Book 52: Love The One You’re With

Book: Love the One You’re With by Lauren Layne
Rating: 4/5

Ok, I still really disliked the internal monologue between Grace 1.0 and 2.0 but I loved the rest of it. Grace and Jake’s relationship was just amazing; sweet, adorable, with off the charts chemistry.

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Book 51: Good Girl

Book: Good Girl by Lauren Layne
Rating: 3.5/5

This book was surprisingly charming. I really enjoyed Jenny and Noah and their back and forth banter. I could always use less instalove in a Lauren Layne book but this one didn’t bother me too much. I really liked Noah’s friends and would read more of them. I didn’t love the ending but what can you do. Overall, I quite enjoyed this.

Book 50: Bad Romance

Book: Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Rating: 2.5/5?

I feel bad giving this a low rating, especially because I’ll Meet You There is so good. But maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy it, because I knew it could have been better. I felt so connected to IMYT and didn’t feel the same way with this book. I don’t know if it was the writing style and the use of “you”. Or if it was the rambly paragraphs, there’s some good quotes in here but you have to pick through the rest to get at it.  Her shitty home life felt a little too contrived. I didn’t understand the appeal of Gavin in the first place. As much as I talk down about Colleen Hoover books, I did like the fact that you at least understood why she was attracted to Ryle, and it was so eye opening to watch the destruction of their relationship. I didn’t get that from this book. And I didn’t understand why she wouldn’t have told Gavin’s parents she was breaking up with him if they were so good to her. And I didn’t like the addition of the other guy, it added way too much drama and I thought the book would have been better if she was thinking of leaving him because she believed in herself, not because it was for some other guy. Anyway, clearly not my cup of tea.

Book 49: Someone Like You

Book: Someone Like You by Lauren Layne
Rating: 4/5

I’ve pretty much been wanting to read Lincoln’s book since reading my first Lauren Layne book, Irresistibly Yours. The problem was that I found her books to be so hit or miss for a while that I just put off reading this book for a long time. But I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it because I loved it just as much as I thought I would!! Lincoln is the absolute best and I thought his story was so interesting and original. I also really liked Daisy and thought that her issues were realistic. And I was totally on board with the book until about the last 10% or so. I thought that they got together as a couple too quickly and all the resulting drama was too cliche. I’m actually pretty tired of Lauren Layne’s typical we broke up for whatever reason and now need to win back the girl with some weird group vetted romantic gesture. I also hated the epilogue.  And hated the nickname Wallflower, I actually just swapped that out in my head to Daisy. I could use a little less cameo appearances, I feel like Taylor and Nick were forced in since the next book was about them. But other than those things, the book was spot on!

Book 48: I Knew You Were Trouble

Book: I knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
Rating: 3/5

Hmmmm… I enjoyed this, but on the other hand, I got a little bit bored part way through, the story needed a little more meat to it.  But I loved Nick. And I really enjoy Nick and Taylor together and thought they made a great couple. Taylor was predictably whiny about not being loved which got a little old. The ending was meh, Taylor’s 180 was a little too abrupt and I was disappointed that Nick ran away for a week. I think I wanted a more of a discussion about the situation and not just a surprise happy ending.

Book 47: Walk of Shame

Book: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Rating: 3.5/4

Lauren Layne books have been a miss for me as of late so I was delighted that I was actually able to enjoy this one! I really liked Georgie, I thought she was a refreshing and charming narrator. I didn’t think that the Andrew POVs really added anything except to make him seem like not a total asshole and I would have rather seen that progression through Georgie’s eyes. I did get a little bit bored about half way through because they kept going back and forth between the same misunderstandings. There almost wasn’t enough conflict or plot to really keep the story moving in the right direction. Which is kind of a weird thing for me to say since I’m usually one for romance over plot. And the ending was a little to HEA.

Book 46: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Book: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Fry
Rating: 1.5/5

I’m apparently the odd man out in my rating of this book. I did not enjoy this. I found Harold to be really dull and boring and his journey did not interest me. I did like Maureen though and wished there was more of her in the book. I expected the characters that he met on the road would have more of an impact on me but they were all very forgettable (except for the guy with the shoe fetish which was more just weird than anything else). Sad that I didn’t like this as much as everyone else, but I just thought that it could have been better.