What I Read This Week: July 3, 2022
Hello and welcome to the first week of July!
I finished three books this week, here’s a recap.
A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall
This is so close to being a five star book, the only problem I had with it is that it’s very slow. There is so much to love about this one. the story is epic and turned my insides to goo. Viola Carroll was presumed dead in the war and took the opportunity to live as her true self. Years later she reconnects with the man who was her dearest friend and has been blaming himself for her death. The way they come together again is an honor to witness. It’s written beautifully and honestly. I loved the acceptance that Viola receives from those who are close to her.Yet she is living in a gendered society with very specific gender related rules. The author handles this with grace and transparency. Viola’s story is very compelling, and there are several side stories and many side characters too. Historical settings can bore me sometimes but this one was very rich and interesting. I loved this book and highly recommend it for all romance readers.
Stranger Ranger by Daisy Prescott
There were things I really liked about this book, then other parts that I didn’t. I loved the fact that our hero, Odin, is a farmer who is often seen walking his pig on a leash. I also enjoyed the information about farming and foraging. Odin butts heads with our heroine, Daphne, as she’s a park ranger and therefore committed to enforcing the rules, while he knows his way through the loopholes. While I liked both characters, I never felt an emotional connection between them and didn’t find their relationship believable. The story is interesting and has some funny parts but it’s far from the best I’ve read in the Smarty Pants romance world. Still, I’d recommend this for romance readers.
The Close-Up by Sarah Smith
I absolutely loved the concept here but the overall story fell flat. Simon is a successful couples therapist who coaches men on how to be better partners. Naomi is a journalist assigned to interview him for her online magazine. the only “problem” is that Simon used to be a camguy, who Naomi watch A LOT of in college and is incredibly turned on by him. She does her best to maintain a professional relationship but as the two become good friends, it becomes more and more challenging to keep that boundary in tact. This is a sexy, sex positive book and that’s what I loved about it, especially that the hero is the one who worked in the sex industry. Simon is a great character. Naomi on the other hand became annoying after a while because she kept doing the same stuff over and over. There were funny moments and hot sex scenes. It was an entertaining read but not the best I’ve seen from this author (Faker and On Location.) I recommend it for romance readers.