Happy Book Day, beautiful friends!
We had our gender reveal on Sunday but I’m not sharing about the party until Thursday because- duh- it’s book day!
But I won’t make you wait (assuming you haven’t seen IG) 😊 We’re having a girl! More about everything on Thursday! On to the books!
The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews
★★★★★/5; Proper Romance
Alexandra and I buddy-read this in June! This was the steamiest proper romance I’ve ever read and I did not mind one little bit. Phyllida, a uniquely beautiful and kind orphan, is shipped off to her Uncle in London to be groomed for her coming out season. She soon learns that those closest to her have alterer motives and interests. Captain Heywood, though gruff and bitter, immediately sees the compassion in Philly and offers her the quick solution of a convince marriage. But will that truly save her from her former fate? I loved Philly. Her love for dogs and her patience for all creatures was a beautiful trait. And Heywood was a tortured soul (perhaps a little *too* tortured at times), but I loved his devotion to Philly and her beloved pets. This story also had a little twist- almost a proper thriller in its own rights. It was sweet and a little suspenseful and very enjoyable!
Read it? If you like history and romance and a little mystery, yes!
*ARC provided by NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Releasing July 23rd, 2019
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
★★/5; Contemporary Romance
When she’s forced to attend a boy band concert with her young daughter, Solène had no idea she’d become Hayes Campbell’s biggest fan. I thought the age difference would bother me, but it didn’t. (She is 19 years his senior.) The secretiveness bothered me a bit and the end of the book/outcome of the relationship irritated me more than a bit. But the major reason I gave it 2 stars? I was just kind of bored the whole time. There were some beautiful locations and swoony scenes between Hayes and Sol, but it was just the same over and over until the end. I know some people loved this book, so I’d never call it “bad.” I was just kind of bored and over it by the end.
Read it? Mm… I would say no but others have loved it.
Erin’s 11.0 Book Challenge has kicked off and here’s my mid-July update!
| 5 points| Freebie: Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
| 10 points | Starts with “F”: Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
| 10 points | With rain(s), thunder, lightning, or monsoon in the title: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
| 15 points | With a picture of a building: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
| 20 points | The author uses an initial in her name: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
| 20 points | A book with an article of clothing/accessory in the title: The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
| 25 points | A book set in India: The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
| 30 points | A book that has won or been short-listed for the Booker Prize: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
| 30 points | About a human with superpowers/supernatural powers: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
| 35 points | A book that has the same title as a book of a different genre: Soulless by Gail Carriger
Kicking it off with 0 points 🤗 But I’ll change that soon.
Your turn! What did you read recently? Come back Thursday for party details!