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Beach Read Review

Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Type: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 361
Rating: 5/5

Oh what a cute, quick and fun read this was! I loved all the characters in this book so much. January Andrews is a writer of romance and happily ever after endings. Augustus ‘Gus’ Everett is a write of literary fiction. The only thing they have in common is that they are both suffering from writer’s block. Oh and they happen to be living next door to each other for the next three months. They strike a bet. During those three months, Gus will write a rom-com book and January will write the novel of a lifetime. They spend weekends doing research trips together. The research will help them on their novels. Whoever writes and sells their book first, wins. The only rule they have, do not fall in love.

This book was fun, sexy, and so cute! I couldn’t put it down and found myself wishing I could continue to follow these characters and their life after I finished. I loved how these characters brought out the best qualities in each other. I loved that the author took time to develop the romance. The building of the relationship is my favorite part of any romance. I have nothing but good to say about this book! It’s perfect for summer!

Category Archives: Romance

Well Met Review

Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Type: Romance, Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 336
Rating: 4/5

What a fun read this was! Emily moves to the town of Willow Creek to help out her sister, a single mom who was in a terrible car accident. April needs help taking care her daughter Caitlin for the summer. Emily drives Caitlin to sign up to be part of the Renaissance Faire. A six week fundraiser for the community. Emily is roped into volunteering and meets Simon, who runs the Faire and is a closed off dude who seems to hate her. Emily has planned to just stay for the summer but soon finds herself possibly looking to put down roots in the town of Willow Creek.

Theres so many good things about this book. Such a sweet story about someone finding themselves and moving though heartache. I found these characters to be super cute. I love that the romance was a slow build. There were so many times I was grinning from the cheesy cute relationship. I also laughed a lot. I loved the Renaissance aspect of this story too. I found it to be extremely detailed and felt like I was amongst the faire. I grew up with my mom working for a small business that sold items at Renaissance Festivals throughout the country. She made tiaras, princess hats and wands. It took me back to the times I’d help her out. Such a cute read! Highly recommend!

Category Archives: Romance

Red, White & Royal Blue Review

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Type: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult, Male/Male Romance
Pages: 421
Rating: 4/5

Alex, son of the first female President of the United States and Henry, a Prince in England have always seemed to be enemies. Then a situation happens between them and both England and the US need to do damage control. Henry and Alex must pretend to be friends for the press but the more the act like friends the more their relationship blossoms. Theres silly banter, there’s flirting, both are crushing each other hard and then they fall in love. They feel they must hid their relationship for fear of disrupting their countries. I loved how Henry and Alex’s relationship progressed throughout the book. It wasn’t an “instant love” or “instant lust” type of situation. It was cute, funny and sweet. One of my favorite parts of the story was how Alex and Henry brought out the best in each other and how they were there for each other during difficult times. The development of both of these characters and their relationship was amazing! I don’t want to share to much more but I’m definitely happy I read this. The only thing that bothered me was that the chapters were kind of long. Not a deal breaker but I found it hard at times to pick up and read it because I knew I didn’t have enough time to read 30 pages and I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter and try to avoid that at all costs.

Category Archives: Romance

The Boyfriend Project Review

Title: The Boyfriend Project
Author: Farrah Rochon
Type: Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit
Pages: 268
Rating: 3/5

I want to start with what I liked about this novel. I liked that there were some strong female characters. I liked that this book represented people of color. The story was easy to follow and could easily be adapted into a film.

All that being said, I feel like thing story had so much potential and it fell short. The first few chapters started out strong for me but I was underwhelmed with the rest of the novel. There were so many good ideas in this novel but I feel like the author struggled to tie it all together. The big thing it lacked was the relationship building between Samiah and Daniel and it’s a romance book. They went from meeting when Daniel started working for the same company as Samiah to being in a relationship really quickly which didn’t fit her character at all. Samiah’s newly formed friendships with Taylor and London followed the same pattern. Theres the secret Daniel is hiding and Samiah working on an ap she’s been dreaming about for years. All great ideas but poor delivery on bringing it all together. I wish I could share more about the last few points but don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who would like to read it.

I struggled with what to rate this. I kept going between 2 and 3 stars. I decided to bump it to a 3 because the book did have potential and I feel like I am an early reviewer.

Category Archives: Romance

Ugly Love Review

Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Type: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: 2014
Pages: 337
Rating: 4/5

What is this book about?
When Tate and Miles meet for the first time there is instant sexual attraction but its not love at first sight and they don’t even consider each other friends. They realize it’s the perfect set up as long as Tate agrees to two of Miles rules. 1. Don’t ask about his past and 2. Don’t expect a future. Will Miles and Tate be able to handle it or will their love get ugly?

What did I think?
If theres one this I love about Colleen Hoover’s books its that she make me feel so much emotion with her writing. This story is told in two different viewpoints. Tate is in the present tense and Miles is told six years earlier and you slowly learn about Mile’s past. I adored this story and highly recommend it.

Category Archives: Romance

You Deserve Each Other Review

Title: You Deserve Each Other
Author: Sarah Hogle
Type: Romance, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary
Publisher: GP Putnam’s Sons
Published: 2020
Pages: 368
Rating: 4/5

Thank you NetGalley and GP Putnam’s Sons for the advanced e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What is this book about?
Nicholas and Namoi are enemies who also happened to be engaged. They loved each at some point. Now they are both wanting out of the wedding but don’t want to be the one to cancel it. As the countdown looms and their relationship begins to change. Will the wedding be called off or will they save their relationship?

What did I think?
I thought this was a cute fun read. I loved the characters and the storyline. The sarcastic comments within the story and the pranks the characters played on each other had me laughing out loud a few times. What I loved best about this book is that I felt like I was sitting in a movie theater watching it play out on the big screen. I highly recommend this cute romantic read!

Category Archives: Romance

Get a Life, Chloe Brown Review

Title: Get a Life Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Type: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Avon
Published: 2019
Pages: 373
Rating: 3/5

What is this book about?
Chloe has a list and a plan of things she wants to accomplish in her life. Red is a handyman, by day, who fixes things at her apartment and an artist by night. At first the two despise each other but then Chloe asks Red to help her be more rebellious and knock a few things of her list in exchange for her helping him start a website for his artwork. As they begin to get to know each other a new relationship starts to form and they can’t seem to get enough of one another.

What did I think?
I appreciate that this book has a character with a disability, fibromylgia. We don’t see that often in books. I also appreciated an interracial romance. Another thing we don’t see in books very often. That being said, I didn’t really care for this book. I feel like the characters were underdeveloped which made it difficult for me to connect with them. I appreciated Red’s tenderness towards Chloe and how he both understood her disability and helped her manage it. The romance was cute and the story had a few funny parts but overall the plot was lacking for me a little. I keep going between 2 and 3 stars and I am trying to avoid half stars. So I guess I’ll round up.

Category Archives: Romance

It Sounded Better in my Head Review

Title: It Sounded Better in my Head
Author: Nina Kenwood
Romantic Comedy

This book comes out April 7, 2020. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.

What is the book about?
Natalie finds out her parents are getting a divorce and her best friends Lucy and Zach are dating. Natalie always thought she would end up with Zach and now feels like the third wheel but she is shy and awkward. Then an unexpected romance happens and changes everything.

What did I think?
I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars and ended up rating this a 5. For a debut novel this author did a fantastic job. This was laugh out loud funny at parts. I absolutely loved Natalie’s character. I felt like if I were to bring my 18 year old self into the future that I would be Natalie. Her inner dialogue is exactly what I would have sounded like at 18. It was neat to see her character change throughout the book as she gained confidence. I love “Rom Com” novels because it makes me feel like I am watching a chick flick movie.

Category Archives: Romance

A Sweet Mess Book Review

I want to thank NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book releases July 14th 2020.

Title: A Sweet Mess
Author: Jayci Lee
Type: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Griffin
Published: 2020
Pages: 320
Stars: 3/5

Disclaimer: This book comes out on July 14th, There is a lot of time between now and then. Some of the things I am going to bring up that I didn’t care for could be corrected by then.

What is this book about?
Aubrey Choi is a baker and owns her own bakery. Landon Kim is a famous food critic that has a blog and writes restaurant reviews for a famous magazine. Landon and Aubrey meet a bar and have a passionate one night stand but not before he randomly arrives at her bakery after being stranded with car trouble. He mistakenly buys a chocolate bundt cake for a 6 year old girl’s birthday. The problem is the little girl requested the cake be filled with peanut butter and gummy worms. Not knowing Aubrey is the owner of the bakery he write a negative review. Even after finding out how he came to eat the cake, Landon refuses to write a second review to correct his mistake. Instead, he comes up with a plan to save Aubrey’s bakery. It just involves spending 3 weeks in wine country with one another. Spending time with the man who had a hand in dismantling her business (and having a one night stand with) doesn’t sound like the best idea but it’s the only option she has. What is the plan to save her business and will it work? Can Landon and Aubrey work together or will their lust for one another get in the way?

What did I think?
I thought this was a quick and fast read. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. I enjoyed that it had strong female characters and that these characters were business owners and Korean American. I feel like we need more representation like this in books. I loved the talk about food and cakes. I can tell that the author really knows her stuff about food. There were parts that I found really funny and I felt like this mostly played out like a chick flick movie in my head. I didn’t love the transitions in this book. Certain parts jumped ahead a month or two leaving the reader wondering if they missed something. The author also switches between POV but there wasn’t any way for the reader to know it was happening. It would switch from Aubrey’s character to Landon in the next paragraph. I am hoping that when this book comes to a full print later this year that there will be some way to identify that this is happening. I didn’t love the plot twist and ending but it did end how must romantic novels do. Overall this is a pretty cute read. I look forward to more books by this author.

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