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atl_scfl

Joined August 2021

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
– Annie Dillard
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Had this one on my shelf for a while so I figured I would give it a go. I think this is my 13th (?!) Lucy Score book and she can really do no wrong. The witty and funny banter of her books makes you breeze right through (even though it clocks in at over 500 pages).

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I love when I just stumble upon a great book... or in this case, a book series. It is 5 books (each between 95 to 150 pages) and tells the story of a serial killer who falls for a FBI profiler. Lana is pretty much a female Dexter. So many twists, so much detail (which can get pretty graphic at time). I devoured these in 3 days. Each on the 1st 4 left on a cliffhanger and making you want to know more of the story

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The Wife Who Knew Too Much | Michele Campbell
Mehso-so

This is my 3rd book by this author and my least favorite. The main character, Tabitha, is just way too naive for her own good. As the book progressed, the more I got frustrated with her. Ending was predictable and way too rushed. It was so-so... leaning towards pan

Bec_lectic This was on my TBR list but maybe I‘ll hold off for a bit lol 6mo
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This is the first non-fiction I have read in a while. I have read one of Gregg Olsen fiction stories before and really enjoyed his writing style. This was definitely fascinating and disturbing at the same time. It is the story of 3 sisters and the abuse from their mother. It is not for the weak and parts are frustrating but definitely a must read if you are a fan of true crime.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I saw some mixed reviews regarding this book but I thought it was one of Emily Henry's best. The book was fast paced and easy to read, the banter was hilarious and on point and makes fun of all the standard tropes found in books lately. My 3rd book by her so Emily is now a definite auto buy for me.

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This book is the epitome of never judging a book by its cover. The Wrong Heart by Jennifer Hartmann has to be one of the best books I have read this year. It revolves around Melody after the tragic death of her husband. There are A LOT of hard topics discussed in this book but it was so elegantly and beautifully written (Trigger warnings in comments). While there is romance in the book, it is not the book the cover portrays it to be.

atl_scfl Triggers: death of a spouse, suicide, child abuse, bullying, self harm 6mo
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Rival Radio | Kathryn Nolan
Mehso-so

This book would definitely be a pick for me... if I didn't feel like the entire time I had read the exact same story before. Oh, rivals at a radio station! Just like The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Oh, a paintball game that becomes a pivotal part of their budding relationship! Just like The Hating Game. I did enjoy the book but it was unoriginal and it was really hard to get past that.

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Confess: A Novel | Colleen Hoover
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This is my 4th Colleen Hoover book and I am seriously thinking she can do no wrong. Already crying by page 10. Super creative the use of the book title throughout the book for different scenarios.

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Y'all... I just could not with this book. I loved The Hating Game by the same author so I was hoping this one would be good too. Nope. Jumped ship around page 25. Yes, 25. The main character had already annoyed me so much I just could not make myself proceed

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Worth It | C. M. Owens, S. M. Shade
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This was another random suggestion I found on Instagram. 3 friends go on a mini road trip for a wedding (which is for one of the girl's stepbrother... who is also one of the friend's ex). I absolutely loved this book! I can see where it would be off putting to some but if you are into raunchy comedy (think if The Hangover was all girls) this is the book for you.

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Fix Her Up: A Novel | Tessa Bailey
Panpan

I am normally a fan of Tessa Bailey, but this one rough. Almost DNF but instead took over a week to finish it. Took almost 300 pages for anything story wise to actually come about and even then everything was resolved in just a chapter. 🤦‍♀️

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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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What do you get when you mix mafia, Greek mythology and 50 Shades of Grey? This book.

A modern day retelling of Hades and Persephone. I was impressed how the author modernized everything while keeping the essence of the mythology in tact. Names are kept the same but their descriptions make them more sensible and tangible (Poseidon runs the shipyards, Orpheus is a struggling musician). 2 more books in series, but can be read as a standalone.

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Tell Me the Truth | Kiersten Modglin
Mehso-so

Started this book today and finished today. Not because it was binge worthy. Because I skimmed the majority of it 🤦‍♀️ At just over 200 pages, even that seemed like too much. Edith suspects her husband is cheating... again. While the lengths he goes to cover it up are astounding, Edith is not the brightest bulb. Even the ending when everything is explained, she still seemed like more of a secondary character.

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Julia is walking down the aisle to marry Mark. Only Mark is not at the end. In fact, he is nowhere to be found. During the search for Mark, all the secrets of Julia's part come out and what do they have to do with Mark's disappearance?

Lots of twists. Ending was somewhat predictable but still did not ruin the book.

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The Cousins | Karen M. Mcmanus
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I don't typically read a lot of YA books, but this one was very intriguing. 3 cousins, whose families are estranged from each other, receive an invitation to visit and work for the summer for their grandmother (who they have never met). Lots of secrets and lies throughout this family and small island town. Figured out the ending early on, but didn't ruin the book.

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Roomies | Christina Lauren
Mehso-so

It pains me that this is a so-so book. This is my 7th or 8th Christina Lauren book and this just felt off. Not bad but not great either. Holland has a crush on a subway musician, who is Irish and in NY on an expired visa. How will he get his dream job? A fake marriage of course. Premise was actually not bad. Just seems like the book ans storyline was rushed with no depth to the characters.

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Battle Royal: A Novel | Lucy Parker
Mehso-so

It's been a looonnnggg time since I did not finish a book and I came real close with this one. Two rival bakers, and judges for a baking reality show, vie to bake a royal wedding cake. As a fan of the Great British Bake-off, I was hoping more from this book. While the book did pick up a little, it did dragged in some parts and didn't elaborate enough in others.

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Another Instagram ad got me and glad it did. Maddie moves back to Tennessee to care for her ailing aunt, only to inadvertently Uber a guy to his death. This book had it all... twist, turns, witty banner, a bit of will they/won't they , dark subject matter. I can't really classify it. A dark comedy perhaps. Regards, this is definitely one to read and there will be a sequel in September! Also, I cannot take a screenshot and upload it properly 🤦‍♀️

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The Good Lie | A. R. Torre
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Gwen Moore, a psychologist specializing in those with violent tendencies, is working with attorney Robert Kavin to determine who killed 6 local teens. Oh... and Robert is also the father of one of the boys AND signed on to be the attorney of the man accused of being the serial killer.

Definitely enjoyed the writing style. Face paced and easy to follow. Nothing overly shocking with the ending but was enjoyable watching everything come together.

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Husband is at work, kid is in school and I have the day off. Naturally, that means hitting local used bookstores. All for under $30! Now to hide them before the hubby gets home 🤣🤭

atl_scfl Update: I found another store and got two more (A Stranger in the House by Shari Laprena and Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid). 10mo
Bec_lectic Nice haul! I thought you were going to say you found these in the lending library 📚 cause usually you don‘t find that many good books 🤣 9mo
atl_scfl @Bec_lectic I drove to a couple and could not find and couldn't find anything good 😫 I was very surprised to find this many. Wilson's Bookstore near downtown is a really good one. We will have to check it out again! 9mo
Bec_lectic I‘ve been to Haslems but not Wilson‘s..will have to check it out next time I‘m down that way! 9mo
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A Stranger on the Beach | Michele Campbell
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Told from dual POV, Caroline (rich Long Island weekender), sensing her marriage was in shambles, begins an affair with townie Aiden. The dual POV was interesting - was this a guy obsessed or a woman who was manipulative. Oh, and of course there is a murder to figure out. The ending seemed predictable but I do always find Michelle Campbell's writing style enjoyable.

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Cute Rom Com, enemies to loves with Renaissance Faire flair. Wasn't too much angst or wanting to scream at the main character so that is always a good thing 🤣

This book is technically part of a trilogy but can be read as a standalone.

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Hula Girl | Lara Ward Cosio
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This was a random pick for me. An ad on Instagram sucked me. I will be honest, I almost gave up on it about 40 pages in. It was slow and way too much attention to details instead of dialog. However, it finally found its stride and had a faster pace. Vacation love, fake engagement, your standard tropes. Quick and light read with nothing too heavy.

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The Summer Proposal | Vi Keeland
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Max and Georgia meet after a mix up (albeit one-sided) during a blind date. They agree just to date for the summer, as both have plans after the summer ends (any more than that and it would spoil it). Georgia can be annoying with her overthinking. I thought the same of Max, but he fully redeemed himself. Definitely now my fave Vi Keeland book! ❤❤

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I have probably read over a dozen Lucy Score books and this ranks up near the top. All the feels, all the emotions.

Naomi Witt has to come to the rescue of her deadbeat twin sister. Gets more than expected from everyone in town, including the niece she never knew about.

Even at almost 600 pages, it doesn't feel that long of a book.

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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This story is told from 2 POVs and alternating between past and present. Loads of family drama and even more secrets. Last few pages were a little off and seemed a little rushed but an overall good read.

Bec_lectic Is it worth adding to my stack? 10mo
atl_scfl @Bec_lectic yes! Nothing too crazy or shocking but I thought it was a pretty good book. 10mo
Bec_lectic Ok I‘ll add! I just finished Verity by Colleen Hoover..if you haven‘t read that one yet I recommend! 10mo
atl_scfl @Bec_lectic I am obsessed with Colleen Hoover's books! Most of them are punch in the gut, make you ugly cry stories, but Verity was so different! Loved the mystery aspect. 10mo
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Shipped | Angie Hockman
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13/100

Since Covid decided to sweep through my house, I decided to us the rest to catch up on reading. However, that did not equate to catching up on reviewing all my books 🤦‍♀️

This was a light hearted enemies to lovers trope. Definitely makes you want to book a trip to the Galapagos Island... or at least stare longingly at photos you Google of it 😄

ozma.of.oz Hope everyone is doing okay! ❤️ 10mo
atl_scfl @ozma.of.oz we are doing better! Thanks! Mostly just fatigue so napping as much as we can 😴 10mo
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Birthday Girl | Penelope Douglas
Mehso-so

8/100 (forgot to review book 7 🤦‍♀️)

Definitely a so-so for me. Nothing bad... but nothing that great either. Just... ok. Interesting storyline with the age gap, but there was nothing really appealing about any of the characters.

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6/100

This is the second book I have read by this author and I think it is safe to say she is an auto buy from here on out. Lots of witty banner. Does go a little deep at time as both delve in issues in their past (and present). Great read

GondorGirl I enjoyed this one a lot! I'm not typically a romance reader, but Henry made the characters and story really interesting. I agree that the banter was great... I'd definitely read another of her books. 11mo
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5/100 - The Finish Line (Kate Stewart, book 3 of the Ravenwood trilogy)

Listy does not have book 3 listed but I finished the trilogy today. Helen of Troy meets Sons of Anarchy meets modern day Robin Hood. Excellent, excellent trilogy.

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Exodus | Kate Stewart (Romance author)
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4/100
Book 2 of the trilogy - this one picks up at the exact point Flock ends (which is 6 years in the past). About halfway through the book, it switches to present day. I thought book 1 was a doozy... wow! If Book 1 caught you in the feels then Book 2 takes those feels and puts them through the wringer. On to Book 3 now 🤯😭

KristiAhlers I just inhaled the first book and I‘ve started the second. I‘m kicking myself for not picking this series up sooner! 6mo
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Flock | Kate Stewart (Romance author)
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3/100
🤯🤯🤯 Every review and description I read about this book (book 1 of a trilogy) was very so vague and there are so many reasons for that. Go into this book blind. It is the only way. No preconceived notions. This book has everything in it. Do not let the romance author fool you. Cecilia moves in with her estranged father and becomes friends with the local townsfolk. That is all I can say. I have never been more excited to read a 2nd book.

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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2/100 (set a pretty lofty goal for myself 🤦‍♀️)

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment... but have never met. Due to work schedules and unfortunate situations, both find themselves in need of a roommate. While only communicating through notes, they become friends and support each other through difficulties. You root the whole time for these two. The story takes its time, but still a good pace. Witty banner with awesome secondary characters as well

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TW: domestic violence

The story revolves around Elena and Nicholas, who meet while they are both dealing with their own grief. Elena has lost her mother and Nicholas, his wife. But what really happened to Amelia? Told in 3 parts, each at a different point in time and with multiple POVs. Though over 360 pages, it was a quick and easy read. Several twists and turns. The domestic violence scenes can make it difficult (and frustrating) at at times.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Olive, a 3rd year PhD student and Adam, a terrifying professor, fake date (don't want to spoil the reasoning behind it). It was a refreshing change of pace with this story trope. There was no damsel in distress, needing the man to rescue her. It was awesome to see a story set place in the STEM environment. Witty banner. The overbearing best friend, Anh, was a bit too much for Me. Overall I definitely see what the hype is all about with this book.

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I could not find this book on this site but this is definitely a don't miss. It is The Plight Before Christmas by Kate Stewart. Whitney is spending the holidays at her family's cabin when her college ex boyfriend shows up with her brother.

This is NOT your typical Christmas story. It will tug at your heartstrings. It was make you laugh out loud. It will make you cry. A VERY enjoyable book and very well written.

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Window Shopping | Tessa Bailey
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All the Tessa Bailey steam without all the Christmas story cheese. Though it does take place at Christmas, it is not over the top like the Hallmark movies. Not much of Stella's history was told or harped on (can't say without spoiling), but as the books premise was moving forward in life, I thought that was actually a smart move by the author. Just under 250 pages so it was a pretty quick read.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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As other reviews have said, this book is a rollercoaster! Lowen Ashleigh, an author, has been asked to finish a book series by Verity Crawford, another author who is incapacitated due to an accident. As Lowen is doing research for the upcoming books, she finds a lot more than she bargained for regarding Verity, her husband Jeremy and their children. Definitely keeps you guessing, even at the end

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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Love in the time of Covid. Set in Dublin, one week or so before the country shutdown. Oliver and Ciara meet at the grocery store and begin dating. After moving in during the 2 week quarantine, one is dead and everyone has secrets. Told from 3 points of views and jumping back and forth between 56 days ago to today (and in between). Surprisingly, it was easy to follow. Several twists and turns! Definitely recommend this book!

Bec_lectic I had this one on my list! Glad it‘s good 😊 12mo
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Wanted to read this one soon, as the movie is coming out in a couple of weeks. Super cute rom-com, with your typical enemies to lovers trope. The banter between Lucy and Josh was pretty funny at times. Fairly quick read. Will definitely read more by the author!

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Been seeing all the hype online for this book so figured I would check it out. I am a sucker for a cute rom-com and this was definitely up my alley. Lina needs a fake date to her sister's wedding and Aaron, coworker and rival, is willing to step up. Lina's character gave me moments of frustration but Aaron is just a wholesome little cinnamon roll. Cute, fun, quick read

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The Mixtape | Brittainy C. Cherry
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I went in completely blind on this book. Randomly saw it on Kindle Unlimited and thought I would give it a try. WOW! All the feels, all the emotions! Oliver is a famous musician who is dealing with the death of his twin/music partner. Emery is a struggling single mom with her own family issues. It deals with a lot of hard issues but was so brilliantly written. Keep tissues handy when reading.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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A haunted second rate Ikea and your manager is making you investigate it? What could possibly go wrong?! I loved the story - it was campy and cheesy at times (and a little graphic with the horror) but also there were some laughable moments, especially if you have had a retail job and had to deal with corporate.

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Perfect Getaway | Kiersten Modglin
Panpan

Up until literally the last chapter, this was a fantastic book. Then it was all ruined. A group of 8 friends (4 couples) are spending vacation together on a remote island. Until there is only 7 of them... There were so many twists, so many secrets, literally anyone could have done the murder and I even like that part of the ending. It was the epilogue, one week later, that blew the whole book up, utterly and completely ruined everything.

Bec_lectic Aww man it was sounding like a good read…that sucks! 13mo
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This was a shockingly easy read - finished in just over a day. Hannah's husband, Owen, mysterious disappears, leaving a note only saying "Protect Her", in regards to her 16 year old stepdaughter. There were a few parts I kinda skimmed over but it was a pretty interesting book. Ending definitely got me in the feels a little.

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Every Last Secret | A. R. Torre
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The whole covet thy neighbor troupe has been done before but this one was still pretty interesting. It was very fast paced, short chapters, and told from different POVs, so it was a fairly quick read. Nothing to overly shocking to keep you on the edge of your seat with this domestic thriller, but enough to keep you entertained.

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For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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At Belmont Academy, everyone is dying and everyone else has a motive. Told from several POVs (mostly from Teacher of the Year / Head Sociopath) Teddy Crucher, the story was very easy to follow and was definitely an adventure. Not a lot of twists and turns; just an overall enjoyable read, especially being able to see if from several different angles.

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First, the premise of the story was great. I actually did like the storyline and the twists. However, there were several fatal flaws. It became very redundant and dragged on about 100 pages too much. My biggest peeve was timelines. It is told by 3 people, one in the past which by my math on facts in the book would be around 1990. However she talks about ordering clothes online, watching streaming shows and online celebrity gossip magazines

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Widow Falls | Kiersten Modglin
Panpan

I am so sad about this book! I had such high expectations based on other reviews and reading other Kiersten Modglin books. It was just... ok at best. No real twists. I guess the premise pretty quickly. At the ending, I was left feeling "oh, ok... that's it?"

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The Layover | Lacie Waldon
Mehso-so

Been in a reading slump lately but finally found the time and energy to start reading again. This one was so so leaning towards pan. The description compares it to The Unhoneymooners. Um no, honey. The only similarity was there was a beach. First half was decent but the rest was rushed and uncoordinated. Like in a matter of pages everything with her engagement, living situation and life and settled just like poof! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️