Happy weekend, book lovers!
Anyone else want to spend the entire weekend watching and re-watching To All the Boys & PS I Still Love You?
Anyway, that was entirely unrelated to this post.
I thought I’d share some mini reviews with you today. These are books that I’ve read within the last few months – all of which just happen to be rated 4 stars.
Misadventures on a Night Shift by Lauren Rowe
My favorite Lauren Rowe book is another book that she wrote for the Misadventures series called Misadventures of a College Girl. So when I saw that she wrote another book for it, I was really excited to read it. I didn’t even read the synopsis, I just went in blind. Which is typically what I do for her books in any case, because I’ll read anything she writes.
This book gave me everything I expect from Lauren Rowe: Great banter, steamy chemistry, laughs, but it didn’t quite reach epic levels like some of her books do. While she is the queen of instalove – one of the only authors who can pull it off, in my opinion – I wasn’t quite feeling it in this one.
If you like rockstar romances, though, this is a really great take on one involving a rockstar who is staying at the same hotel his romantic interest works at.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
In my attempt to read more thrillers (and also my botched attempt at reading all the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards winners) I picked this book up. I’ve heard a lot about it on Booktube and in the Book Blogosphere as well.
I should preface this by saying, I very rarely read thrillers and mysteries, so it doesn’t take much to shock me or throw me off. I’m not privy to the “typical” devices these types of novels have because I simply don’t read many, so despite being pretty bored through the majority of this book, when the twist hit, it hit me hard.
I did not see the big reveal coming and it took this book from a 2-3 star rating to a 4 star rating.
Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan
Kendall Ryan is a romance author whose backlist I am determined to get through for many reasons. She is beloved in the romance community – and for good reason. When I saw that this book was available on Audible Escape and I read the synopsis, I knew I had to pick it up.
It’s a hockey romance, second chance romance, brother’s friend romance, forbidden romance… all the great tropes rolled into one.
While this didn’t quite compare to some of the other hockey romances I’ve read and loved (Pucked, Him/Us Duet) it still is up there on the list.
Special Delivery by Lauren Blakely
This was an audiobook that I listened to around Christmastime. It was short and sweet, and I knew it would be refreshing because that’s what Lauren Blakely books are to me. They’re a nice palette cleanser.
This book started off so strong. The chemistry and banter between the two main characters (both of whom have sworn off relationships of any sort) was so on point. I was immediately shipping them.
I don’t typically like Christmasy books, but I was really enjoying this one. Until the end. To be fair, I should’ve known that this was going to be a trope that I don’t like simply by the title, but somehow it went completely over my head.
The Virgin Gift by Lauren Blakely
This is another book I probably shouldn’t have picked up because I’m not a fan of the virginal heroine. I get easily annoyed by a goody-two-shoes heroine, however, the premise of this one sounded intriguing and it was on Audible Escape and super short, so I dove in.
And I was pleasantly surprised!
The story involves neighbors who have had a platonic relationship up until the hero discovers the heroine’s sexy to do list/wishlist and the thought of some douchebag doing these things with her – taking her virginity – worries him, so he offers. I ADORED the concept.
And the virginal heroine was tolerable mostly because she wasn’t the picture of pure innocence, I mean, she made the list afterall. If anything she was empowered by her sexuality, even though she’d never actually done any of the things she listed. I really, really appreciated that.