Another month down. Where has this year gone??
This was a ridiculously good reading month! I read more books in June than I ever have in a single month before. So buckle up for a bit of a long wrap up.
Total Books: 16
Total Pages: 5,254 (Holy cow!!)
5 Stars: 3
4 Stars: 5
3 Stars: 6
2 Stars: 1
1 Stars: 1
Own: 1 (I suck haha)
These are listed in the order than I read them!
In my review, I go into detail on why this book wasn’t for me. This is a mystery/thriller about a woman who obsesses over whether her husband(s) have or are cheating. Then secrets are revealed. I honestly don’t have much else to say about this because nothing else actually happens in the book. This was a huge miss for me sadly.
This book was such a pleasant surprise! I wasn’t originally interested in this book, but the sequel caught my attention and I wanted to read this first. And I’m so glad I did! This was a really light, fluffy, YA romance. I binge read this entire thing in a single sitting.
3. The Last of August (Charolette Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
I have completely fallen in love with the characters in this series! This is a YA, mystery series following the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The mysteries in this are just fine (they’re a little convoluted and the Moriarty family is vast and difficult to keep track of) but the characters are amazing. Hopefully I’ll eventually write a review for this…
4. Text Me Baby One More Time (Text #4) by Teagan Hunter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My first 5 star of the month! And the last book in this series.. I’m so sad to see it end! This was the redemption story/HEA for a character we met in book 1. And it blew me away. Like the other books in this series, I was laughing out loud and blushing from start to finish. Another book I need to review once I pull my life together.
5. Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was my favorite read of June ♥ This is a steamy AF romance between Georgie and her older brother’s best friend. I can’t gush enough about this book. I’m still thinking about these characters weeks after putting this book down. The sequel/companion cannot be released soon enough!!
6. On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I love Kandi Steiner and will forever read anything she publishes. This is an angsty, forbidden romance that takes places Tennessee. And this book had my city-girl-self swooning over country, southern summers. This is also going to be a series and my body is ready.
7. Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
I’m just obsessed with this series. This is the sequel to Royals and it follows a different member of the royal family. This is a F/F royalty romance and it was so precious. This series is definitely cheesy and fluffy but it was exactly what I wanted. I need book 3 yesterday.
8. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This mystery/thriller takes place in a seaside, vacation town a year after the death of the main characters best friend. It follows the main character as she discovers what really happened the night of her friend’s death. This book was just fine. It was a solid mystery but nothing particularly special or mind-blowing.
9. A Pizza My Heart (Slice #1) by Teagan Hunter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My (very close) second favorite book of the month!! This is another book I absolutely FLEW through. Once I started this, I couldn’t put it down. This is a hilarious, sexy friends to lovers romance. And fun fact, it’s based of Teagan’s real life friend’s story. And the cover models – they started dating because of this photoshoot. My heart wants to burst just thinking about it.
10. On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a road trip romance about 2 strangers who decide to travel from Alabama to Seattle together. In true Kandi fashion, this book is full of angst and emotion. However, this one wasn’t my favorite. It handles some pretty heavy topics, and I didn’t LOVE the way they were handled. I’ll talk about it in detail in my review coming next week.
11. Irresistible (Cloverleigh Farms #1) by Melanie Harlow ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I accidentally read book 2 in this series awhile back so I thought it was time to pick up book 1. And I actually enjoyed this one more than the sequel! This is a “forbidden” romance between the CFO of Cloverleigh Farms and the daughter of the owners. This is also an age-gap, single dad, nanny romance – so some of my favorite romance tropes. This series is the perfect light, steamy romance to read as a palette cleanser.
12. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I read this as the buddy read for Romanceathon. If it wasn’t for the readathon, I never would have picked up this book. But it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed this! This is a contemporary, romance about a tutor and teenage boy who are trapped on a deserted island in the Maldives. This book DEFINITELY has it’s share of cheesy moments. But overall I fell hard for these characters and their romance.
13. My Life in Shambles by Karina Halle ⭐️⭐️.5
This was my biggest disappointment this month and I’m still sad about not loving this. This a romance between a woman who is down on her luck and a professional Irish rugby player who is going through a life-changing medical diagnosis. There was a lot of things that irked me throughout this, but in the end I just never got on board with the romance.
14. We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a book you will either love or absolutely hate. It’s told entirely in letter format between 2 high school boys. It starts off as a high school English project but they keep it up long after the assignment ends and their relationship develops. This book was so hard to read and it definitely put me in an emotional slump after. Trigger warnings for everything under the sun with this. But if you think you can handle it, I highly recommend checking this out. I’ll go into full details + warnings in my review!
It appears as though I’m alone on this island, but I did not like this book. I found it to be over the top dramatic with too many ideas and no focus. I love a good hard-hitting book but in my opinion, this book took on too much and it felt overwhelming. There were so many disastrous things happening that I actually stopped caring because I knew something else was right around the corner.
16. Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
We finally made it! I actually had decided this series wasn’t for me an unhauled it a few months back. But then Destiny from Howling Libraries hosted a buddy read for this series and I decided I’d give it a try! It was a slow start but by the halfway point I was hooked. I can’t wait for book 2 – everyone tells me it’s their favorite!
Phew! That wrap-up was ridiculous. What was your favorite read this month?!