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My Favorite Romances of 2021: Part Two

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Hello fellow romance lovers! I’m back with another round of some of my favorite romances from 2021. Again, as I said in part one, this is certainly not an exhaustive list of the best romances I read this year, these are just some of the titles that stood out to me, and also ones I wanted to show some extra love. Here’s part two!

Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl: I read an ARC of this one and immediately preordered a paperback copy as soon as I finished because I knew I needed to have a physical copy of this book in my library. It’s hilarious and steamy and I loved the concept (she works for an agency whose sole purpose is to take revenge on men, yes please!). But I think what I really connected with in this book is the female main character Brinkley’s emotional journey. I found a lot of her struggles to be really relatable and I enjoyed seeing her grow and change. Also there’s oral sex on like page six.

The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu: I love Julie and I love this book! Did it make me want to eat all the donuts? Yes. Obviously. But it was also a really sweet love story that also dealt with finding your place in life and in your family and figuring out just where you want to be. The main character is just out of college, and yet, I a not just out of college woman, really connected with her as she tried to break away from the person she was and becomes the woman she is going to be. And did I mention donuts?

A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King: First of all, this is one of my favorite covers of the year, all the heart eyes. Second of all, I am definitely not a Pride and Prejudice fan, but I love love loved this retelling. Set in a burlesque club, it’s steamy and sassy and so sexy. It also has a stellar cast of side characters and lots of found family action. This book is as lush as the cover and I just got lost in it.

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon: Not only did this book bring me one of my all-time favorite catchphrases (What Would a Mediocre White Man Do?), but it’s also such a fun twist on the fake dating trope. I loved both Shay and Dominic and watching them pretend to be exes was tons of fun. There were some real LOL moments in this book, but it also had tons of heart. I fell in love with these characters and with Rachel’s writing!

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton: This was one of those books that I knew from the very first page I was going to love it. I was immediately captivated by India’s voice, and then whisked away into this adventurous world she created. I think this is actually my only historical on the list and it just stood out to me because it was unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved the humor, I loved the magic, I loved the kickass women. It was perfect!

Another stellar set of romances to sweep you off your feet! Part three is coming soon, and you can catch part one here if you missed it!

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