The last roundup of books for 2018! I can hardly believe it. I’m trying to finish out the year strong with reading, but like I mentioned last month I’ve slowed down a little bit. Blame it on the holidays, a sudden lack in my attention span, and Hallmark movies. Such is life, right? Anyway, here’s my short and sweet December 2018 reads and reviews.
My Top Picks …
Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey – (Kindle Unlimited) – thanks to the author for providing an ARC!
enemies-to-lovers workplace romance
I saw someone describe this book in three words: broody, hot, doctor. That pretty much sums it up! I haven’t loved/enjoyed a book this much from R.S. Grey since Anything You Can Do. Bailey and Matt had me hooked from the start. Their story was fun, cute, romantic, sexy – everything you’d expect from Grey. And, the angst/one liners/sarcastic comments/pop culture references were pure gold. I laughed and smiled the whole way through.
Enjoyable Enough …
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
girl celebrates birthday with five people – dead and alive – at dinner
Ehhh. I had higher hopes for this since I saw everyone and their mom reading it, but I was kind of left wanting more. Sure, the concept is great. Who hasn’t asked the age-old question, “if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?” So I enjoyed reading someone’s own fictional take on that. Otherwise, I thought Sabrina was kind of a whiny brat and needed to get her shit together.
The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
There’s really not a whole lot to say here other than this is a cutesy romance that takes place during the holiday season. I love that Willa owns a pet shop, and who can resist a guy named Keane? I mean really. This is my first time reading a Jill Shalvis book, and I’ll definitely be picking up a few more!
Just Okay …
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
British couple lives with German family post-WWII
I rode the struggle train to keep myself awake enough to finish this one. Talk about a snooze-fest. So disappointing because the movie adaptation coming out next year looks SO good, but I can already tell that the movie is going to be pretty different from the book. I think where this one lost me is that I wanted more focus on the adults and the developing love triangle/forbidden affair. The story lines with the children didn’t hold my attention and seemed more like filler than substance.
Currently reading: All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson