Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

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Ready to Run

I’m an unabashed Lauren Layne fan, and this book only adds to that love. A hybrid of The Bachelor franchise and the fabulous Julia Roberts movie Runaway Bride, Ready to Run tells the story of ambitious producer Jordan Carpenter and reluctant contestant Luke Elliot. Of course, Luke’s runaway groo ...

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One True Pairing

Okay, y’all. This book is a lot of things. It’s got insta-love/insta-lust, it’s got a fake-relationship, it’s got a famous actor falling for a ‘normal person’. Throw in a stalker subplot, an agoraphobic sister, and it’s a lot to pack into 200 pages. That being said, it’s generally su ...

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A Wedding Tail

A Wedding Tail is the conclusion to Casey Griffin’s series surrounding three friends all connected to a dachshund rescue shelter in San Francisco. This book, which tells the story of A-type wedding planner Zoe Plum and definitely-not-A-type wedding singer, Levi Dolson - is best read as a conclusio ...

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The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter crawled under my skin and messed with me, y’all. I was reading it in an airport and struck up a conversation with the woman next to me, who was also reading a book by Ms. Slaughter (Pretty Girls, for the record). This was my first of the famous author’s works, while my single s ...

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The Devil's Cut

First things first: this is not a stand-alone book. If you have any interest in this soap opera of a Kentucky bourbon dynasty, then you must start at the beginning, The Bourbon Kings. And if you’ve been missing Young and the Restless or are a lover of Coronation Street, lawd alive, I’d recommend ...

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Lady Be Bad (WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY)

Ms. Frampton's publicist has two copies of this for two lucky US readers! Make a comment below to be entered in a drawing for the book!   In Lady Be Bad, the kick-off to Megan Frampton’s newest series, Lady Eleanor Howlett is carrying the burden of resurrecting her family’s reputation a ...

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Leave the Night on

Sutton Mize is having her fiancé's classic convertible restored as a surprise.  Unfortunately, he also has a surprise in store for her - Sutton finds a pair of underwear in said car that is Not Hers. Even worse, they belong to her best friend. Thankfully, this discovery is made in the presence of ...

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Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap

As I looked back over my notes so as to be able to write this review, two words kept popping out: relatable and refreshing. Relatable because the characters are just that and refreshing because that’s how this book felt. In Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap, the third installment in her Hellcat Cany ...

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Gather the Daughters

What if The Handmaid’s Tale took place in a separatist cult, ensconced on an island? That’s exactly what I think went through Ms. Melamed’s head while coming up with this novel. Gather the Daughters is a haunting tale of a society where women are controlled but children are free, and a young w ...

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Famous

Romances featuring characters who are famous are my booknip, so I was admittedly always inclined to at least like Jenny Holiday’s Famous, the first book in her new series. There’s good news for me and for fellow fans of the set-up, because I loved this book. Ms. Holiday avoids the potential for ...