Monthly Wrap Up – May Edition!

Hello! Well May was not my best month for getting reviews done – I decided to catch up on some reading purely for fun, as I like not always having to review everything I read. A lot of May has involved blog tours which are always great to be a part of, so check them all out below:

The Swap by Fiona Mitchell was my first review of May and it was a brilliant read. It was an extremely emotional and touching look into what family can mean, with two brilliantly written main female characters.

I next reviewed Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan which was a very intriguing mystery, a very unusual motive and some really fascinating insights into the mind of the criminal. It also offered a very in-depth look into the main character Claire, so it’s definitely something a bit different to read.

They Call Me The Cat Lady by Amy Miller was the most fun I had reviewing a novel this month. This was such a touching, personal and lovely read, with a beautiful exploration into the growth of the main character. The descriptions in this book are truly gorgeous, and it’s a really heart wrenching read.

I then read The Manhatten Project by Paul McNeive, and this is genuinely quite a terrifying read, if only because of the stark reality it forces the reader to face. This is a very detailed book, showing the psychological consequences of events from our history in a fascinating political thriller with a terrorist plot.

Heartlands by Kerry Watts had some great characters and an emotional crime, but was slightly confusing at times. I found the vast amount of characters didn’t allow enough time to be spent on developing all of them, but it was still a good read with a great lead detective.

I next took part in a blog tour by Bookouture for Fierce Girl by Emma Tallon which has absolutely hooked me into this series. The main couple is completely awesome, totally badass, and I loved it. This was fast-paced, intriguing and really well written.

Finally is my review for the blog tour by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor which is a completely emotional, fascinating and relevant story, with plenty of plot twists and a really emotive thread throughout. This book is pure brilliance, and I’d definitely recommend reading it.

Book of the Month
Okay, this month I’ve been seriously torn. I loved both The Swap and They Call Me The Cat Lady, but my absolute favourite was The Dangerous Kind. The whole story, the brilliantly written characters, the plot twist and the emotionally satisfying ending – it’s all amazing. I’ll be recommending this to everyone!

No-one Ever Has Sex at a Wedding by Tracy Bloom

I have FINALLY read a book that isn’t crime or thriller and oh boy it was fun! I loved this book, with a brilliant, heart-warming story and characters that work really well together.

In Katy’s opinion, weddings should follow some basic rules:
1) No-one should ever have sex. Of course. The married couple has the rest of their lives for that, and the guests should be too busy partying.
2) If you are heavily pregnant (as Katy is) you should obviously not be invited to three weddings in the space of one summer. Your husband’s accident-prone best friend, your attention-seeking colleague, your 73-year-old mother’s marriage to her Spanish toy boy – all without even an alcoholic drink to make them bearable.
3) During the speeches, it should not be revealed that you had a secret one-night-stand with one of the other guests.
4) Instead of laying bets on the length of the best man’s speech, guests should not be laying bets on whether a marriage will be in ruins before the end of the meal…
But this summer, Katy is lucky enough to be the special guest at the weddings that break ALL of the rules. What could possibly go wrong?

This funny, heart-warming story was a really enjoyable read, and a great exploration into relationships and the different ways to navigate love and marriage.

I liked that it didn’t purely focus on one main character – although Katy is the focus, there was enough time spent on Matthew and Ben to make the story really interesting. It was fast-paced, which I enjoyed and didn’t necessarily expect in a humorous romantic novel!

The novel starts with the marriage of Braindead (Craig) and Abby, and although at first I was a bit unsure about one of the characters having such a random nickname, it soon all made sense as he proved himself to be a brilliantly hilarious yet emotional character. His seriousness about his marriage being valid, while completely illogical, was genuinely quite sweet, and it was a great setting to start the novel off with. His ridiculous speech, which lets slip the revelation that Katy and Matthew have slept together years previously, sets off a chain of events that has elements of real anguish and heartbreak but also shows the funny side of navigating marriages.

Katy and Ben’s relationship is a sweet examination of how one couple doesn’t let a mistake years previous ruin their relationship, and in one speech by Ben he articulates this very well. It’s interesting, and sometimes awkwardly hilarious, watching the two of them navigate the fact that no one will let Katy’s one-night stand go. Katy herself is a great character, finding herself put into awkward situations, and having an element of ‘real-ness’ about her. Her jealousy about the friendship between her best friend Daniel and gorgeous model Erica is very relatable, and her humorous asides and inside thoughts are really witty.

Watching Matthew and Alison’s relationship is a more realistic look into the highs and lows of a marriage, and Matthew’s slow realisation as to the extent of the situation is really quite sad. However, because the book is very fast-paced, there wasn’t too much dwelling on this, and Daniel really livens up the situation. His flamboyant and bold personality contrasts really well with Matthew. Daniel’s grand gesture at the end of the novel represents development for both Matthew and Daniel and it’s really sweet to watch.

I really enjoyed this novel, and would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, fun and amusing read!

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No-one Ever Has Sex at a Wedding
Tracy Bloom
Bookouture, 29th March 2019