I saw someone was doing a post with mini reviews on Monday’s. I forget where I saw it and I wish I could remember. If any of you know who it is let me know so I can give credit. Apologies if I’m stepping on anyone’s toes as well and if they would like me to stop using this feature let me know.
Anyway….it seems like a good way to do a quick rundown of books I’ve read and give them a little love without all the effort of a full review. So here we go!
Paint the Stars (Free Fall #3) by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn ~ Goodreads
Daevonte and Ezra’s opposing personalities, Dae – the outgoing, chill yoga instructor vs Ezra’s uptight, brooding artist made this a slow burn, sweet and sexy read. The end was a bit sappy but…still a good read.
I’ve always enjoyed Dawn’s writing and the 1st book in this series, Touch the Sky, was great as well.
Check out this series if you’re looking for diverse characters (in this case – interracial couple and an MC that identifies as demisexual – earlier books have touched d on mental illness, bisexuality)
Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox ~ Goodreads
I adored the first book in this series, Truly, and I love how Knox writes complex, flawed characters but Madly felt like being forced to spend time with a group of relatives you can’t stand over the holidays.
The romance was actually very good but there’s so much intrusion from outside sources (family, ex’s) that I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked.
At Attention (Out of Uniform #2) by Annabeth Albert ~ Goodreads
I love me some Annabeth Albert and the Out of Uniform series is quickly surpassing my love of her Portland Heat series. Albert's books are always gripping and emotional and oh so sexy.
The quick of it: Lieutenant, widower and single dad, Apollo Flores falls for his new live in helper, Dylan, who is also the younger brother of his BFF.
I wasn't sure about the single dad aspect but it really works here, especially with Dylan as the children's caregiver. He’s a childcare professional, so it’s not just some young stud muffin moving in, and the kids are, obviously, an integral part of their lives but aren't so precocious as to overwhelm the story.
It covers a few tropes (single, widowed dad, best friends brother) in a way that's shows and respects Apollo's struggles to move on.
Dylan could be a little pushy at times but in the end I loved how he realized that both he and Apollo needed to find their own ways before becoming something new - together.
Another stand out book from Albert. I can't recommend her books enough.