I plan on parking myself at the beach every day this weekend, and my weekend reads reflect my selfish, gluttonous plans! (Why yes, I am terrible at limiting myself and unseen is my e-reader, packed full of additional choices!) Lots of historical fiction with some thrillers, so I might need to round it all out with something fluffy and fun if I can settle on the right title.
What was he thinking about so intently? What was his story? Why didn't he smile for real?
This was my first Helen Hoang novel and you all: I. Am. Hooked. The Bride Test is such a delightfully cute, sweet, romantic read -- absolutely perfect for kicking off the summer reading season.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Digital ARC from the publisher Read Harder challenge
Hoang has been on my radar since her debut of The Kiss Quotient: I'd been given a copy right at release and my book club ended up reading it (although I missed club that month and didn't get to read it!). My plan was to read it for this year's Read Harder challenge task 13 (a book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse) but I was granted an ARC of The Bride Test and the rest is history.
I honestly didn't know how Hoang would make this novel work. The hero, Khai, believes himself to be utterly incapable of feeling love toward anyone and has resigned himself to life without compa…
Love was for brave fools and Johan was entirely too clever and too cowardly to succumb to it.
Take one international playboy and one wallflower determined to change the story people tell of her and you get this wickedly charming romance.
A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
Digital ARC provided by publisher
This was my second Cole book, but the first contemporary romance of hers I've read. As with the first book of hers I read, An Extraordinary Union, I was immediately smitten.
This is technically the third book in her Reluctant Royals series so I was a tiiiiiiny bit lost at the start when the characters from the earlier books were crowding for reader reunion time. But enough backstory is provided that I wasn't lost when it came to Nya and Johan, and their super cute, super sexy romance won me over immediately.
I loved this modern take on the romancing royalty trope -- I haven't read any modern royal romances, actually so I didn't know what to expect -- and now C…
Hoping to finish this New Adult romance, Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. First Son Alex thinks he loathes British prince Henry but it turns out they maybe have the hots for each other. It's pretty cute and very escapist.
After something like 28 days of rain, we're finally promised a sunny weekend so I'll be doing yard work for infinity. (My front yard is such a jungle that a landscaper actually jackknifed in the road to give me their card so if that's not a sign from the universe, I don't know what is.)
What are you reading this weekend? Or, what else will you be doing?