Heather from @bookandablanket on Instagram hosted a challenge for anyone to share their favorite romance books of 2019 leading up to the New Year.
The break down of the days were:
I love reading about strong heroines. Women who know what they want and go get it. Women who admit they may need help and show their vulnerability. Women who, when faced with adversity, rise above it and come out stronger than when they started. And finally, women who have an incredible support system.
What do I look for in a book boyfriend? Someone caring, hardworking, and a true mans-man. He understands that he needs to step back and let his woman shine like the diamond she is, and sexy, of course.
I read many new authors this past year, but these where the three who really stuck with me. Each one of them wrote stories unlike any other I’ve read.
I love me a good series and these books here are some of the best! Each one of these books has profoundly impacted my life. Within these pages, I have learned so much about myself and the woman I want to be. I am so thankful for the time each of these authors poured into their words because I know my life is forever changed because of them.
Finally, the time has come to announce my favorite standalone romance novels of 2019! I am obsessed with each and every one of them and have recommended them to everyone I know!
Thank you for following along with my best romance books of 2019!
Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
An Icelandic tradition has come Stateside. The rationing of goods always plays a significant role during war times. During World War II, paper and the printing of books were some of those goods. However, in 1944, when Iceland gains its independence from Denmark, the publication of books resumed. The luxury of reading came back in full force and resulted in the Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition, Jolabokaflod.
Jolabokaflod roughly translates to 'the Christmas book flood.' Every year since 1944, Icelandic families would exchange books on Christmas Eve and spend the rest of the evening reading and eating chocolate. Pretty amazing, right?
I know you are probably wondering why you're getting a history lesson. Well, here's why! Within one of the Book Clubs I'm in on Facebook someone posted about Jolabokaflod. I explained to the group that no one in my family reads *insert gasp here*, and I had no to celebrate this tradition with.
Much to my surprise, another bookish friend responded to my comment saying she too had no one to celebrate with, and it was within that moment that we decided to celebrate together. At the beginning of December, we exchanged addresses and sent each other a book/gift to be opened on Christmas Eve.
Well, book lovers, it's Christmas Eve, and I got one amazing gift! I hope y'all are having a safe and relaxing holiday, and if you are reading anything good this evening, drop a comment below… I need to build up my TBR for 2020!
TURTLE by LM Kennedy is an emotional and enthralling story about falling in love with the familiar and challenge the unexpected. The pages in this book are exploding with instant chemistry between our Heroine and Hero. Events in their lives damaged Roman and Alina; however, they dealt with them in very different ways. The light and dark contrast between the two only contributed to making each other better people and allowing them to face the facts of life together.
This story has stayed with me long after I finished the book, and my only complaint is that there weren’t more pages. LM Kennedy did a beautiful job depicting honesty among her characters and true transparency. Whether you have similar experiences to our protagonists or not, I believe anyone reading this book will be able to relate to our main characters in one way or another. I highly recommend reading TURTLE and am so looking forward to following Zeke and Charlie in book two!
Some may say it was their destiny, others will say it was fate, but nothing would have happened if Roman and Alina ever stopped fighting for their love.
Mia Rose Jett, a troubled nineteen-year-old who is unapologetically herself. After many run-ins with the law, Mia is sent away to a reformatory school called Dolor located in the UK. Now if you didn't know, Dolor means "a state of sorrow or distress" in other words, pain. So already, one should understand that the journey of our Heroine and Hero will not be rainbows and roses. Due to events that happened when she was a young girl, Mia is unable to feel. The last thing she expected was to meet a young man who felt enough for the both of them.
Oliver Masters, Ollie, sweetheart by day, poet by night, was the last person Mia thought she would meet at Dolor. Ollie is the green-eyed tattooed Angel who was sent to Dolor for events that were beyond his control.
Though this novel does come with a warning and you should read at your own risk, it is so worth the emotional journey you are taken on. Though this trope is not explicitly stated, addiction is the underlying factor many of these characters have in common. Addiction of a substance, action, high, and yes, of a person. See how Mia, Ollie, and everyone else at Dolor deals with their repercussions of their actions and the desire to find a sense of belonging within the land of the misfits.
I consider this a FIVE STAR read, and I highly recommend it to everyone! I know many people read this book in one sitting, but I was so affected by Mia's story that I had to take a break and really think about what was happening. Nicole's character development is beyond perfect, and so well thought out, you can genuinely see them as real people. Ollie and Mia's love story will steal your heart and hold it captive until Nicole releases the next book in the Stay With Me Series. I cannot wait to do a reread of this book and get lost in the world Ollie dreams about! I hope you love this book as much as I do!
"I will follow LK Farlow until the end of time!"
Though the story is about our kick-ass heroine, Natalie, and her hero Alden, Farlow write about Natalie's family in such a way that may have you reflecting on your own. The Reynolds family will make you laugh and possibly cry as you watch their love for each other unfold. The crazy supportive parents, the overprotective police officer brother, Nate, and though not a Reynold but still part of the family, the sassy-mouthed best friend, Jenny!
Just when you are beginning to feel like part of the family LK surprises you with the best friend's brother romance, "Best of Intentions," which is the telling of Nate and Jenny's story!
Overall, "Best Laid Plains" is a must read if you love a good cup of hard working man, a generous pour of a strong and intelligent woman, and just a pinch of princesses and rainbows!