March book reviews – let’s do this! It was a decent reading month for me with a good mix of stories and characters that kept me interested and engaged.
ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN (The Brown Sisters #3) by Talia Hibbert | *ARC received from NetGalley
My rating and review: 3.5 stars. I get the impression that Talia Hibbert struggled with how to wrap up this series and give the youngest Brown sister as great a book as the first two. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it – I did! There were several laugh-out-loud moments, relatable characters (flaws and all), and obviously, Jacob Wayne. But … like Eve’s character, the writing/story/plot was all over the place. At times chaos. There was either too much or too little going on. The development and substance that I adored in the first two books was sorely lacking in this one. The author could’ve pushed further – particularly on the topics of abandonment, perceptions of failure, autism, etc. Filling those gaps would’ve provided a more well-rounded contemporary romance on par with the first two books.
EVER AFTER ALWAYS (Bergman Brothers #3) by Chloe Liese
My rating and review: 4.5 stars. Aiden and Freya. Sigh. I’m still torn if this is my favorite of the series. I definitely loved it just as much as the first two, if not slightly more. I admit that certain parts in the book hit me HARD. Like literally slayed me. It was so relatable and realistic, and I appreciate that the author shed a light on marriage topics that are not often discussed. This is hands-down one of the best contemporary romances that I’ve read in years.
TO HAVE AND TO HATE by R.S. Grey | *ARC received from author.
My rating and review: 3 stars. The chemistry between Elizabeth and Walt was lacking and read very forced. Did I miss the part where overnight they couldn’t live without each other? This maybe could’ve been remedied with some chapters from Walt’s perspective (like the epilogue, which was one of the few parts of the book that I adored). I also found Grey’s usual humor/wit/banter to be nonexistent throughout most of the book, which was a disappointment since that’s typically what I look forward to most in her writing. Marriage-of-convenience is a new trope for Grey, and while I applaud her effort this missed the overall mark for me.
THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton
My rating and review: 3.5 stars. For a debut novel, WOW. It was incredibly well-written. There’s no denying the complex appeal of Opal. Walton created a strong female heroine that’s sure to live on in the literary world for years to come. I also found the interview writing engaging – it pushed forth the author’s narrative in an authentic, compelling way that couldn’t have been achieved in a traditional manner.
Currently reading: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab