Review: The Intimacy Experiment, Rosie Danan

(thank you to Berkley for the free ebook)

Y’all, I’ve been reading romance for a very long time. A long, long time. I’ve met many swoon-worthy men. I’ve swooned. I know I have.

But I’ve never had a book boyfriend quite like Rabbi Ethan Cohen. Seriously. Serve me that man on a platter. He’s hot, compassionate, dedicated, patient, and a million other adjectives.

I adored Naomi, too. She was flawed and strong and also willing to be vulnerable. She never compromised herself when she let her walls down to let Ethan in. She remained true to who she was, which I loved. Naomi is the kind of woman I aspire to be.

So, yup. I loved this book. I will definitely be picking up Rosie Danan’s other books. All of them.

Review: First Comes Like, Alisha Rai

(thank you to Avon Books for the free copy)

Have I mentioned how much I love the fake romance trope? Seriously. It’s my favorite. I literally get giddy the instant I realize it’s about to happen.

So, First Comes Like was right up my ally. I adored Jia and Dev. I loved how kind and vulnerable they both were. I adored how sweet they were to each other, even if sometimes it was misconstrued.

I devoured this book, and I want MORE.

Review: Astrid Sees All, Natalie Standiford

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford

[out 4.6.21] (Thank you to Atria & NetGalley for the gifted copy)

If I were to picture a novel that portrayed the excess and dangers of stereotypical 1980s NYC, it would be Astrid Sees All.

Drugs. A little rock & roll. Clubs. A random serial killer, because, why not?

Yes, it was a lot and a bit over the top. Did I still enjoy it? I think so. I couldn’t put it down. I found myself rooting for Pheobe and loving her a little more with every page. Was the perfect? Nope. She was flawed and real.

Review: Talk Bookish to Me, Kate Bromley

(out 5.25.21 – thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the free copy)

Sigh. This book was the perfect rom com.

Witty banter.
Second chance romance.
A little novel within a novel.
An ode to Bookstagram.
An adorable bulldog.

Kara and Ryan’s story was sweet and endearing, but also real. They both carried emotional baggage, and like real humans they avoided talking about it.

I adored Kara. Her friendships, her sense of humor, her commitment to using humor to deflect. She was so relatable.

And, Ryan. Oh, Ryan what are we supposed to do with you. I can’t say much without giving away spoilers, but even when he royally screws up, I just wanted to pull him into a squishy hug and never let him go.

Review: Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld

Rodham was amazing. But also a little sad because “what if’s” always make me long for the alternate reality presented.

What if Hillary hadn’t married Bill?

I’ve pondered this before. The better what if, though, is what if women weren’t held accountable for the men around them and men were held accountable for their actions? That’s the what if I’d love to one day see.

Rodham was a phenomenal book, as is my expectation with anything Sittenfeld touches. It spanned nearly four decades and explored so much history, and rewrote quite a bit too.

Now, I’ll be off daydreaming about the what if’s presented here.

Review: Honey Girl, Morgan Rogers

I am not sure I have ever connected to or related to a book or character more than I did with Grace and Honey Girl.

Now, as a white cis woman with two kids and a career, Grace and I don’t have much in common on paper. But lord the insides—the anxiety, the pressure to do it all and be it all—I felt every one of those.

Morgan Rogers wrote a beautiful novel about family, found family, love, forgiveness, and self.

In case you can’t tell, I absolutely loved this book! All the stars. All the feels.

Review: Outlawed, Anna North

Outlawed was the queer feminist western novel I didn’t know I needed in my life. I really enjoyed watching Ada come into her own.

The women of the Hole in the Wall Gang are what really pulled me into the story. Each had their own unique skills and background, but none of them allowed the shame cast on them by society to stop them.

I do feel that the pace of the story dragged a bit and was hoping for a bit more on Ada’s life at the end, but all in, this was an enjoyable read.

Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown

(Out 3/9/21. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.)

Eve Brown is by far my favorite Brown sister. Her boldness, vulnerability, and empathy made me fall completely in love with her. Jacob was grumpy, loveable, and completely and utterly perfect.

The slow-burn and enemies to lovers aren’t usually my favorite tropes, but Hibbert wrote this book so brilliantly that I wanted to savor every second of Eve and Jacob.

Now, I want a series with Mont and his sisters. That would be incredibly fun.

Review: Memorial, Bryan Washington

A beautiful exploration of self, relationships, family, and place.

Memorial was a raw, honest look at the lives of Benson and Mike, two men who struggle to communicate their feelings. Neither man is happy, but neither seem to be capable of having that honest conversation with each other.

I found myself completely drawn to the characters and story, especially the relationship between Benson and Mike’s mother, Mitsuko. She was thrown into an impossible situation with her son’s boyfriend, whom she barely knew. Through food and close proximity, Mitsuko seemed to unlock a warmth in Benson.

I connected a bit less with Mike and his father, but their relationship and growth was equally beautiful.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Go read it, now!