Luck and Last Resorts by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench
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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First Bride to Fall by Ginny Baird

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

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

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench
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

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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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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 Buy-In by Emma St. Clair

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is my first book by Emma St. Clair, and I just loved her writing! She makes the characters feel authentic with situations that really could happen. I fell in love with not only the people in this one, but also the little town of Sheet Cake.

When Pat’s dad, Tank Graham, buys a town, Pat is initially against it, but quickly gets on board when he discovers the girl that got away lives in the town. I loved the premise of a bunch of ex-pro football guys moving in on this small Texas town. The characters that we meet in town are hilarious and unique. I couldn’t get enough of the interactions between them. The town’s people don’t immediately accept the Graham family, and they get into some pretty tricky situations that had me laughing over and over!

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The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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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Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother’s Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind by Julie Metz

Book Genre "Memoir" with person writing with pen
Book Cover of "Eva and Eve" with an old
"Non Fiction" words carved into wood

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Julie Metz has written an absolutely stunning memoir that takes her family’s story and brings you into each heart-racing moment!

This story brings Julie’s personal impact from the War and her family’s harrowing experiences together. I really appreciated the opportunity to see how the war continued to change people’s lives long after it ended. Julie’s story opened my eyes and broke my heart a bit (she puts it back together though)!

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When We’re Thirty by Casey Dembowski

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench
When We're Thirty Book Cover with bride and groom
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When We’re Thirty by Casey Dembowski is a fun rom-com that had me laughing, smiling, and just generally happy while reading! This is a debut work, and I was delighted with the quality of the story! I am excited to see what Dembowski writes next!

After college graduation, Hannah and Will created a marriage pact that when they were 30, if they were both unmarried, they would marry each other. Well, Hannah has turned thirty, and Will shows up to honor that promise after some pretty major work issues.

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Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

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Book Cover "Musical Chairs" with illustrated legs and feet on chairs
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a wonderful story filled with fun, family, hilarious situations, and friends! We start this story with a plan for Bridget and her boyfriend Sterling to spend the summer in Connecticut. After a really crappy electronic breakup by Sterling 😠, Bridget is left alone in her summer home to nurse her broken heart. But then her twin children (now adults) come bringing their own problems, and Bridget gets roped into hosting a wedding for her father…and this story goes from one of heartbreak to one of utter chaos. It’s amazing!

The absolute craziness of the story made this so much fun. It just felt light and full of life. Like a busy family reunion where you can’t get a moment’s peace because everywhere you turn there’s someone. I really felt that busy-life-is-upended feeling. Poeppel has done a wonderful job of conveying the environment through her words!

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A Vineyard Valentine by Nina Bocci

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

A Vineyard Valentine is a fun, light, quick listen that you’ll enjoy this Valentine’s day! I loved the character banter throughout this story!

EloisaΒ is a bit of a grump about Valentine’s day, but when she crosses paths with someone who could make her swoon, what will she do? I loved that Eloisa was bouncing between two worlds throughout the story. She’s running a party for Valentine’s enthusiasts as well as a separate one for Anti-Valentine’s people. I liked the rush that running these two events created, and how when she meets someone special, everything seems to slow down for her.

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Swipe To Love by Angelique Bosman

Rating: 4 out of 5.
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

What I Loved:

I loved how sweet this love story was! I felt like it is the kind of story that just boosts your mood!

How I Felt:

The plot felt like the kind of movie you sit down and snuggle on the couch for. I just had this wonderful happy feeling reading through it. The storyline makes you laugh and sigh in the best ways! Jade has decided to turn to online dating to avoid the hunky Aiden, already claimed by her best friend. Fate seems to have other plans though!

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