Book of the Month June Unboxing

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I should probably get this Book of the Month June Unboxing published before they announce the July books, right? You guys would probably be shocked if I ever published a post on time…so really… I am doing this for you. You are welcome. This post is so late…so so late. But, I am here…and the books are here…and I have already read 3 of them. So, without further ado…let’s do a quick little Book of the Month June Unboxing! Let’s chat!

The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center

Ok, story time. I didn’t pre-order The Rom-Commers on Amazon because I knew in my heart of hearts that Book of the Month was going to have it as the romance pick for June. Well, color me surprised when it was not there. I panicked a little…how could it NOT be a choice? Well, thankfully I scrolled down a bit before I went into full blown panic mode. The Rom-Commers by the amazing Katherine Center was one of the new add-on books. Crisis averted. Book immeditely added to cart. I have since devoured this book and loved every page. Katherine Center is amazing. I will have a review up sometime in the next 7 days to 4 months. Here is a little synopsis…

Goodreads Synopsis

She’s rewriting his love story. But can she rewrite her own?

Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She’s spent her life studying, obsessing over, and writing romantic comedies―good ones! That win contests! But she’s also been the sole caretaker for her kind-hearted dad, who needs full-time care. Now, when she gets a chance to re-write a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates―The Charlie Yates! Her personal writing god!―it’s a break too big to pass up.

Emma’s younger sister steps in for caretaking duties, and Emma moves to L.A. for six weeks for the writing gig of a lifetime. But what is it they say? Don’t meet your heroes? Charlie Yates doesn’t want to write with anyone―much less “a failed, nobody screenwriter.” Worse, the romantic comedy he’s written is so terrible it might actually bring on the apocalypse. Plus! He doesn’t even care about the script―it’s just a means to get a different one green-lit. Oh, and he thinks love is an emotional Ponzi scheme.

But Emma’s not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself. She will convince him that love stories matter―even if she has to kiss him senseless to do it. But . . . what if that kiss is accidentally amazing? What if real life turns out to be so much . . . more real than fiction? What if the love story they’re writing breaks all Emma’s rules―and comes true?

Joe Nuthin’s Guide to Life by Helen Fisher

5 stars. This book was 5 beautiful stars. Joe Nuthin’s Guide to Life by Helen Fisher wasn’t even on my radar. I had never seen it or heard of it and took a complete leap of faith by adding it to my BOTM cart. I am so glad I did. This was a warm hug of a book. I felt nearly every emotion possible when reading it. The main character, Joe-Nathan is the most charming, endearing, and lovely character. And his Momma…Janet…what a Mom she was to Joe-Nathan. I laughed, I cried, I got so angry…this was just the most real and lovely story…even with the heartache. I absolutely recommend giving this one a read.

Goodreads Synopsis

A thoroughly uplifting novel about a neurodivergent young man who unexpectedly builds a community and saves a friend in need by following—in a way only he can—his mother’s words of wisdom.

Joe-Nathan likes the two parts of his name separate, just like dinner and dessert. Mean Charlie at work sometimes calls him Joe-Nuthin. But Joe is far from nothing. Joe is a good friend, good at his job, good at making things and at following rules, and he is learning how to do lots of things by himself.

Joe’s mother knows there are a million things he isn’t yet prepared for. While she helps to guide him every day, she is also writing notebooks of advice for Joe, of all the things she hasn’t yet told him about life and things he might forget.

By following her advice, Joe’s life is about to be more of a surprise than he expects. Because he’s about to learn that remarkable things can happen when you leave your comfort zone, and that you can do even the hardest things with a little help from your friends.

One-Star Romance by Laura Hankin

Next up we have another book that I had never seen nor heard of until I saw it on BOTM. I have become an absolute sucker for Rom-Com’s so I am forever adding them to my BOTM cart. This one caught my eye because of the One-Star Romance title…my book reviewer brain got very excited. This one has such a fun premise. I am hoping to read this one next once I dwindle down my Middle-Grade review stack! Check out this synopsis…doesn’t it sound fun?

Goodreads Synopsis

A struggling writer is forced to walk down the aisle at her best friend’s wedding with the man who gave her book a very public one-star rating in this fresh romantic comedy from Laura Hankin.

Natalie and Rob couldn’t have less in common. Nat’s a messy artist, and Rob’s a rigid academic. The only thing they share is their devotion to their respective best friends—who just got engaged. Still, unexpected chemistry has Natalie cautiously optimistic about being maid of honor to Rob’s best man.

Until, minutes before the ceremony, Nat learns that Rob wrote a one-star review of her new novel, which has them both reeling: Nat from imposter syndrome, and Rob over the reason he needed to write it.

When the reception ends, these two opposites hope they’ll never meet again. But, as they slip from their twenties into their thirties, they’re forced together whenever their fast-track best friends celebrate another milestone. Through housewarmings and christenings, life-changing triumphs and failures, Natalie and Rob grapple with their own choices—and how your harshest critic can become your perfectly imperfect match.

After all, even the truest love stories sometimes need a bit of rewriting.

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Next up we have Arsenic and Adobo. This title has been on my TBR for SO long. It has been in my BOTM saved list for almost as long. Sadly, I didn’t end up loving this one as much as I wanted to. I think I just wasn’t in the right mood for it. It was a fun read…but I just wasn’t connecting with it. I have read awesome reviews so it was most likely just my book mood at the time. Here is a synopsis.

Goodreads Synopsis

The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer….

When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.

With the cops treating her like she’s the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila’s left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block…

Jackpot Summer by Elyssa Friedland

Last but certainly not least is Jackpot Summer. This was yet another book I hadn’t heard of. I love when Book of the Month adds books that aren’t on my radar yet…because who doesn’t need a longer TBR, right? This sounds like the perfect summer read. It promises to be full of family, fun, and laughter and I am ready! This will be up after One-Star Romance. Synopsis time…

Goodreads Synopsis

After the Jacobson siblings win a life-changing fortune in the lottery, they assume their messy lives will transform into sleek, storybook perfection—but they couldn’t be more wrong in the new laugh-out-loud novel from beloved author Elyssa Friedland.

The four Jacobson children were raised to respect the value of a dollar. Their mother reused tea bags and refused to pay retail; their father taught them to budget before he taught them to ride a bike. And yet, as adults, their financial lives—as well as their personal lives—are in complete disarray.

The siblings reunite when their newly widowed father puts their Jersey Shore home on the market. Packing up their childhood isn’t easy, especially when they’ve all got drama brewing back home. Matthew is miserable at his corporate law job and wishes he had more time with his son; Laura’s marriage is imploding in spectacular fashion; Sophie’s art career is stalled while her boyfriend’s is on the rise; and Noah’s total failure to launch has him doing tech repair for pennies.

So when Noah sees an ad for a Powerball drawing, he and his sisters go in on a ticket. Matthew passes but the ticket is a winner and all hell breaks loose as the infusion of cash causes sibling rivalries and family secrets to resurface. Without their mother, and with their father busy playing pickleball in a Florida retirement village, the once close-knit siblings search for comfort in shiny new toys instead of each other.

It’s not long before the Jacobson’s start to realize that they’ll never feel rich unless they can pull their family back together.

Thanks for Reading!

I hope you all have a great reading month…what’s left of it! Do you find that it is easier to read during the summer months or harder? I am struggling a little bit to find as much time to read…but thats ok. I have begun taking audiobooks into the pool with me…so that is a win!

What’s on your TBR for July? Stay tuned for some books I am looking forward to!

Ps…if you haven’t tried Book of the Month yet and you want to give it a try…you can get your first book for $5 with my referral link!!

Happy reading!

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