These reviews are spoiler-freeeee! 🙂
It’s JUNE and it’s sunny outside and it’s my birthday month and I’m doing a fun show at work and I’m very HAPPY so naturally I’m in an upbeat and rom-com/chick lit mood! I had no intention of turning this month into a rom-com month, but after reading Fake It Till You Break It, I needed more!
I always think my ratings for contemporary romances should be taken with a grain of salt because I feel very biased. I’m a romantic and I’m a SUCKER for these types of books; plus the (usual) cute, happy endings of these leaves me in a better mood that probably affects why I never really rate these books below three stars. They definitely aren’t perfect. But I enjoy reading these books and at the end of the day, if I have a good time while reading a book I think it merits a good rating! 🙂
Fake It Till You Break It
Author Jenn P. Nguyen
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.
After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.
The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought… (from Goodreads)
The book that kicked off this entire reading month! Fake dating PLUS enemies to lovers?! Amazing. Two of my favorite things rolled into one. I really enjoyed The Way to Game The Walk of Shame when I read it a few years back and I was super excited when I saw the (super cute) cover for this and realized it was the same author! I thought Mia and Jake were really cute and I was hooked from the get go. It was a little too cheesy at times for my taste, but I still had a lot of fun!
What If It’s Us
Author Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is? (from Goodreads)
I checked this out from the library on a whim after I realized I needed to read some more rom-coms immediately. I feel like I’ve seen this talked about a lot but I never looked into reading it. Overall, it was really cute! I saw a couple reviewers who were annoyed at the amount of Harry Potter references (I’ve actually seen this complaint for a couple of other books, too) but I absolutely LOVE them and I will literally never get sick of HP references until the day I die– shout out to one of my favorite lines from this one: “The only person who should be upset on Harry Potter’s birthday should be Lord Voldemort.” LOLOLOLOL). The two main characters were a bit annoying at times but it was a quick read and it was super funny. There was a LOT of second hand embarrassment and cringey moments though.
Author Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolini
Young PR star Rose Reed is thrown into the big leagues when her boss leaves town the day of the firm’s meeting with Archie Fox, a young, hot, internationally famous British singer-songwriter. The meeting is going badly until Rose suggests a staged romance with up-and-coming, young indie star Raya. He’ll do it, but only if Rose becomes his publicist.
As the faux-mance begins to rehabilitate Archie’s faltering career, Rose finds herself having unexpected, inconvenient and definitely unprofessional feelings for the crooner. But do late night texts and impromptu burrito binges mean he feels the same? In the end, Rose will have to decide whether to let her fantasy crush go, or to risk her reputation to be with the charming, handsome, scoundrel-y but sweet pop star she’s grown to love. (from Goodreads)
Unfortunately this one was the exception to my ‘usual 3 stars or more rating’ romance rule. I was super excited by the synopsis of this book, and although I read this in less than a day, I disliked more than I enjoyed. There were A LOT of cringey moments that made me want to DIE, and I didn’t really like the characters. I know it’s the premise of the book, but the sheer amount of unprofessionalism that happened during Rose and Archie’s relationship bothered me. When they did finally get together (which isn’t until 70 percent into the book), it all felt very sudden and underwhelming. I wish I had ended up liking this more.
All Your Perfects
Author Colleen Hoover
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people? (from Goodreads)
I had to get a Hoover book in during this romance marathon! I’ve read a handful of her books and I really like them because they are super cute and dramatic and they make me cry and it only takes me a couple hours to get through them. I originally rated this four stars upon finishing, but changed it a couple hours later when I was thinking about some of the problems this book has. The themes are really serious and there’s a few things in this that bothered me while reading. Some of it was downright sad and depressing to read about, but overall it was still a good Colleen Hoover book. Not my favorite, but it was enjoyable enough for me to finish it in two hours.
Stay tuned for Part 2 with even more reviews! 🙂 Any romance recommendations would be very welcome!