Bookish Memory Check

Bookish Memory Check – the Romance edition

It’s Valentine’s Day so I’m doing a romance version of the Bookish Memory Check! The rules:

  1. Go to your Goodreads ‘romance’ + ‘read’ shelf
  2. Sort by random
  3. Test your memory on the top five books

The Boys on the Rock by John Fox

My memory:
Uh, I barely remember anything. It’s about two boys and there’s a beach. I think it’s a teenage love story and I remember it being a sad book but I enjoyed it a lot. It’s been more than a decade since I’ve read it so I just have vague feelings about it.

“Written with uncanny precision and wild humor, this is the story of Billy Connors, high school student in the Bronx, member of the swim team, and all-around regular guy, who in his sixteenth year has to face the fact that he’s a little different from everyone else, a little “weird.” Though he’s sort of going steady with a girl and popular at school, he’s always worried that the secret fantasies he has about men would set him apart and make him “different” if anyone knew about them. How Billy faces up to himself-and his friends-as he discovers the complexities of life, the exuberance of sex, and what it means to be an adult in our imperfect world, makes for a touching, wise, and very moving novel.”

I guess I’m mistaking it for a different book – this doesn’t seem as sad as it is in my memory.

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

My memory:
I’ve read this recently, so the memory is still good. A very rich old guy tells his grandsons that one of them has to marry his ward and the guy that does will get the inheritance. All the girl wants is an excuse to go to London and live a little. There’s a fake relationship and lots of hilarious moments, it’s one of my favorites by Heyer. I recommend it to any lover of romance.

“One of you shall have her, and my fortune into the bargain”
Such was the whimsical, some would say outrageous, statement of the ageing Mr Penicuik, to the three of his great-nephews gathered around him.
The future of his vivacious step-daughter, Miss Kitty Charing, was thus assured, provided she married one of the handsome beaux now seeking her hand. But Kitty was in no hurry to conclude such a contract. By hook or by crook she meant to go to London, where anything might happen and very often did…

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

My memory:
Another teenage love story, I think it was two people leaving dares to each other in a book? I don’t remember anything else, I gave it 4 stars so I guess I liked it but it didn’t leave a lasting impression.

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Stay With Me by Paul Griffin

My memory:
Yet another teenage romance. I’m pretty sure someone was criminal and someone was helping them out. I remember reading this during my phase of YA books about kids who have a troubled life, meet, fall in love and help each other out. No specifics come to mind. This is why I shouldn’t read a bunch of similar books in a short amount of time.

Fifteen-year-olds Cece and Mack didn’t expect to fall in love. She’s a sensitive A student; he’s a high school dropout. But soon they’re spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until. Until. Mack makes a horrible mistake, and in just a few minutes, the future they’d planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both of them must find meaning and hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can’t stay.

… oh, this is clearer now. I still don’t remember what the big mistake was and that almost makes me want to read it again.

Heat (Russo Saga) by Nicolina Martin

My memory:
I read this last year so I remember it pretty well. Its a mafia romance, I know I really wanted to read it because it was inspired by Red Eye, one of my favorite movies. It’s super hot, I actually thought the sex scenes were well done, the first one especially. A woman meets a guy and has a really great time with him on a plane (should have happened in the movie 😀 ) He’s really fucked up though and his job makes things very dangerous for both of them. There’s stalking and murders and consent issues… Pretty good dark romance.

I just wanted a tan and to sip drinks with little umbrellas in them. I didn’t know that vacation would mean sleeping with a hot stranger, being drugged, and nearly killed. My instincts tell me there’s more to the smooth facade of Nathan Russo, but my heart won’t listen. He’s my opposite: hot where I’m cool, experienced while I’ve never really lived. What starts out as a steamy fling can’t be more… can it?
I’m a dangerous man with a mission to complete and people to kill. Sydney Lewis might literally cost me my life. As the stakes increase, I have to decide whether to follow my head or my heart. My life is too dangerous, I’m too much of a monster. She’s a good girl. She can’t be a part of this. I have to be cruel. I have to cut her out.
But she’s the only one who can save me.
Heat will take you on a journey to paradise, through hell, and back.

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