Reviews by Caroline Russomanno

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Rogue Acts

People leading politically progressive lives under the administration of President Crosby (read: a not at all veiled Donald Trump) are the “rogues” of this lackluster anthology. Unfortunately, the tails wag the dogs of these stories, as the political agendas, themselves oversimplified, overwhelm ...

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The One You Can't Forget

School shooting survivor Rebecca Lindt has professional success as a divorce attorney, but personally, she’s lonely, and beginning to break down from trauma she hasn’t fully addressed. Meanwhile, chef Wes Garrett lost everything in a divorce in which Rebecca represented his ex-wife, and is now a ...

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Advanced Physical Chemistry

Penny Popplestone, size 16 chemist, has been cheated on. Again. What’s a girl to do except take a shot at the impossible - Hottie Barista Caleb, the silent-but-sexy coffee puller at her favorite spot? Susannah Nix’s Advanced Physical Chemistry was so hard to grade because the things I really enj ...

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My Lady's Choosing

If you were a fan of the old AAR Purple Prose Parody contests, with their send-ups of genre tropes and in-jokes, then have I got a book for you. My Lady’s Choosing is a mature-audience’s romance version of the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories of ‘80s childhoods, and I highly recommend it for ...

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Marry

Lady Greer Douglas has been corresponding with Lord Ewan Cameron, Duke of Crieff, since their betrothal as young teens, but she’s never met him. On her way to their wedding, Greer and her parents encounter a badly beaten man in the road, and turn him over to a gamekeeper for care. Upon arrival at ...

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The Unlikely Master Genius

Sailing Master Able Six’s odd name reflects his dismal origins: the sixth child abandoned that month at a workhouse orphanage, and too durable to die. His uncanny brain (he remembers absolutely everything he’s ever seen) allows him to become a Royal Navy sailing master, a position never previous ...

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The Love Coupon

Lobbyist Flick Dalgetty has finally landed the job of her dreams advocating for the underprivileged in D.C., but her lease is up before she can leave her present job in Chicago. She worms her way into staying with Tom O’Connell, whose uptight precision is the complete opposite of her vivacious cha ...

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Hurts to Love You

Heiress Evangeline Chandler is over being a respectable daughter. She’s been driving for a ride service at night, refuses to work for her father’s charitable foundation, and she has a crush on tattoo artist Gabriel Hunter. Eve has been keep her feelings for Gabe a secret for years, but when her ...

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What to Say Next

A great contemporary YA, What To Say Next would have made my Best of 2017 list if I’d read it in time. As it is, you have a delightful treat in store for you if you missed this book last year. David Drucker is different. He doesn’t have Asperger’s since, as he can tell you, the new Diagnost ...

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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 ...