Time for the first reading roundup of 2019 already? Sign me up! Let’s jump right into my January 2019 reads and reviews.
My Top Picks …
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
couple falls in love before knowing their respective tragic pasts are connected
I wish I could think of what other book this one reminds me of. That aside, I loved this book. This is a beautiful, complex love story. I appreciated the depth of Sarah’s and Eddie’s respective struggles and demons. I may have even shed a tear toward the end. The writing is clever in that I really didn’t start piecing everything together until the end of Part 1/beginning of Part II. The cliffhangers/twists (even when you think you’ve figured it out and know what’s going on) kept me hooked.
The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
fake relationship-to-real relationship romance
Okay, I remember reading a Blakely book a while back (no idea which one, it was that forgettable), so my expectations were blown out of the water with this one. It’s adorable AF – the perfect combination of sweet/sexy/insta-love/slow burn. The characters are surprisingly developed for this type of book, so it’s not necessarily just all fluff and brainless reading. And, I laughed quite a bit throughout. If you dig a romance every now and then, go pick this one up!
Enjoyable Enough …
All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson
girl and older man navigate a dangerous relationship between them and others
If someone asked me to sum up this book in two words, I’d say unsettling and disturbing. And, I loved every second of it. This is my second Swanson book, and he’s quickly becoming a go-to for thriller/suspense-type books. This one put me out of my comfort zone a little given the relationship between Alice and Jake, but I enjoyed all the twists, turns and intrigue that that relationship brought to the plot line.
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
famous author takes a vacation and finds love
Okay, this was ridiculously adorable. The perfect amount of fluff/sexy with some decent character background and depth. Colbie and Spence were the cutest and my favorite couple from this series (so far). You can still read this book/series post-holiday season. The Christmas stuff isn’t really in-your-face obvious.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
fate takes an unexpected turn for two strangers
If Love Actually and Something Borrowed had a book baby, this would be it! With a little bit of Bridget Jones humor thrown in, too. I’m very into fate/everything happens for a reason/all that hippy dippy stuff, so this book was right up my alley. Laurie and Jack’s relationship was pretty realistic, in my opinion. I liked their character development and how we got to follow along with them both finally choosing to grow up. Some parts did drag and become fairly predictable, but I enjoyed almost every minute. The ending is so cute and Hollywood-esque. All the feels. It’s a great winter read.
Currently reading: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
What books have you read lately?