Reviews by Mary Dubé

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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 ...

B
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 ...

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Baby, Come Back

I think M. O’Keefe has voodoo writing skills that give her the ability to hypnotize readers and transform reading into a virtual reality experience. I feel like I lived Baby, Come Back, and I had to remind myself after I finished that it didn’t really happen - comparable to when waking from a dr ...

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Twist

I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I liked Twist so much that I went on a Kylie Scott book-binge immediately afterwards and devoured some of her previous books. One weekend and four books later, I had a book hangover that made Monday difficult to embrace, but I don’t regret my o ...

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Hard Justice

When I think of Lori Foster, I think of MMA fighters and bodyguards; therefore, I was not surprised to learn that the hero in Hard Justice is a former MMA fighter, who is now a bodyguard. Ms. Foster definitely has a knack for writing these protective, tough alpha-males, and she’s written a lot of ...