Reading Roundup #71: Sugar and Spice and Hearts Made of Ice

Another week, another roundup! It’s a mixed batch this time, with some romance, some murder, and some old-fashioned drama. Likewise, some books were hits, and one almost made me swear off one of my favorite authors of all time. I KNOW. It’s a lot for one week, and I’m still recovering.

Jo’s Boys (Little Women #3) by L.M. Alcott: There are some wonderful stories in here, and I loved seeing how all the characters from the previous books have grown, especially our original characters from Little Women who are now settling into middle age and watching their own children struggle with the world and themselves as their parents did before them. Demi proved that I really do have a weakness for the Brooke men, as I love him as much as I did his father, and Nan was another who really made me proud. But I think I will always resent Alcott for how my Dan’s story was handled — and especially for how it concluded.

Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley: This book should come with an advisory label: “WARNING This product is guaranteed to cause extreme hunger and cupcake envy. Read on a full stomach and/or with a batch of sweets close at hand for emergency consumption.” A tad rocky in the first and final acts, but everything in between is pure joy, as the leads bicker, banter, and fall hopelessly in love, egged on by their incorrigible friends. I grinned, giggled, sighed, and generally had a marvelous time. Highly recommended for romcom lovers. My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #16) by Agatha Christie: Wonderfully tense and dramatic, I can see why this is one of Christie’s big titles. I identified the culprit quickly, having read a book with a similar situation recently, but the mystery of “how” kept me guessing, which was fun. And it’s always good to spend time with Poirot.

If She Says Yes (Say Yes Duet #1) by Tasha L. Harrison: I went in expecting a quick, steamy read that might be just a little cringe about the taboo relationship between a man and his best friend’s mom, but I got something so much better: a VERY steamy, VERY heartfelt love story between a woman entering a new stage of her life and a man who loves her unconditionally, has her back in every situation, and will do anything to make her happy (in every way). Exceptionally good fun, with excellent spice.

—b

2 thoughts on “Reading Roundup #71: Sugar and Spice and Hearts Made of Ice

  1. Haha, I love what you’ve said about Fake It Till You Bake It because YES! Cupcake envy for real!! 😂 I’m so glad to hear you loved it though because I had such a fun time with it as well. Definitely a fun romance! I also really enjoyed She Said Yes—I was definitely expecting an erotic romance but I loved that it was more than a steamy read. Keen to read more by this author! I hope you have an amazing reading week.

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    1. Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed them, too! And isn’t it lovely when a book surprises you by being MORE than what you expected? Happy reading to you, too!

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