Amanda Reads: The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach

This week, I’m writing about Kat French’s The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach. (Full disclosure: I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review).

This title is yet another one of the romance titles I’ve picked up this summer in my thirst for quick, light reads. This one is a sugary sweet as the berry-infused rum that pervades the island on which it takes place, and I mean that in both good and bad ways.

Bed and breakfast on the beachThere was a lot about this book that I liked. The, er, romantic scenes were compellingly written and, since there are three main characters, varied.

The island setting made me feel like I was reading on the beach, which was a nice touch.

The three main female characters were written convincingly as nuanced, unique individuals, and their love interests (to varying degrees) were fairly well-rounded, as well.

In the beginning, I read through pretty quickly and was gripped with the building romances… but then the plot became a thing and I got distracted by how ridiculous it was.

The premise of this book was perhaps too much a flight of fancy for being the third or fourth romance title I’ve read this summer. I know romance is often about fantasy, but personally I need a plot I can at least somewhat buy in order to be engaged.

In this one, three women buy an island villa on a whim while on vacation, then move to the Italian island to run said villa. Once there, they discover they signed up for more than they thought, since the island’s supply of super-secret gin is produced at the villa. Which, okay. But also… what?

One love story seemed central in spite of the three characters seemingly set up as equal narrators (the chapters shift between third person filters of each woman’s experience).

In addition, the main problem that the women would have to solve became all too immediately obvious, and the ominous vibe set up by the introduction never quite felt earned.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book well enough, but it isn’t one I’d want to return to. It’s a fun, light book for when you’re wanting to really escape the ordinary–and engage in suspending your disbelief, as well.

Amanda Reads: The Law of Attraction

This week on Amanda Reads, I’m writing about yet another Romance title, because that seems to be my jam right now. Roxie Cooper’s The Law of Attraction caught my eye due to the comparison to Legally Blonde. It comes out June 23rd (this Friday!), which means I’m dropping my disclaimer: I received an advanced review copy of this one via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

What I liked about this book… The Law of Attraction

The main character’s name is Amanda, which is always fun. She had compelling motivations and goals above and beyond the love story throughout the book, which made her feel real and relate-able… mostly.  She’s not set on getting a man–she’s set on getting her career, and the man just sort of happens along the way. All the yes to that.

She’s got a female friend who she talks to about things other than men, so A+ for that.

Her mentor is a delightfully eccentric character.

What I didn’t like…

The Big Secret she’s hiding throughout most of the book also turns out not to be as big a deal a we think it will be, but I suppose that’s pretty plausible considering the fact that human guilt and emotion is rarely rational.

I didn’t really buy the romance between her and The Love Interest. They weren’t really developed much on the page and their sexy time moment comes early on and seems to be the basis of why they fall in love, which… yes, okay, but the end (spoiler) has him meeting her family, so I was a bit confused as to how we got from A to B.

There’s A Thing happening that is, I think, really obvious to the reader but Amanda just doesn’t get it. It seems so obvious that it becomes irritating when Amanda doesn’t get it.

All in all, this one was fun, but I don’t know that I’d read it again. It does have a Legally Blonde sort of feel to it, so I’d say fans of that movie should pick it up. I’m forever forgetting that personally, I don’t actually like that movie all that much, so this book may have just not been entirely to my taste from the get go.