May Wrap Up, Part One

Who let time speed up like this? Although, I guess I do prefer the fact that a week doesn’t feel like two years, unlike March. As far as reading goes, I’m feeling a little slumpy again. So don’t be surprised to find a few comfort rereads in this list. My favorite read of the month so far has probably been The Boyfriend Project, unless we’re counting rereads, in which case, y’all already know Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews are my forever faves. But let’s talk about all of the books I’ve read so far.

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Normally I would actually go over each of these books individually despite the fact that I have a full ARC review summarizing all three, but honestly, I do not have the energy to talk about the first two again. So I’ll instead say that I gave Secrets of a Fake Fiancée two stars and had serious issues with the way sex was handled. I DNF’d A Taste of Sage because I didn’t like the characters or the writing style. As for Ruthless Pride, Naima Simone delivered a hot and sexy category and I would definitely recommend. But for more thoughts, check out that ARC review.

The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho

This is a short novella written in diary format set in… honestly, I’m really not sure what time period even though I feel like the dates were in the diary entries. Anyway, I don’t know that I would consider this a romance, but there is a romance. It’s rather unconventional, but I liked Cho’s writing and will pick something up from her in the future probably. Although, her other books all seem to lean heavily fantasy and my brain is so rarely up for that now.

Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan

Melinda was on a Sophie Jordan binge and I thought that was a good reason to finally try out Jordan’s contemporary series. This one is interesting and has more of a dark romance plot than something I would usually pick up, but I’m likely to read more books from this series. This one follows the POTUS’ daughter when she gets kidnapped and then a man who breaks out of prison tries to protect her. They fall for one another, of course. I kind of wish we would have had more after the transition back to daily life because I have questions. But I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t give it a shot.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

This memoir was fine, but not exactly what I wanted. I think if I had ever watched Parenthood or was more attached to Gilmore Girls I would have enjoyed this a lot more because there’s quite a bit about other people related to those shows. I liked Graham’s voice though and I think it’s a good memoir to read if you like the work she’s done or if you are thinking about pursuing a career in something like acting.

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

This is book two in Nevada’s trilogy within the Hidden Legacy world (and book two in general) and I think it’s my favorite of the series. Every time I reread it, it gives me joy and this time was no exception. If you haven’t started this series yet… I don’t think there’s anything else I can tell you that would convince you. But there IS a ferret heist in this book so maybe that’s a selling point?

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Book two of the Innkeeper Chronicles and I am hooked on this series. I’m obsessed with where the romance is going with Sean and Dina and I just want more of them. That end of this book was action packed and incredible. I was fully on board. This picks up a few months after Clean Sweep and Dina is asked to take on a rather dangerous group of guests for peace talks. We got to see some characters we’ve seen before and I really, really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to continuing the series.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

You’ll see this book in an ARC wrap up in June closer to its official release date, but I actually read The Boyfriend Project not via my ARC but rather through Book of the Month. That makes two months in a row they’ve had a great romance in their selections, btw, which is a really nice trend I would love to see continue. Anyway, to actually talk about this book: This book starts with a bang and I absolutely adored the first chapter. It really propelled me forward through the story in a way that I appreciated all the more because of *gestures vaguely at the world*. Essentially, Samiah discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her thanks to a viral tweet and storms into the restaurant he’s at to confront him. She meets his current date, Taylor, and another girlfriend, London, and they chew him out. The video of that confrontation goes viral. At work, Daniel, the new guy who has secrets of his own, is the only one who seems to actually care how she’s doing beyond the drama. I loved this. Also, if you want to see an incredible woman in STEM and to see those conversations, this book is really great for that too!

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

I have mentioned in so many places that I’m just trading back and forth between Psy-Changeling rereads and Hidden Legacy rereads and so Heart of Obsidian was the first Psy-Changeling read of May 2020. I still think it’s funny that I originally didn’t like this book very much and now it’s one of my absolute favorites. I can’t really tell you much about this book because spoilers for the series. But if you haven’t tried Psy-Changeling yet, please allow me to once more encourage you to pick it up.

Clean Breaks by Ruby Lang

I finally finished a series! I’m so proud of me. Sarah Soon and Jake Li grew up together, but had a falling out based on some pretty serious high school stuff. Jake is still friend’s with Sarah’s brother and when he accidentally runs into her and her friends while he’s out celebrating his divorce, he can’t help but notice she doesn’t look totally healthy. He follows up and Sarah is exceptionally stand off-ish at first. I really liked this one and thought it was arguably the strongest in the series.

Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau

Jackie Lau likes to make people hungry while reading her books and also I’m putting Toronto toward the top of my travel list once travel is a thing it seems safe to do again. I thought the exploration of depression in this book was fascinating and a different type of depression than what we normally see explored. I also found the fake dating so interesting and I appreciated this exploration of normal person dating a super rich man because, like, yes. I too would be like, hell yeah, you can pay for my dinner. Anyway, I definitely need to pick up more of the Jackie Lau books I own and stop dragging my feet between each one.

Anyway, as I said, my favorite book so far is The Boyfriend Project. What is yours?

xx

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