It is hard to believe that June is already over, and we are in the thick of summer. I’m just getting back from vacation, trying to plan some trips with my girls, and preparing for vacation 2. I feel like summer will be over before I know it, and although that makes me sad, I cannot deny how much I love fall.
Before we start talking about what is coming in July, though, let’s recap all the great books read during the month of June. This month brought 28 books to my kindle, and so many were amazing. Make sure you check them out.
Without further ado, here is my monthly wrap-up for June. Below you will find a list of the books with a glimpse of my initial reactions to the book and a link to my full review and other book information. As always, an MB will indicated my top books of the month, and they are books I would highly recommend putting on your TBR!
The Cyberlove series is one of my favorite MM romances EVER! I love the different and incredibly unique characters, the gaming and YouTube world, and the underlying message of embracing who you are that runs through all the books! These books always bring romance, heat, and social awareness that this world so desperately needs, and Mature Content exemplifies everything that I revere about this series of standalones.
Sawyer Bennett has brought the Wicked Horse back, and it is better than ever!! I loved the first series so much, which takes place in Wyoming, and I wasn’t sure if I could love this one as much, but do I ever!! Steamy. Sexy. Debauchry. What more could I ask for???
This was an unexpected read for me. Based on the synopsis and the title, I expected a much steamier read. I, however, was surprised by this sweet, slow burning romance between two young adults chasing their dreams in the big city, and, while this wasn’t what I expected going into the book, I still enjoyed the journey.
My first experience with Christina Lauren was with the Wild Seasons series, and I absolutely fell in love with the characters, the story, and the incredibly heat inducing chemistry in and out of the bedroom. While Dating You/Hating You is considerably less steamy then the Wild Season series, it still retains all the parts of a fantastic romance: lovable characters, entertaining story-line, and chemistry that is built on more than lust.
The Hearts series was my first introduction to L.H. Cosway’s writing, and I instantly fell in love with not only the characters and their stories but her writing style. Each part of these series is connected and yet so widely unique and different. Hearts on Air, while not as unique as previous stories in the series, still offers interesting characters who are complex and original.
Parker Swift has given readers of the Royal Scandal series such a sweet and endearing ending for Dylan and Lydia. Balancing the demands of their new positions, they get to see these two become stronger together as well as work to get that HEA they have earned throughout the series.
Let’s be honest. Love triangles are a hard trope for me. So much so, that I usually avoid them all together. I find the characters and their choices frustrating, it is usually clear from the beginning who the heroine will end up with, and there is so much unneeded angst and heartbreak. Pam Godwin’s One is a Promise, book one in the Tangled Lies series, is going to fall into a different category. Never once did I not understand character choices, never once is it clear who she ends up with (it is book one of three), and the angst is what one would expect from the events of the story. I am really excited to see where she takes readers over the next two books.
I am in love. Riley Walsh and his leading lady own me, heart and soul. Every single aspect of their relationship is real and honest and prefect.
The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise is exactly what I needed to get out my reading slump. This office romance is fun, romantic, and so steamy. It really is the perfect romantic comedy.
Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige and Sierra Simone is fantastic from the very first chapter. I love the characters and their journey to their happily-ever-after. Plus, it has that signature steam that readers would expect from the writing duo that published P*rn Star.
Bad Penny might be my absolute favorite Staci Hart novel I’ve read. Not only does it comprise great writing and pacing, but it also has my favorite type of heroine. Her entire persona made the novel that much better.
Jodi Ellen Mapas has delivered a novella that follows a man balancing two separate worlds, sex club and home life and bachelor and daddy. When his worlds collide, he struggles to find a new balance, but his struggle is one filled with emotion and a ton of self-realization.
Strong Enough couldn’t have been any more perfect. Melanie Harlow and David Romanov not only show how brave and strong people must be to embrace who they are but also to show the world who they love. Maxim and Derek’s story is inspirational and filled to the brim with love, of others and of self, and I couldn’t put it down!
I love Katy Evans’s romances. The heroes are always utterly delectable, the heroines are often driven and independent, and yet both are flawed people. Their stories are rife with angst and steam, and she always gives the HEA readers desire. Tycoon delivers in every single one of these areas and is another fantastic romance from Ms. Evans.
Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman has been my first book by this author. I found it to be fun and entertaining, a romance that really thrives on the characters and their connection over lust.
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy as separate authors are among my favorites, so when they collaborate and publish a new book, it is one of the best book days ever. Their characters are so funny and entertaining, and their stories are always filled with heart as we watch the main characters find their happily ever afters.
I have enjoyed every single book in this series of standalones. With her last book, I thought Church owned my heart, but Hudson Wheeler plowed him over. Wheeler, Poppy, and their story to happily-ever-after is a paragon of romance.
The Knocked Up Plan is the comedic, romantic, and steamy, combining to create a true romance. Lauren Blakely takes the reader on the journey with the couple. We get to see the transition through each stage of their relationship, and as we do, readers are helpless to fall in love with Ryder and Nicole. Readers will also enjoy that she doesn’t follow the traditional baby romance plot-line, and they will love how she resolves their romance and ends to the story. It really is perfect.
Love Dr. Erotica. Love Harlow. Love this romance. It has steamy passion with Max Monroe’s signature humor. I couldn’t put it down!
4 Crown Review
I really enjoy this mafia series. There is suspense and passion mixed with the customs of the mafia, leading a compelling romance.
This is one of those books that just hits you right in the heart. The emotion, the turmoil, and the love all hits you dead on, I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to this duet by K. Bromberg.
Sex Symbol really drives home why readers love a romance. We want the couple who can overcome obstacles to be together, who become partners in their journey in life, and who face the world stronger together, and Laurelin Paige delivers all this and so much more with Micah and Maddie.
Coming during the month of July…
July is shaping up to be another fantastic reading month, too, and it looks like I’ll be spending my summer with some great romances. I cannot wait to share my thoughts and talk books with you. So, make sure you check back this month for more reviews, cover reveals, excerpts, giveaways, and more special posts.