Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

B+
Lost and Found Sisters

I hate the term “chick lit” and often eye-roll at “women’s fiction”, to be completely frank. I’m not sure why books about a heroine’s introspective journey are genre fiction, when a hero’s introspective journey is often just “fiction” - but I digress. When Ms. Shalvis announced t ...

F
No Easy Target

My ability to suspend belief varies, I will admit. All fiction requires it on some level, and I tend to shy away from works that make great leaps away from reality as I know it.  I dip my toe back into the pool of paranormal romance once in a while, hoping that perhaps I’ll see what others love s ...

D
Back to Your Love

In this second-chance romance, former lovers Imani and Xavier meet by chance at a wedding and pick up right where they left off. This begs questions about why they broke up in the first place, and what is different this time around. The answer to the first made me a combination of furious and annoye ...

B+
Walk of Shame

If you loved the Amy Adams/Patrick Dempsey movie Enchanted, then you are going to love this book. Essentially, it’s Enchanted fan fiction and I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Stuffy divorce lawyer Andrew has zero time for ridiculousness, frivolity, fluff - whatever word you want to assign to hi ...

B+
Dancing in the Rain

What does ‘dying with dignity’ look like, especially from cancer? What does it mean to become a parent when you weren’t prepared to be one? How does someone process early retirement from a career they’ve been working for since childhood? Do some dreams have to die before better ones can take ...

C
You May Kiss the Bride

In this début novel from new author Lisa Berne, Gabriel Penhallow has to get married. He does not have to enjoy it, but it has to happen and all is set for his marriage to a biddable society bride. The problem is that he accidentally kisses Livia Stuart, who is as far from biddable as one can hope ...

C+
Bossed

Jenny hates job interviews – but then, who doesn’t? What makes matters worse is that seconds before heading into this most recent one, she is thrown off her game by a douchenozzle she encounters on the walk in. What makes everything even worse is that said douchenozzle is actually the guy she’ ...

B+
A Perfect Gentleman

In Candace Camp's newest historical romance, an estranged couple come together again after a decade-long separation. Older and wiser, are they both willing to take chances on each other, or will the pride and prejudice that separated them the first time thwart them again? A Perfect Gentleman is a ...

B+
We Were On a Break

This one is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella – the humor and cultural settings are very similar. Liv and Adam’s Mexican holiday is sure to end in an engagement, or so Liv thinks. They’ve been dating for an age and surely, SURELY, he wouldn’t take her from England to Mexico without a real ...

D+
The Difference Between You and Me

Oooooooof, y’all. This book and I did not get along. First of all, it’s told in first person present tense. Jarring, confusing, and not for me. Second of all, the main character is not a super pleasant person and I never quite found a reason to root for her. Overall, The Difference Between You a ...