Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison

Her Dark Lies

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: March 9, 2021

This was a solid story. Not many surprises or twists and turns but really good action and tension building. I liked the isolated setting and the sneaking POVs we get from a stalker – it kept the reader on your toes and the plot moving forward.

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The ​Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash, #3)

Release Date: April 20, 2021

This is such a fun and high octane series, it’s almost impossible to put down, which is why I absolutely fly through them. I fall more and more in love with the characters after each book and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Once again, we pick up right where the previous book had left off but the world expands even more here and I am just thrilled. I feel like Poppy has really grown into who she wants to be and is ready to truly embrace all her power, which I love. The romance continues to be steamy and perfect and I have virtually no complaints (#WeWanttheJoining). I love so many of the side characters outside of Poppy and Casteel, obviously Kieran is a standout, but getting to see Casteel’s parents was great too and also added more history to the world. I read these so quickly I end up having to wait forever for the next installment, but it’s so worth it.

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler

Cool for the Summer

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: May 11, 2021

This was an enjoyable read, but it didn’t quite have the punch it needed to make it have an emotional impact. While I liked the dual timeline that flashed between the summer and present day, I didn’t really feel the connection between either couple. And because this story is largely focused only on the couple it was a bit of a letdown. I also wasn’t the biggest fan if Lara’s friends. I felt like they weren’t present enough for me to really get to know, and what we did see of them was very surface level and kinda blah. Overall an okay read and I would highly recommend the audiobook for a fun summertime escapism story.

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

Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey

Love Scenes

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: June 22, 2021

Love Scenes was a charming and quick witted look at a family affair movie project that brings together formal on-screen rivals who may become something more. Unfortunately, I found the romance was a little lacking for me which obviously impacted my entire enjoyment of the book. I just didn’t really feel the connection between Sloan and Joe, which sucks especially because there was an extra layer from their shared history that I just didn’t feel the impact of. I did enjoy seeing them rebuild their trust and actually getting to know each other. It was a slow process, but the end of the story the romance felt more earned and believable. I also did really like the family focus on both sides (with more focus on Sloane’s extended family than Joe’s) which did give me some relationships to route for and a lot of great chemistry between the characters. And I’m always here for a Hollywood setting, it an instant character in itself and brings plenty of drama to make the book unable to be put down.
I received a copy of the book rom the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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