Fake dating, a common romance novel trope, is one of my favorites. I love the (usually) slow burn of two people realizing they have legitimate feelings for each other while pretending to be in love. Until the last quarter of this book, it was going to be a solid 4 stars but some last minute plot points took me out of the story. A solid romance that I wished was a bit more cohesive.Continue reading “If I Never Met You”
This book had been on my radar since last year when it started popping up on some best lists and when I saw how much it was being checked out at my library. I had heard mixed reviews but was looking for a quick, fun read that would fulfill one of my reading challenges. There were things that I loved about this book but I can’t say it was the best romantic comedy I’ve read. The writing was good though and I liked the characters enough that I enjoyed this book in the end.
This was my first Alyssa Cole book and I can safely say that I am a FAN. After reading this book, I want to read everything she has written and recommended. I am always looking to read more books by women and women of color and Cole has been on my radar based on the great reviews her books get and how well her books circulate at my library. I’m so glad I finally picked up one of her books. The premise is what got me interested in this book (and it fits a challenge requirement for me) but the writing, the story, and the characters are what kept me reading. This was an incredible historical romance and I highly recommend it.