#5OnMyTBR: L-O-V-E!

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Love.

Well, this is easy because I’m a super sucker for love and romance. Aside from fantasy, romance is my other favourite genre and half the books that I read each year tend to be about the love 😂 Give me all the warm feels, the swoon-worthy, corny, sappy love, and the HEAs (Happy Ever Afters)–I’m here for it! I am a total hopeless romantic even though I don’t tend to show it IRL so it’s safe to say that I have plenty of stories revolving around love on my TBR. Having to narrow this list down to five books is a bit of a struggle… But I’m going to highlight five romances that I’m hoping to get to in the very near future.


TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?


AYESHA AT LAST

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices, and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.


BEACH READ

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.


In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really


WELL PLAYED

Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.

When Stacey imagined “The One,” it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she’s not sure what to make of it.

Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey’s shock, it isn’t Dex—she’s been falling in love with a man she barely knows.


HIM

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, hotties on hockey skates, skinny-dipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

February

  • 01 Feb 2021 — Recced by a Friend
  • 08 Feb 2021 — Love
  • 15 Feb 2021 — No Romance
  • 22 Feb 2021 — Food

Would you consider any (or even all) of these books challenging? What are books that you think will be challenging for you?

20 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: L-O-V-E!

  1. I found the love prompt for my post tomorrow quite hard! I don’t read a lot of romance but I am trying to broaden my horizons and read more books that I wouldn’t normally choose. I’ll have to have a look at a few of your favourites. One thing I love about a lot of romance books is they always seem to have lovely covers! ♥

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    1. I don’t think I ever realised how much I read romance until last year 😂 But I am such a sucker for love and I’m always reading romances! There are so many gems out there and I love that I’m finding out about more diverse romances in the past year, too! And YAS, one of the things I can’t resist with romances are the lovely covers! I’m a cover lover too 😍

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  2. I think I just got all the warm fuzzy feelings just reading your post, let alone the books! I kinda adore that there is a book actually called Beach Read as well, that’s genius! I hope you get to them soon, sounds like great reads.

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    1. Aww, yay, I’m here for giving all the fuzzy feels! 🥰 Beach Read was one of my anticipated reads last year and it was hugely popular so I don’t know why I keep putting it off. I just need to take the plunge 😂

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    1. I KNOW 🙈 Haha omg, I really need someone to shove that book in my hand and force me to read it cos I KNOW I’m gonna love it and I don’t know why I keep putting it off. I’m the worst! 😂

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    1. Ah, I ended up reading Dani Brown and I LOVED IT! I can’t wait for Eve’s story 😍 I’m also really keen to check out some of Hibberts’ other romances cos she has quite the catalogue? I’m looking forward to it 😍 Hope you enjoy Ayesha At Last whenever you get around to it!

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  3. Well, I’ve read and loved two of these authors. Talia Hibbert is fantastic, just love her books and I really loved Well Met. I keep meaning to check out Ayesha At Last. Great list!

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