Linking up with Steph and Jana. I debated about linking up today, because I only have two books to share with you. I hit a major reading rut this month. It was really nothing to do with either of these book, and everything to do with my mood. I just didn’t feel like reading. Work has been busy, not doing anything has been getting to me, I am just over everything. I spent way too much time getting angry about what I saw on social media, and I just wanted to chill out and not read. Very unlike me. I feel like I am coming back though, so here we go!

Layla by Colleen Hoover


I love a good Colleen Hoover book. She is usually a solid read for me. I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but this was not it!!!! I don’t really know what I want to share about it, because I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone. I highly suggest you don’t read reviews, because you can barely talk about this book without giving spoilers.

Let me just say that this is very different than any Colleen Hoover book I have read. I was not expecting this. This book creeped me the hell out for awhile. I found the whole premise interesting, though, if I had known in advanced, I may not have reached for it. So I am glad I didn’t know. I loved the format of the book. You start out in an interview, and then the book goes back and forth between Leeds recollection over the past few weeks, and then back to present day in the interview. You get mad at Leeds for awhile, or at least I did. Basically your emotions are a roller coaster in this book. And when the end comes, it is the end, no epilogue. I sort of wish there was one, but it isn’t exactly unfinished either. I think have just gotten used to there being just a little more at the end, you know?

Bottom Line: Read it! Go in to it knowing nothing. It will make it so much better.

**I received a copy of Layla from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

Island Affair (Keys to Love, #1)

I finished this one in just a few sittings. It was just what I needed to get out of my rut! This was such a cute book, but also had some depth to it. The main character is a social media influencer and youngest from a family of doctors. You learn about her problems pretty early on, and things she is working on to overcome them. She also has a rift with a few family members. And I loved meeting the Navarro family as well! Luis has his own secret from the past, and trouble with his youngest brother. The way they met and he agreed to this charade in the beginning was a little quick, rushed and easy. But the rest of this book was so good! The chemistry, the banter, and the characters in this book were great. I really love that we got to see the two main characters grow, as well as the family dynamics change.

Bottom Line: Read it This is my first from this author, and wont be my last.

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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer September 8, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Layla sounds intersting! I love the cover of the book you’re reading now, it looks so cute.

  • Reply Sarita September 8, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Colleen Hoover has been disappointing me recently. Island affair is now on my list 🙂

  • Reply sara September 8, 2020 at 8:46 am

    I just read Verity by Colleen Hoover this month so may check out Layla! She’s a trip!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag September 8, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Ooh Layla sounds intriguing. I really want to read Verity by her. I have November 9 that I actually own, so I’ll hopefully read that one soon!!

    Sorry you had a weird month. It happens though, and sometimes reading is the last thing you want to do. I’m glad you’re getting out of your slump though!


  • Reply Biana September 8, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Colleen Hoover can do no wrong for me and now I can’t wait to dig into Layla!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  • Reply SMD September 8, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I like it, Colleen Hoover. This is the second abandonment of her normal after Verity, yes?

  • Reply Dani September 8, 2020 at 10:36 am

    I love CoHo and she never fails me- this one is already on my TBR! Glad to hear that you’re coming out of your rut! Also, completely unrelated but I love your profile pic LOL!

  • Reply Kay R.D. September 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I love Hoover though a couple of her books were misses for me. Ill check Layla out.

  • Reply Missy @MySh*ttyKitchen September 8, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    I love me some Colleen Hoover so i will check that out. Been in such a reading rut as well!

  • Reply Danielle September 8, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I have been wanting to read Layla too. I have heard the same thing you said about it. It is hard to talk about without spoiling it.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent September 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Glad that Colleen Hoover book is good because lately I’ve seen a lot of people not care for her last few books

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration September 8, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve only read Verity, which I really enjoyed, and know that it was a departure from her normal books. Is Layla too? I wonder since it seems to share some DNA with Verity, especially knowing less is better going in! I’ll have to check it out. My reading has been pretty nonexistent too. I keep checking out books and bringing back unread.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says September 8, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    I am over everything. EVERYTHING.

    The cover of that last book is really cute.

  • Reply Kristin September 8, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve sworn off Hoover but the fact that you said this is not like her normal books means I should probably try it 🙂

  • Reply Carly September 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I had two books too, but totally missed linking up this month. I don’t usually care for Colleen Hoover, so I’m definitely going to read reviews because I’m so curious, lol. Island Affair sounds so cute & I love the cover!

  • Reply Audrey September 9, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover but between you and Chelsea I might have to pick one up. Island Affair sounds super cute! Adding that one to my tbr list!
    I’m in a rut, too. Sigh. I need a social media detox, I think.

  • Reply Jill K September 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I hope this month gets better for you!

  • Reply Julie September 9, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Layla looks good!

  • Reply Becki September 10, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I don’t think I’ve read a Colleen Hoover book yet. Sounds intriguing! And I love that traveling teahouse book just based on the cover. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month.

  • Reply laura September 10, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    I like the cover of Island Affair, but not sure about that Hoover I like to use her books as a shut off my brain kinda thing. But that teahouse book?!? Looks so cute! Hope you like it!

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