date
-matching dino PJ pants
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ but pg-13 content. “Tears are rolling down my cheeks, and Cooper kisses them.”

🎶Song: About Love by MARINA 🎶

the cheat sheet by sarah adams

“Your soul is my favorite in this entire world,” he replies quietly.”

I’m drooling. Quick! Grab me a mop so I can clean up this puddle. I said it once. I’m saying it again. I’m going to plaster myself to this book like a barnacle. I AM OBSESSED AND I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT BREE (cheese) AND NATHAN! I have a disgustingly dreamy smile on my face.

Piggy-backing off of Bree’s poem. But opposite. Say! I love Nathan Donelson! I do! I love him, Sam-I-am! I would love him in a boat. I will love him in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. (Thank you, Dr. Seuss.)

Readers are going to laugh so hard they will be googling, “Can I die from laughing?” Rest assured, it’s an unlikely possibility. (I googled). Who doesn’t enjoy a good chuckle? Complete and total smitteness!

There are scenes that are very Bromance Book Club-ish. Nathan’s NFL team helps him with drum roll the romance cheat sheet. To help get him out of the friend zone. The Cheat Sheet is perfect for fans of Emily Henry and Lyssa Kay Adams. Get the paperback so you can hug (Nathan) it.

🍩☕️READ IF YOU LIKE☕️🍩:
-snaughling: laughing so hard you snort, then laugh because you snorted, then snort because you laughed. (it’s funny)
-cell phone pen pals
-f.r.i.e.n.d.s (the 90s sitcom)
-friends to lovers
-fake dating
-brownie batter & starbursts
-an early morning jog
-coffee & donuts
-football & ballet
-dual POV
-mental health rep: anxiety, panic attacks, high stress
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ but PG-13 content. sLoW bUrN! “He kisses my knuckles with an aching tenderness that tears right through me.” There are plenty of smooches!

ps. let’s beg Sarah for Jamal, Price, and Derek’s books!

🎶Song: Make You Mine by PUBLIC ft Danielle Bradbery🎶

all i want for christmas is the girl next door by chelsea bobulski

“Love can make people do things they never dreamed of doing.”

Graham has been in love with Sarah since she moved into the house next door almost ten years ago. And the girl he loves is dating his best friend, Jeremy. She’s off-limits but they’re BFFs. Graham and Sarah. Graham is a little love sick puppy who makes a wish on a shooting star. “All I want for Christmas is Sarah Clarke.” Wish granted. But there’s a new girl. Piper. She is the kind of girl that makes a guy bow down and say…

All I want For Christmas is the Girl Next Door is familiar and heartbreaking all at once. The reluctant acceptance. Lessons learned. Tears will run hot against your cheeks. Don’t fret! There is an HEA!

🎄READ IF YOU LIKE🎄:
-It’s A Wonderful Life & Wish Upon a Star
-gingerbread houses & Christmas cookies
-destiny & second chances
-miracles
-holiday music
-ice skating
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 16+ “But I wanted to kiss her in a way I’ve never wanted to kiss anyone before- not even…”

Thank you Chelsea Bobulski for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: Second Chances by Gregory Alan Isakov 🎶