Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

D
Hard Stick

Y’all, I wish I could tell you what I thought of this book, but I’m still not really sure. What I do know is this. It’s not – despite a cover that screams otherwise – a hockey romance, which is a serious bummer. As far as I could work it out, it’s some sort of romantic suspense caper tha ...

A-
Intercepting the Chef

Logan Stonestreet knows his career is winding down. If his agent wasn’t hinting, then his body sure is, as years of playing professional football are starting to take their toll. Tapping into memories of his mother’s cooking, he decides to create a restaurant to segue into phase two of adulthood ...

C
Nothing Like a Duke

Nothing Like a Duke has an old-fashioned feel to it, and for those who enjoy the rhythms of quiet romances, there could be a lot to like here as we follow Robert and Flora on their journey from academic foils to committed spouses enjoying a happily ever after. However, I do not count myself among th ...

B+
Positively Pippa

Looking at the cover, you may assume that Positively Pippa is a contemporary romp that involves some wild sex. That assumption wouldn’t be wrong. After a debilitating humiliation on her national television show, Pippa Turner returns home to Ghost Falls, Utah to lick her wounds and see her beloved ...

C
The Last in Love

In The Last in Love, Abby is a widow who has just barely put her life back together. Justin is a volunteer firefighter who has the hots for her, but he’s five years younger and she is super skeeved out by that. Justin isn’t discouraged, and pursues her until she agrees to date him. Problem is, h ...

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 ...

B+
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

In The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband, Cecilia Harcourt has found herself on an unexpected adventure. After receiving a letter that her brother, Thomas - who had been in the colonies fighting Washington’s rebels - has gone missing, she summons all her gumption, spends all her cash, and boards ...

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 ...