Hi Friends! I read way too many books for this round up so I decided to split into 2 parts. I finally read my last Mariana Zapata book and no surprise it was a 5 star and probably my favorite book of this entire round up.
The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth – 4 Stars This story follows multiple points of view; we have a wedding guest, the bride and the brides two step daughters. The book starts with a wedding and we know that an accident has occurred and then the story jumps back in time where the bride is meeting her future step daughters for the first time. Heather is marrying Stephen whom she met while redecorating his house that he was sharing with his current wife who is suffering from dementia. Heather meets Stephen’s two adult daughters who are the same age her. Tully is married and has two children but her family is hiding money problems as well as other secrets. The Other sister, Rachel is single but still trying to deal with a trauma that happened to her when she was 16 that no one knows about. The story follows Heather trying to befriend Tully and Rachel while all three woman are trying to deal with their own personal struggles. I really enjoyed this one and couldn’t put it down, I needed to know what happened next in every chapter. If you enjoy domestic thrillers than I would recommend picking this one up! Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy for review.
Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood – 4 Stars This was the first of three short novellas about 3 friends who all in STEM. This one is about two roommates who don’t get along until suddenly they do. Pretty spicy for how short it was but very fun and loved the audio.
Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting – 4 Stars (Re-Read) Still a fun time just like my first read of it. I love hockey romances and this one is just as good as her other hockey books. This is a second chance romance and I loved every minute of it!
Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter – 2 Stars I really wanted to love this one because I adore Bingo and love to play whenever I get the chance but this books just wasn’t for me. We follow Aja who has recently moved to a small town in South Carolina to try and live a quieter life. When we first meet Aja she is having a panic attack at the Piggly Wiggly and is comforted by an unknown stranger. When she next goes to Bingo which is her only source of people interaction she meets her friends grandson named Walker who happens to be the stranger who helped her during her panic attack. Walker is staying in town to help out his grandmother who has had a recent fall. The two quickly become friends and maybe something more while also dealing with their personal trauma. Overall I thought the writing was really good in this book and there are open door spicy scenes but I just was not in the head space to read about the heavier topics that were discussed in this book. There are many trigger warnings so if you like to have those I would recommend looking into them. Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy for review.
All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata – 5 Stars This was my last unread book by Mariana Zapata and now I am sad that I have to wait for her next book. I love her writing style and the slow burn we get from her characters. This one is set in Colorado and I always love books set in my home state. This is a slow burn, grump and sunshine as well as a small age gap romance! Highly recommend any of her books!