Linking up with Steph and Jana. I can already tell you that one, probably two, of these books is making my list of top picks for 2021. I recommend all of them, so go ahead and get your add to TBR list ready!
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren is one of my favorites, and this book delivered. I absolutely loved it! It reminds me of their older stuff that made me fall in love with them. I loved Jess and River, the build up is completely believable. I am never one to turn down an enemies to lovers story, that is for sure. And Fizzy, Jess’s best friend?? I absolutely adored her and their relationship. Even the kid and grandfather won my heart over. Since Chris and I met on a dating site many years ago, before it was completely accepted, I love reading other stories about it. This one goes a step further with all the science and genetics, made my nerd heart skip a beat. Both characters were quirky enough to keep it interesting. The only thing I wish, is that we got a little more of River’s background. Just because I loved him so much too.
Bottom Line: Read it! This is going to make my top list for 2021.
**I received a copy of The Soulmate Equation from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
This was our book club book for January. I was excited to read it because it took place around Birmingham! Mountain Brook and Center Point are just a quick drive down the road for me. I have been to English Village, La Paz, and know of all the areas mentioned in the book.
What do I want to say about this book? It definitely had me hooked, I blew through it so fast. I didn’t really like any of the characters, but that is the way you are supposed to feel…I think? I found Eddie the most fascinating character. It was rather predictable, but I liked the way it all turned out in the end.
Bottom Line: Definitely held my interest and I enjoyed reading it. The consensus around book club was that no one really liked it….but I did. So take with that what you will.
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
I thought the audio version of this was done wonderfully. I like how it switched back and forth from Leena to Eileen, and that they used two narrators. I just loved Eileen, I think her story was my favorite!!! The idea of switching places for two months was fun, reminded me a bit of The Holiday. I loved all the friends that both Leena and Eileen met along the way. While some of the book was completely predictable, it was just a joy to read. (Or rather listen to.)
Bottom Line: Read it!
**I received a copy of The Switch on audiobook from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
I wasn’t sure if I was totally into this book starting out. We got to hating each other without seeing the relationship progress, or understand how we got here. But then the shenanigans started between Naomi and Nicholas and I LOL’d SO MUCH!!!! Naomi had my brand of crazy I think, and it was so relatable. You get to see these two rediscover each other, and that was really special and different than most love stories I have read. I think we can all relate to the misunderstanding and communication issues that this couple struggled with. I couldn’t put this down, and can’t wait to read the next book Hogle writes!
Bottom Line: Read it! You will definitely laugh out loud, and don’t we all need that right now?
Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
This is supposed to be one of the most anticipated books to come out for 2021, and I can see why! Wow! So you know right in the beginning of the book that most of the Pine family dies while on vacation in Mexico. The book alternates from present and before, and you get some documentary snippets at the end of a lot of chapters. I was immediately caught up in the story, and loved reading it from the alternating characters in the book. I really loved how smart Maggie Pine was. And Agent Keller was pretty bad ass! I really enjoyed the side characters that Matt introduces us to, especially his friends Ganesh and Kala. There is a lot going on, and there were several twists to the story. I was surprised at how it all played out, didn’t see it coming.
I think I read that this was a debut from the author. Ummm sign me up for auto request on future books! This would make a fantastic book club read.
Bottom Line: Read it!
**I received a copy of Every Last Fear from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.**