August 2019 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! August was a really good month especially since we announced the second edition of the Latinx Book Bingo, which will take place form September 15 to October 15. Reading wise, I feel like I got back on track after not reading much in July. So I’m excited to share some of my thoughts for the 13 books I read this month:

Diverse Romance

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,7 stars): This was a fast, steamy and sweet read with a interesting female protagonist. Black main character and Black author (full review).

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa (3,7 stars): I loved the female protagonist, I had some issues with the guy at the beginning but at the end he turned out to be sweet and they had lots of chemestry. Afro-Latinx main character and Afro-Latinx author.

Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa (3,7 stars): I really liked both main characters in this one and their chemestry was great. Also, I really like the way this incorporated discussion about diversity and representation in Hollywood. Black hero and Afro-Latinx author.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (3,7 stars): I enjoyed this book and I think it touches important subjets, but I couldn’t really get fully into the story at any point. Black heroine and Samoan hero.

Only for a Night by Naima Simone (3,7 stars): This is a short novella and it’s really, really steamy! Even if it’s mainly sex scenes, there’s enough of the character’s backstory to make evident the connection and love between them. Black author.

Romance

Surprise, Baby by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam (3,6 stars): This book was both steamy and sweet, my only issue is that it relied too much in miscomunication (full review)

The Penalty Box by Odette Stone (3,5 stars): This was really steamy and really angsty, my main issue with it was that guy got a bit too posessive for my taste (full review)

Temporary Groom by J.S. Scott (2,8 stars): The writing in this was terrible and I only finished it because it was so short.

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely (3,8 stars): This book was fun, steamy and angsty and I would totally recommend it!

Others

Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim (3 stars): This poetry collections deals mainly with mental illness and it does it well, but I would say the only outstanding poem is “Explaining Depression to my Mother”, the one that went viral, everything else is just ok. 

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (4,5 stars): This was amazing, there was an underlining tension thorughout this book that made it really hard to put down because I was always waiting for something bad to happen. I loved how complex the relationships in this were and the ending was heartbreaking. I can’t wait for the next book.

Nocturna by Maya Montayne (4 stars): I really enjoyed this book, I liked the main characters, I loved the way Spanish was incorporated and the way Latinx culture was reflected in the story. Also, the way this book addresses colonialism and its effects in the colonized countries is very interesting. My only issue is that I think the pacing could have been better.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (3,8 stars): This was a fast and entertaining read, but the mystery left something to be desired and I was so confused the entire time and I was left confused after I finished. Still, I loved Holmes and Watson and their complicated, angsty relationship. I read this as part of a buddy read with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts

How was your reading in August? Any new favorite books? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? 
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Romance Report: Let’s Talk about Surprise Baby, The Penalty Box & Fit

Romance Report

Hi everyone! Today I bring you another Romance Report. I’m having so much fun writing this feature,  I read so many romance books and this is the perfect way for me to talk about them here on the blog.

I started this feature because I’m usually looking for very especific elements in romance books depending on my mood (like a especific trope, a certain level of angst, a certain level of steam, etc) and I think a lot of people feel the same way, so in the romance report that’s the kind of information I’ll include as a way to make it easier for people to decide if a romance book is the one they are looking for or not. I’ll also include comments about the things I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy in the book, as well as my rating.

Without further ado, here are the books I want to talk about today:

Surprise, Baby by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam

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  • Series: Standalone
  • Synopsis: Two characters that dislike each other get stuck together for a weekend and it results in a suprise pregnancy (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 358
  • Trigger warnings: Mentions of alcohol and drug use.
  • Representation: Drew, one of the main characters, has diabetes and it’s a big part of the story. The book really tries to show how much this disease impacts Drew’s life.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual perspective in first person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: Accidental pregnancy, dislike to like to love
  • Romance: There is a lot of chemistry between the characters, but what makes this especial is that there are a lot of sweet moments between them as well. Their conversation and their banter is highly entertaining.
  • Steam level: This book is hot, all the scene are really explicit not just the first one or the last one (which happens sometimes in books)
  • Angst level: Medium-high. There’s a lot miscomunication, which is the cause of the main conflicts in the book and it becomes a bit frustrating because it happens again and again, usually when the main characters are doing better and their relationship is evolving.
  • Comments: This book talks about pregnancy in a different way than many romance books, it definitely includes the positive aspects of it but it also discusses how hard it can be with the tiredness, the vomit, the strech marks, the weight gain and the hormones.
  • The writing is good, the writing styles of both authors are similar enough that you can’t tell it’s two people writing instead of one and the entire book feels very cohesive writing wise.
  • Rating: 3,6 stars

The Penalty Box by Odette Stone

The Penalty Box

  • Series: The third book in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey Series
  • Synopsis: Marriage of convenience between a hockey player and the assistant of his publicist (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 369
  • Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, stalking, sexual assault, mentions of death of a child and death of a parent figure.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual perspective in first person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: marriage of convenience
  • Romance: The dynamic between the main characters is full of tension and nerviousness – especially at the beginning – which works really well with the plot of the story. That tension and chemistry are mixed with some sweet moments and it makes this a great love story. My one problem with the romance is that the guy becomes extremely posesive at one point, which doesn’t work for me.
  • Steam level: This book was really hot, very explicit and detailed.
  • Angst level: high, there’s a lot of back and forth from the main male character about wether he wants to be with her or not outside of their arrangement. Also, he went through a very traumatic situation when he was a child, which marked him and causes a lot of angst thoughout the book.
  • Comments: There were two scenes that made me uncomfortable while I read this because both characters at different points in the book started to have sex with the other person while the other character was still asleep and since there wasn’t a previous conversation between them about wheter that was ok or not, I felt like the consent wasn’t clear even if both characters were fine with it at the end.
  • Rating: 3,5 stars

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon 

Fit

  • Series: The first book in the Fit series
  • Synopsis: A producer for The Food Channel wants to get in shape and ends up falling for her trainer (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 160
  • Trigger warnings: Minor fat shaming
  • Representation: Chinese Fat main character
  • Point of View (POV):  female perspective in third person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Romance: This book has a relatable female main character and a really considerate and caring love interest and that makes the romance so sweet. There’s also a lot of chemistry between the characters.
  • Steam level: This book is steamy, it’s explicit and detailed and it includes bdsm, which is a big part of the story.
  • Angst level: Low, there’s a conflict at the end but since this is a short book, it’s resolved pretty quickly.
  • Comments: I read this book to give Rebekah Weatherspoon a second chance after reading one of her books called Rafe last year and not enjoying it that much. I’m so glad I took another chance on her, because her writing in this book is so much better and I ended up enjoying Fit a lot. If you didn’t enjoy one of her books in the past and are wondering if you should read another one, I’d say: go for it!
  • Rating: 3,7 stars
Have you read any of these books? What romance books have you read lately that you would recommend? 

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