Reviews by Caroline Russomanno

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Heart on Fire

Oh, what a letdown, when a series starts off so strongly (I nominated Bouchet for debut author of the year in 2016) but can’t stick the landing. Cat Fisa, married to the warlord Griffin, has made progress overthrowing the corrupt Alphas ruling her land, but the biggest challenge of all remains: Al ...

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Jane Eyre - Manga Classics (#24 on our Top 100 list)

Originally published 6th January 2017 FINALLY, my beloved Jane Eyre gets the adaptation it deserves. I enjoyed this graphic novel so much that I picked it for my best read of 2016. The pacing of this long (324 page) novel is excellent. Jane Eyre is much bigger than the love story, a fact which s ...

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Ride With Me

Bicyclists, not motorcyclists, are the titular riders of this hot, stand-alone contemporary romance by one of my new autobuys, Ruthie Knox. In Ride with Me, Lexie Marshall advertises for a companion to ride the TransAmerica Bike Trail from Oregon all the way to Virginia. Tom Geiger’s sister, distu ...

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Truly

Ruthie Knox is my latest binge author, and her hot, honest contemporaries are consistent pleasers. After the world’s most disappointing marriage proposal, May Fredericks walks away from her NFL quarterback boyfriend (leaving her shrimp fork in the back of his non-passing hand). Unfortunately, a mu ...

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Regency Christmas Gifts

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We’re sharing older reviews of some of holiday themed romances. This one’s a winner. Originally published on December 3, 2015.  The first thing I do to kick off the Christmas season (besides, of course, cranking up the season debut of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You) is get o ...

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The Royal We

A fictional spin on the courtship of Kate Middleton and Prince William, The Royal We doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable aspects of royal life and has more details and heft than your typical pauper-meets-prince romance. The supporting cast (his brother, her sister) truly shines. However, the l ...

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Winning Ruby Heart

Ruby Heart was the Olympian distance runner who lost everything by doping, and Micah Blackwell was the reporter who broke the story. Five years later, Micah (who is paraplegic) spots Ruby at an ultramarathon and wonders if who Ruby has become could be even better for his career - and for himself. Al ...

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Night Shift

Night Shift is a collection of three alternate reality/paranormal romances and one fantasy romance, all by established genre authors. The first three stories were solid visits to worlds those authors have written about in other books, which contributes to the generally-strong worldbuilding in the co ...

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The Love Experiment

When the Chicago Courier’s Jackson Haley, king of hard news, is ordered to help lifestyle reporter Derelie Honeywell recreate an 'intimacy experiment,' he’s not just unamused; he’s downright hostile. But farm girl Derelie can’t bear the thought of running back to her small town a failure, so ...

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Defy the Stars

The planet Genesis has tried to secede from Earth’s ring of colony planets in order to create an ethical, environmental and religious utopia, but Earth isn’t letting it go without a fight. Thirty years earlier, a vicious war ended in stalemate, but the conflict has resumed. Noemi Vidal is one of ...