Are you looking for a few books to read over the holiday break? Here are some romances that I’ve read and enjoyed, recently.
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Author: Lisa Desrochers
Publisher: William Morrow
Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again. Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding. As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies? – Goodreads
In the follow-up to A LITTLE TOO FAR, A Little Too Much follows Hilary, the girl that Alessandro mentioned in the first book in this series. I have to say that this story really had the intensity and romance that I love about the higher end of New Adult. While Hilary and Alessandro shared a past, they took very different paths. When Alessandro seeks Hilary out, she is forced to confront a lot of deeply buried hurt and one pretty big piece of information that really took me by surprise. I liked Hilary a lot. She was ballsy an not afraid to stand up for herself. She was a nice contrast to Alessandro, who took a more reflective path to deal with his past. Together, their chemistry was amazing and this emotional story was 100% satisfying.
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Forever Yours
Mia Appleby finally has the life she always wanted. She’s escaped her trailer trash childhood and built a nice life for herself with a marketing job and a cute, little condo. But no matter how much baggage she’s ditched from her past, she still hasn’t managed to shake her greatest weakness-men. So when her new neighbor turns out to be single and oh-so-sexy, Mia’s worried she’s playing with fire . . . Kevin McKnight can’t get enough of his gorgeous neighbor, but after one amazing night, she’s already showing him the door. Something tells him this is the way she handles most men. But Kevin is far from your average guy-and he’s ready to prove it to Mia. When a blast from her past shakes up Mia’s life in a major way, will she stick with her self-sufficient solo act . . . or take a chance leaning on Kevin’s strong shoulders?
I like romances that feature driven women, so Her Sexiest Mistake was right up my alley. Mia comes from humble beginnings and her desire to forget that past is a bg part of the story. Kevin was a wonderfully lovable male character. He was not the alpha male that I sometime get tired of reading about. Rather, he was a more contemplative character that softened the life that Mia had forged for herself. Mia’s struggles with her sister and niece , as well as Kevin’s struggles with his brother, brought a family element to the story that I really enjoyed. This book was a win for me!
Author: Jessica Topper
It’s been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth…the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal. Recluse rocker Adrian “Digger” Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but rather, because of the obscure kids’ TV jingle he wrote years ago. In a case of mistaken identity, Adrian stumbles into the lives of Kat and her comically lovable daughter. Using tattoos as a timeline, Adrian unfurls his life for Kat. But as the courtship intensifies, it’s unclear whose past looms larger: the widow’s or the rocker’s. Will their demons ever rest, or will they break these soul mates apart? – Goodreads
A young widow and an aging rocker wouldn’t normally have a lot in common, except in this book, they really do. I must say that this story was a surprise to me. Out of the norm from a lot of romances I read, this book take two flawed characters and creates a romance that is bumpy, but very passionate and worth rooting for. Adrian has a lot of demons, to be sure, and I think his anti-alpha male persona really made this book a unique read for me. Katrina was also holding a lot of pain after the death of her husband, so while their lives had been very different, they shared that burden of living with pain. Thier journey together was funny and heartbreaking, with each character feeling fully formed and very real. If you want a story that is chock full of heart and emotion, this is an excellent choice.