There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all the reading I’m hoping to get to by the end of summer! Nonetheless, some really cute books have come my way lately that have made reading ridiculously enjoyable. All of these move pretty quick, too so they’re great options to enjoy out on the deck, by the pool, or for a day at the beach! So let’s get into July 2019 reads and reviews.
ONE AND ONLY by Jenny Holiday
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, yes! This was cute AF. All the feels and basically everything I ever want in a romance – funny, cute, sweet, sexy (not over-the-top, but there are a few adult scenes), an actual story/plotline and character development with substance … I couldn’t put it down.
COLDHEARTED BOSS by R.S. Grey
*ARC received from author. Available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, yes! It’s more obvious than ever that enemies-to-lovers/workplace romances are where Grey shines. She just gets the complications, the tension and the swoon-worthy chemistry that goes along with those dynamics. My favorite aspect of this book besides the obvious romance was just how funny it was! Grey’s humor and pop culture references were on point. We’re also blessed with a really cute epilogue. This had a similar vibe to Arrogant Devil, so if you were a fan of that then I think you’ll love this!
EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes
*ARC received from NetGalley. Out now!
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, yes! There were many elements of this story that I enjoyed. It’s about friendship, loss, starting over, asking for help, mental health, romance … How all these things intertwined together made this book something special. Reading and following Evvie’s emotional growth throughout was so interesting. I definitely did a little victory fist bump for her character when she finally allowed herself to recognize and put her own needs before others’. I’m also glad that the author didn’t wrap everything up in a perfect package at the end – it was still acknowledged that Evvie, as well as her friendships and still-budding relationship with Dean, needed time to continue to work and better herself. It was all very mature and grownup, which was relatable, realistic and refreshing.
THE CACTUS by Sarah Haywood
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars, it’s okay. Pretty forgettable overall. I didn’t get into the story until about 50% in, and even after that I found myself drifting off to other thoughts while reading. Susan is not likeable whatsoever, even toward the end when she starts to lighten up. I felt like her “epiphany” was a little too late, especially toward the people in her life that actually gave a shit about her.
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars, HELL YEAH! This was ADORABLE. I enjoyed every minute, and I’m glad I was able to sneak it in at the end of June in celebration of pride month. Alex and Henry are easy to get hooked on – I kinda wish this whole thing would happen in real life. Ha! But, I also loved their support system – June, Nora, Bea, Pez, etc. All of them as a unit was the ultimate literary friendship! I felt like I knew each of them and what they brought to the table. It also warmed my heart how everyone always supported Henry and Alex, stood by them through thick and thin. A true testament that those close to us sometimes – and often so! – know us better than we know ourselves. Realistic? Nope. Ridiculously idealistic? Absolutely. I wish real-life society and culture was this open-minded and loving.
BET ME TO STAY by Candace Havens
*ARC received from NetGalley. Out now, and available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars, it’s okay. I wanted to like this more than I did. The characters and story are there – it has great potential! Unfortunately, it was just too rushed and too short. There was so much in the story line that could’ve been built/elaborated on to make a longer book. Instead, this book was really nothing more than a quickie romance. It’s too bad since I wanted to feel more connected to the characters, particularly Cassie and the relationship she has with her family.
Bottom line …
Don’t miss Red, White & Royal Blue! One and Only and Evvie Drake Starts Over make for perfect summertime romance and chick-lit reads.
Currently reading: Naturally Tan by Tan France and A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson
What’s on your reading list for the month?