Book 35: Meet Cute

Book 35: Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
Rating: 3 – 3.5/5 I can’t decide

I both loved and hated this. The writing was kind of awful and there was something so unbelievable about her job situation. But I did actually like the romance between Kailyn and Dex, and the relationship between Kailyn and Emme was adorable. But the situation with Aunt Linda was pretty weird and too obvious. And here’s some examples of why I didn’t like it.

Book 32 – 34

Book: Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Rating: 2.5/5

Hmm… I really couldn’t get into this. I’m not sure what it was but I just wasn’t interested in either of the characters or their relationship with each other. I also wasn’t particularly interested in the sisters but I’ll still give book 2 a shot just in case it surprises me.

 

Book: Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Rating: 4/5

I loved this, and just sped through it. Daisy was so charming and I loved watching her relationship progress with Matthew. It was also sweet to see the rest of the characters pop up and get updates on their lives. Sad to see this series is over, I’ll miss these lovey ladies.

 

Book: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Rating: 3/5

Well… it was no ACOTAR. This was ok, I had pretty high standards going in so I think I was just a little let down. I actually really liked Harper but I didn’t particularly enjoy Rhen and didn’t like his POV. I liked her relationship with Grey more. And I was going to be really mad if she broke the curse because I just couldn’t see her loving Rhen so I’m glad that part was ambiguous. Debating moving on with the series.  That being said, I did really enjoy reading the book I picked it up whenever I had a spare moment, it just didn’t fully draw me in. It also felt strictly YA whereas ACOTAR was more on the adult side which I prefer. Perhaps I would have liked this better if I wasn’t constantly comparing it to the other Beauty and the Beast retelling I recently read haha.

Books 27 – 31

Book 27: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
Rating: 2.5/5

I just couldn’t get into this one. I wasn’t really sure why Lilian and Marcus were into each other and I didn’t get a lot of chemistry from them. And I was a little weirded out by the first time they had sex because wasn’t she drunk? I did like them more when they were in Daisy’s book so maybe I was just in a mood when I read this one.

 

Book 28: Bad for the Boss by Talia Hibbert
Rating: 3/5

I liked this, it was very readable but there was something holding me back from really loving it. Again, love that they take the boss/employee having a relationship seriously.

 

Book 29: Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert
Rating: 3.5/5

I have a surprisingly good recollection of the Talia Hibbert books given I read them almost a month ago. I really enjoyed this one, Nik was so charming and I really enjoyed Aria and their relationship. A little too insta-lovely but Nik was so sweet that it was easy to get past.

 

Book 30: That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert
Rating: 3.5/5

I really liked that both the characters were unconventional, it was so refreshing to read about very original characters. I’m sad this series is over because I really liked this little world. I guess there’s still the novella!

 

Book 31: Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Rating: 3/5

Lower side of 3. The book felt way too long and I thought it was going to be a book about Kathleen and Devon but there was so much else going on and I actually found most of the other stuff to be more interesting, I actually liked Kathleen and West’s relationship more than hers and Devon. And the twins were adorable. I think I’ll give the next book or two a shot before abandoning the series. Hopefully they get my attention a little more.

Books 22 – 26

Book 22: Secrets of A Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
Rating: 4/5

I was worried I wouldn’t like this since I sometimes find that the first book in the series has too much set up/introductions but I was pleasantly surprised. It was so lovely! I loved Simon and Annabelle.

 

Book 23: Work For It by Talia Hibbert
Rating: 3/5

It wasn’t bad but I’m not a fan of the first person POV from Talia Hibbert, it felt a little too rambly. I wish I liked it more though because I really liked Olu in the rest of the books (though I didn’t know it at the time because this was the first one I read from this series).

 

Book 24: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Rating:3/5

I was so close to not finishing this before I had to send it back to the library. I have no idea why these books need to be so long. I liked parts of it but for the most part I thought it was pretty boring. I didn’t care for Dorian’s new lady friend, Chaol was boring and Celaena spent most of the book just moping about. I did like Rowan, maybe just because he was something different. I love that SJM isn’t afraid to switch up the romances. Just because Celaena started wtih someone doesn’t mean that she ends up with that person which is kind of refreshing. I want to finish this series, but I’m not sure I can get through another 4 books.

 

Book 25: Undone by the Ex-Con by Talia Hibbet
Rating: 3.5/5

I liked this. I liked both Issac and Lizzie and thought they had great chemistry.

 

Book 26: Untouchable by Talia Hibbert
Rating: 4/5

I really liked this! Nate was such a swoon worthy guy and I love that Talia Hibbert doesn’t ignore the ickiness of sleeping with your employee. I will say Nate felt a little too perfect, who is that perfect in real life?

 

Book 20: A Girl Like Her

Book: A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
Rating: 3/5

I liked this! It was a quick, fun read. I liked how original Ruth felt and she was someone I enjoyed reading about. And Evan was such a nice guy, it was fun to read about a love interest who is nice and not a somewhat of a bully. But I’m not sure this was an overly memorable book so it’s only 3 stars for me. Will definitely read the next one though!

Book 19: Unclaimed, Book 21: Unveiled

Book: Unclaimed by Courtney Milan
Rating: 3.5/5

For reference, I started reading Unveiled before this but had a hard time getting through the last 20-30% of it so I moved onto Unclaimed because I loved Mark so much in Unveiled. I thought this was much better, I liked both Mark and Jessica better as characters and felt the story and pacing was better and more interesting. Still felt a little bit too long, like I wanted to be done at 70% but it didn’t drag quite as much as Unveiled.

Book: Unveiled by Courtney Milan
Rating: 2.5/5

As I said above I had to take a break because the last bit of the book just dragged. I thought this was alright, the characters were fine but not overly interesting. And I’m still not sure how I feel about historical romance in general but it’s just nice to have something different to read at this point in time.

Book 18: The Raven King

Book: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Reread. This book gets me every time it’s probably not flawless but when I read it, it feels like the perfect book. I had originally started rereading this series to prep for the Dreamers series but it took me so long I kind of already forgot about the first three books. Oh well, onto Call Down the Hawk.

Book 16: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Book: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Rating: 2.5/5

I guess there’s no better cure for a book hangover than reading the next book in the series which happens to be a novella that isn’t all that good. I was bored for about 80% of this book. The POVs were weird and confusing. I’ve always thought that this book would benefit from a third person POV and it seems like Mass thought so too since some of the chapters were in third person POV. There were some interesting tidbits in terms of plot set up for the next books but I wasn’t particularly interested in their time shopping.

Good thoughts here.

Book 15: Devil in Winter

Book: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
Rating: 3.5/5

I enjoyed this! I was weary of giving Lisa Kleypas another go after Sugar Daddy but I was pretty hooked from the beginning. I think this was my first historical romance and I’m definitely going to keep reading. If only to get to Cam’s book. A nice pallet cleanser after A Court of Wings and Ruin.