It’s that time of year again, the time for looking back on the good, the bad and all the books I still haven’t read. The TBR List still grows and grows. I’ve read exactly zero of the fifteen books I’ve shared with EverAfter readers so far. So here are five more, five titles by a few of my go-to authors. 2016 is gonna be good.
To One Hundred
by Melissa Blue (January 7
When they met online they were equals…Then she walks into his classroom.
For four months Eva March shared almost every secret with a handsome stranger. It was easy when she didn’t have to meet his gaze in real life. The online flirtation was fun. She could be a strong, put-together woman without a sordid past. Most importantly, he’d never know the truth.
Grady Addison takes his job as a professor seriously. He doesn’t sleep with co-eds, much less his students. Eva doesn’t even fit his leggy, peppy blonde requirements, but he can’t walk away now. He’s spent too much time fantasizing about her, her smile and the way her eyes darken when she thinks of her past. And her past is a problem. The secrets she hasn’t yet told him could end his career and for Eva, her life could just come crashing down…again.
Melissa has been teasing her upcoming Dirty Sexy Geeks series for months. I cannot wait to get my hands on this first installment.
by Beverly Jenkins (January 26
Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he’s always dreamed of—one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything . . . and the price seems worth paying.
Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won’t risk her heart for him. As soon as she’s saved enough money from her cooking, she’ll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden…
If you’ve ever met me or seen me tweet, you know that I am a tithes paying member of the Church of Beverly Jenkins. I’ll read anything she writes, but I’m really interested to see how she tackles passing and colorism in this new romance.
Betting The Bad Boy
by Sugar Jamison (February 2
Ten years ago, Duke King knew that getting involved with Grace Truman would only bring trouble into his already hard life. After all, the son of the town drunk has no business falling for the judge’s daughter…a passion that led to disaster and ended with Duke serving a ten year prison sentence. Duke never wanted to return to Destiny, especially now that he’s built a multimillion dollar custom car empire with his brothers. But when his sick aunt calls him home, he must face his past and discover a secret that instantly changes his life.
Grace never thought she would see Duke again, especially after years of silence. But when Duke comes storming back into her life, looking hotter than ever, and determined to get to know the son he never knew he had, she realizes that maybe she’d been wrong about him so many years ago. So Grace decides to make Duke a bet. If he can stay in the house with them for the next thirty days and prove he’ll be a good father, she’ll agree to letting him be part of his son’s life. If not, he’d better be prepared for a fight.
Going from single guy to family man isn’t going to be easy for Duke, especially with the still sexy, now fiery, Grace clouding his every thought. Can Duke be the man he never thought he could be or will his old bad boy ways be too much to conquer?
I inhaled The Bad Boy Ceo, the first book featuring the King brothers, and I have to admit that Duke is my favorite of the bunch. He’s rough around all his edges, but boasts a huge heart of gold. I’m also a sucker for the secret baby/kid trope. I neeeeeed this book.
by Courtney Milan (April 12
Eighteen months ago, Maria Lopez felt an unexpected spark with Jay, a hot, tattooed, motorcycle-riding bad boy who checked off every item on her fantasy list. But “too good to be true” never ends well. So when he asked for her number, she walked away.
When she runs into him again, she discovers that Jay is a different kind of trouble than she’s imagined. He’s a demanding, driven genius, and once he’s set his sights on something, he does not give up. Now that their paths have crossed once more, he’s not going to let her get away until he knows exactly what’s on her fantasy list…and he figures out how to make her embrace it.
Milan is known for historical romance, but I sobbed like a baby reading Trade Me which is a contemporary New Adult romance. I need more from these characters and more of Milan’s NA goodness. Maria shows up in Trade Me as Tina’s best friend and roommate. Years ago, I would have known better than to hope that as a trans woman, Maria would get her own book. I’m so jazzed that she’s getting her chance at love. In 2016, I am really hoping we see more romances featuring trans women.
The Right Man For The Job by Alisha Rai (Winter 2016)
I started 2015 with Rai’s A Gentleman in the Streets, a crazy hot IR romance featuring Jacob Campbell, a super sexy hero looking after his younger siblings. TRMFTJ follows his younger brother Connor’s journey. There’s no official blurb yet, but you can read and excerpt here.
Rebekah Weatherspoon was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with a great human, one cat whom she loves dearly and another cat she wants to take back to the shelter. Her most recent release, So Sweet is out now. You can find out more about Rebekah and the steamy, funny romance she writes at RebekahWeatherspoon.com or find her on Facebook or Twitter.