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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

24 Romance Novels I Am Anticipating in 2019

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2019 might truly be the year of romance novels because there are SO MANY GOOD ones coming out, I can barely keep track. I thought I’d share some of my most anticipated romance books of the year because they all deserve love.

1. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

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Okay, so this might be cheating because I just started A Prince on Paper last night BUT ITS SO GOOD AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

2. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang 

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After falling in love with The Kiss Quotient last year, it is hardly a surprise I am anticipating Hoang’s sophomore novel.

3. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Is it possible to already love a book before you’ve read it??? IDK BUT I LOVE Red, White and Royal Blue and cannot wait to get sucked up in this rom com involving actual and political royalty. 

4. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

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I am here for all and any desi P&P retellings. 

5. The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

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Sisterhood and wedding planning businesses?? Count me the fuck in. 

6. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

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I still haven’t been able to read The Heroine Complex by Kuhn but I Love You So Mochi sounds so absolutely adorable, I cannot. 

7. Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne

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Lauren Layne writes banter like no one else and I am so excited to meet her newest characters!!!

8. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Desi P&P, SEE ABOVE. 

9. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

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THERE IS A RESTAURANT AND FOOD PORN. MUST I SAY ANYTHING ELSE?

10. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

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I feel somewhat attacked by the premise (a girl who has high expectations from romance after a lifetime of watching rom coms) BUT I AM HERE FOR THE CUTENESS.

11. Some Like it Scandalous by Maya Rodale

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ahbsdhajsd ENEMIES TO LOVERS. I AM HERE. 

12. The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan

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We still don’t have an official release date but I am going to die if this doesn’t come out this year. 

13. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

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After falling in love with her Forbidden Hearts series, I am here for anything Rai writes. ESPECIALLY A SPINOFF. 

14. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez 

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I’ve seen all of 0 books dealing with infertility and I am here for a romcom that does that. 

15. One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

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Nick introduced me to this series last year and I am very much a fan. 

16. Brazen and The Beast by Sarah MacLean

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While I didn’t love the first book in this series, I fell in love with the secondary characters and I cannot wait for their stories. ESPECIALLY ONE SPECIFIC ONE. 

17. The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

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Yet another sequel I am anticipating after loving previous books in the series. 

18. Well Met by Jen DeLuca

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ENEMIES TO LOVERS, YET AGAIN. Honestly, I’ve been missing this trope a lot so I am here for here for any and all enemies to lovers books. 

19. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

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Suffragist meets a cold, calculating Duke??? yussss. 

20. No Judgments by Meg Cabot

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ITS MEG CABOT. BACK WITH A BRAND NEW ADULT ROMANCE SERIES. 

21. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

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Omg it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that does the multiple blind dates trope but I am excited and here for it. 

22. Faker by Sarah Smith

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Yet another hate-to-love book. *dances*

23. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

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Second chance romance??? (hopefully) Told from the POV of a husband trying to patch up his marriage? BY JOINING A ROMANCE BOOK CLUB? PLEASE. I AM HERE.

24. Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days?? GENDER SWAPPED???? HELL YEAH

Are you just as excited about any of these? Any other romance novels you’re super excited about? Let me know!

Soft but Important: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Soft but Important: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Posted by on 04/19/2019 • 3 Comments

I am almost 22 and can safely say I am not the intended audience for YA novels these days but, reading Love From A To Z made me feel like a teen again and soothed my soul in a way a contemporary novel hasn’t in a while. I was transported back to 2010 when I read Does My Head Look Big in This and felt seen by the MC who was struggling with her identity in a world that hated her.

Zayneb is not a nice girl. She is angry. She is angry at the injustice in the world and she is angry at the injustice she experiences every day in her classroom. She is tired of always feeling like she needs to be ashamed of who she is….

Not Bennett’s Best: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Not Bennett’s Best: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Posted by on 04/16/2019 • 0 Comments

I didn’t think I’d ever read a Jenn Bennett book I didn’t love but… unfortunately… Serious Moonlight just didn’t do it for me. It isn’t that it isn’t enjoyable but over the past five years, I’ve come to expect a lot from a Jenn Bennett book and Serious Moonlight just didn’t live up to those expectations for me.

I think, a big part of the problem was that I didn’t love the characters as much and therefore wasn’t as invested in their relationship. While Birdie’s personality and trust issues make sense given her extremely sheltered upbringing, it really started getting on my nerves when we were almost 400 pages in and still dealing with her trust issues. I also thought it was super weird that Birdie didn’t have a single…

Gritty Characters: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Gritty Characters: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Posted by on 04/09/2019 • 1 Comment

CW: Self-harm and manipulative romantic relationship

I was told Wicked Saints would destroy me but I still didn’t realize what that would mean until I read the last couple pages of this book. If you enjoy happiness at all, you will stay far away from this book. If you love gritty characters, none of whom are particularly good (and some who might just be PLAIN EVIL), you will love Wicked Saints.

Right off the bat, we are pushed into the middle of a war with an opening scene where one of our MCs has to watch as many people important to her are murdered. So no, there are no rainbows and puppies in this book. Honestly though, having such a powerful scene was helpful to me because I’ve been struggling…

2019 Books with Heists and Thieves

2019 Books with Heists and Thieves

Posted by on 04/05/2019 • 1 Comment

If you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that there have been a surge in books about heists and thieves this year. As someone who is always on the lookout for a book about some good old fashioned thieving, I thought I’d make a list for anyone else who loves heists as much as me and missed any of these books. 

Note: this list includes two books that came out December 2018 (WHICH COUNTS, IMHO) as well as a book I didn’t personally love but that shouldn’t stop other people from loving it.

1. Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig 

Kickboxing drag queens performing heists? HELL TO THE FUCKING YEAH. 

2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

ITS SET IN PARIS in 1889. ’tis enough. Also…

Atmospheric With Well-Written Characters: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Atmospheric With Well-Written Characters: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Posted by on 04/04/2019 • 1 Comment

The Devouring Gray is a book that requires patience. There is no getting around it. It’s slow, and for the first quarter of the book I could not tell you what the fuck was going on except that the kids were sad, felt betrayed, maybe were trying to take each other down, it was a mess. I stuck with it though because my friends loved it and it turned out to be absolutely worth it.

Violet is new in town, Justin and Harper used to be bffs but Justin betrayed Harper, Issac is a soft boy with a world of hurt inside him. Together, the four of them make up the new generation of the founding families of the Four Paths and are sworn to protect the town from the…

The Beginning of An Exciting Family Saga: The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma

The Beginning of An Exciting Family Saga: The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma

Posted by on 03/26/2019 • 0 Comments

I absolutely adored My So-Called Bollywood Life when I read it last year so when I found out that Nisha Sharma was writing another book, specifically an adult romance, I was all aboard. When I found out the series would follow a wealthy Sikh Punjabi-American family, I WAS EVEN MORE EXCITED (which I didn’t know was possible but whatever.)

The Takeover Effect is a quick read. The pages just sort of fly by. That said, it did take me more than half the book to actually be invested in the characters and the plot. I don’t know if I can even point out a specific reason why this was but I didn’t really click with the book until shit hit the fan.

And when shit hit the fan, IT HIT…

An Emotional Rollercoaster: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

An Emotional Rollercoaster: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Posted by on 03/22/2019 • 0 Comments

Rick Riordan Presents is probably the only imprint I can say I want to read EVERY SINGLE BOOK FROM. I saw the synopsis mentioned a raw chicken inside a locker and was immediately sold. I WANTED IT and I READ IT and YEAH. I am not really sure if Sal and Gabi Break the Universe has mythology vibes??? But what I can say is that it is truly a work of art.

There is a good chance I’ve said that about another book or two before but I don’t know how else to describe how truly well written this book is. Carlos Hernandez knows how to pace a book, he knows how to pull at your emotions and he knows just how to crack and build tension. There were so many…