Novella

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The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo

What an amuse bouche of a story! In the just ninety pages that comprise The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo, Zen Cho builds a larger than life portrayal of Jade Yeo, her motivations and her shortcomings. The powerful message of this story is that love is accepting and love is kind. Even if you make a mist ...

B
A Taste of Honey

I remember Robert Moon, the owner of the confectionery and patisserie in Lively St. Lemeston, as the shy but rather appealing young man who attempted to woo the heroine of the first book of the series, Sweet Disorder.  His patroness, Lady Tassell, encouraged his courtship by offering him the money ...

B
Her Fake Engagement

Gigi Garrett’s novella Her Fake Engagement plays with the enemies-to-lovers trope, built on the principle that opposites often attract. Lottie, our heroine, has rules for everything so that she can control her perfectly ordered real estate empire. When out on her (faux) bachelorette party (more on ...

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The Governess Affair (#86 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 15, 2012 Perhaps my favorite novella in romance is This Wicked Gift, written and published by Ms. Milan in 2009. In it, Ms. Milan presents a hero who forces the heroine to make love with him. Things, however, are not what they seem, and in that t ...

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The Other Five Percent

The Other Five Percent is a contemporary romance involving Logan Vanderveer, who has gone into advertising after college, and is presented as the stereotypical, suit wearing nine-to-five worker with a cubicle office. The other protagonist is Ellis Floyd, an artist, who is well read and working multi ...

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The Pirate and I

The Pirate and I is a delightful, romantic and utterly charming novella set in between books two and three of Katharine Ashe’s current Devil’s Duke series.  Our reluctant pirate is Charlie Brittle, and his true love is Esme Astell, a perfumer whom he once knew in another - better - life.  Fans ...

C
Prom Queen

Prom Queen is a tough book to rate. On one hand, it’s a quick, fun read that held my interest, something which normally carries quite a lot of weight when it comes to the final grading. On the other hand, it has multiple issues that pulled me out of the story and made me think it needed more work ...

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Waiting for the Flood

People come as well as go. Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever. Two years ago, it ended. Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, ...

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The Alpha's Claim

This is the first novel I have read by this author and, as I was in the mood for a shifter romance, this looked a good choice and the enticing cover drew my eye. The Alpha’s Claim is a shifter story, with the animal in question being a coyote, or rather a pack of coyotes. Jim West, the eponymou ...

B+
Oren's Right

This is a beautifully gentle, caring story in the Tales of the Forest series. The world author Blaine D Arden has created is sublime – I could just wish the stories were longer, but this edition has an extra scene at the end, which completes this tale perfectly and is very sexy. Scarification m ...