adult · contemporary · enemies to lovers · romance

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Don’t you just hate it when you think you’re going to love a book, and then you don’t?

I was almost certain that I was going to love The Unhoneymooners when I picked it up from the library, but like most things in life, I was rather disappointed with the outcome.

I feel cheated. When I picked up The Unhoneymooners from the library, I was expecting a contemporary romance novel that adorned one of my favourite tropes, enemies-to-lovers, but what I got was not what I expected.

Though in the beginning I was mildly intrigued (it took me about a page and a half for my interest to wear off, cliches were introduced and my patience began thinning), that soon died down. The characters were as if all of the cliche characters in books were fused into two people, then you would have the two main characters, Ethan and Olive. They were boring, very one dimensional, Mary Sues in disguise, unentertaining, AND THEY WEREN’T EVEN ENEMIES. They had no chemistry (and this is a romance book, LIKE COME ON MORTALS, DO BETTER).

The writing was plain and boring. It wasn’t that terrible, I mean I’ve read much worse and much better, but it was legible. I just personally felt like it wasn’t a unique style. Sometimes I’ll read a quote or a passage and I’ll automatically know who the writer of it is because a lot of authors have their own unique style. This author (or rather, authors) did not make it so the writing stood out. There where also some really strange passages that I think I was supposed to think were “deep,” when in reality, they just came off as strange because we were led to believe that the main character only cared about herself, Ethan, herself, her sister, and did I mention herself?

Now, onto my least favourite part of this book. THE FACT THAT I WAS LIED TO. I was expecting an enemies to lovers romance, and who knows, maybe my hopes were too high after reading To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters, Beach Read by Emily Henry and You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle, but this is NOT an enemies-to-lovers. It is a whiny-girl-hates-basic-male-and-deems-him-to-be-her-enemy-because-she-is-incapable-of-communicating-with-human-beings-and-actually-using-common-sense.

Don’t even get me started on the romance because I can already feel my gray hair multiplying (no, I am not old, yes, I am stressed).

Also, that little plot “twist,” was simply not my cup of tea. I do not consider myself a sleuth, but COME ON. It was so easy to guess what was going to happen. I literally thought about it 10 pages into the book (or less in all honesty). I just feel as if this book is a cliche, watered down novel that was parading around as a “unique” book with a “unique” plot, when really, I do not remember anything about this book after only a month of reading it, besides the names of the characters, which I remembered because they disappointed me so much.

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adult · contemporary · enemies to lovers · romance

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You Deserve Each Other is a romantic comedy that made me laugh continuously and the amount of pages I dog eared because of how amazing they were is sinful (dog earring pages is also sinful, please forgive me bookworms for this treacherous act, but I couldn’t help myself and ran out of stickies). It is how romance novels should be done in my opinion, with suspense, characters whom have chemistry and are downright amazing in slightly terrible ways (I may have loved Naomi’s evilness, and Nicholas is on a whole other level of book boyfriends).

I loved this. It’s that simple. I haven’t read a good enemies to lovers book in quite awhile so this was an absolute delight.

I want to staple this cover on my forehead because this book is beautiful and the world must not ignore its beauty. The characters were amazing and I could relate to a lot of what they felt or thought. As I mentioned earlier, Nicholas is on a whole other level of book boyfriend and may or may not be my new fictional hubby. Naomi may have been childish at times, but I still managed to like her.

I will literally never stop recommending this book. I’m going to be honest with you guys, I read a lot of romance novels but half the time I don’t like them because of the writing, characters, tropes…etc. But this, this was amazing. I finished reading it earlier today (cough 3 am cough) and I’m contemplating whether I should read it again.

I didn’t like the second half as much as the first, but that’s just cause I’m a cynic at heart and must have at least one character die in each book to feel happy (I know, I’m messed up, send help). Nonetheless, this was AMAZING.

The only reason why this is a four star rating (if you’ve seen my other reviews then you know that this is quite a high rating since I’m a critic and like to pick each aspect apart when I read) is because I didn’t enjoy all of the aspects of this story. There were just a few things I thought wrapped up too quickly and felt rushed, but I still loved this book and will probably profusely talk about it for the next 5 years.

And if you like this book and are wallowing in the depths of utter sadness because you think that nothing may ever compare, then I reccomend reading these beauties: To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters and
Beach Read by Emily Henry which are both romantic comedies that feature enemies to lovers.

Anyways, I have one last message for you:
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contemporary · romance · young adult

Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein

Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not Another Love Song is about a girl who struggles to come to terms with her music and relationships with both her family and a new exchange student named Ten. It is a light, sweet, and fun story that navigates the concept of what we’d do to reach our goals, even if it means leaving everyone and everything behind.

I wanted more substance, more suspense and conflict. Call me heartless, but I like when characters have to struggle to reach their goals, it makes it seem much more real and raw. This was almost too sweet, and everything was resolved much too quickly and without a hassle.

There wasn’t anything terrible about this book, it was alright, and it did captivate my attention as the story developed, but I personally like my novels with more substance and obstacles. As I said before, conflicts can make a story more enticing, and this did not have many, or they were resolved in the blink of an eye. It was also predictable and cliche, so I did not care much about the outcome since I already knew what it would be. I must say though that it also helped ease my stress since it was something light and easy to get through.

For me, this felt like a light summer read, and I reccomend this if you just want to sit down and relax with a book that is light on substance but still manages to be amusing.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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adult · contemporary · romance

The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts

The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I wish I could say I loved this book. I went into this excited and eager to read a fun rom-com that would ease my nerves, but unfortunately, I was let down.

The Wish List details the life of an anxious and closed off bookworm who has an obsessive tendency with counting. She’s forced to go to therapy by her parents because of her lack of romantic relationships, and there, THE wish list is born. Soon after, she meets what she presumes is the perfect man for her and further journeys on with the concept of love and relationships in general, while still tackling her work life and bridezilla step-sister.

The premise interested me, a wish list and a lonely bookworm who has a strange habit? Sign me up! But the story itself did not deliver. It was very basic and didn’t bring anything new to the table. It just felt like something I’d read a million times before, and it could’ve been done much better. I wish there had been more twists, and that the ones that were included in the story weren’t so expected or easy to guess. By the second chapter, I had already penned what would happen, and it went in the route I though it would.

As I write this review, I have already forgotten the love interest’s name, which is always a bad sign for a romance novel, or any novel in general. The character’s were dull and the “romance” was pushed onto the reader with little to no development. There was nothing that held my attention, nor any character I felt attached to or loved/loathed. We never got to know the character’s intentions and they felt very one dimensional.

I will say that the author’s writing flowed well and she managed to humour me in some parts of this story. I found the concept of her living in England interesting since most novels I’ve read recently have been set in America, it was nice to see a change in atmosphere. Overall though, this just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Thank you to the publisher and edelweiss for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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