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Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781538719107. Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again... From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love. Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed fro Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781538719107. Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again... From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love. Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York. When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can't deny their chemistry-or the fact that they've been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since. Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva's not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered. . . With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual.


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Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781538719107. Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again... From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love. Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed fro Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781538719107. Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again... From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love. Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York. When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can't deny their chemistry-or the fact that they've been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since. Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva's not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered. . . With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual.

30 review for Seven Days in June

  1. 4 out of 5

    Talia Hibbert

    Reading this book was like being sucked into a VORTEX OF EMOTION. You know those books that carve out a place in your memory forever, the kind you could see on a stranger’s shelf in twenty years and immediately recognise as That One Book? Seven Days in June is one of those. First of all, the heroine’s chronic migraines were brilliantly portrayed, which is no surprise considering 1. The author’s skill and consideration and 2. The fact that she also deals with the condition. (I was lucky enough to Reading this book was like being sucked into a VORTEX OF EMOTION. You know those books that carve out a place in your memory forever, the kind you could see on a stranger’s shelf in twenty years and immediately recognise as That One Book? Seven Days in June is one of those. First of all, the heroine’s chronic migraines were brilliantly portrayed, which is no surprise considering 1. The author’s skill and consideration and 2. The fact that she also deals with the condition. (I was lucky enough to speak with Tia Williams about this book and everything I learned only made me love it more.) So if you enjoy warm but honest depictions of characters - especially heroines - dealing with illness and society and medical (mis?)management and everything else disability might encompass, you should read this book for that alone. Then there’s the examination of, for want of a better term, generational curses. How the way we’re raised can lift us up or sit on our backs as we grow and move through the world. Eva and Shane’s backstories, the issues they coped with as a result, and the choices they made regarding the children in their lives and their own futures, were all so significant to me. THEN there’s the fact that this is a book about people writing books, and it delves into creative process, fandom, sexism in publishing, and the public perception of various genres (romance and erotica fans who are sick of being underestimated RISE). FINALLY, let me get to the fact that this romance is just… epic. From the titular 7 days in June, which was Romeo & Juliet inspired and certainly shows it, to the second-chance romance that is the central story, to That Scene in the art installation (here is a flames emoji), to the pitch-perfect ending that suited these characters down to the ground, to THE WAY EVA AND SHANE HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATING WITH EACH OTHER, ugh, I am trash, I am TRASH FOR THIS BOOK OKAY??? That. Is. All.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    5-star stunner alert!!! Eva Mercy is a single mom to 12-year old Audre, and also the author of an erotic witch/vampire series called Cursed. She’s usually good about keeping everything in control, but loses all sense of calm when she sees author Shane Hall at a Black author panel that Eva is a part of. You see, she knows Shane from 15 years ago. They spent 7 days together during their high school years, and that was that. Eva has never gotten over him, and Shane has never gotten over Eva. Over the 5-star stunner alert!!! Eva Mercy is a single mom to 12-year old Audre, and also the author of an erotic witch/vampire series called Cursed. She’s usually good about keeping everything in control, but loses all sense of calm when she sees author Shane Hall at a Black author panel that Eva is a part of. You see, she knows Shane from 15 years ago. They spent 7 days together during their high school years, and that was that. Eva has never gotten over him, and Shane has never gotten over Eva. Over the next seven days, they will have the chance to reconnect. Eva is hoping for closure, but the attraction between them is even stronger now as adults. Eva has a lot of things going on in her life and also deals with an invisible disease. Shane is only a couple years into sobriety and is still battling his demons. After 7 days, could there be a chance to rekindle what they had and move on together from the past? I loved EVERYTHING about this gem! The chemistry between Eva and Shane is OFF THE CHARTS! I felt electricity in the air every time I read a scene with them in the vicinity of each other. While there is a scene or two with serious steam, it doesn’t overpower the book, and still allows for deeper aspects. What I also love is that even though this is technically a rom-com with legit LOL moments, it has a large amount of depth. These characters are broken...incredibly damaged. What brought Eva and Shane together 15 years ago is dark, and neither of them have been successful in complete healing. All of the characters are so well-written and fully dimensional. I loved all of them, including Audre, Eva’s daughter. She’s precocious, extremely smart, hilariously astute, and well rounded. In addition, the book also tackles invisible disabilities, which is an important topic as you never really know what someone might be going through. Eva has lived her life with severe, debilitating migraines. Other moving and important topics include alcohol/drug addiction and the beast that is the book publishing world. Tia Williams has written the perfect book in my opinion. This is one that I had a hard time putting down. I didn’t want it to end, and was sad when I got to the last page. I wanted more of these wonderful characters, and can only hope there might be a sequel at some point. Either way, I am excited to read Williams’s other books, as I am now a huge fan. Sincere thank you to Grand Central Publishing for sending me a finished physical copy to review. Now available wherever books are sold. P.S. I absolutely adored the mention of what might be my favorite Mariah Carey album (Charmbracelet), but TW: There is also a snarky comment made about her later on (that I may have or have may not secretly laughed at 😡🤣). Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    This story was so beautiful, I really enjoyed it. It reminded me quite a bit of Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino, at least with the storytelling style and the way we jump back and forth in time. I also love that this book follows two writers 💞 The reading vlog where I read it: https://youtu.be/8s5cz0XmpY0 This story was so beautiful, I really enjoyed it. It reminded me quite a bit of Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino, at least with the storytelling style and the way we jump back and forth in time. I also love that this book follows two writers 💞 The reading vlog where I read it: https://youtu.be/8s5cz0XmpY0

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Ever read a book that delves into so much that you're kind of at a loss of how to review it because you want to talk about e v e r y t h i n g, so you know you're going to forget most of it? That's me with this book. Also-- this review is dedicated to my cat. I don't think I'd be getting these ARCs as fast as I am if she didn't like sitting on me so much, thereby keeping me trapped in place. Thanks, cat. So, SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE. What a rus Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Ever read a book that delves into so much that you're kind of at a loss of how to review it because you want to talk about e v e r y t h i n g, so you know you're going to forget most of it? That's me with this book. Also-- this review is dedicated to my cat. I don't think I'd be getting these ARCs as fast as I am if she didn't like sitting on me so much, thereby keeping me trapped in place. Thanks, cat. So, SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE. What a rush. It's a book about dealing with chronic pain (where chronic pain itself is not the central conflict), a celebration of Black excellence, a pretty excellent insight into what it's like being an author/writer (being one myself, I know), and a fantastic second-chance romance. I don't normally like second-chance romances, but I ate this up like it was ice cream on a silver spoon. Eva is a single mom and the author of a wildly successful romance novel about a witch and a vampire (both PoCs). She also has intense migraines, the kinds that can cause blackouts, auras, and nausea. I know someone who has those kinds of migraines and when I told them about this book, they were SO excited, because disability and pain management just really aren't subjects you see dealt with much in fiction unless it's a memoir (#sobrave) or a work of lit-fic about suffering (#soinspired), but in a romance? #notsomuch #repmatters Shane, on the other hand, is a literary fiction author (#irony) who has made a killing writing the types of books that book clubs love to read: slices of life about poverty and Black pain through the medium of a plucky and sad heroine that the public loves to root for. When they meet, quite by chance, at a literary event, everything comes crashing down because neither of them have forgotten the week they spent together when they were young. A week of intense hurt and comfort, pain, love, and betrayal. O M G. First, let me just say that the flashback scenes were THE BEST. I would honestly read an entire book just about Shane and Eva as young adults because the passion they felt and the pain were both so real and the chemistry they had with each other was OFF. THE. CHARTS. I did not feel that their adult chapters quite reached that level, but I guess maybe it was because they had both grown up and grown wary as people and had to let down their respective guards. But I did think the past chapters were way more compelling and the author really captured what the early 2000s were like. The present chapters were interesting in how they focused on both of their very different writing careers and the problems that accompanied them. I loved Eva's daughter, Audre, which was a nice surprise because I don't normally like kids in romance novels. But she made me laugh and acted exactly how you would expect a precocious teen to act. I also liked that this was a second-chance romance that didn't have a hero that acted like trash. Shane was SUCH A LOVE. I am obsessed with Shane, okay? Easily one of the most compelling male love interests I've read about in a while. #TeamShane I wasn't sure what to rate this because there were things I LOVED and things I didn't love quite as much. I also don't really think I was adequately prepared for what this book would be like. I thought it would be one of those quirky romances that are kind of light-hearted and while this was that in parts, it was also quite dark and contains a number of content warnings for some pretty upsetting things. Reading it ended up being kind of like a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs, and while that did work for me, it might confuse or put off some readers. ALSO, looking at the cover, I kind of love how it ties into the book. Their clothes look kind of like abstract cartoons but their faces are real, and it's like they're both validating each other's existence by being in each other's embrace, grounding each other, acknowledging each other. Maybe I'm reading too much into that cover, but after reading the book, looking at the illustration made me feel so sappy. This was the perfect blend of sexy, romantic, humorous, and angsty, and I am definitely adding this author to my "authors to stalk" list because it was just that good. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 4 to 4.5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    I’m in love with Seven Days in June. “Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget, and seven days to get it all back again...” This and the stunning cover were the only hooks I needed to pick this book up. Eva Mercy is a single mom to 12 year old Audre and the author of an erotic vampire book series. At a literary event in New York City, she runs into award-winning author Shane Hall, who typically keeps a low profile. They initially pretend not to know each other, but their chemistry is I’m in love with Seven Days in June. “Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget, and seven days to get it all back again...” This and the stunning cover were the only hooks I needed to pick this book up. Eva Mercy is a single mom to 12 year old Audre and the author of an erotic vampire book series. At a literary event in New York City, she runs into award-winning author Shane Hall, who typically keeps a low profile. They initially pretend not to know each other, but their chemistry is evident and rumors in the writing community begin to swirl. While Shane is in town over the next week, he and Eva spend time together but Eva has her guard up, considering their past. The story alternate between their current week and their time together 15 years ago. I was immediately drawn to Shane and loved his character. I really liked Eva too, and at first while Audre felt like a typical angsty pre-teen, she grew on me with her old soul personality. I ended up loving all 3 of them and felt for Eva and Shane with the pain they both experienced in their pasts. Other things I liked: Eva is a chronic migraine sufferer, something I never see in fictional books. As someone who unfortunately suffers from migraines, but luckily not quite at the debilitating level described here, I felt for Eva and the immediate urgency she was required to act with when she felt one coming on. I enjoyed the modern, pop culture references throughout the story and that Eva and Shane’s chemistry was palpable. Seven Days in June is my favorite book I’ve read in 2021, I loved it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    I gotta give credit to the person or people who designed the book cover because it is striking and it's honestly what convinced me to read the book. It manages to capture the essence of the two characters. The story is full of heart but also humor as well. For what it's worth, I've been in a reading slump for the past month or so and this book helped me snap out of my funk. Eva Mercy is a single mother to twelve year old Audre. She makes a living as a best selling author of a vampire series that I gotta give credit to the person or people who designed the book cover because it is striking and it's honestly what convinced me to read the book. It manages to capture the essence of the two characters. The story is full of heart but also humor as well. For what it's worth, I've been in a reading slump for the past month or so and this book helped me snap out of my funk. Eva Mercy is a single mother to twelve year old Audre. She makes a living as a best selling author of a vampire series that is of an adult nature if you know what I'm saying. When a man from her past, fellow writer Shane Hall, reenters her life, let's just say the memories of what happened fifteen years ago come flooding back. But those seven days they spent together way back when left Eva with a broken heart and some unanswered questions. So where do they go from here? The story alternates between Eva, Shane and occasionally a few other characters but it's fair to say Eva is the primary focus. From the opening paragraph that made me simultaneously blush and laugh out loud, I knew I should stick around and get to know her. Given her health issues, my initial impressions was she was frail but as I learned more of her background I realized she is a strong woman. There's just something about Eva I gravitated towards and I'm thankful because that doesn't happen on a regular basis with fictional characters. I loved the writing style of the author. It's a smart read but there's also this biting sense of humor that was right up my alley. (Calling out the supposed "supermodel" for working the runaway like she's walking the plank had me dying at the accuracy.) The book is definitely a romance but it's not a fluffy type of read with no substance. She found a good balance of an enjoyable read that delves into some heavy topics. An all around worthwhile read. I received an advance copy of this book but was not obligated to post a review here. All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    7 days to fall in love, 15 years to try to forget, 7 days to try again? Eva Mercy, a single mum and erotic writer, and Shane Hall, an award winning literary author meet at a book event and sparks fly. What no one else knows though, is that they've met before, after having a week long romance when they were teenagers. As they reconnect in this second chance romance, can Eva trust Shane after he broke her heart fifteen years ago? As Shane is battling with his own demons, can they make it work? This w 7 days to fall in love, 15 years to try to forget, 7 days to try again? Eva Mercy, a single mum and erotic writer, and Shane Hall, an award winning literary author meet at a book event and sparks fly. What no one else knows though, is that they've met before, after having a week long romance when they were teenagers. As they reconnect in this second chance romance, can Eva trust Shane after he broke her heart fifteen years ago? As Shane is battling with his own demons, can they make it work? This wasn't what I was expecting... It was messier, more complicated and darker than I thought it would be from the cover and synopsis. I'm probably going to be an outlier here, but I didn't love it! I also had no idea how to rate it because although I loved aspects of it, I also had major problems with a lot of parts too. So I sat and wrote a pros and cons list, and they had about the same number of items on each one!🤦‍♀️Hopefully by the end of this review I will have a clearer idea! Trigger warnings for drug/alcohol abuse, self harm, suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, child abuse, neglect, and death. Pros: 👍I really liked Eva! I felt for her dealing with her chronic illness, whilst working and being a single parent. She was a great character and I wanted the best for her after a rough start in life. 👍The inclusion of an invisible disability was fantastic to see, and it was handled sensitively. I have suffered on and off from migraines since I was a teenager, and they can be awful. Luckily I mostly know my triggers and very rarely have them now, but they can have a horrible impact, and so many people just write them off as headaches, when it's so much worse than that! I get blurry vision, flashing lights and then feel like the back of my head has been hit with a hammer. I've also had sickness. Even so, my experience is nothing compared to many migraine sufferers, who are so incapacitated by them, and Eva's case was tough to read about, but important to see on the page. 👍Self harm and mental health issues were depicted well. 👍Eva and Shane had some great chemistry, and definitely had unfinished business! There were a couple of very steamy scenes🔥🔥🔥 👍Seven Days in June felt like a celebration of black culture, and it was great to see such a positive look at it! 👍The humour and snappy dialogue had me smiling and giggling at parts! 👍The wonderful mother/daughter relationship between Eva and Audre. 👍The discussion about Hollywood whitewashing, which I have always thought is awful! 👍It was a quick, emotional and gripping read. 👍Adults overcoming childhood trauma ❤ Cons: 👎(view spoiler)[Firstly, I wasn't a fan of when Eva and Shane met as teenagers. Depicted as a love affair, I felt that this wasn't love at all, but a lust filled, drug fuelled week. They were both a mess from their life experiences so far, and this week they spent together was a toxic, dangerous time, where they clung together in a co-dependent way. It was apparently inspired by Romeo and Juliet, and well.. I hate that so 🤷‍♀️ (hide spoiler)] 👎The constant pop culture references did my head in, and will certainly date this book. I didn't understand many of them, and it just felt like excessive name dropping. 👎The overly descriptiveness, especially referencing the clothes everyone was wearing and who designed them was tiresome. 👎It felt too YA for me in parts. 👎The characters were both so dysfunctional, still recovering from their pasts. They needed therapy, not to jump into bed with each other! Especially Shane! 👎The clichéd conflict near the end, which could've and should've been sorted by sending a simple text message. It's 2021, everyone has a phone on them, no excuses for that dude. 👎The character who was used as a throw away, which was unnecessary and cruel. 👎I wanted more of Eva's family background and history in Belle Fleur! This was built up, and then quickly glossed over. I found that aspect of the book so interesting, but it felt like an add on to the story. I wanted to see more of Eva's relationship with Lizette; that felt unfinished, and I wanted more about her ancestors! 👎The epilogue... Here I go again whingeing about this! Why does every book have an epilogue these days? Most of the time it feels so unnecessary, and often it ruins things! In this case, some parts were sweet, but it dragged on for so long, I felt like it should've been included in the main chapters, rather than sticking it on as an overly long epilogue at the end?! 👎The political and social commentary.. I didn't disagree with it per say, but I just don't like it being shoved down my throat in a romance book like that. It could be very alienating to those who like myself, aren't American, or those who disagree. It felt like it was trying too hard, trying to fit too many things in. Ultimately, I don't think this book knows what it wants to be? It wasn't the hot summer romance that I wanted it to be. I wanted more. This is my opinion though, and I will probably be an outlier. A lot of people loved this book, and it was a Reese book club pick, so give it a go, and I'm sure many of you will enjoy it! If you want a romance with darker issues, and enjoy pop culture references, then it may be the summer read for you! For me, it was 2.5/3 stars, sorry!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    In Tia Williams' latest novel, Seven Days in June , a second chance at their love story gives them everything to gain—and everything to lose. “I remember that I’m not lonely. I’m alone. When I’m comatose from writing and mothering, when I’m hurting too badly to cook, talk, or smile, I curl up with ‘alone’ like a security blanket…Alone never gets disappointed by me.” Eva is the bestselling author of an erotica series featuring a vampire and a witch. She’s struggling to finish book 15, dealing wi In Tia Williams' latest novel, Seven Days in June , a second chance at their love story gives them everything to gain—and everything to lose. “I remember that I’m not lonely. I’m alone. When I’m comatose from writing and mothering, when I’m hurting too badly to cook, talk, or smile, I curl up with ‘alone’ like a security blanket…Alone never gets disappointed by me.” Eva is the bestselling author of an erotica series featuring a vampire and a witch. She’s struggling to finish book 15, dealing with chronic pain, which is a disability she’s lived with her whole life, and she's trying to be the best single mom to her precocious preteen daughter. She doesn’t feel she’s succeeding anywhere. When prizewinning author Shane Hall shows up at a literary panel where Eva is speaking and begins waxing poetic about her work, it sets the Black literary community afire. But what no one other than Shane and Eva know is that 15 years ago they fell madly in love over the period of a week, only to have everything fall apart. The fact is, each has been using the other as inspiration for their work since then. Shane’s return throws Eva’s life into upheaval. Their chemistry is still undeniable and the thought of letting each other go again is something neither wants to consider. But Eva is not sure she wants to leave herself vulnerable again, not sure if she can take the risks he could bring to her life and her daughter’s. Over the course of seven days, they try to decide whether to let themselves fall again and what that vulnerability will mean. At the same time, the story looks back on the first seven days they spent together all those years before, and how indelibly it changed them. Boy, this was so fantastic. It was poetic and steamy and beautiful and sad, really just amazing. Shane and Eva are such complex characters and their story hooked me from start to finish. I didn't want this to end! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  9. 5 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    Excellent contemporary romance with two Black writers with troubled pasts finding one another again. There's a lot of heavy stuff in here--awful abused childhoods, alcoholism, chronic pain, pervasive racism, drug abuse--but a lot of joy too, hard fought for and strongly claimed. There's also a *very* funny and affectionately snarky look at the US literary scene, which lifts the angsty parts. The mix of heavy realism and funny satire is a hard one to pull off but it worked for me. I found the endi Excellent contemporary romance with two Black writers with troubled pasts finding one another again. There's a lot of heavy stuff in here--awful abused childhoods, alcoholism, chronic pain, pervasive racism, drug abuse--but a lot of joy too, hard fought for and strongly claimed. There's also a *very* funny and affectionately snarky look at the US literary scene, which lifts the angsty parts. The mix of heavy realism and funny satire is a hard one to pull off but it worked for me. I found the ending a bit choppy but I can see why the author went that way. A cracking read, really demonstrating what modern romance can do.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    2.5 Stars Seems once again I’m a bit of a wrongreader here and didn’t fall over myself about this recent Reese’s Book Club selection like all the other horny housewives did. Mainly due to the fact that you can’t write about stupid shit such as clothing like this . . . . Draped in a long-sleeve paisley maxidress plunging to her navel (vintage Dior) and shoulder-skimming beaded earrings (Nairobi street market) … In suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch detail, but then gloss over the “before” section whe 2.5 Stars Seems once again I’m a bit of a wrongreader here and didn’t fall over myself about this recent Reese’s Book Club selection like all the other horny housewives did. Mainly due to the fact that you can’t write about stupid shit such as clothing like this . . . . Draped in a long-sleeve paisley maxidress plunging to her navel (vintage Dior) and shoulder-skimming beaded earrings (Nairobi street market) … In suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch detail, but then gloss over the “before” section where two high schoolers meet, bang for a week in a drug addled and self-harm stupor and yet have hardly any pages written about all that. So the story here is Eva and Shane met as mentioned directly above and then 15 years went by without them ever speaking. It’s hinted that he “broke a promise” which, of course, takes an eternity to ever get around to disclosing and winds up being a trope contained in approximately 112% of all romance novels that could have been wrapped up had the two main characters taken Khalid’s sage advice of . . . . But I digress and back to the plot. Eva and Shane have both grown up to be successful writers. He’s a Colson Whitehead literary sort, she writes “supermarket checkout porn.” They wind up at a black author book convention where the reader learns that they have both spent their careers writing about the other and eventually they commence the re-banging. Then stuff and things happen and in the end it was just aiiiiiight for me. I think I need to lower my expectations or fight the FOMO when it comes to Reese’s picks. While I really loved Such a Fun Age, most of her choices seem to miss the mark a bit for me. Most likely because when I see the words “Book Club” my brain wants to go in that Colson Whitehead type of direction or at least be a story that makes you think about things like social issues, race, wealth, bias, etc. all wrapped up in an easy-to-read format as with Such a Fun Age. I read a lot of smut and included in that has been a handful of literary porn too. At the end of the day this was simply a romance that could have used A LOT more pages to fill in the details in what became a very disjointed now/then narrative for me. Oh, and that cover????

  11. 5 out of 5

    Traci at The Stacks

    This was such a good romance not too sappy and loved the main characters. I enjoyed reading it and was rooting for their love story the whole time. Good sexy scenes and romantic tension but not too graphic or excessive amounts of sex. It went a little long at the end but otherwise a good one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I'm not usually a romance novel reader but Seven Days in June was just the escape I was looking for - light but with depth. Eva is a writer grappling with a troubled past and debilitating migraines and then an old flame enters the picture. A smart, steamy and spark-filled novel. I'm not usually a romance novel reader but Seven Days in June was just the escape I was looking for - light but with depth. Eva is a writer grappling with a troubled past and debilitating migraines and then an old flame enters the picture. A smart, steamy and spark-filled novel.

  13. 4 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    Spectacular. I read an ARC from the publisher.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    It's definitely me, not you. I am extremely disappointed and sad to say this, but this was just okay for me. I'm going to be in the minority opinion, (which I'm fine with), but I prefer to be honest in case there is someone out there who felt the way I did - also, honesty is always the best policy for me in a review. I liked the book and my view is that while a '3 star' book review isn't the best (or the worst), I don't believe a '2 star' rating is warranted and I also don't want to negatively i It's definitely me, not you. I am extremely disappointed and sad to say this, but this was just okay for me. I'm going to be in the minority opinion, (which I'm fine with), but I prefer to be honest in case there is someone out there who felt the way I did - also, honesty is always the best policy for me in a review. I liked the book and my view is that while a '3 star' book review isn't the best (or the worst), I don't believe a '2 star' rating is warranted and I also don't want to negatively impact the author or her efforts. I thought the premise was really great and I was really enjoying the book until about halfway. I think my first problem is that the days Shane and Eva fall in love are when they are 18. Anyone who knows me or has been following my reviews for a while knows that I really struggle putting myself back in the high school box. I even admitted to a friend last night that I am starting to struggle putting myself back in the college/post college box. (I'm 39 for reference.) That's definitely a 'me' problem and while I don't think the writing for the falling in love portion was bad by any means, (it was quite well done in fact) - it just couldn't win over my old lady self. (Again, it's me, not the book.) My second issue was that I felt this was very formulaic (but at the same time - aren't all romances?) You get the meet up, the falling in love, the inevitable event that causes a problem, the questioning of the relationship and then the split up or (more than likely) the reunion and close of the book. So yeah, romances for the most part follow a certain sequence. So again, this is a me problem, not this particular book problem. With that all being said, what I really did like was that it was how Eva had a non-visible disability that was definitely a fresh perspective to read about (and I feel horrible for anyone who suffers from a similar fate). I really liked all the characters and I liked how they were both authors that used this week of their life as inspiration for their books. Unfortunately, I just couldn't overcome my personal hangups. Again, books are all relative and what is someone's '5 star' book is my '3 star'. I would absolutely not rule out reading the author's next book and I hope I don't discourage you from picking this one up. So for anyone who has read this, do you see where I'm coming from? Did you feel similarly and could look past it or am I really out here on my own? Thanks so much to Grand Central Publishing and Goodreads for the giveaway win in exchange for an honest review. Review Date: 06/05/2021 Publication Date: 06/01/2021

  15. 4 out of 5

    luce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / / 3 ½ stars “It never ends, does it? Loving you never ends.” Seven Days in June took me by surprise. The romcom tone of this novel's first pages belies the serious topics and issues it later delves into. Seven Days in June is the kind of read that has you laughing out loud one moment before pulling at your heartstrings next. So on the one hand we have a heart-melting romance and an abundance of hilarious moments, on the other, we have a narrative that explor / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / / 3 ½ stars “It never ends, does it? Loving you never ends.” Seven Days in June took me by surprise. The romcom tone of this novel's first pages belies the serious topics and issues it later delves into. Seven Days in June is the kind of read that has you laughing out loud one moment before pulling at your heartstrings next. So on the one hand we have a heart-melting romance and an abundance of hilarious moments, on the other, we have a narrative that explores grief, trauma, addiction, abuse, self-harming, and chronic illness. This could have easily resulted in an uneven blend of romance and tragedy but it is not the case here. Tia Williams flawlessly weaves together moments of lightness and comedic relief with more poignant and sombre scenes. “They both had their twisted compulsions, different corners of the same hell.” In Seven Days in June, we are introduced to Eva Mercy, a thirty-something single mom who has authored a paranormal erotica series about vampires and star-crossed lovers. Eva suffers from a chronic illness that often manifests itself through severe migraines that leave her bedridden and unable to move, let alone perform those everyday activities that most people don't have to think twice about. Eva is meant to be writing the next instalment in her series but finds herself wanting to write about the 'cursed' women in her family. Between being pressured by her producer to agree to whitewash her own characters for the film adaptation of her book (here here is a brilliant video essay that discusses white audiences wanting & expecting white actors to play poc characters) and her 'tween' daughter, whom she is really close to, getting in trouble at school Eva is feeling understandably overwhelmed. So when award-winning literary author Shane Hall shows up at a literary event she's taking part in...Eva is less than prepared. More than a decade ago she and Shane spent a passionate love and drug-fueled week together, one that has haunted them ever since. Shane, now a teacher, has been clean for two years. His privacy has lent me an air of mystery in the literary world, and whereas Eva's books are often seen as popular smutty fiction, his books are celebrated as modern classics. Shane wants to make amends for the way things ended between them but Eva isn't keen on getting her heartbroken again. Despite the years that have passed since their short-lived relationship neither of them has been able to truly 'get over' the other and soon Eva finds herself wanting to believe that Shane has truly changed. In the following days, the two rekindle their love again, causing quite the stir in the literary community. Eva and Shane's chemistry was off the charts. Not only are they on the same wavelength, but they seem to draw strength from each other's presence. As the days go by they reveal to each other their vulnerabilities, fears, and desires. Interspersed through these 'present' chapters are ones that give us a glimpse of their fated 7 days together back in their teens. We learn how Shane became an addict, the neglect they both experienced, Eva's harmful coping mechanism in response to her chronic pain and home life, and of how the two fell for one another. I loved how Williams is able to show the depth of their feelings for each other without taking away from their individual character arcs. Williams' writing flows like a dream, and she easily shifts between tones—from a more tongue-in-cheek one to a more melancholic one—and her dialogues can be either 'ah-ah' levels of entertaining to 'give you all the feels' levels of devastating. Eva and Shane are of course the starts of the show and their dynamic was truly wonderful. “Was this being seen for what she really was? Being witnessed? It was heady and terrifying.” There were things that detracted from my overall enjoyment of this novel. We have the classic misunderstanding that typically occurs in romance novels around the 80% mark, a tertiary character is sacrificed to amp up the tension between our mains, and the pacing in the final arc is kind of off (we get pages and pages of texting). I also wonder about the 'seven' days premise...I thought we would be getting a day by day narrative but the story often seems to forget to mention how much time has passed between each encounter (i can only remember that there was a party on Saturday). Still, I think that Williams has written a great romance novel, one that doesn't shrink away from tackling complex subjects. While I'm usually not a fan of steamy sex scenes (i prefer the kind of awkward sex scenes that appear in fleabag) Williams' ones were actually pretty decent, sensual without being corny or icky. “Eva had been imprisoned in pain for so long, she’d forgotten how good feeling good was.” Williams' portrayal of self-harming and chronic illness really resonated with me (we have doctors, strangers, and friends dismissing the severity of eva's symptoms, how she notices that the people around her make movements or perform activities she is unable to) and I was so happy that Eva's characterisation doesn't solely revolve around her pain. Shane’s addiction too isn’t there to make him into the classic ‘tortured’ bad boy and we see how he still struggles to adapt to his new ‘clean’ lifestyle. “What was it like, the luxury of not hurting?” Eva’s interactions with Audre—her daughter—and her friends filled me with joy and it was refreshing to see non romantic relationships being given so much room in a romance. Audre was such a delightful character and she has some of the best lines If you are looking for an emotionally resonant and nuanced second chance romance, look no further. Brimming with humor and empathy Seven Days in June makes for a swoon-worthy and heart-rendering romance. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    I'd like to preface by saying there is absolutely /no way/ I'll be able to write a review that could do this book justice. This read was so unique, so wonderful, and SO stunning. Seven Days in June follows single mother Eva Mercy, an erotica author, as she reconnects with her high school lover Shane during a book convention. Their one week high school relationship was extremely toxic, riddled with drug use, disability, and mental illness; which is why for so many years they had avoided each other I'd like to preface by saying there is absolutely /no way/ I'll be able to write a review that could do this book justice. This read was so unique, so wonderful, and SO stunning. Seven Days in June follows single mother Eva Mercy, an erotica author, as she reconnects with her high school lover Shane during a book convention. Their one week high school relationship was extremely toxic, riddled with drug use, disability, and mental illness; which is why for so many years they had avoided each other in professional spaces, opting to instead write fictionalized books about each other. What I connected to most in this book was the disabled representation. Eva has severe chronic pain, which kept her addicted to pain killers for her teenage years. Even as an adult with a healthy diagnosis and prescription, Eva struggles to parent her daughter, stay alert in professional spaces, and write her next book. As somebody whose mother is also disabled, I resonated a lot with her experience parenting her daughter often from a bed. Her daughter takes on more responsibilities, acts "older than her age," and often has to parent herself. I saw so much of myself in her, and fostered so much more compassion not only for Eva, but for my mother. This romance is a sure-fire standout from your typical romance novel. Shane and Eva pack spice, steam, chemistry, and history all in one delicious explosion just waiting to break. Their reunion told alongside their first relationship is *so* unique and special, and carries the complexities many authors don't dare to write about. It's risky to write a relationship so torrid and complicated, but Williams does it perfectly. The theme of Blackness is intertwined through every sentence of the story. As a white reviewer, I don't want to spend too much time commenting on this, and would urge readers to seek ownvoices reviews instead, however for the sake of this review perhaps being the first review somebody sees of this book, I definitely want to touch on it. Shane and Eva have a shared unique experience of being Black authors writing Black stories, which is historically super difficult to navigate in the publishing industry, especially when the stories aren't racially related trauma based. Overall, Seven Days in June was the best reading experience I've had in a while. The author is knock out witty, the romance is SOOOOO charismatic and wonderful to read, and you will fall in love with Eva's relationship with her daughter. READ THIS READ THIS READ THIS!!!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    SincerelyTahiry

    Did I just find my favorite Adult romance book of all time??? YES TF I DID! Ughh this was just so tragic yet beautiful. It was raw and vulnerable in every aspect. It was so BLACK and so freakin Brooklyn it made me feel like I was back home riding the J train to school every day. I’m what I like to call a HOPEFUL Romantic. I love love. Especially healthy Black love. And as a HOPEFUL Romantic who is also deeply spiritual, I strongly believe in soulmates. Shane and Eva’s story meant so much to me b Did I just find my favorite Adult romance book of all time??? YES TF I DID! Ughh this was just so tragic yet beautiful. It was raw and vulnerable in every aspect. It was so BLACK and so freakin Brooklyn it made me feel like I was back home riding the J train to school every day. I’m what I like to call a HOPEFUL Romantic. I love love. Especially healthy Black love. And as a HOPEFUL Romantic who is also deeply spiritual, I strongly believe in soulmates. Shane and Eva’s story meant so much to me because it wasn’t just about “being in love”. It was truly a soul tie. A connection that went deeper than so called “logic” and social rules and physical attraction. It captured the trues essence of being in love and the unexplainable MAGIC that comes with meeting YOUR person. I soaked up EVERY second of it. In a non Cringey way this is actually #goals and is probably gonna be a yearly comfort re-read for me. Fair warning, this book features VERY dark topics such as self harm, drug and alcohol abuse, mentions of sex work, child abuse/ neglect, chronic pain and death. It definitely felt heavy at times, especially the self harm scenes, but the story was so balanced it never lingered for too long. If you’re thinking about picking this up PLEASE DO!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marieke du Pré

    A fantastic book! It’s Black. It’s hilarious. Romantic. Painful. Dark at times. A famous erotica author. An addicted literary writer. And a second chance love. This is a rom-com and a contemporary in one. Time and again, I doubt if I still like rom-coms. And I know now that a lot of books I liked before are not my favorites anymore. But I love love stories like this. I laughed out loud, my chest tightened, the corners of my mouth curved up again and again, and I repeatedly thought: no, no, no! I A fantastic book! It’s Black. It’s hilarious. Romantic. Painful. Dark at times. A famous erotica author. An addicted literary writer. And a second chance love. This is a rom-com and a contemporary in one. Time and again, I doubt if I still like rom-coms. And I know now that a lot of books I liked before are not my favorites anymore. But I love love stories like this. I laughed out loud, my chest tightened, the corners of my mouth curved up again and again, and I repeatedly thought: no, no, no! I read, and I read and didn’t want to stop. A real page-turner! Seven Days in June is a witty story, mostly told in dual narrative (third-person), covering hard-hitting topics like chronic illness, addiction, abuse, and self-harm. Eva and Shane fell in love fifteen years ago and meet again. The story jumps from now to then with flashbacks. I loved to read those flashbacks, but sometimes it hurts tremendously to read about these two lonely and damaged and drugged teens finding refuge and love with each other. Like I said above, I laughed out loud at times. About Eve’s twelve-year-old daughter Audre who thought she was a mental health specialist, about all those names Tia Williams used (Dadifornia, The Church of Just Think Good Thoughts, The Social Queen of Literari). Tia Williams’s writing style is refreshing. Not cheesy, not cringe-worthy, just humorous. And even though some parts were tough to read, there was still hope throughout the book. I almost skipped this book on NetGalley, but when I saw some reviews coming by, I decided to request it after all, and I am so glad I did!! I received an ARC from Quercus and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Korrie’s Korner

    4.5 stars! Wow! This book was not a sappy romance at all. This book had grit to it, and covered some intense themes. The heroine battled intense chronic migraines since she was younger, and the book displays this in a way that really allows you to feel the heroines agonizing pain. This is also the second black romance that deals with generational curses that I’ve read this week, and it’s refreshing to see books speak about issues that are often swept under the rug in the black community. I for on 4.5 stars! Wow! This book was not a sappy romance at all. This book had grit to it, and covered some intense themes. The heroine battled intense chronic migraines since she was younger, and the book displays this in a way that really allows you to feel the heroines agonizing pain. This is also the second black romance that deals with generational curses that I’ve read this week, and it’s refreshing to see books speak about issues that are often swept under the rug in the black community. I for one appreciate this being discussed due to my own families generational curses that I had to break in order to be truly free. This is real. There is drug use among teens, drinking, sexual assault, fighting among some of the scenes in this book. This book made me feel things, and made my heart ache for those that deal with chronic illness. This book gave a very vivid description of what that day to day life is like. I love a good second chance romance. Eva & Shane’s backstories were heartbreaking, but it made me appreciate how far they’ve come as accomplished adults. Beautiful love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Milena

    Seven Days in June by Tia Williams was one of my most anticipated summer reads, and I am happy to say it lived up to my expectations. I loved it! I loved Tia Williams' refreshing and wry writing style, and I adored Eva's and Shane's second chance romance. I also loved Eva's twelve-year-old daughter, Audre. She was my favorite secondary character. Eva and Shane spent a wild week together and fell madly in love when they were both seventeen. More than a decade later, both are successful writers, Seven Days in June by Tia Williams was one of my most anticipated summer reads, and I am happy to say it lived up to my expectations. I loved it! I loved Tia Williams' refreshing and wry writing style, and I adored Eva's and Shane's second chance romance. I also loved Eva's twelve-year-old daughter, Audre. She was my favorite secondary character. Eva and Shane spent a wild week together and fell madly in love when they were both seventeen. More than a decade later, both are successful writers, they get a chance to reconnect and rekindle their relationship while attending Black Literary Excellence Awards in NYC. They get to spend a week together and discover if their connection is as strong as it was the first time around. Will they be able to overcome past hurts and traumas that tore them apart when they were seventeen? If you are looking for an exceptional, emotional romance that celebrates Black love and Black success, make sure to pick up Seven Days in June! Note: this book has a lot of trigger warnings including child neglect, drug/alcohol abuse, self-harm. It also has a chronic illness rep (migraines). *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joce (squibblesreads)

    happy book birthday to my new favorite book in the world 😭❤️ this book is beyond special to me and i’m honored to have even laid eyes on it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    “No matter how perilous the journey, it’s never over for true soul mates.” Seven Days in June is a standalone novel written by Tia Williams. It's a second-chance literary romance that follows Eva and Shane as they seek solace in each others arms as teenagers and again as adults. This story offers complex characters and engaging writing full of substance. Williams addresses issues related to invisible illness, single parenting, self-harm, addiction, and race. It has laugh-out-loud hum “No matter how perilous the journey, it’s never over for true soul mates.” Seven Days in June is a standalone novel written by Tia Williams. It's a second-chance literary romance that follows Eva and Shane as they seek solace in each others arms as teenagers and again as adults. This story offers complex characters and engaging writing full of substance. Williams addresses issues related to invisible illness, single parenting, self-harm, addiction, and race. It has laugh-out-loud humor, sexy chemistry, palpable sadness, and the kind of pain you can feel through the page, but at its heart this is a love story being told. Overall, I enjoyed this book and am excited to explore more of Tia Williams' work. Check it out. I listened to the audiobook which was excellent and narrated by the talented Mela Lee. My favorite quote: “And maybe that was what real, adult love was. Being fearless enough to hold each other close no matter how catastrophic the world became. Loving each other with enough ferocity to quell the fears of the past. Just fucking being there.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)

    I'm in a bad spot. I finished a story, while well-written, angered me more than anything, and it's a romance. Why am I angry? 1. The obvious nod or desire to recreate a latter-day If Beale Street Could Talk. Blatant I tell ya! Blatant! But, let's be honest: Shane and Eva is NOT Tish and Fonny as their love was not built on friendship or love, per se, but (view spoiler)[a one week bender disguised as love and friendship (hide spoiler)] . Can one root for a "relationship" built on codependency? I don' I'm in a bad spot. I finished a story, while well-written, angered me more than anything, and it's a romance. Why am I angry? 1. The obvious nod or desire to recreate a latter-day If Beale Street Could Talk. Blatant I tell ya! Blatant! But, let's be honest: Shane and Eva is NOT Tish and Fonny as their love was not built on friendship or love, per se, but (view spoiler)[a one week bender disguised as love and friendship (hide spoiler)] . Can one root for a "relationship" built on codependency? I don't know. I'm not sure I'm the one. 2. I love to read unlikeable characters, but damn, I didn't like this couple. Shane's (view spoiler)[ a recovering addict/alcoholic who's irresponsible with other people's lives, but whoa, we're supposed to love or want his smoldering personality. No! He needs a lot of work and has no business in a relationship until he fixes himself (No one can fix you!). Also, Eva's a mess too! She has a daughter that, for some reason, gets left alone for an entire day so she can sleep with Shane! What? (hide spoiler)] Co-dependency isn't love. 3. There's a subplot in this story that annoyed me as it felt like a throwaway to build Shane's arc, and the character involved deserved more than just being tossed for someone else's maturation. It's a bit lazy, and showed more about Shane's immaturity, which is discussed later. But, I'm still in my feelings about it. 4. Stop with the pop cultural references. They date your book, people! Plus, the line about Lark Voorhees is mean and unnecessary. 5. I would've like more from Eva's relationship with her mother, but she was a subplot dropped too. It feels incomplete. 6. Audre feels older than she is. Twelve sounding like she's eighteen. I love precocious kids and she's definitely one, but sometimes her dialogue didn't match her age. 7. The stories about Eva's great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother pulls me more than Shane and Eva. 8. The epilogue's too long for a romance. 9. Serious issues of addiction, violence, foster care, pain, trauma, and disability feels pushed to the wayside. They're in love, and all that matters is that they're in love, not that these issues may hurt the love and fuel the codependency. Anyway... While I had some issues, I still recommend a read. I admit that romance has space for the messy tales. (The sex scenes were hot!) 3.5/5

  24. 5 out of 5

    chantel nouseforaname

    Amazing. I loved the connection between Eva and Shane. The story had a multitude of ups and downs and conflicting viewpoints. I don’t like romance much, but Seven Days in June had more gravitas that made it infinitely readable. There were moments where I was like — some of this could have been solved with better communication. I loved the back storyline of the mothers (main character Eva’s mother Lizette, her grandmother, her great grandmother) & the passed down ring.. the struggle that both mai Amazing. I loved the connection between Eva and Shane. The story had a multitude of ups and downs and conflicting viewpoints. I don’t like romance much, but Seven Days in June had more gravitas that made it infinitely readable. There were moments where I was like — some of this could have been solved with better communication. I loved the back storyline of the mothers (main character Eva’s mother Lizette, her grandmother, her great grandmother) & the passed down ring.. the struggle that both main characters go through between them felt real, not too overdone or over the top, and of course palpably and sometimes deliciously tense at moments. Author Tia Williams almost faked me out towards the end, but the ending was worthy of the read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Oliphant

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book!! This is the first story I have read from this author and I know it won't be the last. Eva is a single mom who is balancing her writing career and raising her daughter who is 12 going on 30. She is thrown off-kilter when she is reunited with an old love interest, Shane, while participating on a writing panel. Shane is also an author and it is clear in the storytelling that their fictional novels are drawn from re I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book!! This is the first story I have read from this author and I know it won't be the last. Eva is a single mom who is balancing her writing career and raising her daughter who is 12 going on 30. She is thrown off-kilter when she is reunited with an old love interest, Shane, while participating on a writing panel. Shane is also an author and it is clear in the storytelling that their fictional novels are drawn from real-life experiences that the two had shared. Their feelings have not abated either and they are trying to find a way to reconnect while moving past some old wounds. The story builds momentum and it is important to experience the story as the Epilogue is one of the best of I have ever read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Swept away by second chances Dialogue dream Epic summer read This wasn't my first Tia Williams book, but it had a completely different vibe. It was deeper, more desperate with the kind of longing that makes you feel. This was a second chance story that was full of emotion but also delightfully light in the moment. Eva (Genevieve) was a mother, a writer and a women who had shelved her own life to some extent. She had a hidden disability and got through the days. She had some friends that we Headlines: Swept away by second chances Dialogue dream Epic summer read This wasn't my first Tia Williams book, but it had a completely different vibe. It was deeper, more desperate with the kind of longing that makes you feel. This was a second chance story that was full of emotion but also delightfully light in the moment. Eva (Genevieve) was a mother, a writer and a women who had shelved her own life to some extent. She had a hidden disability and got through the days. She had some friends that were the family she'd never really had. When Shane entered the story, everything froze. The connection, my word, the connection was magnetised. There was a huge story to tell with these two that was mostly in the contemporary but it did have some past chapters that were woven cleverly and not over-used. "I idealize you in fiction because I idealized you in real life." What I loved about this story and the writing was the dialogue. I have so many highlights on my kindle that just tickled me or made me feel. I lived for this story in the 24 hours that I read it and I truly didn't want it to end. The cover is glorious and really just captures these two. I would challenge anyone not to need this couple together. I loved the humility of Shane, the hope of Eva despite her life and the ebb and flow of life getting in the damn way. Shane was her lighthouse. If he went dark, she'd be lost, treading black water forever. This was the kind of sweeping romance that just made my summer and I recommend this to all my romance-reading friends. Please note there are a number of triggers in this book - please look on other reviews or DM me if you want more info. Thank you to Quercus for the early review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  27. 4 out of 5

    naa-lamle

    Can’t start this review without mentioning that the cover has to be one of my favourites of all time. So raw, captivating, and beautiful - literally everything that this book is. This book is hilarious. I was tehehe-ing through the whole thing. This book fucking gripped me so hard. I was GRIPPETH. It had me feeling ruined one moment, cackling the next and then swooning. Ahhh! I’ll forever carry these characters with me <3 I was so so close to giving this book 5 stars. But had to round it up to 4 Can’t start this review without mentioning that the cover has to be one of my favourites of all time. So raw, captivating, and beautiful - literally everything that this book is. This book is hilarious. I was tehehe-ing through the whole thing. This book fucking gripped me so hard. I was GRIPPETH. It had me feeling ruined one moment, cackling the next and then swooning. Ahhh! I’ll forever carry these characters with me <3 I was so so close to giving this book 5 stars. But had to round it up to 4.5, only because I did feel like the end dragged out an incy bit too long. Still voting 5 starts though because my heart won't let me hit 4 stars lmao

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A romance novel for those who don't normally like the genre. Seven Days in June reads more like contemporary fiction with a side of romance. Characters are older, flawed, and just trying to live their best lives. I enjoyed the storyline and it felt genuine and not added in as it can in typical romances. A perfect read for the summer and it is rumored to be Reese's pick for June. Sensitive romance readers should note that this is not a clean romance. There is profanity throughout and there are tw A romance novel for those who don't normally like the genre. Seven Days in June reads more like contemporary fiction with a side of romance. Characters are older, flawed, and just trying to live their best lives. I enjoyed the storyline and it felt genuine and not added in as it can in typical romances. A perfect read for the summer and it is rumored to be Reese's pick for June. Sensitive romance readers should note that this is not a clean romance. There is profanity throughout and there are two somewhat steamy scenes that could easily be skipped over if preferred without losing any of the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    GAHHH- All of the stars for Eva and Shane. I completely loved this complicated love story. More to come, but get this on your radar now!! Updated: SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE by @tiawilliamswrites is one of the most wonderful stories I've read in recent memory. Ok. So you have Eva, who's a single mother in Brooklyn who's a bestselling erotica writer with chronic pain who's made a name for herself despite her difficult upbringing. Shane is a groundbreaking enigmatic literary genius, who's struggling to fin GAHHH- All of the stars for Eva and Shane. I completely loved this complicated love story. More to come, but get this on your radar now!! Updated: SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE by @tiawilliamswrites is one of the most wonderful stories I've read in recent memory. Ok. So you have Eva, who's a single mother in Brooklyn who's a bestselling erotica writer with chronic pain who's made a name for herself despite her difficult upbringing. Shane is a groundbreaking enigmatic literary genius, who's struggling to find the magic he one had now that he's sober. The two know each other, but never expected to see each other again after the explosive seven days they spent together as teens. Until by accident, they meet again at a who's who literary event, and sparks fly. This is a POWERFUL, complicated, messy, and unique love story (that wasn't at all cheesy). It's about overcoming your trauma, facing your demons, and finding a way to choose joy. Eva and Shane are A+ characters with such intense chemistry, I had a hard time looking away. Eva's daughter, Audra, is a precocious wannabe therapist in training who is hilarious and adds so much to the story. In fact, I LOL'ed for real at a lot of the dialogue in the story, which honestly rarely happens to me when Im reading. Though there are grittier parts (TW for self harm, alcoholism, death, sexual abuse)... These weren't exploitative and felt organic to the narrative. There is so much Black joy in this book and I so appreciated the author gave a realistic picture of a character with chronic pain. Clearly, this gets all of the stars. Get this on your radar now- it's out June 1st! @grandcentralpub

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shamashtika

    REESE'S JUNE BOOKCLUB PICK! A mature read in every sense! A praise-worthy Reese's book club pick for the month of June. Shane and Eva were high school sweethearts; however, due to mysterious circumstances, they drifted from one another. Twenty years later, they reunite during a literacy event and it's like the twenty years gap never happened. They feel an instant connection with each other again and no amount of pretending was going to erase their past or the fact they both been writing about ea REESE'S JUNE BOOKCLUB PICK! A mature read in every sense! A praise-worthy Reese's book club pick for the month of June. Shane and Eva were high school sweethearts; however, due to mysterious circumstances, they drifted from one another. Twenty years later, they reunite during a literacy event and it's like the twenty years gap never happened. They feel an instant connection with each other again and no amount of pretending was going to erase their past or the fact they both been writing about each other throughout the course of their careers as authors. This had a slow start by Williams does a terrific job with characterization, setting, and overall writing style. I loved the leads in this novel; they had incredibly strong personalities and pasts. The relationship dynamics between the characters was also a highlight, especially a relationship Audrey (Eva's daughter) had with Shane and Eva. Final thoughts: This was a perfect June read!!

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