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Hostage

Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go is one of the books I recommended most frequently.  Clever, surprising, and moving, it satisfies on so many levels.  Unfortunately, it set the standard for every Mackintosh novel I’ve read since, and the author has never achieved the same magical alchemy of susp ...

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Hostage

Last fall, trapped at home and dreaming of flying far away—anywhere!—I picked up Hostage. I thoroughly enjoyed Mackintosh’s previous books, especially her first two, and was hopeful this too would be diverting. Two days later, having alienated everyone I encountered—I did not want to be d ...

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The Maiden And Her Knight

A Retro Review originally published on September 4, 2001 The Maiden and her Knight reminds me of a quote from the movie Clueless. "The plot is a full-out Monet," Clueless heroine Cher might say. "From a distance, it looks OK. But up close it's a real mess." It's a pretty accurate description of th ...

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Rare Vigilance

M.A. Grant has been on my radar for a while, but I haven’t yet managed to get around to reading any of her books, so when I saw she was starting a new series, it seemed the perfect time to jump in.  Rare Vigilance is book one in her Whitehorn Agency trilogy and the well-paced, wonderfully balance ...

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The Maidens

I read and enjoyed Alex Michaelides debut, The Silent Patient.  It was nicely creepy, chock full of compelling characters, and ended with an excellent twist I didn’t predict.  Reader, I love unpredictable surprise twists (and diabolical villains)!  A lot.  Unfortunately, The Maidens is nowhere ...

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Serving Sin

Angelina M. Lopez’ Filthy Rich series continues to take traditional romance tropes and turn them upside down.  Serving Sin, her third book about mega-rich folks and the romantic misadventures they get up to, is the best one of the series, spicy, delicious, and a twist on the ordinary. Roman Sh ...

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The Love Story of Missy Charmichael

Beth Morrey’s The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is a well-realized character study with a firm, brash, non-soppy narrative tone that draws the reader right in and keeps them close at heart, but it left me with a few reservations. Stoke Newington resident Mrs. Millicent “Missy” Carmichael i ...

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Never Say Never

For a concept as out-there as the one presented in Never Say Never, the story’s delivery and execution are distressingly ordinary.  It’s 2021 – we’re a bit beyond “I’m not like other girls, love is gross and I wear a leather jacket” heroines. Brynn Stark wants nothing to do with lo ...

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The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

When I opened The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels for the first time and read the Table of Contents, I thought to myself ‘this is either going to be awesome or a hot mess.’ Fellow readers, it was awesome! This book is packed with hilarity, romance, and adventure topped with flying houses, ...

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Very Sincerely Yours

Very Sincerely Yours is a contemporary romance about a young woman finding herself after the demise of her long term relationship, and the local childrens’ TV presenter she falls for. Teddy has spent the last few years of her life with Richard, a fussy doctor who likes about five meals and has ...