We have ventured just a little outside of books that I’ve actually read and have entered a mixture. So I will be sure to explain which books I recommend and which books I’ve got on my own TBR or that I think you’ll be interested in, even if I’m not.
The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn
I have read this series, though not on audio. My personal favorite is book four, which is Colin’s book. CW for book one, The Duke and I, would be that there’s definitely a nonconsensual scene that is INCREDIBLY uncomfortable to read. I didn’t read the series in order and tbh, I think skipping book one is not a bad idea because of it. But this series will be on Netflix eventually so if you want to listen, check them out!
Stripped by Zoey Castille
Stripped follows a teacher who is kind of a mess. Like, a complete mess. I was baffled by how messy she was and still had a job. Anyway, she accidentally winds up with a neighbor’s laundry and said neighbor is a stripper. She and the hero wind up hitting it off, but she’s a little wary of pursuing a relationship also, there’s a deadline for how long he’ll even be in town. I did listen to this one and I came so close to DNF’ing it because of the heroine, but it does turn around and I wound up really enjoying myself and my time with the book!
Westcott Series by Mary Balogh
I haven’t read all of these books, but I really liked the ones I have read. It’s a historical romance series where the overarching premise is that the Westcott Earl (I think that was his title), dies and there’s a discovery that actually, his wife and daughters aren’t legitimate because he was already married when he married his wife. So the first book follows his legitimate daughter and the subsequent books follow the other daughters and eventually his wife and other family members. Balogh’s writing style feels a little more like you’re reading books from a long time ago and less like a modern take on history.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
I didn’t listen to this one, but read it with my eyeballs. It’s a really cute YA romance where Dimple and Rishi’s parents are trying to arrange their marriage. Rishi is fine with this idea, but Dimple is really not. She’s off to this Tech Camp to give her the skills she needs for her future as a tech boss and is extremely confused and startled when Rishi just shows up declaring her his future wife. Personally, I wanted more tech stuff in this book, but I do think it’s really cute and a good book to pick up if you want something light and fun.
Virgin River by Robyn Carr
Already a series on Netflix, you can listen to at least the first book on Audible Escape! Have I done that? No… I made it about 100 pages into the physical book before setting it down and forgetting to pick it back up since the show came out. As for what this book is about… Idk really, but it’s a small town romance and our heroine moves in to be the town nurse.
To All the Boys Series by Jenny Han
And a Netflix movie series! Today’s post is really just about Netflix adaptations apparently. Anyway, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about Lara Jean whose letters she wrote to these boys she used to have feelings for get sent out. And then she falls in love and there’s some drama and a LOT of cooking. (Also, in book three, UNC-Chapel Hill makes an appearance so I loved it. Obviously.)
I mean, do these really require me to say anything?
His at Night by Sherry Thomas
This is a book I’ve not read, but want to about a woman who needs to marry to escape the hold of her uncle and a Lord, who is also a spy? Idk exactly, but color me intrigued. And I really like Sherry Thomas’ writing so I’m sure this will be no exception.
The Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet
So, admittedly, I didn’t really love the way this trilogy ended, but I think the premise is great and I really liked the first two! Basically, this is a fantasy world with Greek gods playing around in the lives of the humans (some of whom have magic and some don’t) on this Earth place. There’s a romance that ensues after Griffin kidnaps the Kingmaker, Cat, and it’s pretty cute.
Prince in Leather by Holley Trent
Okay, just… Read this synopsis:
“An inherited curse has kept depressed innkeeper Simone Bristol bound to a rundown beach motel for the past six years. Just when she has a chance to break free of it, some visiting guests check in and reset the curse’s clock. They may have foiled her getaway, but it turns out one of those guests could be her respite.
Heath Horan, Sídhe prince and leader of a crew of fairy, motorcycle-riding assassins, claims she’s his fated mate. Unfortunately, he also claims that her mother was a runaway from the fairy realm and that Queen Rhiannon – his mother – would love to see both women dead. It seems Simone has walked from one curse into another.
She may be able to get used to being the main squeeze of a sword-wielding prince in leather, but she’s not so sure she’s cut out to be an assassin, too. Unfortunately, if she wants to stay alive long enough to break her curse and help Heath subdue unrest in his realm caused by his mother’s antics, she might have to be.”
Holley Trent is so creative. I definitely want to read this soon!
And there you have Round Four of Audible Escape recommendations! I’m always looking for more books by non-white authors on Audible Escape so if you know of some you haven’t seen me feature in Round One, Two, Three, or this one, please, please let me know!