What I Read This Week: October 24, 2021
I finished five books this week.
Motion by Penny Reid
Available on Kindle Unlimited. Book four in the Hypothesis series. This is the first of three books that follow the same couple. In this first installment, Mona and Abraham meet and start to fall for each other. The problem is, she’s pretending to be her twin sister. I never love a plot centered around lying but Mona is doing this to protect her sister, so I understand her motivations. This is a sweet start to the story with lots of chemistry between the characters. I recommend this series for romance readers.
Time by Penny Reid
Available on Kindle Unlimited. Book five in the Hypothesis series. This second installment begins two years after the previous story. Mona has tried her best to get over Abram with little success. When she retreats to her family’s mountain cabin for a winter vacation, she arrives to discover her brother is already there with some friends, and of course one of those friends is Abram. I love forced proximity combined with a second chance romance, so this whole book was ultra swoony for me. I appreciate how the characters are ultimately honest with each other.
Space by Penny Reid
Available on Kindle Unlimited. Book six in the Hypothesis series. In this final installment of Mona and Abrham’s story, we learn what it’s like to be in a relationship with a rockstar who is on tour. I already loved Abram but this book made him an even better charger. I liked how he stood up for himself when his bandmates and others criticized him for not wanting to “have a good time” on the road. I highly recommend this series for readers of romance.
The Audacity of Sara Grayson by Joani Elliott
Two and a half stars rounded up. This book was a slog with some really nice moments throughout. The premise is lovely and it’s what drew me in. Sara is a writer of greeting cards and coupons. When her mother’s dying wish is for her to write the last installment of her best selling book series, Sara is confused and doesn’t believe she can do it. This is a story about believing in yourself and about the power of having people around who believe in you too. It’s about family drama and secrets and how that impacts future generations. All of that stuff was interesting but it was bogged down in a really slow timeline. The entire book takes place over just a few months but it feels like years. If it had been about 100 pages shorter, it would have picked up the pace and made it more compelling. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was flat. I still recommend it for readers who enjoy slow paced, character driven stories.
Neon Gods by Katee Robert
This book rocked my world. Hard. I finished the whole thing in less than 24 hours and was sad when it was over. This isn’t your typical romance novel with sex scenes. This is a sex-centric story and the scenes not related to sex are in the minority. If they aren’t having sex, they’re planning to, discussing it, just finished having it. Be warned, there’s a lot of sex. And it’s not sweet cuddly vanilla sex either. I don’t want to spoil anything so just keep in mind this is Hades we’re talking about. He has a reputation for depraved habits. However I will say the sex is written very well. Regardless of what acts are taking place, consent and safety are front and center for the characters. So besides all the kinky sex, there’s a great story. It’s a modern take on Hades and Persephone so all the major players are here. Robert did an incredible job building this world and I totally got lost in it. I loved the map of Olympus at the front, I referred to it several times while reading to keep a feel for the world the characters are in. I highly recommend this one for readers of romance and erotica.