Week in Review: 6.22-6.28

My week, in review. This is a short and sweet weekly update with ratings and blurb. If they are getting their own review, I’ll share it there!

FOUR Books this week…a little less than normal but still such a good week!

Physical Books

The Kingmaker and The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan – 4/5 I read my first Kennedy Ryan books and I truly enjoyed them. There was a lot of research that went into these books and I really appreciated that. These are pretty political and do lean left as an FYI (you wouldn’t think that off the bat). Looking forward to the next ones!

Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur – 4.25/5 Light on plot but high on swoon and just delightful. Brendon was the most perfect ginger hero and the Seattle setting was wonderful!

E-Books

ARCs
Thanks to @netgalley and @sourcebookscasa for providing this e-arc in exchange for my honest opinion.

What If You & Me by Roni Loren – 4/5 I read Yes & I Love You in March and it was a surprise pick that ended up being one of my favorites of 2021. If you haven’t already, pick it up! Needless to say, I was super excited to find out there would be a second, Andi’s story, released on July 6th (I pre-ordered it right away)! I 100% read this within 24 hours of getting the approval and genuinely enjoyed reading it.

See you next week!

Love,

A

Book Review: To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Contemporary Romance and Adult Fiction

Warnings: death of a parent (off page), mentions infertility (not main character)

Read if you liked: Tweet Cute or Love Lettering or You’ve Got Mail

Steam: 1/5

Thank you @netgalley and @gallerybooks for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. To Sir, with Love will be released on 6/29!

Review: Gracie Cooper strives to keep the peace in her family (classic middle child), so when her father dies, she sets aside her art school dreams to take over his champagne store. The store’s profit margins are squeezed tight despite best efforts and to add to it, corporation headed by handsome Sebastian Andrews has proposed a buyout…multiple times but Gracie can’t bear to sell her father’s legacy.

Overwhelmed and not wanting to disappoint her friends or family, Gracie seeks support from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app. Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they really can’t stand each other.

This book was presented at Love is Blind meets You’ve Got Mail and I was sold! This book was warm, light and perfect for a Sunday evening. I loved the New York setting + talk of champagne, really it was swoony and the ending was perfect! Really, just go read this book…it was a Hallmark movie in book format.

Things I loved: I love a good side character and they were all fantastic. Gracie slowly evolving and finding her way. Cannoli the cat! The cooking class scene was my jam. Sebastian…do we have a new book boyfriend? Yes, I think we do.

Things I didn’t care for: The family could have been a bit more supportive on first glance, but they rallied. I can’t tell how I feel about Gracie being very much into her fairytale…either it’s super cute or annoying. There was a lot of repeating of the fairytale (i.e. her perfect guy), which I could have down without. I’m a cynic, give me a break.

I hope you enjoy this light, bubbly romance!

Love,

A

Book Review: The Exception by Lauren H. Mae and Rosalie Rooks

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Contemporary Romance and Adult Fiction

Warnings: Mental Health, PTSD, alcohol abuse, depression

Read if you liked: The Friend Zone series or Bromance Book Club series

Steam: 3/5

Thank you to the Authors for providing this ARC for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

I’ve really enjoyed the whole Summer Night series, I read them all in a weekend and would love to insert myself into the friend group. I genuinely enjoy the cast of characters that have been created.

Things I loved: Slow burn romance, frenemies to lovers. Trav was a Army veteran and really had a heart for mental health while adjusting to living in the civilian world. They had the most adorable day dare around DC that I would love to go to. The camping trip sounded like so much fun! Trav’s step-mother. I loved the dialogue/banter!

Things I didn’t care for: Trav’s father was such a jerk (which was the point). I wish we would have explored Sonya’s relationship with her dad some more.

Add the whole series to your TBR, the Catch and the Rules are currently on KU and the Exception comes out on June 30th!

Love,

A

Week in Review: 6.15-6.21

My week, in review. This is a short and sweet weekly update with ratings and blurb. If they are getting their own review, I’ll share it there!

EIGHT Books this week (more like 7.75)…three physical, one audio, four e-books and two of those ARCs. I have so many good books in my TBR it’s a little overwhelming but also so excited to read them all!

Physical Books

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler – 4/5 Review went up yesterday, I really enjoyed this one!

Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam – 3/5 I finished this one last night, I’m kinda mixed about this one and not sure if I’ll be writing a review… A little too much misogyny with a side of male guilt and I have to save everyone complex.

The Guncle by Steven Rowley – 4.5/5 This is why I’m a 7.75 this week because I’m only 75% finished…but gah, I love this book so much. It’s delightful and funny and overall warms my heart.

E-Books

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Series 1) by Christina Lauren – 4/5 Married in Vegas to a stranger then you move to Paris to stay married to said stranger for an epic love affair. I really enjoyed it, much steamier than their standalones, be fair warned!

Mr. Masters by T.L. Swan – 4/5 If you saw my stories, I was influenced to read this one by my friend Liz @nachoaveragebooklover . Follow her if you want great romance recs! I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would, it’s a series I’m now adding to my TBR.

ARCs
Thanks to @netgalley and respective publishers (@atriabooks and @avonbooks ) for providing these e-arcs in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun – 5/5 This book is amazing and you can see my full gushing a few posts ago! Full review closer to pub date (9/7).

Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday – 4/5 Please enjoy a literal Hallmark movie in book format with some steam. Full review closer to pub date (10/26).

Audio

Open Book by Jessica Simpson – 5/5 I feel weird rating someone’s life story but this really was excellent on audio. I didn’t know much about Jessica Simpson and I now have a greater appreciation for her career and life.

See you next week!

Love,

A

Book Review: Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult Romance

Read if you liked: Meet Cute or You Have A Match

Steam: Minimal descriptions, implied but off page

Summary: Via Goodreads

Soooo I don’t normally read YA, here is my reason….the internal monologue of a teenager is a lot to handle when you’re not a teenager. Oh the angst. But I really LOVED this book, for a good number of reasons. The representation, the dual storyline, the location, the friend groups…Adler really did a good job.

Because of the dual timeline (then and now) you really got to see Lara’s character development and her relationships with both Jasmine and Chase. I do wish I was able to hear what Jasmine was feeling but this book was about Lara and her journey.

Things I loved: Jewish rep! Outer Banks setting, I live in NC but have yet to go to OBX. The Bisexual representation, we don’t see this enough and I’m glad we are seeing it more. Supportive friend groups and family. Lara was writing a romance novel and all the book talk 😍

Things I didn’t care for: Shannon but really she was a teenage girl so she did it perfectly.

I would totally add this to your summer TBR if you haven’t already.

Love,

A

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Warnings: All the warnings: (domestic violence, dubious sexual consent, adultery, drunk driving, period typical homophobia, depression, mentions of suicide, adultery, blackmail, abortion, and drug and alcohol abuse.)

Read if you liked: A really good book.

Steam: N/A

Summary: Via Goodreads

Well, I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this book on here…and it’s going to be a really short review.

READ. THIS. BOOK.

But seriously, I avoided this book for awhile because people kept telling me it was so good. I was worried the hype would let me down. Update: It didn’t. It started my ongoing love affair with TJR books.

This book isn’t want you are expecting while also being exactly that. I left reading this book so satisfied and really wouldn’t change a thing!

If you haven’t read it yet, what’s the hold up? I convinced my IRL bookclub to read it for August and I’m so excited!

Love,

A

Summer Beach Reads: Where do I start?

How many books is too many books to take to the pool/beach? Asking for a friend. It’s that time of year again and the world is beginning to open up which means Vacation! Beach! and Pools! Oh my!

But we have a lot of options out there, so here are some I’m suggesting right now!


💚 Beach Read – 3.5/5
💙 Island Affair – 3/5
💚 Shipped – 4/5
💙 Meet Me In Paradise – 4/5
💚 Float Plan – 5/5
💙 The Unhoneymooners – 4/5
💚 People We Meet on Vacation – 4.5/5
💙 Fight or Flight – 4/5
💚 Last Summer at the Golden Hotel – 4/5

Can’t wait to see what new “beach reads” come out this summer…I already have a handful of ARCs I think will be fantastic.

See you later,

A

Week in Review: 6.8-6.14

My week, in review. This is a short and sweet weekly update with ratings and blurb. If they are getting their own review, I’ll share it there!

SEVEN Books this week…three physical, four e-books and three of those ARCs. I’m pretty overwhelmed with ARCs right now, no one let me on Netgalley to get trigger happy but also so excited to read the ones I have!

Physical Books

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4.25/5 TJR did it again, full review up yesterday!

What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins – DNF This book really was well written. I know a lot of people enjoyed it but after 250 pages of it I wasn’t having it anymore, it wasn’t for me. A little too much tragedy and mystery for my Sunday afternoon.

The Rules (Summer Nights, 2) by Lauren H. Mae – 4/5 Frenemies to lovers story, I also loved catching up with the book 1 characters. Available on KU as well!

E-Books

The Catch (Summer Nights, 1) by Lauren H. Mae – 4/5 Vacation romance turned real romance. Tbh, I loved this one even more because for once in romance the women messed up and not the man.

ARCs

The Exception (Summer Nights, 3) by Lauren H. Mae and Rosalie Rooks – 4/5 The Authors provided this ARC for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Can’t wait to talk about this one, I really enjoyed the whole series and can wait to review them all.

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker – 3.75/5 Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books for this ARC. I really enjoyed this one, slow in the beginning but a great finish! Review coming closer to publishing date, 8/17.

On the Edge by Claire Gillies – 2.75/5 The Author provided this ARC for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Unfortunately this was a miss for me, my full review is on Goodreads.

I’m about read the ARC for the Charm Offensive and I’m so excited! What are you reading this week?

See you next week!

Love,

A

Book Review: Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey

Rating: 3.5/5

Genre: Contemporary Romance and Adult Fiction

Warnings: Alcoholism

Read if you liked: You Had Me at Hola and Twice in a Blue Moon

Steam: Implied, closed door

Review:  Recently, unemployed actress Sloane Ford is in need of a new job after being killed off her long-term TV show. Her famous acting family convinces her to work as a producer on their new family project, a period romance that stars none other than her former co-star aka the guy that nearly made her leave acting, Joseph Donovan. When the lead actress is suddenly fired, Sloane agrees to step in and take the role opposite Joseph. He promises he is a new man but has he really changed? Sloane and Joseph seem to share electric chemistry on and off camera…Is it real? Or is it all for show?

I love a book set on a show or movie, it adds something unique to the dynamic. Love Scenes was much more of family drama than a love story. The nepotism of an old Hollywood family was really there, quirks and all. I wish there was more of connection between Sloane and Joe, it felt like forced proximity and then they were in love. I missed the part were they actually fell in love (maybe this is just me). Overall, it was a cute book to pass a few hours time while traveling!

Things I loved: I’m a fan of a family drama + this nicely represented a modern family (exes, half-siblings and sexual orientation). There was some good banter!

Things I didn’t care for: Little lackluster in the romance/chemistry department. I didn’t always appreciate how Sloane’s family treated her.

Love Scenes is released on June 22nd, 2021! Place a hold at your local library or get your pre-order now!

Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Romance for gifting this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

Love,

A

Book Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 4.25/5

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Warnings: death of a parent, absent parent, alcohol abuse, cheating

Read if you liked: Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Steam: N/A

Summary: Via Goodreads

Don’t mind me while I review this one by the pool, it’s officially summer in NC. Malibu Rising was one of my most anticipated novels of 2021 and it was fantastic. If Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & the Six had a baby, it would be this book.

Things I loved: TJR really set the scene with this book and it was one hell of a party to be at. I felt like I was in Malibu and now I kind of want to run off to California. I enjoyed the dual timeline. The character development was really good for Nina and June. At the end of this, it was Nina’s story mixed with her parents, your heart broke with Nina. Hearing all the references to former books. The sandwich!!! Can I eat that?

Things I didn’t care for: I did not need POV from party goers, wish I had more out of siblings. Mick Riva wins award for worst father in the world.

I posted a full TJR ranking on the bookstagram…just waiting to write full reviews of Daisy and Evelyn before making it a blog post here!

Love,

A