Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! This time around a contemporary romance I really enjoyed and a domestic thriller that was strangely addictive despite me hating the characters and cheating element.

Title: Summer Kisses At Mermaids Point
(Mermaids Point #1)
Author: Sarah Bennett

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: March 25th 2021
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Finished reading: July 29th 2022
Pages: 278

“He didn’t like to tell her most of the best stories in his career had started off as gossip.”


I really like the way Sarah Bennett writes her stories, and after enjoying my time with the third Mermaids Point book earlier this year I thought it was time to return to book number one. Summer Kisses At Mermaids Point is set in a small seaside village, and the book has definitely nailed that coastal vibe with the detailed descriptions. It made the setting come alive for me, and I loved both how important the seaside setting was for the plot and the community feel of the village itself. The story switches between the POV of Laurie and Jake, which is perfect to slowly get to know both characters better. This is a mostly sweet slowburn romance, and I enjoyed seeing their connection grow over time. There is also a heavy focus on family; both Laurie with her family being very present in the plot and in her life and Jack who has less than happy memories from his childhood. There is also the mystery around the mermaid sightings of course, and I liked the moral dilemma and the journalist angle Jake provided to the story. Certain parts were a bit cliche, but as a whole Summer Kisses At Mermaids Point turned out to be a heartwarming and mainly uplifting romance story with a spectacular seaside setting.

Title: Every Last Secret
Author: A.R. Torre

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: December 1st 2020
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Finished reading: August 2nd 2022
Pages: 291

“Broken women cannot be held accountable for their actions.”


I loved my first experience with this author when I read The Good Lie, and I’ve been meaning to try more of her books. I also have an ARC of her newest waiting to be read, but I decided to pick up Every Last Secret first because I’ve been wanting to do so for a long time. I already knew there was going to be cheating involved (something I always hate in a story), but there was just something about the premise that made me want to read it anyway. And it was without doubt an extremely clever story! The way the plot is developed makes you want to know more as soon as you start reading. It starts in the present, then returns to a few months in the past as we see the events slowly unfold… And there are plenty of twists and secrets along the way to keep you entertained. I do have to say that the cheating was too much for me, with it actually actively happening on the page and it being such a major part of the plot. The characters themselves were all horrible (except for Matt), and it did make it harder to care about what happened to them. That said, there was something strangely addictive about it all, and I didn’t want to stop reading even though part of me hated the story. This is the power of the plot development, twists and writing style in general, and it’s definitely made me want to read her newest story ASAP.

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