Top Ten Feel Good Reads

Posted November 30, 2018 by Suzanne in Front Page, Top Ten, Under the Covers / 5 Comments

The holiday season is in full swing and I don’t know about you, but that always gets me in the mood for some feel good reads. The kind that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy and looking for puppy vids on YouTube to keep that feeling alive. Whether it’s the picture perfect small towns, that chance for redemption or the girl finally getting the boy of her dreams, that’s what I am in the mood for this holiday season, so I have put together a top ten of my favourite feel good reads!

My One and Only Duke
by Grace Burrowes
#1 Rogues to Riches series

This book has two elements I loved, one a rags to riches story for our hero. He grew up in Yorkshire in the home of his abusive poverty stricked and abusive father. Now, he is a successful and very rich banker through his sheer hard work, honesty and little luck. Secondly, the romance was a gradual build based on a foundation of respect and friendship…and a little desperation. Although I loved the heroine in this story, she was direct and practical but with a soft heart, it was the hero’s penchant for secret kindnesses that gave me the warm fuzzies.

Top Ten Feel Good Reads
My One and Only Duke
by Grace Burrowes

BOOK INFO


Released: November 6th 2018
Series: Rogues to Riches #1
Published by Forever
Pages: 442
 

A funny thing happened on the way to the gallows...
One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he's declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he's ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.

There was just one tiny problem...
Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, crosses paths with Quinn in jail. Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they'll actually have a future together.

They were wrong.
He's a wealthy gutter rat out for vengeance. She's a minister's daughter who must turn a marriage of desperation into a proper ducal union. Are they doomed from the start or destined for a happily-ever-after?

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Carnage
by Sandra R. Neeley
#1 Whispers from the Bayou series

Okay, so the cover for this one doesn’t exactly radiate those feel-good vibes. But, you need to ignore that and read on anyways, that way you get to meet Carnage. Carnage may look terrifying, he is a gargoyle after all, and his communication skills can be somewhat lacking as he is unable to speak. However, that scary exterior hides the most adorable and sweet hero I have read this year. I loved him! Watching him woo his heroine had me melting on to the carpet.

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Top Ten Feel Good Reads
Carnage
by Sandra R. Neeley

BOOK INFO


Released: June 17th 2018
Series: Whispers From the Bayou #1
 

Raised by a father who curses the day she was born, Carolena finds herself in the swamps of south Louisiana under the guise of overseeing her father’s investments. In truth, she is making every attempt to avoid forced marriage to any of the men he would have her shipped off to. When she arrives in the deep-south, she catches the eye of a local backwoods family of brothers. The eldest decides that he is deserving of a step-up in life, takes her against her will to his hovel of a home at the edge of the swamps to be shared between himself and his brothers. Carolena — not the shrinking flower they think her to be, flees into the deepest, darkest, wildest portion of the swamps in an effort to escape the brothers and their plans for her. Death at the hands of the creatures in these wetlands is a better option, in her mind. Little does she know, she’s also caught the eye of the most dangerous creature there, one of legend — of nightmares. He’s watching her every move, admiring her bravery — and he’s decided he’s keeping her.

Carnage is a Gargoyle. He’s also volatile, dangerous, unpredictable, and lonely. One evening minding his own business at the edge of the sanctuary he calls home, he spies a female. A human female, and she’s running headlong into his swamps, with no regard for her own safety. Then he sees the reason; three men, and they’re hot on her trail, torches in hand, hell bent on catching her before she can get away. He watches as they get closer and closer to her, easily following her trail. Carnage makes a snap decision that changes both their lives forever; he drops out of a tree right behind her, slaps one clawed hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming, wraps her in his huge arms and goes right back to the treetops. He shelters her while the men traverse the ground below, unable to determine why her trail disappeared. Carnage admires this little female — she was brave to run into the swamps alone. There are many creatures lying in wait for just such a meal. But she no longer has to worry about that, because now she’s his. He only hopes that she doesn’t fear him too much once she gets a good look at his blue-grey skin, his fangs and his horns. Because regardless of what she thinks, or the rules of his community — he’s not giving her up.

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Alien Gift
by Tracy Lauren
#4 Elysia series

This Christmas read was so sweet, Gorrard our hero has sacrificed a lot in his life to search for his missing people, including the chance at love and a family, now at 50 (approximately) he thinks it’s too late. Holly has been in love with Gorrard since she first laid eyes on him during her rescue from alien slavers. He may be 20 years her senior but she knows he’s the one. I loved this story seeing Gorrard finally find love and family, just like he has always desired was truly heart warming and perfect reading for over the holidays.

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Top Ten Feel Good Reads
Alien Gift
by Tracy Lauren

BOOK INFO


Released: October 10th 2018
Series: Elysia #4
 

It’s Christmastime in Beacon and there’s only one gift Holly wants this year. More than anything she longs for the sexy older alien, Gorrard, to be her mate. From the second his eyes locked on to hers, she knew they were meant to be. The only problem now… is getting him to realize it.

Gorrard rescued Holly from what could have been a life of slavery and ever since they returned to Beacon the human almost seems drawn to him. Not that Gorrard minds. Each moment they spend together becomes the sweetest torture, as the bond between the pair intensifies. When Holly confesses her feelings, Gorrard worries that the only thing he’ll need to protect his human from… is himself.

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Rock Chick Reborn
by Kristen Ashley
#9 Rock Chick series

I could probably do a top ten of feel good reads with Kristen Ashley books alone. She seems to specialise in heart warming books full of cute kids, second chances and hilarious antics. However, the Rock Chick series holds a special place in my heart and so I was delighted to see the mama hen of the group Shirleen Jackson get her HEA. Shirleen has a past she isn’t proud of, but now she has fantastic friends, a job she loves and two sons that although she didn’t birth, she couldn’t love more. She’s surrounded by love, but hasn’t found a man to call her own. In Rock Chick Reborn though her world gets shaken up when she meets someone special to call her own.

Top Ten Feel Good Reads
Rock Chick Reborn
by Kristen Ashley

BOOK INFO


Released: April 2, 2018
Series: Rock Chick #9
Published by Self Published
Pages: 231
 

As a Rock Chick, Shirleen Jackson lived through all the kidnappings and explosions. Along the way, she also watched the dramatic love stories that came with those rides unfold.

But long ago, Shirleen made her choice. It affected who she was and would always be. She decided to settle for what she had and not want more. She had good friends. She was raising two fine young men who weren’t hers, but she loved them anyway.

She was good.

And then Moses Richardson crashed into her life, literally…and deliberately.

Moses has different ideas about Shirleen. He’s more interested in the Shirleen of now, mostly because she’s interesting. And funny. And loyal. Smart. Beautiful.

But Moses has a big challenge on his hands.

He has to convince Shirleen of all that.

And then convince her she deserves to have more.

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Butterface
by Avery Flynn
#1 The Hartigans series

I love a plain Jane story, it’s a favourite trope of mind, which means that I had to pick up Butterface by Avery Flynn. It had a heroine whose looks go beyond plain into ugly territory. Then we have the hero, a straight shooting cop who never met a rule he wouldn’t follow. This book was great as it showed that it’s more than just the outside appearance that matters. The heroine didn’t need an ugly duckling type transformation she was beautiful exactly as she was and the hero was smart enough to realise that.

Top Ten Feel Good Reads
Butterface
by Avery Flynn

BOOK INFO


Released: July 30th 2018
Series: The Hartigans #1
Pages: 250
 

It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…

Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever—and that old humiliation hits hard.

I recognize him immediately. The sexiest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league.

But then he kisses me.

And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything.

Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.

Soon everything starts to feel too real, from adorable fights over “necessary” tools to fix my broken porch to surviving a free-for-all dinner with his six siblings to picking up where our last kiss left off.

But there’s something he’s not telling me about why he’s really hanging around, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my mob-connected brothers.

Because this is not a make-over story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale…

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Willa’ Beast
by Ruby Dixon
#3 Icehome series

The beastly and isolated from the world heroes always get my heart going to goo. I don’t know what it is about them, but I suspect it’s to do with the juxtaposition of their strong bodies and their quasi-innocent minds. Gren is one of these heroes. He’s never been touched with any kind of kindness before he meets Willa and seeing him finally look at the world and the people in it with out suspicion is heart warming.

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Top Ten Feel Good Reads
Willa's Beast
by Ruby Dixon

BOOK INFO


Released: October 5th 2018
Series: Icehome #3
 

Beast. Creature. Monster.

Dangerous.

All of these things have been said about Gren.

Willa doesn’t believe it, though. She knows that monsters can sometimes come in appealing packages. She knows that for all of his snarls and fearsome appearance, he’d never hurt her.

And she knows she has to get Gren away from the Icehome camp, because no one will ever see him as a person, not when he attacks all who come close. Not when he’s tied and treated like an animal.

She’s going to save him… or fall in love. Maybe both. Willa doesn’t mind that he’s a beast, as long as he’s *her* beast.

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Man Hands
by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
#1 Man Hands series

This is a book of second chances and new starts. Our heroine has just gone through a divorce from a cheating husband, now she feels old and fat. Our hero had been spectacularly dumped by his girlfriend and is now on a hiatus from women. This romantic comedy is fantastic, with a mixture of laugh out loud moments and some deliciously sexy times. If you want a book that will leave you with a smile on your face this is the one to try!

Top Ten Feel Good Reads
Man Hands
by Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby

BOOK INFO


Released: December 11th 2017
Published by Rennie Road Books
Pages: 180
 

He puts the "screw" in screwball comedy...

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

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Hello Stranger
by Lisa Kleypas
#4 The Ravenels series

You can’t go wrong with Lisa Kleypas, she knows how to write a fantastic love story. You can pick any one of her books from her older reads to her newer releases and you are guaranteed to fall in love with her characters. Hello Stranger was one of my favourite books this year, not only for the presence of such a strong female heroine, something always makes me feel good, but for the love story. Our hero has loved the heroine from a far for a while, but his life is dangerous and he has no expectations of a happily ever after with her. He also never expects her to love hims back. Don’t you just love it when the hero is wrong?

Top Ten Feel Good Reads
Hello Stranger
by Lisa Kleypas

BOOK INFO


Released: February 27th 2018
Series: The Ravenels #4
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
 

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett's skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he's ever known.

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The Governess Game
by Tessa Dare
#2 Girl Meets Duke series

Is there anything cuter than a mischievous child? Why yes there is, two mischievous children. Which is exactly what The Governess Game by Tessa Dare delivers. This story brings four people together and creates a family. We have the heroine who is hired on as a governess for two lonely orphans, we have the hero who is now the guardian of two little girls he loves, but is baffled by and then we have the two lonely and rebellious orphans. This was a lovely story full of humour, romance and family that shouldn’t be missed.

Top Ten Feel Good Reads
The Governess Game
by Tessa Dare

BOOK INFO


Released: August 28th 2018
Series: Girl Meets Duke #2
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
 

He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson

The accidental governess

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own.

The infamous rake

Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in danger of falling, hard.

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Love At Last
by Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor writes some fantastic feel good contemporary romances, each one will leave you feeling warm with a smile on your face. Love At Last is no different. We have beautiful babies, adorable toddlers and a hero and heroine who both deserve some love and happiness. So, although this is quite a summery read with a romance it has all the feel good trapping of a holiday read and is perfect for the holidays.

**Available on Kindle Unlimited**

Top Ten Feel Good Reads
Love At Last
by Claudia Connor

BOOK INFO


Released: April 24th 2018
 

How many times can you be unlucky in love before you decide it’s not luck, it’s you?

I’m in love with someone else. With her ex-groom's words still ringing in her ears, Clare Franklin flies off alone to her would-be honeymoon. Forced to accept not everyone gets that happily ever after she’s always dreamed of, she’s done with men. Until she gets tangled up, quite literally, with one sexy veterinarian.

The only thing Dr Deacon Montgomery wants is to share his surgical expertise and get back to his two year old twin daughters. But, the connection he feels with Clare highlights just how alone he really is and makes him wonder if he can be more than doctor and daddy.

Long talks and moonlit walks under the rustle of palms has Clare thinking maybe she gave up on love too soon. Until one phone call from home changes everything.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I’ve read 5 books on your list. The Governess Game and Rock Chick Reborn are definitely feel good reads.

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Yeah, I loved them they were both so cute. I especially loved Shirleen getting her man!

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Awesome top 10 feel good books suzanne!!! My favorite was Carnage!!! Loved this awesome gargoyle and Sandra R neeley’s writing is awesome!!! Shared on all my socials!!💖😉

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I completely agree with having butterface on this list. I have carnage in my tbr. The governess deal fell flat after reading the duchess deal. Some of julia quinn’s earlier books as well as early books from katie macalister always make me smile.

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Thanks for the recs Suzanne