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Everything I read and listened to in May 2024

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Wow- I read/listened to a total of 8 books this month, and there were 2 5-star ones!! I LOVED Carley Fortune’s new release This Summer Will Be Different, it was visceral, one could FEEL the characters and surroundings, it was so so good, highly recommend. If you want to see past reviews, here. This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune 5/5 -omg I couldn’t have loved this book more!! It was so well written, it was palpable, I could feel the location and the characters, it was such great writing, such a good story, this needs to be made into a movie!!! Loved the female friendship too, it wasn’t just a HEA (happily ever after)This is my fave book of Carley Fortune, and that’s saying a lot because I loved her other books like Every Summer After! “This summer they’ll keep their promise. This summer they won’t give into temptation. This summer will be different.”The Truth about the Devlins by Lisa Scottoline 5/5- could not put this one down, this was my first Just the Right Book subscription (you sign up for the service, fill out a form and then they send you a book based on your responses, it was right on!) The family dynamics were so fascinating and realistic, the story was great, I loved this thriller.The Rule Book by Sarah Adams 4.5/5-loved this romance story, how have I not heard of or come across the author before?! Going to be adding her books to my summer reading for sure. “College exes break all the rules when they reunite years later in this enemies to lovers, second-chance romance, the highly anticipated companion novel to the TikTok sensation The Cheat Sheet—from the New York Times bestselling author of Practice Makes Perfect.”Real Americans by Rachel Khong 3.5/5- the book was solid/good but the transitions between sections and ending was too abrupt for me. I was surprised I didn’t like this more because several readers whose book recommendations I usually love said this was their favorite book of the year so far!! “How far would you go to shape your own destiny? An exhilarating novel of American identity that spans three generations in one family and asks: What makes us who we are? And how inevitable are our futures?” I listened to this one and it was well narrated, but was just not in the amazing category.The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren 3/5 – I wanted to like this more than I actually did. It just felt kind of/way too predictable and slow. “Christina Lauren, the instant New York Times bestselling and “reigning romance queens” (PopSugar), returns with a delicious new romance between the buttoned-up heir of a grocery chain and his free-spirited artist ex as they fake their relationship in order to receive a massive inheritance.”Happy Medium by Sarah Adler 3.5/5-this book was perfectly fine, nothing earth shattering. I didn’t particularly love the talking ghosts/curse storyline. “A clever con woman must convince a skeptical, sexy farmer of his property’s resident real-life ghost if she’s to save them all from a fate worse than death, in this delightful new novel from the author of Mrs. Nash’s Ashes.” I loved Mrs. Nash’s Ashes and wrote in my November overview “Mrs Nash’s Ashes -5/5 I did not want this lovely book to end! The characters had such great chemistry and it was overall such a good romance”Mad Love by Wendy Walker 3/5 – this was an Audible original and I got to listen to it for free, so yay to that. It was a shorter thriller, it was ok, but not my favorite, it was hard to believe the story. It also felt like one was listening to a TV show with no picture with all the sound effects they added (think creeks and closing doors lol). “Twisty and totally unpredictable, Mad Love will have thriller fans raving. Brilliantly narrated by the incomparable Julia Whelan along with a full cast, Wendy Walker’s dark and electrifying tale comes to life.” Mary Kubica, NYT best-selling author of Local Woman MissingOld Boys by Nick Spaulding 3/5- this was another just ok auidobook, some of his other books had me laughing out loud throughout, this one just missed the mark for me. Loved the narrators accent. “In this hilarious and heartfelt story from the bestselling author of Dry Hard, Will hasn’t seen his rock-star dad for thirty years. But now he’s back for an encore”Mistakes We Never Made by Hannah Brown 3/5 -it was kind of whiney. I listened to this one but I didn’t mind the narrators, the characters were kind of annoying. And I know we were supposed to like the main character Finn at the end, but he seemed like a dick with all their encounters over the years and then he was supposed to be a “good guy” under the guise of being in love with her all along? Sorry but no, in all of their interactions he was sketch. “Bachelorette fan-favorite and New York Times bestselling author Hannah Brown delivers the perfect beach read with her fiction debut—“a fun, fast, epic rom-com” (Abby Jimenez, #1 New York Times bestselling author).”

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