I am, once again, woefully behind when it comes to writing reviews these days. 2022 has been a busy year with loads of change happening and I’ve found myself with less and less time to sit and write reviews. Though I’ve been reading a ton! Perhaps that is the problem 😂
That being said, I thought I would try and catch up with some of my reviews by talking about three books I’ve finished from one of the year long reading challenges I’m doing in 2022. I’ve not been doing great with my 22 in 2022 TBR, but I’ve checked up a good amount from my 12 friends, 12 recommendations TBR! And, today, I’m going to finally review three of them.
This was such a delightful read! It made me realize that food + romance may just be my thing, because I loved the backdrop of this sweet story. Two rival bakers competing to bake a royal wedding cake while also working together on a hit baking competition is apparently the recipe to win my heart, haha. Not only did I get a cute (and sometimes steamy) romance, but I got to drool over delicious sounding desserts at the same time. Win-win!
I truly enjoyed the chemistry between Sylvie and Dominic, though Sylvie is hands-down my favorite character. Sorry, Dominic… but she has an enchanted forest in her bakery’s basement! That’s a default win! They were both wonderfully written and complex characters, though, and I truly enjoyed getting to know them throughout this book. There were a few plot points that stretched the imagination, but, overall this was a charming and fun romance that left me smiling from ear to ear.
And the steamy bits weren’t half bad, either 😈
Ahhh, I loved this book! I’m so glad I picked it up because this lush and engaging fantasy was a breath of fresh air. We follow two women: Priya is a hand maiden tasked with caring for the exiled princess, Malini. But both of them are so much more than what they seem and their meeting heralds a change that will effect all that live in the kingdom.
The world-building in this book was excellent which makes it very easy to get lost in this story. I loved the magical system that was developed in the book and the setting practically came to life on the page! There were moments in the plot that felt kind of slow, to me, but they were few and far between. Most of this book is filled with intrigue and action that will have you in it’s grip from beginning to end.
My favorite part of this book, however, is definitely our two main characters, Priya and Malini. They are such beautifully imagined characters that felt so very real. I enjoyed watching both of them grow and reach for what they wanted throughout the story. And I loved watching the romance blossom between the two of them. I cannot wait to read more of their story in The Oleander Sword later this year!
TIFFY + LEON!! That’s really all I wanted to say after finishing this book. I love them so much!!
The Flatshare follows two wildly different people who find each other, and love, when they start sharing an apartment. The thing is, they don’t even meet each other until almost halfway through the book because Tiffy has the flat in the evening while Leon is at work, and Leon has it during the day while Tiffy is working. So they’re attraction blossoms through notes they leave each other around the house and it’s SO CUTE!
Now, this book gave me the adorable romance of my dreams between two people I would love to be friends with if they actually existed. It also, however, takes a pretty hard look at emotionally abusive relationships. I went into this expecting fluff, so the depiction of what Tiffy has suffered (and continues to suffer) because of her ex threw me for a bit of a loop. But I think the author handled it in an excellent fashion, even if it gave me anxiety 😅
Short story shorter, Tiffy and Leon deserve forever happiness and now I want to read more books by Beth O’Leary!