Fav Reads: July 2017

If you've read any of my other monthly wrap-ups, you know by now I don't really write "reviews" in the traditional sense. It's not something I enjoy, it's not what I'm good at. You want to talk books, I can talk to you all day, every day about them, but trying to write a synopsis and then breaking down the book? Not my thing. I'm also incapable of just listing my favorite books I read each month. I have to say something, ya know? I'll probably never write anything more than these "micro-reviews". Why? I hate giving much info about a book because I feel like it's best experienced fresh and blind by each reader. I don't want to kill that experience by saying too much in a review. So I do these little blurbs instead, and hope that you either find a new book that you fall in love with, and possibly that you reach out to me through comment, email, social media to chat about these books if you've read them.

Because seriously? There are few things I love more than books and talking about them. In no particular order, my favs:

 

Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

Across all genres I might read (and all the different sub-genres of romance), the one thing I love more than anything else is a well-written flawed character. I love it. Layla and Thomas? So incredibly flawed and broken, and so incredibly beautiful. I still don't know how to put in to words everything else I'm thinking or feeling. It's been almost a week since I finished this, and I still can't stop thinking about it. Saffron Kent wrote something so unique and emotional with this one. It's so sexy, and heartbreaking, and different. Oh, and gorgeous. So gorgeous.

Gus by Kim Holden

I hate to say this, but I think I may have enjoyed this one more than I did Bright Side. And that's not to say that I didn't really like Bright Side, because I did. I think that Gus' journey and struggles after Bright Side ended resonated with me more, and I just felt him more, as a character. This was one of those books where I hated to see the main character struggle, but I knew it was essential to his journey, and I loved seeing it all unfold.

You by Caroline Kepnes

You know a writer is genius when they have you rooting for a psychopath. Told from the perspective of said character, it's so hard not to love Kepnes' writing. It's witty, hilarious, and creepy all at the same time, a mix that is almost impossible to achieve. She does it so well, and I found myself falling in love and wanting a positive outcome for a character that I normally would loathe. I can't wait to see what crazy story she tells in Hidden Bodies, the follow up.

Malentendido by Mara White

This is the follow up to Maldeamores, completing Belen and Lucky's story. I'm probably in the minority that I didn't mind that there wasn't a traditional happy ending for the pair in the first book. With that being said, I was so completely satisfied with how their story ended here.  The emotion and angst in this reminded me so much of the feelings I get when I watch Splendor in the Grass, one of my favorite movies (seriously, check it out if you haven't yet). Of course I love the taboo/forbidden aspect of the relationship, but I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing more glimpses into their past and how their present leads to the conclusion. The ending killed me in all the best ways.

Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker

I went into this book pretty blind, and it took me by surprise. The one word I can think of to describe it is: lovely. This was such a lovely, sweet read. I loved Cath. She was so sweet and soft, but also so incredibly strong. I also loved the pace and the path that the love story took. I finished this book feeling content with a big smile on my face. That doesn't happen often for me.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

I used to have a serious addiction to YA Fiction. For a long while, it was all I read. Now my addiction has shifted to romance, but every few months I find myself in the mood to return to YA. I was at the library recently and this book caught my eye and after reading the synopsis, I was in. I loved this romantic suspense. While it falls a bit on the predictable side, I found the writing to be engaging and even beautiful in places.