Books I Checked Out This Week On Kindle Unlimited
Hello everyone! How are you feeling as we approach the new year? I am of the opinion that it can only go up from here, which I say not to jinx us. 2020 has officially been a YEAR no matter where you come from. I know I'll be spending the holidays home alone with my three cats for company. They're very excited by this prospect I'm sure, especially my kitten Steven who is going to experience his first Christmas in the strangest of circumstances.
I've been slowing down my reading in December, let's be real though it's always slow. However, I have been stocking up on some kindle unlimited reads to close out the year with. I probably won't get to all of these books before the clock strikes midnight but it's assuring to know they're waiting for me. I'm a book hoarder at my core and that's true even with my digital library
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Title: Fragile Longing
Author: Cora Reilly
Description: Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.Too young.Not blond. And definitely not an ice princess. Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancé behind. Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s. Danilo is a man who’s used to getting what he wants. Power. Respect. The sought-after ice princess. Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face. Wounded pride. Thirst for revenge.A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister.Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given.
Current Amazon Rating: ★★★★ (4.3/5)
When I think of my guilty pleasure romance genre, mafia reads, I immediately associate it with the author Cora Reilly. She has written some of my absolute favorites from Bound by Honor to Sweet Temptation. Both of which I've reviewed on my blog pretty positively. I often decide to pick up one of her books when I'm in the mood for these reads because her catalogue is EXTENSIVE.
Recently, I got a targeted Facebook ad, because the government is obviously watching all of us, for Fragile Longing. It was a book by Cora Reilly I hadn't heard of before so I was intrigued because like I said I love her books generally. The description sounded interesting and it has been a while since I've read anything similar, i.e. a mafia romance. Long story, short it has now been downloaded in the hopes I will read it soon.
Title: Dirty Headlines
Author: LJ Shen
Heir to a media empire.
...And my new boss.
I could have impressed him, if not for last month's unforgettable one-night stand.
I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory--namely, his wallet.
Now he's staring me down like I'm the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I'm supposed to take it.
But the thing about being Judith "Jude" Humphry is I have nothing to lose.
Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.
When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.
He knows it.
So do I.
Every day in the newsroom is a battle.
Every night in his bed, war.
But it's my heart at stake, and I fear I'll be raising the white flag.
Current Amazon Rating: ★★★★ (4.7/5)
I've basically read everything LJ Shen has recently released, whether it be Sparrow or Playing With Fire. Since I loved her other books, I've decided to give her back catalogue a perusal. I frequently do this with authors I end up loving such as Cora Reilly, for example. This introduced me to one I vaguely recalled seeing but hadn't yet picked up - Dirty Headlines.
Dirty Headlines is a book I can't believe I glossed over when initially looking through LJ Shen's books. It was released in 2018 so it's a little further back but I am almost sure I'll enjoy it. The book sounds right up my alley and I'm pretty partial to these kinds of cliche stories. And if we're talking about cliches, LJ Shen does them well but darker.
Title: Falling Into You
Author: A.L. Jackson
Description: Richard Ramsey is the guitarist for the world’s hottest new band. Gifted. Charismatic. Hot as sin. Lend your ear, and he’ll steal your heart. Nah, you can’t have his considering he left it in his hometown years ago. He knows better than going back. But it’s his younger sister’s wedding, and there’s no way he can say no to that. He should have known she would be there, invading his senses and making him thirst and hunger for what he wants most. Violet Marin hates him for what he’s done. He left her empty-handed with their wreckage strewn all around. She’s picked up the pieces and is living her life the best way that she can.But their connection is fierce. Their attraction unending. It only takes one glance for their worlds to collide. One touch to set them on fire. But she doesn’t know the dark secrets he keeps. If he had understood the true price of fame, he would have known he’d sold his soul and this debt is something he cannot repay. Letting her go is impossible, but will loving her cost it all?
Current Amazon Rating: ★★★★ (4.6/5)
Who doesn't love a good second chance romance? Plus a rockstar element? Falling Into You advertises all of this. I'm honestly sold and if you're not I don't know what to tell you.
I'm a massive fan of super trope-filled romances. I think I love them more in that genre than anywhere. There's something so entrancing about seeing the same premise lead into so many different scenarios. I've always been a fan of a second chance romance because the angst is usually incomparable. Rockstar romances are another guilty pleasure of mine that I can't stay away from. And just like that: wham, bam, it's on my tbr.