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Blame it on the Brontës

Blame it on the Brontës has fun with its lighthearted small-town byplay, but it’s not a particularly substantial book.  For a fun, quick summer read it does the job - just don’t expect a lot of out of it.San Francisco-based Assistant Professor of English Athena Murphy is the world’s fore ...

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Red Blossom in Snow

Jeannie Lin’s Lotus Palace Mysteries are back, and they continue to be satisfying, well-crafted reads. They’re best read in order, so I suggest not starting with this one; however, this review doesn’t have spoilers except for identifying previous couples.Song Yi is the lead courtesan at th ...

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Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance is an eloquent meditation on grief, guilt, and how both can wreak, destroy, change and heal lives.Sally Holt stands on the cusp of entering the eighth grade during an eventful summer that will change her life forever.  It seems to pass along lazily enough at f ...

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The Heir Apparent's Rejected Mate

I've read four of Cate C. Wells books - this one, its predecessor The Tyrant Alpha's Rejected Mate, Hitting the Wall, and the second book in that series (Stonecut County) Against A Wall. I've enjoyed them all - The Tyrant Alpha's Rejected Mate is my favorite followed by Hitting the Wall. This book i ...

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Once Upon a K-Prom

Once Upon a K-Prom is a spin on the “ordinary girl meets famous boy” YA story, incorporating the recent global success of K-Pop. Elena Soo’s childhood best friend Robbie Choi moved home to Korea when they were both ten. While Elena feels adrift, without anything to make her special, Robbie bec ...

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Something Wilder

Something Wilder is another solid entry in Christina Lauren's string of stand-alone romances, and the perfect adventure story to kick off your summer. All the treasure hunting antics can occasionally get in the way of focusing on the central couple, but this works well in the context of the story. ...

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Adult Assembly Required

If you’ve missed Nina and her friends from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill you absolutely must read Adult Assembly Required. It’s a sequel featuring a different couple who know Nina, Polly and company, and it is absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t read Nina Hill yet, rush out and pick up both b ...

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The Lost Summers of Newport

The Lost Summers of Newport is, quite simply, a solid, cracking yarn, another novel in which Williams, Willig and White each take the point of view of a different women, weaving together stories of soapy scandal, heartbreak and true love in a convincing way.These three stories take place among t ...

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See You Yesterday

See You Yesterday is the funny, snarky, delightful and delectable new read from Rachel Lynn Solomon. A tale about reliving the same day over and over again, this sweet sci-fi YA novel is a perfect summer read.On Wednesday, her first day of college, Barrett Bloom gets an unwanted roommate in the ...

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Temporary Partner

Temporary Partner, the first book in a new series of romantic mysteries from Nicky James, features two rival detectives who team up to solve a missing persons case.  It’s a thoroughly entertaining read and I raced through it in a couple of sittings; it’s fast-paced, tightly-plotted and the sexu ...