March 2022 Wrap Up | A month for romances and cozy mysteries

Hi everyone! I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting that much lately, but I have been feeling a little uninspired, I come up with ideas for posts but none of them make me excited so I have been struggling to make myself write posts, but I feel like I’m finally getting over that feeling.

In March, I read a lot less than last month but I’m ok with it because while I read 17 books in February, I didn’t watch any movies and I finished only 3 kdramas. This month I read a lot less, only 9 books, but I watched 9 movies and I finished 8 kdramas. So I feel like I’m striking a balance between all of my interests. My wrap-ups for movies and kdramas are coming soon.

But for now, here are my thoughts on the books I read in March:

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (4.5 stars): It’s been a while since I read a Christina Lauren book, but I’m so glad I decided to read this one. I read the whole thing in one sitting and loved it. This book not only has an interesting premise, but it also has great main and secondary characters, and the couple has really good chemistry, I enjoyed their conversations and seeing them slowly get to know each other. The only reason this is not a 5 stars book is that the conflict at the end felt a bit rushed and it didn’t quite work for me.

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata (4 stars): It’s been a while since I read a book by the queen of slow-burn romances, but this book absolutely reminded me why I love her books. By the time the main characters get together, you know why they like each other, you feel it’s right for them to be together, you witnessed them falling in love, there was no telling it was all showing and that makes you feel super invested in the relationship. This book has a heroine that it’s so nice and easy to root for, and the hero is grumpy but kind and considerate. Also, the hero has a son, and seeing him also establish his own relationship with the heroine was really special.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon (4 stars): This book feels very wholesome and lighthearted even when it deals with tough subjects like depression. It has two lovely, cinnamon roll main characters. Both of them are Jewish, Russell is a fat single dad and Ari has depression, and I feel like all of these parts of their identities are incorporated well into the story. They have a low angst relationship that naturally develops based on their incredible chemistry and the tension that builds between them. Also, this gets really steamy. The plot revolves around them trying to parent-trap their bosses, and while I enjoyed that storyline and the friendships that developed because of it, I’m glad that the author managed to balance it so it didn’t take over the story. Another interesting element was seeing Ari develop a relationship with Rusell’s daughter and I loved that they got along so well. The reason this is not a 5 stars read is that the conflict at the end felt cliche and it didn’t completely work for me.

Stuck with You by Ali Hazelwood (4 stars): Ali Hazelwood’s voice is so captivating and fun to read, her humor works for me, I always find her characters compelling and entertaining, and the steamy scenes are great. This story relies on a misunderstanding and lack of communication, but since there are two timelines and only one of them deals with these issues, for me, they didn’t drag and I didn’t mind those aspects of the story.I know one of the main criticisms of Ali Hazelwood’s stories is that the protagonist are pretty similar and I’m not gonna lie, they are. But since it’s characters and dynamics that work for me, I don’t have an issue with it.

Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey (3.5 stars): I liked this book more than the first one, which I know it’s an unpopular opinion. I loved Hannah and I actually really liked Fox too, even if his insecurities made him behave in ways that were a bit irritating. But overall, I really liked both main characters and I loved their relationship. The text conversations at the beginning of the book really helped to quickly create an idea of their friendship. I loved their deep conversations and how supportive they were of each other. Nonetheless, I had two main issues with this book. The first one is the pacing of the book and also the pacing of their relationship development, there was something about it that felt off, it was very stop-start and it didn’t flow. The second issue is that the conflict at the end needed to happen either sooner or not happened at all because the resolution felt rushed at the end.

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (3,5 stars): I have really complicated feelings about this book, there were things I liked and things I didn’t and I talk more about them in my full review

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano (4 stars): This was as fun and entertaining as the first book in the series, the characters are easy to root for and the relationships between them are one of the best things about these books, especially the friendship between Finlay and Vero. Nonetheless, while the first book was 5 stars because of how fresh it felt, this one lost that fresh element and felt like more of the same, which is a good thing since it has the same great humor and characters, but I think that’s why it’s not 5 stars. Also, I had a harder time suspending my disbelief because at this point the fact that Finlay has been caught is pretty ridiculous.

Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala (4 stars): This was a quick, captivating and entertaining read. It has a compelling and endearing cast of characters, and it’s interesting to see the way it includes the culture and food from the Philippines. The mystery was a bit predictable, but I liked how it addressed the trauma and ptsd of the main character after the events of the previous book. The one thing that really didn’t work for me in this was the romance, there was sort of a love triangle and while in the previous book there was more doubt of who the heroine liked more, it’s clear very early on in this book who she is leaning toward. The problem is that she has zero chemistry with that person, he came across as a sweet guy who is just a friend to her.

The Bitch by Pilar Quintana (3.5 stars): Pilar Quintana’s writing is great as always and she does some interesting things in this book. I liked the way she portrays the setting, this settlement on the Pacific coast of Colombia, while it’s very matter-of-fact and not overly descriptive, it’s successful in letting the reader see the complex realities of this territory and its inhabitants. I also enjoyed the complicated and almost visceral way it addresses motherhood. Nonetheless, there was something missing for me, I feel like I failed to grasp the meaning behind this.

What are the best and worst books you read in March? Was March a good reading month for you?

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4 thoughts on “March 2022 Wrap Up | A month for romances and cozy mysteries

  1. Looks like you had a good reading month! I also recently read Weather Girl and liked how it balanced lighthearted themes and tough topics 😊 I was very excited, but it also didn’t end up being a 5-star book for me 😅 Hope you’re having a good April 🌷

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  2. Wonderful wrap-up! 💕 I loved the soulmate equation and I can’t wait to read all of the romances you mentioned here, especially All The Rhodes Lead Here! I have heard so much about it! Also I think it’s interesting that you enjoyed Hook, Line And Sinker more than the first one, because for people it’s the other way around; can’t wait to read that one! Also I’m slowly making my way into mysteries and thrillers so I will definitely check out the ones you mentioned! 🥰

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  3. I do love cozy mysteries, and I loved the first Finlay Donovan book, so I am definitely going to pick up the second one! I feel like most sequels don’t pack the same punch as the original book. I’m not really looking for this book to provide anything new, but I do really like the characters and the overall vibes!

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