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June 2022 Mid-Month Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a mid-month wrap-up/recent reads so I finally decided to take the plunge in June. Basically, I wanted to talk about all of the books I read that I don’t talk about my wrap-up because I usually don’t get a chance to talk about them elsewhere.

Hopefully, everyone is fine with that and wants to hear my thoughts. With that being said, these are all of the books that won’t’ be featured in my end-of-month wrap-up and are books I’ve read between June 1st and June 14th.

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1. Wicked Beauty (Dark Olympus #3)

The first book I finished in the month of June was Wicked Beauty by Katee Robert. This is the third book in her Dark Olympus series and it’s a poly romance between Achilles, Patroclus, and Helen of Troy. This book has such an interesting concept as they’re all competing to become the next Ares. While I loved all of the character development for Helen, this book was SUPER hot and is the reason why I enjoyed it so much lmao. 4/5 stars

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2. Foolish Hearts

The next book I finished in the month of June was actually a re-read and that’s Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. It’s my fourth time reading this one and I absolutely adored it. I feel like I’ve talked this one to death but I had to feature it. 5/5 stars

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3. The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures

The next book I finished was The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures. This is a graphic novel basically chronicling ND Stevenson’s life and it was honestly so great. The drawings were amazing and it was honestly such a cute and fun read. I also enjoyed seeing how their journey to accepting themselves went. 4/5 stars

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4. Survive The Night

The next book is another one for the Golden Girls month-long readathon and this is the only book I had left on Riley Sager’s backlist. Survive the Night is set in 1991 and it basically follows this girl who ends up on a ride from hell and it’s basically her journey dealing with it. Honestly, this book was horrible and is easily one of the worst written female characters I’ve ever read and that’s saying something. 2/5 stars

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5. The Fastest Way To Fall 

The next book I read in the month was The Fastest Way To Fall by Denise Williams. This is a book about a girl who is a journalist and her trainer who she has a romance with. Of course, the two are hiding their identities and agendas in a way and it was SO good. The characters were great. The romance was great and the tension was just perfection. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the conflict and the ex-girlfriend drama that seemed a bit predictable. 5/5 stars

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6. The Dark One (Vicious Lost Boys #2)

The next book I finished was The Dark One by Nikki St. Crowe. This is the second book in the series and it basically keeps the same exact structure which is little plot and lots of smut. However, the moments of plot we got in here were just amazing as we learned more about Peter and his shadow, the other leaders in Neverland, and the backstory about the characters. This was dark and sexy but that cliffhanger has me dying for book 3. 4/5 stars

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7. Comfort Me With Apples

The next book I finished was one I didn’t plan on reading, but I wanted a short audiobook for work. I don’t want to say much about this book because I went into it, knowing nothing so I don’t want to spoil anything. Plus this is only like 100 pages and since I listen to it on audio, it was a little over 2 hours long. This one was everything I didn’t know I needed and couldn’t get enough of. 5/5 stars

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8. Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be

The next book I finished was a book I’d been thinking about reading for months. I’m subscribed to this author’s newsletter and I really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, I just didn’t. Maybe it’s because I’ve done extensive research and written about this topic before, but this book didn’t give me any new information or help me learn more. If anything, it felt entirely too surface-level. Plus the focus wasn’t as tight as it should have been so honestly, I was just disappointed. 2/5 stars

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9. She Said Yes

The next book is actually one I didn’t know was coming out until the author posted about it. This is a sequel to If She Says Yes which is an age-gap romance between a guy and his best friend’s mom. This one was honestly incredible from the start as it picked up from where book 1 left off. While the conflict was pretty realistic yet predictable, I really enjoyed this one. It was super steamy, fast-paced and honestly, such a perfect summer read for me. 4/5 stars

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10. The Dating Playbook (The Boyfriend Project #2)

The next book is one I finished for a few reasons. Firstly, I know I’m going to be writing up a post featuring this book so be on the lookout. Second, I was eager to see if I enjoyed it more than the first book in the series, and lastly, I adore this cover so I wanted to see if it ended up being as good. Either way, I really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars

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11. Sweat and Soap, Volume 11 

The next book I finished was the final volume of Sweat and Soap. I honestly almost didn’t pick this one up because I didn’t want it to end. However, I absolutely adored this volume and I’m so happy these characters got their happily-ever-after. Plus I just felt so happy and excited for them that I cried lmao. I just adore this series and I know it’s one I’m going to want to revisit in the near future. 5/5 stars

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12. The Hideaway Inn (Seasons of New Hope #1) 

The Hideaway Inn is a book I picked up for the Queer Romance Readathon and it was a second-chance m/m romance between Vince and Tack. While this was a cute story at times, Vince was such an off-putting character and he blamed Tack for a lot of things that weren’t actually Tack’s fault. I know that he was angry and hurt, but he was so rude to Tack when Tack worked to be better. I’m sad because this book is set in the state I live in but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. 3/5 stars

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13. Daddy Crush

The final book I read during the first 14 days of June was Daddy Crush by A. Anders. This is a romance between a Jersuda, a naive 25-year-old, and her neighbor, Karl who is 43. This book focused a lot on the age gap and Karl taught Jersuda a lot about sex and intimacy. While I wanted to love it, some parts of the book felt a little bit cringe but maybe that was just me. Either way, this book was hot and was one of my backlists reads that I’d forgotten about. 4/5 stars

Credit to Pure Imagination Blog

As you can see, the first 14 days of June were pretty good in terms of reading. While I didn’t love everything, I did read a lot of books I enjoyed. Be sure to let me know if you enjoyed this mid-month wrap-up and I”ll keep doing them, but this was fun.

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