Reviews by Mary Dubé

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Hooking Up

I love Helena Hunting’s romantic comedies because they’re always remarkably fun, sexy and truly memorable. I’m still chuckling over Hooking Up long after reading it, and it is definitely going onto my keeper shelf. Amalie Whitfield is carrying a bit of guilt over the wilder exploits committ ...

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London, Can You Wait?

I rarely read new adult romances, because – to be honest – they make me feel old. I can rarely relate to the issues facing a twenty-year old any more, because it feels like I have been there and done that and I have no wish to go back and do it again!  But I took a chance on Jacquelyn Middleton ...

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Irresistible You

Kate Meader steps into the world of contemporary sports romance with the heartfelt, sexy, entertaining, and refreshingly different Irresistible You, the first book in her Chicago Rebels series. You will not find the often-characterized hockey playboy in this engaging love story, but rather a mature ...

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Beautiful Mistake

Let’s cut to the chase: Vi Keeland’s Beautiful Mistake is drop-dead sexy, breathtakingly romantic, intricately layered, jaw-droppingly unpredictable, and deliciously satisfying. It stands out in the vast and overwhelming sea of contemporary romance and will, undoubtedly, be on my Best of 2017 li ...

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Bad Penny

Bad Penny isn’t the type of romance I usually go for because the heroine is much bolder and more uninhibited than those I typically gravitate towards. Perhaps it’s my southern upbringing, but I unconsciously tend to choose heroines that are excessively well-mannered, slightly demure and less ove ...

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The Knocked Up Plan

Prepare to swoon, because Lauren Blakely has delivered another top-notch romance. The Knocked Up Plan is the perfect blend of humor, passion, and love, and you’ll grin from start to finish. Nicole Powers and Ryder Lockhart are friends, co-workers, and ping-pong partners, and they have an easy-g ...

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I Knew You Were Trouble

Here’s the deal: I love - as in really, really love - Lauren Layne’s Stiletto and Oxford series, and I am ecstatic whenever there is a new book out. I know it means that I’ll be able to catch up with some of my favorite fictional characters, who now feel like old friends, and that I will get t ...

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Dating-ish

I have a disorder that could be plaguing other romance readers - instant-gratification-itis. I’ve become so conditioned to expect instant-lust, instant-love, and almost-instant-sex in my romance novels that I forgot how enjoyable delayed gratification can be. I get a little fidgety and uncomfortab ...

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Going in Deep

Going in Deep is what you’d expect from Carly Phillips - a sexy and swoonworthy romance - but it’s also so much more. Ms. Phillips has fearlessly written a story with a remarkably different kind of hero and heroine than typically found in romance novels, making this a unique and distinctive boo ...

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Pipe Dreams

Sarina Bowen’s Pipe Dreams is a thoughtful and emotional love story with the perfect blend of reality and fantasy to make it feel relatable while also still feeling like escapism, and I loved it. It has all the fun associated with a contemporary sports romance but also delves into some of the comp ...