Welcome to another collective book review!
I have a ridiculous Goodreads challenge for this year. Hoping to read 300 books this year. I have definitely read that much books before in previous years but it seems to be highly unlikely that I would be able to read much this year. With that in mind, I have decided to read lots of romance books and comics but I seem to fly through them quick.
Here are a few books that I read recently. I hope you find one that interests you!
Enemy Dearest by Winter Renshaw
Okay, I will admit that at the end of this book, I felt it was a bit drawn out and I almost concluded that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought. But now that I write this review almost two weeks after reading it, I really enjoyed it. I read it all in one seating and it was a delight.
Sheridan’s family and August’s family have been in a feud for years. Simply, August’s father thinks Sheridan’s father killed his wife and unborn child. Which means natural August and Sheridan are natural enemies because of that incident. August father being an extremely rich man has made life unbearable for Sheridan’s family and they basically have to live from hand to mouth.
Then one summer being they are both headed for university, August finds Sheridan swimming in his family’s pool. He sees it as a perfect opportunity to get back at her family through her. Not to spoil anything, he pursues her, they have sex, they fall in love and they break up. Believe me, the fun starts after that!
I gave this 3 out of 5 stars
The Invitation by Vi Keeland
Stella is not the type of girl that crash parties or really does anything uncouth. But when her best friend asks her to crash a million-dollar party at the New York library, she cannot resist the temptation. The last thing that she expects is meeting the bride’s brother, who was paying for the lavish wedding. Stella was crashing the party using her ex-roommate invitation card and the worrying thing was they Hudson knows her ex-roommate and Stella was definitely not her!
Their chemistry is instantaneous and I loved it so much. I would categorize their romance as slow-burn because the back and forth between the two of them almost killed me.
Stella is starting a new business of making scents for people (just think of her as a chemist who has decided to start a company that makes specialized scents for people). She needs her investor since most of the ones she was able to get left her hanging. That is when she meets Hudson again. Apparently, he runs an investment firm and she is hoping that he would be able to invest in her business. She goes to his board with her presentation and proposals and she nailed it but he refused to invest in her company. To cut the long story short, he later invests and Stella infuses herself into his life, with his daughter and his sister.
Honestly, when I read Vi Keeland’s book I know she has something up her sleeves. Imagine writing a character who loves buying and reading people’s diary. One of the diaries she buys happens to be that of Hudson’s ex-wife, which is where she finds out that Hudson’s ex-wife was cheating on him and his child might not really be his child. Who the fuck thinks of things like this.
I highly recommend this book!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars
The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward
I have had this book on my TBR pile for a while, I am so happy that I finally got to read it. Penelope Ward never disappoints. If you think this is your average romance story without turns, then you are wrong.
I will just give a very brief summary because the less you know about this book the better. Raven and her mother are housemaids for the very rich family on palm beach or something. One summer, the eldest son Gavin comes home (before he is to start law school) and he immediately falls in love with Raven. She was different and unpretentious and they really hit it off. But as you can expect, his mother does not want him hanging out with the help and surely she doesn’t want him falling in love with the help either.
When Raven’s mother finds out that she has cancer, Raven has to choose between getting treatment for her mother and being in a relationship with Gavin. As most can understand, there really is not a choice. She dumps Gavin. Ten years later, he is back in town and she is his father’s nurse.
Their story was just absolutely fantastic. I was so hooked from the start till the finish.
I gave this book 4.7 out of 5 stars
The Alice Equation by Davina Stone
As I am reviewing this book weeks after I finished reading it, I might not remember everything. Bear with me. One thing I do remember was that I actually liked it.
As the book title suggests, We follow Alice who even after graduating topic of her class, chooses to work in her mother’s second-hand bookshop (not that I necessarily think that is a bad thing). She has always dreamed of going out into the world but she has never really allowed herself to let go. Then she meets Aaron one day while having a panic attack. He helps her and she falls in love with him (bad idea). She doesn’t tell him how she feels and for years she becomes his friend, the couch for him to crash on. She knows every sordid detail about his non-existent love life.
So one day when he comes to her asking her to pretend to be his longtime girlfriend so that he can get a job at a misogynistic company. She agrees, hoping that maybe her unrequited love with at least see the light.
Aside from the love story, there are so many elements in this book that just makes it great to read. We find out that she actually has a father and the circumstance of her birth. She gets to meet her father and she breaks out of her shell. Thinking again, I really liked this book and I would highly recommend it.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars
Thanks for reading.