Hi Friends! How is everyone’s reading going so far this month? Are you getting in the books you wanted too? Im doing ok but still have a few arc’s that I need to get too that I keep putting off in favor of doing some re-reads which you will see in my next round up. I have to say that so far this month The Love Hypothesis is going to be a contender for one of my favorite books of the year! I highly recommend picking this one up if you haven’t already!
Chasing Serenity by Kristen Ashley – 2 Stars I don’t want to spend too much time on this book but a quick recap is that it follows Chloe is feels like as the oldest she always needs to take care of her family but when she has an unexpected loss she is not sure what to do. She meets Judge who works for a sporting goods company and outreach program for youth. I felt that Chloe was really immature and Judge was way too Alpha for me. The book was also way too long, it could have been two separate books with the amount of stuff she packed in this one. This one just didn’t work for me. There is a second book and I am curious about it because of the two main characters in that one we were introduced to in this book.
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – 4 Stars I was so excited when I saw that Rachel Hawkins who wrote the Wife Upstairs was writing an adult romcom. This book starts out with Vivienne who is heartbroken cursing her ex with her cousin. The two make up silly things to curse him both knowing that it is not real magic. Nine years later her ex Rhys shows up to refuel the ley lines that run through their town. Rhys is an ancestor of the founder and one of them must be there but as soon as he comes into town his magic starts acting up and things go quickly down hill. Vivienne and Rhys must work together to try and fix their town before it is destroyed. I really enjoyed this book, it felt like a speculative romcom versus an urban fantasy series. Even though this book was dealing with dark topics and ghosts it still felt very light. I was invested in Vivienne and Rhys from the beginning and loved their interactions. Highly recommend this one if you are looking for a fun fall themed romance! Thank you Avon and Netgalley for my gifted copy for review.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – 5 Stars This book was such a cute surprise and I am so happy read it as soon as I did. We meet Olive as she is interviewing for a phd program and has a run in with a stranger in a restroom that she can not see because she is wearing expired contacts. Honestly this scene set the tone for the entire book and I loved it. While trying to convince her best friend that she is over her ex, Olive decides to randomly kiss the man standing next to her in the hall who turns out to be the grumpy Professor Adam Carlsen. The two end up concocting a fake dating plan and hilarity ensues. I am always in favor of a hot grump who doesn’t talk a lot and Adam was anther great male lead in this category. I highly recommend checking this one out!!
A Slow Burning Fire By Paula Hawkins – 5 Stars This story starts out with the death of a young man on a boat and we are following 4 different narrators, 3 of which all had reasons for wanting to hurt the man in question. We have Laura who was the last person to be seen with him. His Aunt Carla who is still morning the death of her sister his mother from a month earlier. And Miriam his neighbor who found him. This book took so many turns at times I had to rewind my audio book to listen to things again! This book also deals with an author who may have made a bad decision early in his career. So if you like books about books than I would check this one out. There are also content warnings for this one including rape, torture, death of a child and suicidal thoughts. So be sure to check those out if you need them. Thank you LibroFM and Riverhead books for my gifted copy for review.