So my quick thoughts aren’t exactly quick but these are some of the other things I’ve been reading lately ;).
A Risk Worth Taking by Jessica Joyce. This novelette is so good! I got major swoons from it, from the steam to the romantic moments where they do things like hold hands *exclamation point!!* Everything about Joyce’s writing feels thoughtful & precise & the softness & tension are divine. Basically these leads have one magical night together before one of them is about to leave town—but could they have more too?! The only thing I wanted was more at the end. But your girl is greedy. It was a touch shy of perfect for me for that reason but also I feel like my expectations in that regard are a bit demanding and also the book is close enough that I’m saying 5 ⭐️. Out now!
The Bookbinder’s Guide to Love by Katherine Garbera. My fave parts of this one are the way the leads bond over their love & appreciation of books & the soft, awkward way they try to open up to each other. But while this one has its positive moments by the end it tumbles into “not working for me” territory. Both of these leads have their fair share of family trauma & that definitely plays a part in how the disappointing ending plays out. But I couldn’t understand the heroine’s actions at the end & it has one of the things that frustrates me: when IMO one lead is clearly in the wrong but for some reason *the other* leads ends up making the big gesture & apologizing? In the end this one has some definite positives but it’s 2.5 ️⭐️for me. Out 02/23. (Thanks @harlequinbooks @harlequinpublicityteam for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.)
The Bright Spot by Jill Shalvis. I was such a Jill Shalvis fan in my younger years & I still see many of the reasons why: lovable leads, a sense of community, sweetness. But this book started being taken over by a plot featuring secondary characters & I was frustrated with how it played out, to a degree that it affected my feelings about the overall story. There is some real sweetness here with some lovely gestures made by each lead & by the other characters that work at the farm they all love, but I wanted less focus on the other couple. 3.5 ⭐️️, out 01/16. (Thanks to @avonbooks & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.)
Give me that HEA, please.
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