Single mother April Parker has lived in Willow Creek for twelve years with a wall around her heart. On the verge of being an empty nester, she’s decided to move on from her quaint little town, and asks her friend Mitch for his help with some home improvement projects to get her house ready to sell. Mitch Malone is known for being the life of every party, but mostly for the attire he wears to the local Renaissance Faire — a kilt (and not much else) that shows off his muscled form to perfection. While he agrees to help April, he needs a favour too: she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family dinner, so that he can avoid the lectures about settling down and having a more “serious” career than high school coach and gym teacher
April as a character isn’t very likeable to be honest, she is standoffish and pushes people away unnecessarily. For someone who had no intentions of staying in this town after her daughter goes to college she is very much worried about what they would be saying about her. I don’t understand why there is anything wrong with being open and public about her relationship with Mitch and it was quite rude of her to just negate their obvious feeling for each other and try to keep him a secret.
I like that Mitch called her out after she downplayed their relationship and he established boundaries with her. I kind of wish this would of been a dual perspective so we could of got to know Mitch more when he was at home and how he navigated his family before he brought April to meet them. I liked that we got that background about him and his family and how they have put his profession down over the years and don’t take him seriously, it gave the book and Mitch as a character much needed depth.
Usually I like fake relationships as a trope but I feel like in this case April didn’t get into it enough for me to fully believe in it. Mitch 100% did, I really enjoyed him as a character and it honestly made sense why he would be into April but she didn’t reciprocate it enough, it’s more like she felt obligated at the time otherwise their ruse would of been exposed. She obviously didn’t want to get judged for dating a ‘himbo’ at her age and it showed throughout the book through her actions.
It was overall not bad, I could overlook April’s flaws and get on board with the storyline. It was well paced and kept me invested throughout though it was kind of predictable. Jen DeLuca kind of has a formula with these books and you can easily see where things were headed and the outcome at the end. Nothing wrong with that though, I didn’t go into this book expecting anything more so I was still entertained!
⭐️3/5 stars Honestly forgettable but enjoyed at the time!
Over the last year or so there have been a couple books that have been super hyped and popularised on booktok, booktube & bookstagram that I have been influenced enough to pick up and I wanted to share whether or not I think they were worth the hype.
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
I thought this was going to be a lot more fantastical as opposed to academic and I think it the fact that we are mostly in the same setting the whole time that made this a bit tedious to read. Wasn’t worth the hype in my opinion!
The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix
In the end this was very entertaining and thrilling. I thought it was a pretty quick read and the twists and reveals definitely kept me engaged. I think I was expecting a lot more blood and gore though. I understand why people were hyping it up but was just ok for me!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
This wasn’t anything spectacular or ground-breaking but I think its more about the way it makes you feel. It’s about growth, acceptance, embracing yourself and coming to terms with your past trauma and moving on. This was a fantastic, quick, wholesome read that I would recommend to everyone! 100% worth the hype!
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Everything about this book had me on the edge of my seat, I in no way was able to predict what was going to happen next and at every turn I was surprised. This book kind of hit a little close to home and feels like it could plausibly happen in this generation so it provokes a lot of conversation about our planet and how we’re affecting it! Another definitely worth the hype it was great!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Even though this was super hyped I was still surprised with how the story progressed. I was picturing something a little more fluffier but this was anything but. It was a lot darker and tortured than what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised! The structure and prose was beautifully done, the pacing was consistent and the dual timelines kept me invested and eager to find out what was going to happen next. You will either love it or hate it I think!
Hello friends it’s time for another WWW Wednesday update:
Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan
Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is books you were highly anticipating but haven’t read yet. I decided to go back to the two most anticipated lists I made for the first and second half of 2021 and here are the 8 books I haven’t had a chance to pick up yet plus 2 from 2020:
Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
All of Us are Villains by Christine Lynn Herman & Amanda Foody
Red Tigress by Amelie Wen Zhao
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Back in January posted about 5 series I wanted to continue in. I wanted to go back and check and see how I’m going and evaluate which books in the coming months I should try and prioritise!
The five series plan to continue or complete in 2022 are:
Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks – Haven’t continued
Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski – Have completed the second book!
Serpent and Dove series by Shelby Mahurin – Completed Blood & Honey and am planning on finishing this series this month!
The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang – Haven’t continued
Shadow Game Trilogy by Amanda Foody – Completed!