Friday, February 24, 2023

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

28 Summers28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am not one to pick up much from this author these days as I just have not fallen in love with any of the books I have read yet. I was hesitant to give this one a try, but a friend had been begging me too and told me it would break my heart. I love a good cry in a book, so I picked it up.

First off, do not pick this up if you have any issues with infidelity. This whole story is around that. This really did not put me off as much as the reasoning why the couple would not just be together. They were so in love the whole time and it made no sense why they would not just leave the ones they were with and be together. I know Jake feels he owes it to his sister, but I feel it was not holding him to his relationship as much as it really was. This was annoying to me any why I could not get over this part of the story as far as them not just being together.

My other issue is that this was so boring. There was nothing really happening to keep my attention throughout the summers. I did not care about what was going on in their separate lives especially since most of it had nothing to do when the two of them being together.

The ending! I kept pushing through hoping that the ending would tear me apart though. Is that all we get for the ending? I was so disappointed and even said out loud "that is it!"

Sadly, this one was not for me at all.

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Monday, February 13, 2023

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

After I DoAfter I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was not my favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid book, but it will be one that sticks with me and that I share more than most.

This was a great read for anyone who is married as well as those who look at marriage as always being perfect. This is very different as it shows some of the harder aspects of marriage and longevity in a relationship.

SPOILER: This couple does separate for a specific time to work on themselves. They really do not work with each other during this time like most other reads. They are completely separate besides one thing they do not know both are doing.

The ending was great. There are other family moments within the story which made me cry. I laughed and cried in this one towards the end.

Overall, I loved this one.

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Friday, February 10, 2023

Whispers of You by Catherine Cowles

Whispers of You (Lost & Found, #1)Whispers of You by Catherine Cowles

I wanted to love this! I have been hearing so much hype around this author and I decided to pick this up on audio. Sadly, I just could not get into it.

This is more a me thing as I am not a fan of High School love gone wrong and it being so heavily a part of the romance when they are so much older. I know in this story it is something much (MUCH) heavier than most other stories around what happened to them, but it was still something I found myself rolling my eyes at. Again, this is just not something I personally enjoy and was nothing against the story. I did appreciate it was a more serious circumstance compared to just cheating or something like that.

I did skim most of this and would skip a few chapters here and there.

Even though I could not get into this one, I plan to try a few others books from this author in the future.

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Monday, February 6, 2023

Say You Swear by Meagan Brandy

Say You SwearSay You Swear by Meagan Brandy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been seeing this one everywhere. Fist off, I do not feel this cover matches the story inside. I like the cover, but it just does not connect the story to the cover for me. I like the discreet cover much better for that reason (and it is pretty).

I cannot believe this was over 600 pages as I did fly through it. It was a very fast read.

I do not really think this was a brother best friend or love triangle. Yes, it had the base of that but that was not really the story at all. This was more moving on from your childhood love/crush. Chase really is not as involved as you would think until the second half/end.

Noah! Swoon! Where do you even start with Noah. He was perfection from the very start. I was waiting for something to happen with him or him to turn into the bad guy and I was very happy when it did not happen. I also love the depth the story around his mother brought to the story. It also made me cry (especially in the epilogue).

Overall, I did enjoy this one and look forward to reading more from this author.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Flawless by Elsie Silver

Flawless (Chestnut Springs, #1)Flawless by Elsie Silver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

I tried reading this one in a physical copy a few months ago and knew I just needed to wait for the audio. I am glad I did and I am glad I picked it up again.

When this first started off, I was thinking this was not going to be for me. However; the more you get to know both characters and start to see them together the more I started to get into the story. I love the lead up to them getting together and the tension between the two.

The bull riding brought something new and different as well.

This did not have anything that will really stick with me, but I still enjoyed it for what it was.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Magnolia Parks by Jessa Hastings

Magnolia Parks (Magnolia Parks Universe, #1)Magnolia Parks by Jessa Hastings
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars

I wanted to love this one, but I just did not. Everyone and anyone is raving about this. I did push through as I was just waiting for that one moment where maybe I would fall in love with the story and the characters.

This reads very juvenile, but does have some triggers for a toxic relationship as well as drug abuse and overdose. Our main characters are in their early to mid twenties for the most part, but it felt much more High School behaviors. Every other chapter was repetitive with BJ getting caught by Parks doing something that upset her. This was every chapter. She would cry and they would yell and then do it again. It would have been fine if that was not the whole book.

The mystery behind who BJ hooked up was easy to pin down early on as well.

Can we talk about Tom? I need a redemption for him!

I put this down more times than I can count, but I did finish it. I liked the side characters much more and I may or may not pick up the next book just since I am not invested in the story. However; I just do not understand what I am missing overall on this one as it just missed the mark for me.

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