Romances are not exactly my favorite genre, but occasionally I get in the mood for one, especially when I know they are funny. And these two are exceptionally funny and just so awesomely good. If I keep reading romances this good then I might just have to change my mind about the genre.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon (YA)
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
“Laughter is the music of the deep cosmos connecting all human beings that says all the things mere words cannot.”
This book was so good and it was way more than just a romance. The romance is very sweet and wonderful and made you want to believe in love even when it doesn’t end up working in the end. But this book was also about family and friendship and cultural identity and so many other things. Plus did I mention that it was funny? Well it was.
“I call myself Korean-American, always leading first with Korean or Asian, then the silent hyphen, then ending with American. Never just American.”
Plus I just adored Frank. I found his voice to be honest and endearing. I loved following his struggles with romance, his parents prejudices and life as a child of immigrants. I also appreciated the fact that this was a romance novel told from the male point of view. I don’t think we see that enough, or maybe we do but I haven’t encountered it much. I liked both Brit and Joy, but Joy was certainly my favorite of the two. The ending was a bit sad and rough, but realistic.
It looks like there will be a sequel coming out this year, and I will definitely be picking that one up.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca (Adult)
Publication date: September 3, 2019
“Like the stars, your love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.”
This was such a fun read. It had me smiling most of the time, and sometimes laughing out loud at some of the antics and comments the characters made. I loved the setting of a small town and the Renaissance Fair. Also there is a bookstore involved and maybe some kissing in said bookstore. Plus guys dressed as pirates and running around in kilts, what could be better?
“Birthday wishes were allowed to be lofty. I blew out the candles and let those wishes fly away with the wisps of smoke. The ones that were meant to be would come back.”
I liked Emily, but there were times when I got a little frustrated with her. She just broke up with her ass of a boyfriend, who really mistreated her and ruined her self confidence. So I understood why she kept misreading Simon’s intentions, but I think she was being a bit over-reactive about it. She just seemed to really get Simon sometimes but then totally misinterpret his words and actions. Of course Simon, was not always clear either. Let’s just say there were misunderstandings on both side of the relationship.
I listened to audiobook and it was well done. The reader, Brittany Pressley, does a good job and I would definitely listen to her again. The second book, Well Played, comes out in the fall and is about my second favorite character Stacey, which will be a lot of fun.
Do you know of another romance like these two that I might enjoy? Leave me a comment.