Mini Reviews: The Girl in the Love Song & 40-Love

The Girl in the Love Song
Series: Lost Boys, #1
Author: Emma Scott
Publication Date: June 7, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 


At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys…

Miller Stratton is a survivor. After a harrowing childhood of poverty, he will do anything it takes to find security for himself and his mom. He’s putting all his hopes and dreams in the fragile frame of his guitar and the beauty he creates with its strings and his soulful voice.

Until Violet.

No one expects to meet the love of their life at age thirteen. But the spunky rich girl steals Miller’s heart and refuses to give it back.

Violet McNamara’s life hasn’t been as simple as it looks. Her picture-perfect family is not so perfect after all. Her best friend Miller is her one constant and she is determined not to ruin their friendship with romantic complications.

But the heart wants what it wants. As Miller’s star begins to rise to stratospheric heights, what will it take for Violet to realize that she’s the girl in all of his love songs?

Lost Boys is a new series of interconnected, coming-of-age standalones from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott, coming in 2020

My thoughts:

This book was VERY angst filled. More so than any other book I’ve read by this author. The level of angst was too much for me, honestly. Even though I loved the characters and the story, I had a hard time bringing myself to read it. After about 20% I ended up skimming through until Part 4 where I started reading again. I hate that I did that, but I didn’t want to not finish it. It really was a vbeautiful story with a fantastic ending.

Series: There’s Something About Marysburg, #2
Author: Olivia Dade
Publication Date: May 16, 2020
Publisher: Hussies & Harpies Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 


This match is no game.

When a rogue wave strips Tess Dunn of her bikini top, desperate, half-naked times call for desperate, please-cover-me-kids-are-coming-closer measures. Enter Lucas Karlsson, AKA that flirty Swede in the water nearby. When he prevents her bare buoys from being exposed to fellow vacationers, even an ocean can’t drown the sparks that fly.

Lucas, a former top-level tennis pro now giving lessons at the resort, fled there after the abrupt, painful end to his injury-plagued career. But he’s finally ready to move on with his life—and after a few late-night, hands-on sessions with Tess, he’s eager to prove he’s the ace she wants.

But this match comes with challenges: She’s forty, and at twenty-six, he’s barely old enough to rent a car. Worse, they only have two weeks together before Tess returns to her assistant-principal life in Virginia. During that brief time, they’ll have to play hard, take a few risks, and find out whether their chemistry is a one-shot wonder…or whether they’re meant to be doubles partners for life.

My thoughts:

I’m pretty new to Olivia Dade’s writing. This only my second book by her. I really like how she combines strong, relatable women with hot guys. It’s a nice change from perfect bodies all the time. I enjoyed this book a lot, but there were times where the MC’s hangups about her body and perceived self bugged me. I got over it, though, because I loved the guy who won her heart. It was a fun vacation read.

12 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: The Girl in the Love Song & 40-Love”

  1. I was shocked to see a 3-star rating for an Emma Scott book, but yeah, too much angst is tough for me. Dade has a great sense of humor. I have not read much of her work, but am glad this was a good read. I find I am almost always all about the hero when I read a romance.

    1. Honestly, it would have been 4 or 5 stars probably if I hadn’t had such a hard time with the angst. I know a lot of people who loved it.

    1. I think you might like Olivia Dade’s writing. I have been able to get her books through my library.
      Yeah, the angst was too much for me. Which I can say it was this book because I read another angsty book and was fine.

  2. I usually don’t mind angst especially in thrillers but I can see myself having an issue with too much of it being packed in a story. Glad you enjoyed the second story.

  3. I can see how too much angst could affect your overall enjoyment of The Girl in the Love Song. 40-Love sounds like my kind of book, too! I love a good sports rom-com and I haven’t heard of it before. 🙂

  4. Oh no, sorry to see that the Emma Scott book overdid it on the angst for your taste. I mean, you know to expect it from her books but I guess this was even more than her usual.

    1. Yes. It totally could have been my mood, but I was able to read a less angsty but still angsty book and be fine. I don’t know what it was.

  5. The Girl in the Love Song sounded promising in the premise and the cover, but I do not like too much angst. 40 Love sounds pretty good, it could have been me from the sounds of it (except that I was married at 40). Nice reviews Deanna.

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