It’s time for another round of romance mini reviews! I’ve got brief thoughts on two titles, one contemporary and the other historical, bottom line though I loved both.
Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert
Published by Nixon House on April 21, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 325 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
Image and Description Credit: Goodreads
Jasmine Allen has many vices. Rahul Khan has just one: her.
For the last seven years, Rahul’s been Jasmine’s closest friend. Sure, he’s strong, sexy, and deliciously stern—but she doesn’t care about that. She certainly isn’t tempted by his wicked smile or his genuine sweetness. She can’t be. Because everything Jas touches turns to dust.
Rahul disagrees. Seven years ago, Jasmine touched him, and he’s still standing—still standing, and still hopelessly in love. When disaster drives Jasmine into his spare bedroom, Rahul prepares for a month of painful proximity to the woman he secretly wants.
But when he realizes that Jasmine just might want him, too… all bets are off.
She’s wild. She’s reckless. She doesn’t know how to love, and she doesn’t intend to learn.
But she’s also his. And in this game of desire, Rahul’s playing to win.
Wanna Bet? is a steamy, standalone, BWAM romance. Warning: this book is 75,000 words of extreme pleasure, with NO cliffhangers, NO cheating, and a guaranteed HEA. Enjoy responsibly!
***Please be aware: this story contains themes of parental neglect and abandonment, parental death, and alcohol dependence that could trigger certain audiences.***
Twitter is a marvelous place as it’s introduced me to some of my favorite romance authors and I can already say Talia Hibbert is now among them. Wanna Bet? takes on a friends to lovers romance with a role reversal (promiscuous woman, besotted man). Jasmine is closed off, holding her emotions in; every action she takes hides pain. Rahul is the best! A man so wholly in love but holding himself back to be the friend Jasmine needs. The tension between them is off the charts and there is just so much angst to agonize over. While the book does deal with some pretty heavy topics (mentioned in the description above), there’s not an ounce of exploiting it. Overall I totally recommend Hibbert’s writing and cannot wait to dive into more of her stories.
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
Published by Avon on June 19, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 396 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased
Image and Description Credit: Goodreads
When Wicked Comes Calling…
When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.
The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain…
Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.
For the Promise of Passion…
But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he’s ever wanted…and the only thing he’s ever desired.
Sarah MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series is off to a roaring start with Wicked and the Wallflower. Felicity Faircloth wants back into society but she needs a rake to get her there. Approaching spinsterhood, she’s incredibly lonely with a family who wants to leverage her marriage for personal gain. Felicity’s also got a passion for picking locks. Devil, on the other hand, is a smooth-talking smuggler with a serious reputation but also a softer side. The scenes between them are incredibly intimate and the overarching story is totally compelling. Overall I highly recommend this and honestly any Sarah MacLean titles.
Have you read either of these books? Prefer contemporary or historical romances?
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