I absolutely devoured this debut. The witty banter between Dani and Wyatt gives me life. There's a full-bodied cast of supporting characters, a grumpy-sunshine workplace romance, a bunch of steamy hookup moments, and relationship conflicts so relatable they're ordinary (in the best way).
Dani is building on the lot next door to her ex-fiance: her very own "spite house," peppered with garish gnomes and architectural eyesores. She enlists Wyatt, her Bellevue firm's architect, to work on the project with some major caveats. Namely, he can never find out why she's building it and she signs off on all labor and design choices no matter how small. Obviously, her plans don't work out as expected, which makes for a fun read from start to finish.
This book lifted my spirits so high. Kate Clayborn is the master of complex plots, evocative locations, and endearing and goofy supporting characters in contemporary romance. In Love Lettering, Meg is a young hand-letterer with some not-so-insignificant conflict in her life... which she copes with by writing messages into her designs. Like, for example, a warning into a wedding invitation. Which is discovered by the groom of said invitation, who then appears in her shopfront furious. It's wicked, it's fun, and it's precisely the romance I share with friends who turn their noses up at the genre.
At its core, this is a story about a girl reclaiming her power and a boy learning to forgive. I absolutely adored the character dynamics and was utterly swept off my feet by this epic fantasy adventure inspired by Chinese mythology and martial arts. In both plot and characters, it explores the pull between opposites and reconciling the gray reality that exists between the two. And not to mention, it has major Zuko and Katara vibes from Avatar the Last Airbender!
WOW! This blew my mind. This story is so unexpected, I literally didn't know what was going to happen until it did. If you crave conceptual time travel narratives along the lines of This is How You Lose the Time War, please, please, read For All Time.
Tamar and Fayard suddenly begin having strange dreams and visions, set in different centuries and places. It's as if they spent other lives meeting and falling in love, as if their souls seek each other in every era and continent. But it couldn't possibly be real because Tamar is really sick and Fayard should be figuring out college.
There's so much to this story and I wish I could tell you more, but then I'd spoil it for you.
Imagine if Alexis from Schitt's Creek got banished from LA by her rich step-father to a small Washington seaside town where she butts heads with a sexy, good-hearted fisherman and sparks fly. While she's also re-connecting with her roots and finding out who she really is away from all the glitz and glam of Hollywood and social media. With some steamy scenes peppered in that will have you saying aye aye captain ;)
This book made me so happy. Not just because it has an adorable You've Got Mail set up (with 2 competing Halal restaurants and via a podcast instead of email) but also for the depth and many layers this story has about family, community, and the power of telling your own story. And yes, this book IS calling your name.
Look, if you've ever hate-watched (or love-watched, no judgement!) any of The Bachelor franchise, you absolutely must read The Charm Offensive. This journey is so much better than what's on reality tv, with smart, wry banter and complex, relatable characters. Dev and Charlie aren't perfect, but I love them, all of them, as they are on page. This debut from Alison Cochrun is, dare I say it, my favorite read of 2021.
Dev is a producer of Ever After. He buries his mental health and his dreams of writing queer brown love stories to focus on being Fun Dev every season, helping attractive heterosexual couples fall in love. For the first time Dev is responsible for handling Ever After's prince, tech hunk Charles Winshaw. Unfortunately, their prince is a nightmare: he's anxious, strained, and awkward with the women. It turns out Charlie signed up for the show to salvage his career, not to fall in love. One way or another, Ever After and its audience will get a fairy tale love story. It couldn't possibly be faked.... could it?
Float Plan turned my heart into a puddle. Anna's haphazard travels in the Carribean are an epic adventure to all of us trapped on dry land. And her newly-hired Irish deckhand, Keane, is an amalgam of all the best sexy cinnamon roll heroes in Romancelandia--prosthetic leg included. This is a grand adventure, a journey through grief, and, lest we forget the rules, a very satisfying happily ever after.
Two technology app developers go toe-to-toe for big funding in this delightful second chance, hate-to-love romantic comedy standalone. Drawn together by geography and the memory of a steamy week in Las Vegas, Annika and Hudson can't help but trick and torment one another.
Annika, creator of Make Up, knows her relationship fix-it AI will help people stay in love and work through their troubles. That is, if she can solve her money woes, get the app out of beta, and keep her office lease.
Hudson, creator of Break Up, feels on top of the world with his success, splashy feature interviews, and a shiny new office. But to the woman he can't stop thinking about, his app--helping couples break up by offering on demand "terminators"--isn't changing the world for the better but in fact making it worse.
Make Up Break Up is a modern love story you'll share with friends for its realistic stakes, grounded characters, clever jokes, and supportive friends.
I didn't think that there would ever be a book that merged the interests of Rainbow Rowell fans and George R.R. Martin fans, but here it is and it is delightful!
I was rooting hard for our heroine April, a curvy geologist who writes fanfiction for a popular television show, and our hero Marcus, heartthrob and star of the aforementioned show. Secrets and toxic families are the grounding conflicts, but their happily ever after is 1,000 percent "ship" worthy!