I am running out of tropes to group my books by. Mostly because around half of the romance novels I read are fake-dating, but who’s counting.
Catching Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Published by Montlake Romance, August 27th 2019
This was super cute. The two main characters actually talked to each other instead of assuming what the other is thinking – which is always a plus in my eyes. Adding the fact that they are super into each other and cutely so, a focus on family, and two really brilliant pets, this was really lovely. I wasn’t as much into the B-plot of them being victims of arson and burglary but it didn’t overshadow the main storyline.
3 out of 5 stars
Content warning: Arson, Burglary, Attempted Sexual Assault (but the guy gets punched in the face!), Cheating (in the past), a pet gets abducted (but nothing happens to it)
I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Whiskey Chaser (Bootleg Springs #1) by Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley
Published by That’s What She Said Publishing, 2018
I thought this was adorable. The female protagonist is honest and direct and very very funny, the male protagonist is not an asshole but actually really cool. I thought the first half was wonderfully lighthearted with a focus on sibling relationships that I obviously adored. I am not too in love with the B-plot of an unresolved murder (that apparently will not be resolved until book 6, so I am not SUPER pleased with that) but it wasn’t too overpowering. I found the couple believable and could always understand why they like each other. The small town setting worked surprisingly well for me, but it might not work for somebody who actually knows Small-Town-America.
4 out of 5 stars
Content warning: Murder (in the past and so far unresolved), cheating (in the past), alcoholism (in the past), familial death (in the past), accidental death (in the past)