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250 Books In 365 Days: Books I Loved In May

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I read a ton of great books in May. I had a hard time narrowing it down to my favorites. There’s a whole bunch of great ones releasing in June too but I expect my reading to slow down since I’ll be at the pool every day soaking up the sun. 

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1. Bender by Stacy Borel– All Keegan wanted was a roommate who was quiet, minded their own business, and paid for part of the rent. Instead, she got Camden Brooks. Camden, with his sinful body, sharp tongue, and the inability to stay out of Keegan’s personal space, couldn’t seem to curb his interest in the new girl who wouldn’t put up with his domineering ways. Feelings were running rampant, sexual tension was thick, and both were struggling to let go of control. To some people, getting a roommate simply meant living with another person. But to both Camden and Keegan it was a curveball that neither was prepared to swing at. 

 Oh how I loved this book. It may be one of my all-time favorites. I loved that the main character, Keegan, was not the stereotypical size 0 twig girl. She was a real size girl with real insecurities. Camden came off as a real ass for the first part of the book and I was anxious to see him redeem himself. And never fear- he did! Highly recommend!

 2. Take a Chance by Abbi Glines– When Harlow Manning’s rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan’s room in nothing but his boxer briefs.Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He’d known about Nan’s reputation, but still he couldn’t resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan. Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow’s eyes, but did he ruin his chances before he even met her?

 I adore the whole Rosemary Beach series. It’s one of my favorites and this book is a spin-off continuation of that series. I love to see all the characters from the previous books in the new stories. It makes them so much better, in my opinion. I loved this book. It is a cliffhanger ending, which normally I hate and avoid like the plague, but I cannot resist an Abbi Glines book. I can’t wait for the next book to come out in September!

 3. Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea– Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together. Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her. But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal. Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?

 Oh this book. I was feeling all the feels while reading this one. My heart was in the pit of my stomach as I read. I had very strong opinions of how I wanted the story to end. Not giving any spoilers- you have to read this one and feel it like I did. 

 4. Sweet Temptation by K.C. Lynn– “If you could go back and change one moment in your life what would it be?” I expect him to say the week the three of them were held prisoner, but what he says next is something that I will remember for the rest of my life. “It would be to find you sooner, because I would have never let anyone hurt you.” And that was the moment I gave Sawyer Evans my whole heart.

 This is book 2 in the Men of Honor series and I loved it as much as I loved the first book. Who doesn’t love hot, tattooed, alpha military guys? The chemistry between the main characters, Sawyer and Gracie, is out of this world. Seriously. You’ll need a fan to read this book. I loved seeing all the same group of characters from the first book. I highly recommend this one but you definitely should read book one first. 

 5. Sweet Addictions by Jessica Daniels– Wedding hookups never amount to anything. Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is. Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan. And he’s too addicting to pass up. Sweet Addiction is the story of one girl’s struggle to keep things casual, and one boy’s desire to never let her go.

 Oh man. This book. This book rocked my face off. It had everything- laughs, loves, hot sex, great friends…it was the total package. I found myself laughing out loud at parts and sniffling at other parts. I love a book that makes you feel the full range of emotions. Dylan was a bad ass main character and I loved her!

 6. Inflame by Tessa Teevan– Easy going soldier Kale Montgomery, a self-proclaimed ladies man, has no plans of settling down, especially not with his best friend- the sexy, sassy schoolteacher Lucy Dawson. Their relationship, though unconventional, is mutually beneficial, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Friends with benefits? Casual lovers? Whatever you want to call it, they’re having fun, in and out of bed, and to them, that’s all that matters. At least that’s what they think, but how long can you spend in someone’s bed before you find they’re also infiltrating your heart? As their casual fling with no strings attached progresses, it’s not long before they realize they’re both in way over their heads. One fateful night changes their lives forever in ways they could never have imagined, giving them the push to finally admit that maybe, just maybe they want more than they’ve let on. Their mutual attraction rapidly intensifies as it shifts from burning lust to unrelenting want, need, and possibly even love. Suddenly the idea of settling down doesn’t seem so bad. In fact, it sounds pretty damn perfect. Just when things seem to be falling into place, past pain and renewed insecurities rise to the surface and threaten to smother the flames of their passionate relationship, reminding them both why they’ve always kept the idea of love at arm’s length. Will Kale and Lucy realize that what they’ve been waiting for is each other, or will the blazing whirlwind of their feelings burn out too quickly, causing it to all go up in smoke?

 This is book 3 in the Explosive series and I think it was the best one yet. I loved the connection between Kale and Lucy. They were so meant to be together but the road to love is not easy for them. I loved this book!

 7. Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles– After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course. A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona. As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

 Oh man, this book killed me. I had a book hangover for days after this one. I loved Olivia- she was a total bad ass main character with so much pain buried inside her. She made my heart ache. Brax….was kind of an ass. But I still liked him a lot. The roller coaster these two went on to get to their HEA was wild. This is probably one of my favorites of the year so far. 

 8. Separation Anxiety by Lisa Suzanne– We all get one true love in our lives, and it’s up to us to find it. Fate will act and try to push us together, but ultimately it’s up to us to recognize who that one person is when he’s standing in front of us. It turns out that I recognized who my one person was when I was separated from my husband. On the same day I determined that I was finally going to file for divorce, I confessed my secret to Jesse Drake, my swoon-worthy colleague known for his womanizing ways. Jesse invited me to crash with him, and with each new piece of the enigmatic Jesse puzzle that I started to fit into place, I found myself wondering if Fate had pushed us together for a reason. If only my husband would stop getting in the way of the man with whom I was meant to be.

 I love books where the couple starts as friends and progresses into a relationship. I love the connection, the angst of the transition from friends to lovers. This book was all that plus the added drama of a failed marriage. I loved how Jesse stayed strong and refused to let his relationship with Veronica progress to a physical one until her divorce was final. 

Did you read anything good this month that I should know about?

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