Friday, June 3, 2022

Quick Reviews


Peyton is a popular anchor on a morning news show; her sister Skye is a stay-at-home mom trying to start a charity.  Both sisters are keeping secrets that could derail everything.  I've enjoyed Weisberger's books for years, but this one was a bit of a miss for me.  It had a ripped-from-the-headlines plot about a college admissions scandal involving Peyton's daughter Max, and I did like that we got Max's perspective about the situation and a kind of behind-the-scenes look at how scandals like these affect public figures.  The storyline featuring Skye was much weaker, at least to me.  Eager for something more in her life, she wants to start a house/school for underprivileged girls, but funding is an issue.  I never connected to Skye, living in her wealthy bubble but constantly complaining about it.  The pacing was off in the story and it felt alternately really repetitive or like nothing was moving forward at all.  Weisberger's writing is always good, but the plot just never came together for me.  3 stars

Rushed by Aurora Rose Reynolds (2021)
 
After getting dumped by her fiancé, Cybil decides to still attend the wilderness couples' retreat they were supposed to go on together.  There, she meets and is paired up with Tanner, the owner of the adventure retreat company.  Their attraction is immediate, and the two will have to decide if this is just a vacation fling or something more.  I liked the premise of this book, that Cybil does something outside her comfort zone and finds love, but the insta-love is so strong in this book that it kind of made everything very low-stakes.  The retreat aspect was fun, although one of the other women on the trip was oddly aggressive towards Cybil.  Tanner has never been a relationship guy, so the fact that he falls so hard and so quickly for Cybil was rather swoony - I could have done without all the cringey pet names, though, and the way he was willing to give up his home and business for Cybil after only knowing her for a week had me shaking my head a bit.  The author tries to inject some drama with Cybil's ex-fiancé and an issue with her "found family," but overall, this was a very low-angst romance with some spicy scenes mixed in.  3 stars


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15 comments:

  1. What a bummer about the Weisberger book! She usually has some entertaining writing. I hope that you enjoy your next read a bit more! :)

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  2. I have not read anything from either of these authors, but sorry to hear they were both just OK books for you. I tried to read another book about the college admissions scandal, and I struggled with it.

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    1. Yeah, I think it just doesn't feel as timely anymore?

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  3. I am sorry that Where the Grass is Green didn’t work out — the premise around college admissions piqued my curiosity.

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    1. This is Verushka from Pop. Edit. Lit btw 🤗

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    2. Hi Verushka! You never know, you may enjoy it more than me!

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  4. Sorry that neither of these were amazing reads. I like the idea of Rushed, but I'm not really a fan of insta-love either.

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    1. Yeah, I liked the wilderness stuff, but the insta-love was a little crazy.

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  5. Oh my gosh that first one immediately made me think of a Guns n Roses song lol.

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  6. That's a shame that both of these were just okay, especially the Weisberger one. I usually have pretty good luck with her books but haven't tried this one yet.

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  7. I've never read a book by Lauren, but reading your review did remind me I had read about this one a while back. Does sound interesting. Sorry some of it didn't work for you but thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. :)

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