May Wrap Up – 2022 Edition

Happy June, and more importantly – Pride Month! It is my first Pride since coming out as bisexual and it is really meaningful for me to participate in the celebration this month. I’m not 100% sure what that will look like for me yet, but figuring it out is half the fun! June is also the halfway mark on the year, which is absolutely insane to me – considering COVID is still hanging around and it has officially be more than 2 years of life that has been stolen by this virus. But, May also included my first wedding anniversary with hubs and we took a nice, relaxing vacation to Charleston, South Carolina to celebrate.

I read so much romance this month. It’s really all I want to read at this point – the one deviation being Summer’s Edge, which was a YA thriller/mystery with fantastical elements. Honestly if I wasn’t a part of the blog tour for it in May I probably wouldn’t have picked it up when I did. I’m working on being better with mood reading and allowing myself to read for my happiness and not for numbers or dates or publishers.

So below are the books I read in May, check back tomorrow for the absolute loosest TBR you can imagine for June!

  1. Blame it on the Brontes, Annie Sereno – 3/5 stars
  2. Bet on It, Jodie Slaughter – 4/5 stars
  3. Long Story Short, Serena Kaylor – 5/5 stars
  4. Lucy Checks In, Dee Ernst – 4/5 stars
  5. The Stand-In, Lily Chu – 5/5 stars
  6. Electric Idol (Dark Olympus #2), Katee Robert – 5/5 stars
  7. Fake It Till You Bake It, Jamie Wesley – 4/5 stars
  8. Lease on Love, Falon Ballard – 5/5 stars
  9. Omens (The Triad #3), Dana Isaly – 2/5 stars
  10. The Unplanned Life of Josie Hale, Stephanie Eding – 3/5 stars
  11. In Trouble, Hannah Haze – 3/5 stars
  12. Circling Back to You, Julie Tieu – 3/5 stars
  13. Always Running, Calliope Stewart – 3/5 stars
  14. Throttled (Dirty Air #1), Lauren Asher – 4/5 stars
  15. The Stopover (The Miles High Club #1), T. L. Swan – 4/5 stars
  16. A Show for Two, Tashie Bhuiyan – 5/5 stars
  17. A Brush with Love, Mazey Eddings – 5/5 stars
  18. The Mistake (Off-Campus #2), Elle Kennedy – 4/5 stars
  19. Eyes on Me (Salacious Players Club #2), Sara Cate – 4/5 stars
  20. Long Shot (Hoops #1), Kennedy Ryan – 4/5 stars
  21. Never Rescue a Rogue (The Merriwell Sisters), Virginia Heath – 4/5 stars
  22. Summer’s Edge, Dana Mele – 5/5 stars
  23. The Takeover (The Miles High Club #2), T. L. Swan – 5/5 stars
  24. For You & No One Else (Say Everything #3), Roni Loren – 4/5 stars
  25. To Love Jason Thorn, Ella Maise – 5/5 stars
  26. Collided (Dirty Air #2), Lauren Asher – 4/5 stars
  27. Faking with Benefits, Lily Gold – 4/5 stars
  28. A Line in the Sand, Teri Wilson – 4/5 stars
  29. Three Swedish Mountain Men, Lily Gold – 4/5 stars

Happy reading, folks!

BLOG TOUR – Summer’s Edge by Dana Mele

Title: Summer’s Edge

Author: Dana Mele

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication date: May 31st, 2022

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stars

Goodreads Synopsis

I Know What You Did Last Summer meets  The Haunting of Hill House  in this atmospheric, eerie teen thriller following an estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer.

Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside.

A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt. Only, Chelsea is haunted by ghostly visions. Loner Ryan stirs up old hurts and forces golden boy Chase to play peacemaker. Which has perfect hostess Kennedy on edge as eerie events culminate in a stunning accusation: Emily’s death wasn’t an accident. And all the clues needed to find the person responsible are right here.

As old betrayals rise to the surface, Chelsea and her friends have one night to unravel a mystery spanning three summers before a killer among them exacts their revenge.

Review

This book is delightfully creepy and honestly might keep me up tonight and even though it’s a YA it has the thriller power of a full adult book like Riley Sager. I was bamboozled by the plot line from the very first page, and isn’t that exactly what you want from a thriller/mystery?

Chelsea and her friends keep real serious secrets from each other, and a year since Emily died they are finally reunited by a mysterious force that wants a reckoning for her death. Who killed Emily? There are too many questions and not enough answers for these kids – but someone out there knows the truth and will stop at nothing to see it come out.

Loved the characters, loved the plot line, loved the setting – who doesn’t love a creepy house by a lake where dark events have transpired? It’s iconic!

And just look at this cover??? Magnificent. Creeptastic.

Seriously go pick this one up if you fall in the category of mystery lovers or just someone who doesnt want to sleep at night for some reason? I don’t know, I’m not here to judge

**Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and Simon and Schuster for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Happy reading, folks!

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer based in the Catskills. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dana holds degrees in theatre, education, and law. Dana’s debut, PEOPLE LIKE US, was published in 2018 and shortlisted for the 2019 ITW Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. A second YA thriller, SUMMER’S EDGE, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in Spring 2022, followed by TRAGIC, a graphic novel retelling of Hamlet from Legendary Comics.

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April Wrap Up – 2022 Edition

Happy May! It’s currently raining here so the weather hasn’t gotten the memo that the showers were supposed to stay in April and it should only be flowers today. but I’ll give it a pass since it’s only the first day. But no more! This month Is my first wedding anniversary and I’m so stoked. My husband and I are traveling to Charleston for 5 days to celebrate and I’m very excited for a vacation.

I read so many books this month that when looking back it’s hard to imagine the early ones were just from 30 days ago. It feels like I read them forever ago. I don’t imagine I will ever read this many books in one month again, but work is still slow so May might also have a higher number than normal. However, I am not planning a TBR for May so tomorrow’s post will just be a review. I have so many arcs to read, but I’ve been really into mood reading so I’m just going on my kindle and reading whatever speaks to me, no matter when the publication date is, at least for the first 2 weeks of May. I want to see how many arcs I can get through before maybe picking up a TBR again for June.

Of course there are several books I have planned on my radar because they are speaking to me, but I don’t feel like making a whole post for a few titles, just doesn’t seem to be worth it to me. So below are the books I read in April, and I’m currently reading Blame it on the Brontes by Annie Sereno which pubs on May 3rd!

  1. A Forgery of Roses, Jessica S. Olson – 4/5 stars
  2. Praise (Salacious Player’s Club #1), Sara Cate – 4/5 stars
  3. Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4), Jasmine Guillory – 4/5 stars
  4. Heat Haven (Heat Haven Omegaverse #1), Sarah Blue – 4/5 stars
  5. Vera and the Vegas V: Part One (The Vegas Omegaverse #1), Sarah Blue – 4/5 stars
  6. Vera and the Vegas V: Part Two (The Vegas Omegaverse #2), Sarah Blue – 4/5 stars
  7. Becca’s Bonded Christmas, Sarah Blue – 3/5 stars
  8. To Marry and to Meddle (The Regency Vows #3), Martha Waters – 5/5 stars
  9. Reputation, Lex Croucher – 4/5 stars
  10. The Matchbreaker Summer, Annie Rains – 3/5 stars
  11. Boss Witch (Fix-It Witches #2), Ann Aguirre – 4/5 stars
  12. I Think Knot (Knot Yours Omegaverse #1), Sinclair Kelly – 5/5 stars
  13. The Deal (Off Campus #1), Elle Kennedy – 4/5 stars
  14. Always Only You (Bergman Brothers #2), Chloe Liese – 5/5 stars
  15. Dirty First Dates: Halloween Haunt, Harley Laroux – 2/5 stars
  16. Shattered Vows, Shain Rose – 2/5 stars
  17. Pack Origin (A Blissful Omegaverse #1), Kate King – 3/5 stars
  18. Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers #3), Chloe Liese – 5/5 stars
  19. The Sign For Home, Blair Fell – 4/5 stars
  20. The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix – 1/5 stars *DNF*
  21. Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words (Chai Masala Club #1), Annika Sharma – 3/5 stars
  22. This May End Badly, Samantha Markum – 4/5 stars
  23. With You Forever (Bergman Brothers #4), Chloe Liese – 5/5 stars
  24. Not the Kind of Early You Marry (The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair #1), Kate Pembrooke – 4/5 stars
  25. Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (Bright Falls #1), Ashley Herring Blake – 4/5 stars
  26. Say You’ll Be My Lady (The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair #2), Kate Pembrooke – 4/5 stars
  27. Book Lovers, Emily Henry – 5/5 stars
  28. The Rockstar’s Omega (The Alpha Rock Stars #1), Hannah Haze – 3/5 stars
  29. Lilacs and Leather (Pack Saint Clair #1), Thora Woods – 5/5 stars
  30. The Italian Job, Kathryn Freeman – 4/5 stars
  31. In Deep, Hannah Haze – 4/5 stars
  32. Lavender and Lightning (Pack Saint Clair #2), Thora Woods – 5/5 stars
  33. Built to Last, Erin Hahn – 4/5 stars
  34. Something Wilder, Christina Lauren – 4/5 stars
  35. Pack Bound (A Blissful Omegaverse #2), Kate King – 4/5 stars
  36. Always Waiting (The San Francisco Omegas #1), Calliope Stewart – 4/5 stars
  37. Omega’s Obsession (Heat Haven Omegaverse #2), Sarah Blue – 4/5 stars
  38. Starry-Eyed Love (Spark House #2), Helena Hunting – 5/5 stars
  39. The Meet Cute Method, Portia MacIntosh – 4/5 stars

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – This May End Badly by Samantha Markum

Title: This May End Badly

Author: Samantha Markum

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: April 12, 2022

384 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Pranking mastermind Doe and her motley band of Weston girls are determined to win the century-long war against Winfield Academy before the clock ticks down on their senior year. But when their headmistress announces that The Weston School will merge with its rival the following year, their longtime feud spirals into chaos.

To protect the school that has been her safe haven since her parents’ divorce, Doe puts together a plan to prove once and for all that Winfield boys and Weston girls just don’t mix, starting with a direct hit at Three, Winfield’s boy king and her nemesis. In a desperate move to win, Doe strikes a bargain with Three’s cousin, Wells: If he fake dates her to get under Three’s skin, she’ll help him get back his rightful family heirloom from Three.

As the pranks escalate, so do her feelings for her fake boyfriend, and Doe spins lie after lie to keep up her end of the deal. But when a teacher long suspected of inappropriate behavior messes with a younger Weston girl, Doe has to decide what’s more important: winning a rivalry, or joining forces to protect something far more critical than a prank war legacy.

This May End Badly is a story about friendship, falling in love, and crossing pretty much every line presented to you—and how to atone when you do.

Review

I love YA boarding school books. Doesn’t even matter what genre, but I love it. Add in a rival boys school, prank wars with the other school, fake dating, and forced proximity – we have ourselves a book that is specifically targeted for me. And I loved it.

Doe and her friends are starting their senior year at Weston and continuing to prank the Winfield boys school, led by Three – a legacy and one of the five ‘founding family’ types of Winfield. They’ve been at war since freshman year but this year is different – the schools have announced they will be merging for the next academic year. Doe will do anything to stop the merger from happening, she loves the school as it is and takes it upon herself to keep up the pranks. But, she has to get under Three’s skin as well – and fake dating his cousin Wells is the perfect irritant. But, can this fake relationship turn into a real connection before the pranks get away from them?

My only issue with this book was the immaturity that Doe displayed with with her friends and the pranks. I know this was the point – but it was almost too much for me. And then the ending took this book from light-hearted to very serious, it was a bit jarring. It had a great message and I fully support the point behind it, but I wish it had been a bit easier of a transition. I did love Doe and Wells together, and was really glad there wasn’t a hint of a love triangle with Three. I was really worried it would go that way which would upset me – but phew.

Very solid YA contemporary read. Recommend.

Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – Not the Kind of Earl You Marry by Kate Pembrooke

Title: Not the Kind of Earl You Marry (The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair #1)

Author: Kate Pembrooke

Publisher: Forever

Publication date: July 27th, 2021

349 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Fans of Netflix’s Bridgerton series will adore this stunning historical romance debut, where a wary wallflower enters a fake engagement with one of London’s most eligible bachelors.

The one woman in London who doesn’t want to marry him is now his fiancée.

William Atherton, Earl of Norwood, is as shocked as the rest of London to discover his betrothal via an announcement in the morning paper. Furious at what appears to be a shrewd marriage trap, William tracks down his alleged fiancée before her plans can affect his campaign for a coveted political post. But then William realizes an engagement, however fake, may benefit them both…

Miss Charlotte Hurst may be a wallflower, but she’s no shrinking violet. She would never attempt such an underhanded scheme, especially not with a man as haughty or sought-after as Norwood. Yet his suggestion to play along with the betrothal has its merits… and the longer they pretend, the more undeniably real their feelings become. But when the true culprit behind their engagement is revealed, can their newfound happiness survive the scandal?

Review

Forever was fantastic and sent me a bunch of historical romances to read and review – so I’ve been on a bit of a regency kick and I’ve been absolutely loving it. Not the Kind of Early You Marry is a fake engagement romance between the Earl of Northwood and Lady Charlotte, which they both found out about by the daily paper. The two had never met before but decide to continue the fake betrothal for mutual gain. But forced proximity tends to make the heart grow stronger and the romance quickly blossoms.

It was a joy reading William fall in love with Charlotte. He went from incredibly angry with her to doting on her every need and proving that their unconventional match could work for real, instead of just for looks. Charlotte is understandably wary given her position in society but can’t help herself either. The draw of the romance and passion between the two is evident in the writing and they bantered back and forth so lovingly. These are my favorite kind of romances, where you can joke and laugh with your partner and argue for sport.

The background characters were also very interesting, and I can tell Serena and Charles will be the next couple to get the novel treatment. I appreciate that the ladies are devoted to charitable acts and aren’t the women who only care about society and balls (one of my main issues with historicals at times). I don’t know if Pembrooke is planning to give Charlotte’s brother a book, but he really stuck out to me with his anxiety and full support of Charlotte’s less than usual society lady self. I would love to read him find a lady.

Looking forward to reading the next, Say You’ll Be My Lady.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – The Sign for Home by Blair Fell

Title: The Sign for Home

Author: Blair Fell

Publisher: Atria

Publication date: April 5th, 2022

416 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

When Arlo Dilly learns the girl he thought was lost forever might still be out there, he takes it as a sign and embarks on a life-changing journey to find his great love—and his freedom.

Arlo Dilly is young, handsome and eager to meet the right girl. He also happens to be DeafBlind, a Jehovah’s Witness, and under the strict guardianship of his controlling uncle. His chances of finding someone to love seem slim to none.

And yet, it happened once before: many years ago, at a boarding school for the Deaf, Arlo met the love of his life—a mysterious girl with onyx eyes and beautifully expressive hands which told him the most amazing stories. But tragedy struck, and their love was lost forever.

Or so Arlo thought.

After years trying to heal his broken heart, Arlo is assigned a college writing assignment which unlocks buried memories of his past. Soon he wonders if the hearing people he was supposed to trust have been lying to him all along, and if his lost love might be found again.

No longer willing to accept what others tell him, Arlo convinces a small band of misfit friends to set off on a journey to learn the truth. After all, who better to bring on this quest than his gay interpreter and wildly inappropriate Belgian best friend? Despite the many forces working against him, Arlo will stop at nothing to find the girl who got away and experience all of life’s joyful possibilities.

Review

The Sign For Home is a special book that allows a very marginalized and underrepresented community the limelight and a voice. DeafBlind is not a community I have any familiarity with outside of Helen Keller, and I didn’t even know Tactile Sign Language existed. Blair Fell created a dual POV story featuring Arlo, a 23 year DeafBlind Jehovah’s Witness with a traumatic past and Cyril, his older, gay interpreter that was hired to assist with a college class.

The more you learn about Arlo’s story, the more your heart breaks. Not just in terms of being DeafBlind, but the rhetoric the JW community led him to believe and the restrictions he faced when he trusted family and friends. I have no opinion on the JW faith as a whole – this isn’t a forum for that. But, I think everyone who reads this can see that the JW community depicted is neglectful, abusive, and untrustworthy. You see Cyril giving Arlo a look into the world outside of what he has been fed by his caretakers, and it’s beautiful to see even if it’s sad.

The writing style is very unique as well. Arlo’s chapters are written in ASL translated to English, so the grammar and word choice is very different than you would normally see in written English. It’s also a look into how different the language is and the issues those who are Deaf and DeafBlind have when they don’t have the opportunity to learn English. The world really is set up for hearing-sighted.

I could continue to go on but I really just want to highlight the importance of this book not just for entertainment purposes but education and awareness. I left this book learning something about a community that I haven’t been exposed to and that’s a beautiful thing.

Thank you to Atria and Edelweiss for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Boss Witch by Ann Aguirre

Title: Boss Witch (Fix-It Witches #2)

Author: Ann Aguirre

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication date: April 5th, 2022

368 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The second in an adorable witchy rom-com series by New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre, perfect for fans of:

Ride-or-die female friendships
A bisexual heroine who stubbornly refuses to accept help
A hero with an incredibly pesky moral conscience
A mouse named Benson who may or may not have all the answers to life, magic, and love (Spoiler: he does!)

Clementine Waterhouse is a perfectly logical witch. She doesn’t tumble headlong into love. Rather she weighs the pros and cons and decides if a relationship is worth pursuing. At least that’s always been her modus operandi before. Clem prefers being the one in charge, always the first to walk away when the time is right. Attraction has never struck her like lightning.

Until the witch hunter comes to town.

Gavin Rhys hates being a witch hunter, but his family honor is on the line, and he needs to prove he’s nothing like his grandfather, a traitor who let everyone down. But things in St. Claire aren’t what they seem, and Gavin is distracted from the job immediately by a bewitching brunette with a sexy smile and haunting secrets in her eyes.

Can the bossiest witch in town find a happy ending with the last person she should ever love?

Review

I loved Witch Please for it’s whimsical take on modern witches hiding in society and trying to have love lives with mundanes. The magic system is well fleshed out for it being a mostly romance book, and there is a great level of spice – enough but not too much (by my standards). So I knew I needed to continue this serious. Boss Witch follow Clem as she tries to distract a witch hunter in town from finding Danica as her magic is glitching. Gavin hates his legacy as a witch hunter, but when indoctrinated at a young age and punished when he asked questions – he can’t disobey his dad. He is instantly attracted to Clem but knows it is just a short term romance while he tries to do his job. Little do either of them know that an enemies to lovers romance is one of the best kinds…

Loved it, just like I expected to. Gavin and Clem’s chemistry leaps off the page and they clearly are meant for each other. Clem is high stress and tries to handle so much in this book and her anxiety is so relatable as she gets overwhelmed. And Gavin is a calming force for her unexpectedly, since his whole goal is to take her magic and find her coven. Gavin is clearly hating his job and looking for any excuse to stop hunting witches and he goes through such a journey in this book. Truly, my guy deserves all the awards for what he handled and survived.

Modern day witches make for amazing books and Aguirre succeeds again with Boss Witch. Expect family drama, close calls, spicy romance, and the most adorable mouse named Benson. You won’t regret it.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – The Matchbreaker Summer by Annie Rains

Title: The Matchbreaker Summer

Author: Annie Rains

Publisher: Underlined

Publication date: April 5th, 2022

304 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

A pitch-perfect summer camp rom-com about two teens with nothing in common who come together to help break up a romance and unexpectedly start one of their own

Sixteen-year-old Paisley Manning has been attending Camp Seabrook since she was a little girl, when her parents ran it together. For the last few years, since her father’s death, she’s been the one helping her mom run the camp behind the scenes. This year, however, will be Camp Seabrook’s last hurrah because Paisley’s mom has met a guy online and they’re getting married.

Enter Hayden Bennett, who is working alongside Paisley. Paisley and Hayden are like oil and water. She follows the rules, and he seems to live to break them all. But when Hayden catches wind of Paisley’s predicament, he has an idea. If a matchmaker in some computer algorithm caused the issue, a couple of real-life matchbreakers can fix it.

As they work to break up the happy couple, Paisley discovers that maybe Hayden’s not so bad after all. Has she met her own perfect match in her fellow matchbreaker?

Underlined is a line of totally addictive romance, thriller, and horror paperback original titles coming to you fast and furious each month. Enjoy everything you want to read the way you want to read it.

Review

I have a soft spot for books set at a summer camp, especially YA contemporary with a splash of romance. Add in opposites attract and a plot to break up a relationship and I knew this was a book I wanted to read. And it was okay. I think a different ending or longer ending would’ve increased my enjoyment of this book enormously. It felt unfinished without an epilogue or a flash forward scene at the end to see where the characters are.

This is definitely a younger YA book. The characters are 15-16 and more immature, exactly what you would expect from the age range. I don’t say this as a negative, it isn’t. I just think it’s an important distinction as there are a lot of books with 17-18 year old characters that are much more mature. What you see if what you get with this one. I loved the summer camp setting, the emotionality of the characters with their backgrounds and the loss they experienced. Paisley is dealing with her mom moving on with another man after her father dies and wants to move and sell the summer camp that was the lifeblood of the family. Hayden is dealing with his brother’s death and probably some sort of ADHD symptoms that weren’t being managed well.

Again, I go back to needing more from the ending. I would’ve rated this higher if the ending was more explanatory, it just felt like it ended prematurely for the story line.

Thank you to Underlined and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Reputation by Lex Croucher

Title: Reputation

Author: Lex Croucher

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication date: April 5th, 2022

336 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The hilarious debut novel from Lex Croucher. A classic romcom with a Regency-era twist, for fans of Mean Girls and/or Jane Austen.

Abandoned by her parents, middle-class Georgiana Ellers has moved to a new town to live with her dreary aunt and uncle. At a particularly dull party, she meets the enigmatic Frances Campbell, a wealthy member of the in-crowd who lives a life Georgiana couldn’t have imagined in her wildest dreams.

Lonely and vulnerable, Georgiana falls in with Frances and her unfathomably rich, deeply improper friends. Georgiana is introduced to a new world: drunken debauchery, mysterious young men with strangely arresting hands, and the upper echelons of Regency society.

But the price of entry to high society might just be higher than Georgiana is willing to pay …

Review

Fans of Mean Girls and regency/historicals – rejoice. Because Reputation is the perfect crossover of those two ideas. Georgiana is abandoned by her parents and forced to live with an aunt and uncle. They are not particularly wealthy or high up in society and are frankly, boring. Georgiana needs to make friends, so when Lady Frances Campbell takes an interest in her – Georgiana will do anything to keep Frances’ attention and regard. Even immoral, illegal, and possibly ruinous things that could take her down a very dark road. Add in a mysterious youn man and it’s about to get interesting…

I want to start off this review with a trigger warning for SA and attempted SA. I didn’t realize going in and got kind of slapped in the face by it so I wanted to make sure it is well known for anyone else picking up this book based on my review. Now, I found this book to be wildly entertaining – it is very much like Mean Girls if you picture Frances and Regina George and Georgiana as Cady. Add in some forbidden LGBTQ romance and drugs/alcohol/reckless behavior and you have Reputation.

I loved the romance portion of this book as Georgiana meets her man. She is clearly caught between him and Frances’ group and wants to have both. She makes some really bad decisions but by the end is a great character. The ending and epilogue are very satisfying as well – but again, make sure to pay attention to triggers because it isn’t something that I saw coming.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters

Title: To Marry and to Meddle (The Regency Vows #3)

Author: Martha Waters

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication date: April 5th, 2022

336 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The “sweet, sexy, and utterly fun” (Emily Henry, author of The People We Meet on Vacation) Regency Vows series continues with a witty, charming, and joyful novel following a seasoned debutante and a rakish theater owner as they navigate a complicated marriage of convenience.

Lady Emily Turner has been a debutante for six seasons now and should have long settled into a suitable marriage. However, due to her father’s large debts, her only suitor is the persistent and odious owner of her father’s favorite gambling house. Meanwhile, Lord Julian Belfry, the second son of a marquess, has scandalized society as an actor and owner of a theater—the kind of establishment where men take their mistresses, but not their wives. When their lives intersect at a house party, Lord Julian hatches a plan to benefit them both.

With a marriage of convenience, Emily will use her society connections to promote the theater to a more respectable clientele and Julian will take her out from under the shadows of her father’s unsavory associates. But they soon realize they have very different plans for their marriage—Julian wants Emily to remain a society wife, while Emily discovers an interest in the theater. But when a fleeing actress, murderous kitten, and meddlesome friends enter the fray, Emily and Julian will have to confront the fact that their marriage of convenience comes with rather inconvenient feelings.

With “an arch sense of humor and a marvelously witty voice that rivals the best of the Regency authors” (Entertainment Weekly), Martha Waters crafts another fresh romantic comedy that for fans of Julia Quinn and Evie Dunmore.

Review

The Regency Vows is a super solid regency romance series following a group of society ladies and their romantic endeavors. To Marry and to Meddle is the third book and follows Lady Emily Turner, the picture perfect lady on the ton. Emily must be perfect in order to balance out her father’s scandalous behavior with his debts to a less than reputable business man. Emily has been forced to court her father’s debtor for several Seasons and is ready to be out from under her parent’s rule. Lord Julian needs to fix the reputation of his theater to prove it’s worth to his estranged father. Together, they decide to enter a marriage of convenience to achieve both of their goals.

I adore marriage of convenience that turns into true love. It’s a beautiful trope, especially suited for regency romance because there were more reasons at that time to need a marriage of convenience than there is in current times. I love how Emily grows and changes as she is finally able to be herself instead of the perfect lady of the ton her family needs her to be. She has such a thick skin and it’s completely clear why Julian falls for her. Emily and Julian are my favorite couple of this series hands down so far.

I give this a 5 star because I enjoyed every single minute of the book. I don’t have any critiques or downsides to give. I just can’t wait for the next one!

Thank you to Atria Books and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!