This will be the first time in a few years that I more than likely won’t meet my Goodreads reading goal, but hey – #2020. That said, I’m glad that what I read in November 2020 and in the first week of this month have been enjoyable and brought me much-needed moments of peace (and stress relief). Cheers to the last SUYB linkup for the year!
What I read in November 2020
DATE ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT by R.S. Grey
*ARC received from author.
My rating & review: 4-4.5 stars. For us OG fans of R.S. Grey, this was so reminiscent of her early books, and I enjoyed every minute of it. This book feels like a comeback somehow for our girl, and it reminded me why I fell in love with her books in the first place. The writing is sharp, the humor is witty, and the plot line is well-developed with two characters you almost instantly fall in love with. I sure did.
BEFORE THE CROWN by Flora Harding
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 3.5 stars. This read like an early episode of The Crown, so that alone made this an enjoyable read. As always with historical fiction, it was a fun game to pick apart the fact from fiction. It was, however, at several points very slow and dull. I kept hoping for a bit of intrigue or a juicy bit of gossip.
BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by Evie Dunmore
My rating & review: 4 stars. A modern take on regency romance? Sign. Me. Up! I adored this book. The characters, plot, banter, steamy scenes – it’s all there.
THE SWEETEST THING (Lucky Harbor #2) by Jill Shalvis
My rating & review: 3.5 stars. I had high hopes for this since I absolutely loved Simply Irresistible. Overall, it fell flat – Tara is an odd character that I’m not sure if I like or not? She’s hard to read. There wasn’t as much character development or background as I wanted – I felt like the previous book in the series went a little deeper as far as this genre goes. But, I still gave this 4 stars because Ford. Oh, sweet Ford. So swoony. I’m still enjoying this series, though and plan to continue!
THIS TIME NEXT YEAR by Sophie Cousens
My rating & review: 4 stars. If you loved One Day in December, this is the 2020-equivalent read for you! This was a delight. It was everything I expect from a book romcom/dramedy – two characters to root for the whole way through, low angst, and a good amount of character development/background. I also appreciated that Minnie and Quinn didn’t just fall into each other’s arms. Each of them had a respectable amount of shit they had to work through before they could even think about giving love to another person. Realistic and relatable. I think if you end the year reading any book, this should be it.
Currently reading: A Rogue of One’s Own (A League of Extraordinary Women #2) by Evie Dunmore