Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s recs post, I decided to go with sophomore novels as a theme. If you didn’t know, this is the second book an author has published and I feel like this is such a unique idea. Maybe I’m just full of myself, but I’m so happy to be doing this so let’s get into them. 🙂
1. The Last Time I Lied
The first book is actually not a romance and that’s The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. This is a thriller featuring a girl who had a traumatic event happen to her at a summer camp and it’s her telling that story along with her going back to the camp. I won’t give away TOO much but I adored this one. I’m not big into thrillers, but I’ve been reading them this summer and this one was a solid read.
2. First & Then
Of course, I have to feature Emma Mills on this list and her second published book is First & Then. While not my favorite of hers, this is a delightful read. It’s a YA romance between a girl who is writing something for her school paper and a popular mysterious football player. While in some ways it’s a product of its time, I really do enjoy it. It’s a bit cheesy but a lot of fun.
The next book is one of three romances on my list. This is an f/f romance featuring one of the side character’s from book 1. This one follows Domino and Sabrina who have a disastrous meet-cute and then they end up getting closer as Domino hires Sabrina to help organize her house. If you’re looking for some cute f/f romances, I highly recommend this one.
4. White Whiskey Bargain
The next book I have to rec is one of my favorites form last year. White Whiskey Bargain is a slow-burn marriage-of-convenience featuring two whiskey distillers. This book focuses on them dealing with their businesses and coming together as a couple. I absolutely adore it and I’m so excited to finally finish Jodie Slaughter’s backlist.
5. Make A Scene
The final sophomore novel I have to rec is Make A Scene by Mimi Grace. This is a sweet, low-angst romance between Retta and Duncan who decide to fake date to help each other out. It was such an adorable romance, pretty slow-paced but I didn’t mind it. Plus that cover is just everything.
1. Monday’s Not Coming
The first sophomore novel on my TBR is one I’ve been wanting to read forever. I’ve read a few of Tiffany D. Jackson’s books and have enjoyed them all. This is one I’ve been wanting to read but I have no idea what it’s about. I feel like it’s going to be an intense contemporary and I have to be in the right headspace for that.
2. Our Year of Maybe
The next sophomore novel I have on my TBR is Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon. I absolutely loved the two books of hers I’ve read. This one is another one of her YA outings and I think this one follows an intense subject matter. Either way, I want to read all of her back list.
3. The Witch’s Wolves
The next sophomore novel I have on my TBR is The Witch’s Wolves by Ellie Mae MacGregor. I honestly don’t know anything about this one. However, I’ve been eager to see what she’s going to write next after I read The Naughty List. Definitely on my August TBR.
4. In Her Closet
The next book I have on my TBR is In Her Closet by Tasha L. Harrison. This one is about a woman who writes a sex advice column in a magazine, I believe. Honestly, I haven’t read a Tasha L. Harrison before and my library has some so I NEED to finally get to her books.
5. The Queen of Dauphine Street
The last sophomore novel I have on my TBR is The Queen of Dauphine Street which is book 2 in the NOLA Nights series. I know this book follows the ex-wife of the love interest in book 1 and honestly, it just sounds delightful. I loved the first book in this series so I might even get Scribd so I can get it for a slightly cheaper price. 😛
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