Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

C
One Summer Night

In this story of friends-to-lovers with a Montague and Capulet sort of background, Maggie and Owen reconnect at a wedding after having drifted apart for several years. Both are children of powerful businessmen, but while Owen’s family has thrived, the fortunes of Maggie’s family have dwindled af ...

C
Holiday Spice

In the conclusion of Ms. Chase’s popular Shaughnessy Brothers series about a sprawling band of siblings, attention turns to the only girl in the bunch. Darcy was raised in a world of all men after losing her mother at a young age and certainly bears the scars to prove it. At times both recalcitran ...

C-
Necessary Roughness

In this seventh book in Julie Brannagh’s Love and Football series, Necessary Roughness, Tanner Cole’s football career is over. He’s been sidelined by a torn ACL and he’s pretty darn bitter about it. He grumpily starts working with a new physical therapist, Jordan Muller, and soon makes progr ...

B+
Duke of Desire

In this final installment in the beloved Maiden Lane series, Raphael, the Duke of Dyemore is desperate to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and orchestrate their demise. He manages to work his way into one of their gatherings, where Lady Iris Jordan is an unwilling participant. Iris is not exactly a d ...

B+
Completely

Completely is the third installment in Ruthie Knox’s New York series, but can be read as a standalone. It tells the story of Rosemary and Kal, two folks from very different worlds and in very different places in their own lives, who find themselves slowly and inexplicably weaving a life together. ...

B+
Mess With Me

In Mess With Me, Sam Goodall is about one friendship away from being a complete recluse. He’s a skilled mountaineer and part of Mile High Adventures, the company run by the two brothers who are his only friends, but otherwise, Sam lives entirely off the grid in an isolated cabin. The Evans brother ...

B
The Beauty of Us

In The Beauty of Us, the fourth installment of Ms. Proby’s series about a dynamic group of friends running Seduction, an intentionally romantic restaurant in Portland, Oregon, a stranger comes to town. A tall, beautiful, male stranger who quickly becomes part of heroine Riley Gibson’s everyday l ...

B
That Thing You Do

Fake-dating-to-love trope alert! I know this is a favorite of some readers, so get that one-click finger ready as That Thing You Do is a delightful example of it. Greta is in absolutely no hurry to be in a relationship. She did that once, it ended painfully, and now she’s quite content to colle ...

A
Unraveling Oliver

I have been harping on about this book for months, so if you’ve not been subject to my evangelical zeal about its brilliance, allow me to quickly summarize. Everyone who knows Oliver Ryan is shocked when he beats his wife to the point of a coma. This mild-mannered children’s author who lives in ...

B+
In His Hands

In this standalone novel from Adriana Anders, Abby craves the freedom she believes is just beyond the fence. Raised on a compound belonging to the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith, Abby has known no life outside the cult, but she is absolutely drawn to the strange man growing grapes right next door a ...