Welcome to A Month in Romance, third edition!
I’ve always been a mood reader, and apparently I wasn’t attracted to romance novels in April! I read so few of them that I actually forgot that I was supposed to write this post *hides*. Oh well. So many of my most-anticipated romance novels are released in May, so I guess it will be better! (yes, I’m gonna ignore that I said that about April too, oops)
- You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – Well, yes, my only 5 stars romance read is actually a reread, but that counts, doesn’t it? Naomi and Nicholas’ story hit me even harder the second time around, as Naomi’s depression felt more obvious, especially in the beginning. Strongly recommended – read my (OTT) post about my favorite quotes – read my review – Main trope : lovers to enemies to friends to lovers
- Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle : At this point, I’m convinced that Sarah Hogle’s novels serve a hidden purpose and that purpose is: ruin this reader life. Ugh. I want to smother her characters with hugs or something because really???? My god. They’re so fucking lovable and relatable, I can’t bear it. Read this book if you want grumpy/sunshine perfection, a socially anxious cinnamon roll of a love interest, and like (????) whispering oh my god for hours on end. It still doesn’t beat You Deserve Each Other in my heart, but that’s because *checks notes* oh, right : nothing ever will, sorry. 4 to 4.5 stars, and the assurance I will read anything Sarah Hogle writes. Main tropes : enemies to lovers, grumpy/sunshine
- To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters : After a promising beginning, I couldn’t help but feel highly irritated by these characters, and unfortunately I’ve come to the conclusion that Martha Waters’ books just aren’t for me – read my review – Main trope : enemies to lovers
- What’s not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka : Listen, I wanted to love this book so badly! In the end however, it all felt so generic and the transition from enemies to lovers way too fast as it often is when the friends step is forgotten. Not to mention that my patience for privileged white teens problems’ has grown very thin over the years. I’m definitely in the minority on this, though. Main trope : enemies to lovers