Recent Released Reads

Since it has been a while since I’ve done a Recent Reads post — and posts in general, working on that — I have a bunch of books to write about. To break it up, I thought I would share my thoughts on recently released books I was lucky to read digital advance reader copies of courtesy of Netgalley.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This was my first time reading a book by the duo Christina Lauren, and I am now a fan! I absolutely adored The Unhoneymooners and wanted to read more of the story of Olive and Ethan.

Olive and Ami are twins and Ami has always had the best luck and Olive has had the worst. Ami is marrying Dane and Olive is dreading having to spend time with Dane’s brother Ethan. The two despise each other and at Ami and Dane’s wedding, everyone ends up getting sick from the food except for Olive and Ethan. Thanks to her good luck, Ami received a free honeymoon to Hawaii and her and Dane insist that their siblings take advantage of the trip. There is one small catch, Olive and Ethan need to pretend that they are happily married to each other throughout the trip. As the two spend more time together, they realize that they don’t hate the other as much as they thought they did.

I loved the character of Olive, she was such a well fleshed out character that makes you laugh, makes you feel all of her insecurities and you can’t help but root for. I’m slowly making my way through more Christina Lauren books, but from the ones I have read so far, The Unhoneymooners is my favorite!

Summer Hours by Amy Mason Doan
Amy Mason Doan’s The Summer List was my favorite book of 2018, so I could not wait to read her latest, Summer Hours. Doan’s way of writing makes you feel like the characters are people you’ve known, because you feel the emotions alongside them.

This coming of age story follows Becc as a recent high school graduate enjoying the summer before college with her best friends Serra and Eric, to a 33 year-old driving up the coast of California to a wedding reliving a decision at 20 years old that she knew would hurt those around her who loved her most. As Becc gets closer to her destination and deals with her past, she learns to also confront the mistakes she has made.

As much as I didn’t want the book to end, I thought the ending was absolutely perfect. Highly recommend this book and I’m patiently waiting for Doan to write her next book!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
I took a complete gamble on this book having heard nothing about it when I requested it and not having read anything by the author before. The premise sounded right up my alley and the book took place on Long Island, it sounded like a win-win for me. Wish I could say I liked this book since in one of the Facebook book groups I’m in, everyone is looking forward to reading it, but I despised it. I could not get into the storyline and I disliked both the main characters, Georgie and Travis.

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
Our Stop was a cute, fun and quick read. You can’t help but root for the main characters, Nadia and Daniel to find each other. I think some of the storylines with the minor characters did make the book drag a little bit even though I understand they are in there to show you the growth Nadia and Daniel both experience through the course of the book. If you love a good romantic storyline, this is the book for you.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Evvie Drake Starts Over has been getting a lot of press about being an anticipated book of the summer and while I did think it was a nice, feel good story, it took me so long to read this book. I could not get invested in Evvie and Dean’s story and I feel like the book dragged in so many areas. I usually take anywhere from 3-5 days to read a book from start to finish and it took me just about two weeks to read this.

Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale
I’m a fan of Kerry Lonsdale’s Everything series, those books suck you in and you can’t stop reading them since you need to know what happens. Last Summer, a standalone novel in no way related to the Everything series, had the same effect on me, every free moment I had I was picking up my Kindle to read more.

Ella, a lifestyle journalist is in a tragic car accident that kills her unborn child. She wakes up from the accident with no memory of it, or being pregnant. Her husband Damien is devastated over the loss of their son and that Ella can remember certain things that happened prior to the accident, but not being pregnant. When her boss calls with a chance to interview Nathan Donovan, a celebrity she had previously interviewed before her accident, she jumps at the chance thinking it will help her unlock her forgotten memories.  

A few of the revelations that happened in the book, I had a feeling would happen, but Lonsdale has her great way of throwing the reader for curveballs all along the way with a few revelations I was not expecting at all! I feel like there is no one better at writing about memory loss than Lonsdale. Throughout the story, I felt for Ella and you are hoping that she gets the answers she needs as to the parts of her memory she cannot recall.

Lonsdale has said there will not be a sequel to this story, but I will gladly line up to read one if there is, because the ending makes you want to read so much more of Ella and Damien’s story!

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