Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

B+
Forget You

Nina Crespo’s Kingman Brothers series opens with Forget You, the story of a woman crushing hard on her amnesiac boss. Sophie Jordan has been high-powered businessman Nic ‘King’ Kingman’s perfect executive assistant ever since Nic swiped her from his brother Aiden’s staff. She knows whic ...

F
Forever Home

I love dogs, dear reader.  Love them almost as much as I love the country.   But Allyson Charles’ Forever Home, set in and around the titular no-kill animal shelter, and which charts the love story of an animal-loving guy and an animal-hating girl, had me yearning to buy a one-floor walk up.  ...

B-
The Taste of Temptation

Julia Kelly’s The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series continues with The Taste of Temptation, the second installment in the adventures of the clients of Mrs. Moira Sullivan, the country’s best and cheekiest matchmaker. Caroline Burkette, accompanied by her maid, has joyfully fled the dirty, gossip ...

B+
Sit, Stay, Love

Debbie Burns continues her adorable stories about dog adoption and the heroes and heroines it brings together in Sit, Stay, Love, the second book in her Rescue Me series. Kelsey Sutton, lead adoption coordinator for the no-kill High Grove Animal Shelter, is determined to find a quiet home for her ...

A+
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

It’s rare the novel that entrances its reader so thoroughly that you find you’ve passed half the day reading a story and you’d feel as if you'd die for more. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie weave such an enchanting spell with their take on the life of Eliza Hamilton. Put it on your wish list n ...

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From Courtesan to Convenient Wife

Marguerite Kaye’s research glimmers in a well-told, engrossing and tender story from her Matches Made in Scandal series, about a courtesan who’s never (really) been kissed seeking to leave behind a past she had no say over, and a man running from a (possibly) falsified betrothal. In From Courtes ...

B
Cutie Pies

Dildos and romance collide in Barbara Bell’s bite-sized treat of a novella, Cutie Pies. Joey has found his place working at Cutie Pies, the smallest adult novelty shop in Sydney, Australia.  It’s not only a job for him but is also a kind of home away from home, a locale where his teasing bes ...

C
On Hart's Boardwalk

Samantha Young returns to one of her most beloved couples, Nate and Liv of Before  Jamaica Lane, and dares to ask: what happens after happily ever after proves a little less charming than you thought it would be? Ten years after their marriage and fourteen after becoming a couple, Nate and Olivi ...

C
To Woo a Wicked Widow

Jenna Jaxson opens a new series with To Woo a Wicked Widow, a series focusing in on a group of merry widows who find love and lust in their second marriages. Lady Charlotte Cavendish is young, lively, and finally free.  Years ago she tried to elope with her first love, a man far below her statio ...

B
The Sometimes Sisters

Carolyn Brown continues her streak of winning, heartfelt novels with The Sometimes Sisters, a story of estranged sisters and frustrated romance.  There’s an uncomfortable undercurrent in the peaceful waters, both within the book’s narrative and without. We open on the scene of tragedy - the ...