What I Read This Week: July 18, 2021

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I was out of town last week and totally spaced on posting my weekly update.

This week, I finished three books and they were all three star reads.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Contemporary Romance

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Advanced copy from NetGalley, publication date July 13, 2021. Overall, this is an enjoyable read. It’s a fun premise with unique characters. However there’s a lot of potential that goes undeveloped. The timeline of the whole story is only about five weeks which feels super rushed. For the length of the book, the author could have stretched things out longer to allow for more emotional development between Piper and Brendan. When Piper arrives in the small town, it’s for three months, so there wasn’t any need to force their relationship. A slow burn would have been more fitting. I loved Brendan’s backstory and how it played a role in his relationship with Piper. I also loved the Schitt’s Creek inspired story, fancy Piper arriving in this fishing town and not knowing how to survive on her own. There’s a lot of great humor and other touching moments between Piper and the other characters in the town who aren’t sure what to think of her. The sex in this book was MUCH better than the author’s other novel I read. And there’s A LOT of it. This story is also much more sex positive. Ultimately, this is a story about place and finding one’s own identity separate from “home”, which I really liked. I recommend it for romance readers.

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Science Fiction/Audiobook

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This book wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I thought it was a domestic thriller with a sciencey storyline. Instead, it’s straight up science fiction. If I’d known that, I’m not sure I would have read it. I listened to the audiobook in one sitting during a road trip. I’m sure this made it much more compelling that it might have been if I’d been picking up and putting down a physical copy. The science is dense, though I’m not sure how accurate it is. There are a lot of graphic scenes involving violence and procedures done on corpses. With all that being said, the storyline is unique and interesting. The writing is solid, however the character development wasn’t great. Our protagonist/narrator didn’t have an arc or personal development. Sci-fi isn’t my jam so the fact that this kept my attention for eight hours says something about it’s quality. There’s some mystery/suspense throughout the plot but I would not call this a thriller. I recommend it for sci-fi readers.

Beef Cake by Jiffy Kate

Contemporary romance

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Book two in the Fighting For Love series, which is a spin-off of the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. I’m really liking this series so far. It focuses on brothers who are MMA fighters and have moved to this small Tennessee town from a big city. In this story, we have Gunnar, the youngest brother who is moving up in his fighting career. He falls for Frankie, the nurse who stitches him up after a non-fight related injury. Frankie is attracted to Gunnar but she has a complicated backstory and abhors violence. Watching them find their way to each other was gut wrenching and heartwarming. I have a few issues with holes in the plot, which is why I’m not giving it more stars. But overall it’s a fun read with a lot of feelings. I recommend it for romance readers, definitely read the previous book first.

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