romance novels

Book Review: Finding Love in Eureka, California

There is so much going on in this book. I kinda wonder if the author went, “I want to take all the controversial issues that are important to me and make a story from them, yes, I’ll do that!”

Genevieve Wilson is happily living her life. She enjoys her job, she’s building her photography business and daydreaming about the pilot from work. She is a happy person who just…sorta ignores the bad in her life. It’s so much better to make up her own narrative right?

Matt Lake is one of those guys who has crafted the “perfect life”. He has everything he wanted, he is on a path to have a pretty #blessed life. But, life has a habit of shaking things up.

This is a very good book, and handles topics which could have gone very, very poorly with grace. Again, there is so much going on. Both Genevieve and Matt have complicated lives, and both have to overcome ways they protect themselves from reality or risk. Matt wants to be the hero in the story. To his girlfriend, to Gen. He doesn’t know what to do when he can’t be the hero, and when it’s possible his actions could have hurt someone instead of saving them? He doesn’t even know what to do. The people in Genevieve’s life keep leaving, try as she might to get them to stay. It’s just easier to assume people will leave, because that’s what people do. Better to live in a daydream than to take a risk on reality.

I really enjoyed this book and would love to see a continuation with a story about Genevieve’s sister Rosie! And more aerial and goat yoga please.

Note: I received this book as an advance pre-reader copy.

 

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Book Review- Island Hope

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Island Hope is completely outside of my normal reading. I virtually never read contemporary fiction, and I rarely read romance novels. A contemporary romance novel? This is a first for me.

Kimberly Rose Johnson paints a beautiful picture of Wildflower Island. It was easy to visualize this small town and the people who lived in it. I appreciated how when the newcomer to the island, Hope Michaels comes to the island, she isn’t treated as an outsider.

I have not read the previous three books in the series, but Island Hope was a pleasant book and I recognized that the parts I did not care for had more to do with my reading outside of my preferred genres than the story itself. It is a solid book, and I would recommend it to friends who enjoy contemporary romance.

Note: I received this book as an advance pre-reader copy.