Luck and Last Resorts by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Luck and Last Resorts is the second book in the series Love, Lists & Fancy Ships, which, of course, I didn’t know when I read it πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ On the plus side, this can absolutely be read as a standalone, but I loved it so much, I’m definitely going back to read the first book!

This is a second chance romance told through present day and flashbacks where we learn about the various statuses of Nina and Ollie’s relationships. We get to flashback to when they first met, and to see how their love blossomed (and wilted).

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Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an adorable enemies-to-lovers story featuring another wonderful STEM female. Bee is a neuroscientist who is awarded the opportunity to partner with NASA on a new project. Her excitement quickly wanes when she realizes that her co-lead is someone who hated her all through school.

There were some mysterious things happening on this project, and I really enjoyed that little bit of wondering that the mystery provided. It was fun to try to figure out what was happening.

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First Bride to Fall by Ginny Baird

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are these sisters, and they each have their own hopes and dreams. When their family’s way of life is threatened though, they are willing to risk their future to race to find love in 30 days.

This story is such an adorable small-town clean romance. I love that Nell sets her sights on Grant, a man she’s always loved. The two don’t have the same things in common, which creates those silly moments I enjoyed!

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No Funny Business by Amanda Aksel

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Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a super cute romance! I loved Olivia in this. Her commentary, attitude, and personality all just worked so well for me!

I really enjoyed that the main characters were comedians. While I was reading this, I kept thinking about all the research that had to go into it. I just really enjoyed learning a bit about what comedians do outside of being on the stage!

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All Fired Up by Dylan Newton

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Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I picked up How Sweet It Is without knowing anything about the author, and I absolutely devoured the book! Then, I saw she had a new book out, and I snagged it without even reading the synopsis. So, I was so surprised and delighted to find that this story follows the romance of two side characters from How Sweet It Is!

All Fired Up starts up with Imani, a book publicist coming to stay with her grandmother who is having a surgery and could use some help recovering. When her best friend is supposed to pick her up at the airport, she finds Zander instead…her one night, okay two night, stand and also her best friend’s brother in law.

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The League of Gentlewomen Witches by India Holton

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a fun story! I loved that it made me laugh but had some great romance in it as well! I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, and while I enjoyed it, I liked this one even more!

I enjoyed the relationship between Alex and Charlotte. Alex is a pirate and Charlotte is a witch. Charlotte has quite the serious personality, and I loved how Alex interacted with her.

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Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Details that I loved about this book:
πŸ’• There is a secret book nook…oh how I want one of these now!
πŸ’• The main character works in publishing, and I’m learning recently that while I think it would be a fantastic job, it’s maybe not all the shiny glorious thing I think it would be.
πŸ’• There’s an unknown editor element, and I think we all “know” who it is, but it’s fun that the main character doesn’t.
πŸ’• I laughed. A lot.

SavannahΒ is an editor for a publishing house but is secretly writing a romance novel as well. The publishing house she works for has just brought on the owner’s son as a new manager of the business, but the stance is still the same…fiction is not okay. They publish books of substance. So Savannah’s going to have to submit her romance novel to another publisher…secretly. When she’s challenged to fix her story, she’s got a limited amount of time to do it in. When a secret editor makes comments in her manuscript, a relationship starts using the book nook and the margins of her story.

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The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this story! From start to finish, this one pulled me in! I loved the characters and I connected with them immediately. They are the type of people that you want to get to know. You’ll want to sit down, drink a beer, and discuss a book with them!

When Rachel loses her job at a high-end resort, she knows she needs to find something fast. When she stumbles across a brewery manager position, she accepts and moves herself and her daughter from Florida to Kelleys Island. When she arrives at what is supposed to be her dream job, she discovers a half-completed renovation project, and a brewery and hotel that is not even close to being able to open. She meets the owner, Mason, and decides that she will stay, keep the job, and help get the hotel open.

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Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a beautiful story! There’s some romance in this, but it’s really about a young woman trying to figure out what she wants her life’s path to be like. I really enjoyed watching her navigate the frustrations of a downsizing company and how she tries to solve for her pay cut.

The romance felt real to me. I liked the chemistry between the two characters, and I enjoyed the entire arc of their relationship.

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The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam

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White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Okay…this one is full of steamy fabulous heat! These two characters had great chemistry that had me nodding my head and saying, “yes you should be together”! The business talk had me much less interested though…

The one night stand happened pretty fast, and led into what I thought would be the enemies part of the story. It didn’t feel like an enemies to lovers though. For me, it was really a lovers with an obstacle to overcome to be together, and that was fine. I was there for it!

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Hometown by Wendy Rich Stetson

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Hometown book cover of girl in wheat with amish buggy and black car in background
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an interesting mix of Amish and English living. I really enjoyed experiencing the Amish community through the eyes of Tessa as she returns to her small Pennsylvania hometown. It felt like such a lovely place to live!

Tessa was hoping to live low-profile for a little while until she moved to NYC, but as those plans fall through, she finds herself settling into town. Intrigued by the attractive and complex Amish man, Jonas, she finds herself in a somewhat non-traditional friendship with some steamy tension.

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

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People We Meet on Vacation book cover with palm trees and two people on
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book spoke to me. Like I am infatuated with this story. I need to own a physical copy now so that I can hug it every once in a while. It’s amazing.

This book is a friends to lovers trope, and I’m gonna be super honest here. I hate that trope. I have always been a firm believer that once you hit the friend zone, you can’t hit that romance space. I know that’s not true, but I’ve just never found a story where I’ve been convinced of the romance…UNTIL NOW.

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