Versus: Contemporary Romance

First off I would like to apologize. I have had a bunch of shoulder problems and haven’t been able to post for a week or so. But I am figuring it out! So here is my next Versus.

This week I am going to focus on two contemporary romances that have way more to them than just romance. What are these two books you say?

Save the Date by Morgan Matson Vs. Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

Battle #1: Plot

STD: Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. Too bad it all goes off the rails.

KMH: After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

Winner: Save the Date

Battle #2: Romance

STD: The romance in this book is subtle, background, and yet still a big part. From her secret crush to the boy who is helping with the wedding. Both boys have a way with Charlie’s heart and the undertones are well written. There is also quite the lesson to be learned about rose colored glasses and men.

KMH: A romance that takes the whole book and is slower than slow. The lessons are well written in and the swooning is adorable. Although I have to admit some of the relationship was kind of backwards and un-enjoyable.

Winner: Save the Date

Battle #3: Sub-plots

STD: The amount of sub-plots in this book is staggering! There is the comic, sibling rivalries, and of course the wedding disasters.

KMH: The sub-plots in this book are less loud. Meaning they aren’t jamming up the whole book. Some of them are babies, absent fathers, injuries, and cheating.

Winner: TIE! I can’t choose. They both have such great sub plots that really add so much!

Final Battle: Drama

STD: Drama, so much DRAMA! You cringe, laugh, and get sucked in by the amount of drama from every angle. It is almost too much. The type of drama is mostly for the laughs in this book.

KMH: D-R-A-M-A. This is the kind of drama you see on a tele novela or daytime TV. Hard hitting and getting you right in the feels.

Winner: Kissing Max Holden

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Save the Date

Save the Date wins. This book is hilarious and unputdownable. I absolutely loved that romance was not the top part of this book but an undertone. I highly recommend both of these books but if you want something happier go with Save the Date.

Save the Date Goodreads

Save the Date – Amazon

Kissing Max Holden Goodreads

Kissing Max Holden – Amazon

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