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February Reads…for the lover in you!

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I read many books this month, but below are the February reads that made me stay up late reading and laugh out loud or sigh because I got a new book boyfriend. These are the books you absolutely should pick up that I read in the month of February. Bon appetit babes!



Fake Fiance by Ilsa Madden-Mills

I will admit I was a little jaded as I began reading this book. I mean come on…how many fake finance books are there out there? I thought this story had been told already and what was the point. But it had great reviews so I took a deep breath and dove right in.

However, from the first page, I was sucked in by Ilsa’s writing. She has a way with words and made me want to turn the pages as quickly as possible. Sunny and Max are the cutest couple. They remind you of those first few months of being in love and how high you feel all the time. The backstory from both of their lives made them likable and I was able to look passed the over used storyline. Fake Fiance has a bit of suspense and a whole lot of heat between Sunny and Max. Also, the secondary characters are amazing. If you’re tired of the same old fake marriage/fiance book, don’t count this one out. It’s also a kindle unlimited so even more incentive to give it a go.

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Rise by Dylan Allen

Reading the synopsis made me want to read this book fiercely. I saw the cover art as it was being pushed on social media and the beautiful woman on the cover had me intrigued. Being a woman of color, I love reading books about women and men that look like me. Especially if they are mixed race such as myself, like Addie and Simon are.

The emotion bleeds from the pages. I was completely pulled in by Dylan’s words and I felt what they felt. The pain, frustration, and love. Simon and Addie had such chemistry and the heat came off the pages. They are the epitome of angst and passion. There’s some frustrating moments in this story that took me back to some of the injustices I’ve faced over the years. But Simon and Addie give you hope and there’s not a lot more you can ask for from a hero and heroine. I highly recommend this if you want a break from the cookie cutter romances. Also a kindle unlimited book.

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Open House by TC Matson

Riley and Brian aren’t married but have been together for over a decade. I’m always curious about those couples…the ones that stay together and don’t make the commitment. Maybe it’s my southern girl roots or my Christian faith, but it boggles my mind that people will make the commitment to stay together but not get married. In the case of Riley and Brian from Open House, my question is answered. Something about the situation drew me to the book, and I’m so glad I read it.

You could feel the frustration and loneliness leaping off of the pages from Riley. There were many times I wanted to take her aside and say “Just do it afraid, girl!” I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but after the stress, frustration and loneliness comes passion, acceptation, and love. Trenton is a new book boyfriend just in case you need a new one. A definite must read and kindle unlimited!

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Empires and Kings (Mafia Series Book 1) by A.C. Bextor

This book is definitely a darker read. In case you couldn’t tell from the synopsis or the cover art. The first few pages are pretty graphic and set the tone for the story. I also want to point out that it’s part of a series. It doesn’t end on a serious cliff hanger, but the story is far from over.

Klara and Vlad have an unusual relationship. She’s been living in his home with his family, but not as a prisoner or the help. He feels responsible for her because he’s the reason she is parentless. They have a hot and cold, high intensity relationship that full of emotion and passion. The story is written from different perspectives, which I happen to like because it answers questions for the reader and allows a glimpse into other characters thoughts. I’m so excited for the other installments of this series. If you don’t mind an unfinished story and enjoy a walk on the dark side every once in a while, I highly recommend Empires and Kings. It’s also a Kindle Unlimited read.

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Scars and Tats by Kristi Pelton 

I’ve only read one other of Kristi’s novels and to be honest, it was kind of forgettable. I remember reading it and liking the plot, but I don’t remember much else. It was the opposite for Scars and Tats.

This book was pretty intense from the beginning and had a unique storyline. Kristi’s writing abilities have you feeling all that the characters feel right along with them. Mela’s desperation, fear and frustration is evident in every word and action she takes. Jackson seems to have an ulterior motive from the beginning, but he looks so sexy while you’re trying to figure it out. There is a lot of angst with a dash of suspense and a ton of passion between Mela and Jackson. If that sounds like a good time to you, I would definitely read Scars and Tats if I were you. In addition this is a Kindle Unlimited book.

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I’ll Be the One by Hazel James

Most noteworthy this month was I’ll Be the One. When I read the synopsis I was intrigued. It made me a little wary because it was about high school students and those always toe the line for me. I feel weird reading about sexual situations between high school students. They were definitely of age when anything happened, so no worries there.

This was one of those book hangovers that makes you think of it frequently. All I can say is this story from the writing, to the humor, and suspense, to the chemistry between the Rachel and James was phenomenal. I can’t say enough good things about this book. You will definitely need tissues by the end, let me warn you now. I’m almost at a loss as to how to describe just how great this book was. Please just take my advice and read this amazing story about love and loss. It’s a Kindle Unlimited as well.

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Hot Mess (Love is Messy Duet) by Emily Goodwin

Yes you read that correctly, this is a duet my friends. Never fear, because by the time you read this the second book, Twice Burned has been released. I usually do not like to read duets or series because I hate cliffhangers or cliffies as Lexi the editor says. Lexi is the heroine and she has to be one of the most endearing characters I’ve read. She’s not perfect and she is like the books says, a hot mess. Even though she’s not a badass, she is most definitely strong and you cheer her on.

Luke is her knight in shining armor and just like Lexi he’s a hot mess. I love that about this book though. They’re not perfect and it makes you relate to them even more. Another author I’m a fan of, Tracy Ward says she write relationships and not romances and I totally feel that’s what Emily did with this book. I’m a huge fan of Emily and she hit it out of the park with this couple, so I’ll forgive her for making this a duet and making me wait to see what happens with Lexi and Luke. Another Kindle Unlimited read for you this month.

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There you go loves, 7 February reads for the lover in you. Click here to check out last months great reads and get yourself a new book boyfriend! Comment down below if you would add any other releases to this list. Thanks for reading. Until next month, a hui hou!



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