December 2020 Wrap-Up | Christina Lauren, David Yoon, Holly Jackson…

Whenever winter rolls around, all I want to do is curl up in bed and read as many books as I possibly can (even with a Hallmark movie softly playing in the background). Does anyone else have a multi-tasking brain that can’t always handle pure silence? I usually like to listen to music or have my tv on in the background when doing work.

I’m trying to get back to blogging a little more regularly for the new year. I don’t always have the time or patience to sit down and write comprehensive reviews these days, but I’d like to at least compile the books I’ve been reading and share some of my opinions.

โ†  Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson
Advanced Reader’s Copy – Netgalley
My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (4/5)

As suspenseful and thrilling as the first installment, but there’s always something about the first installment in a series that just excites me the most. Regardless, this was a great continuation of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and I look forward to Jackson’s next book.

โ†  Friends Like Us by Sarah Mackenzie
Advanced Reader’s Copy – Netgalley
My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (3/5)

A very close read-alike for Susan Mallery’s The Friendship List. Definitely for fans of summer chick-list romances about grown female friends.

โ†  The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Paperback, 400 pages
My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (4/5)

A summery enemies-to-lovers romance that really got me back in the swing of contemporary, newish-adult romance series. Olive’s general unluckiness in life is so painfully relatable!

โ†  Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon
Hardcover, 368 pages
My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (4/5)

This was such a fun read and it had been a while since I read YA. I hadn’t read David Yoon’s previous book, but the “mistaken identity” premise of this one was hilarious and I love that this features Asian-American characters. Definitely a nostalgic one for anybody who has done something stupid to impress their crush!

โ†  The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Kindle, 161 pages
My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (3/5)

A steamy Christmas novella about two colleagues who keep getting each other’s emails because their names are reverses of each other’s (Kennedy Riley & Riley Kennedy). I’m not usually a fan of novellas in general because I’m not a fan of rushed character development, but this was a fun little festive treat.

โ†  In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Paperback, 307 pages
My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (4/5)

This “Groundhog Day” esque story was so stinkin’ adorable and even though the female protagonist didn’t end up with who I thought she would, it was a lovely Christmas read!

โ†  Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily (Dash & Lily #3) by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Paperback, 256 pages
My rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (3/5)

It had been a long time since I read the previous Dash & Lily books, but I do faintly remember them being funny (especially book 2). This was just ok–I forgot how broody Dash is and how annoyingly chipper Lily can be. But something about them just rings true of teen spirit. The London setting just didn’t feel authentic to me, but maybe readers who like romances in other countries will like this more than I did.

โ†  The Boyfriend Effect (Frisky Business #1) by Kendall Ryan
Kindle, 200 pages
My rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (3/5)

For fans of stories about girls falling in love with their brother’s best friend. Quick, sexy read that was easy to get through–I liked the “forbidden romance” dynamic between the main characters. The premise implies that Maren will give Hayes lessons on how to be a good boyfriend, so I expected some sort of “dating-role-playing” scenario, but I’m glad that wasn’t the case. Also, the sex-toy business that Hayes and his colleagues run is just…amazing!

โ†  My Brother’s Roommate (Frisky Business #2) by Kendall Ryan
Kindle, ?? pages
My rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (3/5)
T/W: Sexual abuse

Another “I’m in love with my brother’s bff” story that was also a quick read, but not quite as good as the first. Definitely heavier than book 1 as one of the protagonists struggles with sexual intimacy due to being sexually assaulted as a teen.

โ†  Reckless (Irresistible #6) by Stella Rhys
Kindle, 349 pages
My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (4/5)

I didn’t even realize there was a 6th book in this series and I just learned that it came out on my birthday (June 6)! As you can imagine, I was ecstatic when my Kindle recommended this to me and so I purchased it immediately! I just love this series–contemporary romance and sports!

Let me know in the comments how many books you read in December. Any holiday reads that you really enjoyed?

xo jasmine

Instagram | Goodreads | 2021 Reading Goal: 1/105

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