KU Sunday Spotlight by KUBR + OCA

Welcome back to the KU Sunday Spotlight, brought to you by KU Book Reviews + the One-Click Addict Support Group. This week, we have two fantastic new books for you—both Buy Its, both books that you need to read ASAP. Enjoy!

RATING: BUY IT {Beth} –

I kissed him like I might never get the chance again.
And he kissed me like I was his treasure.

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I needed this book. I didn’t realize until I started reading, and found myself incapable of putting it down, but I needed it. I needed its tenderness, its sweetness. I needed its humor and its heat. Like home-cooked meals (which Daisy would appreciate) and a fluffy blanket on a cold day, Someday Soon (Not Yet Book 3) was welcoming, warming and wonderful.  

Basically, it was comforting in its ease, appealing for being low-angst, and still completely captivating. A best friend’s little sister book combined with a friends-to-lovers romance to make something so… joyous, I still can’t wipe the smile from my face.

Watching the relationship between Daisy + Jon grow from friendship, to sizzle-and-burn, to love was immensely rewarding. I’m not usually one for younger New Adult romance (Daisy is just out of high school, Jon a recent college graduate), but I’d heard so many good things about this author and series, I felt compelled to give it a go. And I am so happy that I did. Because there was something in the maturity of Daisy and the care of Jon that made their young love feel so genuine. Though I would be thrilled to return to them and see how their future plays out, I believed in them, believed that their ages didn’t define their ability to find and hold love. I didn’t spend wasted energy considering their years, instead focused on THEM.

And the THEM that they became? Made my heart feel full. As did the other relationships in this book. The Goldsmith family, in all their overprotective glory, were a simple yet D-lightful (names pun, work with me here) foil for the developing love between Daisy + Jon, allowing their relationship to be the focus, the heart, the center of this story.

Which, I am sure, is why I closed Someday Soon feeling so damn good. So light. So happy. So warm. I needed that, and you do too.

“You are lightness and warmth. You give and take care of others. You’re my Sunshine.”

RATING: BUY IT {Mila} –

I finished Revelry by Kandi Steiner earlier in the week and here I am, at week’s end, and I’m still struggling to capture what I want to say about this book.

Revelry is the story of Wren, a late-20-something designer from Seattle who has just gone through a divorce from her ex, Keith, after being together for over a decade. In an attempt to find herself again and rediscover her creative side, which has left her since the divorce, Wren rents a cabin for the summer outside of town. There, she meets and befriends many of the locals, including Anderson, a man going through his own set of challenges in life.

As I was reading Revelry and I first started thinking about writing this review, I actually thought to myself, “Wow, it’s emotional, but it’s not ripping me apart.” And I almost thought I’d write that and explain how I felt somewhat removed from it in a strange way—even though I didn’t think that was a bad thing. However, as I continued reading, I realized that Revelry was hitting so close to home—too close—it was my heart’s way of protecting itself from becoming too consumed. Too enmeshed. Too vulnerable to the experience. And I’m sure you’re asking yourself why.

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I got divorced four years ago, after being with my ex for a decade, and honestly, in all that time, I don’t think I’ve read a novel that actual dealt with the emotions of that experience. Of the very personal feelings one traverses in a divorce. It might just be the novels that I pick up, but it was a new experience for me and yes, at times, cathartic. To get me in even deeper with Revelry, the dynamic between Wren and Keith that led to their divorce is one of the Empath and the Narcissist—a dynamic I know only too well.

I honestly can’t say what my experience of Revelry would have been like without having personally gone through something so similar, but oh, gosh, this book. This. Book. It touched me in ways I was wholly unprepared for, took me back on a journey I’d already lived through once, yet also gave me the comfort of being able to live and experience it through the eyes of someone else.

Kandi captured so many feelings down to the cellular level. The way she was able to harness the emotions, the pain and the doubts, and overcome so many obstacles in dealing with those is nothing short of pure poetry. To watch Wren + Anderson discover each other and rediscover themselves was a true gift.

I don’t know what your experience of Revelry will be, but I do know that it’s one you’ll want to immerse yourself in. It truly is a fantastic, heartfelt, moving and rewarding experience—almost what it’s like to come out on the other side of a divorce where one rediscovers themselves.

As of 04.23.2017, Someday Soon and Revelry are available on Kindle Unlimited.

About Beth Cranford | KUBR

Book Reviewer. Wife. Mother. Crazy Person. Australian.

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