What I Read This Week: April 3, 2022

I finished four books again this week and they were all pretty decent.

For Love or Honey by Staci Hart

Contemporary romance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Available on Kindle Unlimited. First in the Blum’s Bees Series. This is such a charming novel, I loved everything about it. Grant rolls into town looking like a hot devil. His company wants to buy the mineral rights to many farms in town, including Jo’s. She and her family are adamant they won’t give in. Grant thinks her can change Jo’s mind eventually, and she thinks she can make a fool out of him. Neither expects to develop feelings while playing their games. This book is so funny. The witty banter is perfection. I highly recommend it for readers of sexy rom-coms. 

Funny You Should Ask by Eliza Susan

Contemporary romance

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Advanced copy from NetGalley, expected publication April 12, 2022. This isn’t a straight forward romance novel. It’s part romance, part social commentary on gender and celebrity. It was a quick, enjoyable read, with some decent humor. The structure is a bit choppy with going back and forth between “then” and “now,” which is ten years later, plus all the articles that are in between chapters. Overall, I never felt emotional connection to Chani and Gabe or their relationship. I never felt them falling for each other. I also wasn’t crazy about the level of slut shaming Chani received. It made me uncomfortable, which was the point but she wasn’t necessarily likable enough for me to root for her either. With all that being said, I did like the book a fair amount. I would recommend it for readers who enjoy stories about celebrities, and those looking for something different in the romance genre.

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

Thriller/audiobook

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I listened to the audio book. It was a compelling read and I was interested in the mystery but overall it was lackluster for me. Maybe it’s because I’m not into true crime. The story connects an accused/acquitted murderer in the 1970’s with a current day true crime blogger. I liked the characters and found them relatable, even when making poor decisions. I do love the way this author writes about ghosts. There’s no doubt that they’re real and all the characters know it. I recommend this one for readers of thrillers, especially if you’re intro true crime.

Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Contemporary romance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Available on Kindle Unlimited. This book captures everything I love about romance novels! The humor and sex are well done, it’s sweet and swoony, and it’s also got a fair amount of heaviness. Ronan and Nova are both dealing with grief and figuring out who they are in their “new” lives going forward. Plus, there’s a lot of football talk, which was a bonus for me. All the side characters are great, I hope this is the start of a series! Highly recommend. 

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