Reviews by Melanie Bopp

C+
The Art of Love

The Art of Love is the fourth book in the series Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance. If you haven’t yet heard of the project, jump over to our blog and check it out. Each story takes place in one decade of the twentieth century, and in The Art of Love, it’s time for the 1930s. Our ...

B-
Midnight Wolf

Apparently I’m late to the party, because Midnight Wolf, the first in the Shifter’s Unbound series that I’ve read is actually number eleven chronologically (not including novellas). Oops? While it definitely seems like paranormals have faded into the general romance backdrop, there are still s ...

C-
Love's Serenade

Love’s Serenade is the third book in the Decades series, telling stories of African American men and women throughout the past century. As a second-chance romance, it’s an interesting take on the trope, but overall I was disappointed with the end result. Taking place in late 1920s Harlem, we ...

B+
Space Opera

I am… not entirely sure what I just read, but I enjoyed it wholeheartedly. When I read the blurb and saw ‘Eurovision meets Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ I was hooked, and I’m pretty much the target audience for this book. I mean, come on. Eurovision in space. How could I not? And th ...

B
Deadly Summer

Want to read a hometown mystery starring a former child actress trying to get out of debt? Yeah, I didn’t know I needed this in my life, but Deadly Summer, the first in a new series, mixes humor and mystery with a sweet romance in a way I wasn’t expecting. Summer Butler was a famous teen actr ...

B+
The Golden Hairpin

There are a lot of historical mysteries on the market these days, but not so many set in ancient China. And of those, how many, in English, were originally written by a Chinese author for a Chinese audience? The Golden Hairpin by Qinghan CeCe, originally written in 2015 and translated into English j ...

C
Markswoman

There’s definitely been a surplus of kick-ass young women in YA fiction recently, and it’s a pretty great thing to see. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Kyra, this newest addition, will go down equal to the likes of Katniss, Hermione, and Tris. Markswoman, the first in a new series by Rati Mehrotra ...

B+
A Delicate Affair

The first in a series of books exploring the Black experience throughout the decades, A Delicate Affair starts things off right, with a sweet story set in a historically accurate Washington, DC of 1902. At its heart, it’s another good girl/bad boy story, but it has more than one interesting twist ...

B-
Besieged and Betrothed

In Jenny Fletcher's Besieged and Betrothed, readers get to witness what happens when one king dies and two claimants to the throne fight for dominance. I’m reading for the romance rather than a history lesson, so I didn’t factcheck the story, but the history presented does give an interesting b ...

B+
With This Christmas Ring

Christmas romances are not always my favorite thing - they tend to be sappily sweet, with a bit of a contrived plot or antagonist - but as sweet as this story is, I enjoyed every sugary page. It’s a story featuring a baby, an ex-fiancé, and a nasty dowager, that manages to be both fairly predicta ...