Mini Book Reviews – February 2023: What To Read & What To Skip
Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for February 2023! I’m thrilled to recommend so many books this month, but there is one new release from a popular author I didn’t love! Keep reading to find out which one!
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.
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Mini Book Reviews – February 2023
Exes and O’s
by Amy Lea
Take a trip back in time through a series of ex-boyfriends as Tara searches for her second chance love! This is Amy Lea’s second novel and I have a feeling she’s going to become one of my favorite authors! Her writing is fresh and relevant and the perfect amount of spicy!
Along for this wild ride is Tara’s new roommate (and firefighter) Trevor. He’s skeptical but goes along with her schemes. It isn’t until Tara nears the end of her list with no success that she starts to realize the person right in front of her is the only one she can truly be herself with.
by Lauren Kung Jessen
Dive into the world of the Chinese zodiac as you fly through this enemies to lovers novel! I absolutely adored both learning about the different animals and compatibility as well as the burgeoning relationship between Olivia and Bennett!
Olivia is taking up the reins for her family’s legendary matchmaking business, but she faces in a threat in a new, flashy app that also promises to match based on the Chinese zodiac. She decides to infiltrate the company by dating the owner to uncover their secrets. Unfortunately, he’s not nearly as awful as she expected. 5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org
It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover
I realize I am the last person on Earth to read this book. So, is it too late to even recommend it to anybody?! Despite the fact that it was literally the best selling novel of 2022, I had no idea what the plot was about.
It took me completely by surprise in the most intense, visceral way and I think everyone should read it. This isn’t your typical romance and there are traumatic situations, but the message about domestic abuse is incredibly valuable. It opened my eyes to what it’s like to experience that situation and changed my way of thinking.
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Make A Wish
by Helena Hunting
Helena Hunting continues to do no wrong with her Spark House series! We get to know Harley this time around, when she runs into the man she used to nanny for a decade ago.
Based on their history, Harley is wary of becoming too invested in Peyton and her dad, Gavin’s, lives again, but she just can’t deny the little girl. As they spend more and more time together, she can’t help but fall for the man Gavin’s become. Unfortunately, despite this new attraction, he’s still dealing with issues from the past.
Harley is such a spunky personality that really shone in this novel! It was a pleasure reading about how much joy she got from hanging with Peyton and planning special events for the Spark House. Plus, the forbidden love angle of her and Gavin was so enticing! 5 Stars | Amazon | Libro.fm
Nobody Puts Rom Coms In A Corner
by Kathryn Freeman
Rom com movie lovers rejoice!! This book is literally made for you. The main character is a die hard rom com fanatic and is waiting patiently for her own leading man to find her and sweep her off her feet. It certainly will not be her new roommate, the surly, quiet carpenter, Harry. But when a drunken night leads them to recreate a famous scene and the video goes viral, they find themselves recreating more and more lovey-dovey moments.
The grumpy/sunshine pairing is one of my favorites because I love to see the characters open themselves up to love in ways they weren’t expecting! This was definitely a little cheesy, but everything I want in a romance!
Weird side note – I have no idea where to buy this? I got an advance copy from the publisher, but I can’t find it on Amazon?! I’ll update this post when I find a link!
by Tessa Bailey
It pains me to give any Tessa Bailey book only 3 stars, but I want to be honest that this just wasn’t quite as engaging as her others. A scatterbrained gardener and an uptight professor are the most unlikely pair, and they both know it. But when Hallie starts landscaping the outside of Julian’s guesthouse, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Julian’s back in town at his family’s vineyard with the hopes that he can finish his novel while on break.
Hallie meanwhile is still struggling to find her place in the world after her rock, her grandmother passed away. One tipsy night, she decides to confess her crush on Julian from their school years by leaving him an anonymous letter. However, when he actually reads it and responds, she ends up dually interacting with him…as herself and as his secret admirer.
While I loved the opposite attract nature of this romance, there were some aspects that didn’t tie in well to the story. The secret admirer portion took a while to have any significance and didn’t feel like it should’ve turned into such a huge deal between them. I ended up being more interested in Hallie’s budding friendship with Julian’s sister than her and Julian!
3 Stars | Amazon
For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in January 2023!