Summer reading just hits different, you know? There’s nothing better than knocking off early afternoon to sit outside with a great book. Gosh, I just love this time of year!
Here’s what I read in May – lots of great options for a beach or pool day!
PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry
My rating and review: 4.5 stars. I’m so blown away by Emily Henry as a writer. She takes otherwise generic story lines that have been done a million different ways and provides us with thought-provoking, heart-wrenching stories mixed in with some of the cutest, funniest and swoon-worthy moments. Poppy’s and Alex’s friendship was a roller coaster of emotions. I felt it all – frustration, happiness, confusion … mainly hope as I wanted these two characters to be together more than anything. The back-and-forth between present day and past summer trips flowed well, especially since with each chapter we learned a little more about what exactly led to their friendship fallout. Above all, I can’t stop thinking about the message of this story. How it begs the question that even if you have everything that you ever wanted and dreamed of, does that guarantee happiness? It’s a testament to how some of us search high and low for a place to belong, but often times we’re already in that place or that person that makes us feel “home” is staring us right in the face.
SECOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Sally Thorne
My rating and review: 3 stars. I liked the characters in this well enough, but something just never clicked. The chemistry between Ruthie and Teddy was simply not there – it often felt forced. Maybe it was because the setting/location was kind of weird and confusing. There was a lot of emphasis on background story-filler that didn’t matter or contribute to the plot. Unfortunately, Sally Thorne is quickly becoming an author I might wait/pass on until I see other reviews.
IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER by Tessa Bailey | *ARC received from NetGalley, releases July 13!
My rating and review: 4 stars. I devoured this book. So fun. So sexy. So cute. Everything I’ve come to expect from Tessa Bailey. The tension between Piper and Brendan was insane, but oh so worth it. Their relationship is adorable and a surprisingly heartfelt testament to how opposites attract. Can’t wait for the next in the series!
MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid | *ARC received from NetGalley
My rating and review: 4 stars. Within the first few pages, I was wrapped up in the Rivas. The deep dive into this family’s complicated history, relationships and individual personalities had me invested in no time. The play between past and present also kept the story moving forward at a welcomed pace. I will say, however, that after thinking on it for a few days … I’m not sure if I actually ever liked any of the characters. Sure, I connected/related to Nina. Kit was my favorite of the siblings, and the dynamic between the brothers was interesting enough. But, none of them were exactly likable (in my opinion). That said, TJR has a writing- and storytelling style all her own. If her name wasn’t in print as the author, you’d still know it was her. I love how she so effortlessly transports the reader to wherever the story is set, and she’s not afraid to mix the dark and light side of life and explore the consequences when the two mix.
FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller
My rating and review: 4.5 stars. Oh, my heart. I simply adored this book. I couldn’t put it down! The characters, their stories, their meet-cute and forthcoming adventures … it was all there and then some. The author did a great job balancing the really heavy stuff with light and cute. The perfect pool day read.
Currently reading: The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey