All The Feels by Olivia Dade
Publication Date: November 16th, 2021
TW: talk of off-page, past tense domestic violence
Happy Release Week to All the Feels by Olivia Dade! I was excited to pick this book up and re-visit characters that Dade introduced in book one of this romance series, Spoiler Alert. (See our review of it here.) Especially, since the leading man this time is Marcus’ best friend (& ball of living chaos), Alex!! He was honestly one of my favorite parts of the first book and I’m exceptionally happy that his (& Lauren’s) love story got to be told as well.
If you’re just tuning in to this series with book 2 (which is totally fine since this is a romance series), this book follows Alex Woodroe, famous actor of the Gods of the Gates TV show. We pick up with him being assigned a “minder” after getting into an altercation at a bar and getting arrested. Enter Lauren, the cousin of the Gates showrunner, and Alex’s new babysitter. But the more time they spend together the more Lauren realizes that what Alex really needs is a friend, and from there their relational lines get even more blurred.
What I Liked:
- ALEX!! I LOVE A CHAOTIC ALEX. Or even just chaotic Alex energy. But thankfully this book comes with both!!
- So rarely does a book cross the correct types of tropes to thoroughly entertain me, but not annoy me. But this book did it with a beautiful trope trifecta of: Chaotic Alex, Roadtrip, and “There’s only one bed.”
- So many times I read a book and it’s just one character apologizing and owning up to their faults over and over again. Very tired. I loved that in this story the emotional development of the relationship was fueled and maintained by both sides. Very refreshing.
- Alex and Lauren had really great chemistry and they were a blast to see bouncing off one another constantly, in flurries of wit and sarcasm. Would love too see them pop up in future additions to the series.
What I Didn’t Like:
- While this book was extremely bingable, it had little staying power. Basically while I was reading I couldn’t think of doing anything else, but as soon as a set it down I found myself doing anything but picking it back up again.
If you’re looking for a fun, witty romance with really loveable characters, All the Feels is definitely a book to add to your TBR. Olivia Dade recently announce the third book in the series, The Love We Feel. It’s going to follow another Gods of the Gates cast member, Maria, but I’m still holding out that Carah will eventually get a book! And that it with be LGBTQIA+, because that’s really what we all need.
*Thank you Net Galley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.*
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