This past year I discovered Christina Lauren and they have now become one of my favorite authors. They are a best friend duo who write contemporary romance novels. I’ve finally caught up with all of their stand alone novels and made a quick infographic if you’re trying to decide which one of their books would fit your romantic tastes 🙂
I can’t wait for their new novel to come out in October 2019!
Publication Date: 1/7/19 Publisher: HQ Digital Rating: 3/5
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book from HQ Digital in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.
Review: When Polly Met Olly is the second book I’ve read from Zoe May. This lighthearted romance read follows how New York matchmakers, Polly and Olly, working for competing firms meet and fall for each other. Overall, it was a decent read. I loved the concept of the story. However, I found myself a bit surprised with the amount of British terms used for someone who was supposedly living in New York for several years and the dialogue from other characters used British term as well. Aside from that, I do like Zoe’s writing style as it kept it me interested throughout the story. I wasn’t a big fan of the chemistry between the two main characters. It seemed a bit too far fetched, but the story came together and had a cute ending. Overall, I’d recommend reading Zoe’s other book, Perfect Match, over this one, but I am looking forward to more of her future work.
Review: I decided to choose A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rumas my February BOTM pick. This contemporary novel follows three generations of Palestinian women living in Brooklyn: Fareeda who moves to America from the refugee camps in Palestine, Isra who has an arranged marriage with one of the sons and faces motherhood, and Deya who is the daughter of Isra and faces whether to enter into an arranged marriage of her own or take control of her future. Overall, this debut is extremely empowering and tragic. It shows the resilience and strength of women, the oppression of culture, and the choices that affect others. I took my time with this one because the content was so heavy and emotional. The beginning started a bit slow for me, but I didn’t mind due to the intriguing plot line. Etaf’s writing style can be described as raw and beautifully tragic This book gave me into a bit more insight about the culture of Palestine. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read a book that sheds light on a culture that isn’t discussed much in fiction and that will resonate with you.
Review: My January BOTM pick was the psychological thriller, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. After a woman murders her husband and refuses to speak, a psychotherapist is determined to uncover such a heinous act. This thriller started off a bit slow, but the premise grips you from page one. The author does an amazing job capturing the depth of the characters. I also really liked the psychology aspect of the novel. The alternating narratives were great which kept the story moving. I didn’t see the twist coming and I liked the way the author ended the story. I would recommend picking up this one if you love psychological thrillers.
Here are some of my favorite contemporary romance reads in the form of themes book lists. The purpose of these lists is to show a common theme of books that you may enjoy and/or come across books you may not have heard before.
Have you read any of these? Which ones are you looking forward to reading?
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.
Review: When You Read This is a heartfelt, funny, and sad contemporary novel. This bittersweet book is about a young woman who passes away due to lung cancer and how the people around her cope with her passing. The story is captured through emails, texts, and blog posts. I love stories in this format because they are interesting to read. The author does a beautiful job expressing grief through multiple perspectives, moving on? And new beginnings. One of the strong points of this novel is how endearing and relatable the characters are. I would highly recommend picking this novel if you loved Goodbye, Paris and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from The Dial Press (Random House) in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.
Review: Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors since high school and I was so excited to receive an ARC of her latest novel, I Owe You One. This chick lit follows Fixie Farr who has a knack of fixing things. She always picks up the slack from her siblings at their family owned store. One day Fixie meets a handsome stranger at a coffee shop who asks her to watch his laptop. Once she saves it from a disaster, they ended up exchanging IOUs. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with this upcoming novel. There were some cute moments, however, the romance felt pretty weak. The plot was pretty weak as well which didn’t hold up for the entire book The characters go through the typical transformation in a Sophie Kinsella book, but I found all the characters to be a bit extreme and annoying. Fixie was too much of a doormat that after a while it was getting unbearable to read about her. Her siblings seemed too much of pretentious pricks and used Fixie’s lack of a backbone to their advantage. There were also some excess characters which served no purpose in the book. The only reason I even finished the novel was so I could give a fair review. I would recommend skipping this one as there are better books by Sophie Kinsella.