Happy Monday y’all! I hope everyone had a great weekend- I definitely did, but now I’m exhausted and work is extra exhausting too, so today (and this whole week) look to be very… interesting haha
A whole bunch of amazing books are coming out tomorrow, so today, I’m going to talk about one that I read last week (thank you so much to Avon and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC)- All the Feels by Olivia Dade. All the Feels is the sequel to Spoiler Alert (which was super cute) and while you really don’t have to read them in order, I loved having that foundation while reading All the Feels.
All the Feels 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Following Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade returns with another utterly charming romantic comedy about a devil-may-care actor—who actually cares more than anyone knows—and the no-nonsense woman hired to keep him in line.
Alexander Woodroe has it all. Charm. Sex appeal. Wealth. Fame. A starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, God of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling.
Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Compared to her previous work, watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult. But the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep her professional remove and her heart intact, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness…not to mention his Cupid fanfiction habit.
When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants—her. But he’s determined to keep his improbably short, impossibly stubborn, and extremely endearing minder in his life any way he can. And on a road trip up the California coast together, he intends to show her exactly what a falling star will do to catch the woman he loves: anything at all.
I really liked this book! I loved Alex when I read Spoiler Alert, but through reading All the Feels, you learn so much more about him and he becomes this amazing character that sticks with you. Of course, like with most books, there were definitely things that I wasn’t a huge fan of with this book, so let’s talk about them now, and then I’ll go back to talking about everything I loved. There were really only two things I really disliked 1) that Alex kept referring to Lauren as a round bird (well the references to birds in general weren’t my favorite, because I hate birds, but some people like them, so I guess that isn’t too big of a deal). I kept trying to picture her and he kept describing her as a round bird with stick-like legs and all I could think of was a child’s stick figure drawing of a person- two circles for the head and the body and lines for the arms and legs and I hated that. As a woman, if anyone EVER described me as a round bird, we’d be done. 2) the pacing threw me off a little- don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book, but it felt so much longer than it actually was because it was divided up into two very distinct halves: pre-Alex having his massive blow up at the Gates Con (which you 100% know about if you read book 1) and Alex and Lauren being a thing- and while I enjoyed both halves, they really did feel like two distinct books.
But since those two things aren’t the biggest issues, let’s focus on the great parts of this book! I really enjoyed getting to know Alex more- he’s such a giving guy and everyone seems to love him, which was great. I also really liked Lauren- we barely knew her in Marcus and April’s book, so it was nice to see her have real personality. In terms of the romance, it really only took place in the second half of the book and it was really fast, but I didn’t mind that too much because I enjoyed watching Alex and Lauren become friends and getting to know their personalities. Also, I really love Olivia Dade’s writing style, so just reading it in general was fun. There were also fun interludes between the chapters with some of the fan fic stories and text conversations that add richness to the storytelling (plus your girl always loves a good random text convo haha). Overall, I really enjoyed All the Feels and I cannot wait to see what Olivia Dade comes out with next! As a reminder, All the Feels comes out tomorrow, so make sure you go check it out then!