August 2019 Reads & Reviews

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.

August 2019 Reads & 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.

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?

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.

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  1. 8.14.19

    I’m going to have to note some of these for when I need a lighter read.

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      Absolutely, they’re all good for that!

  2. 8.14.19
    Dara said:

    I read Frenemies this month and it definitely made me cringe!

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      It was such a sassy read!

  3. 8.13.19

    Yeah, I’d read anything TJR recommends too. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Sandra Brown. She was my first “adult” book that I can remember at least. She felt so grown-up and risque at the time. But I really liked her romance/thriller combos. Should revisit her again.

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      Definitely! I find her reads so engrossing.

  4. 8.13.19
    Kristin said:

    It’s a great month when you can recommend ALL your books!

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      Absolutely, love when that happens!

  5. 8.13.19
    Gina said:

    Fight of Flight sounds fun! I’ll be needing a romance soon since I’ve been doing a lot of suspense lately. I’ve been a little hit/miss with Sandra Brown but if it’s on Kindle Unlimited it can’t hurt to check it out!

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      I had no idea it was on K.U. until after I read it! Definitely worth checking out if you’re killing time between other reads.

  6. 8.13.19
    Mackenzie said:

    I have heard Sandra Brown is a really great author but I admit, I haven’t read any of her books before 🙂

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      If you’re interested, start with Mean Streak – it’s my favorite of hers!

  7. 8.13.19
    SMD said:

    I wonder if there are more Dodge Hanley books by Sandra Brown? By the end of Tough Customer, I liked him.

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      I wonder! I totally agree since we were left hanging at the end.

  8. 8.13.19
    kristen said:

    i loved fight or flight, but would have loved it even more if there was an apology/he realised what a jerk he was. i started the idea of you, i’m only on the second chapter and it’s really not grabbing me… i’m going to keep going because i’ve heard such amazing things but something about it is making me feel.. meh. i don’t know. i did not know that TJR shares recommendations, i’ll have to sign up for her newsletter. i’ve not heard of that sandra brown one, will add it to my list.

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on The Idea of You … I went back and forth on it so much. Overall, I felt pretty “meh” about it, but I can understand why so many people like it. TJR’s monthly newsletter is great!

  9. 8.13.19
    Kay R.D. said:

    They all sound like good reads. I like the sound of the frenemies one. Glad you had a good reading month.

  10. 8.12.19
    Biana said:

    Who doesn’t love the enemies to lovers story line! Adding that to my TBR list! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

    • 8.16.19
      Karly said:

      I think you’ll enjoy it!

  11. 8.12.19
    Kasey said:

    I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about The Idea of You, but I love a good reading month where everything gets a positive review!

    • 8.12.19
      Karly said:

      It was definitely a good month for positive reviews across the board! The Idea of You can be really hit/miss depending on the reader … I had a lot of mixed feelings about it, but overall it was still a good read.

  12. 8.12.19
    Pamela said:

    I always love your book reviews. We seem to be on the same page (ha) with what we like. I pick up at least one you recommend each month! Keep them coming. Thank you!

    • 8.12.19
      Karly said:

      Awe, this totally made my day! So glad that you enjoy these posts because they’re my favorite to put together every month. 🙂 Happy reading!

  13. 8.12.19
    Kasey said:

    Wow! What a great reading month! I’ve heard great things about The Idea of You.

    • 8.12.19
      Karly said:

      It was a good book month! Still on the fence about The Idea of You, but it’s worth checking out!

  14. 8.12.19
    Debbie said:

    As always, I enjoy hearing about what you’re reading. Nice to wake up to a cute picture of Finn, too!

    • 8.12.19
      Karly said:

      Thank you! He’s always a good model for me, haha!