Reviews by Mary Dubé

C
Loving the Lost Duke

Loving the Lost Duke is a charming historical romance that is interesting but a little bland, so it didn’t truly capture my attention or draw me into its story. This is the first book in Louise Allen’s new series Dangerous Deceptions and my first time reading any of her novels. While Loving the ...

D+
Dirty Money

Over the top, outlandish and exaggerated heroes are trendy right now in Contemporary Romance, and they can be a fun break from reality and thoroughly entertaining. Jessica Clare’s heroes have always been a bit larger-than-life, but she went balls to the wall with hero Boone Price in Dirty Money. ...

B+
Big Shot

Authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde have teamed up again to co-author a new series - Book Boyfriend. Their first team effort was the wildly successful Dirty Sexy series that was based on three sexy brothers who (surprise!) have lots of dirty sex. There’s a lot more to their stories – of cours ...

B+
Retreat

Jay Crownover’s Retreat kicks off her new Getaway series and delivers what her loyal fans expect - a sexy and heartfelt romance. An action-packed, suspenseful storyline is added halfway through the book, making Retreat feel like two distinctly different stories.  While this offers an unexpected ...

B+
Full Package

Lauren Blakely’s Full Package is a sexy, fun friends-to-lovers romance that provided a reading break I had no idea I needed. Its characters are normal and their relationship evolves in a fairly uncomplicated manner without a lot of the chaos and angst that have been present in some of my most rece ...

A-
On Broken Wings

I am embarrassed to admit that I avoid books featuring widows. If I see "lost the love of her life” implied or written in the book’s description, I immediately pass on it and search for something with an exclusively happy plot. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and read Chanel Cleeton ...

B+
Devil's Mark

If you’d told me six months ago that I would read motorcycle club romances, I would have called you a lunatic. I assumed these stories would not be relatable and – for lack of a better word – icky. But after reading Maria Rose’s review of Megan Crane’s Devil’s Honor, I decided to give th ...

A
Beard Science

Penny Reid’s Beard Science is awkwardly and wonderfully odd, and no carefully selected combination of adjectives can adequately communicate the mind-bending deliciousness of this thoroughly enjoyable book. The author's creativity beats to its own drum, and she's successfully written something diff ...

A
Someone Like You

I am convinced Lauren Layne and I were sisters in a past life. It’s the only reasonable explanation for this intense connection that we seem to share. She just gets me – like really gets me – and I swear she’s writing books with me in mind. How else could almost every one of her books feel l ...

B
Wrong for Me

Jackie Ashenden might be the only author who could persuade me to read a book about a convicted murderer who seeks revenge on the woman he loves but blames for his eight year incarceration. She has the  ability to write very dark and unsettling storylines and make them palatable, optimistic and e ...