This annual countdown goes from December 1st until Christmas with one share per day. In the original challenge, the “rules” were (1)published in 2021 and (2)five-star read with “Red Hot Reads” titles automatically making the list. I kept the 2021 publish year “rule” as I have a lot of recent releases that were amazing. Since I already do my top novels of the year (5 star and sometimes 4.75 stars), I decided to highlight some of my 4.5 star reads as they are still amazing, but often get passed over in my countdowns. The choices are in a semi-random order with some novels that I enjoyed a little more making it a little higher in the countdown.
#Bookvent DAY 20
Love Not at First Sight (Soul Mates in Romeo #2) by Sarah Ready
When your soul mate is the man you loathed at first sight…Book Two in Sarah Ready’s Soul Mates in Romeo series sparkles with tension and a delicious helping of swoon-worthy romance.
Veronica Diaz loves her career, her friends and the great outdoors – she has no room in her life for men. In fact, she knows there are only two types of men in the world: players and wanna-be players and she wants nothing to do with any of them.
So when a psychic informs Veronica that her fated soul mate is Frederick Knight “The King of Players,” Veronica does what any sensible woman would do – she runs.
A twist of fate lands Veronica in the depths of a pitch-black cave system with a man she’s never met and can’t see. As Veronica and Sam struggle to survive they open up, share their secrets, and risk their lives for each other. Soon Veronica starts to wonder if maybe not all men are players, and maybe she can trust Sam enough to fall in love.
The only problem: Sam is actually Frederick Knight. The man Veronica swore she’d never, ever, ever love.
In fact, she loathed him at first sight.
And if they make it out of the cave alive, and Veronica sees him for the first time, she’ll loathe him again. Won’t she?
But maybe, sometimes you can only see who someone really is when you can’t see them at all? And maybe you can only fall in love when it’s not at first sight?
The four novels in this Soul Mates in Romeo series were released in 2021: Chasing Romeo (#1), Love Not at First Sight (#2), Romance by the Book (#3), and Love, Artifacts, and You (#4). I love every book in this series as it is amazing how each one is unique. The first novel features a “scavenger hunt” type story, the second is survival in a cave, the third is a romance checklist, and the fourth is a danger-filled archeology adventure. While each novel features a sweet romance story where each character goes through their own growth/development, I also love the additional elements that make the stories special. The second installment has the two characters in a cave setting where they not only experience the forced proximity trope but there are multiple perils that they must face to survive. I am not sure if there will be a fifth addition to the series, but I will definitely read it if one ends up being published!
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!