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February 2021 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to my February wrap-up and honestly, I have a lot to talk about when it comes to this wrap-up. If you didn’t see my TBR post, then you won’t know that I tried to read 28 books in 28 days in February. At the time I’m writing this post, I’m hoping I will have met my goal and at this point, I’m a few books ahead of schedule.

With that being said, I knew I wanted to do my wrap-up a little bit differently than normal as 28 books is a lot to talk about and I honestly have some books I don’t want to talk about. Maybe I’m just starting to feel the burn-out when it comes to certain books but I’m just not feeling it. Either way, I’m going to split this up into three different categories.

The first category is going to be my top three favorite reads of the month, then my three biggest disappointments and then my biggest surprise read of the month. It’s a little bit different than what I usually do but hopefully, you all don’t mind too much. I’m actually going to start off with my disappointments and then get to the good stuff.

3 Disappointing Reads from February 2021

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1. Better at Weddings Than You

My first disappointing read of the month came via Mina V. Esguerra’s Better At Weddings Than You. I just couldn’t connect with this book and I’m upset because the premise sounded amazing. I talked about it more in my Golden Girls wrap-up but this book just wasn’t it for me.

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2. Set (Them Boys #1)

My second disappointing read came via Set by Alexandria House. I actually started this book on audio and then got the ebook as a freebie. However, I really couldn’t get into this book either as it felt like things were entirely too dramatic. I do love a good novella but this one just felt like things were entirely too dramatic for me and it read more like a soap opera for me. I’m actually in the minority with this one, but I do plan on reading more from Alexandria House in the future.

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3. Take It (On the Clock #1)

The next book I was disappointed in was Take It by Shae Sanders. I read her Halloween novellas last year and ADORED them so I’m sad about this one. It’s an office romance between a girl and her boss which was hot. However, it once again felt like some unnecessary drama was thrown in and it didn’t need to be. Plus it did feature some “Me Too” jokes which could have easily been edited out. I do plan on reading the rest of this series though but I’m just sad this one wasn’t as great as I’d hoped for.

My 3 Favorite Reads from February 2021

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1. Truth or Dare

My favorite read of the month had to be Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen. This is a friends-to-lovers story about a group of friends who bonded in college, remained friends and are getting together because two of the friends are getting married. Honestly, this book was incredibly well-written, super steamy and gave me everything I really wanted. Even the drama didn’t bother me too much. I just think this was the perfect book if you love friends-to-lovers and it was such a unique way to feature truth or dare as that becomes a big part of the book.

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2. A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day (Holidays with the Wongs #4)

My next favorite read from February was A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day by Jackie Lau. This is the fourth and final book in the Holidays with the Wongs series. This one follows Amber who has a romance with a guy who used to be her brother’s friend. They reconnect as adults while buying condoms and honestly, it goes from there. I appreciated this book for so many things including how sex positive it was, how accepting the two were of each other and how everything worked out. This book is easily my favorite of the series.

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3. Only When It’s Us (Bergman Brothers #1)

My final favorite book from February was Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese. I’ve heard a lot of hype about this book and I actually used it as a blogger rec pick from Sofia. This book ended up being so much more than I thought. It was a great new adult romance but also focused a lot on growing as a person, dealing with grief and honestly, just being better in general. This is easily one of my new favorite series and I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the books. If you’re waiting to read this book like I did, do yourself a favor and read it already!

Biggest Surprise Read of February 2021

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My biggest surprise in February was easily Candy Hearts by Erin McLellan. This is the second book in the So Over the Holidays series and the final one I had to read. This book follows Benji Holliday and the romance he has with William, a friend of his sister’s. I normally don’t read much m/m romance but this book just made my heart sing with how adorable the romance was. There was something about how willing Benji and William were to accept each other despite their quirks along with lots of cute pet-names and just pure unadulterated Valentine’s Day goodness. This book was just a delight and easily my biggest surprise of the month.

Credit to Pure Imagination Blog

That is my condensed February wrap-up and honestly, I really love how it came out. I might do this every month but with some stats mixed in there. Either way, I hope you all had a good reading month in February and I’m hoping for another good read month in March. I’m also hoping I’ll have some more exciting news to share then, too. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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