Recent Reads #9

Hello bookish friends! It is time for another Recent Reads Post! This one is mainly full of books I read in February which means they are all romance. Sorry if you were looking for some book recommendations and you’re not a fan of romances, because all of the following are 100% romance. My February challenge was to read 14 romances, and yes I was tired of reading strictly romance novels by the end of February. But I did read some really great ones, and some not so great ones. Here they are!

Hart & Seoul by Kristin Burnham
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 29th, 2020

Girl meets boy. Boy falls for girl. Girl discovers boy is a runaway K-pop idol in hiding.

Merilee Hart has been doing her best to keep things together since her mother left, her art a welcome escape from her depressing new reality. But things seem to go even more awry the moment her next door neighbor’s enigmatic and mysterious nephew arrives from South Korea. Lee is moody, cocky, and utterly infuriating.

But when Merri’s closest friends betray her and her father crushes her dream of going to art school, Merri finds herself drawn to Lee, who seems to live within even greater shadows than her own. And just when she thought things couldn’t get crazier, Merri’s world is upended when she discovers Lee’s big and bizarre secret…he is none other than a runaway member of the K-pop mega-group Thunder.

It’s not long before Thunder’s fans, the Storm Chasers, begin to close in on Lee, ready to do whatever it takes to return their favorite idol to his rightful place in the band. Faced with the prospect of even more heartbreak and caught up in an international whirlwind that has a life of its own, Merri realizes that she must find a way to mend herself, gain control of her life, and pursue her dreams—her heart and soul depend on it.

I liked this book. It was a short book and it was enjoyable. It was just really predictable. I mean the synopsis tells you the whole book honestly and I would have liked to see things spiced up a bit more. If you want to read a k-pop romance, and you don’t mind it being a bit like every other YA novel then I would recommend this book for you. Full review here ➡️ Review: Hart & Seoul

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 1st, 2020

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

I loved this. This was hands down my favorite read of the month, and it will more than likely make the top favorite books of the year list for 2020. It was a beautifully written story with humor, romance, and familial bonds all mixed together. Recommend this to literally everyone because it was that good. Full review here ➡️ Review: The Kiss Quotient

The Kissing Game by Marie Hart
2.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 1st, 2020

“I bet you a kiss you can’t resist me.”

Game on.

Rena Jackson is ready. She’s worked her tail off to open up her own hair salon, and she’s almost ready to quit her job at the dive bar. Rena’s also a diehard romantic, and she’s had her eye on bar regular Axel Heller for a while. He’s got that tall-dark-and-handsome thing going big time. Problem is, he’s got that buttoned-up Germanic ice man thing going as well. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Rena’s about ready to give up on Axel and find her own Mr. Right.

At six foot six, Axel knows he intimidates most people. He’s been crushing on the gorgeous waitress for months. But the muscled mechanic is no romantic, and his heart is buried so deep, he has no idea how to show Rena what he feels. He knows he’s way out of his depth and she’s slipping away. So, he makes one crazy, desperate play…

Here is a book that I really wanted to love and just didn’t. I felt like there was a lot of things that were strange/confusing about this book. The characters would say something but then a few chapters later be saying something completely reversed. The drama was a bit unrealistic at times as well. I think on the surface this was a decent read, but looking deeper into the book I felt there was a lot I just didn’t love about it. Full review here ➡️ ARC Review: The Kissing Game

Roomies by Christina Lauren
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 2nd, 2020

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

If you know me you know I’m a sucker for anything Christina Lauren. I love so many of their books, and this one is no different. I like reading marriages of convince and this one was so different than anything I’ve ever read before. It was fun and the characters were funny and easy to love. I also enjoyed the use of music throughout this book. I feel like I haven’t read a lot of books that use music as a main idea and I really liked it. I of course recommend any and all Christina Lauren books for fans of romance.

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 4th, 2020

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty queen, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to say “world peace,” and she’s not giving up until she wins Miss American Treasure. But when Ginny has a face-altering allergic reaction the night before competition, Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.

Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte realizes, after walking a mile in her twin’s sky-high stilettos, there might be more to the pageant circuit than just a sparkly crown . . .

This was a very quick read. It was quirky and fun and I loved the main characters love of reading. I also love the character development and the relationship between the sisters. The romance was not the main focus and I actually really liked that. It was a really great read overall and I definitely recommend it!

The Gamble by Kristen Ashley
2 Stars ⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 5th, 2020

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can’t even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina’s cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

The owner of the house, Holden “Max” Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max’s past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good.

This book was not for me at all. My friend loves this author and really wanted me to give this a try and I just didn’t like it. It was way too long. There was too much going on and it was very repetitive. I was annoyed and just waiting for the end. It had the potential to be good, but it just didn’t hit the mark for me at all sadly.

I hope you enjoyed this romance filled recent read update and maybe found some new books to add to your tbr! If you’ve read any of these let me know how you liked them! Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Reading 🖤



  1. I’ve just started The Kiss Quotient and I am already hooked. I already know I’m gonna need a Michael in my life haha. I’ve been in the mood to read more contemporary novels and Hart & Seoul sounds like just the remedy, even if it is predictable.

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    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!! Also I think Hart & Seoul is exactly the book you want to read when you need something light and fun because of that predictable factor. It’s actually a good thing sometimes! I hope you enjoy 😊

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