Last month kicked my ass. Ha! Just keeping it real, as always. 😉 It’s a miracle that I got any reading done, but low and behold here we are. With the exception of one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long while, there’s a lot of romance/light/fluffy reads in this roundup. So, if that’s not your thing go ahead and click on through to somewhere else. I won’t be offended! These quick reads were about all my brain could handle the last few weeks. Here’s what I read in August 2019.
P.S. Not that I think it really matters, but I was starting to confuse myself with headlining these posts with the current month even though I share what I read throughout the previous month. SO moving forward I’m going to keep things real-time/consistent with the month that things were read in by renaming this series to What I Read in (Month) + Reviews. I guess just keep that in mind if you’re going through the archives, but I still highly doubt anybody cares/notices.
Onto the books!
THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL by Jude Deveraux
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars; I’m always up for a Pride & Prejudice retelling, but this was a bit much. There’s A LOT of P&P going on … several mentions of Jane Austen, there’s a local P&P play being put on, AND there’s situations of the original novel playing out in real life. It became difficult to keep track of everything/everyone.
A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars; read this immediately, especially if you love time-period dramas/romances. I’ve been thinking about this book for weeks since I finished it. It was just SO good. Different, intriguing, beautifully well-written … I could go on and on. I found Lily’s and Nick’s romance to be both awe-inspiring and unconventional. It’s difficult to talk about without giving much away, but I’m glad they got their happy ending after the endless amount of shit that transpired between them and their inner-circle. I will say that the ending is completely and totally unrealistic, but at the same time it fit the “fairy tale ending” that as a reader you wanted.
LOVE AND OTHER WORDS by Christina Lauren
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars; yes if you enjoy second-chance romance with some heavy stuff thrown in. I’m not sure the prolonged suspense of Macy’s big “secret” was necessary – I had a gut feeling about it nearly halfway through the story, so it was a little anti-climactic. The friends-to-lovers progression of Macy’s and Elliott’s relationship also seemed off at times. Elliott is a pretty great nerdy hero, though.
THE HONEYMOONER by Melanie Summers
*Available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars; great for a brainless read, but it’s nowhere near as adorable as the Crown Jewels series. Passed the time just fine. Really nothing special, but it’s cute and fluffy and doesn’t require a lot of thought. I’ll give the other two books a go when I have time.
HOT ASSET by Lauren Layne
*Available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars; nothing new/special and very insta-lovey. Ian didn’t do a lot for me as the hero, but I thought Lara was a strong female lead. The chemistry and love between Ian and Lara was a tad forced in my opinion, but the epilogue is super cute.
ON THE CORNER OF LOVE AND HATE by Nina Bocci
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars; I love enemies-to-lovers romances, but I was bored. Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes; however, this one bordered the line between love and hate a little too much. I’m all for a slow burn, but Cooper’s and Emma’s strong disdain for each other left me scratching my head when their relationship finally did “heat up.” It was difficult to justify all that tension and general hate as repressed romantic feelings. There’s also A LOT of political talk/backstory/fluff that took away from the romance – it’s a big part of their lives, yes, but I found it boring on more than one occasion.
Bottom line …
It’s pretty obvious that A Hundred Summers is my don’t-miss pick for the month. Take or leave the others depending on what you’re in the mood for!
Currently reading: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
What’s on your reading list for the month?