Bestsellers · Book club reads · Emotional · romance

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo ★★★★★

Blurb; He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

My Review; This was a 99p buy and I am so glad I decided to read this one randomly. From the start I could tell it was going to be such a delicate, soft and beautiful story. The story is told through main character Lucy and throughout the whole story it is spoken/directed to Gabe. It’s a story of breakup, growing up, growing apart, moving on, memories, clinging on and love. True love. Soul mate love. The one.

It’s a powerful, emotional read especially towards the end. I do not cry at books ever but my god get some tissues for this one because it even made me tear up. The ending ripped me apart. Killed me. Heartbroken. But a happy ending (ish). A true romance story even if decades have passed between them. This book is the definition of romance and love. One I will not be able to forget for a long time. Stuck in my heart. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Bestsellers · Music · mystery

Run Rose Run – James Patterson & Dolly Parton ★★★★★

Blurb; From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—a thriller about a young singer/songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Every song tells a story.
She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.
She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past.

Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her.

Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire—a story that only America’s #1 most beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created.

My Review; Ofcourse we’ve all been awaiting this one haven’t we and if you didn’t know about it… Where have you been? I got this release day and finished it the day after. Well and truelly devoured it. I don’t think my words or review will do this book the amount of justice it deserves but I will try. Let’s just say this is my book of the year. The cover is stunning, the whole story is amazing from the first page till the last and two brilliant authors, beautifully co-written.

I haven’t had chance to listen to the album yet but this really is a must buy, a must read. I’ve been shouting about it to everyone. A starting from the bottom story and reaching the top with challenges and hidden secrets emerging along the way. It is a work of fiction but parts had me relating characters to bits of Dolly herself. The songs within are beautiful too and the ending is utterly perfect.

I do not have one bad thing to say about it. I devoured it but I didn’t want to. I miss it. I can see it being turned into a future film (I can only hope). This is a huge 2022 book and bestseller and I can highly recommend it. A well deserved five stars from me. Going into my top ten reads of the year and its my book of the year already. Amazing. This is going to be hard to forget and will stay in my heart for a long time.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · romance

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne ★★★★

Blurb; Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game. ​​

My Review; This is one I chose to buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. A huge Tik Tok book apparently and recently adapted into a film which I have not yet seen but Mel has so she can compare the two. Now I’m not going to lie this book took me a while to get into and the long chapters put me off, but I kept going with it and I am so glad I did, I ended up loving it! It’s a real back and forth yo-yo of a book torn between loving and hating each other in a small confined office and it also includes the one bed trope. So has a bit of everything in it really. But a great ending. Loved both the main characters, they can both give it and take it but underneath they’re secretly inlove aren’t they? They have to be.

I cannot wait to watch the film now so I can compare the two. I awarded four stars and would highly recommend. I realise I’m probably late reading this one and the hype has past. But brilliant book. Few sex scenes included for you smut lovers.

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