Laziness prevented me from doing a wrap-up last week. So here's what I managed to read these past two weeks. Four physical books; two being ARCs. Five e-books.
The Vanishing Throne(The Falconer #2) by Elizabeth May ****
Review to come.
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid ****
Well it has become abundantly clear that TKR has no problem getting me to read her book as fast as I can. I really liked how TKR explored the what if storyline. You know, how there's infinite us's out there in the universe that continually sprout up after every decision we make. Well in this one we follow two different Hannah's following a night out in which she made a significant decision. The two different lives Hannah were very different but also had a lot of the same discoveries and situations. So Maybe in Another Life explores fate and also true love in a really compelling way. I honestly wasn't favouring one life over the other. Both had their ups and downs. And I'm very happy with the outcome in both. Unsurprisingly, another great read from TKR. I'm so happy to have found a new favourite author.
Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey ****
I've Scoring Wilder sitting on my Kindle for way too long. I'll admit to being a little hesitant. Soccer is a heavy part of the book and since soccer and I are life, it's pretty near impossible to enjoy a book that depicts my sport incorrect in even a little way. Great news, not even close to the case here. So I got a really great romance, a bunch of laughs with the background of my favourite sport. Sports romances are my downfall and this one is now one of my favourites. Super cute and fun, with the added bonus of fantastic characters. The romance between Kinsley and Liam is sweet, adorable and sexy. Annnnnddd, guys, Scoring Wilder is one of the very few romance books I've read that didn't fall into the stupid keep secrets and fall out trope. Kinsley and Liam have a lot of obstacles to overcome. Kinsley has some reservations. But guess what, they talk about them. Liam works hard to make sure Kinsley is happy and knows his feelings. A couple that actually works to make their relationship work out; what is this wizardry? Obviously, I really enjoyed Scoring Wilder.
Settling the Score(The Summer Games #1) by R.S. Grey ****
More soccer! And even better, with the Rio Olympics setting. Which is absolutely perfect because I'm so excited for the Olympics. So this book just adds to that excitement. And, of course, the romance had me hooked too. Andie and Freddie are Olympians, professional athletes and hot. Perfect romantic read. There's a lot standing in their way. Preventing them from really exploring the instant attraction they felt upon meeting in the athletes village. Frustration ensues for the characters and the reader(me). But I was just having so much fun with this book; it's super funny and sweet. I also loved seeing the characters from Scoring Wilder play a supporting role. It really just added to my enjoyment of the book. The setting, the backdrop of the Olympics and the athletes village is just the best part, though. Ah, I'm so excited for August.
The Allure of Julian Lefray(The Allure #1) by R.S. Grey ****
It's now become pretty obvious that R.S. Grey is pretty spot on with writing great couples. I really liked the relationship dynamic and development in this one. I would call it slow burning. Josie and Julian have that attraction and pull to each other, but their working relationship is sort of in the way. Which allows them to build up a solid friendship before falling into bed and ultimately love. Of course, the book is fun and cute with a bunch of laughs.
The Allure of Dean Harper(The Allure #2) by R.S. Grey
I will admit that Dean and Lily aren't my favourite couple of R.S. Grey's that I've met thus far. But I think their story is my favourite. They're both so stubborn and confident in themselves that their electric but also have an immediate dislike of the other. It's nothing but a good time watching them argue well fight their attraction. It's pretty obvious they're perfect for each other. They can both handle the type of crazy the other one brings. Again, I was laughing on pretty much every page. Hate to love relationships are some of the best.
Undecided by Julianna Keyes *****(re-read)
"Crosbie, I have such need." If you've read this book like I've told you to, you would get that quote and why it fits my need for a re-read. Yes, I only read Undecided earlier this year. But I've re-read my favourite parts a bunch of times since then. So I figured/needed a full re-read was in order. You can find my original review here.
Losing It(Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack ***(re-read)
I suddenly realized it had been too long since I'd read a Carmack book. And then also surprised myself by realizing I've never re-read Losing It. Which was my first Carmack and one of my first NA, oh so many years ago now. And well I definitely still think Losing It is a fun and quick read; I've greatly improved my NA palate these past few years. It, unfortunately, doesn't totally stand the test of time. Like I said, I still enjoyed it. But there's much better out there from Carmack(her Rusk University series is a billion times better) and the NA community.
The Memory Book by Lara Avery ****
Review to come.
Have you guys read any amazing books this week?