ARC Review | 9 DAYS AND 9 NIGHTS by Katie Cotugno

9 Days and 9 NightsTitle: 9 Days and 9 Nights (99 Days #2)

Author: Katie Cotugno

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: May 1, 2018

“It occurs to me that maybe this is what friendship is sometimes: saying your piece, then crossing your fingers and hoping for the best.”

We are finally getting into contemporary season and I couldn’t be happier and what better way to kick it off than a fun summery “roadtrip romance” sequel to 99 Days with Katie Cotugno’s 9 Days and 9 Nights. We follow Molly as she and her new boyfriend are on vacation in Europe and they run into Gabe, who’s also traveling Europe with his new girlfriend. Gabe brings a lot of secrets and baggage that Molly would rather stay hidden as she’s trying to move on with her life and become a different person. But she starts to wonder if you can ever truly be yourself when you’re wearing a mask.

Thing I Liked 
I actually really liked all the different relationships and romances we see in the story. Obviously Molly and Gabe have chemistry and a long history, but I thought that Molly and Ian, her new boyfriend, were super cute too. I was rooting for each couple at different times, and I liked the progression we saw. Honestly, to me it didn’t even feel love triangle-y, which was nice. And I loved seeing Imogen and Molly’s friendship highlighted as such an important part of each woman’s life.

I thought the pacing of the story was great. I loved that it was broken up into 9 days and we get to really see everything build and grow. I felt like I was a part of the journey and nothing felt too slow, or rushed.

Like with Katie Cotugno’s other books I found 9 Days and 9 Nights to just be real and honest with genuine human moments filled with flaws, mistakes, regrets, and all. I might not agree with every characters action, but I can clearly see why they are acting a certain way and how they got to that moment. It helps me stay invested even if I don’t necessarily connect with a character immediately.

Things I Didn’t Like 
Similarly to Katie’s other books as well, this one definitely ventured into emotional cheating territory and I’m obviously not the biggest fan of that. It wasn’t as bad as I expected and I greatly appreciated the openness and honest of the different parties involved so that was nice too.

9 Days and 9 Nights was an incredibly quick read that begs to be read in Spring or Summer. It’s filled with personal growth, travel, and romance- and honestly, what more would you want for a Spring read?

I received a copy of the book from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

have you read 99 Days? Are you looking forward to 9 Days and 9 Nights? If you could have a 9 day vacation anywhere, where would it be?


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