Books – April 2021

Linking up with Steph and Jana. I have read some really good books this month!!! I felt like I flew through a few because I couldn’t put it down, but also couldn’t wait to get to the next as well. So many books to read, so little time!

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium

What a ride!!! The whole book is set at Le Sommet, a luxury hotel that was formerly a sanatorium. The creepiness factor was definitely there. This book took a few twists and turns that kept me guessing at what was really going on. I had a pretty good idea who it was going to be in the end, and I was right. I really enjoyed getting to know Elin and what happened in her past while watching her work out what is going on in the present. I could hardly put the book down and flew right through it! You have complicated relationships, family drama and secrets and a limited pool of suspects. My only complaint is that I felt the ending was a bit weak. I wasn’t entirely convinced of the motives for the killer. It still didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

Bottom Line: Read it!!!

To Have and to Hold by RS Grey

To Have and to Hate

It is no secret around here that RS Grey is one of my absolute favorite reads. Her whit and sass gets me every time. Each of her novels is like settling in with an old friend for me. I know what to expect and that it is going to be a solid read. I absolutely loved the plot for this one. An arranged marriage/slow burn??? Yes, please!!!! I really liked Walt and Elizabeth. Their situation was unique and I loved to watch as it all came together and unfolded. I also really liked Walt’s brother and wish he could get his own book! The only thing I will say, is that other than the epilogue at the end…we don’t really get to hear Walt’s side of things. I wish I could have known him just a little more and what he was thinking in some of the early parts of the book. Either way, this was such a fun read and I blew through it in less than two days. I just couldn’t put it down!

Bottom Line: Read it!!!

**I received a copy of To Have and to Hold from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)

I think I discovered Christina Lauren books maybe two or three years ago? I can’t remember now. They had definitely had several out before I started reading them, include the Beautiful series. I am now going back to their early books when I don’t have anything new of theirs to read. I can definitely see why the early fans complain about some of the close door romances they have put out recently, because ummm this book is definitely not closed door. Wowza! This is hot and steamy. I think there are mixed reviews of this one, because Bennett would be cancelled in today’s society for the way he acts and some of the things he says. This book was written in 2013 and I wonder if anything like this will be written again? It is fiction romance, so it didn’t bother me. He definitely has a few cringy moments and things that he does. But I also could not stop reading this book. Their relationship was complicated, intense, and messy. I was hooked and blew through this book so fast.

Bottom Line: I can see some people having a problem with this book. But if you are looking for a hot steamy romance, it will definitely deliver on that. I definitely plan to continue on with the series.

Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton

Before I Saw You

This one had an interesting premise. A guy and girl meet (but never actually see each other) in a rehab ward at a hospital after life changing traumas. This book was very much more about personal growth than any romantic relationship, so if you don’t like romance but like women’s lit…this might be for you. It did drag just a little at times, and I felt like the ending was rushed. But I really did enjoy the story, one of the nurses, some of the patients, and of course Alice and Alfie’s story.

Bottom Line: It was an enjoyable read. A good book for grief and personal growth if you are looking for a book like that.

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

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)

This was a cute read. It was nice reading more of the male perspective than we get in most books like this. I enjoyed reading about a married couple working out their issues to change up from the meeting for the first time/friends to lovers/enemies to lovers tropes. Plus I loved the whole male book club idea.

Bottom Line: If you like romance or romcoms, this was a fun read.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Can you believe I have never read Pride and Prejudice? It has always been on my list and I never made the time. I decided to mark a “classic” off my to read list this year, and chose the ultimate romance novel. I had tried to read this book a few times in the past and got bored with it after the first chapter or two, finding it sort of silly. But I stuck to it this time, and started to really enjoy it and look forward to picking it up. There is not much to say other than I get the reason this is a classic and beloved by so many. And so many romance novels that have followed over the years have been based on or inspired this very book.

Bottom Line: Loved it. Find time to read it if you never have.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

The Lost Apothecary

I don’t always loves books that go back in history, and this one goes all the way back to the late 1700’s! However, I was instantly drawn into this book and loved going between present day with Caroline and the past with Eliza and Nella. I found the history of the apothecary so fascinating, as well as Caroline’s research into it. My only complaint of the book is that Caroline finds herself in a bit of a situation, and I felt like it was resolved too quickly/rushed. Other than that, this book has me wanting to take a mudlarking trip, and completely fascinated with the history of all the untold stories of real people.

Bottom Line: Read it!

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People We Meet on Vacation
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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer April 13, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Loved The Lost Apothecary and cannot wait to read The Sanatorium. Can you believe I’ve never read Pride & Prejudice?! I’ve been saving People We Meet on Vacation for a treat, lol!

  • Reply laura April 13, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Yes to all the love on Lost Apothecary and Sanatorium – completely agree with you on the motive being weak. It’s funny – I never realized Christina Lauren wrote the Beautiful series until I was cleaning out my books!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag April 13, 2021 at 11:13 am

    I want to read P&P this year too – never read it either but I did read and love Persuasion, so I want to try more Austen in general. I have Sanatorium and The Lost Apothecary and really hope to read both soon. I did not choose People We Meet on Vacation for BOTM in April but I might add on next month.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent April 13, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    You totally have me wanting to read The Sanatorium!

  • Reply Carolann April 13, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    I felt the same way about The Lost Apothecary… but I still loved it! And now I really need to read The Sanitorium! It sounds so good!

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration April 13, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    I’m on hold for The Sanatorium and have heard such great things about it. I also just put The Lost Apothecary on hold from another link-up participant’s recommendation, so it’s great to see another positive review. I have never read R.S. Grey but have been meaning to because she gets such phenomenal reviews. Romance was once my go-to genre but hasn’t been for some time but I love how witty her books sound and lighter books are what I need in my life right now. I think this might be the one I read!

  • Reply Debra Eliotseats April 13, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    The Lost Apothecary is definitely on my list now. My goal for this summer is to read more Austen!

  • Reply Joanne April 13, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    You’re the second person at the link up to mention the Apothecary and to be currently reading People/ Vacation. I’m going to have to check those out.

  • Reply Jill April 14, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I’m looking forward to The People We Meet on Vacation. Sounds cute.

  • Reply SMD April 14, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    I’m still undecided on reading The Sanitorium. I’m not sure why.

    I’m hoping to time the vacation book to beach reading season. Soon!

  • Reply Kimberly April 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Oh to have jeans with pockets large enough to shove a book into.. (Bromance cover)

    I’m intrigued by the Sanitorium and that’s not usually my preferred genre.

  • Reply Danielle Butler April 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    I added Beautiful Bastard and Santorium to my reading list. Thank you for the recommendations.

  • Reply Carly April 18, 2021 at 9:35 am

    I’m hoping to get to The Lost Apothecary so I can join book club with you guys! It sounds like such an interesting one. I am obsessed with the P&P movie, but have never read the book… one day! lol

  • Reply Becki April 21, 2021 at 7:20 am

    I don’t think I’ve read Pride and Prejudice either. Second mention I’ve seen of The Lost Apothecary – sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month!

  • Reply Heather April 23, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Can’t wait to read the people we meet on vacation!!!

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