I’ve been reading at a little slower pace these days. I didn’t read at all while we were on vacation at the beginning of last month, and it has kind of been downhill from there. My head tends to be all over the place this time of year, so it can be hard to concentrate on a book. That said, what I have read has been pretty damn good so here’s my November 2018 reads and reviews roundup.
My Top Picks …
Tailspin by Sandra Brown
War veteran pilot and local doctor get tangled up in a race-against-time to save a life
This is one of my new top favorites from this author. It captured all the same feelings and vibes I got from Mean Streak (my all-time favorite). Everything is in this book – mystery, thrills, romance … The beginning was a little confusing until I figured out all the characters and kept everyone straight. From there, I couldn’t put it down.
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
frenemies-to-lovers chick-lit romance
New favorite chick-lit/romance author(s) alert! Can’t believe I waited this long to read a book by these two ladies. I’m a sucker for this type of romance, so I’m probably bias; however, this type of read was exactly what I needed at the time. It was fun and light-hearted – not overly sexy, which can get to be too much these days. I laughed for about five minutes when Carter dumped Glitter into Evie’s car vents. Genius.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
“perfect” married couple isn’t really perfect after all
I know I’m a year (or more) late to the game on this one, but it was great. My grandma actually was the one that recommended this, and I figured I’d like it since I enjoyed Bring Me Back so much! Sucked me in after the first few pages, and I couldn’t put it down. It was kind of easy to figure out what was going to happen, but I was still holding my breath for the last few chapters … might’ve even done a few air fist-pumps when everything resolved itself.
Enjoyable Enough …
The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
girl with troubled, tragic childhood finds solace working in a local bookshop
I picked this up on a whim at the library because, well, I liked the cover and title. The story was surprisingly complex! Loveday is one of the more complicated characters that I’ve gotten to know in a while, and I enjoyed learning all the facets of her life/childhood and why she is the way she is. This book is another reminder that sometimes family is found and chosen, rather than given.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
best friends-to-lovers romance
Again, this was super cute and I’m enjoying these authors to no-end. Some of this story was kind of all over the place – the fact that Josh and Hazel knew each other in college kept coming up, but I don’t feel like it played an integral part of their story – but I’ll try to take this for what it is. A super cute and really funny story of two friends that fall in love. Try not to smile while reading this one, I dare you.
Currently reading: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle