Mini Book Reviews – July 2023: What To Read & What To Skip
Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for July 2023! There’s a book coming in August that everyone should read! Plus a few of my standard romance recommendations that you’re guaranteed to love.
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 – July 2023
The True Love Experiment
by Christina Lauren
I always get a teensy bit nervous when my favorite authors release a new book. What if it’s not as amazing as their others!? What if I’m disappointed? Thankfully Christina Lauren ALWAYS live up to expectations! The True Love Experiment is another smash.
A romance author takes on a version of “The Bachelorette” but finds herself more drawn to her producer than any of the men on her show! I am a sucker for The Bachelorette so putting a romance novelist (and all her favorite tropes) in that situation was a blast to read.
The Connellys of County Down
by Tracey Lange
I received an Advanced Reader Copy thanks to Celadon Books and I couldn’t resist reading it right away! It comes out Aug 1, but you should absolutely preorder it now! Tracey Lange has officially established herself as the queen of Irish family dramas.
A young woman just released from a 2 year prison sentence returns to live with her brother, sister, and nephew and attempts to fit back into her former life. The Connelllys are each dealing with their own demons, though and Tara seems to be the catalyst for change, both good and bad.
I adore how Tracey writes incredibly real characters with flaws we all recognize. These aren’t page-turning thrillers, but quietly captivating stories of families fighting yet supporting each other, love dealing with obstacles, and redemption in a variety of forms. 5 Stars | Buy At Amazon| Buy At Bookshop.org
Legends and Lattes
by Travis Baldree
Don’t scroll past because of this cover!! Yes, this book takes place in a high fantasy world, but it’s not the typical action adventure fantasy story you’d expect! This is essentially a small town women’s fiction / cozy romance and I couldn’t have been more surprised at how much I adored it!!
Now, I love fantasy so the setting didn’t take me by surprise. But I had no idea an author could take this type of world and turn it into a sweet story about a woman trying to simply start a new life as a cafe owner! You do not have to love fantasy to enjoy this, I promise! But if you do, the unique cast of characters and elements of high fantasy living will be a bonus. | 5 Stars | Buy At Amazon | Buy At Target
by Lana Ferguson
Bring on the STEAM!! This sexy romance novel has off the charts levels of sexual tension! The new nanny for an incredibly hot single dad is obsessed with her new boss but knows without a doubt nothing can come of it. Until she notices the way he starts to look longingly at her too.
One night though, she recognizes a mark on his body and realizes he was was her biggest supporter of her now-closed OnlyFans account…She’ll never risk the relationship she’s developing with the little girl to pursue him so she keeps their past a secret. It’s only a matter of time before he finds out and things turn all sorts of steamy! 4 Stars | Buy At Amazon | Buy At Target
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by Ali Hazelwood
I don’t know how she does it, but Ali Hazelwood writes one incredible STEM romance novel after another! Plus, they are EXCELLENT on audio!!
Elsie is grinding away in the horrifying world of adjunct professors when the opportunity of a lifetime comes up. Unfortunately, her nemesis and theoretical physicist hater is part of the hiring team. To complicate matters, he also turns out to be the older brother of the guy she’s fake dating…
These two are destined to clash, but he sees through her and challenges her in a way no one else has. When truths start to be revealed, they realize first impressions may not be quite accurate. 4 Stars | Listen On Amazon | Listen On Libro.fm
Same Time Next Summer
by Annabel Monaghan
This popped up on my radar because I loved Monaghan’s last novel, Nora Goes Off Script! Normally I’m not a huge fan of second chance romances, but this completely charmed me!
Sam cautiously heads back to her family’s beach house with her fiancé to scope out a wedding venue and introduce him to the best parts of her life growing up. Shockingly, she discovers Wyatt is back too. The boy who broke her heart at 17 and hasn’t talked to her since…
As the summer progresses, Sam can’t help but feel there’s unfinished business between them. She’s hoping to get the closure she needs to move forward with Jack, but Wyatt opens her eyes to all the ways her life isn’t as perfect as she thinks. 4.5 Stars | Listen On Amazon | Listen On Libro.fm
by Katherine Center
Remember that potential disappointment I was talking about with my favorite authors’ new books earlier? It happened with this book. Sadly, Hello Stranger was lacking the emotional punch and deep connection I normally feel with Katherine Center’s part women’s fiction part romance novels.
Portrait artist, Sam, is astonished when she wakes up from brain surgery and discovers she can no longer see faces. The doctor’s assure her the condition will pass when swelling goes down, but she’s got a lifechanging competition in a few weeks and needs to be able to paint!
As she readjusts to this strange new life, two men weave their way into her heart in very different ways but she can’t get a handle on what she really wants. At the end of her rope, Sadie starts to reconsider her former aspirations, first impressions, and even her distant family and discovers some things are not as they seem. | 3.5 Stars | Amazon | Buy At Target
For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in June 2023!