Top 5 Romance Books I Recommend Most—With Special Guest, About That Story

#FiveOnFriday is an original, weekly feature on  Each week I talk about favorite books, anticipated reads, and other bookish topics.  Enjoy!

This week, #FiveOnFriday is brought to you by the lovely Gretchen, from About That Story!  She was kind enough to make a list of the books she loves the most and highly recommends.  If you haven’t read one of these, be sure to add them to your TBR!

All of Gretchen’s contact information is at the bottom of this post, so if you feel inclined, please check out her awesome blog and social media sites.  True story: Gretchen is the reason I became a book blogger and she’s become one of my best friends over the last couple of years, so let’s show her some love!


Gretchen’s List of Recommendations


[ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Why?  For the funny and sexy!

Read Gretchen’s Review | Goodreads

Contemporary Romance

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.[/ezcol_2third_end]



[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Off the Clock by Roni Loren 

Why?  For the holy heck that was hot erotica!

Read Gretchen’s Review | Goodreads

Contemporary Romance/Erotica

Marin Rush loves studying sex. Doing it? That’s another story. In the research lab, Marin’s lack of practical knowledge didn’t matter, but now that she’s landed a job at The Grove, a high-end, experimental sex therapy institute, she can’t ignore the fact that the person most in need of sexual healing may be her.

Dr. Donovan West, her new hotshot colleague, couldn’t agree more. Donovan knows that Marin’s clients are going to eat her alive unless she gets some hands-on experience. And if she fails at the job, he can say goodbye to a promotion, so he assigns her a list of R-rated tasks to prepare her for the wild clientele of The Grove’s X-wing.

But some of those tasks are built for two, and when he finds Marin searching for a candidate to help her check off her list, Donovan decides there’s only one man for the job—him. As long as they keep their erotic, off-the-clock activities strictly confidential and without strings, no one will get fired—or worse, get attached…[/ezcol_2third_end]



[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Tangled by Emma Chase

Why?  For the awesome male POV!

Read Gretchen’s Review | Goodreads

Contemporary Romance

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all.[/ezcol_2third_end]


[ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

Why?  Because hello sexy alpha male!

Read Gretchen’s Review | Goodreads

Contemporary Romance/Motorcycle Club

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she’s back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn’t the tequila and hot sex talking. He’s the kind of man she’s always wanted. Unfortunately, he’s also her new boss . . .Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he’ll be the one breaking all the rules. [/ezcol_2third_end]



[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

Why? What’s not to love about vampires?

Read Gretchen’s Review  |  Goodreads 

Paranormal Romance

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.[/ezcol_2third_end]


5 Things to Know About Gretchen

  1. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is what got me hooked on reading romance.
  2. I have a thing for Classic Rock.
  3. I’m one of those crazy morning people who happily wake up at 5 am every day.
  4. I’m a morning person because COFFEE (and I have a serious coffee mug addiction).
  5. My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t Bcc when sending group emails.


About That Story

I’m a reader of romance and have been blogging and sharing reviews at About That Story for almost 4 years. I like the laugh out loud, sexy and playful, witty banter filled with a touch of drama kind of books. I also like the angst filled, hot, and steamy, fall madly in love and rip your heart out kind of books. Throw in a dirty talking alpha-male and I’m good. ?

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Thank you so much, Gretchen!  Your list rocks almost as much as you do!

–Bex ❤️



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  • Awesome list!! I’ve read all these books (Fifty Shades is what made me a bookworm too!) except “Off The Clock”. I need to check it out! So curious. ?

    • It’s so funny how 50 Shades brought so many people back into reading. (I’ll admit that it was Twilight that brought me back–lol) I haven’t read Off the Clock, either, but after Gretchen’s rec/review, it is high on my list! Thank you so much for commenting!!


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