2021 Reading Challenges

Since Happily Ever After Romance is a relatively new blog I decided to join up with some 2021 Reading Challenges with this blog in mind.

I frankly suck at remembering to go and link up reviews at the Challenge(s) websites – I really have to work on that… but, once again, I’m determined to do better.  🙂

This blog is all about my love of love stories, usually from the various lines at Harlequin or Tule Publishing Houses (although those aren’t my only romance addiction sites).  I buy books every single, freakin’ month… but I don’t always manage to read them right away.  That is why this blog exists, frankly, and why these particular Reading Challenges would work for HEA Romance.  Let’s see what I can find this year:

2021 New Release Challenge (Un)Conventional Bookworms

I’ve entered Linda & Brandee’s New Release Challenge before with my older, more established blog (Keeper Bookshelf).  My goal with this blog is to embrace pure Romance stories, the kind I grew up on (maybe a bit steamier now :)) and the ones that I still love to this day.  Harlequin books have had my back for years, so I know that I’ll always have those “new releases” each and every month.

Since my 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge is for 100 books on this blog, I’m going for that level in this Challenge as well.  Between Harlequin, Tule Publishing, and the other new “must-have” releases coming in 2021 I think I can do this.  As always, remembering to link up the reviews is my downfall.  So this year I’m making Goodreads shelves for Challenges and once I’ve that set up I’ll put the link here… at least going back and linking up at (Un)Conventional Bookworms will be a bit easier when I forget (which I will).  *wink*






So, I’ve already admitted that I suck at remembering to go and update my additions to the Reading Challenges.  The only way that I believe I’ll remember is to go back to my standby… lists.  That’s what you’ll find here, the books that qualify for the 2021 New Release Challenge.  In one place, I can check this page weekly and go do what I need to be doing.  🙂  (pssst, I did it, just hope I did it right for the first 5 books)  Here we go:

  1. Homicide at Whiskey Gulch by Elle James
  2. What Happens at the Ranch… by Christy Jeffries
  3. The Marine Makes Amends by Victoria Pade
  4. Forever Summer by Melody Grace
  5. A Loaded Question by Danica Winters
  6. Rebuilding Her Life by Ruth Logan Herne
  7. Alaska Mountain Rescue by Elizabeth Heiter
  8. K-9 Cold Case by Elizabeth Heiter
  9. Back in the Texan’s Bed by Naima Simone
  10. At the Rancher’s Pleasure by Joss Wood
  11. Blue Collar Billionaire by Karen Booth
  12. The Fugitive by Nichole Severn
  13. The Secret That Can’t Be Hidden by Caitlin Crews
  14. The Witness by Nichole Severn
  15. Winning Mr. Charming by Heatherly Bell
  16. From Bridal Designer to Bride by Kandy Shepherd
  17. *The Rancher’s Summer Secret by Christine Rimmer
  18. *The Prosecutor by Nichole Severn
  19. *How to Win the Surgeon’s Heart by Tina Beckett
  20. *The Littlest Cowgirls by Melinda Curtis
  21. *The Suspect by Nichole Severn
  22. *Summer Stalker by Nicole Helm






Beat the Backlist 2021 – Novel Knight

I always am going back to older romance series (no matter who the publishing house is) and I especially do this when there is a new release in an older series that I hadn’t started in the first place!  Oh, my poor TBR when that happens, right?

Looking around for 2021 Reading Challenges that fit this blog, my reading style, and all the different criteria for the Challenges isn’t always easy but I think this one will fit here perfectly.  I have so many series on my Kindle that I desperately want to get caught up with and this would be a fun way to keep track of my progress.

If this sounds interesting to you then click on the graphic or the link above to go to the Beat the Backlist 2021 Reading Challenge announcement page and check it out for yourself. 🙂

I’m joining a bit late in the year (today is 4/18/2021)… and it’s tempting to list the books I’ve read so far this year but I don’t think that’s really fair so going forward I’ll list the books that met this challenge.













And, of course, Goodreads 2021 Challenge — and that can be seen over in the sidebar!







I think that’s enough for Happily Ever After Romance.  My biggest challenge is recording or linking reviews/reads of the books I choose for these Challenges.  That’s always my downfall.  Perhaps this year will be better – after all… 2020.  ‘nough said, am I right?