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Romance Wrap-Up: June

Hello lovelies! I'm introducing a new monthly thing where I review all my romance reads in one go. Since my taste fluctuates between YA fantasy and Adult romance (to cleanse my palate), I wanted to start doing monthly wrap-up posts to create some semblance of order. These will consist of shorter reviews but combined all in one post.

Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

I was very excited to finally get my hands on a copy of The Bride Test, since I was such a humongous fan of Hoang's previous book: The Kiss Quotient. The Bride Test follows the Vietnamese Esme, who is brought to the US to become Khai Diep's wife. What I loved about this book is how it very much is a rom-com, but still navigates the immigrant struggle told from Esme's perspective. This, in combination with the ownvoices autism rep made this such a unique read, and unlike any other romance I've read before. It takes a while to warm up to the romance, but it's definitely worth it in the end!

Title: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O'Leary
Rating: ✭✭✭✭,5/5

This was such an absolute surprise for me in terms of how much I ended up enjoying The Flatshare. This book centers around two roommates who occupy the same flat, but never at the same time. I loved the contrast in personality between both Leon and Tiffy, and how refreshing their relationship was. Never is there any mention of broody bad-boy behavior. Both of these characters are so unique and well-written. Also, this isn't merely a rom-com, but also deals with abusive relationships (TW), as well as legal drama. I really enjoyed the combination of flavors this book brings to the table in terms of romantic reads!

Title: The Foxe and the Hound
Author: R.S Grey
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

I'd read one R.S Grey book prior to this, but I can without a doubt say that this one is my favorite. The Foxe and the Hound follows the relationship between realtor Madeleine and veterinarian Adam after and unfortunate encounter featuring Madeleine's puppy (don't worry there isn't any kind of animal cruelty in this one, just 100% fluff!). Now, it's not that hard to win me over by including men with puppies, but this was genuinely such an enjoyable, laugh-out-loud read. The dynamic between the two characters is lovely, and the story is cute as can be. 

Title: Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3)
Author: Lauren Layne
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

I'm a fan of Lauren Layne books, and I've read most of them. However, the 21 Wall Street Series still remained on my TBR list. The third instalment, then, follows secretary Kate and banker Kennedy as the two develop their epic slowburn romance. There was a part about a no relationship pact, which rubbed me a little wrongly, but they reminded me a little of Donna and Harvey from Suits. I enjoyed this, but I wasn't super attached to its characters. Also be mindful of the random narration switch in comparison to the first two books, which I didn't really understand; it goes from a first-person narration, which I enjoy most in romances, to a third-person perspective. I liked this well enough but I wouldn't say this was one of my all-time favorites. Still a solid romance though! 

Title: Marriage for One
Author: Ella Maise
Rating: ✭/5 - DNF (Illness trigger)

It is very rare for me to DNF books, but this contained one of my triggers. Regardless, though, I don't think it would've ended up being rated very high. The story follows Jack and Rose (Yes, like the Titanic) who get fake married for business reasons. I normally enjoy a good fake relationship story, but this one was just too long. The writing is sloppy at best, - it reads like an unedited fanfic for some reason) and the story is too long for the amount of content, which means there is a lot of unnecessary repetition. Lastly, the dialogue and character development felt very inorganic. Despite the DNF status, I don't think I would've rated this higher than 2 stars. I know this is loved by many romance readers, and I wish I could like it, but alas.

Title: The Friend Zone
Author: Abby Jiminez
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭/5

Fix Her Up very nicely participates in the 2019 romance cover book trend by introducing a fun, colorful cover, however, the book itself was fine. Fix Her Up follows ex pro baseball-player Travis, and neighbourhood clown (actual clown) Georgie who try their hand at fake dating. Only Georgie isn't just his best friend's little sister anymore. I liked this book well enough. Georgie was a very enjoyable and relatable character for me, and the story was cute as a whole. It just wasn't memorable enough? I wasn't too attached to their relationship, and the excessive amount of sex scenes became a little cringy after a while (the amount of times Travis says the words "baby girl" is.. a little too much). All in all, this was okay, but I hoped for something a little more.

These were all the romances I read in the past few weeks. Because of the amount of romance I consume I want to make this a monthly feature on my blog, so keep an eye out for the next one!

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