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Stern Brunch Daddies And More

Oh hey, what happened to July? How is it August? Where is time and why can’t I grab hold of it for a second?

Sponsored by Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

The Year of Hattie is off to a perfect start, until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage, threatening to ruin her plans before they’ve begun. Awakening at her feet, Whit is surprised the woman who frees him is headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price. Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. If they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.

Over on Book Riot

Trisha and I talked about The Great Big Romance Read and lots of other things on When in Romance this week.

And if you missed it, The Ripped Bodice just announced their new Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction.


Covers of the Just for Him series by Talia HibbertDid you see that Talia Hibbert announced a new book, Work For It, coming out September 3? One of the characters has already appeared in her work, so you might want to check out the Just For Him series, which is 4.99 for all three books! (Or you can get them individually, but where’s the fun in that?)

New Books!

Oh man, are there a lot of books out this week! I read Brazen and the Beast, today’s sponsor, until I couldn’t read anymore, but there are definitely others worth picking up this weekend (or right now, if you want).

Cover of Spellbound by Allie TherinSpellbound
Allie Therin

In a magical New York, a young socialite brings a magical relic to an appraiser who just might be magical himself. In a time when it’s still illegal to both drink and be caught with someone of the same gender, Rory and Arthur have to work together to keep the world from ending…if only they can get along. Jazz, personal telephones, forgeries, and speakeasies set the mood and the tone for this delightful historical fantasy romance by a new author who is growing greatly on me.

Cover of All Hours by Andie J ChristopherAll Hours
Andie J Christopher

If you follow Andie on Twitter, you know she has very strong feelings about Stern Brunch Daddies, and the two protagonists of this book seem to have elements of such men. Agreeing to be set up on a date, the pair have a few hurdles to overcome to reach their happily ever after—including an injury that requires one to step in for the other.

Cover of Last Chance Rodeo by Kari Lynn DellLast Chance Rodeo
Kari Lynn Dell

This is the first book in the Blackfeet Nation series, originally published in 2015 and republished now by Sourcebooks Casablanca. I have no idea if they’ve made any changes beyond probably copyediting, but I hope this new branding and release gets more eyes on a different kind of rodeo story than the ones I’m used to. (To be fair, the majority of rodeo books I’ve read have been Lorelei James, in which there’s often more than one kind of rodeo going on.)

Cover of Too Sweet to be Good by KM JacksonToo Sweet to Be Good
KM Jackson

This is the second book in the Sugar Lake series (following As Good As the First Time) and I’m intrigued thanks to the taste of Alexandrea we got in the first. In this one, she clashes with the grandson of the owner of the vintage theater she is working to fix up, who would rather sell it. Beyond the potential sparks that will emerge in that kind of situation, I imagine the rest of the family is around, and that’s always a joy to experience. If you’re hesitant to pick up a small town romance because they’re so often homogeneously white, this one is worthwhile to pick up.

Others I’m looking forward to:

Cover of Feast of Sparks by Sierra SimoneFeast of Sparks by Sierra Simone

Ship of Fools by Cathy Yardley (more Fandom Hearts, yay!)

Let There Be Light by R. Cooper

Master of Revenge by Sienna Snow

Perky by Julia Kent

The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret (which I mentioned on Monday)

How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway

Nothing But This by Natasha Anders

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (I know I know but that story, okay?)

A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham

Also, I don’t know why, but there are quite a few “Pride and Prejudice Variation” titles out this week.

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