Reviews by Maggie Boyd

B-
Daisy Darker

As we head into the holiday season, Daisy Darker reminds us that some families should forgo the traditional reunions. In fact, some families should never have been formed at all.The Darkers have not gathered at Seaglass, their mansion by the Cornish coast, for ages, but this is a milestone year ...

B+
The Last Party

The Last Party is an intriguing whodunit that revolves around a celebration that’s to die for.“Marcus” and “Harriet” have an amazing one night stand on New Year's Eve. It’s a lovely way to pass the evening but both are determined that the relationship, such as it is, does not extend ...

C-
When We Had Wings

When We Had Wings is a collaboration between three popular women’s fiction authors, one of whom (Kristina McMorris) has written several heartwarming WWII-set stories. That alone had me excited to read this novel and the fact that Susan Meissner, a personal favorite, is another contributor was the ...

A-
Better Than Fiction

Better than Fiction is the sensational, charming, sexy new novel from the talented Alexa Martin. While not centered around Thanksgiving or Christmas I’d still describe it as a perfect holiday read because it definitely spreads joy and cheer.If there’s one thing Drew Young can’t stand it's ...

B
The Captain's Christmas Homecoming

Lauri Robinson has been reviewed several times at AAR and received wildly divergent grades. The Captain’s Christmas Homecoming falls somewhere in the middle of our rankings.Emma Leigh (Emily) Ellis has placed herself in a precarious position. After inadvertently introducing her engaged cousin ...

C-
The Golden Enclaves

The Golden Enclaves is the third in a duology (yes, you read that right) about a deadly, dangerous version of Hogwarts which exists in a universe where magic is more curse than blessing.Novik dumps readers straight into the action from where the last book left off and the story will not be coher ...

B+
Partners in Crime

“Be honest and be yourself” is the dating advice given back when I was single. Partners in Crime is a rom-com that explores lying to your love and what happens when your lies implode.Amira Patel is unlucky in love. Or unlovable. She’s not sure which it is but she does know that being dumpe ...

B
A Ghost in Shining Armor

While not listed as such, A Ghost in Shining Armor is the second story in a duology about two sisters who are separated at a young age and only learn about each other in adulthood. However, you don’t have to read the first book - And They Lived Happily Ever After - to enjoy this one.Before I g ...

B+
Drunk on Love

Jasmine Guillory has been called, “The Queen of the Modern Day Romance” (Vogue) and I would agree that she’s more than earned that title. Drunk on Love, her latest novel, takes us to Napa Valley, where a winery owner and her tech-savvy employee find amor amid the vines.Margot Noble and her ...

A-
Other Birds

Other Birds is an artisan marshmallow of a book, a delightfully sweet, fluffy story about a world we wish existed.Eighteen year old Zoey Hennesey has never really had a home. Her father provided a roof over her head but he and her stepmother made it clear it was done with the greatest reluctance ...