Arc Review: Where It All Lands by Jennie Wexler

Title: Where It All Lands
Author: Jennie Wexler
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review!




A Sliding Doors -esque novel that reveals how our choices define us and how no matter the road, love can find its way.

Stevie Rosenstein has never made a true friend. Never fallen in love. Moved from city to city by her father’s unrelenting job, it’s too hard to care for someone. Trust in anything. The pain of leaving always hurts too much. But she’ll soon learn to trust, to love.

Twice.

Drew and Shane have been best friends through everything. The painful death of Shane’s dad. The bitter separation of Drew’s parents. Through sleepaway camps and family heartache, basketball games and immeasurable loss, they’ve always been there for each other.

When Stevie meets Drew and Shane, life should go on as normal.

But a simple coin toss alters the course of their year in profound and unexpected ways.

Told in dual timelines, debut author Jennie Wexler delivers a heartbreaking and hopeful novel about missed opportunities, second chances, and all the paths that lead us to where we are.” (Goodreads)

I’m always intrigued by dual timelines. It’s interesting to see how the characters lives could be altered due to different outcome. In this book, that outcome comes from a coin and who will ask out Stevie.

Not only does the book have a dual timeline, it also has past and present along with multiple point-of-views. At the beginning it was a bit overwhelming but as I continued on it was easier to understand.

I can’t say I ever really connected with Stevie, Shane, or Drew. I did like Shane the most as he was genuinely doing what he thought was right no matter the timeline, even if it all came out a bit too late. He was just trying to be a good friend to Drew while also trying to be one to Stevie, even if he wanted more.

Stevie and Drew deal with a lot of dad issues throughout. They are a bit different but it was easy to see similarities and I really thought that would be a driving force for them to connect. The thing is I could have cared less if they were together or not. Their attraction towards each other (in one scenario) was pretty instant and there was no build-up to any of it. It’s hard to care for a relationship when there isn’t much to go off of.

As I mentioned above, I did like Shane more and in the other timeline it was easier to see why him and Stevie would be a better match, especially since there was more build-up to it all.

I guess in a way, as I’m thinking and writing this review, it kind of all makes more sense now. If you look at it in the perspective of what good and bad relationships look like. I think something like this could be ideal for teens to read and maybe seen flaws in their own.

When it came to the rest of the plot, I think some things were too dramatic for me and were definitely plot twists but I also just didn’t feel shocked by them. This could be due to me not fully connecting to the characters.

Overall, I think it was good for a debut novel and I would most likely check out another book by this author.

Manga Review: Those Not-So-Sweet Boys Vol. 2 by Yoko Nogiri

Title: Those Not-So-Sweet Boys Vol. 2
Author: Yoko Nogiri
Genre: YA Manga / Romance
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

From the creator of That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! and Love in Focus comes a story of a hard-working high schooler who falls for a bad boy, and discovers that the the lives of him and his friends are nothing like what she imagined. Don’t miss Yoko Nogiri’s newest shojo hit!

Midori is a high-schooler with a part-time job at a café-bar. Unfortunately, her job’s against the rules at her school, and when the principal finds out, he makes her a deal: Convince three boys who’ve stopped coming to school to return, and her transgression will be overlooked. Now, she needs to find a way into the lives of these not-so-sweet boys… one of whom just happens to be her crush!” (Goodreads)

After the cliffhanger of the first volume I knew I wanted to see where this plot went. I loved the friendship of the boys and how Midori is learning to also come out of her shell just like they are.

Midori has a lot to deal with like school and work. In this volume we learn more about her family and get introduced to her brother. You can tell she really cares for him and as always, seeing family bonds are important to me in books. She still has a lot to learn when it comes to her feelings as well as taking a stand to those who have a different opinion on certain matters. I did like that she didn’t let the little disagreement cause strife. She really cares for those around her.

The boys are still being the same ol’ boys but at least they aren’t skipping out on school. Ichijo has the cutest dog ever and I just love when he makes an appearance! I’m glad there was more background information about the complexity of his family and why Ieiri is the way that he is. I still would like to know more about him though.

In the romance department I feel like there is a making for a love triangle and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I do like both of the boys that are involved but I feel like it will inevitably cause problems between their group and that does make me sad. Hopefully it won’t be as bad and I won’t be disappointed.

Overall, I still really liked this one and will definitely be continuing on.

Arc Review: The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Title: The Return of the Sorceress
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Novella
Publication Date: June 30th, 2021
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Rating: 4 stars

“From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a magical journey of revenge and redemption.

Yalxi, the deposed Supreme Mistress of the Guild of Sorcerers, is on a desperate mission. Her lover and confidant seized her throne and stole the precious diamond heart, the jewel that is the engine of her power. Yalxi sets out to regain her magic and find a weapon capable of destroying the usurper. But this will mean turning to unlikely allies and opening herself up to unpleasant memories that have been suppressed for many years. For Yalxi is no great hero, but a cunning sorceress who once forged her path in blood – and must reckon with the consequences.

Set in a fantastical land where jewels and blood provide symbiotic magical powers to their wearers, The Return of the Sorceress evokes the energy of classic sword and sorcery, while building a thoroughly fresh and exciting adventure ripe for our era.” (Goodreads)

This cover is amazing like all of this author’s covers are! I just love every single one.

My only complaint about this book is that it was too short! And yet, this author packs so much feeling about revenge and redemption into such a short book. I didn’t realize it was a novella until after I started but I’m glad that I didn’t know otherwise it would have swayed my decision on picking this one up. I would have missed on reading this thrilling story about Yalxi.

I hope that one day she does write more in this world as I would definitely be interested in knowing more.

As always, I love her writing and even the shortest of books can make me feel a lot in a short amount of time.

Overall, I enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a shorter fantasy or have read her other works.

Book Review: Illusionary (Hollow Crown #2) by Zoraida Córdova

Title: Illusionary (Hollow Crown #2)
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Genre: YA Fantasy / Romance
Publication Date: May 11th, 2021
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

“Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she’s reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They’re united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.

With the king’s forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren. The Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She’ll have to control her magics–and her mind–to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.

For years, she was wielded as weapon. Now it’s her time to fight back.” (Goodreads)

When it comes to this duology I didn’t love the first book but I was intrigued by it enough to continue on to the sequel. Although there were great moments and action I found myself not being invested when it came to the characters or the romance. There will be spoilers.

The beginning was very interesting. The reader gets more information about King Fernando and I was here for it. A plot twist quickly came from it and I was hooked. I stayed interested for quite a bit but then that quickly dissipated when the book became more of a love story for Cas and Renata than anything.

I was intrigued by their roles as being a married couple after running away. It had its moments but Des was still in her mind. Don’t get me wrong, I love brothers fighting but it didn’t work here for me because besides from memories, I really didn’t know much about Cas and she still seemed to be pining over Des. I’m not sure how she completely got rid of it even though she kept chasing him.

Some characters from the previous book do make appearances in this one. My favorite was definitely Leo as he does get more page time but I did like Lady Nuria as well.

The romance and traveling definitely took away from the bigger plot and the action. Some things felt rushed through and gave me that anticlimactic feeling. I still liked parts of the plot so it’s not like it was generally terrible at least.

Overall, I would still say it was a good read even if it had its flaws. I’m not too disappointed since I didn’t love the first one but I am glad to be done with this duology.

Arc Review: Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall

Title: Kind of Sort of Fine
Author: Spencer Hall
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Senior year changes everything for two teens in this poignant, funny coming-of-age story that looks at what happens when the image everyone has of us no longer matches who we really are.

Senior year of high school is full of changes.

For Hayley Mills, these changes aren’t exactly welcome. All she wants is for everyone to forget about her very public breakdown and remember her as the overachiever she once was—and who she’s determined to be again. But it’s difficult to be seen as a go-getter when she’s forced into TV Production class with all the slackers like Lewis Holbrook.

For Lewis, though, this is going to be his year. After a summer spent binging 80s movies, he’s ready to upgrade from the role of self-described fat, funny sidekick to leading man of his own life—including getting the girl. The only thing standing in his way is, well, himself.

When the two are partnered up in class, neither is particularly thrilled. But then they start making mini documentaries about their classmates’ hidden talents, and suddenly Hayley is getting attention for something other than her breakdown, and Lewis isn’t just a background character anymore. It seems like they’re both finally getting what they want—except what happens when who you’ve become isn’t who you really are?” (Goodreads)

The book follows two point-of-views: Hayley and Lewis. Both are very different students and have different things that interest them. I am glad I had the chance to read this one as both of the main characters really resonated with me when it came to my time in high school and even now as an adult.

Hayley is an A student who took harder classes and played Tennis for an extracurricular activity until it all became too much and she had a breakdown in front of her school.

Lewis is the guy that sits in the background but cracks jokes about his weight before anyone gets the chance to. He slides through high school on C’s but enjoys his TV production class.

They both come together when they are paired in the TV production and life becomes a bit different, especially for Lewis.

When it came to Hayley, I may not have been as outgoing when it came to classwork but I did push myself to get good grades. Everything she was going through led to a breakdown and even though I never had one in front of a lot of people, I understand where she is coming from. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves and one day it may just make us crack. I did like seeing how she coped with that situation, sometimes she didn’t always make the best choices, but it also showed her going to a therapist which can be stigmatized.

Lewis was also easy to understand because I’ve been there, and still am, as the larger one. It sucks a lot. I never got bullied in school like he did for that particular reason but even just small comments from family can be enough to just not make you feel important. Even while losing weight he didn’t have much support but still stuck to it. I appreciated seeing him still thriving and trying to be better even when it was hard.

There were some great moments between them when it came to their TV production project. I also had a lot of laughs at other moments in the book and even if some of the jokes weren’t my taste (although they would be for teens) I liked the comedic relief to take away from the harder topics at hand.

The plot does have a bit of romance but it is very minor. I’m actually glad for this as it left more time for them to grow and it didn’t push the, “you need to be in a relationship to be fixed”. Everything had it’s timing.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read.

Book Review: For the Wolf (Wilderwood #1) by Hannah Whitten

Title: For the Wolf (Wilderwood #1)
Author: Hannah Whitten
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Retelling
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Publisher: Orbit Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher for sending me out a finished copy to review! All opinions are my own.

The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn’t the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.” (Goodreads)

Red is one of two sisters and she is to be sacrificed to the Wolf while her sister gets the throne. This is such an intriguing premise for a plot and it definitely help up to my expectations for a lot of the book.

In the beginning we are introduced to Red and she is getting ready to be sacrificed. There is bits here and there that explain to an extent what it means to be a sacrifice and as to why they do it. I also like that the author doesn’t just give us all the information at once and you must continue reading on to truly understand what happens/happened to those that have went before Red.

The book is told from the perspective of Red and her sister Neve. I’m glad that it is written this way since they each have their paths as well as being in different places for a majority of the book. It keeps the tension as you switch between each one with plot twists ending some of their chapters. I also enjoyed this because I do adore sister bonds. You can tell how much Neve wants to help her sister and will do anything to bring her home. Red is also the same way but has left home to protect her sister. It’s easy to understand the sisters actions even if some of them bring chaos.

The Wolf isn’t what I was expecting at all. He is broody and wants to be the one that carries all of the burdens. He is closed off but definitely a sweet cinnamon roll inside. Their relationship is a very slow one with not much really happening between them until farther into the book. It is very much enemies-to-lovers as they didn’t choose this life. They learn to make sacrifices for one another as well as learning to let people in. I will say that the romance was my least favorite part but it did still have me smiling a couple of times.

There are other characters that are involved with the plot but it’s better if you go in blind for them. I honestly wasn’t expecting some to have as big of roles as they did. It made the plot twists that much sweeter! I didn’t guess anything right and it had me wanting to pick up the book whenever I had to step away for a bit.

While reading through it gave me Uprooted, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen 2 vibes but obviously its a lot darker. The woods was a mix between the first and third of those mentioned and I loved learning about the intricacies of it. I still think there will be more to explain with the Wilderwood in the next book since there is some unfinished business. I’m sure we will also see Red and the Wolf hone in more to their powers as well.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I’m so glad I have been able to read it now. I am looking forward to the sequel as the ending had me gasping. I seriously need to know what will happen next.

Arc Review: The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4) by Maureen Johnson

Title: The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review!

After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.” (Goodreads)

When I found out about this book at the beginning of the year I was so ecstatic that Stevie would have another adventure solving a mystery. Truly Devious was the first YA Mystery I read and it’s what got me out of a reading slump as well as started my love for mysteries! Maureen Johnson never disappoints and this one hooked me right from the beginning.

As with the previous books, there are two timelines as well as two-point-of-views. In the present timeline the point-of-view corresponds with Stevie Bell. The real life Sherlock who is obsessed with murder. The past timeline has a few different point-of-views as well as something else but it’s a secret and it ties everything in.

Stevie is still the same ‘ol Stevie and she is accompanied by Janelle and Nate. I have always enjoyed Nate as he is hilarious and really gives us the comedic relief. I would say that he is more present than Janelle at times but she is still always there for Stevie which I love. And of course, David does make appearances and I’m not going to lie I actually liked him a lot in this book.

Since the mystery wraps up by the end the book is pretty quick paced and I was devouring it. It was hard to set it down once the timeline changed because the chapter would leave off on a cliffhanger and I had to know what would happen next. I may have stayed up past the time I usually go to bed because I kept saying, “just one more chapter!”. I also thought I would be murdered in my sleep but that is neither here nor there, haha. I’m a chicken!

There are a lot of suspenseful moments. I also kept trying to figure out who it could be and every time I had an idea along came another plot twist! I really wasn’t expecting the reveal as well as the why. It was intense and definitely unique.

Overall, this was another fantastic book from this author! It was just what I needed and left me wanting more. I really do hope that there will be more books because I love these characters and I never want it to end.

Arc Review: Broken Web (Shamanborn #2) by Lori M. Lee

Title: Broken Web (Shamanborn #2)
Author: Lori M. Lee
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Publisher: Page Street
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an arc to read and review!

The sequel to the hotly-anticipated Forest of Souls, an epic and immersive tale of destiny and sisterhood. Perfect for fans of Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, and Netflix’s The Witcher!

The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide—a savior—but Sirscha knows the truth. She’s a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be executed.

But there’s nothing Sirscha won’t risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that’s killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what—or who—that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power.

With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are.” (Goodreads)

Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1): Book Review

As someone who liked the first book but felt like it lacked something to really pull me in, this sequel did the trick! This sequel is filled with political intrigue, more lore, lots of action, and learning that good and evil isn’t always black and white. It packs a punch!

Sirscha is still coming to terms with her magical ability of soulrendering and not trying to lose control. Her friend, familiar, and basically a sister Saengo really tries to keep it in check and be the conscious she needs at times. Although their relationship has been left unaffected by the change of Saengo’s soul, it’s easy to understand why the Soulless would want to tear the bond between them. If she doesn’t have the good angel on her shoulder to keep her in check then what would happen to Sirscha? Manipulation is a powerful thing especially if it comes from someone who has been where you are and is “trying to help”. I do think that some of what was talked about when it comes to their friendship will definitely be tested in the third book. Sirscha doesn’t always listen to her gut though and some things tend to go wrong. I feel like this is just human nature as we want to believe that those around us truly want to help. It’s easy to understand her actions and why she makes the choices she does.

Since I’ve mentioned the Soulless I guess I’ll talk about him next, haha. Even though I am not one to be drawn to the “bad guy”, there is something about him that I find intriguing. I like that even though he is far away from Sirscha for most of the book he is still around her in her dreams. He adds a lot to the history of the empire. I’m still not entirely sure what his overall motive is but I like where the plot is going with him and I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.

Other characters from the first book are still present as well along with new faces too. I still like Theyen and really hope he survives because it would just be too sad of a day if he doesn’t.

Politics is a big topic in the book and because of that it is hard to decide who can really be trusted. There are some that are obviously trustworthy as they have kept Sirscha’s abilities a secret but there are still those that there isn’t enough information on or who have been acting quite suspicious. All of the mistrust does make for some shocking plot twists though!

Overall, I enjoyed the sequel. It had a lot of shocking moments that kept me intrigued throughout and it’s going to be hard to have to wait for the third book. There is just too much at stake and now I’ll just be speculating until then, haha.

Arc Review: Tell Me When You Feel Something by Vicki Grant

Title: Tell Me When You Feel Something
Author: Vicki Grant
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Rating: ⭐⭐✨

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review!

The perfect after-school job turns deadly for teens working as simulated patients at the local med school. Everyone has something to hide and no one is safe in this contemporary YA thriller that exposes the dark reality of #MeToo in the world of medicine, for fans of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson.

It seemed like a cool part-time program — being a simulated patient for med school students to practice on. But now vivacious, charismatic Viv lies in a very real coma. Cellphone footage just leads to more questions. What really happened? Other kids suspect it was not an intentional overdose — but each has a reason why they can’t tell the truth.

Through intertwining and conflicting narratives, a twisted story unfolds of trust betrayed as we sift through the seemingly innocent events leading up to the tragic night. Perhaps simulated patients aren’t the only people pretending to be something they’re not . . .” (Goodreads)

I’m always down to read a YA Mystery / Thriller. Even if they are labeled as “YA”, they can still be quite heart pounding! I also don’t read it too often but when I do, I am hoping to get hooked. Unfortunately for this one, it just felt like your average mystery / thriller.

The book does have multiple point-of-views as the girl, Viv, everyone is talking about is in a coma. Some of the point-of-views were more interesting than others. Since it does switch often it is hard to fully connect with the other characters as the plot is based around Viv.

When it came to Viv, she has a lot going on in her life. She is dealing with divorced parents, one remarrying, and everything else that comes with being a teen. She turns to alcohol to help numb the pain which is sad that she felt like she didn’t have anyone there for her besides the substance.

Besides the multiple point-of-views, there are also police interviews and emails that correlate with the case. I always like seeing this format because it helps to engage more with the plot.

The plot felt very average and didn’t leave me feeling like it brought anything new to the genre. After a bit it was easy to figure out where the story was going and who did it. I at least was surprised by one thing.

There is definitely need for content warnings so here they are: sexual assault, talk of child pornography, substance abuse

Overall, this was just okay. I felt like the plot could have been developed a bit better and the minor characters could have been less flat.

Arc Review: The Layover by Lacie Waldon

Title: The Layover
Author: Lacie Waldon
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Publisher: Putnam
Rating: 2.5 stars

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review!

“After ten years as a flight attendant, Ava Greene is poised to hang up her wings and finally put down roots. She’s got one trip left before she bids her old life farewell, and she plans to enjoy every second of it. But then she discovers that former pilot Jack Stone — the absurdly gorgeous, ridiculously cocky man she’s held a secret grudge against for years — is on her flight. And he has the nerve to flirt with her, as if he doesn’t remember the role he played in the most humiliating night of her life. Good thing she never has to see him again after they land….

But when their plane encounters mechanical problems, what should have been a quick stop at the Belize airport suddenly becomes a weekend layover. Getting stuck on a three-hour flight with her nemesis was bad enough. Being stranded with him at a luxury resort in paradise? Even with the sultry breeze and white sand to distract her, it will take all the rum punch in the country to drown out his larger-than-life presence.

Yet the more time Ava spends with him under the hot Caribbean sun, the more she begins to second-guess everything she thought she knew about him… and everything she thought she wanted from her life. And all too soon, she might have to choose between keeping her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds….” (Goodreads)

I was looking forward to reading this one as it seemed like a book with the perfect escape. I loved the idea of reading about a flight attendant since I can’t recall ever reading a book where that is the main character’s job. This review will have spoilers.

For the most part, this book had a lot of things I would normally like but the issue I had, which made it hard to get into, is that it starts off with her in a relationship and we are just supposed to take her word that she is miserable. To be honest, it just felt like the author threw in the whole engagement just to add a bit of drama but I just wasn’t down for it.

Although nothing exclusively happens between Jack and Ava until her relationship is called off. You could argue that she was emotionally cheating. She never even wore her engagement ring is a red flag, especially when she never talked about her private life to those she worked with. You can’t fault Jack on this one.

This one does have the enemies-to-lovers trope, although for the most part one-sided, is usually my favorite trope but I just couldn’t get into it knowing she had a fiancé back home.

I did like the side characters and the setting. They were both fun and made me not overly dislike the book.

Overall, this was an okay to good read depending on how you look at it. I think there will be those that enjoy it more than me.