In romance wrap up


Another month has come to an end, another month filled with romance reads. I have to admit, I was in a bit of a reading slump during July and mostly ended up reading webtoons or romance novels, so the list is slightly longer than normal. But, without further ado, here's what romances I read in July!

Title: Ayesha At Last
Author: Uzma Jalaluddin
Rating: ✭✭✭,75/5

This book is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but with a twist. It follows Khalid and Ayesha who inhabit the roles of Darcy and Elizabeth in this Muslim retelling of the Austen classic. Let me start off by saying that the majority of this rating is based on the pacing issues. It's rare for me to read romances slowly, as I tend to consume them in one sitting, which is why I think pacing can be an area of improvement. But, I do think that this is such a terribly original and intriguing story that I feel like a lot of people will be able to relate to. The cultural components of this story were so interesting to read about, and once you get past the 50% mark, this does flow pretty well. All in all, I really enjoyed this save for the pacing, hence the mostly 4 star rating. Also, this has one of those super pretty covers that seems to be a trend among 2019 romances, so definitely pick up a copy if you can!

Title: Anything You Can Do
Author: R.S Grey
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

After reading Hotshot Doc and The Foxe and the Hound, I decided to pick up another R.S Grey book on recommendation of a friend of mine. Anything You Can Do also features the doctor scenario and features the rivals to lovers trope. While not usually a fan of this trope, I found myself really enjoying this one. It wasn't as memorable as The Foxe and the Hound, but I really enjoy Grey's comedic writing style and lively characters. Hence the four star rating!

Title: A Question of Us
Author: Mary Jayne Baker
Rating: ✭✭✭/5

I read this book in ARC format, and the blurb really spoke to me. Best-friends to lovers is my romantic tropey JAM, so I was super excited to tuck into this. It wasn't bad per sé, I enjoyed the majority of it. But it was also excruciatingly slow at times, and a lot of the writing-style kept me from enjoying the characters to their max potential. I really enjoyed the use of the childhood friends to lovers trope, but I also felt very frustrated with the female character which didn't help matters. Taking all of this into account, this turned into a final rating of 3 stars, but this certainly had potential.

Title: Passion on Park Avenue
Author: Lauren Layne
Rating: ✭✭✭,75/5

Ever since my first Lauren Layne book way back when I got into reading rom-coms, she is an author I tend to keep tabs on. One of her newest novels, Passion on Park Avenue features businesswoman Naomi, who wants to move into a condo on Park Avenue but has to go head to head with her youth nemesis Oliver first. This book wasn't my favorite, especially the relationship wasn't fully my cup of tea, but the part that really got to me was one of the themes. Oliver's father suffers from Alzheimers and he's one of his caretakers, which is a situation very close to my heart. I settled on a final rating of 3.75 for this one, but I am most certainly intrigued to read the rest of the series when it comes out.

Title: The Prenup
Author: Lauren Layne
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

Before Passion on Park Avenue, I decided to give Layne's newest release a try: The Prenup is a story of a marriage of convenience turning real. Charlotte and Colin got married when they both just finished college, however, in order to get divorced later in life, their prenup tells them they need to live under the same roof for at least a few months. One problem though: they can't stand each other. This book had it all for me. This was so fun: the writing, the scenario, the romance, everything the Prenup promises, it delivers on. This reminded me a lot of Christina Lauren's romances I've read in the past and I would 100% recommend this or read this again. A solid five star read! 

Title: Plan B
Author: Jana Aston
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

Another five star read from July is Plan B by Jana Aston. This book is legitimately one of the funniest rom-com's I've ever read. I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions while reading this. The best way to describe Plan B is the unplanned pregnancy trope... but on crack. This book is all-out ridiculous, but you can't help but love it anyway. Jana Aston has a way with writing rom-coms like no other. Trust is still one of my all-time faves, and this series has a very similar vibe to her previous books. If you're looking for a quick, ridiculous, funny, but satisfying read, don't hesitate to pick up this series, it is divine. 

Title: Scandalous
Author: L.J Shen
Rating: ✭✭✭/5

After DNF'ing Vicious, the first book in the Sinners of Saint series, I decided to try again and pick up another L.J Shen book. My friend kept recommending Scandalous to me, in the hopes I would love it. Scandalous follows 18 year old Edie and her fixation on a much older single father Trent. The two initially hate each other because of Edie's father's relation to Trent, and so a forbidden romance booms. While I didn't end up DNF'ing this as I did Vicious, I wouldn't say this was my exact cup of tea either. The male character is incredibly cold and violent, and while I enjoy the occasional broody romance male, this just wasn't completely 'it' for me. Trent bosses and pushes her around, is completely unreasonable at times. Shen tries to redeem him by making him be very careful with his daughter, which I would say is the definite highlight of the book for me, and simultaneously the reason as to why this still managed to score a 3 star rating. While the romance isn't great the relationship between, the MC's daughter, Luna, who is mute, and Edie is something worth reading. Also, quickly want to reiterate that, while I enjoyed the themes, not including trigger warnings for topics such as suicide isn’t cool and will cause people to be blindsided so TW: suicide for this one. If I'll pick up an L.J Shen book again after two failed tries remains to be seen, however.

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

After reading mixed reviews about this book, I decided to give The Friend Zone a try myself. I'm a huge fan of the friends-to-lovers trope, and the premise of TFZ promised exactly that. The book focuses on Kristen and Josh, who at first glance seem perfect for each other. However there is one big catch: Kristen faces a medical procedure that won't allow her to have children, and Josh keeps mentioning how he wants to have a big family someday. This book deals with the issues of potential infertility: a struggle a lot of women face. While TFZ had its flaws, I thought the subject matter and the relationship between the main characters was something so special. It made this simultaneously a joyous but also heart-wrenching experience to read. This book was a definite five star read though, but I can see why there would be mixed reviews. 

These were all my romantic reads for July! Here's to hoping August will be a more productive month in terms of reading so that I can also manage to squeeze more fantasy reads in there next month. Have you guys read any good romances this month? Let me know, and I hope you all have a lovely August! 

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