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Mini Romance ARC Reviews and Recommendations

Hey everyone!! Last month, I read a lot of romance books, so I figured why not review them in one post and recommend them all!

I’ve been in a major romance mood lately, I think it’s the summer sun. But I really enjoyed all of these so if you check them out I hope you do too!

Thank you to NetGalley and Holiday House for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I read this in a day and couldn’t put it down! My Mechanical Romance follows Bel, a new student who joins the Robotics team, and Teo, the captain of said Robotics Team. This is a rivals-to-lovers romance and I was addicted to their journey. Bel originally thinks Teo is arrogant, but as she got to know him, she found she liked him a lot more. Teo is the perfect love interest! I adored him and was rooting for these two the whole time!

‘Because wherever I am, I want her close by.’

I loved the representation in this, especially shedding a light on the difficulties for women in STEM and how they have to work twice as hard. I never thought I’d care about reading about bot fights, but I was hooked! The characters are incredibly diverse and I wish we had seen more of the secondary characters. Overall, I would definitely recommend this if you love YA academic rivals-to-lovers!

Thank you to NetGalley, Harper Collins, and One More Chapter for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book had me hooked! I couldn’t put it down. It did take a little while to get into, but once we’d reached the action, I was obsessed. Lucas and Posy were Head Boy and Head Girl at their private school, and naturally they did not get along. Posy comes from money, where Lucas’ parents were the Gardener’s at the school. Flash forward ten years at the school reunion and Posy has been financially cut off, but to properly kick start her photography career she needs to get to Hawaii. Lucas’ company is about to fall through and is in desperate need of clients.

‘You aren’t just some chaotic wanderer to be corrected, Posy, you’re a force to be reckoned with.’

Posy remembers the old by-law stating if a Head Boy and Head Girl get married then the school has to pay for the wedding and honeymoon. Posy comes up with a plan and attempts to get Lucas on board, she will get Lucas clients if they have their fake honeymoon in Hawaii. Obviously this is a childhood nemesis to lovers story and I ate it up! There was lots of tension between these characters; it was the perfect summer read. If you liked the premise of It Happened One Summer, then maybe give this a chance!

Thank you to Harper360YA for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book affected me in ways I wasn’t expecting. Eden and Truman’s romance properly began the night Katie, Eden’s best friend and Truman’s sister, got into an accident and was comatose. Truman disappears pretty quickly and Eden is left feeling incredibly guilty about not being there for her best friend. The author described these characte’s feelings very well and part of me feels like I went through it with them.

‘I kiss her because it’s quite honestly the only thing I want to do.’

When Truman returns home, Eden struggles, unsure whether to let him in again. I do think this book shouldn’t be categorised as a romance. There is a slow burn romance, but I feel it is more about the characters helping each other with their grief and guilt. I almost wish there was another book set in the future to see where the two characters are in their lives. Their relationship is up and down and there were some very cute moments, however, if you are expecting a HEA then this book won’t give you that, but sometimes the small cutesy moments of romance are enough.

Thank you to NetGalley and W by Wattpad Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Another favourite setting in books is movie sets, or with famous characters. I feel like it adds extra tension when characters are trying to hide from the public eye. Jada and Tristan are our two love interests and they don’t get off to a great start. Tristan almost gets Jada kicked off the movie and in retaliation Jada gets her friend to send a video showing Tristan shouting at her to the press. To control the mess created, Jada and Tristand are forced to fake date.

‘And you have been the best surprise of my life, Jada Berlee.’

I love fake dating romances so much and this one was filled with all the right kinds of things. Tristan isn’t the greatest character but he does a few things to redeem himself slightly! I loved seeing more into these characters and learning about Jada’s trouble with agent’s and her ex. If you love fake dating romances between rival characters in the public eye, then definitely check this one out!

Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I love reading books about dating and reality shows. I don’t know why, but I find them fascinating! Crush in the Cascades combines a dating show with an adventure show, kind of like I’m a Celeb. The characters compete in couples, but those who come first in individual challenges can choose to stick or have a new partner, which of course creates drama!

‘All that matters to me is that I’m with you.’

Easton and Amity don’t make great first impressions on each other, and their relationship hits the rocks quite a few times. This book is an enemies-to-lovers romance, and I ate it up! There was a bit of miscommunication but it was solved quickly. The plot was fast-paced and I found myself rooting for this couple to win the competition. I recommend if you love reality shows and romance!

I hope you check these books out if you haven’t done so already, because they are perfect summer reads!

Keep reading,
Georgia x


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