Book Review | One Day in December by Josie Silver

One Day in December. By Josie Silverman. Broadway Books, 2018. 416 pages. $8.99 (Adult).

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This book was, what I’m going to call, a blind book. What I mean is, I went into this one, with no idea about the plot whatsoever. All I knew is it was a romance novel.

Apparently, I’ve decided to kick the year off with romance novels – don’t ask me why cause I don’t know!!! Regardless, I saw that this was a Book of the Month pick in 2018 and I added it to my TBR (because I’ve yet to be truly disappointed by a BoTM selection). Anyway, the point is, I added this to my TBR because of BoTM.

One day, I was browsing Libby to see if there were any books I would be interested in borrowing for downtime at work. Bam! This was at the top of my available books. So I borrowed it.

I was not prepared.

Laurie encounters the love of her life at a bus stop. But… she doesn’t even know his name. She memorizes his face and recounts his looks to her best friend, Sarah. So begins Lu and Sarah’s quest to find the man they’ve dubbed “bus boy”. The duo spends a literal year looking for this man. Sarah claims she has heard enough about bus boy that she’d be able to find him without Lu’s help. How wrong she is.

Thus begins the nearly decade long journey of Lu realizing and then finding her true love over and over again. It’s a roller coaster of emotional turmoil of the best sort. Is it a little soap-y? Totally. But I. Was. Here. For. It.

The entire time I was reading this book, I was laughing and crying and totally enjoying myself. That’s the mark of a good romance novel, in my opinion.

Here’s the thing though. I love a good smutty book. This was not that. It was totally cutesy and adorable and just quintessentially British. I couldn’t help but feel charmed while reading this. Overall a totally enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone doubting that home is not a place; it’s a person.

Book Review | On a Tuesday by Whitney G

On a Tuesday. By Whitney G. WGW Books, LLC, 2017. 228 pages. $2.99 (Ages 18+).

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            What if the best and worst of everything in your life happened on one specific day of the week? For Grayson and Charlotte, that’s exactly how Tuesdays are. Anything and everything happens to the pair on a Tuesday – aptly titling the novel.

            Grayson Connors is the college football player. Likely to be the NFL’s number one draft pick after his graduation from Pitt, everything is looking great for him. There’s just one thing… he doesn’t date. Charlotte Taylor is the perfect student. Set up to go either to art or law school upon her graduation from Pitt, she’s just two courses shy of graduating on time. The only way to make up for her missing credits is to take on a tutoring gig. Her problem comes in the form of one soon-to-be NFL star.

            This love story is really fast paced. Altering between past and present day, we get a glimpse into how quickly Charlotte and Grayson fall in love and just how quickly the tides can turn. Considered a second chance romance, Charlotte and Grayson’s love story definitely had my attention from the beginning.

            While this is not my first Whitney G romance novel I have to say, it was MUCH tamer than I remember her other novels being. This one is a slow build and doesn’t have naughty scenes ever other page like a lot of Kindle books. While I found Grayson to be an egotistical ass most of the time, he grew on me. Charlotte did not really stand out to me much – I actually find that, as I reflect on these characters, that their personalities are more present that what I can remember of their looks. I actually think I can appreciate this more than if I only remembered how they looked…

            What I personally found the most fascinating about this book is the concept of everything happening on one day of the week. I mean, even the main event of this book (a random seven year college reunion) happen on a freakin’ Tuesday. I get that this is a simple reason to be interested in a book, but it’s what kept pushing me through.

            Ultimately, the twist about why the relationship fell apart was pretty surprising to me. In hindsight, it shouldn’t have been… but it was and I was thrilled to be wrong!  Overall, this book kept me on my toes and consumed my thoughts.

Book Review | Shortcake by Lucy Watson

Shortcake. By Lucy Watson. Lucy Watson Books, 2019. 413 pages. $2.99 (Ages 18+).

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Benjamin Crawford and Emelia Anderson are polar opposites. At least, that’s what the author would have readers believing. Turns out, they’re not as different as one might think. They have at least one thing in common – mutual dislike for the other. But is that all?

Love it or hate it, the enemies to lovers trope is here to stay. Shortcake
brings a breath of fresh air to this moderately overdone trope with laugh
out loud funny moments to help counter the heavy dramatics that generally run rampant in romance novels. It’s refreshing to experience a romance novel that isn’t just wild sex every five pages.

Ben and Emmy’s whirlwind romances is kicked into action when Ben’s Grammy Rose passes away – leaving both Ben and Emmy as sole proprietors to her estate. In order to “earn” their inheritance, Ben and Emmy must follow a weirdly specific set of instructions. This, in my opinion, is a really fun way to set up and build upon the romance. The will, and these oddly specific instructions, are what help drive the story… aside from the two main’s mutual hatred of one another.

A serious slow build romance that will keep you on your toes. Toxic
masculinity? Yes. Inordinately hot men? Also yes. Potential for spinoff
romances? Obviously.

February Wrap-Up | 2019

I understand that we’ve passed the mid point of March already and I should have had this posted ages ago. I’m not really sorry because I was waiting to post this until after I’d already posted all of my reviews for February.

The time has finally come!

February was a strong reading month for me in terms of quantity. I read 12 books!

And the books I read are… *drumroll*

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

After Youby Jojo Moyes

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Dumplin’by Julie Murphy

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All of my reviews are linked above, if you want to know my thoughts on a specific book. Otherwise, here are some stats because statistics are fun!

Pages Read: 4,446

Average Rating: 3.7 stars

In my opinon, it was a great reading month for me driven forward by easy to read young adult novels. Reading this many books at the front of the year really helped me put a dent in my goal for the year too. I’m definitely going to be slowing down after March though. Stay tuned for my next post to find out why!

Did you read any really wonderful books in February? What were they? Leave me a comment so I can add your faves to my TBR. 🙂