Planes, Trains, and All the Feels & Scarlet

Posted May 26, 2023 by Carole in Reviews / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Planes, Trains, and All the Feels & ScarletPlanes, Trains, and All the Feels by Livy Hart
Narrator: Zura Johnson, James Cavenaugh
Published by Entangled Publishing, Tantor Audio on May 23, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Length: 10 hours 52 minutes
Pages: 352
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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One of:
Best Romance -Amazon Editors
Bookseller Favorite -B&N
10 Highly Anticipated New Romances -Goodreads
New Romances We’re Excited to Read -Likewise
Make You Fall Head Over Heels -PopSugar

Fans of Christina Lauren and Tessa Bailey will adore this witty and unforgettable rom-com about skyways, highways, and all the perfectly wrong ways to fall in love.

As the black sheep of the family, choreographer Cassidy Bliss vowed she’d do anything to get home in time to help with her sister’s wedding and avoid family disappointment...again. She just never expected “anything” would involve sharing the last rental car with the jerk who cut her off in line at the airport this morning. But horrible times apparently call for here-goes-nothing measures.

Driving across the country with Luke “life can be solved with a spreadsheet” Carlisle must be a penance for some crime she committed. Because the second he opens his mouth, it’s all she can do to not maim him with her carry-on. But somewhere between his surprisingly thoughtful snack sharing and his uncanny ability to see straight to the core of her, her feelings go unchecked.

Suddenly, their crackling chemistry is just one more thing they have to navigate—and it couldn’t come at a worse time. But after a lifetime of letting the expectations and needs of others drive her life, Cassidy must decide if she’s ready to take the wheel once and for all.

I loved this book! It probably wasn’t the perfect book but I had a ton of fun with it and had a hard time putting it down so it was perfect for me. Cassidy needs to go home in time to fulfill her maid-of-honor duties at her sister’s wedding when she runs into Luke, who is heading home to deal with some family issues. This turned out to be quite an entertaining journey.

Cassidy and Luke were great and I had a blast watching them navigate one obstacle after another. It became obvious as they spent more time together that they were perfect as a couple and had a lot of chemistry. Both of these characters were dealing with some family issues and I liked that they were both able to make some progress in that arena before the book drew to a close so they could focus on moving forward.

I listened to the audiobook for the second half of the book because I hated to put the book down and thought that Zura Johnson and James Cavenaugh did a fantastic job with the story. I thought that both of the narrators did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Their voices complimented each other’s very well and I loved that they were able to add just the right amount of emotion to their reading.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a fun book that had just the right amount of humor worked into the story. The romance was incredibly well done and I couldn’t wait to see Cassidy and Luke figure things out. I hope to read more of this author’s work very soon.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from Entangled: Amara.

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Planes, Trains, and All the Feels & ScarletScarlet by Genevieve Cogman
Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Series: Scarlet #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Random House Audio on May 9, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes
Pages: 368
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Revolution is a bloodthirsty business . . . especially when vampires are involved.

It is 1793 and the French Revolution is in full swing. Vampires—usually rich and aristocratic—have slaked the guillotine’s thirst in large numbers. The mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, a disguised British noble, and his League are heroically rescuing dozens of aristocrats from execution, both human and vampire. And soon they will have an ace up their sleeve: Eleanor Dalton.

Eleanor is working as a housemaid on the estate of a vampire Baroness. Her highest aspiration is to one day become a modiste. But when the Baroness hosts a mysterious noble and his wife, they tell Eleanor she is the spitting image of a French aristocrat, and they convince her to journey to France to aid them in a daring scheme. Soon, Eleanor finds herself in Paris, swept up in magic and intrigue—and chaos—beyond her wildest dreams. But there’s more to fear than ardent Revolutionaries. For Eleanor stumbles across a centuries-old war between vampires and their fiercest enemy. And they’re out for blood. . . . 

Scarlet is the first book in a wildly engaging new series from Genevieve Cogman, which reinvents the beloved tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. After loving Cogman’s Invisible Library series, I was eager to pick up her newest book. I have not read The Scarlet Pimpernel so I cannot tell you how this book compares to the source material but I can say that this was a delightful tale. Set during the French Revolution (but with vampires), Eleanor joins a group that works to save people they feel are unjustly punished. I found this story to be quite exciting and I loved that it kept me guessing until the very end. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try.

Eleanor is a great character. She gets the opportunity to work on this mission due to her uncanny likeness to a well-known individual. I loved that she is able to think quickly and handle impossible situations rather competently. There were a few times that I was worried about how things would work out for Eleanor and the others that she was working with. I liked the fact that this book was set during an alternate French Revolution and enjoyed what the vampires added to the story.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Georgia Maguire did a wonderful job with the story. I liked the various voices that she used and thought that she did a fantastic job of adding just the right amount of emotion to her reading. I felt like she brought the story to life through her reading which only added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a very unique and exciting story that was filled with a cast of great characters. I cannot wait to read more of this promising series!

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House Audio.

8 responses to “Planes, Trains, and All the Feels & Scarlet

  1. I’m so happy to hear you loved Planes, Trains and All the Feels so much. It’s one I’ve got on my TBR list and I’m really looking forward to reading it. Especially now. 😀

  2. I was curious about your first one after just noticing it the other day. Glad it was fun.

    Oooo, Scarlett sounds fab!

  3. I’ve been interested in Scarlet because I really enjoyed The Invisible Library and this sounds interesting. Good to know it’s not a problem if you haven’t read The Scarlet Pimpernel. I love the sound of Planes Trains and All the Feels. I can’t resist a road trip romance and love opposites attract pairings. Great reviews!

  4. I had my eye on Planes, Trains, and All the Feels, and this is the first review I have seen. Yeah! for it being a great one for you. I am here for the fun and can’t wait to give it a listen