Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: November 1, 2022

This was a really good holiday romance story, combined with some well love tropes. I loved seeing Ellie and Jack’s magical Christmas Eve intercut with the present day, while Ellie is fake-engaged to Jack’s brother Andrew (whose pining away for Dylan, Jack’s best friend). The messy love connections were perfect and appreciated. And the pop culture nods gave the characters personaity and interest instead of coming off weird and time capsule-y. I do think the lack of communication was a hinderance in my enjoyment, mostly because I think both blew things out of proportion and were more upset than the situations warranted. But I do have to say, I hope we get a book for Dylan and Andrew too, because I enjoyed them equally as much.


Tis the Season for Revenge by Morgan Elizabeth

Rating: ★★★★☆(4.5 Stars)
Release Date: October 25, 2022

What a fabulous holiday romance. It gives off the best vibes of Legally Blonde and was such a fun read – heavy on the comedy. Abbie and Damien have strong chemistry from the jump and I even think the miscommunication was handled pretty well here – it never frustrated me because yes, she did try to tell him before everything blew up, even if she couldn’t get it out, but I loved that Damien didn’t blow the situation out of proportion. A perfect mix of zany laughs and holiday heart for a great read at the end of the year.

The Second You’re Single by Cara Tanamachi

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: January 31, 2023

This was frustrating and forgettable. But a quick read, which I can always appreciate. I’m always here for a second chance romance, but an elementary school crush pining for years and the feelings are still going strong after all these years is a little ridiculous and unbelievable in a not fun and cute way. But I really didn’t enjoy all the focus on weight – from Sora’s mom’s pointed comments, and Jack’s constant reminiscing about his days a chubby child, and Sora’s judgments of the health conscious, it was a little too much for me. Sora was immature and kinda judgmental and it was hard for me to care about the relationships – platonic and romantic – that she was involved in because I didn’t really care about her or her journey.

Fated Throne by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: June 28, 2016

After having read the first five books over the first three weeks in January, I never would have expected one book to take me over a month to read. I feel like If i wasn’t binging these books back to back there was absolutely no motivation to read. Plus, theses books are getting unnecessarily long with long chapter too – making it drag even more and me struggle to find the will to read. I do think the plot finally had some movement (and consequences) for the characters with more drama and stakes in the battle versus Lionel and the Vegas. But I feel like the characters and relationships took a backseat – or maybe I just realizes that Darius and Tory bore me to tears. Overall this was a bit of a let down (as much of a letdown and something with minimal expectations can be) and I’ll need to take a break before I pick up the next one.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.



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