Ex Libris Romance: Goodbye, January!

It’s already time to say goodbye to the first month of 2014! Here are a few romances that will help you welcome February, including two romance authors that I really love! Enjoy!

Find out more about my romance ratings here.

bewithBe With Me
Author: J. Lynn
Heat: Hot
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2-4-14
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real. Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him. As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not. – Goodreads













I am developing a real J. Lynn problem, which is a really good “problem” to have, right?.  Her stories have proven to be 100% addicting.  I was so glad to find out that we were back in Cam’s world, only this time we’re getting to know his sister,  Teresa.  Teresa, as you know if you read Wait For Me, has a past that she’d like to forget.  What she find in this story that her past makes her who she is, as Jase’s past makes him who he is.  Their romance was wonderful and steamy, but it also had a lot of emotion and tenderness.  As always, there is just the right amount of darkness in the story, this time dealing with abusive relationships in college, that made the book emotional and attention getting without sacrificing the romance.  If you haven’t tried one of J. Lynn’s books, you are seriously missing out!


Author: Erin McCarthy
Heat: Medium
Publisher: Penguin
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Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad… Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist. But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present. – Goodreads












I have really grown to love this series, with interesting, driven young women who have romances with guys that are a little (a lot) rough around the edges.  So, far, I think that Phoenix is my favorite of the three guys.  He is the type of person who is very much in control of himself, but there is still a bit of mystery surrounding him.  Robin has some mysteries of her own, and the way that these two come together and try to learn each other’s secrets made this story a lot of fun. It was sweet, steamy, and a great addition to the True Believers series.


backBack In Her Husband’s Bed
Author: Andrea Laurence
Heat: Medium
Publisher: Harliquin
Release Date: 2-4-14
It’s been three years since Annie Baracas left her husband, Vegas casino owner Nathan Reed, and he still hasn’t signed the divorce papers. So when Nate finally offers to set her free, Annie will agree to any terms. Even if that means temporarily resuming her role as his wife to help him catch a thief. But what starts as a public display quickly turns very private. And Annie can’t help wondering what it might be like to stay in Nate’s bed for as long as they both shall live. – Goodreads










The premise of this story was promising, but it didn’t really pan out, unfortunately.  I think what I was missing the most from this story was the lack of background information.  Why did they fall in love?  I didn’t really get why they got married in the first place and that colored how I viewed them as a couple the entire book.  I liked the casino setting since it provided a lot of good setting and intrigue, but I wanted more from the people in the book.  There just didn’t seem to be anything to hold on to in this story, so it fell a little flat for me.


2 responses to “Ex Libris Romance: Goodbye, January!

  1. I’m super excited to start Be With Me. I also suffer from your J. Lynn problem! 🙂 Glad to hear Teresa and Jase’s romance is steamy and sweet. I haven’t tried Erin McCarthy’s books but I keep hearing good things. The last one doesn’t sound like it’s for me, but I appreciate your honest review!

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