Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

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Uncommon Passion

Uncommon Passion is one of my very favorite romances. I’ve read it again and again—it’s my favorite of Calhoun’s books and has been since it was first published in 2013. It’s a virgin/rake story and, like the best of that trope, is a testament to the redemptive power of love. Rachel Hil ...

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Queen of Nothing

This review contains spoilers for the first two books in The Folk of Air series. At the end of The Wicked King, the second book in Black's marvelous The Folk of the Air series, Cardan, the King of Faerie, banishes Jude to the mortal world decreeing: “I exile Jude Duarte to the mortal world. Un ...

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A Madness of Sunshine

I've not read much Nalini Singh - just her Rock Kiss series - so, if you're a lover of her paranormals, I can't tell you whether this book is on par with those. I do, however, read scads of mystery and romantic suspense and, if you're a lover of those genres, you'll enjoy Singh's first foray into th ...

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The Cruel Prince/The Wicked King

The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King are the first two books in a fantasy series by Holly Black. I advise you to quit reading this review and, instead, find a way to get your hands on both books. Still here? OK. That's on you. Prior to reading these cracktastic books, I'd read one other Black ...

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Life and Other Inconveniences

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of ...

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Promise of Darkness

Princess. Tribute. Sacrifice. Is she the one prophesied to unite two warring Fae courts? Or the one bound to destroy them? In a realm ruled by magic, the ruthless Queen of Thorns is determined to destroy her nemesis, the cursed Prince of Evernight. With war brewing between the bitter enemies, ...

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Things You Save in a Fire

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it's an em ...

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Never Deny a Duke

He is the last duke standing . . . the sole remaining bachelor of the three self-proclaimed Decadent Dukes. Yet Davina MacCallum’s reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage. Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown an ...

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Dukes Are Forever

A compromising situation forced him into marriage. But has his wife been working for the enemy all along? In a steam-fuelled world where vampires once ruled the aristocracy, a dangerous conspiracy threatens to topple the queen, and the Duke of Malloryn knows his nemesis has finally returned to en ...

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Devil's Daughter

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters ...