December ended the year strong with five good books! I achieved my Goodreads goal and so all of these were just “extras” to finish out the year! This month I read three thrillers and two contemporary romance books and really enjoyed them all. I’m hosting a virtual book club for The Wife Upstairs if you decide to read it this month. Details are in the review!
As always, you can see my latest reads on my bookstgram account @enw_reads (I share ALL things books there!) and on my Amazon Shop page! If you have any book recs, send them my way! I would love to hear what you have read recently in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!
THE COUSINS by Karen McManus |Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is. The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything. review: I have been a fan of Karen McManus’s books for quite a while now. Like all of her others, this one has a compulsive element to it that kept me turning the page quickly the entire book. I was immediately curious about the secrets the Story family held and I loved the different perspectives of the three cousins. I really enjoyed this book, although I’m not sure if I loved how everything wrapped up with this one! If you’re a fan of young adult thrillers, be sure to pick this one up. rating: 3.5 out of 5 ⭐️
THE PERFECT MARRIAGE by Jeneva Rose | Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney in Washington D.C. As a partner at her firm, life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He’s a struggling writer who has had little success in his career and this quickly takes a toll on him. Out in the secluded woods, at the couple’s lakehouse, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers. But one morning everything changes. Kelly is found brutally stabbed to death and now, Sarah must take on her hardest case yet, defending her own husband, a man accused of murdering his mistress. review: The Perfect Marriage is a juicy, twisty, and utterly addictive thriller that will keep you reading all night long. I love a story with an unreliable narrator and I was constantly questioning if Adam really did it or not! There are plenty of twists in this book, most of which I didn’t see coming. There’s nothing better than a thriller that truly keeps you on your toes! The plot line is intricate with skillfully drawn out characters and the twists were fantastically placed throughout the book. rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐️
CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams | Alexis Carlisle has shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan. Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush. Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had. review: This is the third book in The Bromance Book Club series and this friends-to-lovers trope doesn’t disappoint! I love that in each book we have gotten to know each character on a deeper level. The author does a great job of really building and developing the characters well in her books and I quickly became fond of Alexis and Noah because they felt so genuine! I have really enjoyed this series so far because I love the unique premise (a bookclub for guys who read romance novels!) and love how she continues to flip the switch on gender roles & stereotypes. If you want a romance book that has some substance, this is the series for you! rating: 4.5 out of 5 ⭐️
FOREVER WILD by K.A. Tucker | The holiday season is upon Calla and Jonah, and with the mistletoe and gingerbread comes plenty of family drama. Jonah is bracing himself for two weeks with a stepfather he loathes, and while Calla is looking forward to her mother and Simon’s arrival, she dreads the continued pressure to set a date for their wedding … in Toronto. Add in one bullheaded neighbor’s unintentional meddling and another cantankerous neighbor’s own family strife, and Christmas in Trapper’s Crossing will be anything but simple. review: If you have read and loved The Simple Wild and Wild at Heart, you HAVE to pick up this novella to get a little bit more of Jonah and Calla! I don’t think I will ever get enough of this fictional couple and the supporting characters in this series – they are just so lovable! I loved the addition of Jonah and Calla’s parents coming to town and seeing how their dynamics worked together! As always, I ended this book smiling ear to ear. rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐️
THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins | Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name. But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for. Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her? review: This was one of my highly anticipated books for 2021 and it did not disappoint! This book is a modern re-telling of Jane Eyre (which I read in high school) and it takes you for a twisty ride! The characters were very well developed and interesting. I always love dual points of view with domestic thrillers because it helps bridge the gap between what each character is thinking and how they’re actually operating. While at times it felt a bit predictable, I loved how the story unfolded and how it wrapped up in the end. I’m hosting a virtual book club for this book – if you would like to join you can do so HERE. rating: 5 out of 5 ⭐️