Mini Book Reviews – June 2022

Mini Book Reviews – June 2022: What To Read & What To Skip

Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for June 2022! This month was a bit hit and miss for me! I read a ton of books and had some awesome romances plus a major Book of the Month dud.

In my list of mini book reviews, I include everything I’ve read recently that I finished.  I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip. 

As always, I love to hear if you agree or disagree with my ratings! Let me know in the comments what you thought of my June 2022 mini book reviews.

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Mini Book Reviews – June 2022

 

 

Physical Books:

 

 

 

a brush with love

A Brush With Love

by Mazey Eddings

It took me forever to read this because I honestly thought, there’s no way I’ll be into a romance book featuring…dentists. Turns out I was wrong. So wrong. I adored the relationship between these two and the powerful messaging about living with anxiety.

I finally picked this up because I had a Barnes & Noble gift card to burn and I devoured it days later!! Med student, Harper, has all the right reasons for devoting her entire life to her oral surgery program. So, even though she feels an instant spark when she literally runs into fellow student, Dan, there’s nothing that will derail her.

The heart can be a terrible influence, though. Against her better judgement, she keeps spending more and more time with him, but STRICTLY as friends. When the lines begin to blur and her future is at stake, will she be able to finally address her crippling anxiety and do what’s really best for her?

4.5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

 

by the book

By The Book

by Jasmine Guillory

It has taken me a loooong time to find a Jasmine Guillory book I loved! I’ve read 3 or 4 others and thought they were…fine? I keep trying because so many people love her novels and the concepts always sound incredible. Well, today was my day!! By the Book is literally everything I want in a romance book!

It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast that really plays up the enemies to lovers trope and I ate it all up! You’ve also got a celebrity / normal person matchup to really make it exciting.

4.5 Stars | Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

darling girl

Darling Girl

by Liz Michalski

I wanted to like this retelling of Peter Pan so badly, but it just…wasn’t great. The concept of the novel actually seemed promising! It’s a spin on the classic story where Peter is the bad guy. The generations of women in the Darling family have had various experiences with Peter over the years. Wendy’s granddaughter, Holly, shares a knowledge of his horrific nature with her grandmother.

When Holly’s kids are threatened by Peter’s apparent return, she begins the hunt for him to find out what he wants. Along the way, she teams up with coincidentally named Captain Cooke to save her children.

Despite the thrilling idea, the plot fell extremely flat. The story started off intriguing, but never picked up steam. The ultimate connection with Peter and why he was haunting the Darling’s world sadly wasn’t well thought out.

2.5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AudioBooks:

 

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the house in the cerulean sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea

by T.J. Klune

This was a reread / first time listen for me when my book club chose it to celebrate Pride Month in June! The story was every bit as delightful as I remembered, and listening to it added a new dimension to make it even better!

5 Stars | Amazon | Libro.fm

 

 

 

 

 

 

eBooks:

 

 

the bodyguard

The Bodyguard

by Katherine Center

I’m only mildly embarrassed to say I read this before I was “supposed” to. You see, I ordered it as my July Authentic Books box, so I am expecting to receive it in the mail very soon. However, I had a NetGalley copy just staring me in the face for months. Sooo, I gave in.

When a personal protection agent is hired to be the bodyguard for a famous celebrity, the last thing she expected was the role of “girlfriend” to be part of her duties. After coming off her mother’s death and a rough breakup, she’s hoping to get this over with and escape back into her normal travel schedule. As she spends time with Jack and his family though, her priorities start to shift.

Ahhh this is just as good as we’ve all come to expect from Katherine Center! My only reason for dropping it down a half star is because it got a little philosophical and gushy toward the end. Outside of skimming a few paragraphs, I adored this story

4.5 Stars | Amazon

 

 

 

 

2022 reading tracker

 

 

 

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For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in May 2022!

 

 

 

 

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