WEEKLY WRAP-UP: August 5th

I’ve been busy reading NEXT week’s releases, lol, but I did review some pretty great books this week! Thank You for Listening made my Best of the Year (So Far) list last month, and it came out this week. It’s still one of my favorites of the year! I also loved Funny You Should Ask, a VERY rare second chance win for me. I’m not a fan of the trope, but I loved the unpredictability of this couple’s situation. I also posted my sneak peek review of Sarah Adams’ upcoming small town romance, which was a light and easy read. The only disappointment was The Refiner, the newest addition to a series I’ve been loving, featuring tropes I hate… which seems to be the story of my summer reading experience, honestly. The good news? We’ve got a busy release week coming up, and it’s looking like a good one.

If you read my Teaser Thursday post (found here), you know that there are some exciting books on the way soon! I’ll have reviews going up throughout the week.

If you missed any of this week’s reviews, I’ve got the blurb and rating for each below. There’s also a link to my new release list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved it 🎧

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A restless young journalist with big dreams interviews a Hollywood heartthrob—and reunites with him ten years later to discover exactly how he feels about her in this sexy and engrossing novel

Then. Twenty-something writer Chani Horowitz is stuck. While her former MFA classmates are nabbing high-profile book deals, all she does is churn out puff pieces. Then she’s hired to write a profile of movie star Gabe Parker: her number one celebrity crush and the latest James Bond. All Chani wants to do is keep her cool and nail the piece. But what comes next proves to be life changing in ways she never saw coming, as the interview turns into a whirlwind weekend that has the tabloids buzzing—and Chani getting closer to Gabe than she had planned.

Now. Ten years later, after a brutal divorce and a healthy dose of therapy, Chani is back in Los Angeles as a successful writer with the career of her dreams. Except that no matter what new essay collection or online editorial she’s promoting, someone always asks about The Profile. It always comes back to Gabe. So when his PR team requests that they reunite for a second interview, she wants to say no. She wants to pretend that she’s forgotten about the time they spent together. But the truth is that Chani wants to know if those seventy-two hours were as memorable to Gabe as they were to her. And so . . . she says yes.

Alternating between their first meeting and their reunion a decade later, this deliciously irresistible novel will have you hanging on until the last word.

Read the audiobook review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Q72ZnH


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved it 🎧

From the author of My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan’s uplifting novel tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.

For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success and satisfaction from the inside of a sound booth and it allows her to care for her beloved, ailing grandmother. When she arrives in Las Vegas last-minute for a book convention, Sewanee unexpectedly spends a whirlwind night with a charming stranger. 

On her return home, Sewanee discovers one of the world’s most beloved romance novelists wanted her to perform her last book—with Brock McNight, the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance novels are selling—not after her own dreams were tragically cut short—and she stopped narrating them years ago. But her admiration of the late author, and the opportunity to get her grandmother more help, makes her decision for her. 

As Sewanee begins work on the book, resurrecting her old romance pseudonym, she and Brock forge a real connection, hidden behind the comfort of anonymity. Soon, she is dreaming again, but secrets are revealed, and the realities of life come crashing down around her once more.

If she can learn to risk everything for desires she has long buried, she will discover a world of intimacy and acceptance she never believed would be hers.

Read the audiobook review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3IbDA9G


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sneak peek review

Opposites certainly attract for the stranded pop star and small-town baker in this charming slice of romance from the author of the TikTok sensation The Cheat Sheet.

“This modern take on the Hepburn classic, Roman Holiday is a quick, fun, slow-burn rom-com.”—Abby Jimenez, bestselling author of The Friend Zone


Amelia Rose, known as Rae Rose to her adoring fans, is burned-out from years of maintaining her “princess of pop” image. Inspired by her favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday, she drives off in the middle of the night for a break in Rome . . . Rome, Kentucky, that is. 

When Noah Walker finds Amelia on his front lawn in her broken-down car, he makes it clear he doesn’t have the time or patience for celebrity problems. He’s too busy running the pie shop his grandmother left him and reminding his nosy but lovable neighbors to mind their own damn business. Despite his better judgment, he lets her stay in his guest room—but only until her car is fixed—then she’s on her own. 

Then Noah starts to see a different side of Rae Rose—she’s Amelia: kindhearted and goofy, yet lonely from years in the public eye. He can’t help but get close to her. Soon she’ll have to return to her glamorous life on tour, but until then, Noah will show Amelia all the charming small-town experiences she’s been missing, and she’ll help him open his heart to more. 

Amelia can’t resist falling for the cozy town and her grumpy tour guide, but even Audrey had to leave Rome eventually.

When in Rome releases on September 20th!

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Q7EruO


⭐️⭐️ A miss for me

From bestselling author Kristy Marie comes, The Refiner, a steamy, enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance packed with all the feels and laughter your heart can take.

Wealthy.

Entitled.

Monarch.

Dr. Astor Potter was everything I despised in a man.

It didn’t matter that he was my sister’s one-night stand or her closest colleague.

I wasn’t charmed by his philanthropy or the way he made babies laugh using those ridiculous voices.

Dr. Potter was cold, detached, and reeked of disdain.

Nothing mattered to him.

Not the messages I left.

Or the tears I shed.

Nothing brought him to life.

Until my sister died.

And I placed my newborn niece in his arms.

Her father’s arms.

He didn’t know about the baby.

Neither did I.

They say love can’t be born from hate and grief.

I’m inclined to agree.

But then he asked me to stay…

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Go6enk


Check out this week’s new releases here.


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