Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

Something Wilder by Christina Lauren


Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: May 17, 2022

A fun summer adventure story, with a cute romance and heartwarming legacy. Something Wilders is a perfect summer adventure romp about rekindled love and family. I felt Lily and Leo’s history and chemistry from the beginning. And following Duke’s clues was so smart and detailed. There’s plenty of memorable characters and moments to keep you engaged the whole way through.

The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: September 6, 2022

DNF @62%

I tried to love this. I really did. Because I wanted to love this so bad – a case of mistaken celebrity doppelgänger identity with fake-dating too, what’s not to love. Except for the fact that Freya and Taft have absolutely zero chemistry. The two leads fall into a flirtation and desire pretty quickly, with no build-up and litter interaction. And the few scenes we do get of the two together are innocuous and have little to no buildup. I also found Freya to be a pretty inconsistent character, I don’t know if it’s her impersonating Mandi, or what, but she was a bit all over the play for me.

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

The Last Wolf by  Maria Vale

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Release Date: February 6, 2018

DNF @ 25%

I just wasn’t feeling this at all. The worldbuilding and writing were really hard for me to get unto. And a quarter of the way into the book were still only getting exposition, no character development, and I’m not still no really sure what’s actually happening. I don’t understand the rules and honestly don’t care too.

The Temporary Roomie by Sarah Adams

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: April 4, 2021

I wanted to like this more than I did, and while I did enjoy Sarah Adams’ writing, these characters did not work for me. While Jessie and Drew did have good banter and flirty pranks, the had major instalove and it was not believable. And Jessie was incredibly immature for someone about to become a parent. The narration also didn’t help, Jessie often came across as whiny. Though both actors did a good job actually putting emotion into the characters and changing their speech pattern to reflect the plot.

And okay story overall, but I prefer other Sarah Adams books.

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