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Seven Days In June
Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again... From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love.
Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York.
When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can't deny their chemistry-or the fact that they've been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since.
Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva's not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered. . .
With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual.
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booksellerofyourdiscontent My 2 and 3 match yours! I didn‘t realize how many awesome fantasy emojis there were until this post! 5d
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Yet again, I‘m late to the #buddyread party😂🤦‍♀️but better late than never. I loved reading everyone‘s comments from Sunday!
For a romance to be successful, all I need is 3 simple things to be right…Am I rooting for the couple to be together? Is the chemistry/banter great? And are the supporting characters fun and/or interesting? And this was a yes, yes and yes! An enjoyable read, perfect for summer. #summerheat
#pop2022 #romancebyabipocauthor

squirrelbrain Fab review! 6d
BarbaraBB So true! 6d
Christine I love your criteria! 6d
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A romance author and a literary author, both sparked by their tumultuous whirlwind week together as teens, have been writing to one another through their art. This is a very intense story of lost and found love. Eva‘s daughter Audre, a precocious, intelligent 12 year old, was a brilliant addition. And a h/t to Williams for seamlessly weaving in: POC in publishing, positive co-parenting, non-visible disability, and addiction recovery.

Cinfhen Were you part of our #SummerHeat weekend ?? Check out the discussion questions on @BarbaraBB page (edited) 1w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen No, but I‘ll have to check out the discussion. Thanks! 1w
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Cinfhen Lots of mixed thoughts on this book but most did love it 1w
BarbaraBB Such a coincidence you read this book just now! 1w
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB I know! I wish I‘d have participated in your read along, but I‘ve been a bit MIA from Litsy lately. I‘m finally getting caught up on reviews. I‘ll def check out your discussion. 💚 1w
BarbaraBB Please do. To me the various points I‘d view in the discussion added so much to the book! 1w
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First of all, thanks to @BarbaraBB and @Cinfhen for hosting a wonderful #summerheat event. I wasn‘t quite as enamoured with the book as many of my fellow readers were, but it was certainly an easy read. You can read my full review at https://theludicreader.com/2022/06/19/seven-days-in-june-tia-williams/

Cinfhen Thanks so much for participating!!! Loved your comments / they really added to our discussion ❣️ (edited) 1w
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BooksNBowls
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Okay I enjoyed our #summerheat pick. I love a second-chance romance and the MCs being authors and secretly writing about each other for a decade was super intriguing. This author hit on racial issues in the writing community, mental health, living with an invisible illness, and the affects mothers have on their daughters. A lot of themes packed into this novel and intricately woven together to create these complex characters! 4 stars!!

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Loved this! 🔥 There‘s just something about a teenage connection, drifting apart, and then exploring that again years later. That always gets me in the feels! I‘m not a big romance person or reader but Shane and Eva had me feeling alllll mushy…so intense! A great read to kick off the summer!

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Cinfhen I‘m glad you enjoyed this one…jump over to discussion @BarbaraBB page when you get a chance 💗💗💗 1w
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TheLudicReader I would call those seven high school days ridiculous. I wanted to be all in on their adult relationship but it was hard to really buy into it once I knew that they spend that week drunk and high and/or passed out/asleep. So, they trauma bonded. Can you build a healthy relationship on that? 1w
Cinfhen Yessssss @TheLudicReader this is where the book lost me. It was NEVER romance or love they shared in HS. That was a very unhealthy situation involving tons of questionable activities and decisions. It bothered me that it was written as if they have this “great love” - 1w
TheBookHippie Romantic no. Forming a lasting memory I can believe. I can even believe the attraction then and now. 1w
TheLudicReader @Cinfhen and, really, this book tries to be more than the sum of its parts…but the parts are so clunky that it was just a ultimately a trashy read and, honestly, I didn‘t think that was what I was getting when I started to read. 😢 1w
BarbaraBB They were very vulnerable at the time and harmed by circumstances. I didn‘t think it was romance but - call me a romantic 🥰 - I like to think their trust and mutual respect at the time built a foundation which they both held close for the years to come. When they met again it was clear at once 💕 1w
TrishB I didn‘t think that was romance, dependence and vulnerability maybe but not healthy. 1w
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB I can believe romance now after having that experience and being attracted to one another then and now again and giving it a go. Life is messy. White horse man saves woman is more far fetched to me than this story. 1w
Cinfhen An attraction, obsession, lasting memory -YES, YES, YES but a great love, romance?!?? NO!! I understand they were both coming from a vulnerable place @BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie and yes, when you‘re 15/16 these events will affect you deep into your adult years. So I guess I was rooting for them 1w
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen I know a couple like this 14 & 16 had kid one, both come from massive trauma -massive, they‘re 30 & 32 now married- a success story. Out of the 314 teen moms I mentored -this is the only one still with her love. 1w
peaknit I think it was a pivotal moment in their lives and somehow was responsible for their success. I would not call it romance. It was the start of their recovery in some sense, sadly they almost missed one another and it clearly impacted them deeply. 1w
Cinfhen That‘s so sad @TheBookHippie so are you saying massive trauma tears you apart or holds you together?!?! 1w
Cinfhen Ahh, I like your take on the relationship @peaknit “it was the start of their recovery” I can buy that!! 1w
jenniferw88 I agree with @peaknit 1w
DGRachel I agree with @peaknit 💯 here. What they had in high school was definitely not romantic, but I love the idea that it was the impetus for individual healing. I also loved that they didn‘t fix each other. They did the work on their own and could come together as people who had grown. 1w
Megabooks @TrishB 💯💯 agree with you! Same with you @Cinfhen !! 1w
Megabooks @peaknit I can see what you‘re saying. There‘s something to having a history with people going back to childhood or adolescence. There are pivotal moments in growing up that can‘t be recreated with someone you meet at 30. 1w
peaknit @DGRachel YES, this. That they healed on their own, found success and came back together with a new story to tell, thank you for mentioning that. I think it is really why this relationship could have a future perhaps (in my imagination anyways lol) (edited) 1w
vlwelser Not sure I buy that it was romantic. But something about that bond seemed to change them both for the better. Like the first time they felt cared about or something. Maybe I'm reading into it too much. 1w
DebinHawaii I agree with @peaknit the start of recovery & maybe finding your “person” only to have it ripped away but not romance/romantic. I was more into the present day scenes than the past. 1w
Bookwormjillk My kid just turned 14 so I had trouble with this part honestly. I only half listened 🙈🙉 1w
BookwormAHN As an adult their hs relationship was definitely not romantic but I can see how to extremely screwed up teenagers could consider it one. I did like their relationship now and seeing how they are handling their demons. 1w
AnneCecilie No, I don‘t find their seven days in HS romantic, but I really like @peaknit way of looking at those days. 1w
BooksNBowls When you‘re in a traumatic situation or circumstance with someone I think it‘s easy to confuse love with something else. Like survival, codependency, lust even. They both needed each other right then, for whatever reason. I definitely preferred their adult chemistry and was happy they were managing to have a healthy relationship with each other. 1w
CarolynM My main problem with the book was that it told us there was an almost instant connection between them & that it magically reappeared the minute they set eyes on each other again. I don‘t believe that. I need to be shown the growing connection as the couple get to know each other. 1w
Chelsea.Poole I‘m surprised at myself but I was all in with their early relationship. I think because I had such an impactful first love that was also rocky, it brought up some things for me. Though there was no trauma at home for us, I can imagine that would make those teenage feelings so much more intense. @vlwelser I think you‘re onto something. *Feeling cared for* 1w
Cinfhen I absolutely agree @BooksNBowls @BookwormAHN @AnneCecilie @Chelsea.Poole that such an INTENSE experience as a teen has a much greater impact moving forward and though that relationship wasn‘t healthy it did connect Shane & Eva to each other. I was glad to see them reunited but like @CarolynM it was a bit too insta. I do think their adult relationship felt more stable. 1w
Cinfhen Honestly who hasn‘t fantasized about being reunited with their HS “love”??? 1w
BarbaraBB @BooksNBowls Very well said! 1w
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen right!? Though most of us can see our High school/first loves won‘t work out in relationships as adults, it‘s an irresistible idea and why this book worked well, for me at least. 1w
Vansa My replies are all super late!I didn't find their relationship,either in school or as adults romantic at all,really.Unhealthy codependency and lust when they were young,and as adults I have no idea why they're even attracted to each other-the characters really need therapy to figure out why they haven't grown up.Completely agree with @TheLudicReader,it was a trashy read!Badly needed editing.Also,the writer really doesn't like working class people! 1w
Cinfhen I think there‘s a good argument for both sides of this book, between those who loved it and those like @Vansa who had a more difficult accepting Shane & Eva as destined lovers. I feel somewhere in between. Which is why this was a so-so read for me. (Not a book I‘d recommend) 1w
BarbaraBB @Vansa What made you think that? I have forgotten a lot already about the book but can‘t remember she dislikes working class? 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Their week in high school was not romantic. It was a connection (& perhaps attraction) that they both longed for at that time. It may have led to them healing & becoming better versions of themselves, then romanticizing their time together. As adults, I think they've alienated themselves from others & may feel the pull for now, but I don't see this as a full, healthy HEA. @Cinfhen Thanks to FB, I don't need to see my HS love. I'll pass. 😉 1w
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 hilarious @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick !!!!!!! I‘m not on FB but I feel like I may need to do some stalking 👀😂🙌🏻 thanks for joining us!!! 1w
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TheLudicReader Nothing. 🙄 1w
Cinfhen Haha @TheLudicReader I agree, it was just another plot device but I think people who suffer from migraines or have other hidden illnesses would probably say the author did a good job of describing that debilitating pain. 1w
TheLudicReader @Cinfhen you know how you can see all the moving parts of something, this book was like that for me. 1w
TheBookHippie I think it was wonderful to see this. It‘s good to see yourself in a book especially something that is so hard to describe to people. I think it helped form who she is and understand her drive. 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I admit I almost felt the pain. But I also agree with @TheLudicReader that it didn‘t add much to the story 1w
Cinfhen I think the author threw A LOT of hot button topics into the pot and just stirred it all up @TheLudicReader @BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie 1w
TrishB I never got the relevance to the story really. But was good to have a character trying to cope with such issues. 1w
peaknit I think it may have provided a “good reason” to self medicate as a teen which somehow justified the drug use more than just being an addict? Her issues felt possibly like fibromyalgia and possibly added mental health issues as she was an adult and trying to do all of the things she felt she was expected to do. 1w
DGRachel As someone with chronic migraines, I absolutely loved this element to the book. I think the author did an excellent job of showing the struggles of living with a debilitating but invisible illness and she did it respectfully. I appreciated that so much. 1w
TheLudicReader I think I read in the notes that the author herself suffers from debilitating migraines. 1w
vlwelser There was a lot going on in this book. I think the author was also making a point here. But it adds to the character and makes her more real. 1w
DebinHawaii It might have not been necessary but It made me feel for Eva & for Audre. I think it was good for putting a spotlight on chronic pain & invisible disabilities & the fact that we really don‘t know what many people face everyday because we don‘t see it. 1w
Cinfhen That‘s so true @DebinHawaii I never thought about how her invisible disability effected Audre 1w
BookwormAHN Me and my Mother both suffer from migraines. My Mother's are the chronic kind fortunately mind aren't but they are still nasty and made Eva's very relatable. 1w
BooksNBowls I think the purpose was to give Eva more depth, explain why she got so bad off on the drugs. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. It has crippled and blinded her. It‘s absolutely awful. I get bad headaches as well, nothing like what she experiences in the story, but I found myself relating to her a lot. Her feelings, her raw thoughts in the midst of an episode. Maybe Tia wanted to make her relatable to the readers. 1w
Chelsea.Poole Yes, @TheLudicReader I believe the author deals with migraines as well. I thought it added more dimension as @vlwelser mentioned. 1w
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii You are right, and I think it added to their relationship like @BookwormAHN and @BooksNBowls point out too. I didn‘t think of it that way. Thank you all. 1w
Vansa This was the only bit about the book I liked-Im all for more authentic migraine rep.It disproportionately affects women(which might explain the lack of research into treatment),its easy to dismiss but for the sufferer it's terrible.I get migraines too but not as bad as the ones she gets,luckily.However, people are generally sympathetic-in the beginning of the book,why doesn't she just tell her fans she's suffering??Instead of scoffing at them?(1/2 1w
Vansa (2/2)she's so contemptuous of her fans,calling them pathetic silly women,and that's so strange!Why is she so snooty about what she writes? 1w
Cinfhen Good point @Vansa she definitely had a bad attitude towards her fans 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Clearly the invisible illness is one of two driving forces in Eva's life, so her addiction, parenting style, business interactions...it's all affected by that. I appreciated that the author shed some light on an invisible disease since I don't have direct experience with it, but like @Cinfhen said, it feels like too many ingredients in one pot. @Vansa YES! Those silly fans allow her to live a comfortable life & support her daughter. 1w
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jenniferw88 Yes, but I was relieved when she changed directors etc! Should have been produced by poc in the first place! 1w
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I was so relieved when she did. I felt for Eva because she didn‘t really have a choice and had to go along with that stupid idea. 1w
TheLudicReader I think she‘d been sold a bill of goods about how the movie wouldn‘t find an audience if it featured poc actors. Geesh, has no one been watching Bridgerton? 1w
TheBookHippie @jenniferw88 I so agree with you. 1w
TheBookHippie I think this happens so often and it‘s so damaging to everyone. 1w
TrishB @TheLudicReader or Hamilton! 1w
peaknit Sadly. I understand it, and recognize she was also in a tough spot feeling writers block for the future but wanting to provide well for her daughter. She was willing to sacrifice her autonomy for that. I was happy she gained confidence as she allowed herself to be vulnerable with Shane, and ultimately not just place nice. 1w
Cinfhen OMG!! Exactly @TrishB @TheLudicReader @jenniferw88 @TheBookHippie but I can appreciate how badly Eva wanted her book to be turned into a movie that she was willing to whitewash the characters. I‘m sure it‘s very frustrating for POC to have to see so many characters portrayed only one way/ one color. That‘s definitely the beauty of Hamilton and Bridgerton 1w
DGRachel What they all said.⬆️ 😂 (Sorry I‘m late to the party - I took a nap) 1w
Cinfhen Welcome @DGRachel hope you had a good nap 😘 1w
DebinHawaii I agree—I understand & sympathize with the choice that Eva felt she had to make to get her movie made & was glad Cece came through & got it where it needed to be. I think things have gotten slightly better in the whitewashing with Hamilton, Bridgerton & Jordan Peele with his horror movies but it is definitely still a problem. 1w
vlwelser I think the author was definitely making a point here and message definitely received. The whole idea of it was ridiculous. But you also get the other side with the author/artist tempted by a lot of money and what that brings with it. 1w
Bookwormjillk Like so many others I understand, but am glad she ultimately went another way. 1w
BookwormAHN Okay, so I also get why she played nice but I would have lost my 🤬 mind. 1w
AnneCecilie I can understand Eve and her wish to reach as many as possible with the movie and not be seen as niche. But I‘m glad she didn‘t and found people to make the movie that will be true to her books. 1w
BooksNBowls I think since POC don‘t get as many opportunities, people expect them to just be grateful for what they get and many may actually feel like that themselves and compromise to achieve their “dream” still. Like maybe they feel it‘s better than failing completely. Also once Hollywood deems you “difficult to work for” it‘s really hard to recover from that, especially POC. I‘m glad she touched on this controversial topic. 1w
Chelsea.Poole So difficult, and this book does a great job of showing this issue. Of course authors want their work portrayed on screen in the way they originally imagine it but also want to make money and have a hit. It‘s so wrong that the business churns out whitewashed films. But like others have mentioned above, some recent hits have shown that there‘s hope for change. 1w
Cinfhen Again, agreed @BooksNBowls @Chelsea.Poole @AnneCecilie @BookwormAHN @Bookwormjillk @vlwelser @DebinHawaii another example of how this author added depth to the story. It‘s an unfortunate occurrence that up until recently wasn‘t being addressed. Eva was in a tough spot. 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen After reading all the comments I realize too there‘s much more depth to the story than I gave it credit for. 1w
vlwelser @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen She covers a lot of ground for a book that's labelled as "romance". I like that she packed all of this stuff into a normal sized book. 1w
vlwelser And thank you 2 for hosting and picking this book that I maybe wouldn't have read otherwise. 1w
Cinfhen Thanks so much for joining us @vlwelser we enjoyed hearing your thoughts and ideas 💕 1w
Vansa @vlwelser you know,that's quite unfair to romance novels,a lot of them have depth,and cover issues.Beverly Jenkins,Jasmine Guillory,or Courtney Milan as well-one of her heroines has a mother who's a political refugee because of her belief in Falun Gong.ive even read Harlequin category romances where the protagonist was an amputee who's leading her life perfectly well.I would actually say that this book is a lot shallower than most romance novels. 1w
Cinfhen I don‘t think @vlwelser was disparaging “romance” novels @Vansa unfortunately romance novels seem to get an unfair rap and I think a lot of us readers were expecting a “lite” read and this book tackled some heavier topics. I‘m glad to hear that romance novels are tackling more serious topics than the old school dime store paperbacks. 1w
BarbaraBB @Vansa I think @Cinfhen is right. We‘ve been talking a lot about the reputation of “romance” without differentiating between the genre. We learned much more about the genre than we thought on forehand. That‘s what @vlwelser is acknowledging. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I understand how Eva could feel beaten into submission to whitewash her characters but I'm so happy she stayed true to herself and her product. Some fandoms are pissed when an actor doesn't have the exact build or eye color of a book character and they really thought that with 14 books in the series, fans weren't going to lose their shit over the whitewashing?! Like @BooksNBowls said, they wanted to toss her a crumb & be happy about it. 1w
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TheLudicReader This where the book starts to get problematic for me, actually. 😬 1w
BarbaraBB @TheLudicReader didn‘t you like that aspect of the book? I did love Eva‘s relation with Audre for sure. 1w
TheLudicReader @BarbaraBB I liked her relationship with her daughter (although I didn‘t believe it). Her relationship with her own mother just wasn‘t drawn well enough for me. We get one incident followed by estrangement and then a phone call seems to sort everything out. Lizette felt like a plot point to me - a way to damage Eva so she‘d latch on to Shane. 1w
BarbaraBB @TheLudicReader I agree, the estrangement wasn‘t drawn well, but I did think the effect it had on Eva worked very well. 1w
TheLudicReader @BarbaraBB I think I am going to be this discussion‘s token negative Nelly. 😬 1w
BarbaraBB @TheLudicReader That‘s perfectly okay and will definitely add to the discussion 🤍 1w
TheBookHippie I took this as we saw a little to the whole, which is young people or damaged relationships -especially mothers/daughters. I was focused more of the affects. Which I think was told well and worked in the story. 1w
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie Exactly. That‘s what I was trying to say above too. 1w
peaknit The relationships could have been more developed, I felt Eva‘s relationship with her mom was sad and absent but her 180 change with Audre felt like too much - too equal? I think motherhood requires more boundaries that they had, that said, Eva had a poor mentor. 1w
BarbaraBB @peaknit Eva constantly wanted to impress Audre as being cool. Audre on the other hand was very mature for her age (12!!). Their relationship felt a bit too equal to me too but I still enjoyed the scenes about the both of them the most! 1w
peaknit @BarbaraBB I have two daughters, so I may be jaded😂 I think kids really need a leader and to also be allowed to make their own way, it‘s a tough balance. I thought Audre‘s lines were very witty and clever, I also enjoyed their banter. I enjoyed how Audre not only accepted Shane but gave him a green light with her mom. (edited) 1w
Cinfhen I thought Audre was great, but definitely a bit too over the top! Are they really THAT CLEVER @peaknit ??! 1w
TrishB I think if you have a difficult relationship with your own mother it totally affects how you then parent your own kids- hence, here, the need to be friends and have the best relationship ever. I don‘t think Eva/Audre was a bad relationship, certainly much better than Eva‘s and her mother. You need boundaries but I think when she needed to be a mum she was 🤷‍♀️ 1w
Cinfhen I also felt like Eva wanted to be more friend than parent but that‘s because she had a terrible relationship with her mother, who in turn had a terrible relationship with her mother, who in turn had a terrible relationship with her mother- so obviously she was trying very hard to break that cycle 1w
DGRachel I loved the relationship between Audre and Eva and yes, I think especially when the parent has a chronic illness, the child can be very precocious and seem almost too adult. Without a good role model, Eva did the best she could. I honestly preferred that we got so little of on-page dynamics between Eva and Lisette. I knew enough to dislike her and know I didn‘t want to be exposed to her. 1w
jenniferw88 I agree with @DGRachel , as soon as I was introduced to Lisette I didn't like her. I loved the relationship between Eva and Audre, and I think Audre is probably this mature at a young age because she's had to take care of Eva when her pain's been really bad. 1w
Megabooks I agree that Eva was almost too much a friend to Audre, but Audre was my favorite character in the book. I liked that Eva tried even harder to give Audre positive experiences because of the trauma she experienced. 1w
DebinHawaii Yes, to me Lissette was less drawn & I was okay with that. I didn‘t want to spend time with her. I really liked Eva & Audre together. It did seem that Audre was advanced for her age but I do think Eva‘s invisible disability impacted that. I think it‘s also who you are exposed to. I feel like I was more adult at 12/13 than many of my peers because I had older siblings that I hung out with & was exposed to them & their friends. 1w
Megabooks And as the child of a disabled mother, you do grow up faster. Even though my mom tried to make sure I had as normal a childhood as possible, there are things I had to be concerned about that other kids didn‘t. 1w
DebinHawaii Was Eva the best parent? Not always, but I appreciated how she tried to break the cycle of distant mothers with Audre. 1w
Cinfhen Yes, so true @TrishB @DebinHawaii and I never really thought about that @jenniferw88 1w
vlwelser I loved the Eva + Audre story. Audre was just fun and a little bit extra. Eva and her mother and the women further back was more complicated. There is a lot of depth to this book that I didn't expect. And I probably enjoyed it more because of that. 1w
Cinfhen I agree @vlwelser this book did have some heft & depth and it did elevate the story for me as well. 1w
BookwormAHN @DGRachel @Megabooks I agree. I think Audre seeming too mature is because of Eva's illness. I think she had to care of herself enough times to where she became a mini adult. But Eva's relationship with her mother I thought was weird. It did feel like an incomplete storyline. 1w
AnneCecilie I really didn‘t like Eve‘s mother and the way Lisette was a mother. And I think the way Eve was ignored by her mother effected how she herself was a mother. I loved Eve and Audrey‘s relationship. 1w
BooksNBowls @BarbaraBB yeah I definitely didn‘t read Audre as a 12 year old more like 15/16 1w
BooksNBowls I thought it was sad to see the generational trauma and how like a domino effect one mother‘s actions directly dicatated her daughter‘s mothering. It was definitely interesting, added some depth, and I also kinda wanted to read the circus story myself 1w
Chelsea.Poole I agree with others who said Audre seems over the top in some ways…wise beyond her years in a way that felt contrived. Though I really liked their relationship wanted to believe that it‘s possible…? 😆 1w
Chelsea.Poole I 💯 know families who break the cycle of dysfunction in my life. And in the book Eva certainly seemed to go in the opposite direction of her mother. She rarely dated, had little to do with men, and focused much of her attention on her daughter which is the opposite of her mother‘s selfish ways. 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @DGRachel @DebinHawaii @jenniferw88 @TrishB I didn‘t think of it that way and it makes perfect sense. It also changes my perspective on what Eva‘s disease added to the story. They felt separated for me from the storyline but now I realize they build het relationship with Audre. Wow. 1w
Vansa @TheLudicReader again,completely agree.Eva's mother was just there to add...misery porn to the story!Piled on heaps upon heaps of misery,with ultimately a terribly simple resolution.Sorrow and bliss by Meg Mason did this too. 1w
TheLudicReader @Vansa haha. Misery porn. Love it. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick While enjoyed the Eva/Audre relationship well enough, it felt like Audre was a little too wise to be believable. Given her mom's disability & being in Brooklyn, I try to tell myself that's different than my experience in a NJ suburb. Then again, so many teens I've met are downright awkward. Like others, I found Lizette unlikeable but that feeds the story. I did have a problem with just how fictionalized Eva was in her stories of mom & grandma. ⬇ 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't think Eva was really doing a service by lying so hard to Audre about Lizette. They also felt rather Gilmore-y, like Eva over-corrected her mom's bad parenting by being a hip, quippy sort of mom. 1w
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There we go, here is the first question out of 5 in total. Cindy and I hope you did enjoy this atypical buddyread book and will share your thoughts below! #Summerheat

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TheLudicReader I used to read a lot of romance and certainly cut my romantic teeth on my mom‘s bodice rippers. I still enjoy a certain type of romance. I flew through the first 100 pages of this book, maybe not because the writing was, like, beautiful or anything, but it was certainly readable. I think romance can be both art and entertainment. 1w
BarbaraBB I don‘t often read romance and I‘m not sure this book qualifies as such. More than romance I think it was about the relationship between Eva and Shane. Anyhow, I enjoyed it a lot and as often is the case when I enjoy an book and fly through it, it‘s not called Literature. Fine by me. I love to read for pure entertainment too! 1w
TrishB I thought the writing was good/readable. I‘ve never enjoyed romance books but they can be art as much as any other genre I think. 1w
BarbaraBB @TrishB I totally agree! The art is in the writing, not in the genre! 1w
TheBookHippie This was a reread for me. I enjoyed it both times, this is so not my normal genre, however I saw so many kids/teens/young adults I‘ve mentored in the story, in the conversations and even in the descriptions of what sex is to them -that made the read compelling for me. It makes a good discussion book if you break it down in small sections which I may do now with a young adult group to get conversation going. I think it‘s well written. 1w
Cinfhen Agreed @TheLudicReader @BarbaraBB @TrishB I think romance books are often lumped into the category of “harlequin romance” which have a certain connotation, which is unfair. Good writing is good writing and any book that can entertain or make you feel certain emotions is an “art” form. While I don‘t much romance, I found this book VERY READABLE (edited) 1w
Cinfhen I do think @TheBookHippie is correct, characters in this novel felt authentic 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes I think so too, characters are really coming to life which was the main reason I liked the book as much as I did. I love that you may use it in talking with young adults @TheBookHippie 1w
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB anything to open up lines of communication easier is a win in my book. (Pun intended!) 1w
peaknit I don‘t read the small paperback romances from the grocery store of my childhood but I like romance injected into some of the things I read. The older I get, the more I enjoy it, take that for what it is worth lol. I think some genres require less brainpower and welcome that as a “palette cleanser” after an epic. 1w
BarbaraBB @peaknit I love “palette cleansers” and I know I need them sometimes. My go to cleansers are thrillers but this book makes me think I‘d try romance once in a while too! 1w
DGRachel I don‘t read a lot of contemporary romance, but I do read a lot of historicals. I love them because they are formulaic. When I pick a romance novel, I know there is going to be a HEA/HFN and sometimes that‘s exactly what I want. I didn‘t think the prose was spectacular, but as other have said, it was readable and I loved the characters Williams‘ developed. As for why romance gets a bad rap - someone grab my soapbox! (edited) 1w
DGRachel If you look beyond the surface, romance is so often catagorized as entertainment not art and specifically trashy entertainment is because it is predominantly written by women and for a female audience. The genre has expanded immensely over the last quarter century, but it has historically been consumed by women and in a patriarchal society, that makes it unworthy of respect. 1w
DebinHawaii Although not a go-to genre for me, I do read romance & contemporary romance & enjoyed this book which was grittier than many & yes, “readable.” I grew up with my aunt‘s Harlequin romances & devoured them in my teens & I think it‘s the “formula” as @DGRachel said that gives the genre less respect. I was more interested/vested in the present day world than the flashbacks & the friendships & family relationships more than the romance in this one. (edited) 1w
DebinHawaii @DGRachel Read this after my first post & you have said it really well! 1w
Megabooks @DGRachel 💯💯 agree with what you‘ve written about women writing for women. That said, this was just fine for me. There are some literary romances I love (tagging one), but it‘s just not a genre I relate to easily as an aromantic person. 🤷🏻‍♀️ that said, it‘s always good to branch out and try something different, imo. 1w
jenniferw88 I hardly ever read romance, and if I do I prefer LGBTQ stuff. I did think it was written well though as I was nearly crying at the end, which is VERY RARE for me. 1w
vlwelser I read all of the things. But this doesn't tend to be my genre of choice. Except.... I find I really enjoy reading this genre in French (as a non native speaker). The plots are fairly linear, they're entertaining, and I don't have to look up a ton of vocab in order to follow the story. 1w
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @DGRachel 1w
Chelsea.Poole I don‘t read many romances. But I have enjoyed many that I‘ve been open to trying in the last couple of years. I haven‘t posted my review yet, but I need to cause this one was 🔥 for me! Loved the characters; they jumped right off the page for me. A great read I couldn‘t put down! 1w
DGRachel Speaking of genre, I‘m curious about what everyone‘s expectations were of this book and if that influenced how you felt about it. For instance, when this was first selected, I thought it was contemporary fiction not romance and I was not looking forward to it, as I find that genre tends to be more angsty and tends to end in misery. Once I realized it was contemporary romance ⬇️ 1w
DGRachel I actually was mad at the last chapter before the epilogue and said to my mom “I‘m going to throw this book across the room if the author doesn‘t fix this in the epilogue” 😂😂 It‘s not romance if it doesn‘t have the HEA/HFN. It‘s an implied contract between author and reader. (edited) 1w
Bookwormjillk I almost felt like the romance was secondary in this one. The mental health and single motherhood storylines were really interesting to me, and made this book deeper than I expected. @TheBookHippie love that you use this in group discussions. 1w
AnneCecilie I read a lot of Harlequin romance in my late teens/ early twenties. I don‘t read much romance these days, but I love watching romance movies. There‘s something about reading something where you know there will be a happy ending. 1w
TheBookHippie @DGRachel I‘m so happy it wasn‘t la la happier ever after because - sorry - that‘s how I categorize romance, which personally I loathe. 😬😬😬 I read this as an ARC BECAUSE it was supposed to have trauma , so this is a reread. Had it been picked as romance and I didn‘t know anything else I may not have read it. 1w
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk I agree romance was secondary however that is more realistic to me. ♥️😬 1w
DGRachel @TheBookHippie We all have different things we look for when reading. It‘s one of the things I love about Litsy. Contemporary/Literary fiction that focuses on trauma is not something I enjoy, which is why I initially dreaded reading this. 😂 1w
Cinfhen I had seen a review that categorized this book as “contemporary urban romance” @DGRachel and another review where it was labeled “steamy” so I admit, my expectations were somewhere around “smutty” and that‘s bad on me. This book had some strong language but I liked it, and I was hoping for more steam!! I think @Bookwormjillk and others have made a good point….this book had some real depth and that was more interesting for me 1w
DGRachel @AnneCecilie I completely agree. Sometimes that guarantee is what I need/want from a book. 1w
Cinfhen I do enjoy a happily ever after ending sometimes too @AnneCecilie 1w
TheBookHippie @DGRachel ha. Neither is truly for me -I read classical literature, poetry and non fiction. It‘s all a stretch for me with this book I just knew I could use it to mentor. It‘s why I love Litsy too! 1w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Absolutely! I loved the depth this had, the discussions of serious issues, and I loved the HEA. I think, though, this is where I take issue with some Romance-haters. There‘s depth in a lot of them, and I don‘t think they are given the same consideration because they‘re automatically labeled “smut” or “trash” or “guilty pleasures”. 1w
BookwormAHN I don't usually read romance especially not contemporary ones but I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't predictable or cheesey like I was scared it would be. And that was probably because the romance seemed second. 1w
BooksNBowls Yes I liked the book. I love romance, and I believe all books are art and entertainment. 1w
CarolynM I am an unashamed romance reader. I think @DGRachel makes some very good points. Most romances are less demanding of my mental energy than “literary fiction” & less likely to confront me with real world dilemmas than “contemporary fiction” so they make ideal bedtime reading. There is a lot of variability in the writing quality. I found this one very readable but not really convincing meaning I wasn‘t moved by the trauma or the undying love. 1w
Cinfhen I don‘t read romance @CarolynM and I admit I have some unfair preconceived notions about romance, so this book surprised me in a lot of ways!! However, like you I wasn‘t ever wowed. I wanted MORE HEAT, MORE SIZZLE. 1w
CarolynM @Cinfhen There was very little build up of sexual tension and the sex scenes themselves were quite perfunctory. For contrast try this one 1w
Cinfhen Thanks for the recommendation @CarolynM xxx 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I stacked that book, I am really curious now and I know you‘re the one who could recommend best. I also stacked yours @Megabooks I know how much you enjoyed that one. @DGRachel you put it all so well in perspective (excuse my English, not sure if this is correct), it makes a lot of sense. 1w
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie @DGRachel I literally ache for a happy ending sometimes. I enjoy contemporary fiction and literary fiction a lot but at times it get too much 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen The book I suggested is by no means literary, but I think it‘s as readable as 7 Days but does more to build the relationship between the couple, create sexual tension and then deliver on it with sex scenes that are about the characters as people. Be warned though, it‘s “New Adult” (ie college age) so us old people have to make some allowances 😆 If you prefer a proper grown up couple this is an old favourite 1w
CarolynM @Megabooks Your recommendation sounds good, I‘ve added it to my TBR🙂 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Too late 😉 I already ordered it! And I am looking forward to it. I have a holiday coming up and will take it with me then! 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Hope you will see what I mean, even if it‘s not your cup of tea🙂 1w
Vansa (1/n)I adore romance novels,started off with Georgette Heyer when I was 12,went on to Nora Roberts,Beverly Jenkins,all the usual suspects.So I really took exception to all the scorn Eva piles on to her readers-she should be happy people read her books and engage so much with the characters,instead of belittling them.She complains about having to market her books-literally all authors engage constantly on social media,nobody's immune 1w
Vansa (2/n)Tom Holland is an historian and tweets all the time,posts deals when his books are on sale,retweets praise,Margaret Atwood responds to so many tweets,and if she can,not sure why Eva should whine about it so much.I found this book badly written-my dad loves to try out "millennial speak",and honestly this book felt like that.Formal language throughout,then she throws in a phrase like"thotting my way through West Village", 1w
Vansa (3/n)Which is just unintentionally comedic.Also it really needs editing-theres practically an entire chapter on why her daughter's school principal is corrupt-we all know what school principals are like,i don't need literally page after page about a minor character!Also,Williams needs to make up her mind-firsy Eva complains that Black people are always portrayed as tragic characters in fiction for it to do well,then complains that not enough 1w
Vansa (4/n) angsty Black girls are written-didnt she just complain about the opposite problem?A writer wants to talk about racism,and Eva decides to toss around words like misogynoir without pausing to think if it's actually applicable.Why shouldn't a Black writer talk about racism?Or it's applicable only if the protagonists talk about it😂And the piling on of misery.It felt gratuitous after a while,and not even addressed well. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick One of the main reasons I wanted to read this book is that numerous reviews mentioned this was “black joy“, not trauma, and I feel lied to. It was easy to read, like contemporary romances are, but the flashbacks, struggles, and hurt were much more prevalent than the romance. This ended up being contemporary fiction, with a couple of sex scenes thrown in. Since many can be formulaic, I tend to only read one romance a month, if that. ⬇ 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I enjoy them because they don't require lots of brain power, but it doesn't make them any less entertaining. I don't always want to take notes on a book to figure out who-dun-it or wax philosophic about the afterlife. Sometimes, I just like to hear about a couple's first kisses and flirty banter. As mentioned above, I think men typically write it off because the heroes are idealized & they can't be bothered to live up to those expectations. ⬇ 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Then there is the camp of ladies who just don't need to know 32 euphemisms for male and female genitalia nor for what they're doing with them - and that's OK! I am always just happy that people are reading regardless of what it is. The writing here wasn't bad, just overall was less joyous than I hoped for. 1w
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I like a #romantsy that shows me the developing connection between the lovers - this one told me it happened virtually on sight - I‘m sorry, but I just didn‘t believe it & the sex scenes lacked an emotional depth that might have convinced me. Nor did I believe the obligatory break up at 80% & concluding reunion. I liked the characters & the writing/publishing milieu. I thought the writing overall was pretty good for the genre.
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BarbaraBB I had been waiting for your review because you read romance more often. It‘s interesting that you enjoyed it less than most of us. I see your point though, that there was little development in the story. The dialogues made up for that I guess. 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB The way I felt about this book made me ask myself why some romances convince me more than others & I don‘t know the whole answer but it is at least partly a growing intimacy (& I don‘t mean physical intimacy) between the couple as they get to know each other through conversation & observation. I didn‘t get that here. And a good sex scene shows you something about the characters &/or the relationship - it‘s not just “we‘ve gotta bang”. 1w
BarbaraBB I always love when a growing intimacy is described well and agree that‘s missing here. The sex scenes didn‘t do anything for me either. But I think I liked the book better because I had no expectations and I really liked their relationship (even though it didn‘t grow, which would have been better!) 1w
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And a day late with my #summerheat photos, I wanted to dig out some oldies but instead, what I could find on my phone, oceans on both coasts, a Foo concert last summer, our longest bike ride, hammocking and my favorite photo of my youngest in the sprinkler. I love summer and heat! ❤️🔥

JenReadsAlot Great pictures! 1w
DebinHawaii Love that sprinkler pic—perfect summer vibe! ☀️💛 1w
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Holding secrets while trying to be vulnerable is classic relationship dysfunction at its core. Both main characters are struggling with a lot and despite growing a lot in and out of their relationship, gut instincts assume betrayal with rippling effects. I enjoyed the Eva and the relation she has with her daughter and the eventual sharing of her hidden disability of severe head aches and pain management to a wider circle.

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DebinHawaii
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#BigJuneReadathon #JoysofJuneReadathon

I enjoyed this gritty contemporary romance & quick read. Not a ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ read for me. I found the present day for Genevieve & Shane more interesting than their teen years flashbacks due to drug use & abuse🤷🏻‍♀️but I‘d say it was a solid ☀️☀️☀️☀️ I most liked the sharp, witty & wise beyond her years Audre & wanted more of both her & Cece. Thanks to our hosts for #SummerHeat ☀️as I don‘t think I‘d have ⬇️

DebinHawaii …picked it up if it weren‘t for the #buddyread & weekend party. Looking forward to tomorrow‘s discussion! 🤗 1w
Cinfhen I also loved CeCe & Audre !! I wasn‘t so keen on the romance but I enjoyed the witty dialogue and snappy banter between the characters. 1w
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1w
Clwojick Way to go! 1w
BarbaraBB I agree on the present days versus the past romance. Plus I also loved Audre ❤️ 1w
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For our #SummerHeat weekend, here‘s my SummerHearSevenDays playlist. I went with mostly songs and/or artists mentioned in the book, plus a few more songs that capture the New York, hot summer, rocky road to romance vibe for me (& ending with Bruno Mars because it just isn‘t a playlist if there‘s no Bruno).😉 Is this my typical summer song list? Not really, but I had fun making & listening to it. Link is below.🎧

squirrelbrain Love these - especially Empire State of Mind! 1w
BarbaraBB Great list. And you‘re right, no playlist without Bruno (or The Weeknd)😉 1w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices 🎼 1w
Cinfhen Sizzling hot - I love it 🥰 1w
JenReadsAlot So after a day of drinking with friends this was the perfect list of music! 😂 1w
DebinHawaii @JenReadsAlot Hah! I‘m glad! 🤣🤣🤣 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't normally listen to new R&B, but this is a pretty darn good list! Thank you! 6h
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kspenmoll Great song! 1w
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll this playlist is fun! 1w
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Just sent a request to you for playlist 1w
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TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I set it to everyone now see if you can get it! #imoldandtheteenagerisasleep (edited) 1w
DebinHawaii Very fun list! I 💜 Billy Idol & Bananarama !! 1w
CoffeeAndABook Thank you 😊 just downloaded the list 🎶☀️ 1w
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii ♥️🎶🎼🎵🎸🎤🎹 1w
TheBookHippie @CoffeeAndABook ♥️🎵🎸🎼🎹🎶🎉 1w
MatchlessMarie Love What Am I To You by Norah Jones. The entire Feels Like Home album is a Summer playlist to me. 1w
TheBookHippie @MatchlessMarie I agree! ♥️ 1w
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TheBookHippie
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I have an apple playlist but for Spotify we use this often in the summer https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3ZZzcQbesHfQ1yiKcFdiBQ

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kspenmoll Thanks for the music!!!!! 1w
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear how @TheBookHippie likes to unwind 😜🎶🎉 1w
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen 🤣 my apple playlist is what we play outside at night but this one is an accurate vibe too. 1w
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BarbaraBB Must listen, this seems such a cool list. And is Tim O‘Brien the author Tim O‘Brien?? 1w
zezeki I see Ben Howard on that list, love him and I love that album so very much! 😄 1w
TheBookHippie @zezeki I love him! 1w
TheBookHippie @zezeki I saw him in 2018 -highly recommend! 1w
BarbaraBB Thanks for clearing that up. And like @zezeki I am pleasantly surprised to rediscover Ben Howard! 1w
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB The Staves I still am holding Covid tickets for when they come back stateside 🤣🤣🤣🤷🏻‍♀️Ben Howard is never not played here. ♥️ 1w
Kdgordon88 I just discovered Ben Howard a couple days ago with Promise. Looking forward to exploring more. 1w
BarbaraBB Thanks 🙏 1w
TheBookHippie @Kdgordon88 all his music is good! Enjoy! 1w
DebinHawaii Nice! Ben Howard is new to me but I like what I hear! ☀️ 1w
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii He reminds me of an old hippie from my childhood. 1w
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#summerheat Summer music to me is always what I listen to on the patio, cold glass of wine in hand, sun going down….
That ‘golden hour‘ vibe means chilled out EDM for me (mostly….😉💕)
Love seeing everyone‘s playlists! I‘ll be saving them all!
Here‘s my Spotify link…

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5VKWhGGYphpfmvXHXOT5vM?si=nt8ZP4ThQFG7ZGn3XMdC...

Cinfhen How do I ONLY know one or two songs?!?! MUST LISTEN !!! ASAP🎧 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't know most of these so I'll be giving them a listen this week. Thanks for the new-to-me music! 1w
BarbaraBB I know hardly any of them, like @Cinfhen how is that possible? However I‘ve listened to your former playlists on repeat so I am sure I‘ll love this one as well! 😘 1w
KarenUK @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB That‘s why I love our buddy reads! I‘ll be listening to everyone‘s great music choices this summer on repeat! 💕🎶 1w
DebinHawaii Love this playlist! I had to stop & add some of these to my “Mood is Chill” playlist! 🤗 1w
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TheBookHippie
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#summerheat

Motorcycle rides

Bonfires

Fountain running - with cool lights

Babies naked at great grandmas cottage
Great grandpas lake 💙

Baseball

Summer food (that I cook)

Cool lighting on the trees at night

kspenmoll Such fun! 2w
BarbaraBB Very cool pictures and activities 🥰 2w
Cinfhen Tushies!!!!! Ahhh, summer bliss 2w
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DebinHawaii Love this collage! ☀️💛 (edited) 1w
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen Tushies are the best we say tuchus 🤣♥️ who knows if I spelled that right 🙃 1w
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii it is quite happy looking 🙃 1w
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TheLudicReader
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I am limited by the photos on my iPad as I am away for the weekend with the girls pictured bottom right. That was taken on our last trip to Italy in 2018, which is the place I most associate with #summerheat. I am spending the weekend at the location pictured top left…except it‘s going to rain all weekend.
@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Lovely pic of you and your daughters 🥰 2w
Cinfhen Boo on rain but still so nice to grab a weekend away!! Enjoy and thanks for sharing your photos💗 2w
TheLudicReader @BarbaraBB the only pic of me and my daughter in in the very middle. But my friends will love that you think they are my daughters. 1w
BarbaraBB Lol, i didn‘t screenshot so I couldn‘t see any grey hairs or wrinkles! You all look so young! 💃💃 1w
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DebinHawaii
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Joining in the #SummerHeat fun. So most of the year feels like summer in Hawaii, but it does get warmer & more humid in the summer months & sometimes that makes me feel like the “melting” woman figure on the left (from a store at the old Waialua Sugar Factory). So for me, Hawaii summers are about cold food & drinks: shave ice, Dole Whip, iced coffee, Acai bowls, reading on the beach with your feet in the sand, sunsets, palm trees & hanging out ⬇️

DebinHawaii …around the island with visiting friends & family & maybe seeing the rare corpse flower blooming at the botanical garden if you‘re lucky. I threw my favorite throwback family summer vacation photo in there too from the Oregon Coast (I‘m the one being held like a sack of potatoes by my mom) when summer meant station wagon road trips. ☀️🌈🌊🧋🍹 2w
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, I remember having the Dole whip in Hawaii!!! Fabulous collage ❣️❣️love the photos and a little jealous of your gorgeous surroundings 2w
BarbaraBB Your summer, year round, sounds amazing in those surroundings! 😍 2w
squirrelbrain Gorgeous photos! ❤️🌞 2w
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KarenUK
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Summer in Florida is when humidity reaches almost 💯 % and we feel like we spend so much time inside with the AC blasting! So hubby and I have a ritual of coming to our favorite quiet stretch of beach, at the end of a hectic work day, taking a swim, then watching the ocean as we let go of the work day…. #summerheat @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB That sounds awesome. I‘d love to be able to do that! What a way to start the evening 🥰🥰 2w
Cinfhen Amazing 🤩 I love your evening ritual 💕💕💕#Romantic #SummerHeat 2w
squirrelbrain Lovely! And what gorgeous piccies! ❤️🌞 2w
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CoffeeNBooks I stepped outside onto my pool patio at 8:15 yesterday morning (north central FL) and it was already so muggy and hot that I turned right back around and went inside. 😆 An evening trip to the beach sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the work day! 2w
TrishB Sounds lovely ❤️ 2w
Sharpeipup (Central FL) This morning the pool felt like a warm bath at 7 am today...ugh. 2w
CarolynM That sounds wonderful💞 2w
Megabooks Nice!! 💜 2w
KarenUK @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @TrishB @carolynm @megabooks It always amazes me that in this built up busy town, there are still spots of peacefulness. It helps that this spot (in Hollywood)is where a lot of French-Canadian snowbirds live, so summer is much quieter…. (edited) 2w
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My #summerheat #summermemories. As a kid I always looked forward to camp, VBS, going swimming (hence why I used to be so tan 🥲). Now, I look forward to vacations with my family and trips to the lake and taking my baby to the beach. He loooves the water! 🌊☀️👙🍉🌻⛱

Cinfhen Awwww, I love these photos!! Thanks for sharing your #SummerMemories with us 💕💕 2w
MoonWitch94 Love these! Lakes are the best! Thanks for sharing these with us! 2w
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#SummerHeat usually meant spending our days hanging out in the pool or taking family trips until the kids got older, spending their summers in overnight camps and we moved across the ocean. I found a box of old photos so this is a #ThrowbackFriday photo collage. #FunInTheSun #SharingMemories

CarolynM Lovely photos😍 I love looking at old photos - so hard to believe those little people are all grown up now! 2w
Cinfhen My baby is almost 21 @CarolynM and my daughter is turning 30! Where have the years gone?!?! 2w
CarolynM Mine are 25 and 22 - the sad thing is I‘m that much older too😫😂 2w
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Cinfhen Hahaha @CarolynM EXACTLY 😜😘 2w
TrishB My baby just turned 21 😱😱lovely pics ♥️ (edited) 2w
Cinfhen That‘s right!!! You said it was C‘s bday this weekend @TrishB Happy Birthday 🎁🎉🎂 ❣️ 2w
AmyG What a beautiful family. ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @AmyG 💓💓💓💓💓 2w
KarenUK Lovely! 😍💕 2w
BarbaraBB So much happiness! Lovely pictures and I still recognize all of you 💕 2w
squirrelbrain Gorgeous pics! ❤️ 2w
Megabooks I love these photos!! 💜💜 2w
DebinHawaii Such great photos & memories! ☀️💛 (edited) 1w
Centique Your family is so beautiful! What wonderful memories 😍 1w
Cinfhen Awwwww, thanks so much @Centique @DebinHawaii @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @KarenUK it‘s almost IMPOSSIBLE to get them to “smile” for a photo now 1w
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angieinwonderland
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This was a very good read. I guess this is the third romance I read that I enjoy and must stop saying I don't like the genre. It has a few elements to intrigue than just romance, and more steam too...with very well written words to describe the scenes.

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Cinfhen
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🧡💛Friendly Reminder🧡💛 our #SummerHeat weekend starts tomorrow 👙⛱Get ready to share your favorite summer memories - the steamier the better 😉 Everyone is welcome to join even if you haven‘t read the book ! #FunInTheSun hosted by @BarbaraBB and me😘😘

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squirrelbrain Looking forward to it! ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks Cindy! I‘ll post this reminder later today too 💃❤️ 2w
Bookwormjillk Can‘t wait! 2w
Chelsea.Poole 🌞 🍉 🌻 2w
Librarybelle 😁 2w
Megabooks I‘ve got my swimsuit and sunscreen ready! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm ☀️👙🏄‍♀️ 2w
KarenUK Looking forward to it! 💕😎🌊🌴 2w
rubyslippersreads I think I‘m going to sit this one out (so many books, so little time), but I‘ll look forward to seeing what everyone else posts. 🌞 2w
Cinfhen Im mixing drinks 🍹 and getting ready to party with all of you @KarenUK @Megabooks @Librarybelle @Chelsea.Poole @Bookwormjillk Did your library hold come in @erzascarletbookgasm ???? 2w
Cinfhen I totally get it @rubyslippersreads we‘ll miss you 2w
MatchlessMarie I‘m really excited to see everyone‘s playlists 😏 🎧 2w
DebinHawaii I missed the tagging 😔 but I‘d like to join in. About 60% through the book but hoping to finish tomorrow. 2w
Cinfhen Me too @MatchlessMarie ALWAYS my FAVORITE ❣️❣️❣️ 2w
Cinfhen Im so sorry we missed tagging you @DebinHawaii YAY!!!! So glad you‘re joining us!!!!!! It‘s been SO LONG since we‘ve connected on Litsy 💕💕💕💕 2w
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen It‘s OK, it‘s all me & not being on here as much to comment on the reminder posts. Miss connecting with you too! 💕💕💕 2w
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BookwormAHN
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I don't typically read contemporary romance but I loved this book. Eva writes supernatural romance novels. It started as a way to get over her lost love Shane. But now he's back. I wish Eva's books were real, especially the last one.
Can't wait for the discussion #Summerheat
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#Pantone2022 #nosegay @Clwojick
#NoShameReadathon22 #ContemporaryRomance @Nessavamusic

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 so glad this romance worked for you!!! Can‘t wait to discuss ❤️‍🔥 2w
Clwojick I really enjoyed this one too! ✨ 2w
Nessavamusic I have heard good things about this one. I really need to get to it! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2w
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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When the title of one of your current reads inadvertently pops up in another current read.

#summerheat
#sundaybuddyread

SRWCF That's cool! It's kismet. 😉 2w
AmyG Ha! 2w
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britt_brooke
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Greenway #audiowalk while my boys have run training. It‘s hot AF already.? Feels like 96°F at 9:15am. Pretty intense for June!

Cathythoughts Enjoy 😄 2w
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts 😅 We survived …. now on to soccer camp this evening. We are too busy for this blasted heat wave! 😂 2w
CoverToCoverGirl We are at the other end of the spectrum. There‘s a fire in our wood stove this evening. 2w
britt_brooke @CoverToCoverGirl Oh my goodness! 2w
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JenReadsAlot
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Oh I really liked this!

vlwelser 💯 2w
peaknit I‘m only on Thursday and loving it. Shane and Eva are so perfect. 2w
JenReadsAlot @peaknit I devoured this book! 2w
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DGRachel
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O. M. G. I will save most of my comments for Sunday‘s #summerheat discussion, but wow. I loved the shit out of this book. I loved Eva and Audre (that girl!) and I loved Shane and all of the secondary characters and ugh. Book. Hangover. I hope you‘re happy @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB 😩 I have other stuff I have to read. How am I supposed to pick up anything else?

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Yay!!! Love that we effed up you‘re reading xxxx 😂😂 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Look. I finished the chapter before the epilogue and was so mad, I almost threw my Kobo across the room. I NEEDED that Epilogue. I‘m sorry you didn‘t love it, but it was definitely the right book for me today. 2w
peaknit I‘m just getting started and this little preview has me more excited!! 2w
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DebinHawaii @peaknit Same here. I just started today & am about 6 chapters in. 🤗 2w
BarbaraBB I am so happy this was a match for you!! 2w
TheBookHippie When I got the ARC ( I am rereading it now) I read it straight through until 4 am. And this is so not my genre. I seriously devoured it! Cannot wait to discuss this with people FINALLY!! 2w
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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I read this book in two days driving home from Florida, and it kept me engaged from the first sentence. I loved the romantic relationship, and the mother/daughter one. I think the best part of this book is that these characters *were* lost, violent, lonely teens, but we see their stories as adults who have fought a lot of their battles. I enjoyed that much more than the chaotic teenage “love story” that could have been written.

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peaknit
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AnneCecilie
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Wow, this book!

Up until around page 50 I was liking it and then suddenly I was absolutely loving it.

Eve, Shane and Audre, and all the emotions.

It does get rather dark at times, drug use and self harm.

#Summerheat
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen YAY!! I‘m so glad you loved it!! It DOES get dark 😢 3w
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Cinfhen
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@BarbaraBB & I hope you are as excited as we are about our #Summerheat weekend and our steamy Seven Days discussion!

Here‘s the lowdown for the weekend:

Friday 6/ 17 - share your favorite summertime photos/ memories or what summer looks like for you 🌞
Saturday 6/18 - post your sultry playlist ❤️‍🔥🎶
Sunday 6/19 - book discussion 2pm EST 7pm BST

If you want to join or I forgot to tag you please leave a comment! 💃🕺

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Cinfhen @LitsyEvents - thanks 😊 3w
MatchlessMarie I ended up reading this in January for #NewYearWhoDis but I will be participating in the challenges 😏🔥 3w
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this! 🌞 3w
TrishB I may not get to anything on the Saturday! C‘s b.day party but hopefully other days ok. 3w
Cinfhen Oh, that‘s fantastic @MatchlessMarie I‘ll add your name to the list 🤩Thanks so much @squirrelbrain 😘😘 3w
Cinfhen Of course @TrishB Happy Birthday to C 💓🙌🏻🎉💓 3w
TheLudicReader I am out of town that weekend, but I hope to pop in…especially on Sunday. 3w
Cinfhen Totally understand @TheLudicReader feel free to join in whenever you can…even if it‘s the following Tuesday 😜 3w
TheBookHippie Yay!!! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Megabooks 🔥🔥🔥 3w
peaknit Picked up my hold last night🙌🏻 3w
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 @TheBookHippie @Megabooks @peaknit I‘m ready to share some sizzle 😜 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m still on queue for my library hold 😕 3w
peaknit @Cinfhen can‘t wait 🔥 3w
Cinfhen Hopefully it arrives soon @erzascarletbookgasm because it‘s a quick read so you should hopefully be able to read it before next Sunday 🤞🏼🤞🏼😘 3w
Bookwormjillk Just finished today and am looking forward to the discussion! 3w
Cinfhen Great @Bookwormjillk looking forward as well 🔥 3w
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TrishB
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Mehso-so

#summerheat
It‘s me not you book honestly.
It‘s just not my thing, romance etc. There were enough secondary themes going on for me to finish it. This could be the best romance book in the world but I don‘t know the benchmark.

Hooked_on_books I feel the same way about romance. I typically don‘t even try it, as I know I won‘t appreciate it much. 3w
Cinfhen Hahaha, I love your review!! I felt similarly 😊Glad you finished it… C must be so proud 😉 3w
TrishB @Cinfhen she was very shocked I‘d finished! Said she has one more romance book in the library without having to buy one. 3w
LeahBergen 😆 I feel the same about modern romances! 3w
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AnneCecilie
Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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When a book you read shows up in your current read.

marleed I loved it when that happens. It makes me fill well-read! 3w
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TrishB
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#quicklunchtimeread
The miracle is I‘m up to 42%, nearly gave up at 26 yesterday. I guess I‘ll probably finish it now.

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squirrelbrain
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I really enjoyed this! It certainly wasn‘t a mushy romance; there was a lot of dark stuff in there, as well as a lot of snark and wit.

I thought Audre was fantastic; for a precocious pre-teen she was surprisingly UNannoying.

I was rooting for Eva and Shane all the way through. My only niggle; I thought the ending was a bit sudden.

Looking forward to the discussions on this @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB , as well as the rest of the #summerheat weekend!

BarbaraBB Glad you liked it! I was pleasantly surprised too and most characters felt so real! Also, I LOVED our first #CampLitsy discussion 🤍 3w
Cinfhen Yay!!! Glad you enjoyed and yes, Audre was great 👍🏻 3w
TrishB I‘m getting there! Eventually 😁 3w
Caroline2 Oh I spotted this for 99p on kindle, think I might get it now. 👍 3w
squirrelbrain You should definitely get it @Caroline2 -there‘s a #summerheat weekend in 2 weeks, hosted by @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB when this book will be discussed! 3w
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vlwelser
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This was really fun. I don't read a lot in this genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. I definitely recommend the #audiobook which I listened to despite also getting the actual book from the library.

#SummerHeat @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen
Discussion on 6/19! 🤐

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Cinfhen Agreed!! Audio narration was fabulous 3w
Cinfhen Also a genre I don‘t typically read but had a lot of fun listening 3w
BarbaraBB So happy you enjoyed it! It‘s good to read out of our comfort zone sometimes 😄 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3w
Chelsea.Poole I felt the same! I just finished this and it‘s definitely not a typical type of read for me, but it was great! ☀️ 3w
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squirrelbrain
Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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It‘s not quite #summerheat here but it‘s certainly warm enough to sit outside and read.

Started two books today, about 20% into both of them and loving them both, although they‘re quite different.

The tagged, on Kindle, is for the aforementioned #summerheat buddy read and The Shipping News should work for #booked2022 #nauticalnovel.

LeahBergen I loved The Shipping News. I read it and then listened to it on audio while my husband and I drove around Newfoundland. ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen Beautiful photo 🤩glad you‘re enjoying both books 📚 4w
squirrelbrain I bet that was lovely! @LeahBergen 4w
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BarbaraBB I prefer Seven Days of the two books you are reading, can you imagine?! 4w
Megabooks Lovely yard! Glad you‘re having a good afternoon! 4w
quietjenn What a great cover for a terrific book! 4w
MicheleinPhilly I read The Shipping News when it won the Pulitzer and *HATED* it. I have no idea why. I can‘t tell you anything about it. #SwissCheeseBrain 4w
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LitsyEvents
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Repost:
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

https://litsy.com/p/MHo5RmZRMVFy

@Cinfhen and I hope you are as excited as we are about our #Summerheat weekend and our sexy Seven Days discussion!

Here‘s the lowdown for the weekend:

Friday 6/ 17 - share your favorite summertime photos/ memories or what summer looks like for you 🌞
Saturday 6/18 - post your steamiest playlist ❤️‍🔥🎶
Sunday 6/19 - book discussion 2pm EST 7pm BST
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LitsyEvents If you want to join or I forgot to tag you please leave a comment! 💃🕺 4w
BarbaraBB Thanks for the repost 🙏 4w
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing!!! 4w
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BooksNBowls
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Good morning! Another beautiful month is upon us! I need to start working on my #SliceofSummerSwap box today. The #SummerHeat pick (tagged) is soooo good so far!

BarbaraBB I loved it too! Looking forward to discussing it on June 19! 4w
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jenniferw88
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If you haven't got the #summerheat book yet it's currently #99ponkindle #ukkindledeal @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @LitsyEvents

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, thanks so much for sharing!!!!! 4w
BeaG This is one of my favorites! 4w
BarbaraBB Thanks Jenny! 4w
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BarbaraBB
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This book was just what I needed: to escape in Eva‘s and Shane‘s world. I rooted for them, I hurt when they did. I loved the dialogues, the flirting, I loved Audre and Cece.
I didn‘t think it especially steamy or sexy but I wasn‘t looking for that. I wanted romance and that‘s what I got. I look forward to discuss it during our #SummerHeat weekend 17-19 June!

#pop22 #RomanceByABIPOCAuthor #52BooksIn52weeks #InvolvesASecondChance

Kimberlone Just got my digital library checkout so will be starting soon! 1mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this! (Even more so after your review) 😘 1mo
TrishB I‘m still a bit tentatively looking forward to it….not really my genre! 1mo
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Megabooks Glad it was right for you! I thought the dialogue was really sharp, and I really enjoyed Eva, her daughter, and her posse. 1mo
Megabooks @TrishB not mine either, but I did find parts to enjoy! 1mo
TrishB @Megabooks my daughter has just laughed over my shoulder that I‘m going to read this! Which shows you how far from my comfort zone it is!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB You‘ll fly through it! It‘s my genre not at all but it‘s really well written. Looking forward to what you‘ll think! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks those were the things I liked too! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kimberlone @squirrelbrain I hope you‘ll have some enjoyable hours with Shane and Eva! 1mo
vlwelser I just started this morning. And I'm looking forward to finding out what you all have gotten us into this time. 😂❤ 1mo
KarenUK Now I‘m excited! 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha the entire above discussion /comments ⬆️ @TrishB @Megabooks @vlwelser I agree with everything Barbara wrote!!! It‘s not gonna rock your world but it was a fun place to visit 😄 @squirrelbrain @KarenUK @Kimberlone 4w
BarbaraBB @vlwelser it‘s funny how we all obediently read it! But I was pleasantly surprised! 4w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I think you‘ll enjoy it too. I suspect you have a sentimental soul just like me 🤍 4w
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it. I do enjoy a well written romance, so I‘m definitely looking forward to getting started on it🙂 I think it will be my next bedtime book. 4w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I am curious to see what you‘ll make of it compared to other books in the genre. I really felt for the main characters! 4w
TrishB @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I will probably start over the weekend 😁 4w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Hopefully Charlotte won‘t laugh at you 😉 4w
vlwelser @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think I'm still hoping for the next Bunny. But along for the ride regardless. I love this group. 4w
BarbaraBB @vlwelser @Cinfhen Ha Bunny! That was quite a read indeed! 4w
Cinfhen Oh that was just BONKERS @vlwelser @BarbaraBB 🐰🤪 4w
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behudd
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
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DLQBOOKNERD
Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was our pick for book club next week. Enjoyable read if you like errotic romance with a little bit of trauma and quirky characters.

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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

This romance novel certainly brings the #SummerHeat, but it is way out of my wheelhouse. (That means take this review with a grain of salt if you enjoy the genre. 😉)

The dialogue was sharp, and I loved Eva‘s tween daughter, but plot was just okay. Fated lovers generally don‘t do it for me nor do sex scenes. A definite so-so.

Looking forward to the discussion @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB 😘

BarbaraBB Oh my! I am about to start it too! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB very interested in your thoughts!! 1mo
Cinfhen Glad you‘re joining us!! 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen of course!! 😁😁 1mo
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jenniferw88
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I'm not a big romance reader (& thought the sex scenes unnecessary) but I was rooting for Genevieve and Shane throughout this book! 4 🌟 but that's more to do with my lack of reading in this genre.

#summerheat @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Also #pop22 #romancenovelbipocauthor @4thhouseontheleft @Cortg @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @Laughterhp @KarenUK @RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain

Megabooks Yeah, I finished this yesterday, and it‘s not my genre either. Still deciding on my feelings. I enjoyed what you had to say! 1mo
Cinfhen I agree with your review 🤩it‘ll be fun to discuss this one with everyone 1mo
Cortg I liked but didn‘t live this one. Good one for this prompt! 1mo
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