I honestly feel like February flew by so fast! It feels like Single Awareness Day was two days ago and not 2 weeks ago. But nevertheless, February was jammed packed with a lot of change and trying new things, which for me is daunting so the fact that I read anything at all deserves the highest of fives.
This month I read a total of six (6) books, and I was in a HUGE romance/new adult mood so basically that is all I read. #noshame. But like I said Feb was full of new things and a lot of socializing so I am really proud of how much I read…..
FEBRUARY WRAP UP
Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen | Royal Delivery by Rebecca Connolly | The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney
Reasonable Doubt by Whitney G. | From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata | XO, Zach by Kendall Ryan
This month was a mix bag in the romance department. In one hand I found some amazing stories that I found myself thinking about literally the entire month, and then others where I found myself asking why did I even consider this?
For me From Lukov with Love was the number one novel I read this month. This was the book that I kept finding myself sneaking into work just so I could read a scene again, or squealing my lungs away while watching the pairs competition when the winter Olympics were on (Firm believe that Virtue/Moir is Jasmine and Ivan IRL). As a former figure skater, I could definitely relate and understand all the lingo the author dished out and I absolutely fell head over heals in love with all the characters (especially Ivan). The story, I felt, progressed smoothly and every scene pushed not only the plot but also the characters forward. Which that alone should have given it 5 stars in my humble opinion.
Brooklynaire, The Coaching Hours, and XO, Zach fell in the middle zone of ‘loving it’ and ‘it was okay’. With Brooklynaire, I felt more into the story and loved the banter between the characters, but there were a few times that I felt the story was rushed and some of the actions that the characters did felt forced or unnatural to there personalities just because of how rushed the scene was. The same can be said for the other two. Both The Coaching Hours and XO, Zach, felt rushed in areas, especially in the latter novel. I was left wanting more clarity and just…more. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed these novels so I can’t complain too much.
This brings me to my least favorite novels of the month where I literally said out loud “why did I even finish this?” or “Why? Just why??”. For me that was Royal Delivery and Reasonable Doubt Vol. 1. Where do I even really begin? The first stated is a Kindle worlds book (yeah, I had no clue that was a thing either) where if I understand correctly, is where different authors can write books set in this world–almost like fan fiction, due to the world being from a novel already published by a different author. I didn’t know this until after finishing the novel as well as I didn’t know that there was almost a hundred books before, so I went in blind and not knowing any of the characters background; which was a struggle because a lot of things that have happened in the past were referenced in this book and I had to put my detective hat on and pray I learned something from reading between the lions. Because a sleuth I was. Like I said though, I didn’t know, so I can’t really fault the author. But what I can say is that the characters had absolutely no growth or development, the entire story was super flat. Though the author did shed light on parts of pregnancy that people tend to ignore when writing about pregnancy, it was really just super…flat. Nothing happened, there wasn’t a climax or a downfall, everything just…was.
Reasonable Doubt Vol 1., however, was complete trash. Did not like it at all. I barely finished it. emphasis on barely. The main hero of the story rubbed me the wrong way in every aspect of the character and it got to the point where I felt uncomfortable reading his POV at times. He was super hypocritical throughout towards the heroine and by the end I really wanted her to slap him with a sexual harassment charge and be done with it. The synopsis was intriguing but the execution of the story itself was poor, and I also felt like the characters were just there and they went nowhere. I understand that this is just the first book in a three-part serial, but by golly I wished that there were some inclination towards development from either of the main characters. But I got none. I think it is safe to say that I wont be continuing this serial. Yeah nope.
Like I said before it was a good reading month (duds aside). Let me know if you read any of the books I mentioned above or what you read in the month of February! I’d love to chat with you guys!
Have fun, don’t die, I believe in you!