Hello fellow book lovers! I’m back today with my 10th installment of Recent Reads! These are still some of the books from February (I read a total of 14 books!) I read so many books that I feel like I’m never going to catch up to my present day reads. I may try to do a lot more recent reads post here in the next couple weeks in order to get caught up and start a new series of recent reads!
Fight of Flight by Samantha Young
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 6th, 2020
The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.
When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her….
This was my first book by Samantha Young, but it won’t be my last! I loved this! The characters were complex and I really enjoyed reading their love story. It is also enemies to lovers, which is one of my favorite romance tropes! I enjoyed everything about this book and highly recommend it to fans of romance!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 8th, 2020
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.
Of course I loved yet another Christina Lauren novel! This was cute and fun, but I didn’t love the conflict necessarily. I laughed so much while reading this and I really enjoyed the characters. The ending was super cute and of course I highly recommend!
Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 15th, 2020
A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet — and perhaps change their minds about love — on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm.
One train ride. Two strangers.
Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.
Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York.
After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. But come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Can one night can really change how they feel about love…and the course of their lives forever?
This was cute, but I didn’t really love it. It took me a while to get through, but the story is very fast paced. I think I am starting to grow away from YA romance and I just couldn’t relate to the characters anymore. I did enjoy the train setting and all of the side characters were very cute! I would recommend this to someone who enjoys YA romance.
The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 17th, 2020
One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it
Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her…
As Raina’s life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother’s dream.
I didn’t really love this like I had expected to. It had culture and family and I really enjoyed that, but the romance aspect wasn’t my favorite. I was bored of it and the dates were not exciting. I didn’t like the main conflict or the resolution. But the characters made up for a lot that was lacking in the overall plot. This book wasn’t for me, but I liked what the author tried to do with it.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 19th, 2020
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…
After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…
They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…
This was an adorable romance! I loved these characters and their story so much! The banter was quick and fun, and the romance was very cute. From the very beginning this book had me smiling and laughing. I enjoyed the long distance relationship trope and how the characters worked to overcome it. It’s also the fake dating trope turned real dating and all around I adored it!
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: February 20th, 2020
Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.
This book was a wild ride. It was heartbreaking one moment and heartwarming the next. This is the first book I’ve ever truly felt choked up about. The characters were amazing and the love they share, be it friendship or romance, was absolutely beautiful. From the very moment I started this book I could not put it down. Dying to get my hands on the next book: Happy Ever After Playlist!!
Thanks for checking out this post! I hope you found something new to add to your tbr!
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Happy Reading 🖤