ARC Reviews, Romance, YA Fiction

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

Grades 9 – 12

Breathless

Claudine Henry’s life is uprooted when her parents get divorced and her mother whisks her away to an island off the coast of Georgia for the summer right after her high school graduation. She is separated from her best friend and all that feels comfortable and familiar. This is a beautiful coming of age story about friends and first love.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Graphic, LGBTQ+, Romance, YA Fiction

You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez

Grades 9 – 12

You Brought Me the Ocean

Jake Hyde’s father died by drowning, so he doesn’t swim. At all. In fact, he lives in a dessert and is forced by his mother to stay away from water at all costs. He wants to go to college on the coast however, and work with the ocean for a living. That is a secret he’s keeping from his mother. His other big secret? He doesn’t tell his best friend Maria that he doesn’t return her feelings; in fact, he is attracted to Kenny, a boy in his class who has shown interest in him. Can he come clean and be his true self?
Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.
Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber

Ages 18+

A Walk Along the Beach: A Novel by [Debbie Macomber]

This is a sweet story about two sisters, Harper and Willa, who own a coffee shop together. The two sisters have been through a lot: they lost their mother at a young age, awordnd their father is overcome with grief, and Harper is in remission from cancer. Then Sean O’Malley walks into their shop, and their lives. Harper insists that Willa give Sean a chance, and they begin a relationship. Readers will be enchanted by Macomber’s story of family and love.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book. 

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

Ages 18+

The Happy Ever After Playlist

Sloan Monroe finds a lost puppy named Tucker and is having trouble tracking down his owner. When she finally does weeks later, she finds out that he and his band are on tour in Australia. Jason wants Tucker back, but after all this time caring for him, Sloan isn’t going to give him back without a fight. 

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

Adult Fiction, Romance

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Ages 18+

Virgin River (Virgin River, #1)

Now a Netflix original series, Virgin River is in the vein of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove. Mel Monroe is a big-time nurse practitioner from L.A. who is looking to escape her harried past. She finds herself in small-town Virgin River working with the town doctor who is nearing retirement. She realizes her mistake in moving early on, and would have left long ago if it weren’t for an abandoned newborn on the front steps of the clinic, and friendly face Jack Sheridan who is proving a valuable friend – and maybe more – to Mel.  

Adult Fiction, Romance

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Ages 18+

If I Never Met You

Laurie is devastated when her boyfriend of 18 years ends things. She feels utterly lost when she finds out he got another girl pregnant and is staying with her. When Laurie and her colleague Jamie Carter become stuck in an elevator together for hours, the two cook up a story to pretend to date – she is looking to start a rumor with a new man on the horizon and he needs a girlfriend to impress his bosses. It’s the perfect scenario and they turn to social media to make their story believable.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Ages 18+

Beach Read

January Andrews and Augustus Everett are writers who polar opposites. January writes romances with happily-ever-afters and Gus kills everyone off by the end. They also each have writers block and are searching for a way to combat it. Then one thing leads to another and they have a deal to write in each other’s style to squash the writer’s block once and for all. Can Gus write a juice romance novel and will January bring herself to write a bloodbath?

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Ages 18+

What You Wish For

Samantha Casey loves her job as the local elementary school librarian and is devastated when the school loses its principal. The replacement is Duncan Carpenter, a teacher Sam never thought she’d see again in her life. Sam had a major crush on Duncan back in the day, and she’s worried the feelings will come back with a vengeance for her new boss. Not only that, but Duncan is nothing like she remembers, and it seems he’s out to change their school for the worse.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

 

Adult Fiction, Romance

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Ages 18+

In Five Years

Dannie Cohan is five years ahead of the game at all times, so when she is asked on an interview where she sees herself in five years, she has the answer all ready. She aces the interview and is engaged to the love of her life – what could go wrong? She is in for the surprise of her life when she wakes up and finds herself five years in the future – and her life is nothing like she’d planned.