November Reads and Reviews

It's almost the end of the year, and I'm getting very close to my annual reading goal! This month I was really busy with some trips and bathroom projects, so I listened to more books than usual. I also started some holiday books that were so disappointing, so if you have some good ones please let me know!

Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The premise of this book absolutely sold me- a woman has the worst one-night-stand of her life, then gets an amazing opportunity to ghost write a memoir for a celebrity and guess who it is?! Of course hijinks ensue, and while they're working together on a book, the writer is also teaching the celebrity how to be better in bed. It's pretty cheesy and predictable but I still enjoyed it as a quick and easy read.

My Rating- 3.5/5

Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun

I absolutely adore Christmas romances, so when I saw this on a list I picked it up without even reading what it was about. As it turns out, it's about another one-night-stand and also involves a fake marriage to the one-night-stand's brother. This was my first holiday book of the year, and unfortunately this one wasn't for me. I didn't like the main characters and the drama all felt very forced to me. I did like the drunk grandmas and the best friend, but otherwise this fell flat for me. One other good note- I liked the representation in the book and it didn't feel forced to me like it usually does! There were people of different sexual orientations and also a non-binary semi-main character. More of that please (but maybe with a better storyline?)

My Rating - 2/5

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

This was my book club pick for the month and it was a book I was really excited to read! I heard a lot about it but intentionally went in not knowing much about it. I really enjoyed the wild ride this book took us on and learning more about the publishing process. It was super frustrating and cringy at times and I found the main character so unlikable that at times I wanted to give up the book completely. It was a bit too satirical for me at times but I still enjoyed it.

My Rating - 3/5

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss

Unfortunately, this holiday romance was another dud for me. I liked Jenny Bayliss's other holiday romance (The Twelve Dates of Christmas) but this one was just so BORING. The setting and characters were great, but it just seemed to go on and on forever. There was no tension, no buildup, nothing. 

My Rating- 1.5/5


What You Wish For by Katherine Center - I listened to this on a road trip and it was the perfect book. Easy to follow, fun characters, and not too much drama. I really like Katherine Center books!

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering - I watched the series when it first came out, and finally decided to read the book. The characters were SO much more frustrating in the book that I just wanted to scream at them!

The Fine Print by Lauren Asher - I've heard a lot about this series so I figured I would give it a try and it was really good. So many HR nightmares in the book though and things that you should just never say to your boss, but it was entertaining and I'm looking forward to the rest of the books.


  1. I think we are book opposites! I thought Kiss Her Once For Me was amazing. It was just perfect - the character development was spot on and I want those two to get together. Yes, some of it was very *coincidental*, but I'm willing to accept that in a romance.

    Meanwhile, I've yet to read a Katherine Center that hasn't felt snoozy and cheap. We are obviously not on the same page about what we want in a romance novel!

    (The cover of Business or Pleasure is terrible. Socks in bed? Gross. Your description made me think the inside is better than the outside, though.)


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