Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time a contemporary romance sequel and a psychological thriller I both ended up enjoying a lot.
“You don’t find out who someone is by asking them about pointless things. You find out who they are by how they act, what they do. Who they love.”
I read the first book of this trilogy back in 2018, and even though I really enjoyed it I somehow never actually continued the series… Until now that is, thanks to the mention of the first book in one of my Flashback Friday posts. I’m glad I finally did pick up my copy of Prosecco And Promises, as I ended up having an excellent time with this read! Sure, I did expect the story to be a lot more uplifting and fluffy than it ended up being, but that didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it… Prosecco And Promises focuses on grief and family as the main character tries to come to terms with the fact that her father is dying while also being reunited with her Italian family on her deceased mother’s side. The setting on the Italian Island Ischia is without doubt part of the reason I ended up enjoying this story this much, and the characters themselves play a big role as well. The romance itself is mostly slowburn and another bonus: no steamy scenes to worry about! The romance parts are sweet and together with the banter they form a perfect contrast with the heavier (and quite sad) moments in Prosecco And Promises. This is without doubt a great read if you enjoy the genre.
“But at night, she wasn’t a wife or a mother; she was a woman marooned on her own deserted island, waiting for the sun to rise.”
I’ve been meaning to read Night By Night ever since it came out in 2019, but somehow I never did. In a way I probably should have waited a little while longer as psychological thrillers and me don’t seem to get along lately, and I might have enjoyed it even more… But even so, I still ended up having a great time with this one. I’ve been a fan of his writing ever since I first read one of his books, and Night By Night is no exception. It is one of those stories that draws you straight in, and with plenty of twists and a healthy dose of suspense it will be very easy to keep turning those pages. There are quite a few heavy topics incorporated into the plot, including homophobia, hate crime, death, suicide, grief, insomnia, stalking and mental health issues… Turning this into quite a harrowing read, but the different themes are well incorporated. I can’t say I actually liked the main character though, which put a minor damper on things, but the plot itself mostly made up for that. The flashbacks and Finn’s journal entries were also a nice touch. All in all a great read that without doubt has a very explosive ending!