REVIEW: The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea

Release Date: November 9, 2021

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Rep: bisexual side character, wlw side character

CW: panic attacks

Summary: A woman who wants nothing to do with love or friendship finds both in the unlikeliest ways in this hilarious and heartwarming debut by Kerry Rea.

Once upon a time, Willa Callister was a successful blogger with a good credit score, actual hobbies, and legs that she shaved more than once a month. But after finding her fiancé in bed with her best friend, she now spends her days performing at children’s birthday parties in a ball gown that makes her look like a walking bottle of Pepto Bismol. Willa dreams of starting fresh, where no one knows who she used to be, but first she needs to save up enough money to make it happen.

Maisie Mitchell needs something too: another bridesmaid for her wedding. After a chance encounter at a coffee shop, Maisie offers to pay Willa to be in her bridal party. Willa wants nothing to do with weddings–or Maisie–but the money will give her the freedom to start the new life she so badly desires.

Willa’s bridesmaid duties thrust her into Maisie’s high-energy world and into the path of hotshot doctor Liam Rafferty. But as Willa and Maisie form a real friendship, and Liam’s annoyingly irresistible smile makes her reconsider her mantra that all men are trash, Willa’s exit strategy becomes way more complicated. And when a secret from Maisie’s past threatens to derail the wedding, Willa must consider whether friendship–and romance–are worth sticking around for.

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LIST: 5 2022 debuts i’m unbelievably excited for

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I know we still have a few months left in 2021, but naturally, I’m already looking forward to 2022…because of the books! There are so many great ones coming out next year. The debut list is looking particularly amazing, so here are 5 2022 debuts I’m unbelievably excited for!

Of course, there are other debuts I’m hyped for or still need to discover! These are just a few that I’ve been thinking about all year. This list also includes a mix of young adult and adult books from a span of March to September. As of writing this, September is a full year away, so there are still preorder links and covers to be revealed!

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LIST: pick an emoji and i’ll rec you a 2021 release (pt. 4)

We’re in the last quarter of the year, so that means the last post in this series for this year: pick an emoji and I’ll recommend you a 2021 release from October through December! You can see the other posts from this year here: part 1 (January through March), part 2 (April through June), and part 3 (July through September).

As always, adult and new adult releases are marked as such; also, the emojis aren’t spoiler-y and are mostly attuned to the cover or the general summary of the book.

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REVIEW: Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi

Release Date: October 5, 2021

My Rating: 4 stars

Summary: Once upon a dream, there was a prince named Ambrose
and a princess named Imelda who loved each other…
But alas, no more.
“What a witch takes, a witch does not give back!”
their friends and family warn.
They resign themselves to this loveless fate…
A year and a day pass.
And then their story truly begins…

Embark on a perilous journey with Imelda and Ambrose as they brave magical landscapes and enchanted creatures on their quest to reclaim their heart’s desire…But first they must remember what that is… Immerse yourself in the beauty of a highly unusual fairy tale by New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi.

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MINI-REVIEW: Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey

**I received a review copy from a giveaway hosted by the publisher. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey

Release Date: June 22, 2021

My Rating: 4 stars

Rep: lesbian side character, bisexual side character, Black side characters

CW: mentions of death of a parent (mother)

Summary: Acting like she’s in love with her handsome nightmare of a co-star–in a movie directed and produced by her complicated Hollywood royalty family–is Sloane’s job. But what happens when the lines between script and reality get blurred?

Out-of-work actress Sloane Ford is in desperate need of something to do after losing her steady TV gig. When her famous family ropes her into working as a producer on their World War II-era romance, they neglect to mention that the film will be headlined by Joseph Donovan, her least favorite former co-star of all time. The roguish actor made her life a living hell the last time they worked together, using his movie star good looks and Irish charm to cover for his erratic professional behavior. On their new film set, he promises he’s different now, but Sloane is far from convinced.

As filming gets underway, it becomes clear that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. When the lead actress is abruptly fired, Sloane agrees to step in and take over the role, and she starts to remember why she fell in love with acting in the first place. On camera, she and Joseph share an electric chemistry. Off camera, they’ve been honing their characters and, much to Sloane’s surprise, growing closer. But playing the role of a woman in love with Joseph Donovan is a dangerous business, and the more time they spend together, the less Sloane can tell what’s real between them, and what’s just for show.

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REVIEW: Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Battle Royal (Palace Insiders #1) by Lucy Parker

Release Date: August 17, 2021

My Rating: 3.75 stars

Rep: British Japanese asexual side character

CW: mentions of past deaths of loved ones, vomiting

Summary: Beloved author Lucy Parker pens a delicious new romantic comedy that is a battle of whisks and wits.

Ready…

Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious, colorful creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere, the hottest pastry chef in London. When her glittery unicorn cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has managed to use her fame to help fulfill her dream of opening a bakery, Sugar Fair. The toast of Instagram, Sugar Fair has captured the attention of the Operation Cake producers…and a princess.

Set…

Dominic is His Majesty the King’s favorite baker, the go-to for sweet-toothed A-List celebrities, and a veritable British institution. He’s brilliant, talented, hard-working. And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that the irksome Sylvie will be joining him on the Operation Cake judging panel is enough to make the famously dour baker even more grim. Her fantastical baking is only slightly more troublesome than the fact that he can’t stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.

Match…

When Dominic and Sylvie learn they will be fighting for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for the upcoming wedding of Princess Rose, the flour begins to fly as they’re both determined to come out on top.

The bride adores Sylvie’s quirky style. The palace wants Dominic’s classic perfection.

In this royal battle, can there be room for two?

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REVIEW: So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park

Release Date: August 3, 2021

My Rating: 3.75 stars

Rep: Korean-American protagonist, love interest, and side characters; Korean-American author

CW: sexism

Summary: When up-and-coming investment banker Jess Kim is passed over for a promotion, laid off in a virtual meeting, and then overhears why (“she’s already being overpaid anyway for a woman” and “Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals”) she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out of the building. Not sure what’s next, she moves back home to Tennessee with her domineering Korean mom, who tries to set her up with her pastor’s son Daniel Choi, an M&A lawyer by day and a successful video game streamer by night. Turns out he’s swoony and smart, not the awkward preacher’s kid she remembers. With his help, Jess launches a Korean cooking YouTube channel focused on easy meal prep for busy professionals.

All is going well until her mom walks on the show mid-live recording and argues about cooking technique. While she hates being berated by her mother in front of the world, it actually works in their favor—they go viral!

Soon her cooking channel becomes an actual media company and brand. When a client is suddenly interested in buying Jess out, she finds herself sitting across the table from the very investment firm she quit not so long ago. But there’s just one other problem: Daniel, the guy whose been helping her and that she’s been falling for, is the firm’s new general counsel.

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REVIEW: Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl

Release Date: July 27, 2021

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Rep: Korean-American side character

CW: emotional abuse

Summary: Brinkley Saunders has a secret.

To everyone in the academic world she left behind, she lost it all when she dropped out of grad school. Once a rising star following in her mother’s footsteps, she’s now an administrative assistant at an insurance agency—or so they think.

In reality, Brinkley works at Heartbreak for Hire, a secret service that specializes in revenge for jilted lovers, frenemies, and long-suffering coworkers with a little cash to spare and a man who needs to be taken down a notch. It might not be as prestigious as academia, but it helps Brinkley save for her dream of opening an art gallery and lets her exorcise a few demons, all while helping to empower women.

But when her boss announces she’s hiring male heartbreakers for the first time, Brinkley’s no longer so sure she’s doing the right thing—especially when her new coworker turns out to be a target she was paid to take down. Though Mark spends his days struggling up the academic ladder, he seems to be the opposite of a backstabbing adjunct: a nerd at heart in criminally sexy sweater vests who’s attentive both in and out of the bedroom. But as Brinkley finds it increasingly more difficult to focus on anything but Mark, she soon realizes that like herself, people aren’t always who they appear to be.

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REVIEW: The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

Release Date: November 2, 2021

My Rating: 5 stars

Rep: Chinese-Cambodian-American protagonist and side characters, Chinese-American love interest, Vietnamese-American side character; (Chinese-Cambodian-American author)

Summary: Julie Tieu sparkles in this debut romantic comedy, which is charmingly reminiscent of the TV show Kim’s Convenience and Frankly in Love by David Yoon, about a young woman who feels caught in the life her parents have made for her until she falls in love and finds a way out of the donut trap.

Jasmine Tran has landed herself behind bars—maple bars that is. With no boyfriend or job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work at her parents’ donut shop. Jasmine quickly loses herself in a cyclical routine of donuts, Netflix, and sleep. She wants to break free from her daily grind, but when a hike in rent threatens the survival of their shop, her parents rely on her more than ever.

Help comes in the form of an old college crush, Alex Lai. Not only is he successful and easy on the eyes, to her parents’ delight, he’s also Chinese. He’s everything she should wish for, until a disastrous dinner reveals Alex isn’t as perfect as she thinks. Worse, he doesn’t think she’s perfect either.

With both sets of parents against their relationship, a family legacy about to shut down, and the reappearance of an old high school flame, Jasmine must scheme to find a solution that satisfies her family’s expectations and can get her out of the donut trap once and for all.

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LIST: pick an emoji and i’ll rec you a 2021 release (pt. 3)

It’s time for round three: pick an emoji and I’ll recommend you a 2021 release from July through September! You can also see part 1 (January through March) and part 2 (April through June). Hopefully, you’re finding new releases off these lists!

As always, adult releases are marked as such; also, the emojis aren’t spoiler-y and are mostly attuned to the cover or the general summary of the book.

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