Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

C+
Bossed

Jenny hates job interviews – but then, who doesn’t? What makes matters worse is that seconds before heading into this most recent one, she is thrown off her game by a douchenozzle she encounters on the walk in. What makes everything even worse is that said douchenozzle is actually the guy she’ ...

B+
A Perfect Gentleman

In Candace Camp's newest historical romance, an estranged couple come together again after a decade-long separation. Older and wiser, are they both willing to take chances on each other, or will the pride and prejudice that separated them the first time thwart them again? A Perfect Gentleman is a ...

D+
The Difference Between You and Me

Oooooooof, y’all. This book and I did not get along. First of all, it’s told in first person present tense. Jarring, confusing, and not for me. Second of all, the main character is not a super pleasant person and I never quite found a reason to root for her. Overall, The Difference Between You a ...

B-
Clean Breaks

In Ruby Lang's Clean Breaks, two old friends reconnect after both have had big changes happen in their lives. As they navigate their new realities, they find a deeper connection than they could have imagined. While the heroine is a bit prickly, the overall story is charming and grounded. A second-c ...

A
I See You

Zoe Walker takes the same route to work every day. Same streets, same trains, same stations, even the same seat on the train. She thinks nothing of this, chalking it up to a comforting routine, until one day she spies her own face in a classified advertisement for FindTheOne.com. What follows is a s ...

A-
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 ...