Everything I Read in April

April was, hands down, my best reading month of 2022 so far. I read so many fantastic books and found so many new favorites.

Kink Camp: Hunted by A. Anders 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I was pleasantly surprised by this short and sweet novella! It was obviously very steamy but it was also really sweet and dear. I’ll definitely be continuing with this series (assuming she makes it a series).

Read if you like: primal kink (didn’t even know what that was until I read this!)

Where to buy: Amazon (kindle)Amazon (paperback)

A Certain Appeal* by Vanessa King 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This was a delightfully original take on a beloved classic. A Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the world of burlesque, A Certain Appeal had enough callbacks to the original to make it feel like a lovely tribute, while still being original enough to be satisfyingly fresh. 

Read if you like: retellings, enemies to lovers.

Where to buy: Bookshop.org / Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (paperback)

You Deserve Each Other* by Sarah Hogle 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This was my third re-read of You Deserve Each Other and it gets better every time. I fall more and more in love with Naomi and Nicholas each time. Find my original review from March 2020 here.

Read if you like: amazing banter, enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity

Where to buy: Bookshop.org / Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (paperback)

Heated Rivalry (Game Changers, #2) by Rachel Reid 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I read Heated Rivalry again in preparation for the release of the sequel, The Long Game, at the end of April and like with You Deserve Each Other, I didn’t think I’d be able to love this book more but I did. 

Read if you like: amazing banter, sports romance, smiling and feeling happy

Where to buy: Amazon (kindle) 

Dearest Milton James by N.R. Walker 

☆ ☆ ☆ ½

This was very quirky, dear, and funny. A fast-paced and adorable MM romance.

Read if you like: quirky MCs, opposites attract

The Four Leaf by Lee Jacquot 

☆ ☆ ½

For how short this novella was, I expected it to have more steam. It had a fun premise but didn’t deliver.

Daddy Bod by Margot Scott 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Honestly, my main issue with this story was that it wasn’t longer! I normally hate insta-love but this totally did it for me and I loved the premise. 

Read if you like: age gaps, insta-love, daddy kink

A Not So Meet Cute by Meghan Quinn 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

A little cheesy but so much fun. A great escapist rom-com that was exactly what I was looking for. It was also SO hot, which I wasn’t expecting since I didn’t recall the other book I’d read of Quinn’s as being steamy but wow, clearly she knows how to write it.

Read if you like: enemies-to-lovers, fake relationships, banter

Bombshell (Hell’s Belles, #1) by Sarah MacLean 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I really enjoyed Bombshell except for the ending; I felt like there was no reason for the conflict to be as convoluted and drawn out as it was. Otherwise, I loved Sesily and Caleb. Sesily was fantastic and Caleb was the stern-brunch-daddy of my dreams. 

Read if you like: historical romance, banter, stern brunch daddies, pining

Where to buy: Bookshop.org / Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (mm paperback)

Face Offs & Cheap Shots by Eden Finley & Saxon James 

☆ ☆ ☆ ½

This was fine? I think I would’ve enjoyed it more had I not still been riding my high of Heated Rivalry, which is an elite hockey romance.

Read if you like: college romance, enemies-to-lovers, sports romance, opposites attract

Stay Baby Stay by Margot Scott 

☆ ☆ ☆ 

I actually don’t remember anything about this book which feels pretty telling; it left no impression on me.

Perfect Ten by K.M. Neuhold | ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Slow to start for me but I loved that this was low angst and started to really pick up in pace once Bambi and Ten got together. This was such a sweet story.

A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR, #4) by Sarah J. Maas 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I read this weeks ago and I am still filled to the brim with every single emotion. I love Nesta and Cassian and their journey so deeply and this is such a special book that truly did them justice. I didn’t read ACOSF at the frantic, can’t-put-it-down pace that I read the previous three in the series; I had to take my time with it, had to sit with my feelings. Still, this was by far my favorite.⁣

I don’t always love the writing in this series; sometimes it’s a bit too much and feels a little too flowery, and Rhys and Feyre can be a little too perfect, but I can’t not give this five stars because this book was healing and so dear. ⁣

Where to buy: Bookshop.org / Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (hardcover)

The Verifiers* by Jane Pek 

☆ ☆ ☆

Well-written and brimming with so much potential, The Verifiers had such a great premise but ultimately had too much going on. Find my full review here

Bossy by N.R. Walker 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

All stories should be this: sweet stories about lovely people finding each other and happiness.

Read if you like: one night stands that turn into more, low angst

Game Changer (Game Changers, #1) by Rachel Reid 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Well, Rachel Reid can do no wrong.

Read if you like: sports romance

Where to buy: Amazon (kindle) 

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon 

☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Really cute and lots of fun to read as someone who lives in Seattle! I had a hard time with Rowan at times—at times I really enjoyed her and at others I found her too short-sighted and a little self-involved. She was still great though and I loved her love of romance books. And Neil…my HEART. Swoon.

Role Model (Game Changers, #5) by Rachel Reid 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Well, this was everything to me. Please read ASAP.

Read if you like: sports romance, grumpy/sunshine, opposites attract.

Where to buy: Amazon (kindle)

The Long Game (Game Changers, #6) by Rachel Reid 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

One of my favorites of 2022, read my full review of this masterpiece here

Where to buy: Bookshop.org / Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (mm paperback)

Funny You Should Ask* by Elissa Sussman 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Fast-paced, witty, and impossible to put down, this celebrity romance was so much fun. Find my full review here.

Read if you like: banter, celebrity romance

Where to buy: Bookshop.org / Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (paperback)

 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a gifted copy or e-galley of this book in exchange for my honest review. This has not impacted my review or opinion in any way; all opinions are my own.

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1 Comments

  1. It makes me so happy that you enjoyed A Certain Appeal! It is such an underrated romance!

    Posted 5.18.22 Reply

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