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Lauren's Library # 15


Where did the months go?! I know it's been a minute since my last Lauren's Library, so I've decided to spotlight FOUR books this time around, and even that won't fully cover all the amazing titles I read over the holidays. Still, these are some juicy, delicious treats!


The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard


I LOVE the beauty and the beast trope, and this book does it so well. The heroine is determined to save her sister, showing us a fierce spirit and cunning mind. The hero may seem beastly to the world, but he's really just hiding away because of his scarred appearance, trying not to show how truly vulnerable he his. I fucking adore hard on the outside, soft on the inside heroes.


Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


Swoon. And swoon again. Wait, what's that? Oh yeah ... ANOTHER SWOON! Not only is Alex and Henry's story sweet and funny and heart rending and inspiring, but the way this book is written is gorgeous. Seriously, it gave me anxiety about my own writing because I doubt I could ever craft anything so beautiful. This is a book to aspire to. And to re-read whenever real-world politics are giving me anxiety hives.


The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley


Slytherin/Hufflepuff romance! This book showed just how stupid past generations were when it came to people on the spectrum. They don't make eye contact? Throw them in the asylum! Our hero had a traumatic childhood, and now he's all about treating himself. Especially when it comes to our heroine, a woman intelligent enough to see past his odd behavior to the fascinating, caring man underneath.


Hold Me by Courtney Milan


So much nerdy flirting! Maria and Jay hate each other in real life, completely unaware that they're simultaneous best friends with each other online. This was an enemies to lovers that had me anxiously waiting the big reveal. The emotional depth of this book clenched around my heart, making me beg for a happy ending.


That's it for now. Happy reading!


Best,


Lauren

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