Book Review | The Girls Series

My confession for the day: I read about five books a week. I know that sounds like a lot but in my defense, I don't watch a lot of TV, these are not incredibly dense books and I have always been a speed reader. Growing up in Tennessee in the eighties and nineties, we did not have a bookstore in our little town. So when we would travel to a larger city mall to shop, I would always buy a book at B. Dalton Booksellers or Waldenbooks. And I usually had it finished by the time we arrived home that night, to my mom's irritation. So even though today I have two kids, a job, responsibilities and hobbies, I manage to fit in my reading during lunch, on the elliptical machine at the gym, in the car during kid sports practices, in the bathtub and when I stay up too late while everyone else is sleeping.

It has been too long since I have done a post devoted solely to a book review so today is the day! These books have exploded across my blog feed in the past week with three different bloggers I know talking about different books in the three-book series. I read Smart Girl (book three) as a ARC (advanced reader copy) from Netgalley months ago and although I absolutely loved it and gave it a 5-star rating on Goodreads, for some reason I never read first two books. A grievous error on my part that I remedied this week. So let's talk about Party Girl first.

This was definitely a cute story that made me never, ever want to go into party planning. I liked Landon, especially when she defied the stereotype of the blonde Texan girl with big hair and a big accent. She reminded me a lot of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. It was a frothy, cotton candy kind of book and a bit of a fairy tale, but with a heart the size of Texas. It was also pretty clean, which was refreshing to read after some of the sex-soaked books that I have picked up lately. I am no pearl-clutcher, but F-bombs do not shape a character. I really liked everyone here, especially Miko, who is the main character in Smart Girl.

4 out of 5 basset hounds

Next up is Sweet Girl. Sweet Girl was my least-favorite of the three because of the main character Max, whom I found not very likable. Her attitude is explained in the book, but I thought that the reason was a little on the cliche'd side. The love interest was adorable though and their banter saved the book for me. This book also made me very hungry and wish that I was a baker. All the gang was back, Miko was still awesome but I did think that Landon became two-dimenional in this book. Definitely the weakest link but still needs to be read to understand the whole series.

 3 out of 5 basset hounds

Even after re-reading this with the series, Miko is still far and away my favorite. What a unique, fun and endearing character. I loved the story, I want Miko to be my friend and the epilogue is still made of perfection. I liked how the author confronted romance stereotypes and turned them on their ear, I liked that the main character was spunky and different and I liked that the story was realistic, funny and well-crafted. This was a great read and I recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary romance that is honest and not shmoopy. 
5 out of 5 basset hounds

If you are looking for a fun series without a lot of drama but with a big heart, definitely check these out. Especially since they are free on Kindle Unlimited right now!

Happy weekend!


  1. This is bad of me but the covers make me think bad books! Ahhh I miss the 90s and B Dalton & Scribners. Good memories!

  2. Augh, Liz -- I deleted your comment by accident. I was cleaning up spam and hit the wrong button. Thank you for leaving such a nice comment, I clearly need more coffee on this Monday morning. #commentresponsefail

  3. I am the same way about books well except for the kids part. I learned my love of reading from my parents, grandmothers and great-grandmother. I will have to check these out. If I ever get caught up on reading blogs.


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