I never thought I’d be able to do one of these because I have not been reading a lot monthly but in the month of May I read a total of 5 books! YES you read right. FIVE books. I am so happy and ecstatic about it. I don’t want to jinx it for the month of June but we shall see.
Like I said, I read a total of 5 books and I am very pleased with my readings. Most of the books that I am about to share are Contemporary New Adult or Contemporary Young Adult but none the less they are books! Let’s begin!
- Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
I already wrote a separate review for this book so if you want to check that out here is the link to it but I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads!
2. The Beau and The Belle by R.S. Grey
Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.
I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.
That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.
A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.
Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.
Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.
My old friend, Mr. Fortier.
But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.
When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.
Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.
This is my second R.S Grey book and I liked it a lot! I think I am going to be reading more from R.S Grey because she definitely knows how to write angsty romance and this was one of those. My only issue was that I wish I’d seen more of the characters as teens? if that makes sense. It just felt like I didn’t see enough of them for their relationship to be fully believable when they were all grown up but thats just me. Still really enjoyed the book!
I gave this book 3/5 stars on Goodreads!
3. The Foxe & The Hound by R.S. Grey
When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven… well, not so much.
It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.
That is until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.
With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.
Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.
It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.
It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.
NOW this book was very different from the previous one I had read and I liked it SO much more. It was definetly funny and I enjoy the characters a lot more. Really easy to finish, or even just sporadically throughout the day. The characters in this book are extremely likable and I fell for them instantly. I especially loved how the relationship developed between Adam and Madeleine. Though, I do think that their relationship was a little underdeveloped I could over look it a tad bit cause I just really enjoyed this book. Either way if you are looking for a quick, cute read THIS one is for you haha.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads!
4. The Ones Who Got Away (The Ones Who Got Away #1) by Roni Lauren
It’s been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.
Liv Arias thought she’d never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs…
Liv’s words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she’d known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.
Now I didn’t expect this book to touch on a very familiar subject like school shootings and all but damn it hit close to home to me. These characters deal with those horrifying memories and how that event affected their lives entirely.
Twelve years later, Liv Morris is still struggling. Back in a town she swore she’d never come back to, she finds herself wandering the halls of her old high school. A documentary that will be sharing the proceeds with the families of victims and research to help prevent tragedies like that happening again are cause enough for her to come back. But what she’s not prepared for is to run into the love of her past.
Finn Dorsey was the golden boy of the town, a football superstar, son of an influential family, while she was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. They were polar opposites yet something drew them together only to be tragically torn apart due to impossible choices made in a terrible time that they both regret. But Finn isn’t the boy he used to be anymore. He’s hardened, changed, and full of regret. Olivia is also not the girl he used to know and it doesn’t take long for the sparks between them to reignite.
In addition to their romance, there were secondary characters introduced in the form of the other survivors which I really enjoyed.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads!
5. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.
He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.
He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.
I have to stop this. It can’t happen. My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.
Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. I am.
I took her in, because I thought I was helping.
She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.
As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.
The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me. But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight. And her boyfriend’s father. Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.
*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.
I enjoy quite a few forbidden romance tropes, but I had not read something like this?? It wasn’t bad by any means but it was a bit weird to grasp my head around that the age gam was 10 fricking years? But as I read this book I loved how the relationship of these two characters started to develop. It was just very natural and it didn’t feel forced at all which is something I really appreciated. There were some very steamy scenes and A LOT of sexual tension that was just killing me so Penelope Douglas does amazing on that area. When everything finally happened I literally screamed ALLELUJAH. This is a really good book, just keep in mind that it does have a lot of sexy times and if you aren’t into that then this isn’t the book for you but I really really enjoyed this book.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
So those are all the books I read for the month of May, which I am extremely happy I did.
What did you guys read for May?