Spring Reading Faves

Here in South Texas, Spring is a mixture of cool breezes out of nowhere, the occasional thunder storm which causes people to forget how to drive a motor vehicle and days that feel like it’s mid August already. Despite that I wanted to squeeze the most out of this Spring because I won’t get a redo and I wanted my reading to reflect that. I had a few duds but overall this Spring, reading wise was great. Here are my favorites:

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I loved Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole, so much!

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Can’t Escape Love is Reggie and Gus’s romance and I adored it. I rated it 5/5 stars and would’ve gave it 100 stars if I could. Reggie is a woman of color. She is a blogger. She is a self-proclaimed nerd. She does all of the incredible things while living in a wheel chair. She was a subscriber to Gus’s youtube channel before he stopped making videos, and his voice is the only thing that helped with her insomnia. She tracks him down and basically they come to agreement of if Gus helps her, then Reggie will help him with a project he has going on.  The representation in this book felt so natural and real. It didn’t feel overdone or like the author was trying too hard. I don’t know how Alyssa Cole does it, but this was perfection.

My next fave should come as no surprise because it is basically still all over the place. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

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The Unhoneymooners is Olive and Ethan’s enemies to lovers romance. Long story short, Olive and Ethan end up taking Olive’s sister and Ethan’s brothers honeymoon and find themselves in situations where they have to fake a marriage. Every single thing that could possibly go wrong with the scenario of a fake marriage, happens for these two. I loved the banter between the two. Olive’s family is hilarious. There is some total screwball stuff going on behind the scenes. It was just so good!

My last but not least fave was The Imperfect Match by Melanie Harlow and Corinne Michaels.

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Oh Willow and Reid! The Imperfect Match reminded me of how good a friends to lovers romance can be. I loved this book and to be honest, it frustrated the heck out of me at times. Reid is absolutely smitten with Willow yet I understood why she was hesitant with taking their friendship to the next level. It was funny. It was sexy. It made me swoon. I adored it and highly recommend checking out the audiobook if you can!

Okay, I’d like to do 2 honorary mentions. These are two books that aren’t romances but I read them and loved. Both of these I rated 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

First is With The Fire on High by the force that is Elizabeth Acevedo.

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Go go go read this book! It is a very quick read, especially If you snag the audiobook. It is told in short little vignettes that lead up to the ending. It works. This is Emoni’s story. She is a mixed race, aspiring chef, teenage Mom who lives in Philadelphia with her Puerto Rican grandmother. Emoni is the heroine I’d recommend to any young girl looking for a bad ass heroine to read. I liked her cool, casualness. She had goals and fought for them against the odds.

And my second honorary mention is The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart.

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Coyote’s story is a middle grade novel about her and her Dad, Rodeo. They live in an old school bus and just drive across the country. Coyote speaks to her Grandmother one day and learns that a park she used to frequenters with her Mom and sisters is being torn down and turned into something else. She concocts this plan to get her dad to drive her back home and they meet this cool cast of characters along the way. I loved this book so much. I loved Coyote. She reminded me of being a young girl and believing in the goodness in people. Kindness, she was kind to everyone she met and I liked how this book showcased grief, how some choose to deal with it and that effects that the way they choose to deal with it may have on someone else. So so good! Go to your library and haul it if you can! I listened to the audiobook and it was fantastic!

 

What was your favorite read this spring? let me know. until next time, take care of yourselves.

xo.

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Published May 14, 2019 by Gallery Books

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.14 Stars

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

Synopsis:

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

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My Thoughts:

The Unhoneymooners is freaking hilarious! It was 6:15 on a Wednesday morning, I was driving in my car, laughing my butt off at only two chapters into this book. I knew then that I was going to enjoy it.

This romance follows Olive and Ethan and has a few tropes that make the story. It is enemy to lovers. When Olive and Ethan first meet their interaction is far from perfect and they have basically hated each other since. There are plenty of other scumbag reasons behind it that you find out later on in the book.

Along with enemy to lovers, this is also fake marriage and every freaking thing that can go wrong when you’re faking a marriage! Olive’s sister’s wedding is a disaster and long story short, Olive and Ethan end up taking her sisters honeymoon.

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I liked seeing these two tropes and Christina Lauren’s creative spin on them. I need a Netflix adaptation to this romance asap! Olive was a mess and I loved her. Her sister Amy is the lucky sister and Olive just believes that luck isn’t on her side. She is a total skeptic. She is a negative thinker. What I liked that Christina Lauren did with these character traits is when crap hits the fan, showcase how easy it is to doubt Olivia because of her track record, because of her negative thinking.

I also really enjoyed the spin they put on the backstory of Olive and Ethan. Olive puts together the pieces behind their interactions and the manipulation that was being played behind closed doors which lead into a story of its own. I thought it was so, so well done.

I highly recommend The Unhoneymooners whether you’re already a Christina Lauren fan or if this would be your first by the author duo. If you can get your hands on the audiobook, even better! The narration was fantastic and especially for the scenes where Olive’s family was around..it was perfection.

*it can be hard putting thoughts together on books I love* but basically, you should read this book. I loved it.

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May in Review

May was a blur.

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Reading really came through for me this May. This May was full of crazy hot, long, stressful days and I really tailored my reading to escape. I wanted fun reads. I wanted light romances. I wanted sexy romances and in the end it turned out to be a good reading month.

Overall, I managed to read 11 books in May and will share a few favorites.

I loved The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

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The Unhoneymooners was a fun enemies to lovers romance with a fake marriage plot entangled into the story that I couldn’t put down. I haven’t read this author duo’s entire back list but I’d definitely recommend starting with this one to anyone new to their writing.

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole was a quick read that will stay with me for a long time!

 

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I want to be besties with Reggie (our heroine) from this book. She doesn’t allow her circumstances to define who she is. She is self made. She’s a proud nerd. She blogs. It was so refreshing to see a woman of color as the heroine of her own story, fall in love and she was so damn relatable and so normal.

My third favorite from May was Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates.

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I seriously need to go back and read the prior Gold Valley books but I’m kind of nervous to. I kind of feel like I know enough and need to just keep on reading whatever else comes out next. Unbroken Cowboy was so damn good. This is Dane and Bea’s romance. Dane is a hard headed, stubborn bull rider who was recently hurt and is being looked after by family friend Bea..whose been in love with him secretly for years. I’m sure you can see where this is going. I couldn’t get enough of these two!

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In May, a co-worker of mine left to go to another base. It honestly never gets easier to see people leave but I am so excited for this new journey, new phase of her life. I am trying not to be selfish and dwell on how much it sucks without her around but it can be hard.

The four day weekend for Memorial Day was so very needed and I am so appreciative that it came. Sometimes I think it’s absolutely necessary to have nothing on the agenda to do but spend time lying on the couch doing nothing.

I am excited for June. My son turns 9 years old *can’t believe it* and my Granny turns 80. June 21st will also mark 14 years in the Air Force for me. I still remember the day I left home like it was yesterday. What I wish for myself in June is to practice patience with myself. To give myself a break. To set realistic expectations but also get ahead in areas that I need to. Use time management and get things done. We’ll see..

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Hello Spring, Romance Recommendations

I feel like when it comes to seasons, we as readers have two favorite seasons which really dictate what we’re reading. Everyone knows their go to’s for the fall: darker, cozier stories to curl up with. Then there is the summer, where our to be read piles look more light and fun. I know me personally, I don’t give Spring the respect it deserves. It’s the time of year for new beginnings. The flowers are beginning to bloom. The weather is getting cooler (unless you live in Texas, it already feels the the dog days of summer) and Its the perfect time to treat yourself to a trip to your favorite coffee shop’s patio to sip on a cool drink with a good romance for a bit. If you’re unsure of what to read, I have you covered. These are a few romances I have read in the past few months that I think will be perfect for those cool spring days.

First up is My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren. This is a fun friends to lovers romance. I like what the author duo did with this one. Very realistic to how a lot of people nowadays are tackling the dating world, the plot line involves online dating. A group of co-workers have an upcoming office party, and one of the friends puts out the idea that the crew should all create online dating profiles on a website. Millie (the only female in the crew)  goes along with the plan, yet creates a fake profile, and finds herself matched up with Reid, one of the guys from the crew. This was my first read by Christina Lauren. It was a lot of fun and very realistic. As someone who hasn’t been on the dating scene for a long time, it was a fun glimpse into how much it has changed with continuous growth of technology. If you want a fun, sexy romance that’s easy to get into, and follows a crew of educated professionals, I highly recommend this one.

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My next recommendation is Priest by Sierra Simone. I would probably recommend you read Priest in any season but if you’re looking for a romance that is going to hook you through the last page, you have to give this one a try. Priest is told from Tyler, aka Father Bell’s perspective. In the outskirts of Kansas City, Tyler is a Priest at a local Catholic Church and his world Is flipped upside down when Poppy stumbles in to make confession. Without even trying really, Simone created a very dark, atmospheric vibe that is almost an ode to how forbidden Tyler and Poppy’s romance is. Things that take place in this book are so wrong but so damn sexy. Save this one for those cool, breezy Spring nights..it is totally worth the read.

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Only You by Melanie Harlow is my next recommendation. At this point it’s safe say, Melanie Harlow can do no wrong in my book. I love her characters. I love her Detroit, Michigan settings and although I read the third book in this trilogy first, I absolutely adored Only You. This one has the accidental baby trope, but with a twist that works and won’t leave you pissed off..I know that is a lot of romance readers’ least favorite trope! It is also a friends to lovers romance, which I think Spring is perfect for. Emme and Nate have been neighbors for years. They are complete opposites. Nate is a divorce attorney and well known player. Emme is a wedding planner who wears her heart on her sleeves and has been known to fall easily and quickly. Let’s just say the unexpected baby with a twist makes the two see each other in a totally new light and brings them much closer than they every could’ve expected. I loved it.

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Fall in love with the romance of Grip and Bristol, in Kennedy Ryan’s Grip. This is the novella to the Grip series and I loved it so much. This is an interracial romance and although it’s a novella it truly sets everything you need for the rest of the series up. It takes place out in California and I could feel the breeze from the ocean on my skin and the whole vibe was just perfect. Grip is a poet/rapper and he’s become one of my favorite heroes of all time. I love what he stands for. This is a quick read, but one you won’t want to miss a thing with. It is fun and forbidden and sexy yet entangled with some very important dialogue. Amazing, you have to read it.

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My last recommendation is another shorter romance, but one that was a lot of fun and that’s Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart. Mallory is a complete klutz which adds a funny, lighthearted edge to this story. Her family is freaking hilarious. Her aunt and grandfather have been staying with her and her parents and there is the constant banter back and forth. I was literally sitting at the coffee shop one morning reading this on Kindle laughing hysterically, I know people around had to think I was losing it. Mallory literally steps into traffic due to not paying attention and is almost ran over by her soon to be boss, Cameron. Long story short, this is their romance. I am finding that I really enjoy office romances, so if they are a setting you enjoy, I can’t recommend Catastrophe Queen enough. You are literally on edge the entire time, worrying that Mallory is going to spill coffee all over the edge, or trip over her own feet.

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Thank you for reading. I hope you found something in this list that you want to add to your Spring to be read list. Share some of your Spring reading recommendations with me. xoxo,

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