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.

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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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adult · enemies to lovers · LGBTQ+ rep · romance

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

First and foremost, I’d like to say this:

This book is most certainly not a beach read.

This novel is a “I-will-tear-your-heart-out-with-my-subtle-darkness-and-charming-humour” kind of read. It is intriguing and mellow, definitely not the light read I was expecting, but rather gloomy in some parts and poignant in others, nonetheless, it definitely harboured my attention.

I couldn’t stop reading. I was fully immersed in January’s story and her journey through life. The banter in this book reminded me much of To Have and to Hoax as this too was charming and witty, but Beach Read had the tendency of treading through darker themes and more thoroughly explored the possibility of “love” and what this concept meant to the characters individually.

I found myself highly amused by the banter between the characters, they felt very real and fleshed out, and I loved seeing how they changed throughout the story. And even when faced with many challenges, they still found the time to make the others’ life insufferable, truly romantic.

In conclusion, the cover and blurb may suggest a light, beach read, but this is far from that. It is a moving tale about a woman’s journey navigating what she once assumed was her “perfect” life. It’s raw, amusing, and shall bury you in a rollercoaster ride of emotions and musings, it is enjoyable and worth a read.

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

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adult · historical · romance

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Diana sagged. “Morals,” she said simply. “So tiresome.”

To Have and to Hoax is witty, smart and charming as a whole, filled to the brim with revenge schemes and intriguing characters that made this a page-turner for me. The premise is intriguing, it’s about a married couple who are plagued by misunderstandings, which eventually leads to a cruel (and hilarious) game that threatens to tear them apart.

This book is filled with wonderful writing that flows perfectly, and characters that feel so real it’s marvellous. I loved the witty banter in this book, I found myself laughing and smiling a whole lot while reading this. I find that most books that brand themselves as romantic comedies usually come off as forced, but certainly not with this book. It was genuinely funny and I highlighted an unhealthy amount of passages while reading (some that may have been a page-long or so).

The characters that graced the pages were just so wonderful and I haven’t felt this amused by dialogue alone since reading The Raven Boys. The characters felt very real and I loved learning more about them and their backgrounds.

Overall, I highly reccomend this novel. It’s engaging, funny, and delivers a punch. I’m hoping the author may bless me with a sequel including any one of the side characters.

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

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new adult · romance · vampires

The Cardinalis Code by Avery Sterling

The Cardinalis Code by Avery Sterling

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is a hidden gem.

When I started reading this, I was surprised at how clean and well the writing flowed. There were barley any grammatical mistakes, which is rare in e-books. I didn’t expect much from the novel since the past couple of e-books I’ve been reading have been in the 2-3 star range, but this definitely exceeded my expectations.

I requested this as soon as I read the premise of the novel on LibraryThing. It was much shorter than the Goodreads synopsis, but it captured my attention. The story is about a girl who works in a nightclub to pay off her tuition, and one night she meets a handsome stranger there while trying to escape a man who keeps following her around. Yes, I know how that sounds: cliché, overdone, boring. That’s what I thought too, but as I continued on with the book, it got so much better.

Not only were the characters crafted and written well, but broke molds and stereotypes. This book was really good and engaging as well. I COULDN’T stop reading, which is always a good sign, except when it’s 12 in the morning and you’re left staring at your screen, wishing for a sequel, which was literally me after finishing this book.

I did have some problems with the novel, the mc’s first encounter with Michael left a sour taste in my mouth. But I literally have nothing else to complain about, WHAT HAS THIS BOOK DONE TO ME? The concept of this story was really good, and even though I’ve read books like this in the past, this is by far the best.

Also, a guy from Italy whose actually written like a normal human being (well, technically as normal as Cardinalis get) and not mafioso? WHAT EVEN, THANK YOU AUTHOR. I feel like every book with Italians in it always depicts them as mafiosi and it really bothers me as a fellow Toscana.

I really can’t comprehend why this isn’t more popular? It’s probably one of the best romance novels I’ve read so far, and this book deserves so much more love. I definitely reccomend checking this out if you’re looking for a romance novel with fleshed-out characters, vampires (or rather, Cardinalis), engaging plot, and a potential new book boyfriend.

Thank you to LibraryThing for my free copy. This is no way affected my opinion of the book.

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