Recent Reads Mini Reviews

More mini reviews from books I’ve enjoyed to varying degrees over the last few weeks.

Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu

Making Friends with Alice Dyson

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: September 15, 2020

DNF @ 40%

I just didn’t connect with this story at all. At the beginning, it was hard for me to really get into the writing, I thought it was kinda all over the place and not very well structured or developed. The biggest flaw was that we don’t really get to see Alice and Teddy’s first interaction and there’s a lot of small time jumps in the beginning that pass over relationship development. None of the characters really clicked with me either, I thought the story was just okay and just wasn’t pulling me in.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well Played by Jen DeLuca

Well Played (Well Met, #2)

Rating:★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: September 22, 2020

This was a bit of a disappointment for me because I loved Well Met so much, but Well Played felt like such a regression in originality that the first story had. Don’t get me wrong, one reason I love romance is my love of all things trope-related, but this was just not it for me. I did like Stacey’s struggle with becoming who you want to be while feeling trapped in your hometown, but the actual romance parts of the book were weaker and the plot was telegraphed from a mile away. I knew what was going to happen as soon as Stacey sent the email. SO this was just an okay read, but it didn’t really wow me and lacked the memorable factor that made Well Met a favorite.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Sex and Vanity

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: November 5, 2019

This was an okay read – it had a lot of the fun, campy, over-the-top elements that were present in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, but for me, it lacked really any likable characters to ground the story. The different timelines helped more the story quickly, and let me accept changes in relationships no problem. And the writing style is so easy to jump into that I knocked the story out in a day and a half. But all the characters dragged the story down and made the experience much less enjoyable.

In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk

In Case You Missed It

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: August 4, 2020

I’m always going to be here for RomCom stories. They’re the perfect thing to pick up and fly through or to read while I’m doing other things. In Case You Missed It is a great and quick read with charismatic characters and genuine humor that leaps off the page. Ros is back at her childhood home – or shed really – after working abroad and she’s searching for the familiarity and nostalgia of her younger years, but it seems like all of her friends have grow up. But a blast from the past, in the shape of her ex boyfriend comes back in her life and Ros wonders if recreating the past is the best thing for the future, or if there’s something better waiting for her in the now. Ros’ friend group is a treasure and I thought they would be a great group to hang out with. What a fun story.

I received a copy of the story from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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