Tell Me Something Tuesday: February 13, 2024 – Romance Recs

Posted February 13, 2024 by Jen in TMST Tags:

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February 13th: Share your romance (HEA/HFN) recommendations.

Oh… So I’ve already read two good ones in 2024, so I’ll start with those:

Canadian Boyfriend by Jenny Holiday (January 2024, Forever)

When she was sixteen and working at the Mall of America, Aurora met Mike, a cute hockey player who was in town for a tournament. She decided he would be her fake Canadian Boyfriend: the reason she didn’t go to the dances or parties like the other kids. Fast forward thirteen years and Aurora is working at a dance studio in a strip mall. When Olivia, one of her students, rejoins the class after her mom passed away, Aurora comes face-to-face with her dad, NHL hockey player Mike Martin, and while she’s not positive, she thinks he may be her fake Canadian Boyfriend.

I absolutely LOVE the premise of Canadian Boyfriend! What a great idea for a meet cute, and overall it really works. Holiday creates two soulful characters who are hurting and a bit damaged. At their cores, Aurora and Mike are amazing, caring people, which lays the foundation for a solid relationship and story. Canadian Boyfriend is a slow-burn friends-to-lovers story with so much heart.

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Bride by Ali Hazelwood (February 2024, Berkley)

Audiobook cover of Bride by Ali HazelwoodAlthough Misery Lark is the daughter of a high-powered, prestigious Vampyre leader, she prefers to live secretly among Humans with her foster sister Serena. However when she’s told she’s to marry the Alpha Werewolf, Lowe Moreland, in order to maintain a fragile peace, she accepts her fate because Lowe may hold the answers to finding the missing Serena.

I cannot adequately express how much I enjoyed Bride. A slow-burn romance coupled with an engrossing mystery, the book is familiar yet different from every werewolf/vampire story I’ve previously read. I loved every minute of it! Bride is a beautiful romance, rich in details and quality storytelling. I laughed a lot, cried a bit, and enjoyed every moment.

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And then from 2023, here are two of my favorites.

Kilt to Order by Susannah Nix (July 2023, Haver Street Press)

At twenty-eight, Cassie is going on her first date since 10th grade. She thinks that if she has sex just once, she’ll get over the awkwardness and her nervousness that leads to sneezing, and her good friend Gareth seems like a great choice to help her.

Kilt to Order is a wonderful friends-to-lovers romance that left me smiling for days. Casey lives in a rental home with her older brother and two of his good friends, one of which is Gareth. Casey and Gareth are true friends: they joke around and confide in one another. And this friendship is what allows Casey to open up to Gareth about her dismal love life. The pair click as friends and burn things up as a couple. Both Casey and Gareth mature and grow, overcoming intimacy fears through communication and love. 

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Chick Magnet by Emma Barry (January 2023, Montlake)

book cover of Chick Magnet by Emma Barry Nic is a social media influencer, popular for raising chickens. After being publicly dumped and humiliated by her boyfriend, she moved 1,000 miles from California to her Granny’s home town in Yagerstown, VA. Will is a small town vet who is finding it hard to recover after the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. 

Chick Magnet is an amazing romance that left me so warm and fuzzy on the inside. It’s a feel-good, well-written love story from beginning to end. There is humor, pain, forgiveness, and growth. I loved watching the pair find their footing and fall in love. What makes the story wonderful is that each had to find a solid place of their own so they could grow from past pain before they can truly fall in love.

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What about you? Tell Me Something and leave a comment!
Jen