Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

The Intimacy Experiment (The Roommate, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆  (4.5 Stars)
Release Date: April 6, 2021

I had such a fun time with this story and loved the characters and the relationship! (The chemistry was on fire). It was so great so see a complex and truly modern romance at the center of this story. I do think I enjoyed this one more than the previous – Naomi and Ethan are such a wonderful couple and I love them with my whole heart. The Modern Intimacy lessons were very well thought out and I loved having them as benchmarks both in the story and in Naomi and Ethan’s relationship.

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

Kisses & Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

Kisses and Croissants

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: January 12, 2021

Kisses and Croissants is a super cute dance-focused romance that you will devour in one sitting. I loved Seeing Mia explore her love of ballet in France and find a cute summer romance at the same time. And I greatly appreciated that she faced some difficulties in her goals and relationships, so we really got to see her grow as a persona nd learn more about herself. The little side plot about the Degas painting was wonderful – because I love Degas work and it was a fun little history to have for a legacy dancer. The ending was a little stark, but I do think that was the point, so I can’t really fault it but the impact wasn’t was great for me there. Overall, a joy to read, especially for spring!

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

10 Truths and a Dare by Ashley Elston

10 Truths and a Dare

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: May 4, 2021

There wasn’t really anything particularly wrong with 10 Truths and a Dare, it just didn’t live up to my expectations after loving 10 Blind Dates in 2019. There was a much narrower focus on the family in 10 Truths and a Dare, and while I appreciated the Fab Four and loved seeing them again, I missed the big family feels, and it felt like some of the family was missing for plot convenience only. And I do think the plot was weak for me – I couldn’t wrap my head around Olivia being the Salutatorian and having completely blown off a class she needed to graduate. It made absolutely no sense to me. And her mom constantly tracking her phone because she was out of town the week before graduation was a little too much for me. While the story was still fun and an easy read, it didn’t connect with Olivia and her journey as much as I had hoped.

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

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

A Million Junes

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: May 16, 2017

DNF @ 100 pgs.

Hannah describing Saul: “…a tragically beautiful stick-in-the-mud.”
Me describing this book: “…a tragically beautiful stick-in-the-mud.”

For the life of me, I can’t bring myself to continue with this. While I do think the writing is lovely, and the history between Saul and June’s family is intriguing, the book is just boring me and I do not care about the Saul or June at all. And the faintly paranormal stuff wasn’t really working for me either – and I love the speculative whimsy that comes with that normally. It reads quick which is a plus, and there is some nice banter starting to develop between Saul and June but that’s it. It’s just fine, but mostly dull and I would just rather read other stuff. Audio could be a good way to go with this, if I ever get around to listening/finding it, but I can feel this putting me into a slump and I’d really rather be reading.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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