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When We Believed in Mermaids

In the fall of 2014, I fell in love with an utterly charming novel called The All You Can Dream Buffet. Since that time, author Barbara O'Neal has been on my radar, and while her books aren't auto buys for me, I almost always end up reading them eventually. Her latest novel, When We Believed in Merm ...

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Tell No One

Tell No One is the latest standalone novel by author Barbara Taylor Sissel. It's the first one of her books I've read, and I guarantee it won't be the last. It's been nearly thirty years since Caroline Corbett last laid eyes on her father. Hoff walked out on her and her mother when Caroline was a ...

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Whatever You Need

There’s a lot of either unsavory or ridiculous behavior bubbling under the surface of Whatever You Need’s seemingly romantic surface, and it ultimately drags the book down to the basement.  In the closing chapter of her Haney family duo, Barbara Longley gives us the story of a shy amateur comic ...

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In Bed with the Wrangler

In general, I found In Bed With the Wrangler to be a light, enjoyable read, and would have recommended it had it not been for a rather weak ending that seemed to serve primarily as a setup for a future book. Royce Ryder is hiding out in the bar at his sister’s wedding reception, b ...

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His Convenient Virgin Bride

His Convenient Virgin Bride has snappy dialogue, a compelling setting, and sympathetic characters. It also has clumsy phrasing, underwritten subplots, and a dumbass leading couple. All of which plant us firmly in C-ville. Stephanie Ryder is a horse lady, which is absolutely appr ...

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Sunrise in a Garden of Love and Evil

I know some folks are a little burned out on vampires, but I still enjoy a good vampire book now and again and the cover blurb for Sunrise in a Garden of Love and Evil made me curious. It's part of Dorchester's Publisher's Pledge program, a program designed to promote books it considers particularl ...

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Seduction and the CEO

Sometimes I've read books that are a mishmash of parts, but Seduction and the CEO almost felt like two different books. The story got off to a solid start, but then just as I started to settle into the story, I hit the second half. From there, the cliches grew and the pacing faltered, leaving me w ...

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The Ninth Daughter

The Colonial/Revolutionary Period seems to be enjoying a resurgence - in fiction, if not in romance. That's where I'm getting my fix these days. The Ninth Daughter is the first in a mystery series featuring Abigail Adams as a sleuth. It kind of seems like a bad idea, and it is. Granted, I am probab ...

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Laced with Magic

The second in a series featuring a knit shop owner and sorcerer-in-training has an interesting premise, but Laced with Magicleft me confused and disappointed. It is Chloe Hobbs’ destiny to maintain a protective charm over Sugar Maple, Vermont, a town filled with vampires, werewolv ...

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Just Desserts

In my opinion, a good romance can be likened to a good cake: sweet, just a little bit fluffy, with some rich flavor and pretty decorations. Just Desserts channels this concept very well. Hayley Goldstein lives a life that, if not completely normal, isn’t too out of the ordinary. She has her own ...