Books – February 2021

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

The Soulmate Equation

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

The Wife Upstairs

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

The Switch

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

You Deserve Each Other

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

Every Last Fear

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.**

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  • Reply Nancy @ NY Foodie Family February 9, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Congrats on the great reading month! I just added Every Last Fear to my to read list. The others were already on the list!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag February 9, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Yay for a great reading month!!! I have Every Last Fear on my wish list, so I’m SO thrilled to see that you loved it. It sounds so so so good.


  • Reply Lindsay Latimer February 9, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Well maybe we need to read Every Last Fear next month, lol! I think I would have liked The Wife Upstairs more if it weren’t for the Jane Eyre retelling. I couldn’t get past it. I can’t wait to read the Christina Lauren!

  • Reply Andrea Nine February 9, 2021 at 9:26 am

    The Switch sounds so fun. And Every Last Fear is on my list too. Always look forward to your reviews my friend.

  • Reply Heather February 9, 2021 at 9:30 am

    I can’t wait to read the new Christina Lauren!!! I loved The Switch and You Deserve Each Other! Can’t wait for her new book coming out soon! I have heard mixed things about The Wife Upstairs but I think I’ll still give it a try sometime 🙂

  • Reply SMD February 9, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Yesss, I have Every Last Fear from Netgalley and after seeing this I’m pumped to read it. I love when that happens.

  • Reply kristen February 9, 2021 at 11:08 am

    yay! so good to hear about the soulmate equation. hoping to get to it asap.
    glad you liked the switch – i thought it was super cute.
    i felt the same about you deserve each other – very wtf, do i even like this, then omg love it lol

  • Reply laura February 9, 2021 at 11:53 am

    I cannot WAIT to get my hands on the new Lauren – definitely adding Every Last Fear, but will probably have to purchase, since the library doesn’t own it!

  • Reply Missy @MySh*ttyKitchen February 9, 2021 at 11:57 am

    What a great reading month! I will have to put all of these on my list!

  • Reply Carly February 9, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    I read a few pages of The Switch but couldn’t decide what I wanted to read next & then my loan expired, but your review makes me want to request it again. Excited for The Soulmate Equation– it sounds like a fun concept and I love when more minor characters still make a big impact in books! I just added Every Last Fear to my list too.

  • Reply Gwen February 9, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Every Last Fear, but it’s going on my list now! I really loved Writers and Lovers – I hope you like it.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says February 9, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Every Last Year definitely sounds like my kind of book

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent February 9, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    I want to hear more about your Book club!!!

  • Reply Kimberly February 9, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The Writers and Lovers ebook just became available to me from the library – I’m pretty excited about that. And a new Christina Lauren – how are they so prolific and still so good?

  • Reply Julie Loveless February 9, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    On a waiting list for the first 2, can’t wait to get them!

  • Reply Biana February 10, 2021 at 8:21 am

    So many great reads that i need to add to my list! Im a huge fan of Christina Lauren as well and the Wife Upstairs sounds so good! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  • Reply Danielle February 10, 2021 at 11:12 am

    I have been wanting to read Every Last Fear. I am not sure it is out to the pubic yet. I recently checked and now I need to check again!

  • Reply Jill February 10, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Every Last Fear sounds so good!

  • Reply Tanya February 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the tip on Every Last Fear…just added it to my TBR.

  • Reply Becki February 11, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    I think I requested the new Christina Lauren. I’m sure I’ll read it eventually – it sounds good! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month 🙂

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