Continuing this as a monthly post, even if I end up with none.
The Billionaire and the Librarian by S.E. Rose
I received this book for free from Wildfire Marketing PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Billionaire and the Librarian by S.E. Rose
Series: Once Upon a Billionaire Rom-Com Series #1
on September 21, 2023
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Wildfire Marketing PR
A stubborn librarian. A grumpy billionaire. Three giant dogs. And a surprise blizzard. Nothing could go wrong here.Isa Garren is determined to save her small-town library. As the head librarian, she’s nearly secured a grant, but she’s just missing one key thing…a collection of first-edition books. Lucky for her, she’s learned that a local billionaire happens to have one. Unlucky for her, she hasn’t heard back from him after countless attempts to contact him. But in an act of desperation, she’s about to go knocking on his door.Adam Wellington just wants to be left alone. If he’s learned anything, it’s that life is easier with only casual relationships. He’s resigned to his solitary life. He certainly would never fall for a woman who shows up on his doorstep.When an unexpected snowstorm, wreaks havoc on both their plans, these two enemies are forced to stay warm under the same roof. Will Isa be able to thaw Adam’s frozen heart, or will these two opposites let their feelings for each other melt away when the clouds clear?
I was so excited for this one, and it started out okay. But then, things just got really weird when they were snowed in and all of a sudden he was into her and the sex was going to be kind of him being forceful, and not that I don’t like that, but it was just out of nowhere and I just couldn’t go on. I gave up at about 34%. I’d wanted to read this author for a while, think I have some free books, but don’t know if I’ll pick any up again.
The Chaperone by M. Hendrix
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Chaperone by M. Hendrix
Published by Sourcebooks on June 6, 2023
Genres: YA Dystopia
Source: the publisher
Like every young woman in New America, Stella knows the rules:
Deflect attention. Abstain from sin. Navigate the world with care. Give obedience. Embrace purity. Respect your chaperone.
Stella can't go out by herself, or spend time with boys except at Visitations. Girls in New America must have chaperones at all times until they marry, so Stella's lucky that Sister Helen is like a friend to her. When Sister Helen dies suddenly, she's devastated, especially when the Constables assign Stella a new chaperone just days later.
Sister Laura is... different. She leaves Stella alone at the library (isn't that illegal?) and knows how to get into the "Hush Hush" parties where all kinds of forbidden things happen. As Stella spends more time with Sister Laura, she begins to question everything she's been taught. What if the Constables' rules don't actually protect girls? What if they were never meant to keep them safe?
Once Stella glimpses both real freedom and the dark truths behind New America, she has no choice but to fight back against the world she knows. She sets out on a dangerous journey across what was once the United States, risking everything.
So, this might be a weird thought, but I think this was probably a really good book. I just got it at a time I had a lot of other books to read and review, and it was really long, AND it was basically just a retelling of The Handmaid’s Tale from the bit I was reading. I only got to 14%, but still I didn’t feel like picking it back up again. So, I will still probably buy it for my library, I just didn’t have the time or energy to read it. I might be missing out, but I think I’ll be okay, and I think you might still want to give it a chance if it sounds good to you!