Hi everyone! I hope you are all well and having an amazing day! A while ago, I asked my Twitter followers for recommendations on their favourite standalone romances. I have read a lot of these this year, and they were getting a bit stagnant and I was worried I had already read the good ones. I compiled all of the replies into a list and picked randomly the five I would be reading for this blog post! So without further ado, here is a list of all of the books I read and a mini-review on each:
99 Percent Mine – Sally Thorne
I absolutely adored Sally Thorne’s debut, The Hating Game, but I was so so disappointed in this. I ended up giving it 2 stars. To be honest, I can’t believe this was written by the same author. I found the main character, Darcy, to be really hypocritical, talking about how she would never fall in love – then 3 chapters later telling us that she’d been in love with her friend for her whole life. I also absolutely hated her twin Jamie (who I’m pretty sure we’re not supposed to hate??). He was such an asshole but Darcy kept saying how much she loved him anyway. Out of all the characters, Tom, the love interest, was my favourite – even I found him to be hypocritical at times and some of his actions were unforgivable. I didn’t like the ending at all and thought the pacing in general was so strange, along with the relationship development. The writing style was also really disjointed at times – it was mostly dialogue, and days would be passing or the setting would change and I was none the wiser. One of the only good things about this book was the epilogue of The Hating Game that was included at the end. I cried my eyes out – both with happiness at the epilogue and the happiness at the book being over!
The Simple Wild – KA Tucker
I was a bit dubious about this one as I had looked on Goodreads and it has very high reviews, but it didn’t sound like anything special to me. I actually ended up really enjoying it though. It was on the longer side of a romance but I wasn’t bored once at all. I also found the setting of remote Alaska to be really interesting and one I hadn’t read about before. I also enjoyed the whole story of Calla’s reasoning to visit her dad as it added a lot of substance to the story. I also liked the inclusion and care taken towards the Native Alaskan population. There were a couple of things I didn’t like – for one, the love interest had some… questionable lines. He judged Calla for the outfits she wore and took away and hid her makeup – sorry, just because you don’t like her in makeup doesn’t mean she won’t wear it! He became more tolerable towards the end though, and I did like the ending. Overall I gave it a four star rating.
The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren
This book got a lot of recommendations and after reading it I can totally see why. This book reminded me of the movie Just Go With It – we had the same setting and premise but it was a lot better than the movie! I found myself being pleasantly surprised by this one, but drawn back because of all the ‘coincidences’ and things that just happened to work out as the story progressed. I know you have to suspend your disbelief when reading a book, but there were so many of these instances I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. That being said, I’m surprised the ending took the route it did, and overall I gave the book a 4 star rating.
Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren
This is another book that got a lot of recommendations, and I’m so happy I listened to you guys on this one! I’m definitely not one for friends-to-lovers romances, but this book may have just changed my mind. I absolutely loved this book and gave it 4.5 stars. I loved the alternating timelines between Macy and Elliot from when they first met to 20 ish years later, and I really felt their chemistry as they grew up. You could tell that they really loved each other and that is quite hard to put in a book! I thought these characters were both really well fleshed out and developed – they were mature and sensible, but also flawed and made mistakes. The fact that they felt real only added to the story.
I’m really glad I did this sort of post as it made me pick up books I wouldn’t have normally gone for straight away. It’s also made me realise I’d be up for reading more friends to lovers romances. I’d definitely be up for a part 2 of this post, so if you have any more recommendations, please let me know!