Quarantine Reads: The Friend Zone, The Happy Every After Playlist & One to Watch

I am not on a beach nor on summer vacation, but still I am a big sucker for Summer romance books (ive documented here multiple times about my love of chick lit) and here are three great romances you should read – bring on the heat!

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Good reads Blurb: Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.

My take: 3.5 out of 5. I read this book because I had heard from a lot of people that I should read the Happy ever after playlist, and since it was a two part series, I figured I should start from the fist one which is this one. Full disclosure Happy ever after playlist is better but still this is a very solid book, really sweet and extremely easy to read. I liked all the characters and the relationships in the book feel real and raw. Also since I highly recommend reading happy ever after playlist, then jut consider this as an extended book. you definitely want the background story. I read both books in a day so they are a quick read. I think what i didn’t love about this book is the ending in terms of the fertility storyline. Side note: def do not get the book title name.

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

good Reads Blurb: Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back. Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?

My take: 4.5 out of 5. First of read the Friend Zone. Now get into this, which is part two and its a super sweet romance, that has a little bit of everything. Good heart, good character, good music. There were quite a few tears shed whilst reading and that for me is always a good sing of a great romance. A quick read and highly gratifying one at that (i missed staying up late to finish a book!). I really enjoyed how the beginning of the story is all a romance through text, highly relevant in COVID times.

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

ood reads blurb: Real love…as seen on TV. Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?
Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it.
But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, razor-sharp debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men–and herself–for a chance to live happily ever after.

My take: 4 out of 5. This book was so fun and fast to read. It is also insightful, poignant and has quite a sweet character development and love story. I read it in a day and loved every part of it. I related to a lot of things in this book, maybe that’s why I liked it so much? The characters struggles about self acceptance and self love are pretty universal, and ring so true! Also how can you not love when TV and literature meet? On a non literary but important mention, I loved how through the stylist the author highlights all the fashion brands that are size inclusive, great shout outs!

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