Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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


Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Rent a Boyfriend

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: November 10, 2020

“All relationships have problems. It’s how you solve them that matters.”

This was a super cute and laugh-out-loud exploration of family expectations vs personal journey. Chloe while trying to please her parents (and simultaneously ward off an unwanted proposal) hires Drew to be a stand-in ‘perfect’ boyfriend. Things obviously don’t go exactly as planned, but seeing Chloe fit for herself was great to see. I really loved Chloe and Drew’s relationship and how much fun and humor they had in their relationship. I do think the story started feeling a little bit long at the end, and then I personally felt the resolution was a touch quick, but I still had a great time with Rent a Boyfriend, another win from Gloria Chao.


Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta's Academy, #1)

Rating:★★★☆☆
Release Date: February 18, 2020

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty”

This is a Beauty & the Beast inspired story so you will be familiar with a lot of the beats that come with the plot, but I still think Sandhya managed to bring some unique elements – and I always think a boarding/prep school setting is fun and allowed for a fun cast of characters. This was also an excellent audiobook to read alongside other books, it was so easy to pick it up become enveloped in the story.


People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation

Rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: August 4, 2021

Maybe things can always get better between people who want to do a good job loving each other. Maybe that’s all it takes.

I loved this so much. People We Meet on Vacation is such a cozy and comforting read about friendship and home and I could not put it down. Poppy and Alex have such a deep and entangled relationship that my heart filled with joy and broke alongside them as they grew closer and drifted apart over the years. I loved their differences and how much they respected each other and how they acted with each other. One of my favorite scenes in the book was when they go to David’s wedding, after just getting together and are holding hands (even though Alex isn’t the biggest fan of PDA). Alex drops Poppy’s hand when his dad starts to walk over to them, and she isn’t upset or hurt by it. She’s proud of him for talking care of himself and prioritizing his comfort and it was one of the purest displays of love I’ve ever seen and showed how much they truly understood each other.  Though you can see how at times they are co-dependent and how that may harm their other relationships. But I loved seeing the growth of their friendship and I thought the alternating timelines was effective and helped propel me to read quicker because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Truly a fantastic story of finding your person and how that relationship can change over time, but never diminish in meaning.

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

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Proposal

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: October 30, 2018

The Proposal is the second book in a series of companion novels by Jasmine Guillory. Different couples in different romance stories have different types of chemistry and Nikole and Carlos have fun chemistry. They enjoy each others company, trying new things, and just spending time together. The failed highly public proposal that brought the two together was an over the top and outrageous meet cute, but it created the perfect escapism.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.

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