Friday Kisses are being delivered on Thursday today. Tomorrow I will be off celebrating my son as he graduates from college. If you follow me on social media, be prepared for pictures :)
Here’s some of the books I read recently.
Hold Out: Returning Home #4 by Serena Bell– Overall this book is a decent read. I’ve read several of Bell’s books and I really enjoy her voice. This series has been wonderful and is centered around a group of friends that were previously in the military. But it is without some of the heavy doses of alphaholeyness that sometimes comes with military heroes. If you’ve read any of the previous books, you will see those characters in this book as well and I always enjoy things like that.
Becca, our heroine is a virgin. Griff, our hero, has decided he is willing to take her virginity. While I liked Becca and Griff and even liked them together and was invested in their story, I was irritated throughout the book at this notion that virginity (particularly a women’s) is treated like a tangible item or commodity that can be “lost” or “given” to someone else. It just feels weird to me and not something I enjoy reading. But I was able to mostly put that aside and enjoy the book.
Bell writes steamy sex scenes and I enjoyed that. It isn’t all sexy times though as Griff is battling PTSD and Becca is trying to figure out her place in the world. I enjoy how Bell mixes real life issues in to her stories. I was invested in the story and was happy to see them get their HEA.
The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren– Much like Angela, I really enjoyed this story. CLo has become an auto-read author for me. They write witty and fun banter and I am here for it.
Olive and Ethan were a lot of fun to read and watch them fall in love. They think they are enemies. Olive especially thinks Ethan hates her. By a weird coincidence that only occurs in romancelandia, they end up on vacation together. And then in a fake relationship. There is some mild forced proximity here and basically it’s a lot of my favorite tropes all rolled up together. It was cute and fun and sexy too. There is a scene where Ethan is giving Olive a massage and this is before they have decided to really be friends and give things a try and it was deliciously hot.
This book is told from only Olive’s POV and I was okay without Ethan’s. But there are some small little clues dropped early to mid way that make it clear Ethan doesn’t dislike Olive at all. It was reminiscent to The Hating Game.