Everything I Read in May

May was such a fun month, both personally and in terms of what I read. I found two new favorites—Set on You* and Made in Manhattan*—and got to celebrate Seattle Indie Book Day (which was really more of a 10-day celebration) and my friend’s bachelorette.

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum

☆ ☆ ☆ 

So, I want to preface my review/thoughts by saying that I am definitely in the minority here and all of my other friends that have read this book have absolutely loved it, so I definitely think you should take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I personally found this book to be super difficult to get through, mainly because of how unlikeable the protagonist was. I love a flawed character but Doe was so self-centered and lacking in self-awareness that it made it really difficult. Additionally, I found the pacing and the plot to be off. Still, like I said, most of my friends have adored this book and so maybe I was missing something.

My Killer Vacation* by Tessa Bailey

☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Steamy and funny enough, My Killer Vacation was an interesting foray into murder mysteries by a favorite author of mine. It wasn’t my favorite but I appreciated what she was trying to do. Find my full review here

Read if you like: grumpy/sunshine

The Score (Off Campus, #3) by Elle Kennedy

☆ ☆ ½

When I read the first book in this series years ago, I remember absolutely loving it. Now? I’m finding it very cringe-y.

Birds of California* by Katie Cotugno

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The first half of this book was a solid five-stars for me, I was totally sold with the excellent banter. The second half did not deliver, unfortunately. Still, I enjoyed the first half so much that I think I’d still recommend it? Find my full review here

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

Set on You* by Amy Lea

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I absolutely adored Set on You. Truly adored it. And I honestly would’ve loved it even if it hadn’t been written by a friend of mine, although I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make it all the more special. Find my full review here

Read if you like: enemies-to-lovers, butterflies and swooning, Chris Evans

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

Eyes on Me (Salacious Players Club, #2) by Sara Cate 

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I actually ended up enjoying this one even more than the first, Praise. This is a solid series that has me excited for the next installment.

Made in Manhattan* by Lauren Layne

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

At what point do I just turn this account into a full-time Lauren Layne fan account? I truly feel like she can do a rom-com that feels both nostalgic and fresh like no one else can. She captures the essence of the 90s and 2000s rom-coms while still updating them to feel relevant and timely in our current culture. 

Read if you like: 90s and 2000s rom-coms, a reverse My Fair Lady 

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

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

☆ ☆ 

I don’t understand why this book is so hyped up. 

Breakaway by Avon Gale

☆ ☆ ☆ ½

A very cute m/m hockey romance that has two of the sweetest characters I’ve ever read. 

Persuasion by Jane Austen

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Not my favorite Austen, but one that I certainly enjoyed. I adore pining and Persuasion is the ultimate pining book. Plus, I’m excited that I finally read this in advance of the Netflix adaptation to be released later this year!

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Tokyo Ever After was described to me as What a Girl Wants meets The Princess Diaries and I’m happy to report that that description is ACCURATE! This was a really dear YA romance with a main character that fantastically written and a very sweet love story. I don’t necessarily know if I’m going to read the sequel, which just came out, because the story felt pretty complete to me, but I might change my mind!

Read if you like: royal romances, What a Girl WantsThe Princess Diaries

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

So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

☆ ☆ ☆ 

I was so excited for So This is Ever After. I’d heard it was a gay Arthurian legend (which is a similar description to that of Carry On, a favorite series of mine, which was described as gay Harry Potter). While that description is, in fact, accurate, it moves much too slowly. I love a good slow burn but this was glacial; slow burn and pining quickly gave way to obnoxious obliviousness.

Well Matched (Well Met, #3) by Jen DeLuca

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

HIMBOS WITH HIDDEN DEPTHS FOREVER PLS. This was so cute and I adored Mitch. Again, himbos with hidden depths are the BEST. April was also great, although it was hard to not want to yell at her for being so oblivious to how absolutely smitten Mitch was with her. This was, overall, a really lovely and feel-good romance with some fun grumpy/sunshine and fake dating dynamics.

Read if you like: fake dating, himbos, grumpy/sunshine where the fmc is the grump

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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