Truth or Beard

What I read: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Why I picked it up: Anne Bogel has recommended this for awhile, and when I saw it for $2 at a used book store this weekend, I decided to pick it up.

How I read it: On paper while flying yesterday and during lunch today.

What it’s about: Jess has been home for a few months trying to save money so she cod leave on her adventures, but she gets sidetracked by Duane, her childhood nemesis. She always thought she was in love with his twin, but history is rewriting itself now.

What I liked: I appreciated getting to know the brothers, they seem like an interesting crew, especially Cletus.

What I disliked: It was a bit too open door for me, and they felt really immature.

Genre: Enemies to lovers, open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and not my favorite story, I won’t be reading the rest in the series.

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 Marriage Game

What I read: The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

Why I picked it up: I can’t remember.

How I read it: On paper in my new “regular reading routine”: start a new book at dinner, read before bed, finish when waking up in the morning.

What it’s about: Layla has a spectacular breakup and gets fired from her job all in the same week. She moves back home, sets up a new business in the office above her family’s restaurant, and then meets Sam. He helps her weed through her father’s list of potential husbands, but it’s them who end up falling in love.

What I liked: The story moved quickly, but there were so many holes.

What I disliked: I didn’t appreciate the way tradition was portrayed. It was both something that was important, but also ignored – especially when it just didn’t fit their narrative.

Genre: Enemies to lovers, open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️ and no, there are many other romances that portray this culture and even this romance trope better.

The Enemy

What I read: The Enemy by Sarah Adams

Why I picked it up: A friend recommended it awhile ago and I finally found it on Hoopla.

How I read it: On audio in just a couple of days at 2x speed.

What it’s about: Ryan and June have been mortal enemies for over a decade and they’re reuniting at their friends wedding for the first time. It goes nothing like June thinks it will, but that’s okay because this version of Ryan is so much better!!

What I liked: It’s a delight, so full of sass and sarcasm and multiple points of view and it’s even chaste, which is always a delightful find on audio. Oh and there’s a delightful epilogue!!

What I disliked: I wanted more.

Genre: Chaste romance, enemies to lovers.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and what a delight!!

Heartbreak for Hire

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I stayed up way too late reading this book I didn’t really like all that much.

Brinkley had it all going for her except she was dating a guy who thought little of her. They call him an Ego in the book but I think it was a narcissist and borderline emotionally abusive. There was a public breakup and this woman Margo finds her and invites Brinkley to work at her company Heartbreaks for Hire. A group of four woman who will take that man who had too big of an Ego, Cheated, was a Player, or a Grifter.

One of her targets becomes her coworker, but they’re both using each other while they fall in love. It’s a case of everyone doing what they think others expect of them, not what would make them happy. Also Margo believes giving Brinkley this job will help her get over Aiden, but what she needs is therapy, not revenge. I very much disliked the Margo character. I thought she was more “master manipulator” than friend or boss.

“I handled the Egos, men in the workplace who needed to be taken down a notch, and I was generally hired by women who knew them in a professional level and hated them with the scorching rage of a thousand suns.”


The Dating Plan

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After taking a week to finish a book, I needed something quick, light, and fun – so I picked up this month’s Book of the Month pick. It was just what I needed. I read it all in one day (maybe I worked less than I should have yesterday) and really loved the story.

It’s the fake dating trope combined with a bit of enemies to lovers. She’s a computer programmer and he’s a venture capitalist. They both have strong family heritages, hers Indian and his Irish – which was a delight to read.

There’s a little more language than I’d like and it’s pretty open door, but all around a delightful read.

“Don’t ever think there’s something wrong with you. You have gifts that people can only dream of having. They make you special and utterly unique in a way that is as far from weird as you can get. You blew my mind when you were a girl. I loved coming here to see what you could do, whether it was solving difficult math puzzles, destroying your dad at chess, memorizing the entire Human section of The Guinness Book of World Records, or trying to beat me at video games.” Liam to Daisy


The Worst Best Man

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I think this is another Amazon Prime First Read from a few months ago. It’s cute. Features a few new cultures in a really beautiful way. Follows the “enemies to lovers” romance trope. Also open door, so a few scenes to skip if that’s not your thing.

Really appreciate the nod to healthy emotions and mental health plus what it means for a woman to “get emotional” at work, especially if she is a person of color.

“Protecting yourself from hurt doesn’t mean you’re broken. It means you’re human.”