The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess
Official Goodreads Blurb:A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod. In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed “Book Party”— where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.
My Take: 3.5 out of 5 stars. This is a great quick read for literary lovers. Books and authors + beach setting = great beach read. I really enjoyed the first half and devoured it. The second half just didn’t hold the same level of excitement to it. Although a great book for literary references, at the beginning i was really enjoying it and kind of searching what i didn’t get, but it was a LOT at the end and i just couldn’t keep up (and i think im pretty good in the literary reference game). The ending although interesting was not my level of satisfying. A really good thing is that its a really quick book to read. A question though, why was this book set in 1987? it really made no sense to my, maybe because the publishing industry was actually a thing then? Having google would have affected the story?
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Official Good Reads Blurb:A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel. Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other… They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…
My take: 3 out of 5 This is definitely not high level chick lit. This is lifetime made for tv movie style rom com chick lit, trashy but enjoyable. A quick romantic beach read yet high end literature it is not. I enjoyed the characters and its kind of fun knowing that there is a continuation, and that I actually had already read book number 2 without even realizing it
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Official Good Reads Blurb: Maddie and Theo have two things in common:
1. Alexa is their best friend
2. They hate each other
After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking.
But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.
My take: 3.25 out of 5 As stated above its kind of fun reading a book when you know you have the sequel next to it and that the story is going to have a continuation. Although not thoroughly as invested as I would have thought in the books, I actually did like this book more than the Wedding Date, i think more character development had happened by now, and def Maddie and Theo are more interesting than Alexa and Drew 😉