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Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute, flirty contemporary RomCom set in small town Kinship, Idaho. Maggie is a house flipping YouTube star that moves around the country, buys homes and lives in them while she renovates them online. Her latest buy is a huge Victorian mansion that requires a lot of work. While vetting contractors for the project, Maggie meets hunky landscaper Silas and his pitbull rescue dog Kevin. Silas is a huge flirt and is determined to break down Maggie’s walls, worm himself into her life, and convince her to finally put down roots.

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I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was June’s book for my online book club, We Get Lit. It’s a very cute YA Queer Rom Com set during the last couple months of the main characters’ senior year at a private Christian high school in a small town in Alabama. Chloe Green moved to Alabama from L.A. with her two moms. She spent four years of high school avoiding gossipy popular kids and jocks, happy with her nerdy theater friends. The only thing keeping Chloe going is winning valedictorian. Her only competition is beautiful prom queen, and daughter of the principal, Shara Wheeler.

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Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a dark and gritty contemporary fiction about a 17 year-old girl in Oakland, CA struggling to take care of herself and older brother. It’s based on the true story of a young girl that was sexually abused by a group of police officers. The abuse was difficult to read at times, but it’s an important story to read and is further evidence of how broken the system is at times.

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Off Script by Ashley Marie

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I tried really hard to like this contemporary romance more, but just couldn’t do it. It has all of the fun tropes you can want, working relationship frenemies, fake dating, celebrity MCs and the entertainment industry, but I just couldn’t get past the male MCs behavior.

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Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was the May choice for our “We Get Lit Book Club” Instagram book club. It was also my very first Colleen Hoover book, and I’m glad it was. I enjoyed this contemporary romance/drama about a mother’s quest to reunite with the 4 year-old daughter she had to give up.

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The Maid by Nita Prose

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a good contemporary mystery/thriller. Molly Gray is not your typical young woman. She has trouble reading the intentions of others and struggles with social skills. Until now, her grandmother helped her navigate the world by creating simple rules that Molly could live by. It’s those rules that kept her going when her beloved grandmother died.

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Starry-Eyed Love (Spark House #2) by Helena Hunting

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute and fun contemporary romantic comedy involving London, a woman running a family bed and breakfast in Colorado with her sisters, and Jackson, a NYC millionaire media mogul. At the beginning of the book, London has just broken up with her boyfriend, so when Jackson approaches her in a bar and asks her out, she politely turns him down. She’s just not ready to date yet.

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The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute contemporary romance set in the science world of Stanford University. Third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith, is focused on her career and doesn’t believe in long-lasting relationships. But, her best friend Anh does and so in order to convince her that she isn’t interested in her ex-boyfriend anymore, Olive kisses the first person she runs into in the hallway. The problem is, that person just happens to be young hot-shot professor Adam Carlson. He’s smart and gorgeous – but also a total jerk that has ruined many Ph.D. candidate’s lives, including friends of hers.

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My Mother’s Eyes: A short story by Jeremy Ray

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 stars

This is an outstanding short story about a young boy’s journey through regret and grief as he sits vigil over his comatose mother in the hospital. Fourteen year old Jodie tries to memorialize his mother by drawing her, which his older brother doesn’t like and finds creepy. Each of Jodie’s sketches are almost complete – except for his mother’s eyes. He just can’t seem to get them right.

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