HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO A PIZZA MY HEART, the first book in a new series by Teagan Hunter: yessss! Thank you Teagan for providing me with an ARC.
This ARC was received in exchange for me leaving an honest review.
This was a quite typical Teagan Hunter read, with which I mean: a one sitting book < Once started, I just can’t stop reading anymore! It’s super fast paced thanks to the fun and addictive dialogues between the characters Wren and Foster have stolen a slice of my 🍕heart and brought a smile to my face the entire time while reading this story.
Most people would probably be embarrassed to land themselves back in their hometown and working at a pizzeria after an ugly divorce.
It’s home, and I have one last shot to make Wren Daniels see me as more than just her brother’s best friend.
When the opportunity to show her what’s been right in front of her this whole time presents itself, I take it, holding nothing back this time.
Wren thinks we’re pretending, but there’s nothing fake about the way I feel.
After all, she’s always had…a pizza my heart.
“It’s soul-crushing knowing you could lose everything you’ve worked
so hard for and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
The characters were definitely a huge hit for me and have become one of my new faves when it comes to the characters Teagan has written about so far. I really liked reading Wren and Foster’s POV a lot. I loved the chemistry present between them and it was just really joyous to read their story. Foster was so frigging swoon worthy, I can’t even… sigh. Love him to death. You really need to get aquatinted with him, asap. My heart really broke for him when reading about his past, why he left and what he had to endure from then on. I loved seeing him fighting for a future with Wren. He deserves it all and more.
“I remember sitting on the beach watching Wren splash in the waves,
her and Simon fighting salty water at one another,
each of them turning bluer by the second.
With her being so far away, I could watch her unabashedly-
which was one of my favorite things about being on the beach.
Every time she’d throw her head back in laughter,
the sound would carry up the shoreline,
and that ever-present pinch in my chest would get just a little tighter.
I was mesmerized by her.
I was enraptured.
I was in love.
And she had no fucking clue.”
And as always with Teagan’s books, the secondary characters are really great additions and have me wanting for books of their own (which is thankfully happening seeing book 2 is already announced, I Knead you Tonight)
The humor in this one was, as always, so deliciously present on the surface and had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions. I love it when the humor in a book ‘speaks’ to me like this, has me reacting to it like this. What’s not to love about a book that brings a smile to your face, right?
“Once I get a taste of you, that’s it for me. Until then, I’ll wait.
You’ll give in soon enough.”
“How can you be so certain?”
Without warning, he spins me toward him, piercing me with his intense stare. He lifts my hand to his chest, fanning my fingers out over his heart.
“Because you and I, Wren- we’re bound to happen. Whether you want it or not, you have a piece of my heart, and I don’t want it back.”
I did have some remarks as well though. I felt like during the first 40% of the book the writing is extremely repetitive at times. Things are being repeated a lot. So much so, that it took me out of the story a bit from time to time. After the 40% mark though it really took off and I didn’t felt like this anymore.
With the amazing chemistry present between those characters the build-up took a little too long for my liking haha. I like slow burn romance, but it depends on the execution. I don’t like it if the characters prolong being together for too long and when it’s a bit unnecessary to wait that long, you know? That had me feeling a bit frustrated, lol. There was a lot of ‘tease’ and they should’ve acted on it a bit sooner, in my opinion.
“He presses his lips to mine again, sweeping his tongue inside my mouth for a moment before pulling away. “What do you feel, Wren?” he whispers.
Confused. Consumed. Longing. Apprehension. Timorous.
I feel so many things.
Him. Me. Us.
Overall, this wasn’t the strongest book she’s written so far but I really think this story is an amazing blend of the best dialogues filled with sass, humor and steam, the most fun characters, and as always; the addictive writing. Despite the remarks I had on the book, I can’t say anything other than that you should pick up this book if you’re into RomCom. I definitely recommend reading it.
Teagan Hunter is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to books in this genre > a MUST-READ author if you ask me! They’re always fun to read and there may be remarks I have on some of the books she’s written so far, but overall they always provide me with a really fun reading experience.
I cannot wait to see what more there’s to come in this new series by one of my favorite RomCom authors. The little excerpt present at the back of this book, for the next installment, is already leaving me aching for more by reading just 1 small chapter.
Thank you for reading!