August KU Post : 5 Romance books to check out on Kindle Unlimited

Posted August 5, 2020 by Nix in Top Five / 4 Comments

I am fairly new to Kindle Unlimited. I’m still searching out books but I felt that it would be a good idea to share some of my favourites so far. I will be making this a MONTHLY post with my finds.

Full disclaimer, some of these are series and none . Also, I haven’t read even half of KU so I will miss someones fave. Please feel free to leave recommendations in the comments 🙂

How to Save an Undead Life (The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy Book 1) by [Hailey Edwards]Genre – Urban Fantasy

Goodreads Average review – 3.99

Part of a series? : Yup. 8 books and counting.

Trope Tags : Magic, Necromancers, First Person POV, Strong female Lead, Trauma, Torture, Un-requited love, douchy hero, Ghosts

Have I bought : Yes

Links : KU

The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy, Book 1

Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it’s not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen.

Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans. Until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.

Mini – Review : This series is cenred around Greer, a woman recently released from an awful prison (CW for torture), trying to get back to normal life as a necromancer. It has fantastic world-building, a hilarious narrator (all the books are from Greer’s POV) and well-written characters. I’ve re-read all of these books a million times so I bought them.

Getting Schooled (The Wright Brothers Book 1) by [Christina C Jones]Genre – Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Average review – 4.32

Part of a series? : Yes but all books are standalones.

Trope Tags : Enemies-to-lovers. College-setting. Strong-female-heroine. hero-with-a-disability. Smexy. slow-burn. banter. Funny.

Have I bought : Yes.

Links : KU

When 26 year old Reese accepts a position as a grad assistant, she has no idea an unpleasant encounter with a student will lead to the discovery of what she calls “the trifecta”: fine, intellectual, and a little bit rude – three qualities she finds irresistible in a man. She has no intention of doing anything with that discovery – nothing long term, at least. But everybody knows what happens to best laid plans.

Jason is a grown man. 28 years old, seasoned and scarred by his real-life experience in the world, he’s at Blakewood State University to finish his degree and move on. The last thing he’s interested in is the female population on campus… but sexy, infuriating Reese might be a notable exception.

This isn’t a story of opposites attract.

More like counterparts clash.

Neither of them is afraid to do battle, and neither is willing to back down. Love and war, win or lose… somebody’s gonna end up getting schooled.

Mini – Review : Although this is set in a college, this is NOT NA.

Jase is an army vet, back due to the injury that has left him with a prosthetic leg. He enrolls in college and there he meets Reese, the judgemental grad assistant assigned to to his class.

He thinks she’s judgmental. She thinks he is a jerk. And so the tension in the mating dance begins….

This book is built on tension. From start to finish, whether it is dislike at the start or sexual as the plot progresses, the book brims with it and that leads to EPIC banter. This book made me laugh out-loud and I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. It is the thing that drew me in and the thing that sets it apart.

This is the story of animosity to love. Of how these two very opposite people learn to trust each other at very difficult points of their lives – Jase is an amazing hero who does his best to woo Reese with his words and actions. Reese is a strong, fiery heroine who does not back down. Together, they are swoon-worthy … well, by the end!The Opposite of You (The Opposites Attract Series Book 1) by [Rachel Higginson]Genre – Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Average review – 4.04

Part of a series? : Yes but all books are standalones.

Trope Tags : Enemies-to-lovers. foodie-romance, only-nice-to-you hero, strong-heroine, past-abusive-relationship, First POV, slow-burn.

Content Warning – Previous abusive relationship for the heroine which is discussed on page.

Have I bought : Yes.

Links : KU

I’ve sworn off men.

All men.

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions.

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd.

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.

I want the opposite.

Mini – Review : I asked for recs for Enemies-to-lovers… I was recommended this and I loved it.

Vera has escaped an abusive relationship with her former boss. Left with nothing, it takes all that she has to heal. One of the things she wants to do is to carry on being a chef so she opens a food truck.

Killian is the Head-chef from the posh resteraunt across the road from the truck. He is NOT happy about the truck… it’s not classy enough. After Vera refuses to back down from his random berating, Killian realises he will have to live with looking at the food truck. He can’t resist leaving her hints and tips on her recipes, sending his staff with scrawled suggestions. With each note, their relationship changes and what starts out as hate starts to feel like something else.

I adored this book. Killian is the ultimate in grumpy and he is definately still an arse to everyone else by the end of the book. Vera is a bundle of anxieties and insecurities. Being her head is sometimes a little irritating however she is, ultimately, a fabulous heroine. Their story is fabulous.

Go Fetch (Magnus Pack Book 2) by [Shelly Laurenston]Genre – PNR

Goodreads Average review – 4.21

Part of a series? : Yes but all books are standalones. This isn’t the first in the series but I adore it.

Trope Tags : PNR. Funny. Over-the-top-snark. STEM heroine. Werewolves. Steamy. STEM heroine. Laugh-out-loud. Violence. Forced-proximatey

Have I bought : Yes. I own every Shelly Laurenston book.

Links : KU

How much trouble can one small female be to a modern-day shapeshifting Viking? Well…it really depends on local gun laws.

Conall Víga-Feilan, direct descendent of Viking shifters, never thought he’d meet a female strong enough to be his mate. He especially didn’t think a short, viper-tongued human would ever fit the bill. But Miki Kendrick isn’t some average human. With an IQ off the charts and a special skill with weapons of all kinds, Miki brings the big blond pooch to his knees—and keeps him there.

Miki’s way too smart to ever believe in love and she knows a guy like Conall could only want one thing from her. But with the Pack’s enemies on her tail and a few days stuck alone with the one man who makes her absolutely wild, Miki is about to discover how persistent one Viking wolf can be.

Mini Review –

This is book two of the series. You don’t have to read book one for this one although I recommend that one too; this is just my favourite of the series.

This is a series of Novella’s and I adore this book.

Miki is a certified genius who is also one of the meanest, snarkiest, tunnel-visioned heroines I have read about. When she goes back to college, she has to take a Pack bodyguard in the shape of Conall. Conall knows from the second he meets Miki (in the previous book) he knows that he has to be closer to her. Being her bodygaurd is his dream job; that is until he realises that she is playing seriously hard to get and that the packs enemies have followed her.

Conall is a big teddy bear and I loved him (even though he bordered on creepy with his obsession with Miki at certain points). Miki is seriously hilarious and mean. From the general horribleness to all characters in the book, she is especially horrible to Conall to try and keep him at arms length (drugging him was possibly a step too far though…). Doesn’t work well for her though..

The side story was around the Pack’s enemies targetting Miki to get to Sarah (the Alpha’s mate and heroine of book one). It was fun, viscious and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Master of the Mountain (Mountain Masters & Dark Haven Book 1) by [Cherise Sinclair]

Genre – Erotic Romance (BDSM)

Goodreads Average review – 4.10

Part of a series? : Yes but all books are standalones.

Trope Tags : BDSM. Masochisism. exhibitionism. voyerism. outdoor-sex. sex-club. Ex-Vet-hero.

Content Warning – Some discussions around PTSD.

Have I bought : Yes. I own everything but book 8 of the series (I do not know why I do not own book 8 …. I will rectify)

Links : KU 

When Rebecca’s lover talks her into a mountain lodge vacation with his swing club, she soon learns she’s not cut out for playing musical beds. But with her boyfriend “entertaining” in their cabin, she has nowhere to sleep. Logan, the lodge owner, finds her freezing on the porch. After hauling her inside, he warms her in his own bed, and there the experienced Dominant discovers that Rebecca might not be a swinger…but she is definitely a submissive.

Rebecca knows that no one can love her plump, scarred body. But, to her surprise, Logan disagrees and is quite happy to show her just how much he enjoys her curves. Under his skilled hands, Rebecca loses not only her inhibitions, but also her heart.

Damaged from the war, Logan considers himself too dangerous to be around the enticing little sub. He sends her away for her own safety, not realizing she thinks she’s been rejected because of her size. When Logan’s mountains echo with her voice long after she’s gone, he knows she’s left behind part of herself—and taken his heart. But when he arrives in the city to reclaim her, Rebecca’s phone has been disconnected and her apartment is empty…

Mini Review –

Cherise Sinclair is one of the first BDSM writers I read and she is the Queen of the sex-club series for me. This series is a must read for all BDSM fans.

If you haven’t tried any in this genre, this is a good place to start. This book goes through all the initials (Bondage, Domination, Sadism & Masochism) alongside a lot of voyerism and some swinging.

I hated the set up for this one. Rebecca is convinced by her arsehole boyfriend to go to a swingers retreat (she doesn’t want to go) and, let me be clear, Rebecca’s arsehole boyfriend is not a swinger; he has no respect for Rebecca or his other sexual partners at all.

Uncomfortable, Rebecca doesn’t get involved with the swingers which is noticed by Jake, the owner of the lodge. Attracted to Rebecca, he offers to give her a taste of BDSM to see if it is what she truly needs in a relationship. In his head, it works for the both of them; they both get no-strings BDSM … of course, that isn’t quite what happens.

I liked Rebecca. I liked Jake. I liked them together and the book is hot as hell.

4 responses to “August KU Post : 5 Romance books to check out on Kindle Unlimited

  1. I love Shelly Laurenston! I really enjoyed The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series by Hailey Edwards and need to start the spin-off series The Potentate of Atlanta. I also really enjoyed The Foundling series by Hailey Edwards but it’s not on KU. I need to check out your other recs.

    • Nix

      The Potent series is rapidly becoming a contender for my favourite Edwards series. I adore the Foundling series too … she really has become auto-try for me.

      I’ve not long started with KU but I am determined to do a post each month now I have (I now have a KU wishlist on amazon I am working through). There are so many authors on there I didn’t know were there – Cherise Sinclair is one of my fave Erotic Romance authors (very old school).

      • I’ve tried a lot of new to me authors because it’s KU – Natalie Ann’s Fierce series is a recent favorite low angst contemporary romance and the Big D Escort series by Willow Summers which I just found entertaining. I also really enjoy the finding books in KU that include audiobooks as I mainly listen to audiobooks.

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