What I've Been Reading
Updated: Sep 13
Hello everyone! If you've been following me on my socials and website this past week, you may know that I've been sharing some really exciting news. The biggest announcement is that I have opened my own bookish merch shop. For the moment, I'll be selling enamel mugs, bookmarks, art prints, and stickers. I'm not going to go too in-depth here, but you can find the previous post with all the information on my blog, or you can just click on the handy shop tab in the menu of my website. I will also link it at the bottom with my socials. With that all of that having bee said, let's get into the reviews.
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Author: Marley Valentine
Description: I couldn’t tell you when I fell in love with Gael Herrera, but I wish I knew how to make it stop.
Falling in love with a straight man is a rookie mistake. But falling in love with my soon-to-be-married-to-a-woman best friend is nothing but heartache.
Through all the years, and all the men I’ve fooled around with, he’s always been at the back of my mind. An unrequited crush I wish I could shake. A dream that was never going to come true.
When I whisk him off to a surprise bachelor party weekend in Vegas, I surrender to the idea that this is an opportunity for me to finally let go of my feelings for him and say goodbye.
But after a heated exchange and an even hotter kiss, everything I thought I knew about our friendship changed.
Maybe I had it wrong. Maybe, after all this time, we were more than best friends. Maybe, just maybe, he felt it too.
Rating: ★★★★ (4/5)
Ache by Marley Valentine was my first read from the author who mainly writes lgbtq+ romances. I have been dying to add more of these stories to my kindle unlimited loans. I definitely think with KU you get both the really good and the really bad with no in-between. In terms of queer representation, you either end up with a book that takes your breath away in awe or with too much cheap fetishization, which I've noticed is more common in stories surrounding gay and bisexual men.
In the case of Ache, I found it to be a really heartfelt book that hit the perfect notes of what you want in a queer romance. I do sometimes wonder if my standards for these stories on kindle unlimited are lower simply because of the mass of bad, and oftentimes outright offensive, stories you do encounter. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed Ache for everything it embodied.
Beneath all of the over-the-top drama in Ache is an uncomplicated relationship between two life-long best friends that simply needs to evolve. The feelings they have for each other are never in question. The only thing they can’t figure out is WHAT they want that relationship to be in the future. I think there’s a relatable quality to loving someone so much that you are willing to accept anything they are willing to offer, whether it’s enough or not.
Author: Samatha Whiskey
Description: I’m the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL because I know how to read the field.
I control the plays—and my life—with absolute precision.
Until Liberty Jones delivers the ultimate hit to my blind side with a story about two pink lines.
The beautiful, free-spirited brunette has starred in my dreams since she disappeared after our wild weekend in Vegas, but I’ve been burned before. No way in hell am I falling for that line again.
But Liberty is the complete opposite of my ex—she’s smart, compassionate, sexy as hell, and couldn’t care less about my money or status.
In fact, she’s leaving as soon as she finishes her doctorate.
And the baby she’s planning to raise alone? It’s mine—and I want them both.
She certainly doesn’t need me, but she can’t deny our sizzling chemistry.
I can’t deny that I’m losing my infamous control and falling for her.
For the first time in my life, I’m not the only one calling the plays, and one snap decision could crush our happily ever after.
Rating: ★★★ (3/5)
If you've been around for a while, you'll know that I have previously enjoyed Samantha Whiskey's other sports romances. I read the first three books of her hockey series and reviewed it earlier this year. Overall, I sang my praises for those books' on both my blog and Instagram. I wasn't as sure about getting into her football sports series, but I can say with certainty that I don't regret picking it up.
No, Nixon was not a life changing read, but it also wasn't a bad one. I could see myself recommending it to some people in the future. I think this book is going to mainly be for people who already enjoy these kinds of sports romances. However, I'm unconvinced that it is a series for newbies who maybe aren't as familiar with these types of stories. It is, for the most part, a good book but it doesn't have that wow factor I need when kicking off a new series. In fact, I was almost more intrigued by the side romance than anything else.
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