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Rhys Recommends - July Edition

Look, not gonna lie, but July? It fucking rocked!


I ready, like, 17 books you guys.

That never happens.

Not even in the before times. I don't think I've ever read as many books as in July. And I enjoyed every second.

I've also had to face reality. I'm an audiophile anonymous and I'm an addict. 😂

Anyway, I couldn't possibly share all 17 books I read, but they were all amaze-balls and here are my top recommendations.

(the links below are Amazon affiliate links which means if you buy, borrow, or read any of these books I will make small commission. I fully support these books and really enjoyed them so my opinions have not been bought.)

1. They Told Me I Was Everything by Gregory Ashe

What can I say about this book? It took me by surprise and once I was locked in I was in for the ride. With phenomenal writing, a great cast of characters that felt real to the bone and a mystery that will keep you guessing 'til the very end this was one hell of a ride.

But be warned: This is not a happy ever after. This series has 4 books and from what I gather Auggie and Theo are going to go through a shitstorm before they get their happily ever after and I'm here for it.

Tropes: teacher/student, opposites attract, hurt/comfort

The best part is Book 1 is free!

2. Wormwood Summer by Kai Butler

Oh boy. Are you in for a world of wonder with this one.

The San Amaro Investigations series made me lose my mind I tell you. I've already read the first 4 books and just started the 5th because IT IS THAT GOOD. Like you wouldn't believe.

Kai Butler has not only crafted a fully-realized world that feels lived in, but her writing is top notch as is her storytelling. From page one there is no doubt you're reading an urban fantasy and you'll be pleasantly surprised with how far she's willing to go with each book.

What I loved the most was Parker's fae powers and the way they spring from the page and feel both original and fun. His romance with Officer Nicholas King is just the sweetest too.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Start your addiction now.

3. Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

This has been on my TBR since it came out and I'm ashamed to say I only just got to it but I didn't regret it for a moment.

I'l be honest. I expected something completely different from this book, but what I got was one epic romance. But then again what else could one expect from the likes of Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy?

4. Sink or Swim by Maz Maddox

Of course I couldn't go another month without reading a RELIC book. This is book 2 in the series and if possible, I loved it more than book 1. It's got enemies to lovers vibes, a heist-like mission, a touch of insta-love and the broodiest cutie ever (Baha we ❤️ you).

I'm really savoring this series because it's too good, you guys.

5. The Best Men by Sarina Bowen and Lauren Blakely

Yes, I read another Sarina book this month and I don't regret it one single bit. This one was co-written with Lauren Blakely and it's right what it says on the package. Best Men who fall for one another.

It starts as an arrangement. It starts as just a physical thing but it turns into so much more.

This was so good I gobbled it up in one day (actually the same day I listened to Top Secret) and it left me feeling all the feels. These guys were hotheads but damn they were good together.

6. Borrowing Blue by Lucy Lennox

Another one that's been on my TBR for an embarrassing length of time. Needless to say I binged the entire series this month and while I have my favorites, nothing beats Blue and Tristan.

This is insta-love, fake relationship, big families, banter, dogs, and everything I adore so you can't go wrong with this one.

And of course once you read one you'll want to read the whole damn series prepared to sacrifice your sleep.

I hope you enjoy my recommendations and give some of them a chance.

If you've read them, let me know what you thought. Which one is your favorite? Can you even pick just one?

Happy reading!

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