Well, July was a doozy of a month am I right?! I’ve only published one other post since my last round of book reviews, so you could say things are going really well over here …
On the bright side, last month was a stellar reading month! It has been some time since I read this many books in a month, and there are a few GREAT ones. So I’m pretty excited to share today.
JUST LAST NIGHT by Mhairi McFarlane
My rating and review: 4 stars. This was simply wonderful. I adore how Mhairi McFarlane always gives us a character that has so much untapped potential, and we the reader get to follow along with their development, growing confidence and self-discovery throughout the book. Quirks and flaws and all. Throw in a budding romance; real-life (hard) shit; and a group of friends that is so adorably, undeniably British and you have the formula for great chick-lit.
IT HAD TO BE YOU (Lucky Harbor #7) by Jill Shalvis
My rating and review: 4 stars. Ali and Luke were one of my favorites from this series – their meet-cute was too good. This one was well-paced, funny, cute, sexy … everything and more I expect from Shalvis. Onto the next!
EDENBROOKE by Julianne Donaldson
My rating and review: 5 stars. GAH I LOVE THIS BOOK. If Mr. Darcy was a flirt and was interested in Jane, this is the story that would’ve been. Regency romance or not, this is the cutest, most adorable book I’ve read in what feels like forever. Also very swoon-worthy in it’s own right. I couldn’t put it down.
THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon
My rating and review: 4.5 stars. Wow, I really didn’t know what to expect from this, but I enjoyed it WAY more than I thought I would. Is it a rom-com? Yes, but there’s so many different themes throughout – loss, growing up, moving past old relationships, adult friendships, men vs. women in the workplace. It was so interesting to learn more about public radio and get a little behind-the-scenes look at how shows are produced. I guess I’m ignorant, but I really had no idea what went into it! The radio world seems like no joke. And, holy moly talk about steamy! Definitely wasn’t prepared for that, but wow some scenes were just … wow. Not explicit or graphic necessarily, but the chemistry between Shay and Dominic was off-the-charts amazing. It was funny, honest, cute, sexy … everything rolled into one. Can’t recommend enough!
THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller
My rating and review: 4.5 stars. Gosh, there is SO much to unpack in this book. Anything I write won’t do it justice. It’s beautifully written and well-paced. The present-day narrative is told throughout the course of 24 hours with flashbacks in between that shine a light on Elle’s and her family’s complicated history and life. It’s a testament to the choices we make, the paths we take or don’t, and the consequences that result. *Trigger warning: sexual abuse
THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave
My rating and review: 3.5 stars. This is the problem when I’m late to reading a book that received a lot of hype. For me, it was just okay. It was a good enough story that was well-paced and kept me guessing. But, overall I thought the plot was lackluster. There was really nothing shocking or fulfilling or OMG about it. I’ve been a long-time fan of Laura Dave, though and even though this seemed like a departure from her usual stories, it still came back to family, which seems to be a common theme in her books.