An Autumn Kiss by Laura Rollins, Annette Lyon, and Lisa H. Catmull

"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

An Autumn Kiss is a great collection of historical romance novellas written by three different authors. It’s a fun grouping of stories that all have the same theme, and they all have the same fall setting, which is perfect for the next few months! However, pick this book up at any time of year, the stories are great!

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Lucy on the Wild Side by Kerry Rea

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is an adorable romance that also has some really nice focuses on self-development and overcoming personal struggles! I loved the addition of the animals as part of the story, and I thought the romance was done really well!

Lucy lives to work with her gorillas at the Columbus Zoo. Everything about her job is absolutely wonderful, except for her Critter Chats when she has to public speak, which is NOT her thing. When a popular show, On the Wild Side, comes to the zoo to shoot their next season, her job goes from almost perfect to incredibly stressful. She’s up for a promotion, but she has to overcome her fears to make the show and zoo a success. Luckily, Dr. Kimber from the show is there to help her … Enter romance, stage left😉

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Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a great mixture of magical realism and romance. I loved how the magic fit into the character journey of Evie, the main character. Her cynicism about lasting love impacts her in a magical way as she gains the ability to know the future of a relationship.

This story had moment of light-hearted fun, ones of great sadness, and ones filled with excitement and elation. I found myself invested in the entire journey, and I really appreciated the underlying message the author was trying to convey.

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Smart Girl Summer by Kristin Rockaway

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a beachy, summery, heartwarming story that will just make you feel happy! I really enjoyed reading this one, and I thought it was such a cute story.

When Abby’s claim that her advisor stole her work goes ignored by her grad program directors, she finds herself snubbed by the department and without a summer job. She turns to her tutoring group and lands a job tutoring on a luxury yacht for the summer. Not too shabby when you think about it! It turns out that the father of her student is quite the handsome, and while it’s against the rules to get involved in a parent, she finds herself enjoying his company an awful lot.

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The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson

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White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a really cute story that really leans towards a women’s fiction story, but it has some great romance moments as well!

Libby and Frank meet on a bus. Libby finds out that Frank has been riding the bus since the 60’s looking for his lost love…💔…right?? So Libby begins a search for Frank’s lost love, and she teams up with another person, Dylan, who is also connected to Frank.

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All of Our Demise by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Book Genre Tag "Fantasy" with image of fantasy world of mountains and water

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was so incredibly excited to get this book! After reading All of Us Villains, I was hooked, and I needed to know how this fight-to-the-death was going to end! This is the final book in the All of Us Villains duology, and it is not a stand alone. If you haven’t read book 1, you need to because it’s amazing, and then come read All of Our Demise!

This story picks up right where we left off with Villains. The competitors have been pushed into two thought-processes. One group is fighting to bring down the curse while the other players are individually trying to become the victor. As the story progresses, there’s magic, danger, friendships, romance, and twists to keep you on your toes!

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Book Genre Block - "Young Adult" with 4 young adults

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This coming-of-age novel was a thought-provoking story of being able to be who you are in front of, not only those you love, but everyone. I appreciated the difficult decisions that both Tanner and Sebastian had to face, and the journey they both go on.

When Tanner’s family moves to the heavily Mormon area of Utah, his parents ask him to keep his bisexuality a secret, even from his new best friend Autumn. Tanner is able to do this until Autumn pushes him into a creative writing class, where he develops a crush on a Mormon boy, and his creative writing becomes an autobiography.

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Confess by Colleen Hoover

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Okay, Colleen Hoover can do no wrong in my book. Her stories are an immersive experience that will make you forget your real-world exists!

So when I finish a CoHo book, a lot of times, I’m completely wrecked. She has twisted me up and wrung me out, and I need a minute before I tackle another one. This one though, it was a really good balance of emotion, character development, and plot. I found myself in love with the characters and invested in their stories, but I feel like I could pick another one up right away this time!

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Twice a Quinceañera by Yamile Saied Méndez

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a lighthearted story, and it just made me feel happy! When a wedding falls apart, but everything is booked…why not throw yourself a Double Quinceañera!

This had a nice mix of rom-com and women’s fiction, which is something that I am continuing to love more and more! This definitely a love interest, and it’s a bit of a second-chance, but this also has the storyline of the growth and changes that our MC goes through. Nadia has a lot of family pressure and expectation, and it’s a really high bar to reach for. I felt frustrated at times for her, but I enjoyed watching the story and her inner strength grow!

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Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was absolutely stunning. Emiko Jean has quickly become a favorite author for me! I love the cultural perspective she provides, and the stories that tug at my heart strings! Read this if you enjoy strong character growth, family stories, and imperfect lives.

Mika is living a messy life. She’s 35 without a job, constantly needing money from her parents, never able to live up to the traditional Japanese expectations of her parents, and she her most recent relationship just crashed and burned.

And then she gets a phone call from Penny and everything changes. You see, Mika gave Penny up for adoption 16 years ago, but they have never spoken before. They begin to get to know each other over the phone, but Mika finds herself creating the perfect life for herself as she inflates and adjusts the truth.

When Penny announces that she’s coming to meet and spend time with Mika, she finds herself trying to make this fantasy life become a reality.

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Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I absolutely love Julia Whelan’s narration. I will enjoy any book she ever reads to me. When I discovered that she had a book coming out that she WROTE and she was NARRATING the audio, holy cow, I was excited! And guess what…I wasn’t let down!

Sewanee is the main character in this story. She’s an audiobook narrator but has a history in the movies too. At an audio convention, she has quite a connection and a nice little romp in the hay with a mysterious man. After heading home, she is asked to narrate a romance novel, which she refuses to narrate after her own tragic story. But with some life pressures breathing down her neck, she agrees to do it, and finds that she’s narrating with Brock McNight, a sexy voice and incredibly popular narrator. As they work long distance to narrate, they find quite a connection, but Sewanee has a lot of baggage she has to work through to really give herself over to another person.

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Wish Upon a Streaming Star by Krissi Dallas

Book Genre Block - "Young Adult" with 4 young adults
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Have you discovered Kindle Vella? It’s an amazing way to read books where new “episodes” come out periodically in what I’m calling snackable sections!

So, my newest read on Kindle Vella is:
💕Wish Upon a Streaming Star by @​​​​​​​​krissidallas
💕YA Enemies to Lovers Romance!​​​​​​​​

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