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Stay by Tia Louise

Stay by Tia Louise Book Review and Recommendation

Stay Book ReviewSecond-chance, first crush, single Mom romance.   This one has all the feels with a heart-gripping battle with a child’s illness.   Not only did this one keep me turning the pages, but it kept me on edge. I grew to care about these characters.  It’s a sexy love story with a heavy dose of real mixed in.

Emmy loses her virginity to Stephen the night before he heads off to join the Navy.  He’s her brother’s classmate and she’s had a crush for years.  He has no idea she’s a virgin.  Before or after.

Ten years later, their paths cross again.  She’s a divorced single mom working at a dry cleaners.   He’s a billionaire after selling technology he developed.   Chemistry zings, but she’s still pissed he wished her a good life after banging her in a bathroom ten years ago.   This time around, he does ask her out on a date.

Her son needs an expensive surgery.  Stephen comes up with the idea of a fake marriage to get her son on his health insurance and get them both into safer housing.   The chemistry between these two zings. Hot.  Tia Louise keeps the reader engaged with this story that tugs at the heart and makes you fall in love with this newly formed family.

Make Me Yours Book Review and Recommendation

Make Me Yours Book ReviewMake Me Yours isn’t marketed as part of a series (that I’ve seen) but Stephen Hastings from Stay plays a role as Remington’s friend and business partner.   Make Me Yours is a heart warming single Dad romance.   It’s lighter than Stay, much more in the romantic comedy range with no scary crisis.

Remington’s first wife passes away when his daughter Lillie is a newborn.   He’s been through grief therapy.  Four years have passed since he lost his wife.  When he meets Ruby, he wakes up and starts to live again.   Instant attraction to her in a heart swooning kind of way.

The obstacles they face include a mother-in-law (his first wife’s Mom who now lives with him), her Mom, and a bully bitch from high school.   Ruby and Remi handle them all maturely and with humor.  Who doesn’t love to hate a mother-in-law who’s all over healthy eating and dressing properly?   Take that bitch.  Remington stands up to her each and every time.  Swoon.

There’s another book, Make You Mine, that features Drew (Ruby’s BFF) and Grayson.    Proper reading order would dictate it’s read before this one.   Whoops.  My bad.  But these are all true stand alone.  Make You Mine is definitely on my to-read list.

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Entice by Stacey Lynn

Entice Book Review and Recommendation

Entice and Embrace, the first two books in the Tangled Love series and the two books that make up the Tangled Love Duet by Stacey Lynn, tackle romance from a different angle.

Laurie had the story book romance.  She and James fell in love in high school.  They were each other’s firsts.  Dated through college.  Married after college.  Had the marriage of dreams.  And then, they kind of grew apart.

This is the story of a marriage.  A story of one person cheating.   And then what happens when someone comes along and makes the jilted spouse feel gorgeous and wanted.

The story covers two books.   You’ll want to read both books.  It’s a true duet.

 

In the second book, Embrace,  Laurie learns more about herself.  She comes into her own.   She grows. And she decides which man she really loves.  Which man she wants to work for a relationship with.   Because, as Stacey Lynn shows, the sex may be off the charts hot, but the relationship still takes work.   Pain.  Strength.  Honesty.

There were times when reading these books I kind of wanted to bitch slap Laurie.  If she’d been my friend, I totally would have.

But, in the end, she gets it together.   I can’t say more without giving the ending away, but I will say that it’s a unique romance.   It’s kind of a deep dive into relationships.  The good and the bad.  To some degree, the reality.   And Laurie’s story won’t be the same for everyone.  Because, hey, no two relationships are the same.   But, there’s some good stuff in here.   Stacey Lynn takes the erotic romance novel to places many writers won’t go.  It’s worth the trip.

 

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Atheists Who Kneel & Pray by Tarryn Fisher

Opens with an email.  Then you meet Yara.   She responds with an email – one word shorter than his.   And from that moment on, Tarryn Fisher pulls you into a romance that’s gonna stay with you for years.

I read this book over a year ago.  Still one of my favorites.  Neon pink graffiti now makes my heart flutter.

“It’s always the eccentric ones who have the most wisdom.”   That’s a quote from David, a singer, romantic and just fucking amazing guy.   Tara, his love, well, she has a world of hurt and issues.

Their story isn’t perfect.  It’s not a fall in love with insta rainbows.  It’s gritty.  Hits you.  Ups and downs.  Over years they get there.  And when they get there, let me just say, it’s so fucking romantic. Love.  Just love.

 

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