Recent Reads – May 2020

In case you can’t see the image, I’ll list them all below–along with buy links so you can read them, too!

Liza's Recent Reads May 2020

1. The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan. This was a cute, contemporary romance with a workplace romance and the “best friend’s little sister” trope. Amazon US. Everywhere.

2. Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins. This is my first Beverly Jenkins book! She’s a legend. An enjoyable historical romance. Amazon US. Everywhere.

3. The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren. Emotional and satisfying contemporary romance. Some distressing backstory (a school shooting) that almost had me putting it down, but the overall message is positive and I’m SUPER glad I kept reading! Amazon US. Everywhere.

4. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori. This is my first manga and it takes skill to read a story that is told in both pictures and words! I kept wanting to read only the words, and then I’d miss the context and have to go back. Loving this, though, and I’ll have to read more. Amazon US. Everywhere.

5. Hate F*@k by Ainsley Booth. This one is steeeeeamy, erotic romance. Thoroughly enjoyable with opposites attract and a forbidden romance. Also enemies-to-lovers. So all the reader catnip! Amazon US. Everywhere.

Ready to Get Caught in Forbidden?

If you get your books from Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, or Kobo, this is your last chance to catch Caught in Forbidden before it goes up on Amazon!

We each took a step toward each other. A drop of water fell from my hair and down the back of my neck to my spine. Matt’s gaze went darker, with the kind of heat I knew I wasn’t misinterpreting. The air in the room felt charged.

He tossed the clothes on the bed and took another step toward me. He was so close, if I reached out, I could run my hands over his chest, feel the hard ridges of his muscles.

His attention went to my mouth. I wanted his kiss, more than anything.

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Look Out–Filthy Beast is On the Loose

Filthy Beast is out now! What?! I’m super excited about this one.

“That’s it, my beautiful Lena,” he whispered, then took her mouth in a kiss so hot, she thought she was melting from the inside. “I’m going to show you what it means to be mine.”

A little story from behind the scenes–I was wrecked by a couple parts in this book. Tear-my-heart-up, then sew-it-back-together wrecked. There was this one part, and I won’t spoil it by telling you what it was, that I knew was coming and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write. I kept having second thoughts, because I just did NOT want it to happen.

But, happen it did. And like all painful things, it helped the characters grow.

But damn. It was hard!

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Filthy Beast – In One Week!

We are so close to Filthy Beast‘s release, and I am so eager to see this book out in the world! Carter and Lena were so tough on each other at first–especially Lena, coming from a situation that had taught her not to trust anyone–especially not anyone with violent tendencies. And Carter, well. He liked to fight.

If you haven’t preordered your copy yet, I suggest you get it now! I don’t want you to miss out on the preorder sale. Tap the cover below for the link. ❤

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“I’ll stay and keep watch,” Carter said.

“No, thanks. I’ll be fine. You can go,” she said. It was a struggle to keep her voice even and light. “Goodnight.”

Her heart ached as he shifted into his bear and walked off into the wet woods, but in the end, neither of them had a claim on the other, and fate seemed to want to keep it that way.

5 Netflix RomComs You Don’t Wanna Miss

I am probably not alone in blazing through the offerings on Netflix, and I am not ashamed to say that I blazed through five in quick succession. When I’m unsure about the world, and unable to focus on writing my steamy paranormal tomes, watching romantic comedies is my next go-to!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

This is based on a young adult novel (which I read and loved). I also loved the film, and adored watching it play out on my screen! The concept is hilarious and cringe-worthy (love notes she never intended to send over the years to different guys all get sent out at once). Go read the book, too. It’s great.

Set It Up

This was utterly delightful, and I’ll very likely watch it again soon. It’s an office romance with some matchmaking going on, and overall a blast.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser

This is a modern, teen, gender-swapped retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. I don’t recommend this one as easily as the others here, because I was a little disturbed by the deceit, especially when it came to the first kissing scene. However, this might not bother everyone else, and I thought the movie was still good. Just uncomfortable in places.

Nappily Ever After

I loved, loved this movie. It’s not quite a rom com in that it was super heavy at times, and it doesn’t have quite the neatly tied-up HEA that I usually expect in rom coms. However, thoroughly enjoyed this (even when I cried) and highly recommend it.

The Kissing Booth

Very cute, another teen love story. It hasn’t been that long since I watched it, but the details are pretty hazy other than the fact I enjoyed it, the kissing booth was a minor plot point, and it didn’t end quite like I wanted it to. But again, super cute.

❤ I hope these gave you some ideas of what to watch. Have you already seen them? None of these is particularly new, so you might have! Any favorites in the bunch? Or a recommendation for something else to watch?