Ex Libris Romance: Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!  Here are three romances that will help keep you warm, including new books from The Sullivans series and the Marked Men series!

Find out more about my romance ratings here.

letmeLet Me Be The One (The Sullivans #6)
Author: Bella Andre
Heat: Hot
Publisher: Harlequin
Available Now
Back in San Francisco preparing for her big art show, Vicki Bennett needs help protecting herself and her career from the unwelcome advances of one of the judges. She knows that her longtime friend and baseball star, Ryan Sullivan, will know just how to handle things, and he’s the only person she can imagine asking for help.
Ryan is thrilled to have Vicki back in his life, and he will do anything to protect her from harm, including playing the role of “pretend boyfriend.” But when their staged kisses and caresses lead to an incredibly sensual night, they both worry that they may have damaged their friendship forever. Have they made the worst mistake possible? Or is the perfect combination of friendship and love finally within reach? – Goodreads











Ryan’s story is a sweet “love interrupted” trope, as he plays the guy hiding his feelings for a friend he’s known since high school.  Delightfully steamy, as this entire series is, I really enjoyed Ryan and Vicki’s story.  The blending of the sports world and the art world was an interesting combo and, as always, we get to see glimpses of the Sullivans whose stories we’ve already read.  All in all, a great addition to a series I really enjoy!


romeRome (Marked Men #3)
Author: Jay Crownover
Heat: Hot
Publisher: William Morrow
Available Now
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he’s returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome’s used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . – Goodreads










I accidentally came across this series when it first came out and I’ve been in love ever since.  This installment tells Rome’s story (you might remember that his brother, Rule, was the subject of book 1).  Rome is pretty broken and the unconventional relationship that develops with Cora, the lone female tattoo artist, is sweet and full of conflict, of course.  I won’t say that this was my favorite of this series, but it was definitely fun and sexy, which is what I’ve come to expect from Jay Crownover’s books.


pregPregnant by Morning
Author: Kat Cantrell
Heat: Medium
Publisher: Harlequin
Available Now
What was meant to be a one-night affair has turned into much more for Texas businessman Matthew Wheeler. Something about Evangeline, the mysterious woman he met at a masquerade ball, propels him from his self-imposed exile. He’s finally able to forget his tragic past and lose himself in this incredible woman. But letting go has a price… Evangeline’s pregnancy announcement brings reality to their Venetian villa. Are they ready to take their secret affair public? Or will their romance end with the morning light? – Goodreads










You know I love the accidental pregnancy trope, but this one was a little different.  The emphasis was more on what the two main characters were dealing with when they met and before the pregnancy, which was nice.  I felt like I really got to know Matthew and Eva.  The Italian setting added to the romance, and their relationship was emotionally satisfying to me, as a reader.  I say give this one a try!


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