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Sizzling Hot Romance Novels to make your summer even sweatier

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on May 28, 2024

Our readers know that no two love stories are the same, so they scoop up new books every chance they get. – and sizzling hot romance books are by far the most popular! From mafia romance to light hearted rom coms, if you are looking for a new read to make your summer sweaty, there’s something for everyone on this list! Ruby Tears by Pepper Winters With over 450 ratings and a 4.5 star average on Amazon, Ruby Tears is the first installment of The Jewelry Box series, a dark romance. The blurb notes that this book is dark, explicit and pushes boundaries so readers wishing to avoid triggers should take that into consideration. “I knew going into this book that it was going to be rough. If the actual author hints that this is going to be a bumpy ride, then heed those hints. I thought I was prepared…. Read More >

Add these Books for Children to Your Reading List

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on May 21, 2024

Do you have a young reader in your life? Or maybe you’re looking for some titles to keep your kids busy on a Memorial Day road trip. We have a handful of books for children to add to your reading list! Our Hidden Gems ARC readers loved the following titles, and we bet your young bookworm will, as well. Oceanius’ Waves by Lion Tales With 14 ratings and an outstanding 4.8 average star rating, Oceanius’ Waves is a picture book recommended for children 5-8 years old and describes the Elemental Protectors’ journey to save Water World. Oceanius’ Waves is a standalone story that is part of the Elements Guardians series, and all of those titles are currently offered in Kindle Unlimited as well! “This was beautifully illustrated! I used this as a bedtime story and loved how it took real life issues and showed the life of the sea working… Read More >

SciFi Novels Full of Wonder

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on May 14, 2024

Readers adore SciFi novels for their boundless capacity to spark imagination and creativity, evoking a profound sense of awe. Whether delving into space exploration, time manipulation, encounters with extraterrestrial beings, or uncharted territories, these five science fiction books garnered high praise from Hidden Gems readers, who were fortunate to enjoy them at no cost. Of Friction by S.J. Lee Sam “Valkyrie” Ryan is in turmoil. Wrestling with her brother’s decision to retire after their next mission, the recon specialist fights to sway his choice. Yet, her emotions take a back seat as they’re assigned to safeguard a crucial reconciliation summit between the Altered and Humans, threatened by terrorists advocating human supremacy. Amidst the chaos, Sam finds herself drawn to a captivating female medic but struggles to maintain focus as events spiral out of control. As tensions escalate unpredictably, Sam is blindsided by secrets from the past, uncovering a sinister plot… Read More >

Thrillers That Will Keep You on the Edge

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on May 7, 2024

Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of twists, bone-chilling scenes, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Hidden Gems ARC readers have had the privilege of diving into a plethora of suspenseful tales in recent months. Here’s a roundup of the most beloved and highly praised page-turners. Shadow in the Ward by Ari Gray In a future where AI threatens to replace the human touch in medicine, Dr. Seth Kelley faces burnout in his high-stress job. Joining a hospital trial using AI, disaster strikes when the system malfunctions. Seth, a programmer and medical student, must outsmart the AI during a lockdown, exploring human resilience and the limits of machine care. “This novel takes place in the future, where AI is a big presence in hospitals. Robots do a lot of the work, but as machine learning evolves, robots take on a new and more important role,… Read More >

Spicy Romance Novels for your Summer TBR

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 30, 2024

If you’re a regular on the Hidden Gems blog, you’ll know that spicy romance is the most popular genre in the Hidden Gems ARC program. Our readers know that no two love stories are the same, so they scoop up new books every chance they get. From mafia romance to light hearted rom coms, if you are looking for a new novel to add to your summer reading TBR list, there’s something for every romance reader on this list! Savage Betrayal by Ivy Thorn With over 80+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, Savage Betrayal is the first installment of the Dark Redemption series, a mafia romance duet. Fans of age gap romance will love this novel and will want to dive right into book 2, Vicious Redemption, for the HEA you’ll surely be thirsting for. “Way better than five stars, this suspense filled story was full of secrets and… Read More >

Some Good Mystery Novels to Add to your TBR List

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 21, 2024

One of the most amazing things about the mystery genre is that there truly is something for everyone. No matter which side of the spectrum you prefer, we can all agree that page-turning intrigue is a must. If you’re looking for some good mystery novels to read, this list of books enjoyed by our Hidden Gems ARC readers is for you. Murder at Dawn by Patrick Kelly With 60+ ratings and a 4.7 star average, Murder at Dawn by Patrick Kelly is the final installment in the Wintergreen Mystery series. This series follows retired detective Bill O’Shea, after a murder takes place in Wintergreen, Virginia. JACW describes in their five star Amazon review why you should add this to your TBR list, “…I love Patrick Kelly’s writing style – I read the first two paragraphs of the book twice just because of the way he described a summer storm! His… Read More >

Young Adult Stories To Enjoy This Spring

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 16, 2024

If you have a young reader in your family, or even if it is just a guilty pleasure of yours, we’ve rounded up a collection that includes a variety of young adult stories that have been popular and well-liked by Hidden Gems ARC readers. Dead Girl by Kerrie Faye Death has its advantages, or so Ember O’Neill discovers when a deadly prank transforms her from a bullied outcast to a school tyrant. Resurrected and secretly supernatural, she topples the reigning drama queen and wins the affections of the new heartthrob. But her newfound power attracts dangerous attention when an assassin from the heretical Order targets her. Ember faces a difficult choice about whether to reveal her abilities to protect herself and her friends, risking everything she’s gained, as her would-be killer draws near. “The characterization is well done. Ember is imperfect and relatable as are her closest friends Erick and… Read More >

Fantasy Books That Take You to Another World

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 9, 2024

Venture into worlds unlike our own in these 5 fantasy titles recently read and reviewed by Hidden Gems ARC readers – and remember, if you want to receive free fantasy books like these – or others from 15 different genres – just sign up today and select your favorites. Bonding Fire by Ava Richardson When Prince Tagaris arrives at Gwen’s door seeking aid, she’s tempted to turn him away. Despite being banished from court with her mentor for failing to save the king years ago, Gwen can’t refuse his plea. Tagaris’s niece, Comnena, suffers from the same fatal illness that claimed the king’s life. Gwen soon discovers Comnena has been poisoned, a fact hidden by the dragon queen. To conceal Gwen’s true mission, Tagaris proposes a fake courtship. Though Gwen harbors no love for Tagaris, she must rely on him to cure Comnena. As they grow closer, their sham courtship… Read More >

Romantic Novels to Add a Little Spring To Your Heart

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 2, 2024

Are you looking for some romances to add a little spring to your heart? Today we’ve rounded up a collection that includes 5 romantic novels that have been popular and well-liked by Hidden Gems ARC readers recently. Ruthless Saints by Ella Jade Luciana convinces herself that her arranged marriage is merely a guise for espionage, but once drawn into Romero’s world, she realizes he exerts control over every aspect of her existence. Despite her initial resistance, she finds herself drawn to him. Is she becoming just another possession for a man accustomed to getting everything he desires, or is she an unwitting pawn in a dangerous game? As she spends more time with Romero, she discovers his disdain for traitors, a perilous revelation given her true motives. Saying no to her family seems dangerous, but the stakes intensify when Romero learns she’s there to set him up. “This is a… Read More >

Sci-Fi Novels To Explore This Year

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 26, 2024

We’ve compiled 5 out-of-this-world titles that took Hidden Gems ARC readers on a captivating journey to extraordinary dimensions. Explore this list and get ready to embark on your next exhilarating journey with these top-rated reads. The World Isn’t Ready by Kevin Mitchel It’s the year 1959, and Arnie Gibson, an amateur archaeologist, stumbles upon a mysterious artifact while walking his dog. Intrigued, he brings it home and, during examination, unwittingly activates it. Little does he know that the peculiar dust within the artifact, upon touching his fingers, triggers a profound transformation in his life. Enhanced eyesight, newfound mathematical prowess, and heightened physical capabilities all result from the powder, whose exclusive intent is to uplift humanity. “I wasn’t sure what to expect but decided to give it a whirl (this genre is far outside what I normally read) and I am glad I did,” wrote Jessica P. in her four-star review…. Read More >