On Monday, I didn’t think I would buy books this week but…
…earlier this week I ordered:
Sarah Mayberry – Her Best Friend
What’s a girl to do when she’s secretly in love with a friend and he’s married to someone else? She gets over it. That’s what Amy Parker has done. Rather than lose her best bud Quinn Whitfield with an ill-timed, crazy confession of affection, she’s taken the smart route. She’s eased away from him. Just enough to get past the unrequited bits. And you know, it’s working.
Until the day Quinn announces he’s now single. That’s right. He’s single. And he wants to hang out. With her. Get reconnected the way they used to be.
Oh, this is so not good for Amy’s equilibrium. Daily doses of Quinn remind her of everything she loves about him. But if he’s free…and she’s free…well, maybe the time has come for one of those crazy confessions.
I like friends-to-lovers stories and I usually like Sarah Mayberry’s novels, so I bought this (and read it already).
…Friday night, while waiting for The Boyfriend to get home from work, I browsed Harlequin’s website. (The first time I did that after I don’t know how many weeks/months.) I ordered these books:
Kristin Hardy – The Boss’s Proposal
He’s good-looking, relentlessly charming—and he’s trouble architect Maxine McBain sure doesn’t need. Even though her new boss Dylan Reynolds has a playboy reputation, he’s working hard to turn a crucial joint company project into his alone. Though she knows the price of mixing business with pleasure, Max has no problem using charm to put Dylan off his game—while keeping herself safely out of passion’s way….
Dylan wanted to wrap up the Portland project quickly to help out his ailing father. But Maxine’s brilliant ideas—and Dylan’s instant attraction to her—are intriguing enough to keep him around for a while. And now he’ll do anything to show her that their sizzling partnership is perfect not only in bed…but for a lifetime.
I like Kristin Hardy’s novels so when I saw she had a new one out I bought it. Simple as that.
Carla Kelly – Marrying the Royal Marine
Illegitimate Polly Brandon has never felt like more than an ugly duckling. So she’s amazed when Hugh Philippe Junot pays her such close attention as they sail for Portugal.
Under ordinary circumstances she knows this distinguished lieutenant colonel of marines would never have looked at her, but having his protection for the journey is comforting—and something more that she’s afraid to give a name to. Should she trust what she sees in Hugh’s eyes—has she turned from an ugly duckling into a beautiful, desirable swan?
I enjoyed the one novel I’ve read by Carla Kelly and when I saw this I thought “Why not?” Also, I like that her characters often are not fabulously titled people.
Lucy Monroe – The Shy Bride
Thrust into the limelight, child star Cassandra timidly enchanted audiences night after night…. But when her parents died, Cass retreated into her own world—too shy to leave her home. Once a year she shares her musical passion by offering lessons in a charity auction…. This year, money talks. The winning bid: $100,000!
Enter Neo Stamos, arrogant Greek tycoon. He wants Cass with a burning desire, though he knows that, shy and sweet, she will need a gentle awakening…. But Neo’s the master of seduction!
Now this one I bought for the author. I wanted to try one of her novels and this is what I got. Dreadful title, btw, especially because reading the blurb, I can’t find the word “bride” – or at least “marriage” – anywhere.
LaVyrle Spencer – Sweet Memories
Ever since Theresa Brubaker had hit adolescence, everyone she met focused on her newly voluptuous body. The unwanted attention made her painfully self-conscious, introverted and shy. Then, one Christmas, her brother arrived home for the holidays with an army buddy.
Brian Scanlon was different; he looked at her eyes, not her chest, and he seemed truly interested in her. With his gentle attention, he brought Theresa out of her shell. She felt alive for the first time in years.
But soon Theresa faced a decision that could free her forever…and tear them apart.
I like LaVyrle Spencer’s novels. Years ago, I read comments about this novel on a forum and when I saw that this one was published again, I bought it. Strange what sticks in one’s brain.
…yesterday, again after work, The Boyfriend stumbled upon a sale – English books for 2,50€ each. He choose these books for me:
- Sue Grafton – R is for Ricochet
- Susan Hill – The Vows of Silence
- Derek Landy – Skulduggery Pleasant – The Faceless One (he bought this because of the cover)
Today (Sunday), I had eight new books, seven of them a total surprise but all the more welcome for it.