What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli is quite literally the definition of queer joy. This book follows two protagonists, Arthur and Ben, who meet at a post office in New York City. When they get separated by a proposal flash mob, they try to figure out how to meet again in a city of millions. The love story of Ben and Arthur is one of the best I’ve ever read. Ben and Arthur are incredibly relatable, especially because they are experiencing first love. I know I can remember my first love and Albertalli and Silvera capture that feeling so beautifully. This book had me squealing with joy and never wanting to put it down. It’s the perfect book to read during Pride Month. So if you’re looking for a book to add to your Pride Month book list, look no further!
The Other Half of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
I had read the first few chapters Ms. Frost had released for this on her website. Loved it then. At the same time, I didn’t realize that I needed it. But, as the good rabid fan that I am, when this came out I couldn’t help myself and had to dive in. What a pleasant surprise to find out that one of my all time favorite heroes, and one I thought I knew so well after reading so many books, managed to show me things I didn’t know. And I loved him all the more for it. THE OTHER HALF OF THE GRAVE is a must read for fans of the series. It’s a nostalgic journey back in time and at the same time like reading this for the first time. I would recommend reading this after finishing the series so it fills in the gaps.
Funny Feelings by Tarah DeWitt
For a book that’s based around a comedienne at the precipice of making it big and her manager, a former successful comedian turned hot single dad, this book made me feel ALL the things, but happy and sad. It was sweet and sexy and heartbreaking and swoony. Farley’s character is hilarious, but also broken and so relatable. She is in your face and refuses to make herself smaller or quieter or less than exactly who she is to make anyone else more comfortable. Meyer is grumpy and subdued, with a special needs daughter who is the light of his life, and hilarious in her own right. He’s quietly sexy, but the perfect steadfast foil to Farley’s chaos. And when these two come together? Fireworks. What starts out as a fake dating PR stunt turns into more than Farley and Meyer could’ve ever bargained for. An easy five star recommendation for this sophomore novel from Tarah DeWitt.
The Love You Deserve by Jen Morris
This spicy, big city romance may be the fourth book in the Love in the City series, but Josie and Cory’s story can definitely be read as a standalone as well. Morris perfectly combines some of my favorite tropes – forced proximity, age gap, boss/employee, unrequited love, and a very grumpy hero – against a backdrop of NYC with scene setting that will make you feel like you’re there. Throw in an adorable dog named Pretzel, and I was sold from the first chapter. Not only does Morris write some great spice, but she also creates such wonderfully realistic characters. I loved Josie and Cory for all their life experiences that made them who they were, and they stole my heart with their flaws and their willingness to work through their issues in order to be at each other’s side. If big city romance is your thing, definitely check out The Love You Deserve (and the rest of Morris’ Love in the City series).
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
It took only one novel for me to become a huge fan of Ali Hazelwood and her second novel, Love on the Brain, only confirmed it. I am still not sure if I liked it more than The Love Hypothesis, but it left me in a reading slump I am still not entirely out of. The protagonist, Bee, is funny and smart, a Marie Curie fan girl who lands the job of her dreams at NASA only to find out that she has to collaborate with her grad school nemesis, broody and handsome, Levi Ward. Things will be complicated, intriguing, hilarious, sexy, and steamy. I loved everything about this book: the author’s addictive writing, the adorable and geeky protagonists, and the wonderful and compelling story.
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
Lately it feels really hard to find romantic comedies that actually make me laugh out loud. The Wedding Crasher succeeded though. We get a chance to be re-immersed in the Brazilian-American culture and super-involved family that we met in The Worst Best Man and get to see Solange and Dean fall in love. But first they have to pretend to date to both avoid some awkward conversations. Her free-spirit approach to life and his must-always-follow-the-plan strategy obviously result in some major clashes, but they are also so supportive of one another. If you’re in the mood for a fun (and funny) fake dating story, I definitely recommend this one.
Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
If you are looking for a great standalone YA fantasy romance, then I highly recommend Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross.
Set in the fantastical world of Azenor, Dreams Lie Beneath follows Clem, an apprentice magician whose job it is to protect her town from nightmares alongside her father. When the two of them are beaten in a magical competition and forced to leave their home Clem vows revenge. But Clem finds that having a heart of stone is harder than it sounds when her enemy keeps setting it a flutter.
The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
I had the pleasure of buddy reading Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air Trilogy with my youngest daughter in April, and I couldn’t have been happier I did it. It was one of the most fun I’ve had buddy reading with anyone. We shipped the same couples, equally hated the villains, and we chatted about the twists and turns of the story. This enemy-to-lover fantasy trilogy was filled with fairie land politics, drama, betrayals, and a splash of romance; a delightful read. If you like Kristen White’s The Conqueror’s Saga, Nora Roberts’ Chronicles of The One trilogy, or Sarah J. Maas’s Court of Thorns and Roses Series, you will love this gem.
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