“Iz.” Blake leaned a little closer, where his lips hovered just above hers, and he murmured, “Don’t you know that I’d do anything to make you happy?”
Isabella & Blake. Shay & Phillips. Sbux Amy & Mr. Chest. She’s all target outfits a la Meg Ryan and he’s all snazzy GQ suits. Read this if you like Nora Ephron (but funnier). Read this if you want to be happy. Incandescently happy. Team Bliz! (Get it? Blake + Izzy).
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I’m talking to you Chestie McBestie.
🍂 THINGS AND STUFF 🍂 -grumpy x sunshine -friends to lovers -dual pov -a Starbucks meet-cute -rapid fire text assault, hitting send after every word -work place romance -pizza all day, everyday -opposites attract -PowerPoint presentation -ALL of Blake’s smiles -a wrist corsage (!!!) -natural language of choice: sarcastic banter -pop culture references -festival as a verb -cat lady -#IsThisAKissingBook: open door. “It is killing me not to kiss you, but I don’t want to mess up your pretty red lipstick.” “Please destroy it” she blurted out…”
”The only thing that matters to me, the only thing in this whole world that truly scares me is something happening to you. Do you know that? I think I could face anything, endure anything, if I knew for sure you were safe and well.”
Angelo & Eva. Star crossed lovers. Two young people who had always loved the other but didn’t belong together. He is a priest and she is a Jew. This story is so unforgettable! WWII stories are always so painful but beautiful. Finding hope in the middle of horror. The anguish of existing, of feeling joy, when so many cannot. I HIGHLY recommend From Sand and Ash. And ALL of Amy’s books!
✨ THINGS AND STUFF ✨ -childhood friends -forbidden love -sweet & protective hero -fierce & brave heroine -confession journals -A Jew & a priest -resilience -love & war -secretly collecting info: aka spy -miracles -sacrifice & courage -#IsThisAKissingBook: open ish door. EPIC love story. Stolen kisses.
“To me, you’re Amelia. Maker of shitty pancakes and a smile that rivals the sun. All I want is you.”
SWEET BREAD AND BUTTER ON CHRISTMAS MORNING! I JUST LOVE SARAH ADAMS. I love reading her books with my best Dolly Parton or Reese Witherspoon accent. I love all the tension and pining and flirting and banter. GOOD GOUDA, THE CHEMISTRY!!!
Sarah Adams writes tender and soft so well and I. am. puddin’. When in Rome is powdered sugar, sweet as maple syrup, chef’s kiss, magic! Reading this book feels like a hug. Bless it, child! GET IT!
✨ THINGS AND STUFF ✨ -dual POV -pop star & pie shop owner -grumpy x sunshine -forced proximity -opposites attract -quaint, small town w/ meddling neighbors -kindhearted, quirky sisters -James & Noah= Bromance -oh no, you’re wounded! Hurt/comfort -Noah’s pancakes -comfy in cotton. Grandpa jams a la Gregory Peck -pies, flowers, and books -Audrey Hepburn introductory movie night -#IsThisAKissingBook: closed door with a crack. Nuzzling, snuggling, A HUG ™, forehead kisses, eyes dropping to lips. “I’m trying so hard to stay away.” Then don’t. Do it. Kiss her!
“I’d known the moment I saw her standing in the road after I arrived on the island. I’d known it the first time I kissed her. The first time I’d told her that I loved her. I couldn’t be anyone else’s because I was hers.”
Emery & August. Mysterious, dark, magical, atmospheric, romantic. The perfect book for readers autumnal TBR!
“There are spells for breaking and spells for mending. But there are no spells for forgetting.”
✨ THINGS AND STUFF ✨ -rural island community aka small town -childhood friends -second chance romance -multiple POV -dual timelines -family dynamics -magical realism -secrets & lies -apple orchard -murder myster: who killed Lily? -#IsThisAKissingBook: small cracked open door.
Thank you Delacorte Press for an advanced copy!
🎶 Song: Where’s My Love Alternate Version by SYML 🎶
“Paige. I won’t let anything happen to you. I kinda like you, if you haven’t noticed,” I responded.”
Matt & Paige. I’m so, totally goo-goo eyed for this book! Chef’s kiss love story! Ps. have your tissues ready! Especially if you are a mama, the tears will be flowing!
“You probably don’t know this because you’re you, but trust me, you light up every single place you go.”
🌺 THINGS AND STUFF 🌺 -dual POV -aloha! hawaii -teacher & bartender -best friends boyfriends best friend -friends to lovers -forced proximity: hello, roommates! -brunch -video games -framed photo of Bradley Cooper -fostering -unicorn toast -#IsThisAKissingBook: closed door. “I smile and plant a kiss on her temple.”…”I can’t go another second without kissing you.”
I love how relatable Bec’s characters are. Like, I wear orange on Tuesdays too! Bruh. Nachooooos. I love Ja Rule. Every thug needs a lady. Lovelight 3 is SO FUN. A very Nora Ephron romcom (think: When Harry Met Sally). Readers are going to be pie punch drunk! I’m talking heart eyes and cartoon birds flapping around. Mixed Signals is a sweeping love story!
“I see you Layla Dupree.” He says it so firmly, so resolute, that I can’t help byt believe him. “Clear as day. I always have.”
🍓 THINGS AND STUFF 🍓 -dual POV -small town, population: somewhere around seven -colorful Hawaiian shirts -I’m bad at dating, can you help me? -sunshine x sunshine -friends to lovers -a croissant and a coffee. just cream -golden retriever, all around nice guy hero -the color orange 🍊 -love & appreciation for a good escape room -lavender, scarves, expensive champagne, & cheap crab chips -“no one has ever looked at me the way you do” -#IsThisAKissingBook: open door. “I wanted to give her a classic movie kiss and instead Layla gave me an end of the world kiss. A mountain top kiss. A launched into space kiss.”
BIG thanks to BK Borison for an advanced copy. I think this one might be my favorite.
“Can you stay? Please? I know you’d probably rather be-” “Nowhere else,” he says, without skipping a beat. “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”
Levi & Bee. Love on the Brain will make your lacrimal ducts runneth over from laughing and crying. It’s so cute it will make your zygomaticus muscles contract.
Everything about this book is puuuurfect. Fur real though…. romance readers need Ali’s sophomore novel! If you enjoyed The Love Hypothesis then you will be OBSESSED with Love on the Brain. Ali’s books are hiss-terical and romantic. I litter-ally can’t wait for my physical copy to arrive. Ali, Yoda best romance author and ily.
AND GO BUY THIS BOOK!
…And all are welcome to my live PowerPoint presentation on ways the Levi Ward may or may not be Edward Cullen. Tonight. 7:00 pm. Just kidding. Or am I?
“I can give you nice. I can give you better than nice. I can give you everything.”
✨ THINGS & STUFF ✨ -neuroengineering: science is where it’s at -grad school nemesis to love -academic Twitter accounts a la You’ve Got Mail -it’s always been you -couch 2 5k -cats puns -prairie voles: they pair-bond for life -elbows brushes & bridal carrying (!!!!!) -hummingbird mint -vegan tacos -empire strikes back -a mystery! -#IsThisAKissingBook: open door. “Kisses on the forehead when I’m still asleep.”
BIG thanks to Berkley romance for an advanced copy!
“It was like fightin’ the inevitable. Tryin’ to fight a brick wall. I swear on Paw-Paw’s life, I had zero chance. She came up behind me when I wasn’t expectin’ it and gave me the beatin’ of a lifetime.”
Bianca & Zac. Zac the snack pack. Big Texas personified. This big ol’ book hugged my heart. Infinite kindness. Read it!
“Happy Jeni is beautiful,” he said quietly.…”Grouchy Jeni is too.” He leaned in close. “Flirtatious Jeni, worried-about-her-brother Jeni, and tipsy Jeni. All beautiful. But so far, happy is my favorite.”
Logan & Jeni. These cuties are my faves! Allison Ashley and her books are SO wonderful. Full of chemistry, emotion, humor, and love. 10/10 recommend! Just perfection! Bonus: Allison has a new book, WOULD YOU RATHER, releasing next week!!
✨ THINGS AND STUFF ✨ -social worker for child protective services -nfl marketing manager -brothers best friend -friends to lovers -tacos & beers -football & softball -text messages 💬 -apple pie -home brewing -#IsThisAKissingBook: closed door. Ma’am. Are you trying to kill me?! These kisses!! “I wanted to pull you into my arms and kiss you like my life depends on it.“
“Ama, my heart is with you wherever I am. It was our promise to stay together. And I plan on that. I want that.”
Ama and Luca. Stars! What a finale! The queen and her love. A case of surviving the battle to win the war. The Kingdoms of Sand and Sky trilogy is a must a read for YA fantasy readers! Action, adventure, pirates, and romance! And Luca is EXTRA swoony in TKWKY! He would do anything for his love. sighs dreamily
Shout out to Ferdinand and Osana.
K. Read it!
✨ THINGS AND STUFF ✨ -The Princess Bride -duty & honor & legacy -war & obligations -death & destruction (crying!!!) -political intrigue & diplomacy -the chaos of battle -“have fun storming the castle” -pirates -true love -hope & a new, prosperous future -#IsThisAKissingBook: young adult. You can’t have a Princess Bride inspired book without kissing. DUH!
Thank you Tor Teen for an advanced copy!
Song: I Will Follow You into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie