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Holding Out For a Cowboy

This is my very first A.J. Pine book, and her confident storytelling and likable characters have convinced me to keep her on my to-watch pile. A good story with likeable characters, Holding Out for a Cowboy is missing a few ingredients that keep it from hitting DIK range, but is still compelling. ...

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Return to Christmas

Anne Stuart's Return to Christmas is startlingly sentimental for the author while still--for better and worst--having the hallmarks of her work. I enjoyed it but didn't love it. It's December in 2020 (this is a Covid free tale) and Madison Simcoe is furious. Yet another asshat at work has groped ...

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Pets of Park Avenue

Stefanie London has an excellent ear for contemporary romance; her Paws in the City series is a light, breezy and fun romp through life in New York City. Pets of Park Avenue is a cute story about personal redemption and second chance love that is easy, breezy and nice to sink into, although couple o ...

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Shine a Light

I know Rebecca Crowley from her soccer romances (such as Crossing Hearts, which I previously reviewed at AAR) but currently she’s been writing a contemporary romance series called Orchard Hill, with characters who practice their Jewish faith. I picked up Shine a Light, a Hanukkah-themed romance re ...

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Christmas on Firefly Hill

Garrett Leigh’s Christmas on Firefly Hill is a fairly short, emotionally charged and low-angst read that, while not heavy on the turkey or the tinsel, still has enough festive cheer to warm the cockles. It’s a bit of a trope-fest, really: there’s an age-gap, a divorced dad struggling to parent ...

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All Roads Lead to You

As always, Jackie Ashenden manages to write rich, heartbreaking, angst-laden and sensual romances but, zounds, did the heroine she gives us here rub me the wrong way! All Roads Lead to You’s realistic view on mourning definitely touches the heart, but it’s not a perfect reading experience. Wi ...

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Folk Around and Find Out

I’m a long time fan of Penny Reid’s books, in particular her Knitting in the City series, which led to her Winston Brothers series, which has now led to her Good Folk: Modern Folktales series. This latest offering brings to the forefront some of the secondary characters met through the Winstons. ...

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The Gentleman's Book of Vices

Set in Victorian London, Jess Everlee’s The Gentleman’s Book of Vices tells the story of a bookshop owner – whose super-secret alter-ego is the writer of some of the finest and most sought-after erotica currently to be found under counters and in back rooms – and the most devoted admirer of ...

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The Reluctant Countess

Good lord, was this charming! I fell fairly quickly for The Reluctant Countess, with its likable characters and high angst quotient. However, I was a little disappointed by the way the conflict balances itself on misunderstandings and outside interference. Lady Yasmin Régnier was coaxed into a f ...

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Butt-Dialing the Billionaire

Butt-dialing the Billionaire is an undercover boss romcom. It’s lighthearted with fun characters and made me happy, annoyed, and then happy again with its wonderful ending. It has a found family, workplace humor - much more than I would have expected from a romance novel about a billionaire boss w ...