Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! Since I have a huge pile of backlog reviews of the books I read during my break, I will be featuring an extra book in my shorties posts until I’ve caught up. This time around you will find a romance story I loved and two urban fantasy novellas that didn’t work as well as the main series.


Title: The Temporary Roomie
(It Happened In Nashville #2)
Author: Sarah Adams

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: April 1st 2021
Finished reading: November 14th 2021
Pages: 286

“Trying to be angry at Lucy is like being angry at a bunny for having too fluffy of a tail. It’s impossible. I just want to feed her carrots and make her happy.”


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Sarah Adams has quickly grown into one of my favorite romance authors and I’ve enjoyed every single story I’ve tried so far. I’ve been looking forward to read The Temporary Roomie ever since I finished The Off Limits Rule; I loved the fireworks between Jessie and Drew in book one and it sounded like it would be hilarious to see them pitted against each other. The enemy to lover trope can go both ways for me depending on how well it’s executed, but I have to say that the whole development of the relationship was spot on here. This second book has lots of fighting, pranks and banter to keep you entertained, but the story also has a sweeter side to give it more balance. I had a brilliant time reading this one, and I liked how everything wrapped up in the end. Easy to like characters, brilliant banter, great writing, no real sexy scenes… What more could I wish for in a romantic comedy?!


Title: The Furthest Station
(Rivers Of London #5.5)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Novella
First published: June 30th 2017
Publisher: Orion
Finished reading: November 14th 2021
Pages: 144

“I’ve never put much store in hunches and the detective’s gut – even when it’s mine – but if this had been a film there would have been a sinister string section playing away in the background.”


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I’m really enjoying this series, and I decided to read the two novellas before continuing book six as I’ve heard great things about them. The Furthest Station is short, but very entertaining. It has the same banter as the rest of the books, and Peter Grant makes for a brilliant main character. We also see more of Abigail, and there is a new case to investigate… While there were some loose ends (not surprising as it is a novella with limited pages after all), the investigation was wrapped up nicely. It made for a fun afternoon of reading, and I’ve decided to read the second novella straight after just so that I can spend more time in this urban fantasy world.


Title: What Abigail Did That Summer
(Rivers Of London #5.3)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Novella
First published: March 18th 2021
Publisher: Gollancz
Finished reading: November 15th 2021
Pages: 208

“Here is a bit of man’s wisdom for you – when you think things can’t get worse, they usually do.”


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While it’s true that I usually don’t read the novellas of a series, there was just something about What Abigail Did That Summer that made me want to make an exception. It probably has to do with the fact that I like Abigail as a character, and I was curious to see what it would be like to follow a story from her point of view. This novella definitely comes over as YA and not adult, and somehow I felt like the story was trying too hard sounding like a teenager and as a result fell a little flat for me. I did like the idea behind the story and I still like Abigail of course, but there was just something about this novella that didn’t work as well for me. It kind of struggled to keep my attention, and especially when those ‘memories’ started to invade the plot… All in all not my favorite, and I definitely prefer having Peter Grant front and center instead.


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