The Fake Date

About the Book:

The Fake Date (Brides of Beaufort Book 4) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: The Fake Date
Series: Brides of Beaufort #4
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: June 29th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

My rules as Mr. Fake Date? Weddings only. Kissing has a surcharge. And catching feelings is absolutely forbidden. What could go wrong?

As a professional wedding date, I have strict boundaries.

Feelings make things messy, and I need this side gig because my pay as an active-duty Marine isn’t nearly enough to cover my old man’s medical bills.

Then my pops shocks me with one of those gut-wrenching “Make me a promise, son” kinda talks, saying he wants me to give up this fake-dating business and find something real.

But then the bookish stunner I’ve been low-key crushing on for over a year suddenly needs my services.

And even though this gorgeous woman and her beautifully different brain could be the one to make me risk it all, I’ll be her perfect fake date … and then I’ll walk away.

Because despite the promise I made to my pops, I won’t fall in love with her only to lose her like I’ve lost everybody else.

I can’t.

Book Review:

I always love love love Jess Mastorakos books and this was just another amazing book! The Fake Date is about Lyndi and it is the fourth book in Jess Mastorakos’ Brides of Beaufort series. 

I loved learning more about Lyndi. She had been in previous books but you did not know that much about her. I loved Lyndi’s little quirks and the things that made her different. She was introverted, a bookworm, and overthink everything. She was just such a relatable character. It was fun to read about Lyndi as she figured out how to be herself and how to let others in. She was a wonderful character. Lyndi would have to figure out if Beau was worth the uncertainty of life, he was a Marine and there was no guarantee of where he would end up. 

Beau was also a sweetheart. I was so excited to see that he was going to end up with Lyndi. Beau was a fake date for hire but he was also kind. He did enjoy his side job but he never let anyone in. He had lost people at a young age and he was guarded. However when he agrees to fake date Lyndi, he finds himself opening up. She had a way of breaking down his walls. Beau will have to decide if Lyndi is worth it and if he is willing to risk love. 

Beau and Lyndi were a sweet couple. I really liked how they were able to connect with each other and how they truly saw the other person. Beau and Lyndi were both people who put up walls but around each other they could be themselves. The romance was so sweet and cute. They did have some bumps to go over especially since they were fake dating. However I never felt like the book was awkward or moving too fast or slow. 

The side characters were fun and I love seeing cameos. Mastorakos does cameos so well! The relationship between the main group of friends is always a lot of fun because they get each other. I am super excited for the next book! Chase has been a side character in so many books and it is cool that he finally gets his own book!

The Fake Date was amazing as Mastorakos’ books always are! I would definitely recommend this book! I am also counting down the days until the next book, The Contract.The Fake Date is a clean contemporary Marine romance.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Almost Everything

About the Book:

Almost Everything: A Christian Cowboy Romance (Wolf Creek Ranch Book 2) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Almost Everything
Series: Wolf Creek Ranch #2
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: June 17th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Her fairytale ending turns into a disaster. Can her brother’s best friend convince her that she was chasing the wrong happily ever after?

Everly Cooper had it all. A successful fiancé, a dream home being built, and the life she always wanted away from the spotlight.

And then it all crashed and burned… publicly, and her brother’s best friend, Blake, was all too eager to race to her rescue.

Blake Lawson left the world of professional football for the small town life five years ago. His friend, Ridge, needed help, and being closer to Everly was more than just a bonus. He’d been silently in love with his best friend’s sister for years. He had everything he could possibly want, except her.

Blake refuses to watch her cry over a man who didn’t deserve her. He’s ready to fess up to Everly and show her how a real man treats the woman he loves.

When Blake’s plan to win her heart backfires, he’ll have to figure out what loving someone really means before he loses Everly forever.

Almost Everything is the second book in the Christian romance Wolf Creek Ranch series.

Book Review:

This was just a sweet book! I enjoy reading Mandi Blake’s books because they always shine Christ throughout the book and they have happily ever afters. Almost Everything was another wonderful book! I was excited to see how this book would turn out and it was really good!

Everly was such a sweet character, she was really thoughtful and kind. I liked Everly from the beginning and I felt so bad for her as she tried to pick up the pieces of her life. She had everything until it all crashed and burned. I loved how strong Everly was and how she tried to lean on God even when her life felt crazy. However Everly also had to learn how to stand up for herself and how to rest in God’s plan.

Blake was a fun character. He had loved Everly for a long time but he stayed away because she was engaged. However now she was single but she was also reeling from her break up. I liked how honorable Blake was and how he respected Everly. He didn’t try to push his feelings on her. It was cute to read about him interacting with Everly and seeing how much he liked her. He really cared for and he wanted her to be happy. Blake would have to learn how to listen to Everly and not just try to fix things for her. 

Blake and Everly were fun to read about together. They had an easy chemistry especially because they had a lot of history together. Blake was Everly’s brother’s best friend and he was also her friend. I liked the easy interactions. It was interesting to read about them falling in love and working through their struggles. They had a lot of hurdles to jump over. 

I really liked the side characters and I spotted at least two different books in the making! I liked Everly’s brother, Ridge, and I am super excited for him to get his own book. It looks like there is going to be quite a story. 

Almost Everything was a lovely read and I would totally recommend it! The characters are sweet and I love how faith is woven so seamlessly into the story. Almost Everything is a clean Christian contemporary romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Edward and Amelia

About the Book:

Edward and Amelia by [Karen Thornell]

Title: Edward and Amelia
Author: Karen Thornell
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 6th, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance

The last thing Amelia Kennington wants is to participate in the London Season. But the daughter of a duke is not afforded such opinions. She must put forth a subdued facade, but beneath it is a well-hidden fire that surfaces only when provoked—such as when an overly familiar gentleman startles her and she falls into the Serpentine.

Edward Drayton, the Earl of Norwich, has gained a reputation as Society’s most decorated rake. And while there are benefits to such a reputation, it no longer gives him the satisfaction it once did. This Season, he plans to find a wife—except she seems to find him instead. And she is nothing like he expected.

Scandal is inevitable following Edward and Amelia’s ill-conceived meeting, forcing them to marry. Amelia’s disdain for this man she hardly knows is more than clear, and Edward’s pride is wounded before their marriage has even truly begun. Yet, against all odds, the two slowly let their guard down, discovering the truth of who they married. But when Society gossip, a sister’s jealousy, and long-held secrets threaten their budding relationship, the unlikely couple must determine if their unconventional love is strong enough to withstand the opposition they face.

Book Review:

This book was just too cute! I loved everything about it. Edward and Amelia is Karen Thornell’s second regency book, and it was even better than her first! Edward and Amelia is such a fun book. Marriages of convenience are one of my favorite troupes and this was just amazing!

Okay so first I loved the characters; they felt so real and relatable. I was able to connect with them right from the start. They were fascinating to read about, and I loved seeing behind their walls. The plot was absolutely fantastic and I loved reading about Edward and Amelia connecting. There were just a lot of amazing moments, and the side characters were also lovely. 

Amelia was super sweet but she was also fiery and full of life. I felt for her as she had to endure her family. It was fun to read about her interacting with Edward, there were times when she was able to be herself. I loved Amelia from the beginning and I really enjoyed her growth throughout the book. She learned to be herself and to trust Edward. But Amelia will have to decide if she is willing to risk her heart for love. 

Ah, Edward, poor Edward. He had a lot going and honestly he was a mess at times but I adored him. Edward had been putting up a front for society for so long and now he was trying to figure out who he truly was. Edward didn’t believe in marriage and yet he found himself married to Amelia. There were times when he started to believe it could work, but Edward had to learn to fight for Amelia and figure out how to love her.

All in all, this book was simply amazing! I would totally recommend it! I loved everything about it, the characters were engaging and the story was interesting. I read it in one day. Edward and Amelia is a clean regency romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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So That Happened

So That Happened: A Romantic Comedy by [Katie Bailey]

About the Book:

Title: So That Happened
Series: An Accidental Romantic Comedy
Author: Katie Bailey
Release Date: June 3rd, 2022
Genre: Rom-com

I spent the night with a hot, grumpy stranger in an airport hotel.

No, not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter. It was just sleeping. And… maybe a little cuddling.

Long story short, I embarrassed the heck out of myself. But at least I never have to see him again.

Except the universe is clearly out to get me, because Monday morning, I arrive at my new job and who’s the first person I see?

Hot stranger himself: Liam Donovan.

AKA my new boss.

AKA Annie, you are so freaking screwed.

While the HR rulebook doesn’t explicitly say you can’t share a bed with your boss, I can read between the lines. And I need this job.

Which is why I have to pretend that night never happened. Luckily for me, sexy as Liam—excuse me, Mr. Donovan—is, he’s surly, rude and totally not my type.

Or so I keep telling myself.

Because I’m starting to think there’s a warm, gooey cinnamon roll with extra frosting lurking beneath that impressive, muscular form.

I promised I’d never choose between my career and love.

But when a scandal threatens to break, that promise could prove impossible to keep…

Book Review:

An enjoyable rom-com perfect for summer reading! Annie has a lot going on. After her flight is delayed, she is forced to stay at an airport hotel, in the same room as a hot, grumpy stranger. Not that anything happened except sleeping…and maybe some cuddling. Needless to say, it was an embarrassing time, at least she never has to see him again. Except for when she arrives at her brand new job and who is her new boss? The same stranger from the flight, Liam Donovan. But she needs the job, so she needs to pretend that the night never happened. Good thing that Liam, or Mr. Donovan, is surly, rude, and definitely not her type. Except there seems to be a warm, gooey center under all the sternness and muscles. But Annie has promised herself that she will never choose between her career and love, and when scandal threatens to break that promise, what will she choose?

This was really fun! I will admit, some of the situational humor leaned towards awkwardness, so there were some points where I was feeling the second-hand embarrassment. However, I am particularly sensitive to second-hand embarrassment and I did find a lot of it pretty funny! It was overall lighthearted and very fun to read. I loved the dynamic between the Donovan siblings, they teased and supported one another. I really enjoyed reading about them all, especially Legs! She was adorable and so funny! I loved how she had everyone wrapped around her finger. I also appreciated Annie’s determination and focus. She was awkward and a bit all over the place in her head, but I definitely saw some people I knew in her and was very endearing. I also thought Liam was so sweet, I love the grumpy outside and soft inside! 

I enjoyed reading this! It definitely feels like a summer read, perfect for warm lazy days! It was also really fun to see cameos of some of the characters from the other books! It is a close-door romance, and very enjoyable!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

An Unlikely Alliance

About the Book:

An Unlikely Alliance: An Uplifting Inspirational Romance (K-9 Companions Book 7) by [Toni Shiloh]

Title: An Unlikely Alliance
Series: K-9 Companions #7
Author: Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 28th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

To save her animal shelter,
She’ll have to work with her biggest foe…

With her emotional support dog at her side, Jalissa Tucker will do whatever it takes to ensure the survival of the local animal rescue—even ally herself with her nemesis, firefighter Jeremy Rider. As working together dredges up old hurts, putting the past aside could be the key to their future joy. But can Jalissa resist falling for the man she’s always considered the enemy?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Book Review:

This was a great read! It took me a bit to read it, but once I really took the time to start it I really enjoyed it. An Unlikely Alliance is written by Toni Shiloh. This book is standalone but it does have some old characters from An Unlikely Proposal. I always love Toni Shiloh’s books so I was super excited to read this one!

Jalissa was kind of hard for me to get at first. She was a bit abrupt and generally saw things only one way, but I grew to like her as I got to know her better. Jalissa was stubborn but she was also kind, she really cared for the animals at the shelter and she would do anything for them. I also liked learning about Jalissa’s anxiety and how it did not define her as a character, but how it did not shy away from it. Jalissa was rough around the edges because of her past, but she learned to trust God and what it meant to forgive. 

I thought that Rider was the sweetest! He worked hard to care for those around him and he had a heart for kids who had experienced bullying. Rider was kind and he worked hard, I liked how he tried to understand Jalissa and be open. His past made him wary of her but he was willing to put it aside to help the kids who had experienced bullying at SAFE. 

Jalissa and Rider had a rough start, they did not like each other at all. However they were willing to put aside their differences to save the animal shelter and SAFE. It was fun to read about them interacting and seeing them fall in love. They were enemies to lovers, and were drawn together by the same cause. The storyline was interesting and I was interested to see how Jalissa and Rider were going to be able to raise money in order to save the animal shelter and SAFE. 

An Unlikely Alliance was an enjoyable read! It was fun to see old characters too! I liked how Shiloh was able to weave faith and forgiveness so seamlessly into the book. I would definitely recommend this book! An Unlikely Alliance is a clean Christian contemporary romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Ensnared

About the Book:

Ensnared (Knights of Brethren Book 3) by [Jody Hedlund]

Title: Ensnared
Series: Knights of Brethren #3
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Release Date: June 14th, 2022
Genre: YA Historical Romance

During a time when legends were born . . .

ENSNARED

A poor maidservant struggling to survive, a brave knight who secretly loves her, and a chalice that has the power to unite them.

Nursemaid to the Earl of Likness’s two young daughters, Mikaela despises the earl for his cruelty to his subjects, and she longs for the day when she can make a difference in the lives of her suffering friends and family.

As one of the Knights of Brethren, Gunnar is on a mission to find the sacred chalice for the queen, convinced it’s the cure for her deadly bleeding disease. His quest takes him home, and he soon learns his brother, the earl, may know more about the chalice than he lets on.

As Gunnar reunites with Mikaela, the maiden he’s always loved, he tries to keep his feelings for her a secret, desperate to protect her from his brother. But as they venture into the perilous Hardanger Forest and battle to survive, will Gunnar realize her love is worth fighting for?

Book Review:

I have a book hangover; this was just so good! This book did not disappoint! Ensnared is the third book in Jody Hedlund’s Knights of Brethren series. I have been eagerly awaiting this one and it was of course wonderful! Ensnared follows Gunnar as he searches for the holy grail. His journey will take him home, home to the only woman who has ever held his heart, Mikaela.

I really liked the characters in this book. Both Mikaela and Gunnar endeared themselves to me from the beginning. Mikaela was such a strong female character and yet she knew when she had to be silent. She was a servant to an evil man, but she tried to stay true to herself and protect her family. Mikaela had to learn to trust God and Gunnar even when things felt crazy. She had to fight for what she believed in and hope for a better future. 

Gunnar was another awesome character; I loved reading about his development and growth. He had always tried to hide from his brother, slipping under the radar. But when he came home again, he knew that he would have to stand up for himself especially if he wanted to protect the woman that he loved. Gunnar had to fight for what’s right even if it meant going against his brother. He had to learn that sometimes taking the first step of faith is the hardest especially when it means going against your family.

Gunnar and Mikaela were cute together. They had history, but it was also soured by deceit. They had to learn to trust each other again and how to fight for their love. Gunnar and Mikaela also had to figure out how to keep their friends and family safe from the evil overlord. Will they be able to come together and save not only each other but also Mikaela’s family?

I really enjoyed the plot and I was engaged throughout the whole story. The characters were great and I am super excited for the next book. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see how Gunnar and Mikaela were going to end up together. They were facing so many odds. All in all, this book was amazing.

I loved, loved, loved Ensnared and I would totally recommend it! It was a wonderful addition to the series. It could be read standalone, but I think that it is best read in the series. Ensnared is a medieval YA book inspired by the stories of King Arther and his knights. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Engaging Emma

About the Book:

Engaging Emma by [Elle M. Adams]

Title: Engaging Emma
Author: Elle M. Adams
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: May 2nd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

As a successful doctor in Los Angeles, Tucker Madsen left his small-town roots behind long ago, trading his flannel shirts for a glossy lifestyle and a beautiful fiancée. But when his mother requests his help to sell the family farm, Tucker reluctantly returns to a place that holds more memories than he cares to admit. Normal, Missouri, was the site of the golden days of childhood—and the blush of first love. 

Tucker fell in love with Emma McAllister at seventeen, but when youthful promises of forever ended in heartbreak, he and Emma both moved on. Or so they thought. When they are unexpectedly reunited at the Madsen family farm, both are unprepared for the rush of feelings that brings into question everything they thought they knew. They could never have imagined that now, years after they were torn apart, fate would offer them a second chance in the place where it all began. But when faced with the realities of the separate lives they’ve built, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

Book Review:

This was a fun debut novel. I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into the story, but once I really started it I ended up enjoying it. Engaging Emma is written by Elle M Adams and it is a clean contemporary romance. 

Emma was an interesting character. I did not really connect with her but I was able to get to know her. She had been hurt before and she was just trying to protect herself and build a life for herself. I did feel for her as she worked to run her company well. I loved how she cared for the people around her, especially Miss Lily. Emma had to learn to forgive and also how to let people past her walls. The past did not have to define her. 

Okay so Tucker, I did like. I felt bad for him. He tried hard to care for his family but he was also dealing with guilt. Tucker had left his grandmother’s town and in a sense never looked back. He wanted to leave those memories behind but he never recovered from his summer romance with Emma. Tucker had to figure out what he wanted in life and make sacrifices for the things that are most important to him. 

Tucker and Emma were second chance lovers so they had a lot of hurt to work through. There were things that were out of their control and they had to learn to work together again. It was interesting to read about them interacting and getting to know each other for a second time. They had a lot of ground to cover, but in the end it was sweet. 

The side characters were a lot of fun! I thought that Miss Lily, Tucker’s grandmother, had quite the personality. Nina, Emma’s best friend, was also a nice addition to the series. 

Overall, I enjoyed Engaging Emma and I am excited to see what else Adams writes. Engaging Emma is a wholesome, clean contemporary romance.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

In the Beautiful Country

About the Book:

Title: In the Beautiful Country
Author: Jane Kuo
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Release Date: June 14th, 2022
Genre: Children’s Fiction

For fans of Jasmine Warga and Thanhhà Lại, this is a stunning novel in verse about a young Taiwanese immigrant to America who is confronted by the stark difference between dreams and reality.

Anna can’t wait to move to the beautiful country—the Chinese name for America. Although she’s only ever known life in Taiwan, she can’t help but brag about the move to her family and friends.

But the beautiful country isn’t anything like Anna pictured. Her family can only afford a cramped apartment, she’s bullied at school, and she struggles to understand a new language. On top of that, the restaurant that her parents poured their savings into is barely staying afloat. The version of America that Anna is experiencing is nothing like her dreams. How will she be able to make the beautiful country her home?

This lyrical and heartfelt story, inspired by the author’s own experiences, is about resilience, courage, and the struggle to make a place for yourself in the world.

Book Review:

As the granddaughter of immigrants, this book made my heart ache. I have grown up in a very diverse community, but I have heard stories about the struggles of not knowing English and the confusion that comes with learning America is not what you thought. This book is based on the author’s real life experiences, so it feels extremely authentic and real. I adored this book!

  The book is told in first person narrative, and it is also a novel in verse. It tells the author’s story about leaving Taiwan for America. She shares how she thought it would be bigger, better, but instead she is teased everyday for being different. Her family struggles too, facing the hardships of running a business and the loneliness of not speaking the language and having no friends or family nearby.

I often struggle with novels in verse because it’s harder for me to understand the story. However, this one was so wonderfully written where I could understand and stay into the story but still appreciate the poetry. Kuo is vulnerable in sharing her story, and she is so relatable! I loved how she did not shy away from telling the hard details. It is so hard, and people can be incredibly cruel.

But she also shared the good things. The friends they made who stayed by them even through difficulties. The closeness of their family who chose to work together and hold true to their values. I appreciated the fact that she was honest to her parents, and I loved the fact that she and her parents had meaningful dialogue. I think too many middle grade novels focus on the mistakes of parents too much and ignore the wisdom they have. 

Overall, I loved this book, and it took me less than a week to finish it! She painted  a beautiful story about humanity’s resilience, cruelty, and kindness. And she shared the lasting message of choosing to be kind even when others are cruel. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

In Honor’s Defense

About the Book:

In Honor's Defense (Hanger's Horsemen Book #3) by [Karen Witemeyer]

Title: In Honor’s Defense
Series: Hanger’s Horseman #3
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June 7th, 2022
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

He’s Faced Countless Perils on the Battlefield, but Nothing so Dangerous as Falling in Love.

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life–for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he’s left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she’d have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke’s attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris’s brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.

Book Review:

This was just a wonderful end to this lovely series. I have greatly enjoyed Karen Witemeyer’s Hanger’s Horsemen series and I was excited to read the conclusion to this series. In Honor’s Defense is the final book and much awaited! It did not disappoint and I loved everything about this book!

Luke Davenport, Preach was one of the characters I did not know as well. But it was a lot of fun to read about him and learn more about him. Preach had a rough childhood and he was also on guard in going back to his old ways. Luke was a sweet guy, he looked rough on the edges but he was just looking for a place to call his own. It was cute to read about him interacting with Daramis and her nephew, Nathaniel. Luke was fighting his demons, but he was also learning to let people in. 

Daramis Baxter was the perfect match for Luke. I really liked Daramis, she was so strong. She left her home to care for her nephew and she gave him unconditional love although he was difficult. Daramis was used to being invisible, forgettable, but being with Luke allowed her to feel seen.

Daramis and Luke were cute together! I liked how they balanced each other and helped make each other better people. It was interesting to read about them falling in love and read about Luke trying to protect Daramis and Nate. Daramis and Nate had worked their way into Luke’s heart and he wasn’t about to let them go. 

This book was very exciting and I was on the edge of my seat reading it! I did not want to put it down. It was interesting to read as Luke tried to protect Daramis and Nate and figure out what was trying to hurt them. The storyline was interesting and engaging. The characters were of course a lot of fun and it was cool to read about old characters!

In Honor’s Defense was a great book and I would definitely recommend it! In Honor’s Defense is a clean christoian historical romance. I also enjoy the faith aspects that are woven into Witemeyer’s books and this one was not different. If you enjoy historical Christian romance, then you will like this one. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

My Mechanical Romance

About the Book:

Title: My Mechanical Romance
Author: Alexene Farol Follmuth
Publisher: Holiday House
Release Date: May 31st 2022
Genre: YA

Opposites attract in this battle-robot-building YA romance from the NYT best-selling author of The Atlas Six.

Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel—and Neelam, the only other girl on the team, doesn’t seem to like her either.
 
Enter Mateo Luna, captain of the club, who recognizes Bel as a potential asset—until they start butting heads. Bel doesn’t care about Nationals, while Teo cares too much. But as the nights of after-school work grow longer and longer, Bel and Teo realize they’ve made more than just a combat-ready robot for the championship: they’ve made each other and the team better. Because girls do belong in STEM.
 

Book Review:

This was a fun read! I was drawn to this book by the cover and the title. It sounded like a fascinating book and I was really excited to read it and see how it would turn out. My Mechanical Romance is written by Alexene Farol Follmuth. 

Bel was a relatable character. She was a senior in high school and yet she didn’t know what she wanted to do or what school she wanted to attend. She was just trying her best to get through high school, but then she gets put on the robotics team and she starts to see things differently. However things in the robotic team are more difficult than it seems. The only other girl hates her and the boys don’t listen to her. To make matters worse she has to deal with Teo, a guy who has ambition, drive, and single-minded focus. Will Bel be able to survive the robotics team?

It was fun to read about Bel as she started to find her place. I thought that she was a pretty cool character, she was just so talented with building and creating things. However Bel also had no drive and she needed to learn that things in life don’t come easy. Bel had to figure out what it meant to reach for her dreams and strive for it. 

Teo was also interesting. He was so focused on school and doing well, but at times he got a bit sexist. I have to admit, I did not like Teo at first but he grew on me. He didn’t see Bel or listen to her and that was so frustrating. But I did like his growth in the book as he learned to step back and listen to his teammates. 

Teo and Bel were a cute couple, they were very different and so they balanced each other out. It was interesting to read about the robotics part, I know nothing about robotics so if what Follmuth wrote was true, it is very cool. I also liked how Bel was half Filipino, I am half Filipino and I am always looking for books that represent Asians. I was very happy to see Bel and Neelam, the other girls standing up for girls in STEM. I was disappointed in some of the boys and even male teachers who did not think that Bel and Neelam were good enough. But unfortunately that is how things are. However I did like how by the end of the book people began to see past gender. 

Overall My Mechanical Romance was a fun book. The characters were engaging and the storyline was cool. There were a couple of innuendos and a few curse words but otherwise it was clean. I would recommend it to those 15 and up. My Mechanical Romance is a sweet YA novel. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.