August was a really solid month of reading for me. I really loved most of the books I picked up which is a huge win in my book. My favorite book of this month was probably The Life That Mattered by Jewel E. Ann, but it’s hard to pick this month because I finally picked up Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and have been fully immersed in that world all month.
Books I read in August 2021
If you are one of my book friends you probably already know that I am a HUGE Jewel E. Ann fan. I have been working my way through all of her books and I have almost read them all. This duology is probably my second favorite of hers (behind the Jack and Jill series). I was on the edge of my seat throughout both books. They are one of those can’t put down, can’t sleep, walking around with a book in your hand all day kind of books. I would categorize it as a romantic suspense (my fave) with a small touch of paranormal. This book is not a light-hearted romance read at all. It is intense….which I LOVE. I gave 5 stars to both books in the duology!
A few years ago, I read Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series and absolutely loved it so when I was sent a copy of this book by Samantha’s PR company I was VERY excited (THANK YOU!!).
Much Ado About You is a cozy contemporary romance that follows Evie as she takes an extended vacation in a small coastal town in England. She rents an apartment above a bookshop and takes a temporary position running the store a few days per week. She ends up falling in love with not only the town and the people living there but also the local farmer, Roane. I gave this adorable book 4 stars. If you are looking for a light-hearted romantic comedy, read this!
I almost left this one out because out of all the Jewel E. Ann books I’ve read I have never had anything negative to say, but this one just missed the mark with me a little. It is a romantic suspense about Addy, a vegan chef and cafe owner and Quinn, a successful businessman from New York. Now, don’t let me give off the vibe that this book was bad because it wasn’t bad by any means. I actually loved the storyline and their relationship a lot. The book is angsty and emotional. They start out really resisting a relationship with one another, both agreeing their connection be purely physical, but the story progresses and we get to see their relationship develop.
The only issue I had with it was the redundant steamy scenes. Seems like a ridiculous thing to complain about, but there are A LOT and I feel like it takes away from the story just a little bit. I’d still probably give the book 3.5-4 stars and I am currently in the middle of the second book.
I decided to lump all of these together because I read them back to back so quickly that I am not even sure I could differentiate between what was in each book. So I have been putting off these books for a LONG time. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses and LOVED the series so much that I just knew it was her best work and that I was going to hate Throne of Glass…I was so wrong (haha)!
I absolutely love the characters in this series. Rowan and Aelin being my favorite of course. I don’t want to write too much about it as I am on book 5 and wouldn’t want to give anything away, but on Goodreads I rated all of the books 5 stars except for Heir of Fire which I gave 4 stars. I felt like the first half or so of Heir of Fire was a little slow, but it definitely picked back up!
I actually read this series quite a long time ago, but this book in particular (book 2 in the series) is going VIRAL on TikTok so I figured I would pick it back up and let myself love it again. Which I did. I gave the entire series 5 stars back when I read it the first time and I give this one 5 stars again!
It is a dark romance. It is a mafia romance. So if you don’t like this kind of genre definitely don’t read it. If you do like this genre, I will be personally offended if you DON’T read it ;). Christian Allister is….SWOON.