Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

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The Heiress Gets a Duke

The Heiress Gets a Duke is a wonderful, character-driven novel about the gray area between family responsibility and duty to self. It’s the first book I’ve read by Harper St. George (more known for Viking and Western romance) but it certainly will not be the last. New Yorkers August Crenshaw ...

B-
From London, With Love

Bec McMaster’s fantastic London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy series reached a breathtakingly exciting close back in February 2019 with Dukes are Forever, wrapping up the overarching plotlines and giving the enigmatic Duke of Malloryn his HEA, leaving the Company of Rogues all happily settl ...

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The Ex Talk

The Ex Talk is a contemporary romance about a woman on the brink of thirty, trying to figure out how to fulfil her career aspirations without killing one of her unfairly hot coworkers or being way too dishonest. It’s an amazing rivals-to-lovers romance, with some serious depth and intense emotiona ...

C+
Court of Swans

Court of Swans provides a fairly decent opening for Melanie Dickerson’s A Dericott Tale series, which will focus on the Dericott siblings and retell various fairytales through the lens of their love stories.  Court of Swans is a half-realistic/half faith-based retelling of The Seven Swans, though ...

B+
Ties That Tether

Ties That Tether was a delight of a book. This is one of those romances where the conflict is all too real, the lead characters have to grow and work toward that happily ever after, and the reader will want to root for them all the way. A chance meeting between Azere, a Nigerian-Canadian woman, ...

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Ravish Me With Rubies

Ravish Me With Rubies, the third book in Jane Feather’s The London Jewels series just did not work for me. I wanted to punch the hero - which is the kiss of death for a romance novel. When Petra Rutherford was fourteen she met and fell in love with twenty-four-year-old Guy Granville, Baron Asht ...

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Shipped

Angie Hockman’s Shipped is a diverting novel that suffers from an unfortunate case of whiplash as it hops between genres without warning. Henley Rose Evans works in marketing for a small-scale international cruising company, Seaquest Adventures. She fills her days with work, MBA classes, and a ...

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A Conspiracy of Whispers

I love sci-fi romance, but I find it the hardest romance subgenre to navigate. Marketing is more disorienting, quality is highly variable, and the best reads seem fewer and farther between. While searching my library’s Libby app under 'romance' and 'science fiction', I picked A Conspiracy of Whisp ...

B+
The Lady Brewer of London

I started The Lady Brewer of London on an afternoon where I had just a few minutes of free time between errands - a grievous mistake. This is an epic, set in fifteenth-century England, and not easy to put down. Between the romance, intrigue, and historical detail, there's a lot to enjoy in this stor ...

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Let's Talk About Love

One of my students recently asked me for some reading on asexuality - she’s thinking it’s a label she may want to own, and wanted to know if I could recommend some fiction books to help her understand it better. I couldn’t, so I headed to the direct messages of some friends and asked for their ...