Monthly Reads: Sylvia Day, Raine Miller, Georgia Cates & Emily Snow

I love to read. This month, I must've been in a Contemporary Romance mood because my June bookshelf was full of this genre. So many were well-written with swoon-worthy characters and compelling story lines. I'm a sucker for those sexy billionaires made popular by the infamous Fifty Shade of Grey. Here are just a few of my favorites. Maybe you'll find some new books to enjoy too.

ENTWINED WITH YOU by Sylvia Day (Crossfire, #3)
This is the third book in the series that has swept readers across the world and (thank God!) it's not the last. There are A LOT of loose ends the author needs to tie up and I can't wait to see just how she does it. I love the premise of two imperfect people finding their perfect match. *sigh*
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires…
From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become. Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

EYES WIDE OPEN by Raine Miller (Blackstone Affair, #3)
This is the final installment of the Naked trilogy and it was bittersweet seeing this couple off to their HEA but wishing I didn't have to say goodbye. After reading the series, they felt like friends.
The third part in The Blackstone Affair series: A love on the brink of being destroyed. The fight of a lifetime to keep it alive. Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them. Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them? A stalker is still lurking in the shadows, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the 2012 Olympic games in London. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together? Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested and what the heart can accomplish despite danger and adversity.

DEVOURED by Emily Snow (Devoured, #1)
I stumbled upon this book by accident after downloading the prequel from Once I listened to ALL OVER YOU (Devoured, #0.5), I had to read more of this couple's story. There's more to come so you can enjoy this book and then wait with me for the next to be released.
Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.
When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.
Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

BEAUTY FROM SURRENDER by Georgia Cates (Beauty, #2)
Favorite line, maybe of all times, is "How do you move on when he’s every song you sing?". This two-book "series" is powerful and written so tightly, you won't want to miss a single word. It's also one of those rare times when book two has a complete story of its own, not simply a sequel to the first. L-O-V-E-D it!
After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry, she immerses herself in her music. But with her old life comes old acquaintances and new expectations. When Laurelyn refuses her record producer’s outrageous demands, she finds herself without a career—until an unforeseen opportunity presents itself. From there it’s a rocket ride straight to the top where Laurelyn finds the success she’s always dreamed of. Will it be enough to bring her the happiness she so deserves, or will the absence of Jack Henry leave her wanting more?
Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn Prescott—but he did. After he foolishly let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searching for her, but their reunion doesn’t come easy. The woman he finds isn’t the same one who drifted away without a goodbye. No longer an insecure girl on an Australian adventure, this Laurelyn is a successful musician with a promising career. Her dreams are becoming a reality, and Jack is terrified his American girl won’t have a place for him in her new life. With only a month to convince her otherwise, will it be enough time to make her visualize a life beyond the glitz and glamour, a life that includes him?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? I love talking about books I read so leave a comment and we can chat. And definitely leave recommendations for other books you think I might like!

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