What You Wish For, Katherine Center

(Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy)

Before I dive into my review, if you haven’t swiped to the second photo, please take a moment to join me obsessing over this week’s mani.

Alright, on to the book, which I loved!

I’ve yet to read a Katherine Center novel that I didn’t fall completely in love with, but What You Wish For just might be my favorite.

I adored Sam and Duncan, Babette, Clay, Alice, and evening Tina (eventually).

The message of joy and love and personal forgiveness was so refreshing and just what I needed. Plus, Katherine Center has such a gift for writing real, relatable characters.

A Burning

I finished this book on Saturday and have been trying to find the words for a review.

As much as I loved this book, it angered me. Jivan’s story was heartbreaking and, sadly, it is a reality for so many.

While reading, I found myself yelling at those who refused to stand up for Jivan and those that eventually allowed the pressures of the government and society.

While I can’t say I enjoyed this book, I did like it—if that makes sense. The writing and narrative voice was unique for each character, which made the story leap from the pages. The topic was heavy but important.

I definitely recommend this book.

Saving Ruby King, Catherine Adel West

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the gifted copy.

Family. Friendship. Secrets. Lies. Saving Ruby King wove all of these elements into an unexpected and heartbreaking story.

Layla’s dedication to both her friend Ruby and the truth was what really sucked me into the story. Her loyalty and strength were inspiring.

I loved pretty much everything about this book, but especially the role the church building played and how the history was told.

I’d Give Anything, Marisa de los Santos

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the gifted copy.

I loved this book. The mother-daughter relationship between Ginny & Avery, and Ginny and her mother. Ginny’s friendship with Kiersten. The backstory. All of it.

I’m still processing it all, but this might be one of my faves of the year.

I’ve seen some confusion over this book being the fourth in a series, but I haven’t read any of the other books and this one didn’t feel like a sequel. So, I don’t think it needs to be read as such.

Something to Talk About, Meryl Wilsner

I’m a sucker for a good, slow-burn romance and boy did Something to Talk About deliver.

I adored both Jo and Emma. Each woman was both strong and confident, but they both also struggled with the same thing … trusting their hearts.

Something to Talk About also tackled the tough topic of sexual harassment in the work place and the Me Too movement.

This was a fabulous read and exactly what I needed to get out of my reading hiccup.

If you’re looking for a great queer read for Pride Month, definitely pick this one up.

Boyfriend Project, Farrah Rochon

Review: The Boyfriend Project, Farrah Rochon

I LOVED this book. It took me forever to read it but I think that has more to do with my mental/emotional state right now. Any other time and this would have been a book I devoured in a day.

This book was everything I’d hoped for … strong female lead, great female friendships, interesting insight into the world of tech, and a steamy relationship. There was also a bit of mystery and mild suspense as Daniel worked to investigate the money laundering scheme.

All in, The Boyfriend Project was a fantastic book.

Pretty Things, Jenelle Brown

Review: Pretty Things, Janelle Brown (thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for the gifted copy)

When I first picked up Pretty Things I wasn’t sure what to expect. Based on the synopsis, I’d assumed it was a suspenseful women’s fiction novel. There’d been a Bookstagram debate (of course) over whether or not it was a thriller (it’s suspense), so I’d come in with a hint of caution.

But I didn’t need to because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

This book had everything I love—mother-daughter drama, relationships, flawed/awful but likable characters, and a hint of glitz and glamor.

If those elements are your jam, you’ll love Pretty Things.

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

Review: Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson (audiobook)I’ve spent the last day trying to find the words to review Just Mercy, and I’m not sure I have them.

This book is a must-read. It’s powerful and difficult, but so important. The inequities and injustices in our justice system have been ignored for far too long.

I’ve always had strong feelings about the death penalty and the way the US treats incarceration and the accused, especially minorities, but Just Mercy opened my eyes even wider.

Though there were moments I felt consumed by rage, there were also moments of great hope and celebration.

A Taste of Sage, Yaffa S. Santos

Review: A Taste of Sage, Yaffa S. Santos (Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy)

I really wanted to love this one. The writing was fantastic and the premise was unique and intriguing.

Lumi was an engaging character, as was Julien. I didn’t love him at first, but he grew on me.What kept me from loving it was that at times, the relationship between the two felt forced and a bit rushed. I’d have liked a bit more flirting and coyness.

All-in, A Taste of Sage was a solid restaurant-themed romance with great characters and recipes that left my mouth watering.

This was a fun, cute read. I adored Lumi and Julien grew on me. Their story did feel rushed and almost forced at times, but also genuine.

Catch & Kill, Ronan Farrow

Wow. Guys, I know I’m late to the party on this one but damn. This was an intense ride.

I was pretty familiar with the Harvey Weinstein case when I started this book but I had no idea just how insane and predatory he was until I learned the lengths he went to kill the story.

Farrow is a phenomenal journalist and wordsmith. I was captivated from the first chapter.

Captivated and enraged.

As a female, I’ve always known that men will do just about anything to protect their status in the patriarchy. That’s an unavoidable truth. But hearing just how volatile their fragile egos are in such a detailed manner was eye opening.

Thank you to all the women who came forward and shared their stories despite the threats to their safety, careers, and families. Your voices and stories matter.