I’ve said it before, but I read a lot of romance novels even though that’s not my favorite genre. Why???
- I often impulse-start them, while I second-guess myself on everything else ;
- I rarely fall in love with them, but most of the time I enjoy them ;
- When I do love them, it’s just magical, you know?
Most of the time however, I don’t write review when I read romance novels and sometimes I don’t… remember them after a while? (oops) That’s why I’ve decided that I would write a wrap-up post on the last Saturday of each month, where I’ll link to the reviews I did write and add a few words about the books when that’s not the case.
- The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas – read my review – Main tropes : fake dating, hate to love
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – read my review – Main trope : hate to love
- Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert : a very sweet – and hot – novella about a radical leftist heroine (YAY!) and her – very protective – brother’s best-friend. Main trope : friends to lovers
- A Dangerous Kind of Lady by Mia Vincy : I probably ruined part of my reading experience by being so so fucking tired the day I read it but oh well, that’s life isn’t it? Still very fun and refreshing in a genre – historical romance – that makes me rage more often than not, and I genuinely rooted for those two, despite the drama. I will definitely keep an eye on Mia Vincy‘s novels from now on. Main tropes : hate to love, virgin heroine (which I rarely like but here it was handled so well!)
- The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K.J. Charles : K.J. Charles is my go-to author when it comes to m/m historical romances, and once again she didn’t disappoint. I genuinely liked it, but I don’t think it will stick with me, though, hence the 3 stars rating (which is NOT a bad rating, okay?). Main trope : hate to love
Both books are favorites for many of my friends, so I’m definitely in the minority on this. Let me explain, okay?
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – DNF – Main tropes : fake dating, hate to love
Here’s what I wrote on Goodreads when I stopped reading :
Slowly disengaging before drama hits the fan is not how I pictured my evening ending yet here I am, making sensible choices for once. I could get behind the obliviously manufactured “hate” Ethan and Olive had going on in the first half because it was funny and light-hearted and just what I thought I wanted right now but I’ve just realized that I’m not invested in their relationship as a couple enough to endure more misunderstandings just yet. Or, you know, ever. I don’t feel it. Hell, I’m starting to resent Olive for constantly misinterpreting everything Ethan says or does and I’ve been side-eyeing the dude since he *checks notes* grossly glossed over how much of a prick his brother was. Is??? I guess I’ll never know. So I’m going to pretend I’ve reached their HEA and treat them like the forgettable characters they are. I suppose that I should feel a sense of loss that I’ll never read about how gorgeous Olive’s boobs and Ethan’s abs are again but *shrugs*, I’ll live. DNF at 65%. (I’ve then spoiled myself and excuse me but WHAT THE FUCK? WHAT? I can’t wrap my head around the fact that Olive would forgive that. Again, what?!? Ugh, I’m SO glad I stopped where I did.)
- Love at First by Kate Clayborn – DNF – I’ve stopped this one around 60% and I don’t think I’ll ever finish it. Most of all, I was really underwhelmed. I don’t know how to explain but it reads… old ? I never managed to connect with it and I didn’t feel any chemistry between the characters (plus how are they half in love already, did I miss something?). Main trope : hate to love