Category Archives: Friends to Lovers

#Paranormal #FairyTales #Dark #AgeGap #bestfriendsdad #novella #steamy #FriendstoLovers #Nanny #BestFriends #SingleDad #EnemiestoLovers #SmallTown #Audio -Twinsie Angie Top 5 from July – December 2023 – Beastly Tales Trilogy by MJ Haag, Beekeeping Age by Sophie Stern, Confessions of Ti,ber Creek by S.J. Chaynie, Perfect Risk by CA Harms, and Worth the Fall by Bria Quinlan

These are my favorite books the 2nd half of the year.  The first half of the year favorite’s can be found here

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Here is my top 5 in no order

Beastly Tales Trilogy by MJ Haag

From Book 1: ** Adult Romance **
Benella is concerned with two things–avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately, the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast.

When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet, the fate isn’t one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.

A classic fairy tale with a seductively dark new twist, the Beauty and the Beast saga begins with Depravity.

Intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and moderate language. This book is part 1 of 3.

The completed Beastly Tales
Depravity, Part 1
Deceit, Part 2
Devastation, Part 3

My favorite is book 2 so here is the review –HERE

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Beekeeping Age by Sophie Stern

He’s older. Wiser. Hotter.
More mature.
And he’s my best friend’s dad.

Remington West is the kind of guy who can get me into a lot of trouble. He’s twenty years older than me, for one thing. He’s Anna’s dad, for another.
Still, there’s an electric energy between us that I just can’t push away.
My body doesn’t seem to care that he’s all wrong for me.
It only seems to care that he’s of beekeeping age, and I…
Well, I’m ready to be kept.

Beekeeping Age is a standalone age-gap contemporary romance.

My review HERE

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Confessions of Timber Creek by SJ Chaynie

Elle Andrews is my best friend. The one I let slip away, and now, she’s my four year old daughter’s new nanny. I may have had ulterior motives when I convinced her to take the job, but she needed work, and I needed a replacement. The plan was easy. Get her into my space, and prove to her that despite the past, I’ve always been hers. But when disturbing news about her parents surfaces, and four years of buried tension comes out, the plan takes an unexpected turn. There are three sides to every story. Yours. Theirs. And the truth.Book 2 of the Timber Creek Series. Series will contain interconnected standalones.

My Review HERE

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Perfect Risk by CA Harms

Perfect Risk (Book #1 in a 12 Book Series)

Mason Creek, Montana is my home. It always has been and truth is, there is no place like it.

I can hide away in a big city, pretend as if I’m not drowning. I can ignore the sadness inside my heart that is begging for a change. But if I’m being honest, my sense of belonging has disappeared. I thought I wanted the big city life, the fast track and all the glamorous things. Turns out, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than home.

Coming back to help run my mom’s business gave me the perfect escape.

But there is one problem.

An unresolved past has a way of haunting anyone. Things can sure get complicated when the man that broke your heart all those years ago is now your new landlord.

It may get a little messy, I may regret my decision to stay…
But then again, this might just be the Perfect Risk.

My Review HERE

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Worth the Fall by Bria Quinlan

Who could possibly lose her job, apartment, and boyfriend in one day?

This girl.

I won’t lie. When my boyfriend took me out for a fancy-shmancy dinner, I was thinking jewelry not “please return your security deposit” the weekend I was moving in. Which, can we just talk about the fact I was going to move in with a long-term boyfriend who wanted a security deposit?

Instead, I got a lecture about not being able to pull my weight and a breakup. In public.

I’m over it. I’m over the good-paying job that kept me trapped in the wrong spot, the fear of moving on…and men. New rule: World Domination Without Men.

Period.

There’s only one thing slowing me down. That cop.

Yeah. Okay, so I may have accidentally broken some laws this weekend. Nothing big. But that hot cop has shown up everywhere. Now he’s living across the street from my new place and doing super hot cop things like cooking and salsa dancing.

I can’t help but wonder: Can I do the Single Girl Takes on the World thing and let Mr. Hottie Officer in or do I need to put him in the slammer of my big picture plan?

Now I just need to decide: Take over the world solo or risk another heartbreak with Officer Hottie?

My Review HERE

Beastly Tales

Beekeeping Age

Confessions of Timber Creek 

Perfect Risk

Worth the Fall

#BookPromo – The Trouble With Us by Carmen Jenner

USA Today Bestselling Author Carmen Jenner delivers an unforgettable friends-to-lovers,marriage-pact, surprise pregnancy, STAND-ALONE about two best friends who just needed a little shove in the right direction. Guaranteed HEA!

Friends don’t fall for their new bestie’s boyfriend.

Yep. Things got super awkward when I came face to face with the tattoo-covered Viking with a devastating smile and a panty-melting southern accent whom I coerced into being my fake boyfriend only weeks before. How was I supposed to know he was my friend’s boyfriend?

Friends don’t make marriage pacts after they’ve had too much to drink.
I’d been in love with Gabe since the night we met. He just didn’t know it. So when he asked me to marry him if we were still single at thirty, how could I possibly say no?

Friends don’t get one another pregnant.
Neither of us ever wanted kids, but when those two little lines appeared on that stick, well … exactly how big does an explosion have to be before it’s considered nuclear?

Friends don’t look at one another the way we do.
And that’s the trouble with us. Gabe and I have never been just friends.

#BookPromo #FreeBook – The Governor by Tymber Dalton writing as Lesli Richardson

He kneels for only one man… Governor (Governor Trilogy 1, MMF, political romance, power exchange, GFY, bi awakening, secret workplace romance, wounded hero, friends to lovers, HEA) by Tymber Dalton writing as Lesli Richardson.

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#WOTR24 #NewRelease #FriendsToLovers #DoubleReview- Confessions of Timber Creek, Timber Creek Series Book 2 by S.J. Chaynie

Elle Andrews is my best friend. The one I let slip away, and now, she’s my four year old daughter’s new nanny. I may have had ulterior motives when I convinced her to take the job, but she needed work, and I needed a replacement. The plan was easy. Get her into my space, and prove to her that despite the past, I’ve always been hers. But when disturbing news about her parents surfaces, and four years of buried tension comes out, the plan takes an unexpected turn. There are three sides to every story. Yours. Theirs. And the truth.

Book 2 of the Timber Creek Series. Series will contain interconnected standalones.

Goodreads

Review by Twinsie Angie

I was given this book from the author for an honest review.

EASTON!!!  GAH!! I don’t know how many times I was messaging the author is regards to my boyfriend.  I am not a person who highlights stuff but there were so many amazing lines from him to Elle…..I melted so many times.  Like I love him so freaking much!!

Ok so you get that I loved the book right???  Now this is the 2nd book in the series but trust me what I say you don’t need to read book 1 to get this book.  I will say you totally need to read it because we see the Easton/Elle dance and well it made me totally love him before I read this book.

Easton is one of the town police officers who has loved Elle his entire life.  He can’t imagine not having her around and right when he gets the nerve to tell her…he makes an epic mistake and ruins it all. Elle has had a crap life.  She finally gets things in order and opens up to Easton and then…..GROWL

I loved Easton and Elle.  The dance they do the whole book is amazing.  They both want the other, but Elle is being stubborn annnd yes she has the right to be but…gesh Elle!!!  Easton knows he messed up and will do anything to get his girl to admit she wants to be with him too.

The banter and chemistry is so good. His zingers to get her attention made me laugh so many times. But guys…..omg the charity auction…..lets just say I saw Easton in a whole new light!!  MMMMMMM  Yes I liked it too.

This book has me glued to it and I was not happy when I had to put it down. I read it so fast I feel like I need to reread it to enjoy it all over again!!!

Review by: Twinsie Melinda

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

First off this is a new to me author and I can absolutely tell you I will be reading more of her books.  I could not put this one down.  It had me turning the pages like crazy I did not want to set this one down.  There was so many twist that I didn’t see coming.

Elle and Easton were childhood friends but as they grew Elle felt something more for Easton. When things were headed towards something more than just friends the rug was pulled out from beneath Elle. Just like any other time in her life when things were going well something happened that turned her world upside down. Four years later and Easton was determined to make Elle his. When the stars started to line up for him, he jumped at the chance to try to make her his.

I loved Elle and Easton the chemistry between them was thick. To watch them was like spinning magnets on a table repelling when they don’t line up but when they connect OH BOY do these two connect.  Let me just say charity auction. I enjoyed the side characters also and I like getting to know them a bit.  I need to go back and read the first book and I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book.

S.J. Chaynie is a small-town Texas girl who has found a love for writing. She enjoys writing romance, with a sprinkle of suspense, and a little humor. If she is not busy writing her newest ideas, she is spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She believes a good book and a lot of laughs is the best medicine. She brings suspense, love, angst, and sometimes the occasional heartbreak to her stories. Always a HEA, but every character and story she holds close to her heart and hopes they touch yours as well.

#BookPromo – The Raven Trilogy by Savannah Blayke

The Raven Trilogy is coming to a close soon. Catch up now before the final installment with Raven’s Heart – Book One & Raven’s Desire – Book 2.

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Raven’s Heart – A Dark Romantic Suspense

🔥 Dominant Possessive MC
🔥 Feisty Smart Mouth FMC
🔥 Kink & Spice Galore
🔥 Friends to Lovers
🔥 Deception & Deadly Secrets
🔥 Second Chance Romance
🔥 Angst & Plot Twists

Raven’s Desire – A Dark Romantic Suspense

🔥 Dominant/Possessive MC
🔥 Stubborn/Smart Mouth FMC
🔥 Secret Baby
🔥 Wicked Plot Twists
🔥 Unrequited Love/Stalker
🔥 Deception/Corruption
🔥 BDSM/Kink
🔥 Dom/sub
🔥 MFF

Raven’s Fire – Coming Late Fall of 2023

#review #bestfriendstolovers Insta Love (Her Dominant Alpha) by Brooke Kinsley

Paige Manning has the seemingly perfect life, a respectable husband, a nice house in the suburbs and an easy job. But it doesn’t matter how many people envy her, she still can’t shake the feeling that everything’s wrong and of course, husband, Arthur is at the center of her troubles.

With her life in turmoil, she finds herself casting her mind back to being a teenager when the real love of her life, Sean was in her arms. If only their relationship wasn’t harboring not one, but two dark secrets. Things that could never let her sleep easy again…

With an aching desire to resolve the past, she seeks out Sean, now a successful psychiatrist. Posing as a patient, she reveals all and soon he can’t stop himself from falling in love again. But after eight years, life is increasingly complicated and both of them will have to learn to face the impossible.

Will Sean be able to stop himself falling into old Dominating Patterns? Or will Paige be only too happy to be his Little Girl again?

Warning, this book contains sexual and graphic content. Take responsibility for your own sexual pleasure .

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34683207-insta-love

Amazon https://amzn.to/3PAnfkB

Review by Twinsie Dee

When Paige goes to get help with the hot psychiatrist she just hope he remembers her from high school. When he does things start to steam up. After seeing Sean, Paige has to not only relive her past but deal with her husband at home. This story is very well written but very strange with the relationship of the characters.

Brooke Kinsley is a canadian poet who began sharing her confessional style stories in 2017

The truth is – love is complicated, painful at times but, it takes you to places you have never been before

My mission: write passionate romance with blazing hot scenarios and the ideal mixes of heart, flirt, and comedy filled with a large dosage of HEA ❤️‍🔥

#WOTR23 #FriendsToLovers #Audio #FamilyStory – The Wedding Driver, Love in the Adirondacks by Jen Talty, narration by Skye Allen

Love in the Adirondacks—where hearts come together like the moon and the stars shining bright in the sky, showing the boats the way home at night.

The Wedding Driver: He’s been making dreams come true for a decade. Never in a million years did he believe his dream was a boat ride away.

Tonya Johnson has been in love with the elusive Foster Landon for as long as she can remember. However, other than their mutual business arrangement of her wedding planning business and the fact that he takes newlyweds around the bay on his antique boat shortly after their nuptials, he barely gives her the time of the day. Well, she’s tired of being ignored and decides it’s time Foster Landon takes her out on a proper date.

Foster Landon had his heart broken once and he doesn’t plan on letting that happen again. While he believes in love, it’s not for him. Not anymore. That is until Tonya asked him to take him for a boat ride. And not a wedding ride. He should say no, but he couldn’t resist her smile. Besides, of all the wedding planners in the area, she brought him the most business. Who was he to say no? However, he wasn’t prepared to lose his heart and find himself wanting to become a groom.

Cover by Charity Hendry Designs

Goodreads

Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book.
I love a good romance and I needed something after reading a dark romance. I have read Jen’s stories before and loved the “feel good” love story so I knew this would be the perfect palette cleanser for me.
Tonya and Foster, LAWD ya’ll are a hot mess. They both want to be with the other but they both have fears….UBER FEARS. Tonya is afraid of losing her best friend. She would rather be with him as a friend then not at all. Foster, damn he has a giant-sized fear closet. He has every single right to be afraid but at the same time he is standing still while time flies by him.
When Tonya takes that step forward, it delights and scares Foster. He jumps forward and then runs the heck backward. I felt the couple had a lot of back and forth. Both afraid but also hurting the other with the indecisions. They both need to take a step back at times since they…well he mainly…runs for the hills.
I enjoyed the story except for the miscommunications but hey who wants to see hurt lovers? No one right!! But I did enjoy the twisted and weaving Foster’s past with his wife, child, and his past. I loved Tonya’s grandpa Maxwell. He was the best side character ever.
I didn’t realize this book was part of a series so now I want to go and listen to the story of Tonya’s sisters and their stories. The ladies were great big sisters who also gave their sister a kick in the butt when she needed.

Jen Talty is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Paranormal Romance. In the fall of 2020, her short story was selected and featured in a 1001 Dark Nights Anthology. She is currently contracted to write in the With Me in Seattle series by Kristen Proby with Lady Boss Press, as well as Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha and Elle James’s Brotherhood Protectors.

Regardless of the genre, her goal is to take you on a ride that will leave you floating under the sun with warmth in your heart. She writes stories about broken heroes and heroines who aren’t necessarily looking for romance, but in the end, they find the kind of love books are written about :).

She first started writing while carting her kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. Her first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 she helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where she ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

Jen is currently enjoying the next phase of her life…the empty nester! She and her husband reside in Jupiter, Florida.

Grab a glass of vino, kick back, relax, and let the romance roll in…

#BookPromo #Freebie Control Us (Next Generation, #1) by J.M. Walker

-Zach-

She was innocent.
Passionate.
Fierce.
After Luna Stone and I went from friends to lovers, my only purpose was showing her how worthy I was. But how could I convince her when I didn’t believe it myself?
I craved her touch and her smiles but most of all, her heart.
I vowed to protect her and show her father that I could be the man for his daughter.
I pushed.
She pulled.
And when all was said and done, I’d have to go through an even higher power to prove that I deserved her…
Myself.

-Luna-

He was quiet.
Withdrawn.
Intense.
Zach Porter and I had been friends since we were kids, but it had never amounted to anything more than that. Until now.
But as close as we were getting, he was still closed off.
He protected his heart and put up walls, even though he had no reason to.
He shoved.
I grabbed hold and never let go.
If I didn’t fight for what was ours, he’d succumb to his demons and believe their vicious words telling him that he’s not good enough. To give up.
On us.

#WOTR #AttendingAuthor #SeriesStarter Marry Me (Lyrics and Love) Book #1 by Samantha Lind


What do you do when you receive a wedding invitation from the one girl you always thought you would marry?

Sam- Lauren and her twin brother were my best friends growing up. She captured my heart from the moment I first saw her dancing through the sprinkler. I always kept my feelings hidden though, standing back as she dated other guys, afraid to cross that line and risk losing her. I even went out with a few girls myself, but no one ever measured up.

Then that dreaded day arrived, and I knew I’d lost her forever.

Lauren- Sam was always my constant. My rock. My best friend. That feeling, the one I only got around him, had never been matched by another man. But Sam never showed me he felt anything more for me than friendship, so I moved on…

Now, standing at the end of the aisle, ready to walk to my forever, my mind spins with what-ifs. Do I keep moving forward, knowing a man who loves me is at the end? Or do I risk it all, for the one man I’ve always wanted, and hope he wants me in return.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40185364-marry-me

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Marry-Me-Lyrics-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B07H5DPDB5/ref=sr_1_5?crid=7SOQTTI1B7KN&keywords=samantha+lind&qid=1580924092&sprefix=Samantha+l%2Caps%2C191&sr=8-5

I bought this book and this is my honest opinion


When one of my favorite songs inspires an author to write a book then you know I’m goin to read it. Marry me by Thomas Rhett is a beautiful song and while reading this book about Sam and Lauren’s relationship throughout life you picture the beautiful music video during part of the book. At nine years old Sam watched a u-haul pull into the house across the street and hoped that his new neighbors would have a child that he could play with and get a new friend well they had twins Steven and Lauren and Sam was so excited. Fast forward to college and Lauren is now introducing her new boyfriend Brad to Steven and Sam and that’s it Sam’s heart drops and he has a feeling that he isnt going to get Lauren and they will container to be friends. Now Lauren is getting ready to walk down the isle to Brad, Sam is back in town for the wedding but jut cant stand to see the  woman who has his heart walk into the arms of another guy. But Lauren has been having a feeling that she is about to make the biggest mistake of her life by marrying Brad because deep down she just feels like it hound be Sam. Will these two find their way to one another after all theses years or will Lauren use pass off her feelings as cold feet and continue on with the wedding she has always pictured. This book is amazing and you will absolutely love it.

Review by Twinsie Dee

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music.