The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn
Bonnie is feeling directionless and unsuccessful in life, so obviously the solution is to agree to her friend Dakota's mad plan - respond to an ad requesting people to look after a cafe in the Scottish Highlands for six months. Leaving LA was the easy. Surviving the Scottish roads AND surviving Rowan MacGregor's grumpiness and disdain for her? Not so much.
I had an absolute blast reading this, even if it did have its flaws. The first half was fun and fast paced, though I found Bonnie to be somewhat irritating (and the "American in Scotland" thing was played a bit OTT for my liking), and then I was pleasantly surprised by just how many FEELINGS Quinn managed to evoke in me during the second half. This is a good book, but a good book with a rather dislikable heroine.
The Bennet Women by Eden Appiah-Kubi
EJ is trying to look after her fellow Bennet Women at Longbourn University, all while stressing as she tries to be the best engineering student - because she has to be. Enter Will Pak, a celebrity who on their first meeting has a bad attitude and insults her to boot. EJ has no time for rude men and first impressions are hard to dismiss. At least, to start with...
I will read every Pride and Prejudice retelling I can get my hands on and, make no mistake, I enjoyed seeing how Appiah-Kubi used the modern context to alter plot points. And more diversity in NA romance is always welcome! But the strength of the original is how Austen used all of her characters, not just Elizabeth. EJ is used well and so is Will, but other characters fall by the wayside. There were also too many things that happened "off screen". That worked in Austen's time. Not so much now.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Wren has a lot of things on her mind already. She doesn't need a winged assassin trying to kill her - but she does need a rescue, courtesy of Ezal, who has just jumped in from another dimension. Originally sent to Earth as a baby, Wren has become the heir of House Banae and with this positions comes new dangers. Now she is expected to either abdicate or marry a suitable husband, one who must overlook her lack of wings. But Ezal might complicate matters...
Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I adored this book. I was sucked in so easily and I was Team Ezal from the start! The world-building was fantastic - Letharia is a world of wings and magic, as well as a world of science and string theory. A perfect, fascinating blend. It was as difficult for me to leave Letharia as it was for Wren.
Fans of Sarah J. Maas will absolutely love this winged romance.
The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon A Con #2)
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't buried in a book or drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, is a keen writer of science fiction and romance. She has published two novels and four novellas in her space opera family saga, The Galactic Pantheon Series.