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ROMANCE WRAP-UP: September




Whereas August had one of my longest Romance wrap-ups ever, September was a very fantasy heavy month for me. I also didn't end up loving most of the romances I read in September, unfortunately. But, there's always next month, which promises to be filled with new exciting releases. Without further ado, here are the seven romance books I ended up reading in September




Title: Beard With Me
Author: Penny Reid
Rating: ✭✭✭/5

Since this was a reading copy, I'm obliged to post a review for this very soon. But this was a minor disappointment for me. I expected to love this, but sadly did not. 


Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Rating: ✭✭✭/5

This is one of those instances where the cover was better than the book for me. Well Met joins the illustrated romance cover trend with a gorgeous mint green cover. Sadly, for me, this ended up being the highlight of the book. Well Met is a small town romance, and features Emily and Simon who meet each other when they both participate in their town's renaissance festival. There's some hate-to-love stuff going on, you know the drill. I ended up giving this 3 stars because, while the beginning was entertaining enough, this just didn't fully work for me. Well Met suffers from a popular problem within the romance genre: the couple gets together about 50% in, and that's that. I wasn't very interested after the half-point mark, and the renaissance festival setting also didn't feel special enough for me. While I hoped to potentially count this one as one of my new favorites, it was just an average read for.

Title: Wrecking Ball
Author: P. Dangelico
Rating: ✭✭✭/5

Since I massively enjoyed Sledgehammer last month, I figured I would give P.Dangelico's other books a shot, starting with Wrecking Ball. I expected this one to give me the funny banter Sledgehammer delivered on, and it did to some degree. This book takes on a slightly more serious note, but was no less fun for me. Wrecking Ball follows Cam who goes to work for famous football-player Calvin, as his nephew's nanny. Yet, the two absolutely despise each other. It's possible that this sounds slightly familiar, since I found that Wrecking Ball contained heavy The Wall of Winnipeg and Me vibes. Now for the slightly more negative part: if I enjoyed it so much, then what's the three-star rating for, you ask? I'll tell you. Everything was fine and dandy, until I reached the last few chapters. The ending doesn't deliver, which is a shame since I enjoyed the overall book a lot. Again, I expected this to be another favorite, but the book just did not go into the direction that I hoped it would.

Title: The Duchess Deal
Author: Tessa Dare
Rating: ✭✭✭,5/5

The Duchess Deal was my first venture into the historical romance genre. I've been meaning to check out Tessa Dare's books, since I'd heard great stories. The Duchess Deal, then, follows the Duke of Ashcroft, who is in need of an heir. But, to gain an heir, one needs a wife, and Ashcroft decides that Emma, a random seamstress who shows up at his door will do. The Duchess Deal had some witty banter, steamy scenes, and angsty moments, but didn't fully live up to my expectations. I liked the dynamic between the main characters, and I won't comment on historical accuracy, but this, again, was a little average for me. This is absolutely not a reflection on Tessa Dare's writing, or on historical romance as a genre, but The Duchess Deal just was not fully my cup of Victorian tea. I've heard amazing things about the third book though, so I might have to check that one out soon!


Title: Baking Me Crazy
Author: Karla Sorensen
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭/5

I received a review copy of Baking Me Crazy in exchange for an honest review, so my thoughts in full will go up in a couple of days, but I adored this. This is the only 5 star read of this month, but what an absolute gem this was.


Title: Sinful Like Us
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Rating: ✭✭✭/5

Sinful Like Us was one of my most anticipated romance reads of the year, which means I had a lot of thoughts on this book specifically. I already posted a full review last week, so check it out here if you're interested in my full rant. 


Title: Love on Lexington Avenue
Author: Lauren Layne
Rating: ✭✭✭/5


To end this list off on a semi-high note. The last one on the list is a book I wasn't sure I was going to love. I gave the first one in the Central Park Pact series three and a half stars, so I wasn't expecting a lot from this second instalment. But, oh boy, am I glad I decided to give this one a shot! Love on Lexington Avenue centers on widow Claire, who meets contractor Scott when he comes to renovate her house. The two don't hit it off immediately, but when Claire desperately seeks to get out of her shell since the death of her ex-husband, Scott offers to show her the ropes. I was actually surprised with how much I enjoyed this one. Don't get me wrong, I know Lauren Layne writes a killer romance, but the first 100 pages felt like reading a combination of her earlier novels. In other worlds: I wasn't fully blown away by the originality in the beginning. Yet, Love on Lexington Avenue really managed to get me invested in the characters, something Passion on Park Avenue failed to do, and pulled me into the story. It's a dangerous thing, to have high hopes, but I'm looking forward to the last instalment in the series, which I think might even manage to top this one for me!

Thank you again for reading my monthly romance wrap-up, and definitely check out some of the books on this list if you're ever in need of some fluffy romance during the spooky months! 

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