Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

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An Heiress to Remember

Life is pretty scary right now, and diversions can feel few and far between, but don't despair! Maya Rodale's An Heiress to Remember, the third installment in her Gilded Age Girls' Club series, made me smile pretty much from start to finish. On the surface, it's a light-hearted love story, but if yo ...

C+
Home with You

In this best-friend’s-little-sister tropey tale from Liza Kendall, Julianna Holt is furious to hear that her brother has sold their family horse farm to his billionaire friend, Rhett, without even consulting her. Adding insult to injury, she’s been in love with Rhett for years and they recently ...

C+
All I Ask

Do you like your romance served with a large side of drama?  If so, Corinne Michaels' All I Ask delivers in spades. This tale of second chances and friends-to-lovers is full of angst and emotion. On the one hand, I liked this book at times because its very messiness felt like real life; after all, ...

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American Sweethearts

Looking for a damn good, wonderfully steamy, thoughtfully constructed romance?  Look no further – here comes Adriana Herrera with her terrific American Sweethearts. Priscilla – Pris - Gutierrez and her best friend since childhood and on and off boyfriend Juan Pablo – J - Campos had always ...

B+
An Amish Easter Wish

I’ve always enjoyed Jo Ann Brown’s Love Inspired titles for their smooth writing, light touch, and realistic settings and complications. An Amish Easter Wish has all that. It’s the second book in the Green Mountain Blessings series, which follows the lives and loves of people connected with th ...

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Bench Player

It’s hard for me to write a review that is as enthusiastic and upbeat as this book deserves, because things are so tough everywhere right now. But that means when I tell you it transported me out of my home and made me extremely happy for a few hours of coronavirus social distancing, you should ta ...

B
Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal is the third book in Jay Hogan’s Auckland Med. series of novels featuring characters who work in law enforcement and emergency services in New Zealand’s largest city.  The opposites-attract romance between a quietly contained pathologist and a flirtatious, out-and-proud de ...

B-
Love Hard

Love Hard is the third book in the Hard Play series, a fact you can’t miss because the book opens by narrating the wedding of previous characters - for EIGHT CHAPTERS. Eventually, you’ll get to the actual plot of this book, and it’s quite nice, but it takes way too long to get there. As a t ...

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Transactional Dynamics

Transactional Dynamics, book three in the Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords series, is possibly my favourite book of this series and by this author; and that’s saying something considering I haven’t given anything of his I’ve read so far less than a B+ (and most have been DIKs).  As in t ...

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The Earl Not Taken

I’d been missing historical romance, so I decided to try a new-to-me author. I’m not familiar with A. S. Fenichel’s work, but I can see that she has a growing backlist. The Earl Not Taken is first in a new series and frankly, I have to say it's just not worth my time or yours. Poppy is one ...