May 30 2017 2:00pm

9 Books H&H Reviewers Couldn’t Put Down in May 2017

Our reviewers give us the scoop every day on the books they're loving and share their opinions here on Heroes and Heartbreakers. However, each month, we ask them to make a tough decision and recommend the best thing they've read over the last month! It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for May 2017 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Sahara Hoshi:

Dating-ish by Penny Reid. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) It's my favorite of her Knitting in the City series and a smart romance exploring the relationships between humans and AI.

Robin Lovett:

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) definitely lived up to its hype. I don't read much historical, but this was a fascinating read. All the Civil War history was so intricately woven in with the romance and the characters, it was as educational as it was gripping. The stakes in the life and death situations of both the hero and heroine as spies for the Union and the risks involved in just their being together kept me riveted.

Darlene Marshall:

My Best of May was the debut YA novel Cutting to the Chase by Rose Phillips. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) She captures the essence of being a teenager, where daily life can be a constant upheaval of emotions and changes. I found this far more engrossing than a dystopian saga about young adults, as Lizzy seems so very real. The choices she has to make, the relationships she navigates, all bring an intensity that is easy to overlook from the more adult perspective.

Lizzy is also a cutter. She needs the release of her razor blades, and the reader doesn't know how far she'll go to escape her angst. The book deals with so many teen issues: bullying, cutting, first love, being part of the out-group, mean girls, suicide, parents, and ethnicity. I loved it, and I couldn't put it down.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


My pick for May is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Amazon | B&N | Kobo). It's coming out as a movie and I wanted to make sure to read it first. So glad I did. It's a beautiful story of first love that feels true to life. Much of it takes place through IM conversations and diary entries. It's a fresh take on YA romance that will make you believe in love again.


My favorite read from May would be Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne (Amazon | B&N | Kobo). The premise isn't one I'd normally go for, but I've really enjoyed previous “opposites attract” stories from Ms. Layne, and this one didn't disappoint. I can definitely see re-reading it, and would recommend it to everyone.

Wendy The Super Librarian:

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

I was positively sucked in by The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner (Amazon | B&N | Kobo), a women's fiction novel with a well-drawn, three-dimensional ensemble cast of characters. Marin Bishop has a great job at a prestigious Manhattan law firm and a successful Wall Street finance. A few chapters in and her engagement is off, she's fired from the firm when her affair with a partner is exposed, and a half-sister she didn't know existed shows up on her door step. At rock bottom she agrees to travel with long lost sis to Provincetown, Massachusetts to meet the grandmother she didn't know she had.

(This was one of Scarlettleigh's Women's Fiction Best Bets for April.)


I've read some great books this month, including rereading the first four books of The Queen's Thief. But one that stands out for me is a forty-plus years old, pg-rated Harlequin Romance: Music of the Heart by Mary Burchell (Amazon). Like many of her romances it's set in the music world, with a singer heroine and a composer hero, and the dynamics between powerful creative people are key. And though of course true love is at stake, so are honesty, artistic expression, and the importance of authentic representation.

Rachel Kramer Bussel:

Buns by Alice Clayton

I loved Buns by Alice Clayton (Amazon | B&N | Kobo). She manages to mix humor and romance and gorgeous settings so wonderfully, as she has in her previous Hudson Valley books. I loved Clara and Archie and will think of them every time I stay in a hotel.

Anna Bowling:

My best read for May has to be Follow the Heart by Anita Mills (Amazon | B&N | Kobo). This standalone historical romance set during the time of the French and Indian War, in England, New York, and Canada, brings us the tale of Adam and Sarah, brought together by love, separated by war, and Adam's brother, who wants Sarah for his own. Readers who love a morally gray character, Devlin's your guy. If Ms. Mills ever wants to return to writing and tell his story, well, the door is open.

H&H Editor Picks:

You’ve Got Text: Love in the Digital Age

9 Romances H&H Reviewers Loved in April 2017

May 2017 Romance New Releases






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