Book Haul | Contemporary Romance & YA Fantasy


This week’s haul is pretty much all contemporary romance. I did pick up one YA fantasy from Cassandra Clare which I’m sure pretty much everyone has already read. I enjoy Clare’s books but I prefer fantasy that’s a bit darker and more adult so I don’t read it often. Pretty much all of these contemporary romance purchases were influenced by r/RomanceBooks. I love reading contemporary romance when the weather is good and since I went on holiday this week, that’s what I bought.

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A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

Since reading and loving 10 Trends to Seduce Your Bestfriend by Penny Reid I’ve been really interested in reading more books with characters on the autism spectrum. There are several elements to these characters that feel so familiar to me. I really want to get to know them all better.

A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

Ruth Kabbah is okay with being an outcast.

Between her autism, her comic book nerdery, and the whiff of scandal her small town can’t forget, Ruth will always be Ravenswood’s black sheep. Since she prefers silence and solitude to gossip and pub crawls, that suits her just fine—until Evan Miller comes to town.

Ex-military man Evan is gorgeous, confident… and he’s Ruth’s new neighbour. Unlike everyone else, he doesn’t seem to mind her crotchety ways or her cooking disasters. In fact, if Ruth didn’t know any better, she might think Evan likes her.

But Ruth’s been burned before, and some lessons are hard to forget.

She can’t let her guard down—no matter how many home-cooked meals Evan brings over. Because affection is temporary, trust is made to be broken, and the heat of desire is a dangerous thing to play with.

So why does this man feel so safe?

Please be aware: this book contains mentions of intimate partner violence that could trigger certain audiences.

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The Roommate by Rosie Danan

I picked this book up for my holiday and cause it’s been on my radar since last year. I’ve heard conflicting reports of this book’s steaminess level. Some people say it’s quite steamy and others say it’s tame so I don’t know what to believe! I don’t require romance books to be super smutty but ” steam” is a natural part of a romantic relationship so I like to see it in a romantic book. Plus I hate when there’s sexual tension and then fade to black.

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

This book IS PURE JOY‘ Christina Lauren

Clara Wheaton is the consummate good girl: over-achieving, well-mannered, utterly predictable. When her childhood crush invites her to move across the country, the offer is too good to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

Suddenly, Clara finds herself sharing a house with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive – not to mention handsome – for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the internet . . .

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realises living with him might destroy the reputation she’s spent years building. But while they may not agree on much, both Josh and Clara believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

It’s been a long time since I read anything from Cassandra Clare. I have a bit of an itch to return to her Shadowhunter world and this series seems to be pretty popular.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel.

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to Edwardian London in the hope of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those the Shadowhunters have fought before – these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers – and force a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

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Captivated by Tessa Bailey & Eve Dangerfield

I haven’t read anything from Eve Dangerfield but I love Tessa Bailey. This book has come up a few times recently on r/RomanceBooks plus I love that the FMC is an aspiring comedian. It sounds like a fun read but also a sexy read since it’s written by these ladies.

Captivated by Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield

Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone…not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies she’s had two priorities; sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.

Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.

As they embark on a three-date arrangement the rules are clear; filthy, groundbreaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When the chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?

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Idol by Kristen Callihan

I’m not a fan of musicians or celebrities in any form but they are such a common theme in contemporary romance novels they’re really hard to avoid. This book was recommended somewhere (I spend so much time on bookish sites I can’t even remember which one) so I figured I’d give it a whirl.

Idol by Kristen Callihan


I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more. He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?


As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles. Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse —and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name. The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

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The Fisherman Series by Jewel E. Ann

Another r/RomanceBooks recommendation. I think this was a Forbidden Love or Forced Proximity rec….may have been Boss & Employee…. or possibly Age Gap but I wouldn’t pick up a book for Age Gap. Either way, it’s got a few fun tropes in there.

The Fisherman Series by Jewel E. Anne


• Special Edition Cover

• A foreword from the author

• The Naked Fisherman

• The Lost Fisherman

 Bonus content: select chapters from Fisher’s point of view

USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Jewel E. Ann returns with an addictive new adult romance about a young woman who discovers years of Sunday sermons didn’t prepare her for the many lessons of the crude and sexy man who is now her boss.

It’s official.

I’m eighteen and a young woman with endless possibilities on my way to reunite with my mom in Colorado after five years apart—she had a little weed incident in Nebraska.

At the airport, she springs the news on me … she’s leaving for a month of job training. And me? I’m left on my own in the basement she’s renting from the fisherman, aka her landlord who lives upstairs.

He’s ten years older than me. Never wears a shirt. And makes it hard to remember all the things I learned at Christian Academy.

Did I mention he’s also my new boss?

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