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Books to Satisfy Your Grumpy/Sunshine Needs

My Recommendations:

Captivated by Tessa Bailey: A secret aspiring comedian who has recently dumped her cheating ex-boyfriend finds herself in an awkward situation. Her grumpy, intimidating, and totally sexy landlord (who hates everyone and everything) is willing to fulfill her filthiest fantasies in a three-date arrangement with no feelings or commitments. Featuring: consensual stalking kinks, BDSM in a boxing gym, and deliciously rough sex.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert: Chaotic, scattered, and happy Eve Brown flees her family following a confrontation and winds up in a bed and breakfast run by the most infuriating and grumpy man she's ever met. Jacob has autism and likes his life neat and completely under control. But when Eve hits him with her car, breaking his arm and rendering him unable to run his business, she does the worst thing possible for a man who prefers his life monotonous and tidy...she tries to help him. Explosive fireworks ensue.

How to Bang a Billionaire series (M/M) by Alexis Hall: In a somewhat parody/satirical take on 50 Shades of Grey Alexis Hall pairs an awkward, sunshine young man who adores his kinky side with a cynical, totally problematic billionaire who thinks his kinky side means he's meant straight for hell. It's a hilarious, stressful read that will have you moaning and groaning and kicking the covers off in frustration (both sexual and emotional). So good, so painful...

Rule Breaker (M/M) by Lily Morton: Dylan is a wonderful friend, a great boyfriend, and an all around good guy who turns into a sarcastic, button-pusher whenever his grumpy boss Gabe is around. The two know how to get on each other's nerves like no one else does, and neither of them would want it any other way. But soon their workplace banter turns into real feelings and the two of them can't keep their hands off each other.

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb (M/M) by Cat Sebastian: Kit Webb is a grumpy, former highwayman who now lives a mundane life as a coffee shop owner. But when the handsome, arrogant, and teasing aristocrat barges into his shop and requests his help with a robbery, Kit finds himself intrigued...against his better judgement. The two butt heads constantly as Percy attempts to sway Kit to his side, but the two men can't pretend the chemistry doesn't exist between them.

Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle: A grumpy, near silent, male virgin (who also happens to be a giant) is thrust together with a sunshine-y tourist when he leads her through the winter wilderness on a hunt for her father, dodging violent drug dealers and avalanches along the way. There's some only-one-sleeping-bag action and some grand gestures and some suspense. The first book in this series is also a grumpy/sunshine and the entire series is amazing. Go for it!

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne: Being mistaken for an elderly woman by a cute, but infuriating boy has Ruthie all out of sorts. Her perfectly structured, scheduled life living and working at the retirement community no longer seems as appealing. When said infuriating boy, who just so happens to be the new owner's eternally positive and flighty son, pops into her life Ruthie can't help but butt heads with him...repeatedly.

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morganthaler: Graham Barnett runs the local diner, The Tourist Trap. It started as a joke, given how much he hates tourists trampling all over his small town, but even his surly attitude isn't enough to keep said bumbling tourists out of his restaurant. But when the cute, quirky tourist Zoey Caldwell gets far too drunk in his diner one night he finds himself trying to convince this most adorable woman he's ever met to go from tourist to local.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry: Every year Poppy, the upbeat wanderlust, convinces her best friend Alex, a homebody, to leave the safety of his home and go on a trip with her...well, until a few years ago when she screwed everything up and their friendship went dead in the water. Now she has one more vacation to make things right between them, one more vacation to find out why her life is completely stalled, and one more time to maybe even explore the possibility of something more with the man whose always been there for her.

The Sweetest Fix by Tessa Bailey: Reese dreams of being on Broadway, but when she screws up her big shot, an important interview with the biggest name on Broadway, she finds herself scrambling for any way to fix the mess she's in. When she tracks down the director's grumpy son she doesn't expect to find a deliciously plus-sized baker with a perpetual scowl. Reese is so intensely attracted to him that she realizes she absolutely cannot use him to gain access to his father. But after a mind-blowing kiss she discovers she can't simply let him go either.

Whiteout by Adriana Anders: Angel Smith is ready to pack up and leave Antarctica, but on the day she's supposed to leave the research station is attacked. Now she and the grumpy glaciologist, who can't stand to be in the same room with her, are now on a mad escape through the harsh Antarctic wilderness. Their chances for survival dwindle every day, but they can't stop the sparks flying between them as they dodge craters, snow storms, and the murderers on their tail.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey: Inspired by Schitt's Creek, this novel tells the story of a wealthy socialite's fall from grace when, after an embarrassing arrest involving breaking and entering and light nudity, her stepfather banishes her to a small Washington coast town. There the bubbly Piper meets a grumpy sea captain who seems to have made it his life's goal to catch her at every embarrassing moment she has. But it turns out there's more than scowls beneath that beard and Piper finds herself falling for the handsome widower.

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Break the Rules by Roxie Noir: He's a quiet loner living a simple life and she's feisty and beautiful and perfect. There are already so many obstacles and she's his best friend's baby sister. Going after her would mean betraying him. But he can't stop wanting what he really shouldn't have.

Love at Last series by Adriana Anders: A collection of standalone novellas featuring grumpy men and the women who fall in love with them anyways.

Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas: Wealthy, powerful Tom has everything he wants except the beautiful, quick-witted Cassandra. But when a stroke of bad luck for her lands her reputation in tatters she's left with no other options except tying herself to Tom. He finally has her, but has he underestimated her?

Always Only You by Chloe Liese: He's sunshine. She's grumpy. He's a hockey player. She's staff. A relationship between them is completely off-limits. Forbidden. But they can't stop the sparks that fly between them.

Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole: I have it on good authority that almost every book in this paranormal vampire/shifter series is grumpy/sunshine.

Heart Smart by Emma Lee Jayne: Max has a problem. He's a certifiable asshole. But he doesn't mind that his bad attitude and grumpiness keep people away. That's how he likes it. But when his boss brings in a specialist to remake his image he finds he can't stand bossy and very gorgeous woman. But damn if they don't have chemistry.

Thick by Alexa Riley: Teeny is finding herself fascinated by her gorgeous, enormous neighbor. She needs to befriend him. Due to his size, Bull has taken to isolating himself to avoid the stares. But even he isn't immune to his new neighbor's charms. He never thought he'd have a chance in hell with her, but maybe, just maybe, she's interested in what he has to offer.

Preservation by Kate Canterbary: They're both lonely. She's spunky and wants to be someone's first choice. He's laid-back and in love with a woman he can't have. They've come up with an arrangement. No more than six dates--the appearance of a romantic relationship at most--and nothing more. Until they wind up in bed together and now they're flying blind.

Managed by Kristin Callahan: She's got a big mouth. He's got a big ego. After a long flight seated next to each other she expects to hate him even more, but slowly she realizes there's more to the man than his good looks and cold as ice attitude. When he offers her a proposal she struggles with whether to say no and stay safe, or say yes and possibly be the one to melt his heart.

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James: She's known for her beauty, her quick-wit, and her charm. He's a bad-tempered, wounded beast living in isolation. She expects the beast to fall in love with her in two weeks (everyone else always has), but she might actually have to come to terms with the fact that her betrothed may never love her back.

By a Thread by Lucy Score: She's got a dazzling personality that annoys the shit out of him, but he definitely likes the way she argues with him and he can't stop the fantasies about her from flashing through his mind after-hours. But she's his employee and completely off-limits. He's an asshole, but even he has rules he won't break. He just needs to get her to quit...

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare: Warm, loyal, and passionate Penelope has a penchant for rescuing lost and wounded animals, but when her infuriating new neighbor demands she get rid of all the animals she gives him a challenge. She will clear out of her home of her beloved animals if he can help her find them good homes. Soon the cold-blooded Gabriel is spending time with her kittens, and dogs, and parrots, and even a goat. He's trouble, but she's already decided she's going to save him too.


I hope you find these sexy, steamy, and scandalous recommendations to your liking. If you choose to read any of them, make sure you find me and let me know your thoughts (so long as those thoughts are positive, of course)!

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Sep 16, 2022

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