6 Recent Reads | November & December Edition

December 16, 2019
I think my reading mojo came back just as the year is getting ready to end. I love reading so much and it was only after college that I really fell in love with books. The escape they provide - it's just the best and while I tend to gravitate towards romantic / chic lit books, those suspense thrillers always draw me in! Here's a few books that would be great to add to your To Be Read lists! I also can't stress enough how great Kindle Unlimited has been. I've had it for almost two years now and there are so many great books to read that are included in your monthly price!
Miss You (Kindle Unlimited) || A case of sliding doors, missed opportunities and a little bit of the One Day book vibes. What happens when you meet the love of your life, only you didn't realize it and then your life just keeps on moving. That's the case for Gus and Tess and as the years tick by you see how their lives unfold - always just missing one another. Reading this book each time the characters were close to finding one another I kept finding myself holding my breath to see if this was it and the moment they would spot each other. There was a lot of realness in what each character went through and gave up. It was a fresh read and one that I flew through because I had to see how it ended! I wish there was an epilogue - that's the only thing missing!
His Royal Highness (Kindle Unlimited) || So much yes to this RS Grey book! It's cute, sassy & a total fairytale! Derek Knightley is heir to the Knightley Amusement Park. Whitney is 10 years his junior and the girl that was once just his mentee has suddenly blossomed into the princess of the park that everyone loves. Her unrequited love from 8 years ago is back, but he's ready to show her that the prince act isn't an act at all! Cheesy - 100%, but if you're looking for something really lighthearted, this is it! 
Passion on Park Avenue || Lauren Layne was one of my favorite authors from last year and this is her new Central Park series. Oliver was probably my favorite male character in a while and Naomi, was a little so-so for me. A rags to riches story for Naomi has her in the running to be the newest resident at an exclusive co-op on the Upper East Side. This wouldn't be the first time she stepped foot in the building and it's a grudge she just can't let go. She's worked so hard to prove that she's not just the girl from the Bronx anymore, but the only person that even remembers her that way is her! Oliver has no idea why Naomi is so against him, but he still works hard to get her to see the real him, not just this uppity, rich snob she thinks he is. I think I'll like the other stories in the series more than this one, but all the characters were really fun! 
Meet Cute || Ever since literally running into her high school heartthrob of a crush, Dax on the first day of law school, Kailyn has fallen over herself as the ultimate fan girl. When Dax beats her out for the top spot at the end of law school, she can't help but think the attraction was all in her head and he's just a former actor jerk who is only out for himself. That is until terrible circumstances force Dax into her life and she's getting to see the real guy. It's a meet-cute love story all the way, but it was a lot more R-rated than I was anticipating, almost threw me off while reading! Cute read nonetheless! 
After the Rain || I'd have to say this is my least favorite Renee Carlino book, but only because I didn't care much for the female character. Avelina has had no shortage of heartbreak in her young life, so when she meets and marries Jake, she keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. What seems like a world away is Nate, top of his class heart surgeon and keenly focused on his success. Nate follows his dads request to go to a ranch in Montana to regroup and there he meets Avelina. The first person to make her smile or laugh in a long time, he is drawn to her and sad about her past. The story is really about these two people falling in love with themselves before they can love anyone else. Not my favorite book, but for only $3 it wasn't a terrible read. 

In the Unlikely Event (Kindle Unlimited) || One day eight years ago, Rory goes to Dublin in search of saying goodbye to her father, but instead she ends up meeting Mal. They share a day / night so perfect, that they make a pact that in the unlikely event their paths ever cross again, regardless of their circumstances they will get married and be together. One catch is they can't look for each other and they can't let anything other than fate bring them back together. Told in alternating voices and through different times, this was such an engrossing read. There was heartache, lots of laugh out loud moments and real grittiness that as a reader I couldn't wait to see how they came out of it! The epilogue is what dreams are made of, may have actually cried reading it! 
What are you currently reading?


  1. You've read some good books. Happy Monday.

  2. I’m currently reading class mom by Laurie Gelman and it’s hilarious and I’m with you, my reading did not pick up til the end of the year and I’ve been happy with the books I found because the first part of the year, they were all duds. Great titles to pick from Girl!

  3. I'm adding Meet Cute, The Unlikely Event and His Royal Highness to my reading list! I'm currently reading The Last Collection, about the rivalry between Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli! So far it's really good!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  4. These all sound so good! I love a good cheesy story so I think I would love His Royal Highness!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  5. I gotta go get the RS Grey book for the holidays - I keep hearing how fun that one is!

  6. Super jealous of your reading kick! I always ask for a bunch of books for Christmas, so I'm hoping my reading will pick up after the holidays. You had me at cheesy and of course princess of the park with His Royal Highness <3

    Green Fashionista

  7. I loved His Royal Highness - such a cute and light read! As you can guess, I just added Miss You and In the Unlikely Event to my TBR. Kindle Unlimited is running a 99 cent promo right now, so I'm jumping on that so I can read some of your recent picks. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

    Just sayin',

  8. I want to read Meet Cute. Someone else recommended it, but I can't remember who.

  9. Gah! So excited about this post! You have given me some ideas for my next reads!!! Thanks, Biana!

  10. I love when the reading urges come back if they've been gone!

  11. So many great sounding books. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I've always loved reading but I think I really began enjoying it the most when all the required reading came to an end and I could pick and choose what I wanted to read. It was quite a revelation to me as an adult that I didn't have to keep reading a book I wasn't enjoying!

  13. Oh these sound like such a great selection!


    Ellie xx

  14. These all sound like such great reads for winter break. Thanks for sharing!

    - Avalon from www.simplyavalon.com

  15. Haven't read any of these and Meet Cute has been on my list.

  16. Oh these all sound so fun. You really did get your reading mojo back. I don't read as much as I use to. I don't read too much fiction for reason it does not hold my attention I find I tend to not finish a fiction books though there were some that I did. Though I do like historical fiction. Right now I am reading a book on NDE's kind of interesting.

    Allie of

  17. These all sound good, especially the last one.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  18. Someone else recommended Meet Cute so that one has been on my wish list for a while. I need to check it out! Didn't realize it was so R rated, though!


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