Read Me Romance… playing catch up!

Posted March 29, 2019 by Berls in Read Me Romance, Review / 3 Comments

Read Me Romance

Have you heard about the Read Me Romance Podcast yet? If you enjoy audiobooks and romance, I highly recommend you subscribe.

The Read Me Romance podcast is hosted by us— New York Times bestselling authors Alexa Riley and Tessa Bailey. We bring you a new, original audiobook novella every week from one of your favorite authors! Simply subscribe and listen for free on your phone’s podcast app. Prepare to swoon!Read Me Romance
And since I’m loving the hell out of it, I thought I would start reviewing the podcast. This will be a bit about the podcast and a bit about the books. Since I have been out of it for a while I’m going to do a quick recap of the books from the past several weeks – which means I don’t actually have notes on the podcast this week. I did 4 books last week and I have 3 more this week (including the most recent week). After this week’s catch up, hopefully I’ll get back to giving you podcast notes as well.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Read Me Romance… playing catch up!Roping the Cowboy on February 25, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
five-stars

An unforgettable one-night stand filled with heat and passion starts the unraveling of a love-hate feud between a small-town baker and an arrogant cowboy.

When Katarina shows up at the Circle B Ranch Bed & Breakfast to serve her new gluten-free, sugar-free, organic pastries, Braxton decides to make her life hell for kicking him out the next morning and then pretending he never existed.

First step, make fun of her tasteless muffins.
Second step, get revenge.

Soon the duo are at each other’s throats, getting even until things go too far and the chemistry burns too hot.

Kat claims their night together meant nothing.
He’s determined to prove her wrong.

My top thoughts:

Oh I just loved this Read Me Romance title! It was so fun! I love when people have an instant connection that they try to deny and actually let it turn to temporary hatred and feuding. The antagonism – fueled by lust really, right? – was great in this book. It never went TOO FAR but it went far enough to be bad and hilarious. I loved the chemistry and I was really happy with the way Kennedy fox wrapped the story up. I will definitely plan on reading more from her.

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Read Me Romance… playing catch up!Rated Ex on March 4, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
three-stars

Rules of surviving a breakup:

1. Do avoid your ex like he's a bill collector
2. Do block his emails and change your phone number if necessary
3. Do bury your head in the sand while you try (and fail) to get over him
4. Don't talk to him when he shows up while you're in the middle of the blind date from hell
5. Don't agree to go home with him when says he needs to talk to you

Let’s hope I don't come to regret breaking rules four and five within minutes of Mason Cleary swooping back into my life.

My top thoughts:

So I liked how this one started – a REALLY bad date with an asshat insulting her so badly, she’s actually convinced that it’s one of those TV setups. I just didn’t love where it went from there. I think what I wanted was for her to be right and the guy to be actually pretty cool and them to end up having a connection.

That’s not what happened at all – he was for real, it was not a fake date, and she’s rescued by an ex. An ex who she broke things off with because she thought they wanted different things and she had her heart broken because they didn’t really talk it out. They had good chemistry and I did enjoy watching them fix what was broken. But it was kind of a meh story for me because there was no real romance to build – it was already there. It didn’t even really feel quite like a second chance romance to me, because they both already loved each other and knew they loved each other, they just had to let the other one know it.

The chemistry worked and made for a fun quick read overall. And the narration was good, so I overall enjoyed the book. I think I would have really enjoyed the full story – starting with the romance and the breakup and then coming to where this one picked up- a lot more though.

3 stars Just Okay

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Read Me Romance… playing catch up!An Instant Connection on March 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
three-half-stars

A chance meeting. An instant connection. Mitch and Mandy burn hot, but when the smoke clears, and things get real, can their feelings stay strong?

This story is a stand-alone with no cliffhanger.

**Book contains bonus material**

My top thoughts:

I liked the chemistry between the main characters in this Read Me Romance title. Even though it would likely bother me in real life, I liked the way Mitch is super persistent and just won’t let Mandy say no to a date with him. It’s a super fast connection, but it has believability, in that it’s not just insta-love, which I also like. The twist was way too obvious for me and the way it was handled was so not believable at all, so for me that took it down a couple stars. I want a HEA that has a bit more plausibility. The narration by Alexandra Shawnee and Noel Harrison was just okay for me. Their voices were a bit too different to go together for IMO, like I almost had 4 different characters instead of 2. On their own the narration would have worked a bit better. I preferred Noel’s voice ranges to Alexandra’s but overall both were good.
3.5 stars pretty good

Berls Review of last few weeks on @Readmeromance catching up with Roping the Cowboy, Rated Ex, and Instant Connection Click To Tweet

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 17 year old on the planet. I also have the privilege of teaching Kindergarten. I love what I do and you can expect it to bleed into my posts. Teaching is a big a part of me as my family and reading. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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