Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

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One Thing Leads to a Lover

This is the second book in Susanna Craig’s Love and Let Spy series about jaded spies finding unexpected love. The premise of the series is that the spies' boss, General Scott, is match-making behind the scenes with his assignments. Like the first book in this series, Who’s That Earl, One Thing L ...

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The Social Graces

The Social Graces is a mischievous and delightful little social comedy that brings its characters to life.  Though I’ve read deeper histories of the Vanderbilt and Astor mini-feud, this one definitely entertained me the most, a true generational saga that’s warm, sweet, funny and tender. Mrs ...

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A Pho Love Story

Two households, both alike in owning Vietnamese restaurants, in SoCal, where we lay our scene. Fortunately, Bảo Nguyễn and Linh Mai are brighter than their Veronan counterparts, although their situation is no less complex: their parents have bad blood that goes far deeper than a culinary rivalry ...

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Mirrorland

Mirrorland is a beautiful, complex and dizzying tale of sisterhood and coming to grips with the past via a rather horrifying trip through the present. El and Cat – Ellice MacAuley and Catriona Morgan – were twins who lived in their own wild world when they were children.  The girls do not kn ...

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Maggie Finds Her Muse

When her partner of four years tells author Maggie Bliss her work – which pays the bills- is insignificant and demands she drops what she’s doing and whip up a meal for his guests, she decides it’s time to make some changes in her life. She kicks him out of her house and calls her agent Lee to ...

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To Tempt a Rogue

A Retro Review originally published June 20, 1999 To Tempt a Rogue concludes the trilogy telling the story of the Delaney brothers. Your tolerance for this book will depend on whether you can put up with roguish and distrustful heroes, silly dialogue tags, big misunderstandings, and plots that rel ...

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Lord Satyr

The second book in Jade Lee’s Lords of the Masquerade series, Lord Satyr stars a neuroatypical botany-loving on-the-shelf spinster and an aristocrat trying to make an independent business fortune. While some aspects of the story are silly, the core relationship in this book is full of warm-fuzzy a ...

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Scoundrel of My Heart

Scoundrel of My Heart is the story of a headstrong young woman determined to marry to secure her inheritance, and the completely unsuitable man she falls in love with, despite both of their best intentions. Lady Kathryn Lambert is twenty-four and still unwed. The only child of an earl, Kathryn mu ...

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Little Pieces of Me

Little Pieces of Me is a story told in dual timelines - one set in the present day and one in 1975. The current day timeline features forty-three-year-old Paige Meyer and the 1975 timeline features her mother Elizabeth (Betsy) Kaplan. It’s an interesting twist on a mother-daughter tale and one tha ...

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The Virtuoso

a Retro Review originally published on October 25, 2011 Music has never really been my thing. I enjoy listening to it, but don’t have the true appreciation of it that some have. Grace Burrowes, the author of The Virtuoso, is one of those people who really understands the emotions, depth, and mea ...