Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

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Love Story

It’s rare to get a standalone book by Lauren Layne, so if you’ve been reading praise of her books but haven’t been in the mood for a multi-book commitment, Love Story, a second chance/enemies-to-lovers tale might be just the place to dive into her oeuvre. Lucy Hawkins has her life all mappe ...

C
Like a Love Song

I read Like a Love Song from cover to cover and I am still not completely sure what it is about. It’s certainly not a love story; it’s kind of about baking; it’s sort of a coming-of-age story, but is not fully any of those. Let me explain. When we first meet Maahi, she’s a depressed unive ...

B
Crossing Hearts

A second-chance romance with secrets at its center, Crossing Hearts is a strong start to a promising series set in the Shenandoah Valley. After years of abusing it, Hunter’s shoulder has finally given out and he’s in dire need of physical therapy. Imagine his surprise when the woman who administ ...

A+
Triumph

“Ma’am.” I looked up through my tears to see the flight attendant holding a packet of tissues and looking concerned. “Yes?” I sniffed. “Are you okay? It’s just that you’re clearly crying very hard.” I tried to smile. “Oh, I’m fine. It’s just my book.” She smiled ...

B+
Bride by Royal Decree

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want a really good Harlequin Presents read. I want the tropes to be laid on thick, I want to laugh at the outrageousness of most of it, and I want to lose myself in a world of pure imagination. When I don’t want that itch scratched, HPs are annoying a ...

C
Royal Scandal

Okay, petals, let me get this out of the way immediately; Royal Scandal requires a level of suspension of belief usually reserved for fantasy novels. I’m convinced anyone’s ability to enjoy it is based on how much you buy into the main conceit, and ultimately, it’s frothy and far-fetched, alth ...

B+
Back Check

In Back Check, Tanner and Katelyn get their second chance at love. College sweethearts on a path to the altar, Tanner’s rising NHL star status derailed their plans. Now that Katelyn has been hired as the wedding planner for a pal’s wedding, Tanner is forced to confront the girl who broke his hea ...

B
Wild Zone

I have a strong affinity for sports romances and an even stronger one for hockey romances. It baffles me, then, that this is my first novel by Ms. Jordan. Wild Zone is the story of Tate and Olivia, a hockey player and a chef, who are determined to keep their sexual relationship devoid of feelings an ...

B+
Roger's Bride

I am not usually one for medieval romances, so I was shocked when I liked Roger’s Bride as much as I did. Kathryn of Mandeville is the daughter of an abusive tyrant and has vowed never to marry so she will not be controlled by a man ever again. She knows that her family needs an alliance with Angl ...

B+
Completely Yours

Completely Yours is the story of two recluses, one physical and one emotional, who meet at a comic book convention and find their happily ever after through an online role playing game, ala World of Warcraft. It’s also a shockingly real story of how family and friendships form in our society, what ...