Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Mini Thoughts

Hello, all!

Big thanks to the publishers for these copies!

Pub Date: 9-27-22
Adult - Historical Romance

How the Wallflower Was Won- Eva Leigh: The only risks Finn Ransome takes are on the betting tables. He's spent his whole life being belittled for his shortcomings, that he'd rather take his chances with cards than women. But with the clock ticking on his father's demand of finding a wife or being cut off, Finn has no choice but to put himself out there. The only woman to catch Finn's eye is Tabitha Seaton, an intelligent bluestocking who surely has no time for a rogue such as himself. After a humiliating first Season, Tabitha decided to focus more on books than ballrooms. Her one goal in life is to become a member of the Sterling Society, a group of the most brilliant and influential minds in London. Unfortunately, if Tabitha hopes to win a spot in their favor, she has to be married. Since matrimony is the answer to both their problems, Finn and Tabitha concoct a mutually beneficial plan that poses no risks to either's hearts. But try as they might, neither can deny the very real feelings that start to stir once they exchange vows.

After reading The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes, I didn't think anyone could top Kieran Ransome but lemme tell you, he walked so Finn Ransome could run. Tall, dark, and handsome with a penchant for surprising women with libraries? Where do I sign up? He was everything. His relationship with Tabitha felt so natural, and I loved them together. Tabitha was strong-willed and just wanted to use her intelligence to better the world around her, and it was so sweet seeing how supportive Finn was and how he was willing to go to whatever lengths to make that happen. Finn spent his whole life being belittled because of a learning disability, so it broke my heart every time he mentioned how he wasn't smart enough to be with Tabitha. I loved how Tabitha couldn't care less about his brains, she loved him for who he was inside. Neither couldn't care less about the other's shortcomings; they just took each other as they are. Just as in the first book, the writing, banter, and steamy scenes were spot-on, and I couldn't read fast enough. Leigh has solidified herself as a new favorite of mine and I can't wait for the next book.

Rating: 5/5

Pub Date: 10-4-22
Adult - Sci-Fi

Station Eternity- Mur Lafferty: Mallory Viridian has a knack for solving murders, which is helpful since people around her always seem to kick the bucket. Her ability to see clues others overlook doesn't make her friendly with the police but rather an annoyance. No matter where she goes death follows, so when Mallory gets the opportunity to take refuge on a sentient space station, she jumps at the chance. After all, the murders must stop if she's surrounded by aliens, right? But then Mallory's peace is disturbed when a shuttle full of humans arrives at the station. It doesn't take long before humans and aliens start to die, leaving Mallory in the middle of yet another murder investigation that only she can solve.

I loved the premise of this. It sounded a lot like Farscape meets Agatha Christie, and I was all about it. Sadly, it didn't work for me. A lot of that had to do with the writing. I couldn't get into the flow of the story and felt more confused as everything unfolded. The pacing was choppy, and you would think all the alien creatures would be so intriguing, but every character felt underdeveloped. There were some interesting concepts and world-building, but I thought it all needed to be more cohesive. I would still recommend it if you enjoy mysteries or sci-fi, but unfortunately, I didn't click with Lafferty's writing.

Rating: 2/5

Pub Date: 10-4-22
Adult - Contemporary

You're a Mean One, Matthew Prince- Timothy Janovsky: Matthew Prince has grown up with a silver spoon in his mouth and anything he could ever want at his fingertips. But when his outrageous spending goes a little too far, his parents ship him off to spend the holidays with his grandparents in their cabin in the woods. It's bad enough that he has zero cell reception, but he also has to share a bunk bed with Hector Martinez, one of his grandfather's students who is obnoxiously handsome and has no time for Matthew's arrogance. Matthew is determined to do whatever it takes to shorten his imprisonment, even if that means taking over the event planning duties for the town's charity gala. Soon, Matthew finds himself surrounded by a little family of his own making, namely Hector, and starts to feel the ice around his heart begin to melt.

If you turned Schitt's Creek into a Hallmark movie, you would have this book. Matthew gives off such David Rose vibes that it was all I could picture. He was very entitled and pretentious, and it took me a while to warm up to him, but he grew on me by the end. His relationship with Hector started very rockily, but I liked how it developed and thought Hector did a good job grounding Matthew. Their dynamic was just very sweet if a little corny. I liked the setting and the vibe of the small town, and the plot itself was entertaining but super predictable. I don't think this will be very memorable for me, but if you're in the mood for a cute romance for the holiday season, I would still recommend it.

Rating: 3/5

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