TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOK COVERS THAT FEEL LIKE SUMMER

Good morning, my darlings. I hope today is treating you right so far! It’s Tuesday again, so that means it’s time for another TOP TEN TUESDAY, which is probably my favorite book meme that I do.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOK COVERS THAT FEEL LIKE SUMMER. This was relatively easy for me – apparently blues, teals, and bright yellows equal summer? Who knew!

I’ve read and enjoyed most of these! Have you read any? Which one was your favorite? Alternatively — what’s your favorite summer activity?

WWW WEDNESDAY — JUNE 29

Today is my husband and I’s third anniversary! How are we celebrating, you ask? By going to work. 😩 Not much we can do today, in the middle of the week, when we both work full time, AND we have a toddler. So we’ll probably order in dinner or something, and call it done! I hope you have a lovely day, though!

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?

I’m buddy reading The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy with Becky — we’re close to 50% of the way through! I’m also – shocker – reading House of Sky and Breath at the same time. Who am I, reading two books at once? Usually I can’t do that. I finished up Paradise Lost & Found last week. It was just alright. Next, I’ll FINALLY be picking up Nettle & Bone, as my hold is up at the library!

What are you currently reading?

BOOK REVIEW: PARADISE LOST & FOUND BY JENNIFER KNIGHTLEY

Book cover for The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
  • STAR RATING:  3.5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 410 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: June 14th 2022 
  • PUBLISHER: King & Knight Publishing
    CONTENT WARNINGS: PTSD, anxiety & panic attacks, mentions of surgery, sexual content

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, but this recommendation is a het romance.

SYNOPSIS

Falling hurts . . . even falling in love.

What happens if you meet the perfect person, in the perfect place, and then the holiday ends?

Paradise Lost & Found is the perfect beach read, exploring an LGBT romance set in a tropical paradise.

Honeymooning alone after being left at the altar, Adam Callaghan is hoping two weeks in a tropical paradise will clear his head and soothe the ache in his heart. But with the romantic setting weighing on him, Adam soon realizes he’s made a mistake. He’s about to throw in the towel when fate—and a mix up with the hotel’s reservation system—brings him together with the charismatic Kip Carter, a guest at the resort for his sister’s destination wedding. Sparks fly, and as they enjoy the island together, bringing out the best in each other and exploring emotional baggage they’ve both tried to bury deep, Adam grapples with the possibility of letting himself move on. But with the clock ticking on their time together, what will become of their burgeoning romance once their two weeks are up?

If you’re looking for a ‘slow burn’ summer romance with ‘only one bed’, elements of fake dating, and idiots in love that will make you want to dip your toes into the ocean, then this is the book for you.

If you’ve known me for awhile, you’ll know that I was hugely involved in the Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes part of the MCU fandom. I still consider myself a part of the fandom, but I haven’t written anything vaguely resembling fanfic in a long, long time. Despite that, when I found out that a fandom writer was publishing a contemporary romance book based on one of their fics, well, I jumped at the chance to read it.

Paradise Lost & Found is a cute story, it really is. Adam (the Steve replacement) has been left at the alter by Vanessa (Peggy). Instead of losing money on the honeymoon, Adam goes on his own. While there he meets Kip (Bucky), who is there for his sister’s wedding. There’s a whole debacle with a room — they end up sharing one — and well, they fall in love over the course of a two week vacation. It’s adorable. The premise is solid.

Unfortunately, think it could have used another pass by an editor before being published. The book clocks in at a little over 400 pages, which felt much, much longer while reading. Paradise Lost & Found is dual POV, which I normally like. However, each time the book changed POVs, there was a rehashing of what had just gone on. This was completely unnecessary and made the book much longer than it needed to be. There were also frequent UK-isms in the text, which was slightly jarring as both Adam and Kip were from the US. A few examples off the top of my head: cooling box = cooler, tin = can, whilst = while.

On the romance side of things, Adam and Kip were steamy together, with rock-solid chemistry. You couldn’t help but feel how attracted they were to each other. This part of the book was top-notch. But I do wish the steamy scenes had actually been steamy, instead there was a lot of vague references, and some fade-to-black.

Overall, Paradise Lost & Found is a cute book. Cute, but not something I’ll probably pick up again for a long while.

Add to your Goodreads, or preorder at at the following links:

GOODREADS | BOOKSHOP.ORG | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

WWW WEDNESDAY — JUNE 15

Hello everyone! I hope your day started out better than mine — I came downstairs to discover my dog had pooped and puked all over our living room. I feel like I can still smell it. Blechhh. ANYWAY — I hope your Wednesday goes well!

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?

I picked up The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy last night right before bed. I read all of one chapter before I had to go to sleep because my eyes kept closing. It’s piqued my interest! I just finished up Paradise Lost and Found, and my review will be out tomorrow for it. It was…not as good as I wanted it to be. Next, I think I’ll aim to do Small Angels, as it’s the next due ARC I have!

What are you currently reading?