Updated: Oct 20, 2020
If you've been following my reviews for a while you may know that I love to read kindle unlimited books. They are always my default pick when I've run out of books to read on my physical tbr. In particular, I find myself drawn to romance when looking to pick up my next KU read.
With kindle unlimited, books in the program are free so you can't do much better than that - especially when I'm on a romance binge and I'm reading a book a night. Knowing all of this, I figured during these strange days there is no better time to share my favorite free kindle unlimited books. Hopefully, it will help all of you get through your social distancing/isolation for however long it may last.
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1. Vicious by LJ Shen
Vicious by LJ Shen is one of my new favorite angsty romances. When I say angst I do mean maximum amounts of drama, heartbreak, and regret. It is perfect for anyone who wants their romance with a little bit of heartbreak.
Honestly, I recommend anything by this author, LJ Shen. Their writing is constantly delivering for my romance-loving heart. I've never been disappointed by one of this author's books so if angsty romance is your thing be sure to check out all their other books, for the purposes of this list though I'm just including one.
They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true. The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.
She is a starving artist. Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. She paid the price.
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. So she hates me. Big fucking deal. She better get used to me.
2. 5 Years Later by Jaxson Kidman and London Casey
5 Years Later by Jaxson Kidman and London Casey is another angst-driven romance. If you couldn't tell that's kind of my favorite type of romance. This book spans years and follows a tumultuous relationship between the two main characters.
This romance is probably one of the best second chance books I've read on the platform. If any of that sounds like your jam I can't recommend it enough.
Side Note: While I loved this book, I dnfed the standalone sequel to it which tells the story of another set of characters. It felt like a repetition of 5 Years Later that got rid of all the best elements of the original.
Description: When I was 13, he stole my heart
When I was 18, he took my innocence
When I was 23, he said he would love me forever
When I was 28, he broke my heart
Now I'm 33... and there's a knock at the door. He's back, again. And this time he's not alone.
3. Innocence by Lee Savino and Stasia Black
Before I discuss why I recommend this book, I would like to display a warning that this is a dark romance that takes the Hades and Persephone story to heart. Consent is not always one-hundred percent clear so if you have any issues with those things this one may not be for you.
Innocence by Lee Savino and Stasia Black is my favorite dark romance that I've read on kindle unlimited. I'm a sucker for a good Hades and Persephone retelling, in romance specifically. This book is definitely NSFW but it also features all the drama and tension I could have ever asked for in a book.
The story does rely on gray space consent but for me personally, the story itself was very much focused on those power imbalances. It was about how those circumstances could be shifted to land both of the love interests on equal footing. The ending sealed the deal for me on this three-book series
Description: I’m king of the criminal underworld.
I always get what I want.
And she’s my obsession.
Cora is new to the city of sin. Her innocent blue eyes beg for me to claim her. But I’m not the billionaire she thinks I am. There’s a darkness within me. And Cora is a shining light.
She’s beautiful. A virgin. I’m ruthless. A beast. She found me for a reason.
She’ll be my queen.
I’ll give her everything that her heart desires.
Except for one thing. Her freedom. She’s mine to keep, and I’m never letting her go.
4. The Penalty Box by Odette Stone
The Penalty Box by Odette Stone is the last in a series of hockey standalones. I actually read this book before the others without realizing it was the end of said series. I don't usually do that but I'm so glad I did for this one. After going back to the others, this book is still my favorite of the bunch.
I'm not usually into sports romances, or at least I don't read a lot of them, but this one made me reconsider that stance. It nailed the fake relationship trope perfectly - outshining so many others I've read. I definitely consider this one worth giving a try.
Description: He's a professional hockey player that lives on the edge. I prefer to play life by the rules.
I’m the personal assistant at a sports agency that no one notices. Unless they need coffee. I don’t like sports and I like professional athletes even less. I’m indifferent to the mostly male clientele, except for one. Mica “the savage” Petrov.
When it comes to wild antics, Mica is the biggest offender of them all. He’s reckless, wild and carelessly charming. I’m mortified that I find him attractive. But it doesn’t matter because the guy hasn’t taken a second look at me. Not once. In two years.
Mica's career jeopardizing situation requires drastic measures to be taken to keep him in the game. He’s got money, I’ve got debt and my boss has a crazy idea. Which is how I found myself stepping up to save him from himself. But at what cost?
How long can I keep fighting my attraction? What ghosts from his past is he brawling with? All I know is that I need to defend my heart before this big defenseman steals it away. Can we win this game? Or is it too late for either of us?
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