Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Review Round Up ~ June 14

New(er) Releases:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Provided by Author

The Friendship Pact has a case of “blurb doesn’t exactly match the real book” and I must say that in this case, I am glad.

Ms Shalvis does an excellent job of weaving a world around Tae, Riggs, and April that was enjoyable and had me rooting for these characters throughout the book.

In the Friendship Pact, we get a glimpse of different types of love and dedication and just how those things can influence our lives - both in positive ways and negative when they might be absent.

As always, Ms Shalvis treats returning/wounded warriors with a great deal of respect and I appreciate how she has woven these heros into her story.

Overall, The Friendship Pact is a great, feel good read!


My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Provided by Author

In the Boardwalk Bookshop Ms Mallery delivers another masterpiece of fiction surrounding three female friends as the make their way through life’s romantic transitions.

Bree, Mikki, and Ashley are at different places in life when we first meet them (and they’ve only known each other about 6 months). As the story unfolds we see all three women face challenges they didn’t expect. It was nice to see their individual growth a long with the growth of their friendship. All three characters have things that make them relatable along with their unique challenges.

One of the things that I appreciated about The Boardwalk Bookshop is that the romantic interactions of all three women were organic in how they unfolded. The struggles were relatable (oh my gosh, how do you date at nearly 40!) and the men involved were (mostly) likable as well.

We left The Boardwalk Bookshop having resolutions for all three characters, but we left them in places where we could easily imagine what might happen next. This is a world I would very much be interested in revisiting.


TBR Reads:   

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Purchased

As I had read Ms Harrison's work, Cyrus Reed has been a shadowy secondary character, so when the opportunity to grab his book at a reduced price came up, I had to take it!
I have to admit that it was a fun to see the initial glimpses of characters that I came to know in later books. Ms Harrison has a talent for taking men who would normally not be considered heros and making them believable as love interests.

Cyrus and Ivy are both interesting and dynamic characters. I enjoyed getting to know them both and the evolution of how their interactions changed. The tone here is in the same vein as books that come later and it adds a richness to the prior reading experiences. While there are names here that will become familiar, this is truly a standalone read.

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