Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read by the pool

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today we’re talking about good books to read by the pool. When I think of pool reads, I think of cute romances that are light on the drama. The ten books below fit the bill for me! I read most of these books in one sitting… or at least within a day or two.

What are your favorite poolside reads?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that awaken the travel bug in me

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is ten books that awaken the travel bug in me, which was a little difficult since I’m one of the (seemingly) very few people in the world that does not like to travel.

I get so stressed out!
I worry about everything!
I’ll probably embarrass myself trying to communicate in a foreign language!
I feel like I have to do something every minute or otherwise what was the point in getting myself there!

But, that said, I did come up with ten books that kind of, sort of made me feel like I might want to pack a bag and go somewhere.

🤩 Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett: First of all, Jenn Bennett could make me want to do anything. But this story of two former friends-turned-enemies-turned-lovers made me, a person who hates the very idea of camping, want to go spend a week in the wilderness.
💋 The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde: I don’t really like the ocean. I like sitting on a beach next to the ocean (not in New Jersey, though) but not actually being in the ocean. That said, the yacht trip in The Brightsiders sounded like so much fun and is something I would’ve loved to do with my friends back in the day. Or even now.
⛩️ Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: I loved the setting in this book! It takes place in Japan and it’s so vivid — the karaoke clubs, the trains, the hustle and bustle of daily life. It would be so fun to visit.

🌳 The Green Unknown by Patrick Rogers: I mentioned in my review that this book made me want to pack up and explore an unknown country. A couple months later, I stand by that statement.
🌀 Break of Day by Andie J. Christopher: Yeah, I know, they get stranded in Cuba during a tropical storm. But the whole thing is so romantic and it just really made me want to go to Cuba. Maybe not during hurricane season.
✈️ The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane: Okay, here’s another one that’s a little weird. The whole premise of the book is that the main character is stranded in Ireland after her plane crashes. But the people she meets are so nice! The scenery is so vivid! I would love to visit Ireland under better circumstances.
💔 Frenched by Melanie Harlow: I might be in a relationship that’s going on ten years… but I might still also be a little tempted to take a trip to France to see if I can meet anybody like Lucas.

🤸 Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie: Basically, I just want to meet the love of my life, Luka Kotova. Going to Vegas is secondary.
💍 Roomies by Christina Lauren: I basically live down the street from NYC. (Okay, it’s a short train ride, but still.) Is it really considered a “travel bug” when a book makes me want to hop on the train and go to a bunch of musicals and meet a cute subway musician? I’m going to say yes.
⚜️ The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey: I think that of all of R.S. Grey’s books, this one has the most vivid scenery. It’s set in New Orleans and I really just want to go eat a bunch of food down there.

Did you participate in this week’s theme? What books make you want to pack a bag and explore the world? Let me know in the comments!

Book review: The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

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Ten years ago, teenage Lauren was enamored with the handsome law student who rented a room from her parents. Being a true gentleman, Beau never took advantage of the situation or led Lauren on in any way. Still, Lauren’s heart broke as Beau rejected her advances and circumstances beyond their control led to separation without so much as a goodbye.

In the present day, Lauren and Beau are reunited at a party.  Their attraction is electric, but Lauren isn’t going to give in so easily. Even though she knows that Beau was right to reject her all those years ago, she still wants to give him a taste of his own medicine. And even though in her heart she knows that Beau wants her more than anything, her head keeps coming up with reasons why their relationship is a bad idea.

R.S. Grey is one of my favorite authors, but I haven’t loved the last couple books of hers that I’ve read. This one, though, took me right back to that warm, fuzzy place that I’ve come to expect. This book is funny again, something that I definitely noticed was missing from The Fortunate Ones. Lauren is just the right blend of quirky and silly and Beau is the right combination of swoony and gruff.  And the slow burn! I forgot how much R.S. Grey makes you wait for the good stuff! This might be the slowest of her slow burn romances, but I loved it. She’s so good at sexual tension. You could cut it with a knife. Or maybe ignite an entire apartment with it.

I just loved this book so much.

Final rating: ★★★★★

Monthly Favorites: February 2018

I had nine really highly-rated books in February, so I decided to mix things up and pick one book from four different genres! I hope all my months going forward have so many great books.

New Adult: The Beau & the Belle by R.S. Grey
Young Adult: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (overall winner!)

Nonfiction: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Adult Fiction: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

What’s the best book you read in February?