Lucky – Marissa Stapley // This was a fun, quick read. A con artist, who learned everything from her dad, wins a 13 million dollar lottery, but can’t come forward because if she does, she’ll be arrested. This one was super short and only took me about a day to read, but I definitely liked it.
The Weather Girl – Rachel Lynn Solomon // I had dubbed this summer the summer of no-murder (spoiler: I didn’t follow it), but Nadine recommended this one to me, and it was such a sweet little romance. I loved the TV station atmosphere, and I loved how Russell was a normal-sized dude – normally in rom-coms, they’re all rippled muscle, so it was nice to see size-inclusivity on the male side, too. It was so sweet, and I couldn’t put it down.
Real Easy – Marie Rutoski // I have mixed feelings on this one. Strippers are murdered with a weird calling card of a crown marked into their feet by the killer. The book goes through the perspectives of the stripper characters (which I actually really loved) and the law enforcement as well. I thought the book hinted at who the killer was pretty early on in the book, and I thought it pretty obvious. I don’t think it took away from the book, but the strippers and their differing personalities is what really carried this book.
Don’t Look Now – Mary Burton // I got this book off Prime Reading while I was waiting for a book to come off hold at the library (I was #1 on the wait list, but didn’t want to just wait around with no book!). It definitely kept my attention – a serial killer of young girls is on the loose, and when the detective almost catches him, he hits her head causing damage to an ocular nerve and essentially blinding her, but she doesn’t want to stop searching for him. It kept my attention, and it was a quick and easy read.
The Book of Cold Cases – Simone St. James // I saw some bad reviews on this one, but I wanted to tackle it anyway, and for the most part, I really liked it. There was some supernatural stuff, which isn’t normally my jam, but it sort of fit the narrative, so I just went with it. I really liked the ending and how all of the characters were completely flawed. Good quick read.
Hearbroke – Chelsea Bieker // I’m honestly not sure what to say about this one – and I mean that in a good way. It’s a book of short stories that deals with the lives of so many flawed individuals. Storygraph describes it as “united by the stark and sprawling landscapes of California’s Central Valley, the characters of Heartbroke boil with reckless desire,” and that’s about 1000% better than anything I could say about it.