What I Read Lately

I have been absolutely flying through books so I’m excited to share this next lot with you. Let’s dive right in.

The Comeback

Synopsis: Grace Turner was one movie away from Hollywood’s A-List. So no one understood why, at the height of her career and on the eve of her first Golden Globe nomination, she disappeared. Now, one year later, Grace is back in Los Angeles and ready to reclaim her life on her own terms. When Grace is asked to present a lifetime achievement award to director Able Yorke—the man who controlled her every move for eight years—she knows there’s only one way she’ll be free of the secret that’s already taken so much from her. The Comeback is a moving and provocative story of justice—a true page-turner about a young woman finding the strength and power of her voice.

Would I Recommend It: I don’t know if my threshold for shock has just massively increased over the years or what, but this one fell a bit flat for me. While what happened to Grace was horrible, it’s a trope that’s been done a million times and this just dragged a bit. I felt like the first 2/3 went on forever, and then the last 1/3, where the *thing* happens, was super rushed. I really wanted to love this one, but it’s not one that will stick with me.

Reminders of Him

Synopsis: After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself. The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them. The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.

Would I Recommend It: As with all CoHo books. you never really know what you’re going to get. I’ll be honest, this wasn’t my favorite of hers. It’s basically if The Unforgivable was also a love story. There was no big twist [I suppose there was *one* but it was given away in the very early bits of the book] so there was nothing left gripping me. The ending was super predictable and I just felt unmoved by this one. There are tons of others of hers I’d recommend before this one.

The Charm Offensive

Synposis: Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So it’s no wonder then that he’s spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise’s history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. But then the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star. Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. He doesn’t believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he’s a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he’s cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off. As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars. But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they’ll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.

Would I Recommend It: Oh this was ADORABLE! I couldn’t put it down. If you love The Bachelor-esque shows, I think you’ll love this. It is a light and easy read and so cute.

The Golden Couple

Synposis: Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all―until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship riven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband. Enter Avery Chambers. Avery is a therapist who lost her professional license. Still, it doesn’t stop her from counseling those in crisis, though they have to adhere to her unorthodox methods. And the Bishops are desperate. When they glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.

Would I Recommend It: Oh man, was this a wild ride?! Hendricks and Pekannen have a masterful way of developing and entangling multiple characters and waiting for the very end to knock your socks off. I couldn’t put this down! You Are Not Alone and the Wife Between Us were also great, but this might be my favorite of theirs. Totally suspenseful and I thought I knew the end, but I was so wrong!

Ugly Love

Synposis: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her: Never ask about the past and Don’t expect a future. They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Would I Recommend It: I read this in one sitting! I really enjoyed this. This was SPICY! There was a lot of juicy bits in here which was a bit unusual for a CoHo book. The ending was satisfying and while this didn’t have a big twist, there was a big secret that set up why Miles was the way he was. I like that she didn’t reveal it too early which kept me interested. I would recommend this but grab some tissues for the end.

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