Another year with my head stuck in a book... using an e-reading app, same thing. Before we begin, I’d like to bring out two honorable mentions which were a hair from making this list. Neighbors Like That by Carina Taylor (How can you not? It’s a flirty prank war between two feuding neighbors), and Blind Date With A Billionaire Single Dad by Evangeline Kelly (It’s an endearing tale showing how far a mother’s love will go to reunite with her child).
These novels are not in order to preference partly because I enjoyed them for different reasons and ALL five of them are available through Kindle Unlimited.
By Lindsay Buroker
Who doesn’t love a good bodyguard forbidden romance story involving space knights? I read much of Lindsay’s work in this past year including her Emperor’s Edge and the Agents of the Crown Series. This is a neat side-story set in the same universe as her Star Kingdom series. Lindsay has mastered the slow-burn, so it was a great relief to read a steamy standalone.
2.Saved By The Prince
By Michelle Pennington
Perhaps you love an endearing damsel in distress romance? In that case, check out Michelle’s royal addition to her Rich and Famous series. A fashion designer and a prince, that would make for one fabulous wedding wouldn’t it? Maybe it’s because I sew, but I liked the jargon that went with this one.
3.The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder
By Cookie O’Gorman
I pulled an all-nighter reading this one. I had my suspicions for the mystery, but I had to know whether or not I was right. Cookie’s books are guaranteed entertainment. I especially love how Cookie used the stereotypes of a pastor’s child, something I relate to.
4.Rule #5 You Can’t Trust The Bad Boy
By Anne-Marie Meyer
A lot can happen in one day, so is the case for the young couple in this story. Anne-Marie did an excellent job using the rich girl, poor boy trope. Again this was another book, I could not put down until it was finished.
5.The Billionaire’s Conflict
By Johanna Evelyn
I love this series! And rumor has it; she’s releasing more in the New Year. When it comes to billionaire romances which are a dime a dozen, this is a must-read. The pain these characters feel as their friendship is twisted... I don’t want to give anything away, but Johanna writes unforgettable swoon worthy characters—even when they’re at their worst, she causes us fall in love with them flaws and all.
In no particular order and with the year coming to an end, here are my top 5 romance novel recommendations of this year. All these books are available through Amazon Kindle Unlimited which I am in love with. Perhaps in the future, I’ll publish some novellas straight to it so you the reader will have more free reads to enjoy.
1. The Draughtsman Damsel
by Emily Klein
I’m not usually one for Medieval or historical timelines, but readers out there should make an exception for this story. After watching Quest for Camelot with my daughter, I wanted to read the book it was based on, finding this instead. I was not disappointed. And the research that went into this, wow! This novel has a unique take for the intellectual reader and an incredible finale.
2. Calling Love (Modern Conveniences Book 2)
by Leah Atwood
I love a good blue collar romance. Leah’s works tend to have a calm pace to them, and this came at a time where I was becoming sick of predictable white-collar metropolis city romances stories. Archer was a charming character especially towards the care of his ill grandmother, and I’m glad he shows up in more of Leah's books.
3. Ninja Girl
by Cookie O’Gorman
For a story with plenty diverse characters, I enjoyed meeting them all secretly wishing this was a series so they could return. This fun book contains (trying not to spoil anything...) exciting fight sequences, a karaoke bar with marshmallow fluff on tap, and a sports car with a slick paint job. (Cookie knows her stuff!) Yet another YA novel where the parents are involved in their children’s lives and it benefits the story.
4. It Was Always You (Ridgewater High Romance Book 3)
by Judy Corry
If I’m honest... the whole Ridgewater series really. I went on a Judy Corry reading binge this winter and did not regret it. In the third book of her series though, addressing youth homelessness and redeeming a character that I in an earlier book labelled a jerk... well done.
5. Rule #1: You Can’t Date the Coach’s Daughter
by Anne-Marie Meyer
I think what makes this such an adorable high school romance story is not only the events between the main couple, but the relationship the protagonist has with her strict father. Also how the lovers weren’t trying to be together maliciously out of angst for the set rule, yet hoped to prevent drama at any cost.