Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
There were a few twists and hints towards the end that felt unresolved and some unnecessary back stories and family history that kind of dragged some parts, BUT overall it was one enjoyable read. I loved Duane’s and Jessica’s dynamics. Duane being the emotional, the planner, the analyst and Jess being free spirited, honest, a straight up no bullshit kind of heroine made the characterization one-of-a-kind. There was one part when they were pouring their hearts out after all the holding back and I should say that I did feel the intensity of that scene. My first Penny Reid and I’m so looking forward for more. She has a wide range of vocabulary and I definitely learned a lot from her as a reader. Narration can get too detailed or overwhelming sometimes but her humor definitely saves the day! Now the Winston boys? Fascinating mix of personalities, hilarious as hell, could be my most favorite element in this book!
More Than Forever by Jay McLean
I’d gladly surrender my imaginary balls to the book gods just so I could read more of the More Than series. I know they’d most likely give me the “I can kill you” glare for reading this just now. I thought I was team Logan and Amanda all the way but then I read More Than Forever and fell more deeply in love with Cameron and Lucy’s love story. I don’t even know how to form the right words to describe these two. In essence, I can say that they have affected me so much. I was with them and saw them transition from merely teenagers to new adults. I grew with them in delight and in sadness. Their connection was so vivid, you can feel it from your heart to your fingertips.
This was not as heavy as the first three books but what stood out for me was how in tune it was with young love. Jay McLean has blown me away with her very relatable take on this genre. The story had this carefree tone and just flowed like how it should be in real life. More Than Forever gave me all those fuzzy feelings, drawing me in and putting me in states of bliss and then suddenly hurling me into gut wrench land. Still, I would like to think that Jay McLean’s one of those talented authors who can bring me to my knees, stab my heart, and then restore it FULLY. No questions asked. No missing links. COMPLETELY healed, from inside out.
More Than Forever was one memorable roller coaster ride – entertaining, with new secondary characters that will brighten up your day. It was passionate and pleasantly up-lifting. I’m not the type who ALWAYS believed in happily-ever-afters in real life. But after reading this, the idea of FOREVER is more within reach.
More Than Enough by Jay McLean
For me, More Than Enough was the most emotional out of all the books in the series. There were moments when I had to ponder on some of the dialogues and the events that unfolded. It didn’t matter to me that it wasn’t Heidi though because I had a hard time connecting with her personality to begin with. R radiated a bit off initially but she captured my heart along the way which is I think JMc’s unique style where she lets the heroine slowly creep into you and then you end up loving her without you realizing it. I should add that in some parts, the heavy issues and the secondary characters kind of outdid the romance and the MC’s chemistry. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful closure for ALL the characters. Fitting for a grand ending with depth, sealing my heart with fullness right after I finished the last words of this series. Just enough to mend my feelings and not too much to have me crying that it’s done.
Full Package by Lauren Blakely
My first Lauren Blakely book but unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. Started rocky. Still, I continued reading on because I’m not a fan of DNF-ing. I paid for it so I had to soldier on. I said rocky, because there were a lot of fillers the first half. Talk about random, mundane, inner monologues that I felt weren’t necessary and honestly didn’t put the hero in a bright spot. Chase is a doctor. Yes, a professional living in New York. But sorry to say, most parts of the book I saw him as a college dude. I don’t know. Was it just me? I really had no clue why he deemed that way to me. Author’s POV of the heroine was creative, kudos to that, however I didn’t get a chance to really get to know her given hers were very short and were too metaphorical for my taste. The friends-to-lovers trope wasn’t as successful as well, maybe because their longtime friendship wasn’t fully established. They have known each other for ten years yet in my eyes they were still getting to know each other. Their banter was not relatable, too. It was like they were in their own world and as a reader I felt out of place. Second half of the book was mega hot!!!! The steamy scenes were striking. Another high five! BUT, plotting was regrettably flat. A lot of sex then second guessing, do-ing and then more convincing. Perhaps it would’ve been better to make second half the first, and then stimulate something a little bit thick to make this more an engaging friends-to-lovers story. Sadly, this was a miss in my books but I’d still be on the lookout for her other stories. I have seen a lot of amazing reviews, so maybe this is just a one off. Maybe. Possibly.