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Top Shelf Reads: August 2018

Each of us girls have very definite tastes here at Under the Covers. We know what we like and we get excited about sharing this with you. We can’t help but share when our favourite books are coming out and want to share the joy with as many people as we can. And this is one of the ways we want to do it. Each month we will give you our pick of the bunch, the cream of the crop, the top shelf books! Basically, the ones that we are just itching for you to get your hands on. The kind of books where the year wait is always worth it; where you may have drawn plans to go a little Kathy Bates, but with less sledgehammer action and more hot cups of tea and custard creams – we don’t want to scare the muse away after all. These are the books we are just dying for you to read next month!

Top Shelf Reads: August 2018
Tossed Into Love
Book Info

Released: August 21st 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fluke my Life #3
Published by Montlake Romance
Pages: 208

Libby Reed is over it. Or that’s what she tells herself. She’s lusted after one of New York’s bravest for years, but firefighter Antonio Moretti has doused her interest for the last time. As much as she wants the arrogant jerk (in a bad, bad way), they can’t even be in the same room without setting each other off…which might be a problem now that she’s volunteered to help out in his family’s restaurant.

Antonio’s been burned before. Now he knows better than to trust a pretty face and follow another pair of long, beautiful legs into heartbreak. But while Libby might rub him the wrong way, he can’t deny the heat between them. And it only burns hotter when she steps up in his time of need. The closer they get, the more he realizes he may have misjudged her. Then again, he doesn’t know the secret Libby’s keeping that could send their relationship up in flames before it’s even begun.

Sometimes you read the right book at the right time and that’s exactly what happened when I picked up Tossed into Love. I was feeling ill, I needed some comfort and along came Antonio and Libby it was the bibliographic version of chocolate. Like chocolate it was sweet, satisfying and didn’t take long to get through the whole thing. If you are already a fan of Aurora Rose Reynolds then you will love this as much as I did. It doesn’t differ much in tone from her previous books, we have the sexy alpha hero and the feisty smart heroine. Loved it.

Top Shelf Reads: August 2018
The Simple Wild
Book Info

Released: August 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 320

City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.

Calla Fletcher was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago.

It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

I have two recommendations for you guys this month.  First up is THE SIMPLE WILD.  I love K.A. Tucker’s writing style and I think it just gets better with every book.  This one is a contemporary romance that has some hint of womens’ fiction.  While yeah, the focus is the romantic relationship, I really enjoyed the heroine’s journey of reconnecting with her now dying father.  Rediscovering her roots in Alaska, and finding out things about herself she didn’t know.  The setting of remote town Alaska was endearing and I really enjoyed that glimpse into that life.  The romantic lead is a sexy, bearded, grumpy hero and this starts out as an enemies to lovers in the best way.  Couldn’t put this one down so be sure to mark this one down on your calendars.

Top Shelf Reads: August 2018
Boy Toy
Book Info

Released: August 14 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Man Hands #3
Published by Self Published

A brand new romantic comedy from your favorite snort-laughing duo!


The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I'm still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I've learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can't wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.


I've just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don't have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He's everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.

I can't possibly get involved with him. He's too young for me. Too handsome. But he's so persuasive...

I didn’t know what to expect from this book.  I enjoyed the first one and then the second one a little less.  We’ve seen Sadie’s marriage fall apart throughout this series and I was really rooting for her to get an HEA.  I don’t know why I didn’t connect with the title that this would be a case where the hero was younger than the heroine but I couldn’t have been more pleased how it was setup and developed.  Sadie used to babysit Liam and his siblings when she was in college and he was a teenager.  While there isn’t a huge age difference, they are definitely at different points in their lives.  But one thing has always been constant for Liam.  He’s been in love with Sadie since he was sixteen and has measured up all women he’s with against his fantasy of her.  And now he actually gets his dream girl.  I thought this was fun, adorable, sexy, endearing.  I couldn’t have asked for more.

Top Shelf Reads: August 2018
Wild Hunger
Book Info

Released: August 14th 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #1
Published by Berkley Books

In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill’s spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run.

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of an ambassador brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever

Chloe Neill completed her Chicagoland Vampires series, saddening quite a few fans. However, she has returned with a spin-off series called the Heirs of Chicagoland. The first book is called WILD HUNGER and I had the pleasure of reading it early. I’m glad to say that the series does feel refreshed and unique and the characters in this new series aren’t carbon copies of their parents. I think if you’re a fan of the world Neill created, then you will certainly enjoy this book too. I’m glad there’s something more to look forward to in this world because I wasn’t quite ready to let go of it yet,


Top Shelf Reads: August 2018
Down with Love
Book Info

Released: August 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Love Wars #1
Published by Loveswept

Sparks fly when the hot-shot divorce lawyer meets the high-powered wedding planner. The only question is, what kind?

If you ever get married, remember my name: Max Henderson. In my line of work, you acquire a certain perspective on supposedly everlasting unions. . . .

1. Pre-nups are your friend.
2. The person you married is not the person you’re divorcing.
3. And I hope you didn’t spend much on the wedding because that was one helluva waste of hard-earned cash, wasn’t it?

But some guys are willing to take a chance. Like my brother, who thinks he’s going to ride off into the sunset with the woman of his dreams in a haze of glitter on unicorns. And the wedding planner—the green-eyed beauty who makes a living convincing suckers to shell out thousands of dollars on centerpieces—is raking it in on this matrimonial monstrosity.

The thing is, Charlie Love is not unlike me. We’re both cogs in the wedding-industrial complex. As the best man, I know her game—and I can play it better than her. But after one scorching, unexpected kiss, I’m thinking I might just want to get played.

I recently finished Kate Meaders new book, Down with Love. It’s the first book in her new series, Love Wars. It looks like this will be a trilogy about divorce lawyers who doesn’t believe in love, much less a happily ever after. In this first installment, the first lawyer falls for the wedding planner. Yep. It’s an enemies to lover trope and I totally loved it. As your typical Meader novel, Down with Love has good humor, loveable characters and a story that will win your heart. If you haven’t read any of this author’s work, this a good book to start with.


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Amy R

Tossed Into Love, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Too Bad So Sad, Bishop, The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo, The Governess Game and Magic Triumphs are some August releases I’m looking forward to.


Suzanne perfectly described how I felt when I finished reading the kiss quotient! I am most anticipating (and saddened for) magic triumphs


Richer Than Sin by Meghan March

Kathleen Bylsma

A’ll of these and Amy Daw’ s duet.

Dawn Roberto

I am so looking forward to Wild Hunger.

Kathy Valentine

Some really great recommendations! Ty! So much ladies. I put all on my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!


I’m looking forward to Boy Toy on audio. The other books were so fun to listen to.