I’ll give you all fair warning. This month I have mostly read novels in the general genre of romance, so if that’s not your thing then please feel free to stop reading now!
In general reading related blather, I’ve been really enjoying reading from my Nook again. In a strange way I’ve actually found it easier to read from whilst travelling around than listening to an audiobook. Anyway, this is me enjoying the scenery of Paris whilst reading…
A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English – Shappi Khorsandi***** ¦¦ This memoir is written by comedan Shappi Khorsandi, whose stand-up I’ve enjoyed for a while now. The book tells of her early life and focuses around her experiences of moving from Tehran to the UK at the age of 4. She also retells some experiences of other family members, which are pretty shocking in some parts. This book manages to toe the line between serious and funny extremely well. It’s not a laugh-a-minute book but that’s ok – it’s charming, wry and insightful instead. I’d highly recommend this.
Ransom – Rachel Schurig *** ¦¦ Here we go with the first of the ‘romance’ books. This book pleasantly surprised me, as I was expecting it to be a bit rubbish. There were definitely some tropes it fell into a little easily, but the characters were interesting enough to persevere with. The book centres around Daisy who has fallen out of touch with her male best friend Daltrey, due to some hard times she’s going through. Coincidentally, just as they fall out of touch is when Daltrey hits the big time with his band, the other three members of which are his brothers. The narrative switches from first person Daisy to first person Daltrey, which keeps things refreshing. It’s not highbrow literary work but it’s an entertaining page turner with nothing too stressful in it, so it suited me.
Release – Rachel Schurig **** ¦¦ So I decided to buy the next book in the series, seeing as I’d enjoyed the first. In fact, the second was even better, which never happens. The book deals with Reed, one of Daltrey’s older brothers, and Paige, and picks up after the first book leaves off. I found Reed and Paige a bit more relatable, or at least a bit more likeable, than Daisy and Daltrey. I’m now reading the third book in the series so consider me a convert.
Forbidden Surrender – Priscilla West ** ¦¦ I received these three Priscilla West book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. This is your typical good intelligent girl falls for millionaire bad boy story, which did show some promise to start with. However, then the plot points and dialogue started to veer towards the ridiculous and the main character started making some fairly silly decisions. Also, it’s quite racy in bits so not something to read somewhere where someone might be looking over your shoulder! And then it ended on a cliffhanger which made me a bit annoyed.Secret Surrender – Priscilla West * ¦¦ So onto the next book. In this book, any promise that the first one had to turn out decent basically vanished. It became clear that the best friend character was purely a narrator figure, whose dialogue served to point out the obvious to any dense readers. And then she exits stage left. The main character’s decisions went from questionable to totally unrealistic. It became a little Twilight-esque with tropical islands, and then *spoiler alert* a totally obvious accidental pregnancy was set up for the next book. Another cliffhanger ending.
Beautiful Surrender – Priscilla West * ¦¦ Really I’d say these three books counted as one. So we pick up the tale which has descended into the realms of total improbability, such that when the final dramatic cliffhanger happens I just don’t really care. The characters are all so unrealistic. The worst part happens at the end, where the main character’s concerns for the character flaws of her millionaire bad boy (which were annoyingly executed too, via a classic misunderstanding) all apparently vanish ***because of the baby***. And they live happily ever after as a family. Argh!
So if you’re someone who’s ok with the whole romance thing, I’d say give the Ransom books a try. For anyone else, I definitely recommend A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English.