Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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


Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick

Playing the Palace

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: May 25, 2021

While this was an incredibly quick read and there was a lot of humor, I dont know if it was really for me. I didn’t love the writing style and I never connected with the character – while this is a whirlwind romance, everything happened a bit too fast and I couldn’t form an attachment – so it ended up just being okay for me. If your looking for a campy and dramatic romance and pure escapism, this is for you.

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


Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley

Talk Bookish to Me

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: May 25, 2021

This combines the best of a second chance romance with a bit of enemies (bitter exs) to lovers. I read this in one sitting and just couldn’t put it down. I thought Kara and Ryan had great chemistry and I believed their history. All the side characters were phenomenal and really helped create a full world. I do thing that the actual romantic journey wasn’t my favorite and I honestly don’t know if I was 100% routing for the couple, but I am happy with how the story ended. And having a excitable and zealous bulldog taking up page time is never a bad thing.

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


Anna K: Away by Jenny Lee

Anna K: Away (Anna K, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: April 27, 2021

I was immediately brought back into the luxurious and elite lives of Anna K and company. Anna K: Away has all the pomp and glamour that I fell in love from the first book, plus a lot of great explorations of grief and healing following Vronsky’s death and how it has impacted our cast of characters. While I do think that the characters were not as interconnected as in book 1, I think I appreciated that each one got to stand on their own and develop outside of their relationship to Anna K. I also think getting out of New York helped this too – from L.A. to Seoul, we have a lot of ground to cover and plenty of drama all summer long. The new character introductions immediately felt right at home with these larger-than-life cast, and this book was just so much fun to read!

I received an advanced copy of the book from libro.fm in exchange for an honest review


The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax

The Break-Up Book Club

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: May 18, 2021

DNF @ 20%

I’m just not liking this and it isn’t holding my attention at all. I think there’s just too many characters for me to care about and I’m not drawn to any one of them enough to pull me through the story. Also, I thought the book club would be much more prominent, and it might be later, but we’ve barely seen in a quarter of the way in. There’s also a decent group of book club members who I feel like I don’t really know/are unimportant. Unfortunately, I think this is just the case of too many characters, but none of them really felt connected to each other – even though I know they are, so I didn’t really care.

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


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