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 | 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.