Five Most Recent Reads | April 14th

Well, it looks like these posts are staying few and far between at the moment because I’ve been struggling to get through books again. In all honesty, I’ve been pretty unwell so far this month so I’m happy to just have this post for you. But here I am today with another weird mix of everything from erotica to fairytales and some things in between.

A Worthy Opponent (Wicked Villains #3) by Katee Robert

I honestly wasn’t expecting to pick this one up last week—after I read Learn My Lesson at the end of January, I felt like I needed a good few months between these but then I just wanted a quick read and this was the one that came to mind. My favourite thing about this series is that I can go into them knowing that it’ll only take me a few hours to read it and I’m so behind on my reading goal right now that it’s exactly what I need. I honestly don’t love this series—they all have this really weird pacing to them and the smut is very intense, but there’s something about them that I also enjoy. I think this is my favourite so far because I absolutely loved Hook, seriously, he’s kind of precious. I really don’t have that much else to say about this one. I’m now halfway through this series now which is exciting—I’m hoping to read the next book in the next few weeks.

Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling #4) by Nalini Singh

As you might be able to tell if you’ve seen a few of these posts this year, I’ve been obsessed with the Psy-Changeling books recently. Honestly, it’s extremely rare for me to go through a series like this but I’ve been really enjoying them so far. I do struggle a little to review these with it being still pretty early in the series—I feel like I have my one favourite, Caressed by Ice, and all the others are about the same for me. I don’t feel super strongly about Clay or Tally, but I thought the story was really interesting and that it’s probably setting up some exciting stuff that’ll happen in future books. I know we’re about to see Dorian’s story, who played a bigger role in this one, but I’m hoping we’ll get to see some of the other side characters later on in the series too—I don’t want to spoil anything but there’s one, in particular, I’m hoping we’ll see. But all in all, I really enjoyed this and I’m excited to move onto the next one.

Nusantara: A Sea of Tales by Heidi Shamsuddin

This is a collection of 61 folklore or mythological stories from various countries in the Nusantara region. I’m not really a fan of Western fairytales, though I do enjoy mythology, but I thought I’d give this one a go as I haven’t read many books from or set in this region before. I did really enjoy it, though admittedly more for learning a little about these different countries and their storytelling than for the stories themselves. It’s really interesting to see how the stories differ from country to country, but also are similar to stories from outside the region as well. This is a pretty small collection and while there are a few notes about where the stories come from and what they might mean, it was just a very basic explanation so I’ll definitely consider looking out for some other collections of stories from the Nusantara region with more of that analytic side to them in the future!

The Ex Hex (The Ex Hex #1) by Erin Sterling

I’ve been kind of unsure about this one for a while now, but I finally decided just to go for it and I’m glad I did. This was a super quick read for me—I managed to read the whole thing in about two hours (give or take a little) and it was exactly what I needed at the time. It’s really adorable too and I love the banter between Vivi and Rhys as well as with the side characters. I can see why people wouldn’t enjoy this though—with it being quite a short book, the plot moves extremely quickly and there are definitely things that are just a little too convenient, but if you don’t think too hard about it, this is just a fun, cute little read that would also be a perfect read for Halloweentime for those who aren’t into the creepy side of things!

Beach Read by Emily Henry

This one was a buddy read with my friend, Erica, even though it took us like a month to actually read. But despite that, I did end up really enjoying this. I went in with very low expectations after hearing a lot of people say they didn’t enjoy it and I won’t say it blew me away, but it was still a good read. I thought January and Gus were adorable and I loved the fact they were both writers. Usually, I hate reading about writers—I don’t even really know why, but this one worked for me. I’m still extremely confused about the title and cover for this though—it’s definitely a lot darker and more emotional than the cover would suggest and I think it gives off ‘holiday romance’ vibes rather than this sort of enemies to friends to lovers story that’s actually inside. But that’s beside the point, this was an enjoyable read after all and I’m glad I picked it up.

And there we are. Have you read any of these?

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