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ARC REVIEW: BOOKED ON A FEELING BY JAYCI LEE

The book cover for Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee
  • STAR RATING2.5 stars
  • PAGE LENGTH:  320 pages
  • WHAT SERIES? A Sweet Mess Series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? A Sweet Mess
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
  • CW: Sexual content, strained relationship with a parent
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS

Lizzy “Overachiever” Chung, Esq. has her life mapped out neatly:
* Become a lawyer. Check.
* Join a prestigious law firm. Check.
* Make partner. In progress.

If all goes to plan, she will check off that last box in a couple years, make her parents proud, and live a successful, fulfilled life in L.A. What was not in her plans was passing out from a panic attack during a pivotal moment in her career. A few deep breaths and a four hour drive later, Lizzy is in Weldon for three weeks to shed the burnout and figure out what went wrong. And what better place to recharge than the small California town where she spent her childhood summers with her best friend, Jack Park.

Jack Park didn’t expect to see Lizzy back in Weldon, but now he’s got three weeks to spend with the girl of his dreams. Except she doesn’t know of his decades-long crush on her–and he intends to keep it that way. She’s a high-powered attorney who lives in L.A. and he’s a bookkeeper at his family’s brewery who never left his hometown. He can’t risk their friendship on a long shot. Can he? When Lizzy decides that the local bookstore needs a little revamp, of course, Jack is going to help her bring it back to life. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore there might be more than just friendship among the dusty shelves and books…

Sometimes the path to the rest of your life has been in front of you all along.

Unfortunately, Booked on a Feeling was ultimately disappointing. I actually considered DNFing around the 20% mark, because I was flat out bored. I should have just stopped reading then. Obviously, it goes without saying that it took me quite a while to care about the characters. Lizzy and Jack were interesting for about maybe a third of the novel, and then boredom came rushing back in.

This book needs another pass by with an editor, I think. The last like five percent of the novel needs to be reworked, because all it is is the ‘narrator’ telling us what’s happened. There is little to no showing going on. It’s just and Lizzy did this, and then she did that. And then she realized this, and Jack realized that. I actually ended up skimming several pages, because I was so bored my eyes wouldn’t focus. There’s so much back-and-forth (and not in a good way) in the later half of this novel. Jack wants to move to LA, Lizzy wants to move to Weldon. They switch, and Lizzy figures out that she doesn’t want to be in Weldon without Jack, etc, etc. It’s a whole thing.

This book had the potential to be cute, but it just fell completely flat. The characters had very, very little personality. In the rare instance they DID show some sort of personality, their chemistry shone. But these scenes were few and far between, when they SHOULD have been the entire focus of the novel!

And don’t even get me started on the epilogue. Highlight below for a small spoiler.

A surprise-honey-I’m-pregnant epilogue? When children hadn’t been mentioned by either character in the ENTIRE novel? Pass.

Blah. I won’t be picking up any of the other books in this series, if they’re all written like this one. Two and a half stars for Booked on a Feeling, and that’s me being quite generous.

BOOKED ON A FEELING COMES OUT JULY 26, 2022.

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WWW WEDNESDAY — MAY 11

Hi everybody! I hope Wednesday is being good to you! My birthday was yesterday, and it was such a good day compared to my last couple birthdays. One — it didn’t snow! It was actually close to 80 degrees, which was just heavenly after our extremely long winter this year. Two — I got extremely lovely, thoughtful presents. My husband actually made me tiny little versions of every book I read this year so far!!! I’m going to get a pretty glass jar and pile them in there so I can look at them all! Three — we had good food, and delicious peanut butter pie for dessert. Four — I wasn’t in pain, and my baby wasn’t literally screaming his head off! A GOOD BIRTHDAY, BY ALL MEANS.

ONTO THE MEME:

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently most of the way through an ARC of Booked on a Feeling. I seriously considered DNFing this at 20%, because I was bored. But then the main characters actually got more interesting, and well, it’s pretty cute. Not my favorite contemp romance I’ve ever read, but it’s at least fun. I just finished In the Shadow of Lightning, my review will be up tomorrow, I think. It’s a…bizzare book, to be honest. Heading onto The Border Keeper next, because Tor was kind enough to send me an ARC for the sequel!

What are you reading this week?

MONTHLY TBR – MAY

It’s that time again — time to pick out my TBR for the next month! May is my (and my son’s) birthday month! I’ll be thirty-two on May 10th. Woah. I don’t currently have any plans for celebrating yet, but we’ll see. My kiddo, however, is going to have a party when my family comes up to visit. Not that he’ll care, seeing as he’s turning one! WHERE DID THE LAST YEAR GO, I ASK YOU?

ANYWAYS, In April, I read a grand total of nine books. I didn’t, however, finish my TBR. Whoops. In the Shadow of Lightning, The Atlas Six, and A Far Wilder Magic have all been bumped over to May’s TBR. The top four books are all ARCs that I’ll need to get to sooner rather than later — I’m really looking forward to Dark Earth. The bottom four books have all been out for a bit, and are available at my library, thank goodness. Rules of Arrangement is art-heisty goodness, or so I’ve been told!

Have you read any of the books on my TBR? What’s on your TBR this month?