Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

B
Smooth Talking Cowboy

Maisey Yates is known for cowboys, and so this title may lead readers to believe this is another installment of the Copper Ridge series. Instead, Ms. Yates moves the action to Gold Valley, Oregon and introduces us to a new cast of characters. First up? Olivia Logan and Luke Hollister. Olivia made ap ...

B+
Love and Other Words

This is classified as “adult fiction” and I have no idea why. It’s contemporary romance with more angst than anything else, but it’s not not romance. There are some people who meet the loves of their life early in their journey and it’s almost as if their souls imprint on each other. Su ...

C
Devil in Tartan

In Devil in Tartan,  Julia London’s most recent installment in her Highland Grooms series, Lottie Livingstone finds herself in a pickle. Aulay Mackenzie’s ship is the solution to that pickle, and over the course of a few hundred pages, Lottie goes from maiden daughter to whisky smuggler to pira ...

B
On the Brink of Passion

In the final book of Tamsen Parker’s series set in the fictional Olympics she calls The Snow and Ice Games, we spend some pages with one of America’s figure skating pairs teams. Jubilee and Beckett could not be more different, and you know what they say about opposites attracting… Jubilee w ...

B+
On the Edge of Scandal

Attention any boss/employee/coach/athlete/teacher/student trope lovers: On the Edge of Scandal is for you. Bronwyn Perry is the star of the US Women’s Hockey team and is very excited to head to the Snow and Ice Games with her supportive boyfriend at her side. That is, until he becomes an unsupport ...

B+
Fire on the Ice

Given the deluge of fantastic m/m fiction coming down the pike lately, there has not been nearly as many f/f books that have been getting attention. Fire on the Ice should be getting loads of it, as it is a whip-smart, sexy as hell, compelling novella about two women who are willing to risk themselv ...

D+
Shot on Gold

In Shot on Gold, the fourteenth installment of Jaci Burton’s sport romance series, Play by Play, we meet Will Madigan and Amber Sloane. Both are Olympians, both make their money on ice, and that is where the similarities end. Will is a hockey player who earned his nickname ‘Mad Dog’ on and off ...

B-
The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James: A Roundtable Discussion Simone St. James is well-loved by the staff here at AAR, so we have been eagerly anticipating her new book. The Broken Girls is a dual-timeline story centered around a boarding school for the teenaged girls society has turned its back ...

B
Seduction on the Slopes

Miles Palmer knows he’s at the end of his downhill slalom career. This is his last Snow and Ice Games (fictional Olympics) and he plans on finishing exactly how he’s always competed - dominantly and with a podium finish. The possible wrench in the plan is his teammate and rabble-rouser Crash Del ...

C-
Look for Her

When I closed the flap of my Kindle after finishing this book, my husband looked over from his position on the couch and said “well?” I was silent long enough that he asked the question again and I finally replied, “I have no idea.” I sat on this review for a few days, hoping that more clari ...