February has been a busy month! Between work, writing, and everyday life, I didn’t have a chance to read as much as I wanted to over the last 28 days. I still managed to read 5 books though, so I’m definitely still ahead of my Goodreads goal for this year!
Here’s what I read during February!
(all summaries and covers from Goodreads)
1. Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon
All Dr. Sloan Copeland needed was someone to watch her kids. What she found was the man of her dreams…
After a nasty divorce and a thousand mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting the hang of their new life in Los Angeles. When their live-in nanny bails with no warning, Sloan is left scrambling to find a competent caretaker to wrangle her smart, sensitive girls. Nothing less will do.
Enter Rafe Whitcomb. He’s all of those things, not to mention good-natured and one heck of a whiz in the kitchen. He’s also tall, and handsome, and bearded, and ripped, and tatted, wrist to neck.
It doesn’t take long for the Copelands to invite Rafe into their home. Just as quickly, both Sloan and Rafe find themselves succumbing to a heady mutual attraction, neither of them wants to deny. With every minute they spend under the same roof, this working mom can’t help but wonder if Rafe can handle all her needs…
**This stand-alone romance is fluffy. So fluffy. It’s fluff. Low. Angst. Fluff. featuring a large tatted, motorcycle riding ginger man, who bakes a mean bacon quiche and knows exactly how to wrangle clever six year olds while making their mom feel loved, loved, loved.**
2.5 out of 5 stars
When I saw this in my library’s selection of ebooks, I couldn’t say no. I mean, that cover? A buff male nanny? Interracial romance?? Fluff??? Sign me the heck up.
It was everything it said it would be. Fluffy? Check. Sexy? Check. Light hearted? Check. Honestly, it was exactly what I needed to read at that moment.
Now, while I enjoyed it for the most part, I can’t ignore the fact that the writing style was pretty choppy at times and it could have used a little more editing. Also, some of the dialogue made me seriously cringe and I wish the author utilized pronouns more often instead of constantly saying the characters’ names.
And yes, I know it was just supposed to be pure fluff and all, but it felt like it was missing an arc of some sort. I needed a little something more, but I didn’t get it.
2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.
Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
5 out of 5 stars
I love all of the Obamas, but Michelle’s my number 1 and this memoir cemented that.
There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said about it. This book is so touching, empowering, and beautiful that it honestly moved me to tears at times. It made me feel like I could actually relate to her, that some of our experiences were the same, which is comforting, even more so when it’s one of your idols. I JUST LOVE MICHELLE, OKAY.
3. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.
So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.
But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.
2.5 out of 5 stars
Yes, it’s another Christina Lauren book, don’t judge me!!! They’re just gonna keep showing up on these lists until I run out!!!
Once again, we’ve got a CL book with sex in the second chapter, so this felt a little more like the style I’m used to from them compared to Roomies, which felt like a pretty big departure. However, similar to Roomies, this had a bit of a slow-burn plot, though it was better executed this time around.
I liked Reid—even though he was kind of bland and boring—and the friend group was fun. Plus, Millie and I definitely share a lot of the same interests (serial killers? I’ll Be Gone in the Dark? I’m here for it) so it was nice to read an FMC like that for a change. That said, I know the main plot of the book is based around a lie/catfishing, but ugh, the way it was handled didn’t sit quite right with me.
So while this was a relatively enjoyable read, the last third of the book definitely had me grimacing once again.
4. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.
Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.
Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?
1.5 out of 5 stars
I can feel your judgement for reading two Christina Lauren books in a row, but I have no shame!! Also, blame my library, these holds pretty much became available at the same time.
This is an interracial romance, which is definitely a change for CL because, let’s be honest… they write a lot of white characters. So it was nice to see this bit of diversity from them, but it was a pretty lazy attempt. Plus, our quirky, wild, chaotic, and eye-roll inducing FMC could never seem to say the MMC’s Korean name right, which—hoo boy—I did not like. Not one bit! Her attempting to pronounce his name became a bit of a “joke” but I couldn’t find it funny.
I liked Josh for the most part, but I could not for one second understand his attraction to Hazel. Like, I get people sort of glom onto you, but Jesus, he should have pried Hazel away when he had the chance. Don’t get me wrong, I have a darling friend who’s similar to Hazel, but at least she knows when to shut her mouth and leave a person alone. Our FMC absolutely did not.
The romance was just okay, nothing to write home about, and the general writing was good enough that I almost feel bad about this rating. But oh my God, unless you like extra “quirky” main characters who truly take it all overboard, be wary of this one.
5. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.
When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…
At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…
3 out of 5 stars
I really wanted to love this. Interracial romance (where both MCs are POC!), sports, an FMC who’s a writer, a super cute pediatrician MMC… what more could you want?
Well, as it turns out, a whole bunch more.
While this was definitely a cute romance, it felt like it was lacking some, well, passion. It all felt a bit bland and the sometimes stilted writing didn’t help. I did, however, like how it discussed certain issues and how the characters were all pretty relatable. But ack, that big misunderstanding towards the end just made me want to heave a sigh.
So while I enjoyed this for the most part, I was also pretty disappointed that it didn’t live up to its potential.
Five books this month wasn’t too shabby! I wish I could have enjoyed some of them more, but hopefully March will bring better things.
Did you read anything good this month? Any recommendations you want to share? Let me know in the comments!