I usually read psychological thrillers and historical fiction, with a little bit of “chick lit” thrown in to balance things out. This summer I had a lot going on so I was looking for something lighter. I will be the first to admit that I choose a book because of its cover. The cute, colorful covers of contemporary romance books were loudly calling my name this summer. Once I started reading these lighter, fun romance books, I couldn’t stop!
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
This was an impulse request for an advanced copy I saw. Somehow I thought it would be a typical “I hate you/ I love you” type romance, perhaps similar to a Hallmark Channel movie. Well, let me tell you, there is nothing typical about this book! And I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was done so well. It flowed, there was laughter, unfortunately some tears, and sincere feelings that came across the pages. I feel like this book is up there with Jasmine Guillory, whose books I devour in a couple of sittings. This book has joined the same ranks. If you’re looking for a romance that has depth and goes beyond the typical rom-com, this is your book.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Starts out as a “hate you/love you” story, but it suddenly goes deeper than that. While it was somewhat predictable, it was still fun, and not overly sappy or cliché. I am looking forward to more books by this author.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Goodreads calls this a brand new romantic comedy about Georgie, who’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World... whatever that means. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?
How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
What a fun read! I liked that this book was more than "girl meets boy." It also celebrated friendship and encouraged entrepreneurship. While I am very happy that I'm not a twenty-something and out in the world of dating apps, I was entertained the entire time I read this book and completely rooted for our main character, Mel, as she navigated her way through love and career.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were likable and realistic and the plot was reasonable and believable. While I'm not a fan of Renaissance Faires, which is the setting of the book, it did support the story without taking away from it.
In addition to the great stories and the cute, contemporary book covers, I’ve added another genre of books to choose from. So, if you’re looking for something new or different, take my advice and pick up some of these books for your next read. - Rosanna (Admin)