The Temporary Roomie

What I read: The Temporary Roomie by Sarah Adam’s

Why I picked it up: I’m working my way through her available books on Hoopla.

How I read it: On audio at 2x while traveling this weekend.

What it’s about: Jessie needs a place to stay while her house is being fixed, and Drew needs a date to a hospital fundraiser. The only problem is they can’t stand each other, or they’re in love with one another. It’s full of pranks and hijinks.

What I liked: I loved the way that Drew wasn’t pushed away by her pregnancy. Those were his sweetest moments.

What I disliked: Toward the end I was done with pranks.

Genre: Enemies to lovers, closed door romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes, it’s the second in a series that I think works better read in order.

The Off-Limits Rule

What I read: The Off-Limits Rule by Sarah Adams

Why I picked it up: Read one of the author’s books earlier this week and really liked it, so I downloaded more for my trip this weekend.

How I read it: On audio at 1.75x while flying and driving and walking today.

What it’s about: Lucy moves home after a bad breakup. She and her son, Levi, take up residence in her brother’s guest room. The first person Drew introduces her to is the one guy he’s told his sister is off limits. How long will it be before they start dating? Ummm… days!

What I liked: I loved everything!!

What I disliked: It wasn’t long enough!! Good thing there’s a sequel to the series featuring the brother. I’m hoping Lucy and Cooper show up a bit in that one!

Genre: Closed door romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and absolutely!!

The Summer Sisters

What I read: The Summer Sisters by Sara Richardson

Why I picked it up: I got this out months ago and returned it without reading, then picked it up again before realizing it’s the second in a series. (That I have now discovered wants to be read in order.)

How I read it: On paper at dinner, before bed, and before work. So quickly!

What it’s about: It picks up six moths after the previous novel with Dally having moved to Juniper Springs with her kids, Rose renovating the Inn so they can reopen the week of Sassy’s 70th birthday, and Mags just having had her little baby. There’s a lot of healing and restoration and love. It wrapped up nicely but could also have another book in the story.

What I liked: I want to visit this inn, to spend a week there with no worries for a delightful summer.

What I disliked: I don’t think any of them handled Maya’s anxiety about her mother dating very well.

Genre: Family saga, sisters, closed door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and as a follow up to the first, yes.

The Bodyguard

What I read: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Why I picked it up: It’s the new release by one of my favorite authors. I preordered it months ago, and I started reading as soon as I got the mail yesterday. Not often something I do, I’ve got three other new releases on my table That have sat for months without me cracking them open.

How I read it: On hardcover in less than a day. I stayed up way too late reading last night.

What it’s about: Hannah gets dumped the day after her mother’s funeral by just a terrible man. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Then she’s assigned to be primary protection on one of the country’s biggest movie stars, and she’s got to pass as his girlfriend. Fake dating never leads to just being friends in a romance novel, so you can guess the outcome.

What I liked: I loved how playful Jack is with her. Just a guy who at the core is silly and kind and friendly. Sounds like someone I’d like to be friends with.

What I disliked: Robby is the worst kind of worst guy. He thinks he’s all that but he’s the worst.

Genre: Faking dating, closed door, romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes!! Run!!

Part of Your World

What I read: Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez

Why I picked it up: This is fourth in a loosely connected series and a delight. A friend read it and loved it so I knew I needed to pick it up.

How I read it: On Kindle in less than 24 hours. I devoured it!

What it’s about: Alexis’ entire life has been planned for her. She’s a Montgomery and that means she will be the face of the hospital her whole family has been for the past 125 years. Until a raccoon runs her into a ditch and Daniel stops to rescue her. Their relationship isn’t supposed to be love, but it ends up that way. Now she has to decide if this decade younger man from a small town can ever become part of her world.

What I liked: I laughed out loud over and over. This was a delight. The small town sounds like a place I could really thrive in.

What I disliked: The emotional abuse depicted. It’s real and true to life, but I still hated that she had to go through it.

Genre: Closed door romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes. It’s the fourth in this series but I don’t think you need the other two to like this one.

Sisters by Choice

What I read: Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery

Why I picked it up: I’ve been working my way through this short series, and this was the 4th (and maybe final).

How I read it: On hardback staying up way too late two nights in a row. Why do I think the final 50 pages will take me 10 minutes? They won’t!

What it’s about: Three cousins – Sophie, Kristine, and Amber – grew up together on BlackBerry Island. They each have radically different lives. Sophie started a multi-million dollar cat toy company. Kristine married her high school sweetheart and was a stay-at-home mom for her three boys. Amber got pregnant at 18 and decided her life was over. Heather, her daughter, plays a major role in the book as she works to break free from Amber’s toxicity. The book follows that story as well as Sophie moving her business back to the island after a fire at her place in CA and Kristine as she wants to open her dream bakery.

What I liked: I think Dugan, the love interest for Sophie, and Rose, Kristine’s mother-in-law, are the only redeeming characters in the book. Heather is also a great character who begins to see she can have a life away from Blackberry Island.

What I disliked: Sophie seems like she’s the one who’s got things together, but she’s quite unlikeable and immature most of the book, especially with Dugan. Amber is the second “woman who got pregnant super young who’s awful and made nothing of her life, takes zero responsibility, and is just the worst” character in this series. That we could portray a young single mother as successful on Blackberry Island is kind of annoying. This unlike-ability of these characters is knocking down stars for me. This was not the satisfying end to this series I was looking for. None of the other characters from the three books even make an appearance.

Genre: Women’s fiction, closed door romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️ and no.

Nora Goes Off Script

What I read: Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

Why I picked it up: Annie Jones called it one of her favorite books of the year!! And she loves a good rom com, like me.

How I read it: On kindle while flying home today and then during my “afternoon off to rest.”

What it’s about: Ben left Nora, and she wrote a movie about it. Not a formulaic movie like most of her previous successes – the one’s a feature length film being shot in her back yard. Then she meets the lead, Leo.

What I liked: The kids are so amazing in this book. I want to know them in real life.

What I disliked: I wanted more.

Genre: Closed door romance, books about movie making.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and definitely!!

To Marry and to Meddle

What I read: To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters

Why I picked it up: Liked the cover when I was looking on the new releases shelf at the library.

How I read it: On paperback in a day (two days in a row where I read a whole book in a day, lovely summer days).

What it’s about: Julian proposes a marriage of convenience to Emily and they are wed a week later. He wants to elevate the reputation of his theater and she needs out of the gaze of a not to gentlemanly gentleman.

What I liked: From the beginning of their convenient relationship, he seems to really listen to and pay attention to her.

What I disliked: This is set in the early 1800s but seems to have some of the conveniences of modern times – like lights. It felt odd.

Genre: Marriage of convenience, closed door, regency.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and even though it’s the 3rd in a series, I think it can stand alone (I haven’t read the other two, nor do I plan on it).

By the Book

What I read: By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

Why I picked it up: I’m a Jasmine Guillory completist! Also this is the second in a new series of Disney retellings.

How I read it: On audio over a couple days.

What it’s about: Isabelle does the grunt work of publishing, but she really wants to be a writer and editor. She ends up volunteering to go see their most reclusive writer, Beau, to see if she can get him to finish his book. She does but she also falls in love … will he fall for her?

What I liked: So many references to Beauty and the Beast!! I know that’s the point, but they were a delight. The name of the publishing company, the library they work in, areas of the house being off limits, her speaking to the furniture (they don’t talk back)!

What I disliked: I’d like to see the house and the library!! It felt like just the most delightful place to be.

Genre: Fairy tale retelling, closed door, romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes!!

Away from You

What I read: Away from You by Jess Mastorakos

Why I picked it up: I’m a sucker for a good series!! They don’t necessarily need to be read in order but they’re better when you do.

How I read it: On audio in a day at 2x.

What it’s about: Matt was injured on deployment and came home with a slight physical injury and PTSD. He decided it was safer for both of them if he left their marriage.

What I liked: I appreciated the look into deployment and marine life; a second chance romance is always a delight too.

What I disliked: While PTSD was discussed in the book, I think he “got over it” a little too quick for reality.

Genre: Closed door romance, military.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and as part of the series. I’m going to need to get Kindle Unlimited if I want to finish this series, so we’ll see if I ever do.