Reviews by Dolly Sickles

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Grace Under Fire

It feels so unnatural to say I found the latest Julie Garwood novel to be just meh… three-stars on a scale of five, just okay … because Julie Garwood is the author who solidified my love of the whole romance genre. But the latest installment of her Buchanan-Renard series, Grace Under Fire, just ...

B-
The Accidental Newlywed Game

If I could package up my reaction to Jaci Burton’s The Accidental Newlywed Game in one word, it would be ‘unresolved.’ Just like so many of the characters in this third installment of the Boots and Banquets series, I have unresolved feelings about this story. I am the only child of a sin ...

B+
Dead Against Her

Retribution is one of my favorite concepts. It’s strange, really, because I also believe in unlimited second chances. But retribution, when warranted, offers such a satisfying plotline. And in Melinda Leigh’s fifth Bree Taggert book, Dead Against Her, the retribution is bone chilling.The fir ...

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Unstable

I love Alexandra Ivy’s Pike, Wisconsin series for its old-school suspense, and this standalone third installment is a nail-biter. Unstable is a second-chance romance at heart, and reunites Rachel Fisher and her ex-husband, Zac Evans, whose marriage imploded  eight years earlier. But if there’s ...

B
Drop Dead Gorgeous

My bookshelf has a baker’s dozen of Rachel Gibson’s 2000s-era contemporaries, which are all lighthearted, sexy fluff. When her novels began to take a more chick-lit slant, I drifted on to other contemporary authors and the romantic suspense genre, and she fell off my radar. I was pumped to remed ...

B+
Tough Justice

Tee O’Fallon kicks off a new K-9 Special Ops series with Tough Justice, about a DEA Agent and ER doctor who must work together to solve a series of overdoses despite their dislike of one another.The mutual animosity Agent Adam Decker and Dr. Tori Sampson share isn’t because they had a bad on ...

A
The Suite Spot

One universal truth I’ve discovered as I get older is that adulting can be difficult – for everyone. Whether you’re struggling for balance or feeling the warm embrace of fortune smiling upon you, life happens. And life happened big time to Rachel Beck, who took a big, brave leap of faith in Tr ...

A
You Can Run

Rebecca Zanetti kicks off the new year with something more worrisome than the pandemic: serial killers. So now when the wintry wind is whipping snow around in the twilight, I’ll have to look over my shoulder for the boogeyman. Thanks, Z. You Can Run is the first book in her new Laurel Snow series, ...

B
An Accidental Odyssey

I’m a lifelong fan of mythology, and nowadays the greatest myths are being retold through web comics, romance and mainstream fiction. So when I realized K.C. Dyer had crafted a story where the characters are retracing Odysseus’ voyage through the Mediterranean, I was eager to read it.An Acci ...

B
Cupcake

I’ve been reading YA books for years, but when my son morphed into a teenager and started dating, I opted out of any YA or NA romance. Because, eww. But he’s twenty-three now and living an adventurous life as a photojournalist, so I decided to lift the ban on kissy-face young adult and new adult ...