Book Reviews: Recent Romance Reads

I’ve been reading a ton of romance lately!

Taxes and Tardis by N.R. Walker

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a super short M/M romance novella between a electrician and his new accountant. It’s cute, it’s fun, but it didn’t blow me away. The romance in here is definitely insta-love. Which honestly doesn’t bother me much, but it always leaves me feeling slightly disconnected from the romance since I don’t have time to fall for the characters, nonetheless their relationship together.

But overall I enjoyed this and I definitely want to read more from this author in the future! In fact I already have some of their other books on my KU wishlist.

Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega #0.5) + Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m lumping these two together because you really can’t read book 1 without the novella, but I don’t have enough thoughts on the novella to write it’s own review.

So first with the novella – You pretty much have to read this before going into the rest of the series. It has some vital background information on the main characters. And it’s actually a fantastically written short story! It has plot, romance, character growth. Overall I was super impressed with it.

But Cry Wolf is where I finally fell in love with the characters. This book/series has the fated mates trope (which isn’t everyone’s favorite but I personally love it) so the romance was very fast. So it took me awhile to buy into their connection. But Patricia Briggs does a great job of making the romance feel realistic still.

Despite them being mated almost instantaneously, they acknowledge it’s quickness and take awhile to trust one another. I loved watching their relationship blossom throughout this first book.

Anna also deals with PTSD from abuse she endured while in her previous pack and I loved how that was handled and portrayed.

Content warnings for violence, sexual assault/rape (in the past and off page), abuse

Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega #2) by Patricia Briggs

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

After finishing book 1 I immediately jumped into the sequel! And this one was just as good if not better!

I love that these books have a really strong standalone plot alongside the romance and overarching story. This story follows a conference where political maneuverings are happening and I love how that plot itself stands on it’s own and wraps up completely while still feeding into the series plot.

I was a little leery of Anna in the first short story/novella because she felt a little “special snowflake-ish”. She’s this really rare type of wolf but she didn’t seem to have much of a personality besides that. But in this book she really started to develop and I’m excited to see where her character goes from here.

The Beast (Wicked Villains #4) by Katee Robert

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

My new favorite in the Wicked Villains series!!

This series has a been a little rocky for me overall but this book was fantastic. I loved the characters and this thruple was absolutely everything.

This world is strange and sometimes confusing but I love the atmosphere it brings. This whole series feels so dark and gritty. And I loved that we finally stepped outside of the Underworld a little in here.

But the real star of this book was the characters and their relationship. Isabelle, Beast, and Gaeton are fantastic characters with well developed backstories and fully fledged personalities. And their growth together blew me away. They had so much baggage to work through and despite the short time frame, I loved watching them go through it.

Plus – this might be the sexiest book in the whole series. Which is saying a lot since this series revolves around a sex club.

Want Me (Extracurricular Activities #1) by Neve Wilder

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really loved this M/M romance! I had never read anything from this author before but got this on KU as a recommendation for a friend on Instagram. And it was a fantastic romance.

This follows 2 roommates after an embarrassing encounter who realize they may have feelings for each other. One is still exploring his sexual identity while the other has know he’s bisexual since he was young.

It’s told in 5 long sections since this was originally a collection of short stories that were eventually combined into a novel. Which made me a little nervous but I honestly didn’t notice the format at all – everything flowed seamlessly.

I also LOVED these characters. They’re so different and sassy but they had the beautiful soft moments that made my heart completely melt. And by the end I was in love.

I’m a little nervous to continue on with the series (I’ve seen some less than stellar reviews for the sequel) but I did really enjoy this first book and I’m curious to read more by this author in the future.

That was a lot of mini reviews… Let me know if you’ve ready any of these (and your thoughts) or if any of these are on your TBR!

6 thoughts on “Book Reviews: Recent Romance Reads

  1. I’m such a sucker for romance (semi) lately. It used to be a genre that didn’t interest me very much and I still stumble across quite a few that make me cringe with second hand embarrassment, but overall there’s something very enjoyable about it. Especially with really well written characters.

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