The first couple months of the year were a slow start to reading for me, so I’m glad to finally be back in my normal groove. With everything going on, getting lost in a story is still my favorite way to cope and escape for a little while! Let’s discuss what I read in February and March and if you should, too.
Couldn’t Put ‘Em Down …
The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery
This was the perfect modern-take on Beauty & the Beast. Cute, sexy and romantic with the right amount of drama/sob story. I seriously loved it and devoured it in one night. Even better that proceeds from the book went to a charity to help disabled veterans (all books from this fairy tale give back to some charity, so that’s awesome!). Katy Regnery has been one of my favorites since Breaking Up With Barrett, so now I’m diving into her whole fairy tale series. Is the book/writing perfect? Absolutely not, but who cares.
White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey
A WWII story with a strong female lead? Yep, I’m sold. This one started a little slow – there’s a lot of background and detail to absorb – but I couldn’t force myself to put it down for the last 100 pages or so. I cried a little at the end, and that hasn’t happened in a long time with a book. Highly recommend.
Enjoyable Enough …
A Little Too Late by Staci Hart
This isn’t technically part of the Jane Austen adaptation series, but it follows Charlie from A Thousand Letters. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the others I’ve read so far, but it was still good enough – plenty of character development and not total romance fluff.
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
I liked this 1000x more than The Wall of Winnipeg and Me – probably because I enjoy ice skating and read this when the Olympics were on, so I was in that sport mindset. My only issue? Even though this is considered a “slow burn,” I never really got the feeling that the two main people were in love until they finally hooked up at the end. I mean sure, there were signs here and there, but it still kind of came out of nowhere (to me).
After Nightfall by A.J. Banner (thanks, NetGalley!)
This is a solid suspense novel if that’s what you’re into! It was a little wordy at times that I felt kind of took away from the actual plot that was unfolding, but it kept me guessing until the end.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Eh, what’s with the hype with this book? Don’t really get it. It’s a decent read, but it was so slow and took forever to get into what actually was happening. All the back and forth about her love of old movies, etc. got old pretty fast. The end was still creepy as hell, but I wasn’t blown away.
Not For Me …
By the Book by Julia Sonneborn (thanks, NetGalley!)
This is probably the worst Persuasion adaptation that I’ve read. It’s a shame really because the story had potential, but the author just never got there. The writing was a jumbled mess, and this took me way longer to read than it should’ve because I kept falling asleep.
This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
No. NO NO NO. Unless you want to read a book about a couple that fights and then has sex every other page, don’t bother.
One Call Away by Emily Goodwin
I found this on Kindle Unlimited (best birthday gift ever), and while it’s not a total lost cause it just didn’t do much for me. I think I read this right after The Vixen and the Vet, so basically nothing was living up to that new set of expectations.
Currently reading: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid