Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

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Brooklynaire

The blurb for Brooklynaire says ‘standalone’, and it is - technically. There’s nothing in this book that you won’t understand if you’ve not read any of Ms. Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series about this ragtag hockey team from Brooklyn. However, the central relationship has been building th ...

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More to Love

Y’all, I hate secrets. I hate them in my life, I hate them in my fictional works, and I especially hate them when I’m supposed to believe in a happily ever after. Discretion, I am here for. Not everyone needs to know your business and should not. Privacy is wonderful. Secrecy, in serious relatio ...

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Do Over

Do Over is my favorite kind of second-chance romance. Jack, our hero, was once very dumb but not abusive or monstrous. Maddie, our heroine, had no time for his crap and got outta there, taking their kid with her. She’s been playing the single mom game for a while and Jack has been slowly cleaning ...

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Can't Forget You

In this charming second chance romance, Jessica Flynn has the fulfillment of a dream within her grasp. When land adjacent to her spa comes up for sale, she can just see the cozy hot tubs she’ll install outside the cabins she’ll build to expand into a retreat/paradise. But the problem is that her ...

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Winter Solstice

Even though this claims to be the conclusion of a four book series, I read Winter Solstice as a standalone and had no trouble falling into the web of family relations depicted in the story. The Quinn Family of Nantucket has faced challenges aplenty over the past few years, including jail time for on ...

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The Lady in Red

The Lady in Red is an absolute delight, y’all. Beyond the annoyance of having the Chris De Burgh song in my head for days afterwards (not a fan, sorry), I loved the time I spent with this book and with these people and was so annoyed when I clicked the last page. My fellow reviewer Alex raved abou ...

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Scandal at the Christmas Ball

Scandal at the Christmas Ball is a connected duology set at the Duke of Brockmore’s Christmas house party. He and his wife are known for matchmaking, so all four of our leads enter their stories with wary eyes. They will never marry (shall we all grin cheekily at them together, readers?) and they ...

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The Scandalous Flirt

In The Scandalous Flirt, we meet Aurora Paxton, a disgraced debutante who is summoned back to London to help her aunt escape a mysterious potential scandal. Lucas Vale, the Marquess of Dashell, is involved as well, for solving the mystery will be advantageous to his pursuit of an heiress for his bri ...

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Seared

Naya’s step-brother Lachlan has been absent from her life for a decade, during which he’s becoming a darling of the Manhattan food scene. Sometime over the course of their respective parents’ short marriage (his father was married to her mother) Naya and Lachlan became romantically involved, u ...

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Now That You Mention It

Are you a fan of books where women find themselves to be stronger than they ever imagined? What about if we throw in family situations that force them out of their comfort zone? Or have them confronting the past they’ve been running from? What if the happily-ever-after is grounded in reality rathe ...