Mini-Reviews Monday #12

Mini-Reviews Monday is a monthly series in which I attempt to get caught up on reviews in bulk. These reviews are a highlight reel instead of an in-depth look into my time reading these novels. If you would like an in-depth version of my review, let me know in the comments!


That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn

That Second Chance (Getting Lucky, #1)Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Publishing
Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Format: e-ARC
USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn delivers a smart and cheeky romance about love’s power to lift hearts . . . and curses.
It was supposed to be an innocent night, celebrating my brother’s birthday. Nothing was supposed to go wrong. We’d vowed to be on our best behavior after all . . .
But it only took one rowdy night with my brothers to flip my world upside down. One unlucky encounter saddled us with a family curse and the promise of doomed relationships. I laughed it off immediately. “Yeah, right,” I thought. “A love curse. Ha!”
Boy, was I wrong.
Word spreads quickly in a town like mine; rumors about that night soon made us the most eligible yet untouchable bachelors in Port Snow, Maine. As a subject of endless gossip and speculation, I could kiss my dating life goodbye.
It would have stayed that way if Ren Winters, the new girl in town, hadn’t crashed into my life. Brave, beautiful, and smart—her vivacious thirst for a fresh start has given me hope that maybe, just maybe, I can have one too.
Everyone wishes for that second chance . . . but could this really be mine?

I absolutely adored this book–so much so that if it wasn’t for the fact that I had to go to work, I would have finished it in one sitting. Quinn creates a picturesque town and enchanting characters that captures your heart in the ways only a contemporary novel can. I loved watching our Griffin and Ren get to know each other both platonically as well as romantically. The emotions that Quinn has Griffin face throughout the story was one that was raw and heart-touching; reading his backstory and watching his development as he learns to move on and let go was one of the most beautiful things I have read in a long time.

Combine that with the deep rooted elements of a strong family bond and ya girl was wishing she too was moving to this New England town herself! I honestly recommend this touching and romantic story about second love and second chances to anyone willing it give it a go! You seriously will not be disappointed!

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

The Best Friend Problem by Mariah Ankenman

The Best Friend ProblemGenres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: August 12th 2019
Source: Publisher
Format: e-ARC

Prudence Carlson has been lucky in life. A fulfilling wedding-planning business run with her girlfriends in Colorado, plus the best guy friend ever in her firefighter bestie Finn. All that’s missing from it is a baby. Luckily, it’s the twenty-first century—Pru can take matters into her own hands. She doesn’t need to find true love to create the future love of her life.
Except all this talk of babies and insemination and…Pru and Finn cross a line they never expected to. Sure, one night of passion won’t change their close friendship. Until Pru goes in for a fertility check-up to find… she’s already pregnant.
As best friends, Pru and Finn have survived college, new jobs, and bad breakups, but can they survive crib shopping, birth classes, and late-night cravings? Especially when Finn has never considered himself even remotely Daddy material?

This was an entertaining read and one that curbed my surprise pregnancy trope itch. The Best Friend Problem is a super predictable and kind of unrealistic novel that follows Prudence, a independent to a fault heroine who has decided to take life by the horns and get artificially inseminated. However, when the big day comes she finds out she is already pregnant and her best friend is the father. A time.

I kind of wish that their was a bit more substance and character development with this story as everything felt the same and stagnant throughout the story, I don’t feel like their was any development of plot nor character throughout besides the pregnancy, which I wish we saw a bit more of? I’m not sure, I just wish I got…more.

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

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4 Comments

  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    August 19, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Great mini reviews Sam! I loved the family bond of this story as well!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you! ugh the bonding was everything! Can’t wait for the second one to come out!

      1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

        August 20, 2019 at 7:49 pm

        Not that long of a wait! 😊

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