THE FLATSHARE + BRIDAL BOOT CAMP | MINI REVIEWS

June 7, 2019 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
THE FLATSHARE + BRIDAL BOOT CAMP | MINI REVIEWSby Meg Cabot
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 28, 20188 by Avon Impulse
Format: eARC
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2 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Looking for a tropical escape?

Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest—and most beautiful—islands in the Florida Keys, home to sandy white beaches, salt-rimmed margaritas, stunning sunsets, and some of the quirkiest—but also kindest and most resourceful—people you’ll ever meet.

Physical trainer Roberta “Rob” James moved to Little Bridge hoping she’d found paradise, but things haven’t turned out quite as she’d hoped. The closest Rob has come to her “happily ever after” is happy hour at the Mermaid Café with her buddy Bree, the bartender slash waitress who’s got romance problems of her own.

But Rob’s situation suddenly changes when sheriff’s deputy Ryan Martinez accidentally enrolls in her bridal boot camp class. Turning mush into metal in time for the big day is Rob’s passion (because even the happiest bride could use a little toning).

But what happens when a guy who’s all mush meets a girl who’s all metal?

They discover they have a lot to learn . . . about each other, themselves, and the island paradise they’ve come to call home.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was really looking forward to Meg Cabot’s newest release Bridal Boot Camp. I know it’s supposed to be a short, quick novella to introduce us to some of the characters and the setting of her upcoming series, but this novella was just too short.

There was a lot of potential and I’m excited to read the rest of Cabot’s series and see what happens next, but this novella just felt too short. I know relationships happen quickly in romance novels, and books in general, but in this novella it was way too quick to even get you to root for the two characters.

Overall this was a super quick novella, but I love Meg Cabot and I’m excited to read the first full length novel in her new series!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
THE FLATSHARE + BRIDAL BOOT CAMP | MINI REVIEWSby Beth O'Leary
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 28, 2019 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
4.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.

Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.

Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.

But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you've never met.

What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I really enjoyed reading  The Flatshare! There was so much hype surrounding this book, and I’m glad to say it lived up to it. It was such a cute contemporary novel that I couldn’t put down. This novel follows Tiffy and Leon when they first become roommates, and we get to see how their relationship progresses through the notes they leave each other around the apartment.

I loved that each character has such a distinct voice. Not only did the characters have their own personality when speaking with each other, but in the way their chapters were written as well. Leon is very closed off, you can tell by the way he interacts with people, and with the short way he speaks/his chapters are written.

“Feels so different now I’ve met her. Can’t believe I wasted all that time – not just those months, but the time before that, the years of dawdling, settling, waiting.”

I went in thinking this was going to be a fun fluffy contemporary, and it was, but there were serious topics discussed throughout the novel as well. I want to give a trigger warning for an emotionally abusive relationship. Tiffy moves in with Leon because she needs a new roommate after a longterm relationship ends. While she’s learning how to be on her own, and opening up with her new friend/flatmate Leon, Tiffy begins to see that her previous relationship was toxic and abusive. Even though there was a heavy topic spread throughout the novel, there were so many light moments and romantic moments that evened out the story and made it a feel good story instead of a heavy one.

One of my favorite parts of the book was when Tiffy was describing seeing a counselor. I love reading about therapy in books, even though I’m constantly disappointed in the portrayal (because it’s usually very wrong), but it was so well done here, which surprised me and made my little counselor (in training) heart happy.

“She didn’t really say much…I thought she’d tell me what was wrong with me. But instead I kind of figured some stuff out all on my own…which I totally couldn’t have done without her sitting there.”

Overall I definitely recommend The Flatshare if you’re looking for a contemporary book this summer!

If you’ve read either of these, let me know what you thought of them!

Victoria

Book Blogger at Latte Nights Review
Victoria is a twenty-two year old from Texas. She’s an avid reader of YA and NA, and reads at least seventy books a year. She is new to blogging, but excited to meet new people and share her favorite books. In addition to being a book hoarder, Victoria is a former gymnast, a coffee enthusiast, and aspires to be a mental health counselor.

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