July 2023 Reading Wrap Up

July 2023 Reading Wrap Up

July was a great month for reading! A lot of hockey, cowboys, and fantasy reads. I ended up reading 2 of my NetGalley ARCs and picked up the newest fantasy romance (?) sensation – Divine Rivals.

Play Your Part by Kathryn Kincaid

Play Your Part was a solid hockey romance and an amazing debut! Tropes included enemies to lovers, fake dating, NHL hockey, and he falls first. I didn’t love the FMC initially, but she had a lot of character growth by the end of the novel which was nice! I’d totally recommend this one if you’re wanting to dip your toe into sports romance. You can read my full review here.
🌢️🌢️ / 5
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Rating

4.5/5

Behind the Net by Stephanie Archer

I love the cover of this one, but sadly it just didn’t do it for me. I expected a lot more hockey, but this book focused on the FMC’s music career quite a bit. I found the romance to be cheesy and a little cringey at times. Not for me! But I do know many people did enjoy this one.

Rating

2/5

Flawless by Elsie Silver

If you haven’t started the Chestnut Spring series yet, what are you waiting for?? I didn’t know I liked cowboy romance until this series! The whole “babysitting the bull rider” premise was a bit silly, but I loved the forced proximity, and the found family in these books is unmatched. Totally recommend!

Rating

4/5

Heartless by Elsie Silver

Heartless has been my favorite of Chestnut Springs so far! Reading the description of this book, I would’ve never picked it up! I’m not usually a single dad or kids fan, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. Cade is SO grumpy and Willa is so fun. And this book was spicy!!Β 

🌢️🌢️ 🌢️/ 5

Rating

5/5

The Curse of Saints by Kate Dramis

I really enjoyed this! It felt like Throne of Glass with Grishaverse magic, and more political intrigue.

The worldbuilding was overwhelming to me, but I was quickly invested in Will and Aya. She was crazy mean to him, but I loved Will. It was definitely a slow burn and maybe 1/5🌢. You can read my full review here.

Rating

4/5

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

This book was not what I expected at all, and I couldn’t put it down! The fun romance between rivals was only part of the picture, but it was my favorite part. (1/5🌢 not fade to black, but not overly descriptive either).

This was more of a historical romance with lots of war and action. Also, the cliffhanger is rough, so beware. Read my full review here.

Rating

5/5

Carnage Island by Lexi C. Foss

I decided to dip my toes back into Omegaverse, and this one was alright! The vibes were great and I loved the romance, but by the end I wasn’t interested in the pack politics.

3/5

Cultish by Amanda Montell

No spice or romance here! The audiobook for Cultish was available at my library and a few friends were reading it, so I picked it up too. It was a very interesting take on cults, and not necessarily the ones you may think of first!

Children of Fallen Gods by Carissa Broadbent

This is a great high fantasy series with a sweet romance, but it is very intense! New POVs were added to this sequel which I really enjoyed The world feels a lot bigger, the stakes are higher, and there are lots of twists. Really enjoying this series so far!

Rating

4.5/5

Forged by Magic by Jenna Wolfhart

This is what I wanted Legends and Lattes to be! Forged by Magic was such cute, low-stakes, fantasy. The plot was simple, the world building was easy to understand, it was just a great time! You can read my full review here.

Rating

4/5

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