Books – May 2022

Coming at you with some more book reviews. I had a great book month. So many new releases came out this month that I really want to read. A few of them are mixed in here…and hopefully I will get to the rest soon! Read anything good lately?

The Unsinkable Gretta James by Jennifer E Smith

The Unsinkable Greta James

I absolutely loved every moment of this book! I was hooked right away. Even though this book dealt with heavy things like grief and loss, and the sometimes complicated relationship between a father and daughter…..it was still also light. There were moments of humor, love and growth. I loved all of Greta’s parents’ friends as well. I was sad when this one was over.

Bottom Line: Read it!!!

The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

The Homewreckers

I love Mary Kay Andrews, and I quite enjoyed this book. You get a little mystery, a home improvement project, and a romance all in one. I liked that this book took place in Savannah, I have been there before and it brought back all the memories. This focuses more on the mystery than the relationships, which I found quite interesting. It turned out nearly exactly like I thought it would….but that didn’t take away from the ride. Loved all the side characters and I especially loved Detective Mak!

I received both an ebook and audio version, and I enjoyed the narrator on the audiobook so much. It was such a pleasure to listen to.

Bottom Line: Read it!

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

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Lovers

Emily Henry is definitely one of my favorite authors. I absolutely loved this book! It started out a little slow, but once I got into it, it was really hard to put down. I loved Nora and Charlie. I really loved watching them grow together. Their banter cracked me up! I also enjoyed getting to see the relationship between Nora and her sister, their list for their trip and watching them workout their issues. All of the characters in this book are so well developed and everything just works so well. I read the inspiration for Nora’s character came from Miranda Priestly, Meredith Blake, Patricia Eden but all set in a Hallmark small town. It was just so, so good. And that ending! Fantastic.

Bottom Line: Read it!!!!

Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee

Booked on a Feeling: A Novel

I am not really sure what it is about this book, but I just didn’t connect with it. We don’t really get any background on the characters, so I never felt a connection or spark between them. The inner dialogue from both characters, but especially Jack, was very childish. Nothing really happens in this book. You keep reading thinking it is going to pick up, and it never really does. I appreciate that it covers some anxiety and self-doubt issues.

Bottom Line: I really wanted to love this book, as I have enjoyed others from Jayci Lee…but it was very underwhelming. Maybe it would work for others.

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

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

The Dating Plan (Marriage Game, #2)

I love a good enemies to lovers or second chance romance. This is sort of both? Liam and Daisy were complex characters with a lot of personality. I love that we get the back story of their past, and mix that with the current banter….and you definitely feel the chemistry between them. I really liked that Daisy was in IT and she seemed like a badass character that really grew. I LOL’d several times throughout this book, and just thought overall that it was a really cute read. I quite enjoyed the Patel family and would love to read more about them.

Bottom Line: Super cute, read it!

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

A Million Junes

In general, I don’t really care for magical realism. I like my fiction books to be more realistic. However, from time to time I do enjoy some magic, vampires or the Charley Davidson series where she is basically the grim reaper. So I went into this with an open mind, and quite enjoyed it. I consumed this on audio and I love the narrator Emily Henry uses.

I loved that this was sort of a Romeo and Juliet tale of two feuding families with a long history. Emily Henry writes so beautifully and really fleshes out her characters, so I felt like I completely understood what was going on with the ghosts, the falls, etc. All around a solid read, and quite different from my usual.

Bottom Line: Read it.

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared

This one jumps back and forth from past and present, as well as from several points of view. Sometimes I have a hard time following when that happens, but I didn’t in this case. It kept my attention, as I was curious to find out what happened to Tallulah and Zach. It ended mostly how I thought it would, but there were definitely a few twists in there I didn’t see coming.

Bottom Line: Read it.

My Professor by R.S. Grey

My Professor

Pre-order now!

Comes out June 2, 2022

You all know my love for R.S. Grey, and she does it again with My Professor! I read this book in less than a day, I simply could not put it down. We got family drama, tension, angst, steam. I felt like Emelia was a little immature at times, very closed off. There is just something about the way that R.S. Grey write that made this work for me. Very slow burn, not a lot of romance. I really enjoyed the architectural parts of the book as well…as Jonathan owned his own firm and we get to hear about some projects mixed in there.

Bottom line: If you are an R.S. Grey fan, read it!

**I received a copy of My Professor from R.S. Grey in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

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  • Reply laura May 31, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    I’m so glad you loved Greta James as much as I did. It was such a good book!!

  • Reply Danielle May 31, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    I think I have The Night She Disappeared on my list. I love Lisa Jewell books.

  • Reply Kristin May 31, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    I can’t believe I missed a Lisa Jewell book? I didn’t know she had a new one out!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer June 1, 2022 at 10:01 am

    I’m reading The Homewreckers right now and can’t put it down.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag June 1, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Nice reading month! I just got a copy of Book Lovers and I can’t wait to read it. I still need to read People We Meet on Vacation by her too.

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