Quick Read Recommendations

Once upon a time when I was suffering from a terrible case of book snobbery, I wouldn’t dare read a “novella,” or “short story.” I wanted the bragging rights of saying “Oh yeah, you know, I read xxx many novels this year.” *insert eye roll* So happy am I, to say that once I began reading romance, I got over that really quick..because oh gee would I be missing out!

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I get it! When you’re reading a book that’s less than 200 pages, there is that fear that you’ll get hooked to the story, attached to the characters and then before you know it..the story is over. I’ve seen some authors work magic though..leaving me completely satisfied in a short amount of pages. Here are a few:

A recent read for me, which came in at about 255 pages was Imperfect Match by Melanie Harlow and Corinne Michaels.

Imperfect Match

Imperfect Match is a friends to lovers romance following Willow and Reid. Willow wants to take over her Mom’ match making business and uses Reid as her guinea pig basically. She swears to both him and her Mom that she will set him up with the right girl, he’ll fall in love..and that should convince her Mom to let her take over the business. What she doesn’t expect is for her and Reid to fall in love. It was magical, sexy, so much fun..I loved it..I would’ve read 100 more pages if that’s what the authors decided to do. Can’t recommend it enough.

My next recommendation literally has *at the time of me typing this* 97 ratings, and 32 reviews on Goodreads which is crazy to me because I freaking loved it! That is The Devil’s Heart which is book 1 in The Dark Tide’s series by Candace Osmond.

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Time travel. Romance. Pirates. Unexpected love. Family secrets. This 233 page book had it all for me and Don’t get Me Started on the cliff hanger at the end! The ending had me immediately one clicking whatever else was available on amazon at the time because I had to have them readily available for when I was ready to jump back into this world. Do yourself favor and go one click this book. Like now, please!

My next recommendation is one I found via the Audible Romance package and coming in at 107 pages, managed to listen to in it’s entirety one day after work while stuck in traffic.

Wednesday

Wednesday by Kendall Ryan was dark, emotional and oh, so sexy. It’s a friends to lovers’ish romance. The love interest is a widower and after the death of his wife, he basically comes and has sex with his best friend, the heroine, every Wednesday. She starts wanting more. He doesn’t think he has it in him to give it to her..you know how it ends, but damn it was good getting there!

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole is 128 pages and one of my five star ratings of the year.

Reggie

Reggie and Gustave were perfection. Reggie is a blogger, whose website Girls with Glasses has really taken off and has caused her to have a serious case of insomnia. The only thing that used to help her sleep was this guy Gustave’s voice via his YouTube video. She tracks him down. You help me, I’ll help you type of situation happens and shortly after blooms a romance. I loved these two. I want to be besties with Reggie. I totally could’ve read more of this story had it ben a full length novel but Alyssa Cole worked her magic and it was perfect just the way it was.

I have learned after reading three of her books to never underestimate the power of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Like ever. She is bad ass at what she does. I couldn’t make a recommendations list of shorter stories and not recommend Evidence of the Affair by her.

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In Taylor Jenkins Reid style, the formatting alone of this book is different. It is entirely told through letters..which in my opinion, itself makes it a quick read. The book is a whopping 115 pages and took me no time at all to make my way through. If you don’t read this one in one sitting, it’s because you’re not trying. It’s addicting. There’s just so much wrong and you keep reading because you have to know what the hell is going to happen next. How is this all going to be rectified? So good. I need more short Stories from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Please and thanks.

So those are a few short story recommendations from me. Share some of your favorites with me if you have any..I’d love to add them to my tbr. Take care of yourself, we’ll chat again soon. xo.

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Review: Daisy Jones and the Six

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

March 5, 2019 release date  (thank you Netgalley for approving me for this arc)

Hutchinson Publishing

5/5 Stars

 

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Plot Summary:

In 1979, Daisy Jones and The Six split up. Together, they had redefined the 70’s music scene, creating an iconic sound that rocked the world. Apart, they baffled a world that had hung on their every verse.

This book is an attempt to piece together a clear portrait of the band’s rise to fame and their abrupt and infamous split. The following oral history is a compilation of interviews, emails, transcripts, and lyrics, all pertaining to the personal and professional lives of the members of the band The Six and singer Daisy Jones.

While I have aimed for a comprehensive and exhaustive approach, I must acknowledge that full and complete accounts from all parties involved has proved impossible. Some people were easier to track down than others, some were more willing to talk than others, and some, unfortunately, have passed on.

All of which is to say that while this is the first and only authorised account from all represented perspectives, it should be noted that, in matters both big and small, reasonable people disagree.

The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle.

 

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“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.”

 

My Thoughts:

Taylor Jenkins Reid completely blew my mind with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so when I finished it and shortly after got approved on Netgalley to read Daisy Jones and The Six, I was very excited to read something else by her, and also kind of nervous. I had my worries. Would this novel be anywhere near as good as the one I had just read? My impression of Taylor Jenkins Reid now, is that she probably sits at her kitchen table after she publishes a novel, and ponders on how the hell she can outdo herself.  Daisy Jones and the Six is freaking incredible.

My thoughts on it are honestly going to consist of a mixture of thoughts and quotes from the book. I don’t think I read a single page on my Kindle without highlighting something.

This is an historical fiction novel with of course, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s spark added to it. You are transported to the world of rock and roll in 1970s America. This is the story of Daisy Jones. This is the story of the rise and fall of a band. It’s the story of how complicated things can be behind the scenes when you have a group of people with the common interest of music, but who can grow to disagree about almost everything else.

Daisy grows up with parents who are there, but really don’t care about what she does. She turns to drugs and drinking and partying pretty early in her life.

“You know how every once in a while you’ll meet somebody who seems to be floating through life? Daisy sort of floated through the world, oblivious to way it really worked.”

At her core though, Daisy is a song writer, and she stays true and fights for her right to express herself through music and with her writing.

“Daisy high is fun and carefree and a good time. If she’s having fun, you’re having fun. But if you want to rip people’s hearts out of their chests, bring Daisy back down to earth and have her sing her own songs. There’s nothing like it.”

The Six was the popular band, all over the place, with these songs and lyrics that hit people in the core. Things happen in the story, and Daisy doesn’t really become part of the band, but the two do make an album together.

This entire story is told through interview format and I couldn’t imagine it being written any other way. I grew up loving shows like E-True Hollywood Story, and Where Are They Now and I’m still a big fan of interviews, so if that’s also your thing, this is will be an easy read for you. You move through it so quickly.

I loved the growth you saw with all the characters. With a band, you can’t expect things to always be perfect. You can’t expect band members to always get along, and I felt that was shown really well with this story. I really loved how well written Billy Dunne, the lead member of The Six was. Billy slipped there for a while and was super hooked on drugs and sex, while his soon to be wife, Camila, was pregnant with their daughter. He spends the rest of the story really trying to stay on the straight and narrow. You see the pressure he feels to continue to put out hits and the cost it comes at. He does some pretty crappy things to band members trying to keep the band in the spotlight.

Daisy was an amazing, complex character. Girls all over the world idolized her, and wanted to be her. She did her own thing and wasn’t going to change for anyone.

“I run hot and I always have. I am not going to sit around sweating my ass off just so men can feel more comfortable. It’s not my responsibility to not turn them on. It’s their responsibility to not be an asshole.”

You as the reader though, witness just how much of a hot mess she is. Daisy has a serious drug problem yet even Billy’s daughter Julia, wants to be Daisy Jones when she grows up. It really makes you reflect on idols and how you only see what they want you to see. You don’t know the behind the scenes, the mess and garbage they keep hidden or save for late nights to themselves.

It’s always refreshing to read about music and I really enjoyed reading the process behind creating songs that become loved by so many people.

“Rod told me to stop writing about stuff I didn’t know about. He said, “Don’t reinvent the wheel. Write about your girl.”

We as the reader get to tag along with Billy and Daisy as they create an album, then we see the band playing sold out shows all along knowing how there is so much tension amongst the group.

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There is a twist at the end of the story and you learn who is actually conducting the interviews, and I loved it. When it happened it took me by surprise because I hadn’t even been thinking of who that person was. What was even more of a surprise is as the empire is crumbling, and Daisy and Billy are in this funk where neither wants to admit that amongst all of this writing together they have grown feelings for each other, who comes through and sort of saves Daisy from it all.

“Don’t count yourself out this early Daisy. You’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There is almost a hidden gem in the book, a character in the background who for a few of the main characters, is the glue that holds them together and I loved it. Reid has a way of making someone in the background, who isn’t seen too often, also such a vital character to the story.

Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, the moment it comes out!

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