Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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the flatshare by beth o'leary book coverThe Flatshare was one of the most hyped up books in romance of the last year – everyone from bloggers to booktubers to casual readers, it seems like every who has picked this book has loved it – and that kind of reputation around a book tends to make me hesitant to read it. Fortunately, when I set my hesitations aside (and sat down to read it) I was blown away – The Flatshare was a truly unique story with genuinely quirky characters and deft handling of serious topics like gaslighting and emotionally abusive relationships.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

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Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Book cover of Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Book cover of Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Archenemies left the saga of the Renegades on a pretty big cliffhanger: Nova stole a precious artifact from the Renegades and was waiting for her cover to be blown. That ending was a pretty massive set up and demanded that Supernova end the series with a real bang. Luckily, Marissa Meyer delivered and then some – Supernova is a phenomenal ending to a great series. It packs the breakneck action, emotional moments, and the answers to all the loose ends that fans of the series hoped for.

All’s fair in love and anarchy…

The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian fighting to keep their identities secret. While the battle rages on between their alter egos and their allies, there is a darker threat shrouding Gatlon City.

The Renegades’ worst enemy is back among them, threatening to reclaim Gatlon City. Nova and Adrian must brave lies and betrayal to protect those they love. Their greatest fears are about to come to life, and unless they can bridge the divide between heroes and villains, they stand to lose everything. Including each other.

Intrigue and action will leave readers on edge until the final, shocking secrets are revealed.

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Book cover of the bromance book club by lyssa kay adams

Book cover of the bromance book club by lyssa kay adamsRomances usually follow a pretty recognizable pattern – two people meet, are attracted to each other, fall in love, have some dramatic moment or falling out, and eventually hurtle towards their happily ever after. Most of the time, we (as readers) don’t get to see what happens after that happily ever after. That’s what sets The Bromance Book Club apart – it’s a story about two married people on the brink of divorce – people who had their happily ever after, and let their marriage deteriorate.

The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

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What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Book cover of What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Book cover of What You Wish For by Katherine CenterThank you to St Martin’s Press for the review copy

When I found out that Katherine Center had a new book coming out, I hit up my contact at St Martin’s Press right away. I didn’t even read the description, I went on blind faith because I read Things You Save in a Fire and How to Walk Away last year and couldn’t believe how good they were. I have no idea how Katherine Center keeps topping herself, but her books keep getting better and better with each release. What You Wish For is a poignant, beautiful story of loss, grief, and learning to let others in that everyone should have on their TBR this summer.

What is What You Wish For about?

Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living.
But she wasn’t always that way.
Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen.
But he wasn’t always that way.

And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before—at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him—but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school—and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it.

As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love—which is the riskiest move of all.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Book Cover

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Book CoverBook hangovers: that experience where you put a book down, but you can’t stop thinking about it for days, and you find yourself reluctant to start another book afterwards. This book was the first book in a long time that gave me a proper book hangover. It’s dark, it’s romantic, and it’s emotionally draining – and I loved it. Me Before You is the grown-up version of The Fault in Our Stars and is what Nicholas Sparks’ books aspire to be. It handles people with disabilities with respect and careful research and highlights the struggles and injustices they face.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

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