Part 1 can be found here if you missed it!
This focuses on Leo Hathaway and his sisters governess Catherine, and it carries out the enemies to lover’s trope so well. You will spend the entire Hathaways series desperate for these two to get together, and when they finally do, it is so worth the wait.
This is the final Hathaways book – sob – and it ends the perfect series perfectly. I cannot recommend these books enough.
So good I had to reread it!
This is the first book in the Wallflowers series, which follows four outsiders who team up to help each other find husbands. I absolutely love strong female friendships in books, so I obviously adored this series.
It is honestly impossible to choose a favourite Wallflowers book, as they are all so ridiculously good. This one perfectly executes the enemies to lovers trope as well as the uptight noble hero and badly behaving heroine trope.
I obviously took the opportunity to reread this,
The final book in the Wallflowers series, which I didn’t want to end. This follows another of my favourite tropes – heroine thinks the hero hates her only to discover he’s been in love with her the entire time. This is another trope that’s so hard to get right, but of course Ms Kleypas does it amazingly.
I’ll be honest, I read this because of the announcement of the new Netflix show based on the Bridgerton series. I found this a really strange read, it seemed very old fashioned and cheesy, and I wasn’t invested in the characters at all. I found myself skim reading it to finish it as quickly as possible, which is never a good sign.
This is the second book in the Castles Ever After series, and it’s just as fun. Tessa Dare has a real knack for incorporating humour into her stories, making this a really funny read. Also helps that I couldn’t help but picture the hero as Jamie Fraser from Outlander.
This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed reading it as much as I did the first time. I pretty much worship all of Sarah Maclean’s books, and this is one of my favourites of them…
…but this is perhaps my ultimate favourite Sarah Maclean book. This is another reread. A perfect example of the wild heroine completely disrupting an uptight nobles life and making him question everything trope.
This is the second book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series, and I was like a child on Christmas morning waiting for it to be delivered. I had extremely high hopes for this book, and yet it still managed to exceed my expectations. I actually cannot wait for the third book, I need it in my life now please!
One of the rare modern-day romances I read this year. This book is honestly wild, which I probably shouldn’t have been surprised about as the premise is a normal girl finds out her biological father is a Russian gang leader, and she begins a BDSM relationship with his best assassin. The storyline was insane and the hero too controlling and intense for my liking, so unfortunately, this wasn’t one of my favourites.
Speaking of insane storylines…this book is A LOT, and probably won’t be for everyone. The amazing cover caught my eye, and the political setting sounded intriguing. Going into this, I did think it was a love triangle but it’s actually about a polyamorous relationship between a young woman, the President, and his Vice President. Like I said, A LOT. This book was definitely my favourite in the trilogy.
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the sequel as much. This was a bit too angsty for me, and I wasn’t as invested in the characters this time around.
I had been in two minds about reading this after being disappointed with the second book, but my nosiness got the better of me. Ultimately, I’m glad I did read it, although I still enjoyed American Queen the most out of the three. I won’t spoil anything, but there is a major WTF moment at the end of this that is so outrageous it makes the series worth reading.
Yet another Lisa Kleypas book. Yet another 5 star rating. I’m sorry I’m so predictable! I actually forgot I had bought this book, and then remembered before going on holiday. I read this on the plane home and absolutely loved it. I’ve officially ran out of ways to rave about Lisa Kleypas books.
Scarred, brooding hero who is also a secret vigilante needs a wife so proposes to a poor seamstress. Recipe for a perfect book.
The sequel is equally as perfect. Independent heroine becomes accidental governess to two wild little girls and falls for their rakish guardian. With that premise, I was pretty much guaranteed to love it.
The third book in the series continues the winning streak. This time our heroine is a wallflower who has a house full of farm animals, and the hero is a ruthless business man selling the house next door who is not happy with the otter/bull/foul mouthed parrot etc next door. I mean…how can you not love that?! I can’t wait for the next book.
Overall, this has definitely been a successful reading year so far! It’s so easy to forget what you’ve read, so I loved writing this post and thinking back to the books I read towards the start of the year.
Since I have pretty much exhausted Sarah Maclean’s and Lisa Kleypas’ entire library, please let me know if you have any recommendations for what I should read next!