It was a bit of a slow reading month for me. I’m not sure why but it happens right?! May has been super busy since there are a lot of new books that released! Stay tuned for that post and in the meantime here are all the books I read in April. Remember you can follow my book account on instagram @anoblelibrary.
A Waterfront Wedding – Leigh Duncan
“In Heart’s Landing, Evelyn wants to prove she’s a good manager of the Captain’s Cottage by the bay—a favorite place for weddings. Meanwhile, Ryan has invested his life savings to remodel the town’s old boatworks into a brand-new wedding venue. When a Marine and his bride win the Wedding in a Week contest, they have seven days to put together a romantic, all-expenses-paid event. It’ll be written up in Weddings Today magazine. But will they choose Evelyn’s cottage or Ryan’s boatworks? The rival business owners cozy up to the bride and groom, helping them plan their military wedding. And even though Evelyn and Ryan both grew up in Heart’s Landing, they learn they never truly knew each other until now. But can they trust each other when only one of them can win?”
I love a good Hallmark movie but this is the first Hallmark novel I’ve read. To sum up my feelings – I didn’t hate it but I just didn’t love it either. It was a bit too cheesy for me – a whole town obsessed with weddings that even the stores and streets had marital themed names. It was just too much for me. It was a cute, feel good story about second chances and I can see a lot of people loving this story but for me it just lacked the passion I love in a good love story and it felt a bit long and overly detailed. I could definitely see it being a good movie though.
Worlds Worst Boyfriend – Carina Taylor
This book is described as a romantic comedy adventure and that is such a perfect description. Although I loved the teasing, argumentative banter between the two main characters Saidy and Fletcher and their love story, this book was so much more than a typical rom-com. The story had mystery, action, adventure and little bit of danger too. Told in alternating perspectives – we get to know both characters better and understand why exactly Fletcher may or may not be the worlds worst boyfriend. I loved this witty, funny, clever and unique rom-com and I’ll definitely be recommending it to friends (like you).
How Not to Marry a Billionaire – Ashlee Mallory
“It’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is a poor man.” So why not seek out a billionaire and see if he can be the one…? This book follows Jane as she tries just that. While Jane is in Hawaii she meets two men and is forced to choose between them; Colin is an attractive, smart and nice billionaire and Mike who is an attractive, smart and poor bartender. So – is money what really matters? Find out in this cute, uncomplicated, fun and easy read. It was definitely a light summer read that you can’t take too seriously.
The House Swap – Jo Lovett
“He needs an escape. She needs an adventure. So why not swap lives?” You may think you’ve read books about house swaps before but this one is definitely different. Through their house swap James and Cassie (two very opposite people) are forced to become enveloped into each others lives and through their relationship they are able to tackle their past demons to make way for their futures.
I liked how this book tackled deeper topics like child loss, miscarriage, sibling loss, addiction and the influences those events can have on a persons life. I do have to admit though that I didn’t love the main character James – he’s a bit of a jerk from the start and although he evolves throughout the story (a bit too easily if I’m being honest)… I’m still not head over heels for him. I also did not find the chemistry between the two main characters that intense or believable. Apparently they fell in love with each other in the book but I wasn’t feeling it between them at all. I was excited to read this romance but in the end this book fell a bit flat for me.
The Temporary Roomie – Sarah Adams
I told you last month that I wanted to read more of Sarah Adams’ books and here we are. This is the second book in her It Happened in Nashville series. The first one is The Off Limits Rule which I read and reviewed last month.
Jessie is pregnant and needs a place to stay while her home is being renovated. Drew needs a fake girlfriend to attend a party with him. So these enemies team up to help each other and over the course of multiple pranks (so cute and funny!) they of course fall in love along the way.
I love a good enemies to lovers trope and I love how Sarah Adams writes – her books are funny and charming and just so sweet. I will definitely read more of her books. They are such fun, light feel good reads.
It Had to be You – Georgia Clark
This is one of the most anticipated books of the spring and for me it did not disappoint. It’s described as “a witty and heartfelt romantic comedy featuring a wedding planner, her unexpected business partner, and their coworkers in a series of linked love stories.”
I’ll start by saying I really liked this novel. It reminded me a lot of the movie Love Actually, where there are multiple love stories all intermixed and connected to each other… except in this novel they are all set around the wedding industry. This book truly has a love story for everyone – there was a mature couple, a few LGBTQ couples, an interracial couple, even a celebrity couple.
Sometimes books told with multiple characters and from various perspectives can be challenging for readers but this one wasn’t. I was interested in each characters story and was rooting for each of them. And it wasn’t just a novel about love stories, the novel also delved into issues like transgender marriages and relationships, family relations, LQBTQ issues, cheating, abusive relationships, spousal loss, familial demands and financial stresses.
It’s definitely a book I’ll be recommending to friends and a great read for this spring and summer season.
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