Love Takes Your Breath Away (Truth About Love Book 1) by Caleigh Hernandez

What happens after the happily ever after? Is that all there is? Marriage, career, kids, and you’re set?

Life, love and the pursuit of happiness doesn’t stop at “’til death do us part.” For Izzy & Diego it’s just the beginning.

“Forever and ever, I do” is not as easy to accomplish as is saying it. In real life, there are ups and downs, ins and outs. Along with the good comes the bad. With health, there’s sickness. Is love enough? Is it forever? Will it survive?

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Our story starts with the proffered happily ever after moment: a bride in a dress, a groom in his tux, a best man, a maid of honor, vows of love and forever and Elvis. Like most fairy tales, Diego and I were still madly in love after saying, “I do.” Hell, the man has turned loving me into an art form. Not a moment is wasted. With him there’s a surprise at every turn, and just when I think he couldn’t get any better, he takes my breath away.

Author: Caleigh Hernandez

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
59 reviews

The Buggy List by Courtney Rice Gager

Drew and Libby Sullivan have spent the past six years building the perfect life together. They have a beautiful home, flourishing careers, and they’re finally ready to take the plunge into parenthood. Well, almost. Despite the endless prodding from family, friends, and even strangers, there still seems to be something holding the couple back from starting a family. Perhaps that’s why they decide to take the advice of Libby’s older sister and make a list of everything they want to do before they have a baby. Making their baby bucket list, or as they call it, “The Buggy List”, buys them just a little more time to be Drew and Libby, who sleep in until noon on Saturdays and eat Chinese takeout for dinner on the couch. Besides, it gives Libby the opportunity to pull straight-laced Drew out of his comfort zone and do something fun for once; like go undercover as singles to a speed dating event with their friend, Tom; or finally take the honeymoon they never had. Drew and Libby each write down five items that they must complete before having a baby. But what starts out as a little harmless fun quickly becomes more than this couple bargained for. When secrets, little white lies, and competing desires threaten to pull them apart for good, Libby and Drew must rediscover why they fell in love in the first place.

Author: Courtney Rice Gager

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
165 reviews

This Sky by Autumn Doughton

Gemma Sayers has spent the last six days rotting in a hotel room, wallowing in a noxious combination of gin, junk food and self-pity. She’s no stranger to disappointment but nothing could have prepared her for the chaos that unfolded when her celebrity boyfriend publicly humiliated her. Now the fairytale is officially over and Gemma is determined to put the past behind her and strike out to find a new dream. Just a few teeny-tiny details to work out: she’s currently broke, homeless and unemployed.

Landon Young has his own worries. Surfer by day and bartender by night, he doesn’t have the interest or the time to be anyone’s happily-ever-after. Weighed down by the memory of what happened two years ago, Landon can barely keep his head above water.

This Sky is the thoughtful and often funny story about broken trust, an unexpected love and the hopes we keep sewn in the linings of our pockets.

**This book is intended for mature audiences**

Author: Autumn Doughton

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
138 reviews

Love’s Providence: A Contemporary Christian Romance by Jennifer H. Westall

Collegiate athlete Lily Brennon has always been the piece that doesn’t quite fit in the puzzle, especially in her fragmented family, and no amount of rule-following perfection seems to bring her any closer to the love and acceptance she desperately seeks. If not for Jackson Carter, her childhood best friend and the only boy she’s ever loved, she’s sure she would have run away years ago. But when Jackson loses his father and a future basketball career within months of each other, his faith is so shattered, he shuts out everyone, including Lily. After months of heartache, Lily begins to piece together a life without Jackson, and while vacationing on a beautiful island off the Georgia coast, she begins a long-distance romance with Alex Walker, a police officer with a quick wit and a cocky grin. He revives her hope in love again, but their intense attraction and his devastating secret test Lily’s values, stretching them until they break. Through her struggles to remain true to her principles, an agonizing choice between Alex and Jackson, and a series of terrifying events that threaten all of them, Lily must endure losing everything she’s been grasping so tightly. Only then will she discover the depth of the love that already surrounds her.

Author: Jennifer H. Westall

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
51 reviews

Don’t Wait For Me by Dan Kolbet

Edwin Klein’s iconic downtown toy store is hanging by a thread. The end is near, but he won’t accept it. The store is all he has left of his wife and he can’t let it go. Failure and loss have led him to a dark place.After a chance encounter with a shoplifter, he stumbles upon the help of Amelia Cook, who is struggling with her own loss. Through one holiday season the two of them hatch a plan to save the store and in turn touch the lives of everyone they know. What follows is a wonderful, but tragic tale of love, loss and new beginnings.

Author: Dan Kolbet

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
492 reviews

CREE (My Way Series Book 1) by HJ Bellus

Book #1 CREE
Book #2 TRIPP (to be released March 2014)
Book #3 MILES (to be released May 2014)

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

Whose parents abandon them in a trashy trailer when they are five years old? Oh Yeah! Mine do!

Hey Hoochies! I’m Milly, and I am tired of taking kicks to the gut. A broken family, an asshole husband and the loss of loved ones have left me crying Uncle, and declaring a serious case of the Fuck-Its!

I had my heart broken, stomped on and shattered before I ever started on my journey to find my little piece of happiness. With a bucket list, a ’66 Ford and wild dreams, I set out on an adventure that changed my life forever.

I found Cree…

A pirate with a little princess and they swept me off my ever lovin’ feet, filling my world with sprinkles, mac n’ cheese and the courage to live again.

They forced my fragile heart to trust and love without fear.

But the truth is, nobody’s past stays hidden forever. It’s an invisible monster waiting to attack and destroy. It has the capability to ruin everything you’ve worked to set right.

All it takes is one final blow to the gut to end everything…

Author: HJ Bellus

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
132 reviews

You Only Get So Much by Dan Kolbet

When Billy Redmond returns to his hometown to attend his brother’s funeral, he’s hoping for a quick trip. No reason to stay for more than a few hours. He’s been in self-imposed exile from his family after a tragedy 12 years ago. It’s better this way. He can’t harm people he never sees.

Billy soon finds that his family isn’t better off without him, in fact he’s the only one who can help them. Billy is forced to fight through his tormented past to make a better future for those he loves.

For Billy, it’s more than a second chance, it’s his last chance to get it right.

Author: Dan Kolbet

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
84 reviews

Maid for Love (McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, Book 1) by Marie Force

The McCarthys of Gansett Island: Book 1Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then shes knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthys Resort Hotel by Gansetts favorite son, Mac McCarthy. Hes back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be maid for love. “With the McCarthy’s of Gansett Island, Marie Force makes you believe in the power of true love and happily ever after. Over and over again.” Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Serendipity series.

Author: Marie Force

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
1868 reviews

The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven Series Book 1) by Julianne MacLean

“A box of tissues should be included in the purchase price of this book…. I finished THE COLOR OF HEAVEN in a matter of hours, but I’ve no doubt the read and the lessons imparted through Sophie’s story will stay with me… probably forever. THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is an incredibly poignant and unbelievably gripping novel, deserving Romance Junkies’ highest rating.” FIVE BLUE RIBBONS – Chris at Romance JunkiesA deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter’s unexpected illness and her husband’s shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie’s past, and teaches her what it means to truly live…and love.Full of surprising twists and turns and a near-death experience that will leave you breathless, this story is not to be missed.THE COLOR OF HEAVEN is a work of fiction and was a USA Today bestseller.”A gripping, emotional tale you’ll want to read in one sitting.” – New York Times bestselling author, Julia London”Brilliantly poignant mainstream tale.” – 4 ½ starred review, Romantic TimesWatch for book 2 in this series: THE COLOR OF DESTINY – Available nowBook Three: THE COLOR OF HOPE – Available nowBook Four: THE COLOR OF DESTINY – Available March 1, 2014

Author: Julianne MacLean

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
1765 reviews

Long Time Coming by Edie Claire

4.5-STAR, ROMANTIC TIMES TOP PICK and Winner of the Road to Romance REVIEWER’S CHOICE Award!!!

Originally published in 2003 by Warner Books (Warner Forever).

Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her…

Eighteen years have passed since Joy’s childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after–determined never to come back. But when her father’s illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance have truly healed her troubled soul.

Plagued with nightmares of the accident and crippled by a vague fear whose source she can’t identify, Joy realizes that in order to move on she must face the truth behind several disturbing gaps in her memory of that fateful spring. But the only person who can help her is a man she despises–Jenny’s erstwhile boyfriend Jeff, now a respected doctor, whose carelessness as a teenager was the cause of Jenny’s horrendous death–and Joy’s own emotional destruction. Can she ever forgive? She may have no choice but to try. Because both the danger she sensed–and the childhood friendship she treasured–now suddenly seem very much alive…

LONG TIME COMING is a remarkably well blended romance and mystery, with fascinating shades of the paranormal. The way each layer of Joy’s discovery of her forgotten past is revealed is deftly done and exceptionally suspenseful. The relationship between Joy and her parents is heart warming. This one will have you hooked from the first page. December 2003 Top Pick. Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine

An abundance of charm&Joys perky first-person narration carries readers along to a warm, gratifying conclusion. –Publishers Weekly

Emotionally gripping, suspenseful and superb&I was held in wonderment over much of this story and realized early on to expect the unexpected. This is a story of trust, love, friendship and healing. Ms. Claire is an author I hope to see more of in the future. If Long Time Coming is any indication of her writing talent, I will be first in line at the bookstores to get more of her work. This is a positively splendid tale from start to finish and is highly recommended.
Reviewers Choice Award — Road to Romance

Two words. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Edie Claire has written a wonderful novel about friendship, love, guilt and death& Utterly riveting. Rating: 10/10– Contemporary Romance Writers

“Claire’s charming romance disproves the adage that you can’t go home again.” — Booklist

A book of healing, understanding, rebirth, and finally growing up. A story that you won’t forget easily…I could only sigh in appreciation as I turned the final page.” — Romance Reviews Today

“Intense, well-written and thought-provoking.” — Old Book Barn Gazette

A most fantastic novel& When the story comes to an end and the lights have been lowered&and the reader is left with a longing to know more…there is no better compliment to the author. — Romance Junkies

Author: Edie Claire

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
3971 reviews