Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: September 13, 2022

DNF @42%

The characters were frustrating me already and I was honestly kinda bored, so I checked out some spoilers and figured I should quit while I was ahead. While I can appreciate the history that was shown between Allison and Colin at Brown, they make a horrible couple and it ruins the entire book. They do not have a healthy or respectful relationship and should not be together.

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

When in Rome by Sarah Adams

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: August 23, 2022

This was a charming small town romance with an adorable couple who quickly falls head over heels for each other. Noah and Amelia had instant chemistry, and while this isn’t the steamiest romance you’ll find, there’s plenty of banter and forced proximity slow burn to keep you engaged. Plus, there’s an adorable cast of meddling and loveable side characters who make Rome, KY feel loved in and a safe haven the an overworked pop star looking for a much needed break.

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

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: June 21, 2022

I kinda loved this.
This was a perfect late summer, campfire mystery/thriller with paranormal elements introduced and I have to say, I’m happy Riley Sager really went there after punking out in Home Before Dark.
I really enjoyed the complex and messy characters – and relationships. Casey is somewhat unreliable because of her excessive drinking after the tragic death of her husband the year before, so I loved being in her head and questioning everything along side her. The book did a great job of keeping me engaged, and managed to surprise me a few times. It had me in circular logic mode and it was just a really fun story to read. And the romantic moments with hot, former cop neighbor Boone added some nice levity, even though there really are only a few moments, so don’t go into this for a romantic subplot.

The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 stars)
Release Date: March 1, 2021

This was a good, basic romance. It had reliable tropes, cute banter, and a charming setting with flirty interactions. It wasn’t a standout in any area – except maybe some awkward internal (and external) dialogue with the characters, but it was a fun time. I love a wedding competition show, and having family incorporated was great because it helped me get to know Luna and Alec more.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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