Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

The Dead Romantics

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: June 28, 2022

The Dead Romantics was a charming and light-hearted story about healing and self-discovery wrapped in a cozy paranormal with romance woven throughout. Florence is a ghostwriter who sees ghosts – and when she sees the ghost of her new editor on the steps of her family’s funeral home after her father’s unexpected passing and her recent struggles to finish her most recent novel – small town antics and family squabbles ensue. Lots of great banter – not only between Florence and Ben, but the Day family as a whole. And plenty of puns, sarcasm, and gallows humor to make you laugh out loud. While the writing was definitely engaging and I finished the entire book in just a few hours, I didn’t really feel for the character dynamics or relationships in the story. While I could easily believe the history there with Florence’s family, the romance with Ben and her friendship with Rose was lacking for me.

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

Birds of California by Katie Cotugno

Birds of California

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: April 26, 2022

I continue to be impressed by Katie Cotugno’s character work – she crafts such complex and realistic characters whose emotions jump off the page. They are flawed and well-meaning people who make mistakes and get angry, but they all have a goal and motivations. While I still loved her characters, I wanted more pages. This was so short, I felt we really missed some of the impact and fall out after Fiona’s decision to share her past traumas. A great read, I just wish there was more of it.

Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Love & Other Disasters

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: January 18, 2022

There was lots of great moments in the story, but the chemistry was weak for me. I will always love a cooking competition show, but the story was really well balanced between the cooking and London and Dahlia spending time together and falling for one another. The romance was a bit rushed and underwhelming, but the story was sweet and fun – with some heartbreaking moments to pull out a tear or two.

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Birthday Girl

Rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: April 17, 2018

Give me all the tension and angst!!! I really had a great time reading this. This is a book of complex, messy relationships and I was captivated from the first page. Pike and Jordan have amazing chemistry and the slow build was perfect and build up the tension and relationship perfectly.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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