Recommendations Francesca 2019

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Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

It was a great introduction to the series. Robb introduced the characters and slightly futuristic world really well. She didn’t bog the book down with too many details and instead just dove straight in with the story and fleshing out her characters. It also didn’t feel too dated. I don’t know if this was because of the future setting or just the genius of J.D. Robb. So, although some of the technological details felt like they were the imaginations of a mind in the 90s, the more important aspects like character and story didn’t. It left me intrigued, addicted to the characters and desperate for more making it an excellent first book.

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE | SCI FI | COP | BILLIONAIRE

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Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

From the moment I started POLARIS RISING I knew this would be a winner for me.  There is something about the main protagonist, Ada, that I was immediately drawn to.  Strength. Basically, by the end of this book, I really loved Ada and she’s one of my favorite heroines I’ve read so far this year.  Kickass with a heart of gold.

I think the author has done a really nice job at blending romance and a solid plot.  At the same time, this book needed a lot of world building and she’s also done this extremely well without dumping a bunch of information and making this book suffer from First Book Syndrome.  It had everything I needed to feel as if I was immersed into this world, I could see it come alive just as well as if I was watching this on a screen.  Which by the way, this could totally be made into a movie and I would be there for it!

SCI FI | SPACE OPERA | ROYALTY | EX-CON

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A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan has a talent for writing gripping and compelling family dynamics, characters and emotions that feel relatable and in the end stories that leave you with a content feeling.  A WEDDING IN DECEMBER delivered exactly that.  It’s a heartwarming story about 3 women, a mother and her two daughter.  Their mom of the verge of divorce, the youngest getting married and the older sister trying to save her younger sister from making a rash decision by marrying and ruining her life.  All this against the beautiful snowy backdrop of Aspen.

A WEDDING IN DECEMBER is a great story to read during the holidays but also a perfect winter read.  Fun in the snow and the stress of a quick wedding.  In the end it left me with a smile on my face and seeing everything resolved the way it should be.

WOMEN’S FICTION | HOLIDAY

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The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox

While it may be a little less creepy than the previous book by her, it still packs all the gothic atmosphere and a great romance as well. The pacing of this book starts slow but there’s a simple way this story weaves into you and keeps you turning the pages.  At some point, I just couldn’t put it down.  Now the mystery wasn’t all that I was expecting and while I didn’t have it figured out it also wasn’t extremely shocking.

If you are in the mood for a light mystery but atmospheric read, then look no further.  This author, and this book, should be on your list.  And they’re perfect to keep a romance reader happy.

HISTORICAL FICTION | GOTHIC ROMANCE

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Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

As soon as I picked up MEET ME IN MONACO I was swept up into another world and I didn’t want to let go.  I read this in almost one sitting.  It was addictive from beginning to end.  If you enjoy reading about different types of professions I think you’ll also be as fascinated as me with Sophie’s job.  I loved seeing the process of creating a perfume.  The different notes and steps that go into finding the perfect balance.  It was really fascinating!

This is a perfect poolside read.  Intrigue, royalty, celebrities and romance.  The writing was smooth and flawless and it’s left me wanting to read more from this duo for sure.

HISTORICAL FICTION | ROYALTY

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The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

I knew going into this book that the subject matter would be a heart breaker.  And I was also really excited to try out this debut and hopefully find a new author to follow.  You probably know by now that I like to read books that touch on real issues and I was curious about how this would be handled in this book.  I am here to tell you that THE FRIEND ZONE should definitely be on your summer reading plans.  Don’t worry, you’ll get a happy ending!  And if I’m being honest, I didn’t shed any tears like I was expecting.  But that didn’t take anything away from my enjoyment of this book.  I was swept off my feet by the romance and the chemistry between the main characters.  I feel in love with them BOTH individually.  But the heroine stole the show for me.  I found her incredibly relatable and I was cheering for her to get an HEA.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE | FERTILITY ISSUES | FRIENDS TO LOVERS

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Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of both of these authors.  But when they collaborate, magic happens.  Their previous m/m romances brought us one of my favorite m/m couples and when I saw there was a new book coming out for them in the same genre I might’ve squealed.  There was also a lot for this book to live up to.  Let me just say this.  TOP SECRET is completely different from HIM but it’s just as addictive and endearing.  You can’t help but fall in love with these very different characters.  I was 100% swept up into how cute the romance was, how lovable both characters were, how their relationship progressed…. and lets face it, how sexy as hell it was.  This is yet another winner by this duo.

M/M ROMANCE | NEW ADULT | NEIGHBORS/ROOMMATES

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When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019.  I fell in love with this family and this world last year after reading NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA and I couldn’t wait to dig into this companion novel.  You don’t have to read NYIH to read this one but why wouldn’t you read both they are both amazing!  But back to Beatriz’s story.  If you liked THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO you will enjoy this story.  Beatriz is such an interesting and fierce woman.  I admired her strength and determination to follow her passion.  The romance swept me off my feet and it took me on a rollercoaster ride.  And at the end, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.  Except that I wanted to stay there and read more.

HISTORICAL FICTION | FAVORITE HEROINE | TEARJERKER

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What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

This is a story that is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet, transport you to a different place and make you fall in love.  With the place, the time, the people, the man.  Everything about this book was beautiful, and that includes the writing because Amy Harmon is a master at making you feel.  One of my favorite reads!

HISTORICAL FICTION | TIME TRAVEL | MAGICAL REALISM | BETA HERO

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Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

It really should come as no surprise that this book is on this list.  Devil’s Daughter was my most anticipated read of the year probably. At the very least top 2!  There were many reasons to be excited about this book but top of that list was the fact this was West Ravenel’s story, a character I’ve come to love throughout this series because of how much he’s changed and grown.  And the fact that the heroine is Sebastian and Evie’s oldest daughter.  If there is one thing you can expect from Lisa Kleypas is a romance like no other that will literally sweep you off your feet and Devil’s Daughter delivers that.  West is now firmly placed in my book boyfriend list (probably favorite in this series) and all the butterflies I had reading this story made this a book you won’t want to miss.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE | SINGLE PARENT | FARMER

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