Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

B+
The American Adventuress

It’s hard to make a likable protagonist out of an occasionally unlikeable person, but The American Adventuress manages that trick in spades. C.W. Gortner tells the truth about Jennie Jerome-Churchill with a soapy overlay – and even though you’re not going to come away from this book loving Jen ...

B-
Just Like Magic

I loved Sarah Hogle's 2021 release Twice Shy so I was excited to read her new romance, Just Like Magic. JLM is a holiday, fantasy romance that steals from the classic Christmas movie, Elf. It's a fun book although not without its flaws.Bettie is a social media influencer on Instagram who has hit ...

B+
A Curse of Queens

In A Curse of Queens, book four in Amanda Bouchet's Kingmaker Chronicles, series leads Cat and Griffin make way for Jo and Flynn’s romance to play out, and take on more of a supporting role - though their trials and tribulations make up a large part of this story. The three kingdoms of Thalyria ...

B+
Extra Credit

A standout read of my recent Sarina Bowen binge was the delightful novella Blonde Date, which used to be available by itself but is now only available in the Extra Credit anthology.Blonde Date Grade: A               Sensuality: Warm If you’ve kept up with The Ivy Years series, you ...

B+
The Stubborn Accomplice

H.L. Day’s The Reluctant Companion was a lot of fun, one of those easy, breezy reads that charmed and intrigued me while its two opposites-attract protagonists stumbled their way into fulfilling a quest and bickered their way into something that might just be love. Book two, The Stubborn Accomplic ...

A-
The Rivals of Casper Road

Roan Parrish continues to produce incredibly beautiful, incredibly lovable romances, and this Harlequin Special Edition does everything that I love about the line - focus in on small-town romance and everyday relationships writ large with a lovely portrait of two men coming together and finding real ...

A
Do You Take This Man

It was the synopsis of Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams that prompted me to pick it up, as well as the author herself, of whom I’d heard good things but hadn’t yet had a chance to read. The set-up is quite a fun one – a female divorce lawyer who moonlights as a wedding officiant embarks ...

B+
Snowed In for Christmas

Snowed In for Christmas will be counted among my favorite holiday Hallmark-style comfort reads this year. It's a sweet story about a family coming together and mending fences, with a great ensemble cast and varied plotlines.The story centers around the Miller family - a picture-perfect (literall ...

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Lucy on the Wild Side

There’s no sophomore slump in sight for Kerry Rea in her refreshingly, intelligently funny romantic comedy Lucy on the Wild Side.Lucy Rourke is a junior primate keeper at an Ohio zoo. Known for her devotion to gorillas and her aversion to fundraising (as her friend points out, she’s attended ...

C
An Indiscreet Princess

Being a child of Queen Victoria was not easy, especially after the passing of her beloved Prince Albert, whose memory obsessed the monarch’s waking hours until her own death.Nine of the queen’s ten children were unmarried at the time of Albert’s death, and Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice were ...