Here are some more books to add to your summer reading list.
Written by: Kerry Winfrey
Released on: 06/11/2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Heidi
Rating: 3 Leading Men
Recommended for: When you want to read a romance novel that you’d be comfortable recommending to your mother-in-law
Buy It: Click Here
There’s a reason To All the Boys I Loved Before became a cultural phenomenon when it premiered on Netflix last year. People love a sweet, sigh-inducing, fade to black in the bedroom, guaranteed Happily After Ever ending, romantic comedy…That’s what Waiting for Tom Hanks is in book form.
Annie is obsessed with romantic comedies and finding her own Tom Hanks, but at 27 years old she’ll settle on a good guy with a houseboat. When the opportunity to work on the movie set of a real-life romantic comedy comes into her life she can’t pass it up. Nor can she pass up the chemistry she has with leading man Drew. Obviously, Drew can’t be her Tom Hanks, right? Or could he…
This is a cute book totally worth binging on the beach this summer.
Check out a sneak preview below:
I blink a few times, staring straight into Drew Danforth’s face. It’s like when you’re a kid and there’s a solar eclipse, and all the teachers are like, “Don’t look directly into the sun! You’ll destroy your retinas!” but there’s always that one kid (Johnny Berger, in our class) who can’t stop staring.
In this situation, I’m Johnny Berger. And I guess Drew Danforth is the sun.
“Are you okay?” he asks again, enunciating his words even more as if me understanding him is the problem. His brown eyes, I notice, are flecked with tiny bits of gold, which is something you can’t see when you watch him on TV. His hair is just as voluminous as it seems in pictures, but in person, I have the almost overwhelming urge to touch it, to reach out and pull on that one lock of hair that hangs over his forehead.
“She’s not responding.” He turns to Chloe. “Is something wrong?”
“She’s French,” Chloe says without missing a beat. “She only speaks French.”
“I’m not French,” I say, breaking my silence. Chloe and Drew’s heads swivel to look at me.
“I’m sorry about your coat,” I whisper, then I run toward Nick’s.
Chloe bursts in the door behind me, the bell jingling in her wake. “I’m not French?” she screeches. “Those are the first words you spoke to Drew Danforth? Really?”
“Well then, why did you tell him I was French?” I shout, ignoring the curious stares of everyone working on their laptops and the calming melody of whatever Nick put on to replace the Doobies.
“I don’t know!” She throws her hands in the air. “You weren’t talking, so I thought I’d give you an interesting backstory!”
I put my hands over my face. “This is ridiculous.”
“No,” Chloe says, grabbing me by the shoulders. “This is your meet-cute, and now you need to go back out there and find him and say something that isn’t a negation of your Frenchness or an apology for destroying his probably very expensive coat.”
Nick stares at us from behind the counter, a dishtowel in his hand.
“A meet-cute,” Chloe stands up straight, shoulders back, as if she’s delivering a Romantic Comedy 101 lecture to Nick and his patrons, “is the quirky, adorable, cute way the hero and heroine of a romantic comedy meet.”
Everyone stares at her blankly.
“Or hero and hero. Or heroine and heroine. Not to be heteronormative,” she clarifies.
“Like how me and Martha met at her wedding,” Gary says.
Chloe thinks about it. “I don’t know that I would necessarily call that one a meet-cute, but sure, Gary.”
“Did you just make that up?” Nick asks, arms crossed.
I shake my head. “No. It’s a thing.”
“Watch a romantic comedy, dude,” Tobin says.
Nick rolls his eyes.
“Anyway,” Chloe continues, “Annie straight up ran into Drew Danforth and spilled a cup of coffee all over his coat, which is, like, the cutest of meets.”
“That doesn’t sound very cute,” Nick says skeptically, rubbing the scruff on his chin. “Was it still hot?”
“Scalding,” I say, sinking into my chair and resting my head on the table.
“Sounds like a meet painful,” says Gary, and a few people laugh.
“Thanks,” I mutter. “I’m so glad you all find my embarrassment entertaining.”
“Annie!” Chloe sits down across from me as a customer walks in and the rest of the shop stops paying attention to us. “This isn’t embarrassing. This is merely a story I’ll tell in my toast at your wedding to Drew.”
I lift my head to look at her. “I hate to break this to you, but I don’t think he’s my Tom Hanks. I think he’s just a famous guy with a possible third-degree burn on his chest. And now my first day on set is going to be super awkward because I accidentally assaulted the lead actor with a beverage.”
Chloe’s about to say something, but then a song starts and she closes her mouth, looking up toward the speakers. “I swear to God, I told Nick not to play any more Bon Iver. It makes people look up their exes on Instagram, not buy coffee. I’m gonna go put on some Hall and Oates.”
As she walks away, I rest my head on the table again. As if it wasn’t embarrassing enough to have my uncle get me a job on set, now I have to deal with this.
*arc provided by publisher in exchange for honest review
Written by: Hannah Howard
Released on: 04/01/2018
Reviewed by: Leanne
Rating: 4 Course Meal
Recommended for: Those who struggle with body image, people who know someone with an eating disorder, those interested in the restaurant industry
Buy It: Click Here
From an early age, Hannah Howard was obsessed with food. Her love affair with cuisine begins over bonding sessions with her mother as they searched for the perfect ingredients. Often side by side in the kitchen, Hannah and her mom would prepare feasts fit for a fine restaurant. The textures, colors and smells or foods both savory and sweet enticed Hannah like nothing else. It’s not surprising that Hannah ends up spending years in the restaurant industry doing almost every job imaginable.
Her growing love of the culinary arts is matched only by her growing body. Standing a head taller than her peers and fast to develop to an F cup by the time she is 16, Hannah feels out of proportion with the world around her. Through childhood, college and beyond, Hannah alternately binges or starves, teeter-tottering between anorexia and obesity. Hannah Howard’s memoir is a brave, raw look at one woman’s relationships with food, men and her body. At times horrifying, relatable and heart wrenching, Hannah gives voice to a long misunderstood population.
Written by: Rachel Reid
Released on: 03/25/2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Beth
Rating: 5 Very Shirtless Hockey Players
Recommended for: Anyone who loves a super slow burn to love but not to HEAT
Buy It: Click Here
Sometimes I read books because of where I am and not because of what the book is. I read Heated Rivalry because I was sitting at a conference where I could stare at my phone but I couldn’t pull out a paperback. You understand. And it was the next book on my LGBTQ Reads List for Pride Month. And at first, I wasn’t that into it. I’ve done sports romances a million times, and I like them, but they aren’t always my fave. But this conference lasted a little bit longer than I anticipated, and I was reading a bit farther into the book than I thought I would. By chapter 2, I was ALL IN. Ilya and Shane are rival hockey players who meet at a championship before their rookie year, both hoping to go as the number one NHL draft pick. Shane is the perfect, All-Canadian golden boy, and Ilya is a surly Russian asshole.
Constantly pitted against one another in the press and on the ice, their rivalry becomes the stuff of legend. But in real life and off the ice, they meet up every chance they get to well … They can’t keep their hands off each other, and it’s honestly adorable. Ilya is cocky and sure of himself and sexy and hilarious. Shane is nervous and willing to please and needs praise, and you can see where this is going. They are the definition of slow burn; it takes the whole novel for them to go beyond secret booty calls, but the pay off is precious and totally worth it.