Hi guys! Welcome to another edition of the mutiny.
What’s the mutiny you ask? Well, I have always said that I wasn’t going to become a review blog and yet, I’ve had this itch in the back of my head… so here we are. I’m waging a mutiny against myself and I’m going to do some mini reviews + feature upcoming reads I’m excited about.
For this specific edition, I’m going to share some of my favorite reads from April, so settle in!
A Wicked Bargain for the Duke by Megan Frampton — 5★ — I loved Lavinia and Thaddeus. She’s bright and loving and he’s grumpy and stoic and together there’s so much potential it was impossible not to root for them. Their relationship is an acquaintance at most and it was delightful reading them figure everything out with their lists and stilted conversations. I just wanted to shake these two and make them have an open conversation all while mashing their faces together. I could have done with another 100 pages of these two and can’t wait for the next book.
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto — 5★ — I love love loved Meddy, her Ma, and Aunties. There’s such an amazing family dynamic: even when they’re bickering or angry, you can see the love and support. Meddy is loyal and loving and thrives in her family, but doesn’t seem to realize it. I truly enjoyed watching everything unfold. There are a lot of moving pieces: a body, a wedding, and a rekindled love and I was absolutely here for all of it. This was hilarious and delightful and filled with such heart. Definitely one of my top 10 of the year.
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan — 5★ — I have loved Naomi since she first walked on the page in The Roommate and I was beyond eager to get to her story. She’s all crunchy exterior and gooey marshmallow insides, although not at first. Ethan is devoted and charming and a perfect, soft match for Naomi’s sharp edges. This story was filled with longing filled glances, oodles of restraint, and enough UST to choke a person and I was living. I thoroughly enjoyed the topic of faith and how it builds a community. I’m not a religious person and don’t usually enjoy the topic being a main plot point in my reading, but this was so accepting and comforting. It felt like a hug.
Flight by Laura Griffin — 5★ — I had read and enjoyed the previous book in this series and was eager to get to this one. I loved Miranda and Joel. They’re both like minded people, committed to their jobs and what that work means to the community they live in. Miranda and uncertain and Joel is steady and together they have a fantastic relationship that progresses organically and with loads of open conversations. I loved second guessing everyone and the slow unfolding of information was exactly how I wanted it. There were a few loose ends at the end and I would have liked a bit more resolution in the murders instead of the “we’re heading in the right direction”, but I’m happy with where the romance part of it ended.
Sunkissed by Kasie West — a new Kasie book? I don’t even need to know what it’s about.
Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur — a companion book to Written in the Stars? A million times yes.
Pumpkin by Julie Murphy — a fat queer boy + a joke nomination for prom queen + drag queens = everything I could ever want.
Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall — a baking competition with a shy love interest? I’m quite excited.
What about you? Have you read any of these books or do you want to?