We love a cheesy queer rom-com in this house, and after reading Never Been Kissed earlier this year, I’ve been desperate to get my hands on this one. I was lucky to get a physical ARC from Martina Pennetta and Sourcebooks Casablanca. I was expecting an e-copy through Netgalley, so that was a very pleasant surprise. This book was filled with queer joy and Hallmark cheese, but it also features a realistic depiction of anxiety, and that makes this a book that can’t be beaten.
Matthew has been exiled to his grandparents’ place with no cards, and no social media. After he bought an island with his parent’s money, he’s told he needs to learn a lesson. But he needs to get back before NYE for his party. He hatches a plan to get out of there but to succeed he’ll need to work with his handsome roommate Hector. But the holiday and town work their magic, and soon even a grinch like Matthew sees the good.
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We all know I love dark, queer books right? We all know that if someone can get fae or fae-adjacent books when they’re done right, don’t we? Well, this book does both of those things oh so well, and, oh my god, I’m so happy I’ve read this book. I’ll be going back and reading Tori Bovalino’s first book after this one as Not Good For Maidens? Such a damn good book. Thanks so much to Sarah at Titan for sending me a copy!
Not Good For Maidens is a retelling of the poem The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. We follow two main characters, Lou in the present and May, 18 years before. Lou has grown up with her Mum and Aunt May in Boston. But when her other Aunt Neela disappears and leaves a strange voicemail, Lou wants to go to York to track her down. Her Mum and May don’t want her there, as before Lou was born, May was trapped in the Goblin Market herself. After being led down there by a beautiful goblin girl.
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Unfortunately, this will be my last post for FaRoFeb. I’d hoped to get a few more books read and reviewed, but alas. I just read other things instead. I’m pleased that I did manage at least two books. And I do still plan on reading most of the others that I listed in my post. Just not the wizard one as that was a DNF. Yikes.
A Fate Of Wrath & Flame is a New Adult Fantasy Romance novel by K.A. Tucker, who may be better known for her contemporary romance. This book follows Romeria, a gifted thief who has been living on the streets since she was a teen. On a job one night, she runs into a mysterious woman who tells her she has a job for her. Not wanting to take it on but not having a choice, Romeria goes along with her. The mission turns out to be in another world on the verge of war and filled with elemental magic. Romeria’s quest should be simple. She has to steal a stone from a sacred garden. But the identity she has assumed turns out to be that of a captured Princess, an enemy who had just poisoned the previous King and Queen. Not to mention the fiance of the new one. Romeria winds up pulled into a scheme by the King, but that’s fine by her. It might just allow her to complete her mission.
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New Adult Romance isn’t something that I read a lot, but I was drawn to this one. It sounded like it could be cute, funny and emotional, and it was. I really enjoyed this book, and I couldn’t stop listening to it. I laughed, I cried, and I generally had a good time. I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, but I highly recommend it.
This book follows Lizzie Brandt, a former high school valedictorian who is now doing badly in college and has been sleeping with the wrong kinds of guys. After her parents die, she’s left as her younger brother’s guardian, and she needs to try and sort her life out. The only person who can help her is her Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson. Not only is he a good tutor, but he helps her out in a lot of other ways. Soon, they both figure out that they’ve developed feelings for each other which could make things even more complicated.
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If the Shoe Fits is the first book in Disney’s new Meant to Be series. Advertised as Disney’s first foray into contemporary romance, this book is a Cinderella retelling set during a dating show. It felt more like New Adult Chick-Lit to me than your typical adult romance, but I actually adored it for that.
Cindy has just come home from a difficult final year at college. She’s in a creative rut, and she doesn’t know what to do. Her step-mother is the creator of the popular reality show Before Midnight, a show similar to The Bachelor featuring plenty of balls. Cindy goes on the show as an opportunity to show off her shoes and what she can do. But what if she meets Prince Charming whilst she’s there?
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I read and reviewed the first book in the True Colours series last year. Conventionally Yours was pretty fun. But in some ways, Out of Character appealed to me a little more. I’m glad I picked this up to read but in some ways… It wasn’t quite what I expected.
Jasper Quigley wants to be the hero in someone’s life. He cosplays as his favorite Odyssey character to visit sick kids in the hospital and works part-time in a game shop. When his ex-best friend Milo Lionetti comes to him to ask for help? Jasper doesn’t want to say yes, but he’s never been able to resist Milo. So they make a deal, Milo will help Jasper at the hospital, and Jasper will track down the rare Odyssey cards that Milo lost.
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I can’t believe we’re already into May! If this were a safer year where things were open, I’d probably be hoping to go to the London MCM Comic Con, whatever it’s called. I miss being able to go look at artists stalls and go buy all the anime and game merch, sigh. But that does mean that I should have plenty of time to read!
That aside, I will be once again trying to keep this mini TBR, well, mini. Just so it isn’t hellishly difficult to write. I’ve got five books to go through with you all this month, so let’s get started!
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