I hope you are all having a lovely week.
This is a really rough year for many folks, so I hope you are all able to take some self-care. If your self-care includes reading books, this is the list for you! Everything on this list is available from Hoopla, so no added money stress.
I tried to only include books on our bestseller lists, but there wasn’t enough for a full post. I added some by authors with current bestsellers to make up the difference.
I’ve kept the Amazon links in case you have an audible subscription or kindle unlimited. As always, book covers and descriptions are from Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn commission from qualifying purchases. But why buy when you can borrow for free?
Depending on the reception, I may do part 2 of next week.
Be well, and happy reading!
P.S. I’m a big advocate for mental health awareness, and this is seriously a rough time of year. I care about all you lovely reading buddies! If you want some ideas for free self-care activities, head on over here.
From Book 1: The hallowed halls of Arcane Arts Academy are no place for an orphan who peddles illegal potions and lives out of a caravan…and yet here I am.
After my volatile magic nearly killed a bunch of mortals, I thought for sure I’d be carted off to Kalzir prison, but they sent me here instead. Gave me shackles under the guise of mercy for my crimes.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, there are wolf shifters in the woods on campus, secrets hidden in the walls, and a hot teacher who may or may not want me as much as I want him.
But dangerous distractions aside, I’m about to find out that some secrets have claws and if I’m not careful, these ones will swallow me whole.
NOTE: This series was previously published under the same series title of Arcane Arts Academy however, these versions have been altered to include lots of bonus content and all-new chapters from the guys' points of view!
This is now a complete series. -Paige
Thoughts from Paige
Please note that the author republished using the same series name. In addition, the titles of individual books have changed. Although the new editions do not have audio, the original two books are available from hoopla.
From Book 1: I ate six seeds. Now I owe six months of debt to a dangerously sexy Fae hitman.
I’d had everything a dryad could want- a job, an apartment, and a scandalous human boyfriend-
Until I stole the wrong fruit from the wrong Fae.
Dragged into the Seelie underworld of deception and lies, I do anything he commands: steal, spy, even fight as we hunt down a notorious Fae fugitive.
Not exactly the fun I was looking for, despite the intense attraction between us. Between my new boss, the cold-as-ice Unseelie fixer, and a gorgeous Wild Hunter, I'm pulled into a world where danger is the only guarantee.
But when the mission ends, I may not want to leave.
Dark and Wicked Fae is a medium-burn urban fantasy Fae reverse harem romance. For mature readers only.
From Book 1: "Welcome to Half Death Academy." That's what they call my new school—because only half the students survive.
Rule #1: Keep your head down and don't mess with the four gorgeous demigods who rule the school.
Rule #2: When the demigods try to kill you, lie down and die.
Too bad I never was very good at following the rules. And when my forbidden power awakens, I'll make them regret they tried to make me their bitch.
Magic Trials stars four handsome, cruel, yet overprotective demigods and a tough heroine. Heart-pounding action blends with steamy romance. For fans of Vampire Academy, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Twilight Saga.
Thoughts from Paige
It looks like books 2-5 are available on hoopla. All books in the series are available on Audible, so maybe it's just not showing up on my account. If it isn't showing up, you can always request it from your library.
From Book 1: After surviving foster care and a high school that breeds gang members and drug dealers I've finally found my path to freedom: emancipation and a full ride scholarship at the ultra-exclusive Hannaford Prep.
All I have to do is survive.
After attracting the wrong sort of attention from the richest boy in the country, pissing off the hottest guy in school and being humiliated in front of my favorite rock idol I am now the target of the most popular, and cruelest, group in the freshman class.
They want my blood.
They can have it.
I'm stronger than any spoilt rich kid.
But can I survive the game the Juniors have started with me as the goal? Now every boy at Hannaford wants to have me.
All except the three I want.
Ash, Harley, and Blaise don't care about the game, all they care about is destroying me.
From Book 1:
“Madison Kate Danvers was murdered tonight.”
Those words changed my life, and not for the better.
They were wrong, of course. I wasn’t dead. But I was set up.
After being charged with a string of offences--and made an example of by my political minded father--I’m eventually released back into Shadow Grove with one thing on my mind.
Someone is going to pay for derailing my carefully laid out future. Someone is going to catch the full force of my hate. How very convenient that someone just moved into the bedroom down the hall from me.
Archer D’Ath and his boys messed with the wrong chick and they’re about to learn just how cold Madison Kate’s hate can run.
HATE is a full length mature college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book one of four in the series.
Needed: Community Girlfriend for (4) Army Ranger Specialists at incredible lakehouse estate. Wife material. Long term only.
The ad was ridiculous. Beyond ridiculous! Yet for Sammara Madsen, bored in life and unlucky in love? The concept made her stomach do a sexy barrel roll.
After a chance encounter with a gorgeous soldier reveals the opportunity of a lifetime, Sammara goes along out of simple curiosity. Yet when she falls in love with the beautiful mansion as well as the three other handsome Rangers who live there? The idea of being shared between them as their girlfriend doesn't seem so outrageous anymore.
Kyle is the charming, sculpted epitome of the perfect man. Dakota, the beautiful giant - and quintessential country boy. Ryan is the brooding, motorcycle-riding bad boy who shares Sammara's lonely past, and Briggs is the mysterious mercenary, dark and enigmatic, with wounds only a lover could heal.
Yet satisfying the physical and emotional needs of four strapping, powerful soldiers is not without its share of problems. Sammara is plagued by the woes of her dying business. And the four brothers-in-arms have a puzzling secret all their own... one that could easily put them - and their eager new girlfriend - in mortal danger.
Four Army Rangers... sharing the same woman, mind, body, and soul. The ultimate fantasy becomes heart-pounding reality as Sammara is taken into each of their beds - and hearts - one by one, two on one... and more.
Can Sammara succeed in fulfilling her role to each of her beautiful new boyfriends; that of friend, lover, and so much more? Or will sinister unknown forces crush their budding 5-way relationship before it can even begin?
QUADRUPLE DUTY is a sweltering, stand-alone reverse harem military romance filled with humor, drama, pulse-pounding excitement, and enormous amounts of love. Sweet and sizzling, it's full of action plus scenes so molten they're bound to melt your kindle! HEA guaranteed.
Thoughts from Paige
I really enjoyed this! I've read it and listened to it. I don't usually pick favorites in a harem, I am 100% team #whychoose, but there is one in here that I particularly liked. Definitely worth a read!
From Book 1: He murdered my uncle then covered it with fire. A fire that should have killed me, too. Instead, he hauled me from the floor while flames licked the walls, strong arms holding me close.
He saved my life.
Now I want to know why. I never saw his face. All I know is the letters on his shirt. SVH.
Saint View High.
The worst school in a hundred miles. Full of drugs and despair. Breeding ground for future criminals. Armed security guards and weapon checks at every door.
A far cry from my privileged life of money, private school, and fancy vacations.
With the police doing nothing, I take matters into my own hands. I enroll in a school I have no business being at.
But the Untouchables are quick to let me know exactly how big a mistake I’ve made. They’re the group of boys even the teachers are scared of.
Colt. Banjo. Rafe.
Every teenage girl’s dream. Good looking. Popular. Powerful.
And determined to break me.
Thing is, I’m not that easily broken. And I’m coming for them, too.
Devious Little Liars is the story of three bad boys and a girl who knows how to stand her ground. It is a mature high school/new adult, #whychoose romance, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This book contains enemies-to-lovers and bullying themes. It is the first book in an ongoing trilogy.
Thoughts from Paige
Is this set in the same universe as the Saint View Prison books on our best sellers list? Hard to say, but one would assume... At any rate, this series hasn't appeared on our lists but I'm adding it to round up the lineup.
It was like being worshiped. Cherished and celebrated and fulfilled, by three of the most beautiful men I'd ever laid eyes upon... All at the same time. It was supposed to be fun - a holiday break from studies in the Italian Alps. Yet when a remote college ski tour is shattered by a horrific avalanche, mild-mannered Morgan finds herself trapped in the frozen realm of an abandoned hotel... alongside three alpha fraternity brothers who hold a vendetta against each other! Enter Shane, the restless, brooding outdoorsman from Minnesota. Jeremy, his blue-eyed model of a fraternity brother, almost too gorgeous to look at! And finally Boone, the legendary tattooed alpha from a much darker inner circle... who might not be even remotely what he seems. As the snows continue to fall and danger lurks around every corner, survival depends upon complete cooperation. Yet as Morgan is forced out of her shell, and faces her own budding attraction for exactly the type of men she's always avoided? Their own competitive jealousy over winning her drives them to a wickedly intriguing proposition... Bunker down with self-described 'geek' Morgan and her three gorgeous studs as the blizzard of the century threatens all chance of rescue. Will irreconcilable differences tear the whole group apart? Or will the guys find common ground in their shy but beautiful co-ed - the only one with the skills and knowledge that could ultimately save them all? Snowed In is a sexy, stand-alone reverse harem romance filled with humor, danger, and generous amounts of love. HEA guaranteed.
Thoughts from Paige
I remember liking this book, it's sweet and not a lot of angst (that I can remember). Krista Wolf is usually a go-to when I'm in the room for a nice contemporary RH.
From Book 1:
♥ PLEASE NOTE: The Royal Trials: Complete Series is enrolled in Kindle Unlimited and contains a bonus epilogue scene ♥
IMPOSTER is book ONE of THREE in a completed reverse harem fantasy series
Three trials. Three weeks. Three Royal Princes.
It should have been an easy task, for a skilled mercenary like Rybet Waise. Simply break into the royal palace, and rescue her friend from the executioner's block. But when Rybet accidentally qualifies for the Trials, she finds herself with little choice but to see them through.
A thin veil of etiquette, elegance and glamour hides the true nature of the Trials. Behind closed doors, they are brutal and bloody, and to fail means to forfeit her life.
Thrust into the limelight and forced to compete with the Kingdom's elite sweethearts, unlikely allies emerge and bonds are formed. But someone will stop at nothing to see her fail.
After all, she's nothing but a dirty pond-dweller.
Rybet will do whatever it takes to survive until the Golden Ball, Princes be damned.
Thoughts from Paige
This has not been on our recent bestsellers lists, however, Tate James does have a different book/series on our lists, but it isn't available yet on hoopla. The entire series is available on hoopla.
From Book 1: A witch outrunning her past. Five smoldering-hot guardians. And the dark secret that could destroy them all…
Blackmoon Bay is a city of monsters. Surviving here means never leaving home without a sharp stake. It means keeping secrets, even from friends. And unless I want the Hunters finding me again, it means my witchcraft stays on permanent lockdown.
Good policy—until the night I accidentally resurrect a dead girl, rekindling my magic and drawing the Bay’s most dangerous men to my doorstep.
Asher, the bad-boy incubus. Darius, the cunning, oh-so-sexy vampire. Emilio, the wolf shifter with a big heart and a treacherous past. Ronan, the only demon I trust with my soul. And Death himself, bound to my magic for reasons I don’t understand.
Together they’ve sworn to protect me from the evil out there, but it’s not the evil out there I’m worried about. A shadow lurks inside me, black and deadly as a bomb. And I’m pretty sure my magical mishap just lit the fuse.
I’m Gray Desario. Witch. Survivor. Occasional bringer of chaos. And tonight? The darkness is coming…
SHADOW KISSED is the first book in The Witch’s Rebels, a steamy paranormal romance and urban fantasy series featuring five smoldering-hot guys and the kickass witch they’d kill to protect. If you like sexy forbidden romance, dark magic, and heart-pounding supernatural suspense, this witchy adventure will leave you spellbound.
This is a complete series. -Paige