Reviews by Mary Dubé

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Tapping the Billionaire

Until Max Monroe's Tapping the Billionaire, I had never been asked to read elsewhere because my reading was disturbing someone. Huh? I cry silently, laugh internally and rarely even alter my stoic facial expression when I read. I am NOT a demonstrative reader – until now. I honestly could not cont ...

B+
Suddenly Dating

Julia London’s Suddenly Dating would have us believe that a divorcing couple could unknowingly lend their lake house out for the summer to different people without realizing they had double booked the house until it was too late for the strangers to make alternative living arrangements, thus forci ...

C-
The Legendary Lord

It was apparent from the first chapter of Valerie Bowman's The Legendary Lord that this Historical Romance was not going to be historically accurate and that the characters would find themselves in implausible situations considering its setting of 1816. At this point, I made the conscious choice to ...

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Going Deep

I’ve heard wonderful things about Anne Calhoun, so I was excited to read the fifth book in her Alpha Ops series, Going Deep, which is a bodyguard-protects-the-starlet romance. My expectations were high - possibly unrealistically so - because I found Going Deep to be enjoyable with appealing cha ...

C+
Getting Dirty With the CEO

Considering its title, I expected Getting Dirty with the CEO to be more of a category romance that used tropes like the Billionaire Playboy or the Office Romance; so I was surprised to discover it is a calm and realistic romance featuring two mature, relatable adult characters who embark on a straig ...