Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time a double dose of contemporaries with authors I’ve enjoyed before.


Title: The Off Limits Rule
(It Happened In Nashville #1)
Author: Sarah Adams

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: December 13th 2020
Finished reading: April 11th 2021
Pages: 291

“But when a slow smile starts to spread over her mouth, warm blood rushes through my veins, pumping and reviving my old familiar heart until it’s three sizes bigger. No more stealing Christmas for me.


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I’m a fan of Sarah Adams‘ romantic comedies ever since I read the first one not that long ago, and every book so far has only confirmed to me that her style of romance writing and me are a great fit. The Off Limits Rule was yet another excellent read for me, and I literally found myself flying through it. Sure, I was a bit annoyed by the whole Cooper being absolutely gorgeous with the abs and everything, and Lucy’s whole ‘he’s so out of my league‘ being repeated endlessly… But as a whole, they were able to win me over and I really liked their banter and growing connection along the way. The writing and humor were spot on for me, and I really liked how Lucy’s kid Lexi played a big role in the story as well. The ending might be a bit too predictable and cheesy, but I personally didn’t care as this story delivered exactly what I hoped it would: an uplifting and fluffy romcom that is heavy on the banter and light on the steamy scenes. I’m already looking forward to the second book of this series as reading more about Drew and Jessie will be fascinating (and hilarious I suspect).


Title: Other People’s Houses
Author: Abbi Waxman

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
First published: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Finished reading: April 16th 2021
Pages: 352

“Sometimes life is just what it is, and the best you can hope for is ice cream.”


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I loved The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill when I read it last year, and I’ve been meaning to try more of Abbi Waxman‘s books ever since… There was something about the blurb of Other People’s Houses that caught my eye, and I’ve been looking forward to read it despite the whole cheating element. I know it’s always a risk for me to read a story where an affair is involved, as it’s a major pet peeve and not an element I enjoy reading about. I’m glad I did give Other People’s Houses a go though, because while I wasn’t a fan of the whole cheating element, somehow it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would either (probably because I was already forewarned). I enjoyed reading about Frances and slowly learning more about both her family and her neighbors… We have multiple characters in play and it can be a bit tricky to keep everyone apart in the beginning, but the cast was used to help show that we really never know what happens behind the doors of our neighbors and how things happening in one family can affect others as well. The writing flows easily and is right up my alley; some of the characters did start to annoy me, but I liked the banter and use of (sarcastic) humor in between the more heavy moments. Nina Hill is still my favorite, but there is no denying that I enjoyed my time with Other People’s Houses and I will be looking forward to explore more of her books.


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