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.

Book 45: Suddenly One Summer

Book: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
Rating: 4/5

I loved this. I loved that Victoria had some flaws other than “my last significant other cheated on me and now I don’t want to commit to anyone”. I thought she was such a real character. And Ford was a great love interest, I really liked him in Brooke’s book and was glad to see him back. I thought his relationship with his friends was charming and I was glad to see Brooke make some cameos but where was Cade? If we’re going to have book cameos, at least give one to Cade. I would love to see more spin offs of reporters sinc Colin in Cameron’s book also worked for a newspaper and he was the best.

My only issue was that I desperately wanted Ford to stay with her that night after her panic attack. And while him leaving resulted in the Epilogue of them going to therapy to work on their issues, I just really wanted this story to be different. There’s always a misunderstanding over how they really feel at the end of a Julie James book and for once I just wanted Ford to put his foot down and be like “No. I’m not leaving. Despite whatever else is happening, we’re friends and if I have to sit outside your door to make sure you are ok, I will.” Because to me, nothing is more romantic than the guy NOT giving up on the girl.

Book 44: A Lot Like Love

Book: A Lot Like Love by Julie James
Rating: 3/5

I wanted to like this book more. I didn’t really love either of the characters and I thought the ending with them going away to Napa was a little cheesy. I also really dislike the extra POV from Xander and I’m glad that James finally does away with that in the next book.  I also think the “I Love You”s happened way too quickly. I’m totally ok with the the MCs just being together and not declaring their love for each other after only two weeks. Overall, not my favourite JJ book but definitely better than Sexiest Man Alive which I didn’t even bother finishing.

Book 43: It Happened One Wedding

Book: It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
Rating: 4/5

I quite liked Vaughn in the other books so I was excited to see him have his own. I thought that the first part focused too heavily on Simon and Isabelle and I wish it had focused more on Vaughn’s undercover work and maybe should have thrown in more angst with Sindey’s job instead of the wedding drama. I really loved Vaughn’s family, they were just adorable.

Book 42: Something About You

Book: Something About You by Julie James
Rating: 3.5/5

This book started off weaker than the other Julie James books I’ve read but finished pretty strong. I didn’t like the extra POV of the bad buy and there was a little bit too much showing of the trial she was on early in the book. I’m glad that she took those parts out of her later books.

4 down and 5 left to go on Julie James novels! And I thought I was going to have a hard time hitting 50 books this year 🙂