Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

53727614._SY475_I’ve been reading Sophie Kinsella books for nearly two decades now, going all the way to the Shopaholic series. And this is the first non-Shopaholic book that I didn’t like. It’s a quick read and engaging, but I just hated our main character and it feels like she learns the wrong thing as we go toward our climax. I’m spoiling the shit out of this below because I don’t think anyone else should read it.

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One Day in December by Josie Silver

Screen Shot 2020-12-15 at 11.19.56 PMFor the first time since 2016, I’ve actually completed my GoodReads yearly challenge. Of course, two books a month is a far cry from my old challenge to read 50 books in a year, it still feels quite good to accomplish something in this hellscape of a year. And over the past decade, the most books I’ve read in a year is 25, so perhaps I was never going to be a 50 books a year person as an adult. Maybe next year I’ll try for 30 books, just to push myself, but I’m very pleased that I was able to escape into fiction for a little bit. And I know I’ve got plenty of books waiting for me under the Christmas tree (even if one of them is Barack Obama’s 700 page tome!), so there’ll be no shortage of material for next year. Continue reading

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

48994908._SY475_This book was recently nominated for Best Romance on the Goodreads Choice Awards. I was there to vote for Party of Two, but added all the books nominated to my TBR list. This was one of the first to be available on Libby.

Luc is a fuckup and child of hasbeen rock stars from the 80s. He works for an obscure charity in London that’s looking to distance themselves from him if he doesn’t clean up his act, even if lately, it’s just unfortunate shots of him tripping in the street outside a party. He needs a proper boyfriend STAT because donors are pulling out of their big charity gala. Luc’s straight friend Bridget sets him up with the only other gay guy she knows, Oliver, who’s a proper barrister and a vegetarian. Luc and Oliver met once before and it did not go well.

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Recipe for Disaster by Belinda Missen

39805133._SY475_I bought this book as a Nook book on sale because I had really enjoyed my first experience with this author (which was her fourth book). This was her first book, and if I’d read it first, I don’t think I’d continue on with her.

Our heroine, Lucy, is a cake baker with a now-famous chef husband, who left her three years ago. He’s back in town to open a new location of his famous restaurant and offers her a job. Lucy’s best friend thinks her husband is cheating on her, but won’t actually ask him about it. I suppose the “recipe for disaster” is whether Lucy should take her husband back and/or become involved in his cooking empire.

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