TBR Tuesday: Romance Novels

By: Destiny Constantin

Happy Tuesday, readers! I hope you are having a wonderful week.

Spring is officially upon us, even though we have not had too many warm breezy spring days yet. Spring is a season of regrowth, new possibilities, pristine hopes, and, for many species, finding love! Nature comes alive with flowers blooming, crisp air, and a new perspective on life. In honor of spring and the feeling of love in the air, I have compiled a list of newly-released romance books that I am excited to read.

  1. My Life Without You by Adrienne L. Edwards

Story Synopsis: Valerie Augustine is in love with Romelle Charleston, the man she has loved since childhood. High school sweethearts now face real-life challenges as adults when one day, Romelle tells Valerie he has enlisted into the military. However, Valerie has a secret of her own, which leads her down a path of more secrets. How will Valerie deal with her life decisions when she is still in love with the man who left to serve his country? Will she ever tell Romelle the secrets that are bound to derail what he wants more than anything?

2. Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Story Synopsis: Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings… these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.” High-efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars… these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful and utterly different than Annika’s life philosophy. Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately, Hudson’s moving into the office right next to hers. He will be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest that Annika so desperately wants to win to keep her business afloat.

3. The Final Chance by Cait Marie

Story Synopsis: Friends no matter what. At least that’s what Beth Ann and Dylan promised that cold night under the stars. Beth Ann has dreamed of going off to live in a big city and studying fashion all her life. She worked hard to get to New York, and she’s not going to let anything or anyone stand in her way. Dylan is a people pleaser. He’s notorious for making things happen. Except for getting the girl he loves to see how much she means to him. He broke her heart, thinking it’d be easier for both of them when she left, but he was so very wrong. Now, he has one final chance to prove his feelings are genuine, even if that means making drastic, life-altering decisions to do so.

4. You Have A Match by Emma Lord

Story Synopsis: When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer—injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie… although ever since the big embarrassment incident with Leo, things have been awkward on that front. But Abby didn’t know she’s a younger sister. When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star, Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself. The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications. Her sister is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast, and her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

5. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Story Synopsis: Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the most fabulous clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud. Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled, and relationships are rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

6. So Close by Serena Bell

Story Synopsis: Auburn Campbell loves Beachcrest Inn. Working there saved her sanity as a teenager and got her back on her feet after a controlling relationship. So when Trey Xavier shows up, threatening to demolish Beachcrest, she’s ready to fight. Nothing riles her up like a hot guy in an expensive suit on a power trip—in the worst and best ways. Trey screwed up. And now he needs this land deal, or he’ll lose his business. He built his company from scratch to take care of his family the way his dad never did. But it would be a lot easier for Trey to stand his ground if Auburn didn’t tempt him so badly. He hasn’t wanted anyone like this in a long time or maybe ever. After a few days of a summer sun, Auburn and Trey are both losing their heads—and may their hearts, too. Except they’re both out of practice at losing. Only one thing’s certain: The Fourth of July in Tierney Bay will have plenty of fireworks this year.

7. Love in Due Time by L.B. Dunbar

Story Synopsis: Naomi Winters will be forty—soon-ish—and she’s only been with one man. One night. One time. Long ago. She believes everything happens for a reason, and the universe spoke about Nathan Ryder. Nathan Ryder isn’t the same man who hightailed his bike out of Green Valley eighteen years ago. As a rule breaker, women are one area he acts a fool. Case in point… the local librarian, he can’t get a read on her, but she’s one risk he’s willing to take. Again. What do an eccentric librarian and a sexy silver biker have in common? More than you think. The due date on their love might not be expired after all.

8. Hidden Star by Nora Roberts

Story Synopsis: Bailey James can’t remember a thing. She doesn’t even know who she is, let alone why her bag is filled with cash, a gun, and a large blue diamond. Desperate for help, she heads to the first detective office she can find, hoping that PI Cade Parris is someone she can trust. And with no other options, Bailey doesn’t have much of a choice. Cade is sure the woman of his dreams just walked through the door when Bailey shuffles in, but he’ll have to convince her that she’s not a criminal before he can consider his love for her.

9. A Girl Gone Crazy by Becca Baldwin

I have had the opportunity to read the two short stories that go along with the first novel in this series. I enjoyed reading them very much, and I am looking forward to learning how the characters met in the book.

Story Synopsis: Hailey O’Brien spends her days working for an ogre that can’t be bothered to remember her name, running everybody’s errands, and gossiping over coffee with her best friend. Her nights and her fantasies belong to the hottest chef in the world. Too bad he doesn’t know she exists… or does he? Joel Alexander has sworn off women. After a disastrous relationship that nearly ruined his career, Joel certainly wasn’t looking to fall in love. That is until he saw her. After an unfortunate accident brings them together, Hailey and Joel set off on a blazing trail of love, passion, sex, and friendship. However, someone close to them wants to tear them apart. Someone who will do anything to separate them. Someone who’s determined to let nothing stand in their way.

10. Feisty by Julia Kent

Story Synopsis: I’m not too proud to admit that finding Mr. Right involves swiping right. Right? Welcome to dating in avocado toastland. Here I am, on my first blind date, ever, courtesy of a smartphone app and my two annoying best friends. So what is Chris “Fletch” Fletcher doing, walking across the room, looking at his phone like he’s pattern matching a picture to find a real person he’s never met before? Oh no. The guy I drop-kicked in seventh grade cannot be my blind date—the guy who gave me my infernal nickname, Feisty.

Have you read any of these romantic comedy stories? What’s your favorite contemporary romance novel? Please feel free to comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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