What I Read This Week: June 19, 2022

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Contemporary romance

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My feelings about this book are mixed. On one hand, it was a fast paced, engaging read. On the other hand, it felt emotionally manipulative. It’s like the author made everything about the book as gut wrenching as possible, just to get reactions out of the reader. Kenna just got out of prison after serving five years for having poor judgement in the past. She’s returned to her home town to be close to the family who is raising her daughter. Before she realizes who he is, she meets Ledger and they have a connection. But he’s closely tied to her sad past. It’s an interesting premise but it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. I had lots of unanswered questions in the end. I’d recommend this one for Colleen Hoover fans.

Homecoming King by Penny Reid

Contemporary romance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book so much, it contains everything that I need in a romance novel: humor, heaviness, good writing, great sex. Abigail is a wonderful heroine. She’s been through some hard times and is just trying to pay off her debts and get through each day. Then along comes Rex, who she’s crushed on since elementary school, and he just happens to be a super famous football player. He turns her tiny world upside down when he asks for a HUGE favor. Abby and Rex are perfect together and as individual characters. They each have their own journey separate from their one to be together. Rex accepts her as she is and doesn’t try to change her or fix her problems, even when he has the ability to do so. My only complaint is the ending is abrupt and I wanted more! I can’t wait for the next in the series. I highly recommend this one for romance readers.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Middle grade fiction/Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Believe it or not, I’d never read this book before. I listened to the audiobook narrated by John Wallams and it was a delight. He did an amazing job with the different voices, and there were fun sound effects too. I’m not sure there’s a moral to this story but I found it to be about kindness and standing up for what is right, in the face of wrongs.

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

Contemporary romance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m not sure I’ve ever given 5 stars to a closed door romance before! This brit-lit novel is absolutely charming and has everything I love about the romance genre. The sex happens but it isn’t explicit on the page, and for once I was okay with that because the rest of the book is perfection. There’s heaviness in relation to divorce, loss of a parent, grief, and dementia. There’s also hope and joy. I also enjoyed the scenery and local flair. This is a story about destiny but also about creating the life you choose. Laura and Ted are an unlikely couple but they’re great for each other. Watching them come to realize that was a joy. Also, the side characters are fantastic. I highly recommend this one for romance readers.

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