Katiebird’s Favorite Reads in April

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With all of the great book releases in April, I wanted to highlight my favorite reads!

mister romance


Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough. Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

What I liked most about this book is that it is not the typical romance. Eden is not open, looking or even remotely interested in falling in love, nor is it even a goal in her life. She just doesn’t see the purpose.  But then she meets Max and fights every single emotion he evokes in her, tooth and nail. It’s funny and heartbreaking, but Leisa is a true romantic at heart, and loves her UST, if you’ve read her Star-crossed series, so don’t worry all’s well that ends well.

Favorite quotes:

-“No one’s immune. But I do believe you’re stubborn enough to ignore the symptoms for as long as you can, and one day you’ll find out denying it damages you far more than giving someone your heart ever could.”Max

This book is for everyone who’s ever felt ignored and invisible. I see you. And you’re beautiful. Incredible….Priceless.- Leisa’s dedication

4 stars

I give this book 4 “love is all you need” stars, and put it on my “favorites” and “top-shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.




Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.

He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.

Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.

I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.

That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.

Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.

We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.

A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.

But it’s just a harmless crush, right?

It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?

It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.

Right? Wrong.

This a great May/December romance that is a nice read for the summer with a sweet but predictable ending.  The title of the book doesn’t really make sense, but I still loved it!

Favorite quotes:

“I just…I want to do things for you. I want to take care of you … I could be good for you. Let me me good for you.”Will 

– I knew that I was falling in love. I just didn’t think I’d already hit it. But I have.
I’ve smashed into it, like falling from a building twenty-five stories up. They call it falling in love because eventually you hit the ground and this is where I am. On the pavement, blasted to smithereens. – Will 

4 stars

I gave this book 4 secret romance stars, put it on my “favorites” and “top-shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.

*** I was given ARCs of these books from the publisher for an honest review. The excerpts are from those copies.***





About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

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