I’m proclaiming #MassMarketMay a success! Not only did it help motivate me to read the most books I’ve read in any month since the pandemic began, but I also loved seeing all the mass market romance rep on bookstagram! And the challenge led to fun conversations with other readers who were also participating, which is my favorite part of bookstagram. However, I did not write reviews of the majority of the books I read last month. I keep forgetting about this aspect of blogging/bookstagramming/influencing. So, while I decide which books I will write full reviews on, I thought it’d be fun to share some quick thoughts about the books I read for the challenge.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why this book didn’t work for me for me, but it just … didn’t. With the more mature (at least in age) characters, sports puns and steam, I thought it would be right up my alley. Sadly it wasn’t. I listened to nearly 50% (it’s a LONG book) before finally deciding to tap out.
I loved this one. Joanna Shupe just has a way with words. The audiobook was excellent, with Roxy Isles bringing Nora and Julius to life. If you’re looking for a fun and swoony historical with a good dose of feels, look no further. I couldn’t get enough of these two! I really dug this marriage of convenience set during the Gilded Age in New York.
I enjoyed this book so much. I do love a good fake it till you make it story and this one was delightful. I loved getting to read along as the layers were peeled back on both Katherine and Alexander. The slow burn build-up worked for me and there was plenty of humor, heat and heart to go along with it. This was my first Stacy Reid book, but it won’t be my last.
It’s been a while since I read a cowboy romance and I’m not really sure what I’ve been waiting on. I really liked this one. I mostly listened to the audio for this one and I enjoyed the narrator. Jack and Layla’s story was sweet and hot, a combination I thoroughly enjoy. They were easy to root for. Now I feel like I need to go back and read the earlier books in this series.
Sometimes you just have to discard everything else on your TBR and reread a book you read like 30 years ago because you were talking with a friend about how much you used to love reading teen thrillers. 🤷🏻♀️ I read this one so many times as a kid that I still remembered roughly 75% of the book. It was still a fun way to spend an hour and a half or so.
The Duke Heist is one of my newest favorite books and I’m ready to sing its praises from the rooftop. If The Duke Heist isn’t on your TBR, you must add it immediately. What an absolute delight. Chloe and the rest of the Wynchester clan were completely charming and I must have more of them immediately. And the romance between the Duke and Chloe?! It was a delightful push/pull with a slow burn that hurt so, so good. This book had both steam and oodles of feels and it was utterly perfect.
Beach Read has been on my TBR for ages, but I was scared it would fall victim to the hype monster after months of seeing friends rave over it. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. It definitely walked the line between romance and women’s fiction, but the romance was quite lovely. The grief storyline made it a bit heavier than I expected, but that’s not a bad thing. I had a hard time putting this one down and it definitely made me cry.
It’s been a minute since I visited Moonflower Bay and I was thrilled to go back and get Maya and Law’s story. I appreciated the drive they both had to be awarded the grant to help with their business goals and even more than that? I couldn’t get enough of their chemistry. I’m a sucker for “enemies to lovers” when done well and these two checked that box.
My goodness, I loved this one so much. Tessa Dare writes an excellent novella. (And excellent full-length books too, obviously.) Eliza was a fantastic heroine and Mr. Wright was swoony. There’s a lot of punch packed into this short novella and I loved every minute. I’d love more because I’m greedy, but I was also incredibly satisfied with this one just as it is.
I needed one more book to hit bingo, so I decided to reread a novella before bedtime on the last day of May. Since Cara Bastone is between releases — I need a new book, stat — When We First Met was the winner. I loved this prequel novella. It was a cute, quick read and just what I needed to round out my month.
Do you read many mass market romances?
What was the last one you picked up?