Mini Reviews: That Kind of Guy & The Bride Test

Today I’ve got some thoughts on a couple of contemporary romances from authors I love. Check them out below!

ThatKindofGuyThat Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

Published by Nixon House on May 2, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 272 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

She wants a fake relationship. He needs something real.

If there’s one thing Rae can’t stand, it’s pity. She’s forty, frazzled, and fed up—so attending an awards ceremony alonewhile her ex swans about with his new wife? Not an option. To avoid total humiliation, Rae needs a date of her own. And her young, hot-as-hell new best friend is the perfect candidate…

Zach Davis, king of casual hookups, has a secret: the notorious womaniser craves emotional connection, and anonymous encounters leave him feeling hollow. After years of performance, Zach’s desperate to be himself. So why does he agree to play Rae’s fake boyfriend? And why does it feel so easy?

When the line between pretence and desire blurs, Zach’s forced to face an unexpected truth: there’s nothing phoney about his need for Rae. But the jaded divorcée’s been hurt by playboy men before. Can a weekend of faking it prove that Zach’s for real?

All good things must come to an end and Talia Hibbert’s Ravenswood series wraps up with That Kind of Guy and this time around its Zach and Rae’s turn for a happily ever after. Zach was such a lovely character, a seriously sweet nerd who’s demi like me. Rae is amazing, moving past toxic relationships and living her best life. The bond they form together is precious and I’m all about friends to lovers. These two were so supportive of each other, helping to overcome their issues. And as always the steamy bits were exceptional! Totally recommend this entire series and anything Talia Hibbert writes!

TheBrideTestThe Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Published by Berkley on May 7, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 296 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

As I loved Helen Hoang’s first book so to did I adore The Bride Test. This one follows Khai and Esme and they navigate a possible future together. The dynamic between them is definitely interesting but also holds imbalances and secrets that had me questioning at times. That’s where Hoang’s writing excels though; in navigating those difficult moments.  Khai struggles when interacting with people and doesn’t mourn like everyone else which leads him to believe that he cannot love. Obviously that couldn’t be further from the truth. Esme is a single mom brought over from Vietnam. She’s incredibly hardworking and kind and the two of them just fit together. I definitely recommend picking this one up!

Have you read either of these books? A fan of contemporary romance?

Let me know in the comments below!

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