YA Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, & More

  • Island Affair

    Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras is 99c! Oliveras was part of my contemporary romance panel for a previous Bookstore Romance Day, and she was a damn delight. Trigger warning for this one as I believe the heroine is in recovery for disordered eating.

    Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery for a serious health disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. Despite the good news, her successful siblings de ella (and their perfect spouses) have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her unreliable boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida family vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro—a gorgeous firefighter paramedic and dive captain willing to play the part of her smitten fiancé de ella. . .

    Luis’s big Cuban family has been in Key West for generations, and his quiet strength feeds off the island’s laidback style. Though guarded after a deep betrayal, he’ll always help someone in need—especially a spunky beauty with a surprising knowledge of Spanish curse words. Soon, he and Sara have memorized their “how we met” story and are immersed in family dinners, bike tours, private snorkeling trips. . . sharing secrets, and slow, melting kisses. But when it’s time for Sara to return home, will their island romance last or fade with the stunning sunset?

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  • We Sold Our Souls

    We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

    RECOMMENDED: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix is ​​$2.99 ​​and a KDD! Carrie read this one and gave it an A-:

    It’s a fantastic celebration of music, it has great characters, it’s funny and sad and awful and terrifying and hurrah and feminist, and it’s all about how our passions can save our souls.

    A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of horrorstore, My Best Friend’s Exorcismand Paperbacks from Hell.

    In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success — but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.

    Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western – she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past de ella: Turns out that Terry’s meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris’s very soul de ella.

    This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It’s a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that’s darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul…where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.

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  • The Start of Something Good

    The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst

    The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst is $1.99! An enemies to contemporary lovers, this one is the first in a new series. Readers loved the tension and chemistry between the main characters. However, others wanted more obstacles for the couple to overcome.

    An enriching story of family ties, broken hearts, and second chances from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

    When Ethan Bishop returns to the Hudson Valley, his body and spirit are a little worse for wear. As a former Special Forces paratrooper, he saw his fair share of conflict, and he came home with wounds, inside and out. At his sisters’ B & B and farm, he can keep all his pain from him at a safe distance. But quiet time is n’t easy when a fiery woman explodes into his life…

    It’s business—not pleasure—that brings Manhattan PR agent Mia Thrush reluctantly to the farm. Tightly wound and quick tempered, Mia clashes immediately with the brooding Ethan. Everything about him is irritating—from his lean muscles and piercing blue eyes to his scent of sweat and musk.

    But as the summer unfolds and temperatures rise, Ethan and Mia discover how much they have in common: their guarded histories, an uncontrollable desire, and a passion for the future that could heal two broken hearts. But will their pasts threaten their fragile chance at a brand-new future?

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  • spin the dawn

    Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

    spin the dawn by Elizabeth Lim is $2.99 ​​and another KDD! This YA fantasy was featured on Cover Awe and was marketed as Mulan meets Project Runway. Which HELLO!

    Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

    Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father to her, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place from her. She knows her life de ella is forfeit if her secret de ella is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream de ella and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

    Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Ella’s Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see her straight through her disguise.

    And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

    Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

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