Book Settings I’d Love to Visit

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time friends!

10 book setting I would love to visit are:

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca – I wanna go to this Ren Faire and see the wonderfulness for myself!

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I would visit Ravka and see the Grishas!

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – I would love to go to Paris & the apartment building without the creepiness does sound amazing lol

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – a few days stranded on a tropic island sounds great right now

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – Hollywood in the 30’s sounds magical!

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager – a retreat at a quiet and peaceful lake house, sign me up!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I would die to be on an old school pirate ship!

The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – I never went to college or uni so I would love to visit a campus and a sorority house!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – duh!

One by One by Ruth Ware – a rustic mountain chateau, yes please!

Quarterly Reading Recommendation

I can’t believe it’s already been another three months since my last recommendation post! This is going to be my second instalment for 2022 and this month I only picked 5 books to list since I didn’t read as much during those three months and these were the only books I wanted to recommend. If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for April – May – June are:

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Well Matched Review

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!

Anticipated Releases 2021 Update

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2021. These are all books that are either sequels or continuations of series that I am loving or it has a blurb that has sucked me in and I can’t wait to read it!

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin (expected publication: July 27th 2021)

All’s Well by Mona Awad (expected publication August 3rd 2021)

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (expected publication: August 3rd 2021)

Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (expected publication: August 17th 2021)

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik (expected publication: September 28th 2021)

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca (expected publication: October 19th 2021)

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (expected publication: November 9th 2021)

All of Us are Villains by Christine Lynn Herman & Amanda Foody (expected publication: November 9th 2021)

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong (expected publication: November 16th 2021)

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson (expected publication: November 25th 2021)