Five Most Recent Reads | September 8th

Here we are with my next round of most recent reads. This one has a few stragglers from August, as well as my first few reads from September.

All but one of these are from authors attending Books In Sight, which is a romance event that takes place next month. I’ve been trying to read all the authors I was interested in so I could decide which books to get, and with most orders closing mid-September, I was really trying to finish off these last couple.

We’re also entirely romance here, so if that isn’t you jam, maybe give this one a pass, but otherwise, let’s get into it.

Swipe For A Cosmo (Cocktails & Curves #1) by Megan Wade

There’s no doubt that 2022 has been the year of contemporary romance for me, so I definitely had to jump on Megan Wade’s books when I saw them on the list for Books In Sight. This is a very short novella—it came to just 51 pages, so I managed to read the whole thing in about 25 minutes, and I had a lot of fun. It’s a love at first sight/insta-love story, which is not something I usually like, but I mostly enjoyed this. There were definitely a few eye-rolling moments, but I’m a little bit of a cynic in regards to love at first sight. But there’s no doubt that the romance is kind of adorable. My only wish was that this was a little longer—I’m really into small-town romances at the moment, and I would’ve loved to have seen more of Whisper Valley and the relationship between Kellen and his brothers, but hopefully, we might see some of that in the rest of the novellas. I’ll definitely be picking up some Megan Wade books at the event!

Breaking the Cycle (Rocking Racers #1) by Megan Lowe

This was a pretty left-of-field read for me—I don’t usually gravitate towards books about racers, but something about this one grabbed it. I’m glad I picked it up, because it was just a really cute and wholesome romance (still with some smutty goodness, of course). It’s another love-at-first-sight story, and I’m still not a huge fan of that trope, but I still enjoyed this a lot. There were definitely a few moments that I didn’t gel with, but on the whole, I just had a really good time. Reed is a really sweet character, and I absolutely loved his family—I think my favourite was his little nephew, Chris, who is too adorable to handle. I also really liked Bria, especially because she’s a Saints supporter and we’re kind of a dying breed. But honestly, I loved the way she interacted with Reed’s family, and I’m so excited to see some of the other Ryans get their own love stories. I’ve already ordered the next two books to pick up at the event!

Sweetest in the Gale (There’s Something About Marysburg #3) by Olivia Dade

This one isn’t for BIS, but was my first read for Bookoplathon. With starting all these new series lately, it was really nice to be able to finish one off. As a whole, this was really sweet—it’s a collection of novellas, so it was also a pretty quick read. I really enjoyed the first two stories—I already liked Candy from when she appeared in book one, but I quickly fell for Griff, Simon and Poppy as well. I thought the themes of grief were discussed really well in Sweetest in the Gale (story #1, Candy/Griff)—it felt very realistic to me, and I loved how the two of them came together. I thought Poppy (Unraveled, story #2) was honestly fantastic—I just want to be best friends with her, honestly! Again, I loved the opposites attract, chaos vs collected, sunshine vs grumpy vibes going on between her and Simon. I felt less enthusiastic about story three, Cover Me—this one doesn’t take place at Marysburg High at all, and I really enjoyed that setting in all the previous parts of this series, so I was sad that this one wasn’t involved in that at all. This one is hard as well because it follows Elizabeth, who is waiting for results as to whether she has breast cancer or not—that’s not an easy thing to ever read about, but I thought that it also moved quite quickly. What I enjoyed so much about the first two stories was that there was still a good amount of pining and build-up even though they were only novellas, the third one was completely missing that for me. So on a whole, I enjoyed this; I was just hoping for more from the final story. But I’m very quickly running out of Olivia Dade books to read, which is just terrifying!

Wrong Car, Wright Guy (Wrong, Wright #1) by Megan Wade

Back to the BIS reads—I was tossing up which Megan Wade books I wanted to get at the event, and I’ve finally decided on this series. This is such a fun premise—a woman decides to deface the car of the guy who just dumped her best friend, only it turns out it’s not the right car and the real owner—that’s her new boss. It was honestly just a really fun read—it definitely had me giggling along. I really liked both Ruby and Tanner. Their banter is top-notch, and they definitely had some good chemistry. I think I’m even more excited to see Thalia’s story in the next book—I really felt for her in this book, she has a pretty rough go of it, so I’m looking forward to seeing her get the happy ever after she deserves. I think I’ll hold off reading the next one in the series until after the event, but I’ll definitely be picking up some other Megan Wade’s off KU in the meantime.

To Catch A Fae (Winter’s Thorn #0.5) by Mila Young

The last author I need to pick books for was Mila Young—I’ve been reading a few of her books lately, so I knew I wanted some, but I hadn’t picked which. Unfortunately, it definitely did not end up being this series. Right from the start, I knew this wasn’t going to be for me. We really get thrown into this story with very little set-up, and pretty much the whole book continues like that—we don’t get to learn much about the world or any of the characters, so it’s all very confusing. There’s a lot of stuff that happens that makes absolutely no sense; maybe some of those things come into play later in the series, but it just makes this one very confusing. So as much as I’ve been enjoying Mila’s books, this one was definitely a miss for me, and I won’t be continuing with this series.

And that’s it for today’s post. Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?

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