Review: The Temporary Roomie (Sarah Adams)

The Temporary Roomie
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: April 1, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What happens when you have to play nice with your greatest enemy? Revenge.

Drew Marshall may have let me move into his spare bedroom while my house is being renovated, but don’t think for one second his kindness comes without strings. Big, ugly, fake relationship strings.

That’s okay, though, Dr. Andrew. I’ll agree to your terms, move into your house, and act like
your girlfriend when the big day comes; but I also plan to make your life miserable—make you pay for what you did to me.

I may not be good at forgiving or forgetting, but I’m excellent at getting even.

Get ready to laugh until you cry with this sizzling, hilarious, closed-door romantic comedy!


Sarah Adams’ books keep getting better and better. The Temporary Roomie made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. It was an enemies to more romance/prank war I couldn’t get enough of. Jessie and Drew hate each other for all the wrong reasons, and what they’re willing to do to annoy each other is hilarious and almost endless. Underneath all that “hate” is a sizzling chemistry and a surprising tenderness. I loved every minute of their shenanigans romance.

Series Review: Vino and Veritas Books 4-8 (World of True North)

Earlier this month I shared with you reviews for the first three books in the Vino and Veritas series. Today, I have reviews for the next fivebooks in the series. 

Undercover
Series: Vino and Veritas, #4
Author: Eliot Grayson
Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts: 

This is a case of it’s not you, it’s me. Undercover was well written. It was a book I would say was good, but didn’t make me fall in love with it or its characters. While the suspense plot was good, I didn’t love that it had Alec lying so much to Gabe. It made me cringe whenever he did it because of what I already knew of Gabe’s personality. Gabe was very self-conscious and self-loathing at times. I got his reasons why, but it made it his character feel immature in a way I didn’t like. That combined with Alec’s lying made things messier than I would have liked them to be. I will say that didn’t change the fact that I liked Alec and Gabe together. I could see Alec’s maturity and confidence rubbing off on Gabe in a good way. Plus, they were cute together.

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Aftermath
Series: Vino and Veritas, #5
Author: L.A. Witt
Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts: 

Aftermath was a story that felt unique to me. I hadn’t really read a romance like it before. Brent had some issues resulting from a major injury that I hadn’t read in a book before. I liked that it felt like I was learning something while also enjoying the love story. Brent and Jon started out casually, but things got serious faster than they or I expected. I liked how they built trust and intimacy in unexpected ways. I also loved the maturity Jon brought to the story. It was such a sweet romance.

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Booklover
Series: Vino and Veritas, #6
Author: J.E. Birk
Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts: 

Booklover was a sweet romance. Jamie had family problems he was trying to work deal with. Briar had a past he was trying to outrun. Neither had time or wanted a relationship when they met, but their immediate connection in a romance book club was undeniable. Jamie and Briar were adorable together and I loved their journey. They had a lot of emotional stuff to work through, but it never felt like too much. Everything brought them closer together so they could have an HEA just like their favorite romance novelist wrote. 

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Flipcup
Series: Vino and Veritas, #7
Author: Kim Hartfield
Publication Date: April 5, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts: 

Flipcup was cute and sweet with some great flirty banter, BUT (and that’s a big but) I couldn’t handle Chelsea. She was way too immature for my liking. I know she was only twenty-two, but the selfishness and poor me stuff she had going on annoyed me. I wanted to love her because Tara obviously did, but I couldn’t help feeling like Tara deserved better after everything she had been through. That’s something I had a hard time moving past to make this more than a 3 star read for me. 

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Hideaway
Series: Vino and Veritas, #8
Author: Rachel Lacey
Publication Date: April 5, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Hideaway was a sweet second chance romance between first loves. Phoebe had returned to Vermont after years of absence. Taylor wasn’t sure she could trust Phoebe. When Taylor convinces Phoebe to foster a pregnant shelter dog, puppies and reignited feelings bring them together. This was a pleasant romance read without a ton of drama. 

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Review: Oops, I’ve Fallen (Max Monroe)

Oops, I’ve Fallen
Authors: Max Monroe

Publication Date: March 27, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

If my time with Ryan Miller were a hit track on the radio, I imagine the lyrics would go something like this…

“We’re so different, but they say opposites attract. Oops, I’ve fallen, and my heart doesn’t want to come back.”

But, holy bingo night, is my attraction to the sexy, broody businessman so much more complicated than the chorus of a song.

His dad lives right next to my mom, and after the two of them suffered an unexplained accident while taking down holiday decorations, both Ryan and I were forced to become the only thirtysomething residents of Sunny Creek Village Independent Senior Living Community.

Temporarily moving in might seem like overkill for a fractured tailbone and a severely pulled groin muscle, but believe me, when your mom is as wild as mine and your dad is as cantankerous as Ryan’s, they need supervision to ensure they stick to doctor’s orders.

Constantly thrown together by the antics of our crazy parents and the tough-as-nails community enforcer, Betty Matthews, Ryan and I formed an alliance for the sole purpose of survival.

But I never expected to be so interested in finding out what he was hiding beneath his grumpy, serious demeanor. More than that, I never dreamed what I found would be the kind of man women sell their souls to the devil for.

Unfortunately, our little one-hit wonder on the airwaves has more to say before it comes to an end.

Although, finishing the outro to this song is a real doozy…

Tell me…what lyric rhymes with Oops, I’ve fallen for my future stepbrother?


I’m one of the first people to complain about illustrated covers on romance novels, but I have to give Max Monroe (and Banana) credit with this one. It’s perfect for this romantic comedy set in a Florida retirement community. As for what’s inside those pages…

Oops, I’ve Fallen was just as funny inside as out. Max Monroe took a senior living community and its inhabitants to a whole new, hilarious level. The hijinks Sal and Stella got into with their frenemies kept me laughing. Those two were spunky for 70-somethings. I loved that they got chapters here and there. They didn’t eclipse our main couple, Ryan and Carly. The just added to the fun.

Ryan and Carly couldn’t have been more opposite personality wise, so I loved how their parents were what brought them together. The way they shared in the torture their parents brought upon them was so entertaining. It made the sizzling chemistry they had even more fun. I loved how they fell in love.

The one thing I didn’t quite buy was what shook things up and caused the problem. These characters were mature enough to know it wasn’t a big deal, so it felt like a huge overreaction. It did make for some funny moments, though. I guess I can’t complain to much about it.

What else to say? Honestly, Oops, I’ve Fallen was just a ton of fun. I laughed. I smiled. I swooned. What else could you possible want from a romantic comedy? Max Monroe have once again brought the funny in the best of ways.

Review: The Last Carolina Sister (Michelle Major)

The Last Carolina Sister
Series: Magnolia Sisters, #3
Author: Michelle Major
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

In Magnolia, North Carolina, love might be waiting right next door…

Meredith Ventner knows a wounded creature when she sees one. Though her temporary new neighbor may be—on the surface at least—a successful, drop-dead gorgeous doctor, she recognizes the deep hurt Ryan Sorensen is carrying, and it’s catnip to her soul. But even though Meredith is the youngest, scrappiest and single-est of Magnolia’s most famous sisters, she’s committed to expanding the animal shelter on her newly inherited farm. She can’t waste her energy on a man who’s only passing through town.

Ryan is hoping that after a month of small-town living he’ll be healed enough to return to his busy ER. His injured leg isn’t half as painful as his guilt from the tragedy he’s trying to forget. Yet somehow, helping feisty, tenderhearted Meredith care for her menagerie is making him question his career-first priorities. Here in this quirky small town another future is coming into view, but can he change his life, and open his heart, to claim it?


It’s been a while since I read a book by Michelle Major. The Last Carolina Sister was a nice reintroduction to her writing. Despite being the third book in the series, it was easy to jump right in. There was just enough background information given about Meredith and her sisters for their relationships and the story to make sense. It was also given in a way that didn’t feel like information dumping or cause a break in the story. My only complaint about the writing would be the switch between Meredith and Ryan’s POVs. It was a small change in font rather than a new chapter or heading with their names to discern when things changed between the two. That made it feel more abrupt when it changed and took me a while to get used to.

As for the story and characters, I liked them both. Meredith was dealing with who she was after finding out her father was not her biological sister, that she had sisters, and that she was the only one of them still single. She also was trying to expand her animal shelter. Ryan was dealing with a tragic shooting that left him injured, mourning a friend, and on a “vacation” from his job as an ER doctor. The more time Meredith and Ryan spent together, the more I loved them together. Meredith was a little insecure, but also determined. Ryan was grumpy and trying to wallow in his pain. I enjoyed how Meredith’s animal rescue brought them together. Helping out at the rescue and falling for Meredith became part of what helped Ryan heal, and in turn he helped Meredith heal. I loved the emotional journey they took together and love they built. The whole animal aspect just added such a special connection.

The Last Carolina Sister was a sweet, well written love story. I’m looking forward to going back and reading Meredith’s sisters’ stories.

Review: The Intimacy Experiment (Rosie Danan)

The Intimacy Experiment
Author: Rosie Danan
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.

Naomi Grant has built her life around going against the grain. After the sex-positive start-up she cofounded becomes an international sensation, she wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing. Unfortunately, despite her long list of qualifications, higher ed won’t hire her.

Ethan Cohen has recently received two honors: LA Mag named him one of the city’s hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Taking a gamble in an effort to attract more millennials to the faith, the executive board hired Ethan because of his nontraditional background. Unfortunately, his shul is low on both funds and congregants. The board gives him three months to turn things around or else they’ll close the doors of his synagogue for good.

Naomi and Ethan join forces to host a buzzy seminar series on Modern Intimacy, the perfect solution to their problems–until they discover a new one–their growing attraction to each other. They’ve built the syllabus for love’s latest experiment, but neither of them expected they’d be the ones putting it to the test. 


I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Is shouty caps and bold text enough to  get across how much I loved it? It had the same magic that Rosie Danan’s debut novel The Roommate had. I didn’t want to put it down. The writing was so engaging. I am not a fan of third person and, once again, Danan’s writing had me forgetting it was even written in third.

Naomi’s story was something I wanted while reading The Roommate. When I read the blurb and found out Danan was matching her up with a rabbi, I was only more curious. How would a relationship between an ex-porn star and a rabbi even work? The answer was BEAUTIFULLY. Ethan and Naomi’s relationship was a slow build/burn. There was a lot of time spent with the two of them getting to know each other. Both Ethan and Naomi were closed up to the idea of love at first, and it was fun to see how their conversations opened them up to the possibility of it. Their personalities and world views fit together surprisingly well for people at pretty much opposite ends of the work force. Plus, they had amazing chemistry. I loved them together.

The concept of Naomi’s Modern Intimacy seminar was cool — for the lack of a better word. The talking points around dating were excellent and something that I would want to share with my teenager when she’s older. It truly was real world applicable, being both fun and informative. 

I was also impressed with how religion was shared in the story. It didn’t feel preachy. I enjoyed learning about Reformed Judaism through Ethan’s character. I was surprised at just how well the way he related scripture to life melded within this romance. 

The last thing I want to talk about was the side characters. The main focus truly was on Naomi and Ethan in The Intimacy Experiment, but there were some other great side characters. It was a pleasure to see Clara and Josh again. Naomi’s friendships with both of them made me love them even more than I already did. I also liked Ethan’s family and parishioners. They added some funny moments to an already entertaining read.

So, yeah. I loved The Intimacy Experiment. It was sweet romance that had me constantly smiling. I am so happy that Rosie Danan’s sophomore novel somehow managed to be even better than her debut. It makes me excited for her books that are still to come.

Mini Reviews: Make It Sweet, Like You Love Me, & The Sweetest Fix

Today I’m sharing with you three contemporary romance mini reviews for books that made my heart swoon.

Make It Sweet
Author: Kristen Callihan

Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Last year I read my first book by Kristen Callihan. I quickly devoured her entire backlist after that. To say I was excited for Make It Sweet would be an understatement. I had very high expectations for it, and it reached them with no problem. This book was a hit for me. I loved how gruff Lucian was and how sweet Emma was. The fact that they were at a similar place in life worked well. The way their relationship blossomed was exciting. They had so much chemistry. AND THE FOOD. The chemistry may have been hot, but the food was the seductress here. It made me crave pastries I’ve never tried before. Foodies are going to LOVE this book. So, yeah. I don’t have any complaints when it comes to Make It Sweet. Kristen Callihan truly made it sweet for the reader.

Like You Love Me
Series: Honey Creek, #1
Author: Adrianna Locke

Narrators: Ryan West, Lidia Dornet
Publication Date: February 216, 2021

Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Adriana Locke is another author I started reading in 2020. I haven’t read her backlist, but I’m loving her new releases. I listened to Like You Love Me and it was such a fun experience. The narrators were fabulous and brought the story to life in the best way. I adored the story and characters. Sophie and Holden were childhood friends. When Holden returns to Sophie’s small town to help out his grandfather, they end up married in order to help each of the come out ahead. Their marriage may be real, but their relationship is fake…until it isn’t.  Like You Love Me was cute, sweet, and such a good time. I loved it!

The Sweetest Fix
Author: Tessa Bailey

Publication Date: January 22, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I am a fan of Tessa Bailey’s writing, so I hate to admit that I almost DNF this book early on. I am not a big fan of lying and a relationship built on a lie was hard for me to stomach. I pushed through because my friends that read The Sweetest Fix loved it. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the good things about Reese and Leo’s relationship. Their connection was sweet and their chemistry was off the charts. All the good moments outweighed the anxiety I got from the lies Reese was telling, so overall I enjoyed this one.

Series Review: Vino & Veritas Books 1-3 (World of True North)

Last month I shared with you reviews for the first couple of series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. Today, I have reviews for the first few books in yet another series from this world. Vino & Veritas is a series of LGBTQ+ romances. Here are my thoughts on each book so far. All books reviewed here release soon.

Featherbed
Series: Vino and Veritas, #1
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publication Date: March 15, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts: 

I liked Featherbed, but I didn’t fall in love with it as much as I wanted to. I’m not sure how to explain why. It was something about the beginning of the book. I guess I didn’t feel the Finn and Harrison’s chemistry right away. There was all this very flirty, seductive talk and it felt forced to me. It wasn’t until the characters moved past that and got to know each other that I connected to them and their attraction felt real. Once that happened, I liked them together. They had a sweet relationship. There wasn’t a whole bunch of drama to make it as emotional as it could have been, but I didn’t mind that. Overall, it was a good, sweet romance.

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Heartscape
Series: Vino and Veritas, #2
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date: March 22, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts: 

When I read a book set in one of Sarina Bowen’s World of True North series, I’m expecting a couple of things. First, that it does the Vermont setting Bowen has crafted for us justice. Second, that it feels like a book Sarina Bowen could have written herself. That second one is a little weird because every writer has their own style, but guess I just want them to have a similar vibe.

Anyways. What I’m trying to get at is that Heartscape had all the elements I would expect a book in Vino and Veritas to have. It was slightly angsty, a little moody, focused on some big issues (depression, suicide, PTSD, etc), and was more on the emotional side. Jax and Tanner were two strong people who had tough things in their pasts. They found love in each other at the perfect time. I loved how their relationship played out and the closeness they shared. I felt their chemistry and, more important, their love and respect for each other. This was my first Garrett Leigh book and I was very impressed.

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Headstrong
Series: Vino and Veritas, #3
Author: Eden Finley
Publication Date: March 22, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Headstrong was my favorite book in the Vino and Veritas series so far. That’s because of Whit. I fell in love with Whit’s character from the very beginning. He reminded me of a cute puppy you want to take home with you. He was so sweet, slightly immature, and completely lovable. His happy attitude made me smile so much. So did his crush on Rainn. Rainn was grumpy and avoiding life. There’s not really any other way to describe Rainn. Rainn’s feeling for Whit came unexpectedly and I loved the way they both navigated that. Rainn was so open minded to the new things he was experiencing and feeling. The entire thing was so sweet, funny, and enjoyable. Headstrong was 5 star romance I would read again.

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My thoughts on the Vino and Veritas series so far:

With each book better than the last, I’m excited to find out what’s next in the series.

Review: To Sir, with Love (Lauren Layne)

To Sir, with Love
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: July 29, 2021
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis: 

Love Is Blind meets You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy following two thirty-somethings who meet on a blind dating app—only to realize that their online chemistry is nothing compared to their offline rivalry.

Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.

Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.

But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other. 


I’m always excited to find out Lauren Layne is releasing another book. She’s a go-to author for me. I adore her writing style and the contemporary romances she creates. To Sir, With Love was a great addition to her catalog of books. It was another book set in what seems to be Layne’s favorite city of New York, but it was different than many of her other books. It came across warmer and almost had a small town feel despite the big city setting.

So…What did I love about this book? Bubbly & More, Gracie’s family champagne store, was a unique venue. I loved how it fit in with Gracie’s family and her possibly suiter dynamic. The characters were all so fun. I adored Gracie from the minute she came to life on the page. She made me laugh plenty of times. I liked her communications with Sir. Those were fun. Any time emails, letters, texts, etc are in a book it adds to the fun. Gracie’s “enemy” Sebastian was a pleasant suit-type surprise as well. Add in Gracie’s family and co-workers and there were so many great characters to add to the story. It was just a cute story that made me smile the entire time I read it — which was basically in one setting.

There was one weird thing about this book. I don’t know exactly how to classify it. It was probably more women’s fiction than romance, but it still felt like reading a romance. Or I guess it could be considered an incredibly slow, slow burn romance. It doesn’t really matter when it comes down to it because however you want to classify it, it was a great read. I do have to admit I would have liked more time with the couple in this story. There was so much build up and so little time with them. That being said, I still loved every minute reading this book. 

Series Review: Busy Bean (World of True North)

Last month, I reviewed the first series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. Today, I’m sharing with you the first two books of the next series called Busy Bean. These books are all set around the Busy Bean coffee shop ran by Bowen’s Zara and Audrey.

Sweetheart
Series: Busy Bean, #1

Author: Sarah Mayberry
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

This is kind of my first read of Sarah Mayberry, but kind of not. I read a book she co-wrote with Sarina Bowen a while back and enjoyed that one. I knew I would probably enjoy this one, and I did. Sweetheart was all sorts of steamy fun. The war both Haley and Beck had going on in their minds regarding Beck’s past with Haley’s sister was pretty intense. They had many reasons to stay away from each other, but it was so much fun when they acted on their attraction. There were some super sweet moments between the two. I ended up loving them together despite being a little weirded out about the fact that Beck was in a relationship with her sister years ago. That whole story line was sad in a way, and I would have liked a few more explosive moments between Haley and Jess to flesh it out more. Overall, Sweetheart was a great read with big True North vibes. I loved it!

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Cowboy
Series: Busy Bean, #2

Author: L.B. Dunbar
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This was my first book by L.B. Dunbar and I can understand why people love her books. She writes fun romances about “older” people and they don’t feel old. What I mean is, both of these characters were in their 40’s living their lives. They might not have some of the flash of being in their 20’s, but they were still vibrant, living people. LIKE PEOPLE IN THEIR 40’s ACTUALLY ARE! HALLELUJA!

Cowboy was about a farmer falling in love with a city gal after an accidental pregnancy. Bull Eaton felt country. From his looks to his job to his personality, he felt like someone you could meet when taking a trip to a Vermont farm. Scarlett Russel might have started off a woman from the big city with her previous flashy job, car, and ex-husband, but she quickly embraced the small town lifestyle. I liked how Bull and Scarlett came from two very different backgrounds and fit perfectly. I also loved how they handled the pregnancy and everything it meant. It was a fun, steamy read.

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Review: Candy Colored Sky (Ginger Scott)

Candy Colored Sky
Author: Ginger Scott

Publication Date: February 26, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mature Young Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC I received from WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Jonah Wydner has been in love with his neighbor Eleanor Trombley for years. He has watched her life play out from the sidelines—homecoming dances, football parties, and first dates. Her life seemed easy…simple…perfect. The complete opposite of his own.

But when Eleanor’s younger sister goes missing and the national media sets up camp in the middle of their street, the girl with the seemingly perfect life shows up in Jonah’s garage in search of a place to hide from the hurt and chaos. What begins as one night becomes many filled with unexpected surprises and unveiling, healing truths about Jonah’s own messy past.

Soon, Jonah gets to know the real Eleanor, and discovers all the ways they’re the same. Friendship blossoms into more, plans turn into promises, and hopes and dreams become shared under the warm glow of the fading Midwestern sunsets. But how far can a kiss under a candy-colored sky take them? And what happens when the clouds close in?


I was a little nervous to start Candy Colored Sky. When I reach for a Ginger Scott novel I know it’s going to do two things: pull me in with her writing and hit me with emotion. That was especially true with this book.

Candy Colored Sky had this emotional vibe to it. It wasn’t a heavy vibe, but one that lingered beneath the surface. It took me a long time to figure it out. I kept trying to compare it to how a thriller has a creepy vibe. I couldn’t put my finger on it until almost the end of the book. Somehow Ginger Scott took classic new adult angst and somehow flipped it. Instead of being in the head of the person who is experiencing all the angst, we’re in the head of the person watching that person experience the angst. It gave the book that underlying feeling of angst that was something I don’t think I have experienced before. I liked being once removed from the angst. It was a different reading experience.

If you read the blurb, you can understand why this book would be emotional. Our main character, Jonah, is watching the girl he has secretly crushed on his entire life go through a traumatic experience. Eleanor’s younger sister has been abducted and Jonah is determined to do what he can to ease Eleanor’s pain. I loved Jonah’s approach to this. He took the time to look closely and see what others couldn’t or didn’t want to. He stood by her and lifted her up when needed. He was honest with her. The two of them formed a bond in the toughest times that could only get stronger.

I didn’t just love Jonah’s approach, though. I loved him. He was this slightly nerdy math wiz who hung on the edges of the popular crowd. There wasn’t a mean bone in his body. He came from a family that had been through its own trauma. I adored his relationship with both his mom and his grandfather. He had a fun friendship with his best friend and jock Jake. Jonah was one of those really good kids you want to see get the girl of his dreams.

Eleanor was more of a mystery because this book was told in Jonah’s POV. I don’t like admitting I was glad not to be in her head, but Jonah’s descriptions of her (and her family’s) pain was enough. I can say I loved her because of how she reacted to and treated Jonah.

Candy Colored Sky was one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. It left me feeling hopeful despite the overall sadness of the story. Only really great books can do that.

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