These April reviews are for two romances, a sweet and vulnerable contemporary, and an angry historical.
Title: Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love #2)
Rating: 4 Stars
Katrina King suddenly became #CafeBae after letting an attractive man sit next to her in a coffee shop. Next thing she knew, she was trending on twitter, and the random man she was sitting next to was doing interviews on day-time talk shows. Girl Gone Viral was a sweet love story that delved into privacy on the internet, PTSD, and emotional abuse. I enjoyed The Right Swipe, but Girl Gone Viral gripped me in a completely different way. It was so easy to root for Katrina and Jas. They both were pining for each other but determined that the other person felt absolutely nothing in return. Both characters were incredibly vulnerable and had different family issues to hash out. Girl Gone Viral was a sweet tale with serious moments about the messy emotions that are leftover from trauma.
Title: The Rakess (Society of Sirens #1)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Peckham's The Rakess told the story of Seraphina Arden, a woman who wasn't afraid to take pleasure in sex or fight for equality for women. Sera leaned into her role as a rakess and made it her mission to show women that their lives could be more than being some indifferent lord's wife. While writing her memoirs, she met Adam Anderson, a Scotsman and architect by trade, with the intention of having some fun but never falling in love. Sera was a downright engaging character and I loved learning more about what made her tick through her memoirs. She was angry and she had every right to be, and I loved her sisterhood with Elinor, Thais, and Cornelia. Adam was a very sweet and pure man who I needed just a bit more from. The Rakess outlined his hardships in life, but I felt like something was being left out from his story. The Rakess promised a series of strong women taking their lives into their own hands, and I can't wait to continue the Society of Sirens.
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What are some of your favorite historical romances?
Labels: 3.5 stars, 4 stars, Alisha Rai, avon, girl gone viral, les petites revues, modern love, scarlett peckham, society of sirens, the rakess