Wednesday, August 25, 2021

People We Meet On Vacation πŸ– ☀️ by Emily Henry

People We Meet on VacationPeople We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emily Henry has once again managed to create a sweet, gorgeous, and fun novel about people falling in love. This time around, though it was especially special, meaning it was so full of complex emotions and feelings that neither Poppy, Alex or myself could pinpoint exactly when everything changed.

For the longest time I have been a fan of stories about former friends realizing they actually love each other as more-than-friends, so you can imagine how thrilling it was for me to get to participate in the deliciously slow-burn relationship.

Poppy and Alex shouldn’t like each other. They are too different. The only sensible thing would be for a platonic friendship to blossom. Problem is, this long friendship is born where they become just the person each of them can truly be themselves, these naked versions of themselves.

It was so nail-biting, painfully-glorious to watch these two lovely, fun, caring people wake up to the reality of their true feelings. And while yes, you might have already realized where this is going, I assure you, the ride is one-hundred percent worth it.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

One Night Only by Catherine Walsh

One Night OnlyOne Night Only by Catherine Walsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It has been ages since I’ve gotten so hooked on a story, on a pair of characters (or I guess in a whole group of characters) that I actually fly through the book like a hungry miss pac-man. One Night Only brought some fresh fun and romance to my life this weekend and it deserves its corresponding good review.

Sarah is a commitmentphobe who is living her worst nightmare, her one-night stand turns out to be Declan, the brother of her best friend’s fiancΓ©. That puts both of them into all kinds of awkward and hilarious situations they can’t escape.

Now of course this had the potential to be wonderfully messy, but both Sarah and Declan are so funny and wonderful that I just wanted them to turn out to be perfect for each other. So I spent a few hours completely engrossed in what was one of the most fun books I’ve read in a while. I am so totally reading whatever Catherine Walsh puts out next. Until then catch me wearing my copy of One Night Only down to the bone.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Last Chance Books πŸ“š by Kelsey Rodkey

Last Chance BooksLast Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I perfectly liked some aspects of Last Chance Books, the things that were troublesome for me unfortunately added up for an inclination toward the “didn’t-care-much-about-it” territory. And that’s actually sad, since I enjoyed the author’s writing and some parts were actually laugh out loud funny, but I don’t know, I expected more I guess.

Starting with our main characters, both Madeline and Jasper were a little too all-over-the-place for my liking. Like I couldn’t figure out their personalities up until the point in the book where I was no longer invested in their story. While I understand they are teenagers (believe me, I understand, I was one too) and are entitled to be selfish and moody, there has got to be a balance between the good and the bad. I can’t invest myself much when I have a hard time liking the people I am reading about.

But removing the fact that pretty much every character felt underdeveloped to me, I really think there is an undeniable talent in there, and I am really up for more from the author in the future.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon πŸŽ™ πŸ‘§ πŸ‘¦

The Ex TalkThe Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not only am I a sucker for enemies turned lovers stories, this book also has something that always manages to grab my attention and make me laugh out loud: coworkers. And not only that! It is about radio cohosts!! Like, when was the last time you read a book about radio cohosts? Is radio still a thing anyway? to anyone else but me and my grandparents?

Honestly, despite that a big chunk of this book concentrates on making a public radio show, it still feels so current to me. And not only because I am a solid 28-year old millennial. But it’s not only because of my age that I could relate to our main characters Shay and Dominic, so much about them spoke to me on a spiritual level. All the melancholy about figuring out one’s adult life, the loneliness that comes with growing up, the feeling of being stuck in work limbo. I just felt understood. And that’s what made most of the book for me.

But it wasn’t just that. This was a romance after all, and a good one at that. There was great chemistry between Shay and Dom. I found myself constantly chuckling at their banter, I would totally listen to their podcast.

And don’t even get me started on that final time they were inside the recording booth together *swoon*. Over and out.

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