This month I finished 2 thrillers, one chick lit and one piece of fiction. It is a shorter list this month, but I enjoyed all 4 books. I hope you find one that you enjoy too!
Love on the Brain by Al Hazelwood- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ /5. I loved this book! A cute, fun, and entertaining chick lit by the same author that brought you The Love Hypothesis. Bee has just been offered her dream job working at NASA. However, when she finds out that her co-lead is her archenemy from grad school, Levi, things get complicated. In a classic enemies to lovers trope, Bee and Levi but heads, while working together to complete their project. They clash, sparks fly, and there is even a bit of sabotage sprinkled into the plot. I highly recommend for a quick, easy read.
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ /5. Growing up, Percy spent 6 summers on the lake in Barry‘s Bay, with the Florek boys living next door. Over the years, her relationship with Sam, the youngest of the brothers, grew and grew. He was someone that she could not live without… that was until everything changed over Thanksgiving more than a decade ago.
Now, returning to the lake after so much time has gone, Percy must confront her past and the decisions that she has made. How will she feel after she sees Sam as an adult? Did he become a doctor like he always dreamt of? Will he forgive her for her big mistake? Will she even have the courage to tell him? A story of young love, regret, and a whole lot of nostalgia. Predictable, but cute, easy to read (even with the dial timelines which isn’t a favorite of mine), and enjoyable.
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham- ⭐⭐⭐ /5. This was my book club's pick for September and I gave it the lowest star rating of our bunch. Chloe was just 13 during the summer that 6 teenage girls went missing from her small hometown in Louisiana. At the end of summer, her father was arrested for the crimes. Twenty years later, Chloe has a successful career and an upcoming wedding to plan for in her new town of Baton Rouge. However, when a teenage girl goes missing, in a very similar fashion to her father’s victims, the past is quickly brought to the present.
With her father in prison, who is committing these terrible crimes? Do we have a copycat? How does it all connect back to Chloe and her family? Is Chloe at risk? This thriller had a few twist that I didn’t completely expect, which is always a positive for me. However, it also had elements of the story that didn’t fit, and were not needed. An average thriller in my books.
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn- 4 stars For my September BOTM pick, I chose this as my pick before I loved the idea of this book! Four women in the 60’s, who just retired, are on a celebratory vacation together. They spent the last 30 years of their lives working together as assassins. However, on their luxury cruise, they quickly find out that they are being targeted for termination. Someone from within their clandestine firm has put out a hit on them.
The women quickly revert back to their lives as assassins and plan their escape off the ship. However, they now have a new mission ahead of them… surviving the next round of assassins that will be sent their way. While staying safe, the women plan their revenge. The book is fun, action packed, and exciting, all while giving us a little trip around a world. I really enjoyed the story, as it was a great BOTM pick!