It’s hard to believe that summer reading is nearly at an end! As I seem to always say, where did the time go? While there’s always a never-ending TBR list, I’m actually pretty happy with the amount of books I’ve managed to read and enjoy the last few months. This month is no exception! Four stars across the board. So, here we go with August 2019 reads and reviews.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT by Samantha Young
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars; if you enjoy enemies-to-lovers romance, yes! This was really cute. Especially since Ava and Caleb both had backgrounds of substance. It wasn’t just all fluff. I admit that I kind of missed the initial chemistry between them – their first hookup seemed out of place, but they grew on me as the story progressed! Caleb pissed me off on numerous occasions, and I was taken aback that there never really was an apology about anything/his behavior … but I guess we’re just supposed to accept him for who he is and move on? I’m totally fine with that given the book’s sub-genre, but I can see why other readers/reviewers had trouble getting past that.
NATURALLY TAN by Tan France
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars; absolutely, especially if you’re a fan of the Fab 5! I’m a huge fan of Queer Eye, and Tan always has been my #1. I was thrilled to pick this up because besides what I’ve seen on the show, I never knew much about him! This is a fun, honest look at his past, how he came to be on the show, and where he’s at now. Is Tan the best writer? Not at all – he likes to repeat himself a lot … BUT, as the reader I felt like I was having a conversation with him. The writing and language was exactly what you’d expect from him, and that made it super enjoyable.
THE IDEA OF YOU by Robinne Lee
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars; mixed feelings, but overall passed the time well. Did you know that Taylor Jenkins-Reid sends out a monthly newsletter with her current favorites in various categories? Any book she recommends you can guarantee that I’m adding to my list, and this was one of them! I go back and forth about how I feel about it. I wavered between ratings, ultimately rounding up because the story gutted me. Was heartbroken for everyone involved. Even though I knew that there was no way that the relationship between Solene and Hayes could sustain itself long-term, in some twisted way I also was rooting for them. This type of romance isn’t typically my thing, but I do think given the scenario it works. As a reader, you’re swept up in some parts as much as Solene and Hayes are. The reality of the situation and how things ultimately “have” to end are what keeps it grounded.
THAT’S WHAT FRENEMIES ARE FOR by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell
*ARC received from NetGalley. Out now!
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars; a really fun read! Full of sass, snark and cut-throat wit. I laughed a lot and cringed even more – I mean, do privileged women really act like this?! Yikes … yet, sign me up for more because it makes for great entertainment. It’s a cautionary lesson on who to trust and that social media/opinions of others aren’t everything in life. Fans of When Life Gives You Lululemons will love this one!
TOUGH CUSTOMER by Sandra Brown
*Available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars; not my favorite from this author, but the twisty suspense kept me interested. The back and forth between present/past helped break up the story and give a few of the characters some more context. I had the plot figured out pretty quick, but it didn’t take anything away from the story. If you like a good mix of suspense/thriller and romance-y stuff you’ll enjoy this as an easy read.
Bottom line …
You can’t go wrong with any of these books! Just depends on what you’re in the mood for. If forced to pick, I least recommend The Idea of You.
Currently reading: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
What’s on your reading list for the month?