The Roommate by Rosie Danan – Book Review

The Roommate by Rosie Danan
The Roommate by Rosie Danan

One of my favorite tropes is roommates who fall for each other – it’s high stakes (who wants to have to move out if things go sideways), funny, and fun. Naturally, when I first heard about The Roommate by Rosie Danan, I was intrigued. Plus – in fiction of any kind, you rarely read about characters who work in the adult entertainment industry, and that alone was enough to make me preorder this book.

House Rules:
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online

The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.

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Review: The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E, Schwab book cover

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E, Schwab book coverThank you so much to Tor Books for the review copy of The Invisible Life of Addie Larue!

Honestly, I still can’t believe I got my hands on an early copy of The Invisible Life of Addie Larue – it was hands down my most anticipated read of the fall. The concept is phenomenal and unique: a woman who can “live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets”. If that’s not enough to get you interested in reading Addie Larue’s story, I don’t know what is. Even better, Addie Larue delivers in a serious way – and is easily one of my new favorite books.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

 

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Book Review: The Perfect Father by John Glatt

the perfect father by john glatt
the perfect father by john glatt

Back in 2018, the story of the Watts family murders was making national news – a father had murdered his wife and children, and then went on the news to plea for their safety. The nation had a gruesome fascination with the brutal murders of Shan’ann and her children – for a few weeks it was impossible to see a tabloid without an article about the tragedy. Needless to say, everyone wanted to get to the bottom of why Chris Watts did it, and what exactly happened that night. In The Perfect Father, John Glatt expertly chronicles Chris and Shan’ann’s family dynamic, who Chris was, and what exactly happened to the Watts family.

In the early morning hours of August 13th, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at her Frederick, Colorado home by a colleague after returning from a business trip. It was the last time anyone would see her alive. By the next day, Shanann and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, had been reported missing, and her husband, Chris Watts, was appearing on the local news, pleading for his family’s safe return.

But Chris Watts already knew that he would never see his family again. Less than 24 hours after his desperate plea, Watts made a shocking confession to police: he had strangled his pregnant wife to death and smothered their daughters, dumping their bodies at a nearby oil site. Heartbroken friends and neighbors watched in shock as the movie-star handsome, devoted family man they knew was arrested and charged with first degree murder. The perfect mask Chris had presented to the world in his TV interviews and the family’s Facebook accounts was slipping–and what lay beneath was a horrifying image of instability, infidelity, sexual ambivalence, and boiling rage.

In this first major account of the case, bestselling author and journalist John Glatt reveals the truth behind the tragedy and constructs a chilling portrait of one of the most shocking family annihilator cases of the 21st century.

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Book Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

one true loves by taylor jenkins reid book cover

one true loves by taylor jenkins reid book coverAfter reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s two most famous books – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six – I decided to start reading her backlist of books. Do you ever start a book and think to yourself “Oh shit, this is going to be good”? If you haven’t, read One True Love, and you just might experience it.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

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