What I Read This Week: July 31, 2022

I can’t believe this is the last day of July! I finished four books this week, here’s a look at them.

Command the Moon by Kathryn Moon

Paranormal romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an enjoyable read but it wasn’t as light and fun as I was expecting. The witchcraft aspect was heavy and sciencey, which made for dense reading sometimes. The book also contains a lot of dream sequences, which I found confusing. Plus there are a lot of characters to keep track of. That makes it sound like I didn’t like it, doesn’t it? But I truly did like it a lot. I especially appreciated the diversity of the characters and that this ended up being a polyamorous romance, which I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t read the blurb because the book was highly recommended by two good friends! I also loved the setting of the story. Zee and her cousin Sam are witches who live in that typical “spooky house on the hill” and are often shunned by the townsfolk (except for when they want a tarot reading, of course.) The town eventually comes to accept the withes and that was a fun process to witness. I highly recommend this one for readers of paranormal romance.

Parks and Provocation by Juliette Cross

Contemporary romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book two in the Green Valley Heroes series, which is a spin-off of the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. I was really excited for Juliette Cross’ take on Green Valley and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m realizing I love this storyline of people who thought they were enemies in high school but actually had the hots for each other and then their paths cross again as adults and they fall in love. It’s so fun and relatable. Lola has moved back to her home town and is down on her luck. When her nemesis from high school turns out to be a hot fireman who wants to date her, it takes her a while to accept her situation. Lola and Jed were great together, they had great banter and big time chemistry. They were great as characters separately as well, and the side characters were wonderful additions to the story. I highly recommend this one for readers of romance. It works well as a stand alone, but the first book is worth reading too.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Historical fiction/audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Don’t let the cover fool you, this isn’t a fun, light book though it is truly unique, I loved it from start to finish. It’s impossible to put this book in just one category. I’d call it historical fiction but it has a strong dose of science, feminism, some smart humor, a love story, and family drama. Elizabeth Zott is a female chemist in the 1960’s. Her life is anything but common and she likes it that way, though she has fought against sexism her entire career. I absolutely loved Elizabeth. She is determined to live life her way. While the story is heavy at times, dealing with rape, harassment, and death of a loved one, it also manages to be hopeful. I listened to the audiobook and found the narration added a lot to the emotional depth of the story. I highly recommend this for readers of historical fiction and women’s fiction.

Run For Your Honey by Staci Hart

Contemporary romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book three in the Blum’s Bees series. I didn’t love this quite as much as the previous two in the series but it’s still really great. Poppy is the third Blum sister, who has had a role in the previous books and now she gets her own happy ending, though not without some heartbreak first. Poppy’s first love abandoned her when he went away to college. Fast forward 12 years later and he’s returned to their small town to run against her in the mayoral race. She hates him because of what he did but after spending time with him, she realizes those strong feelings are tinged with desire still, after all these years. I love the setting of these books, a small Texas town, and the bee farm that the Blum sisters run with their mother. The humor is great too, and the sex scenes are hot – we get some steamy outdoor action this time! Second chance romance is my jam so of course I enjoyed that aspect of the story. But I also appreciate the undying theme, which is about staying true to yourself. I highly recommend this series for romance readers, start with the first book

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