Reviews by Jenna Harper

B-
Drumline

I love drumlines. LOVE them! So when I read the blurb about Drumline by Stacy Kestwick, I snatched it up. The prospect of getting a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of a college drumline, plus the bonus of a love story between two drummers teased that I’d found a keeper. While this book wasnâ ...

A
Autoboyography

I stayed up late to read this book. I woke up early to read this book. I was late to appointments because I was reading this book. I read it in the car (while waiting on someone), and if I could have read it in the shower, I would have read it there. Can you tell? I absolutely loved Christina Lauren ...

C+
Coming Up for Air

This was a tough one to grade. I loved Miranda Kenneally’s first book, Crossing Jordan, and ever since then, I’ve wanted to love her subsequent titles. I keep giving them a try, and they keep falling short of the mark. So while Coming Up for Air isn’t a bad book, it isn’t great either. It ju ...

C
Cross Check

The first book I ever read by Kelly Jamieson, Shut Out, didn’t sit very well with me. I’m happy to say that the second book in the series, Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel, is an improvement, but there are still some aspects that simply grated on me. Ella Verran has made some bad choices in ...

C
The Café by the Sea : A Novel

The first chapter of Jenny Colgan’s The Café By the Sea had me squirming in anticipation. Written in a sort of first-person, all-knowing viewpoint, I loved the unique style of storytelling that felt like having my best, snarkiest friend narrate a movie that I was watching. However, this style qui ...

C-
Shattered King

What term does one use for what happens when a man forces himself upon a woman who mentally doesn’t want to have physical relations with him but her body physically responds in the affirmative and so they have non-romantic sex? In the past, I think we called this scenario forced seduction. If that ...

C-
Follow Me Back

My grade for Follow Me Back bounced up and down like a dysfunctional pogo stick. One minute I felt a C would be a fair grade for what seemed to be not much more than grammatically correct fanfiction. A hundred pages later a particularly insightful moment bounced it back up to a B. I then reconsider ...

B+
Perfect Kind of Trouble

The first book in Chelsea Fine’s Finding Fate trilogy, Best Kind of Broken, was nearly a DIK. So when I finally found the time to jump into the second installment, Perfect Kind of Trouble, I had very high expectations. To be sure, I thoroughly enjoyed Daren and Kayla’s story and can easily recom ...

B-
Shooter

There are only so many ways to do the woman-running-from-a-traumatic-past story. And while Shooter, the first in the Burnout series about Army Rangers turned good-guy bikers, has its share of clichés, I found it to be highly readable and with enough twists to give it a solid thumbs up. Hayley ...

B
The Score

I have really been enjoying Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series about the guys of the fictional Briar University hockey team. The Score, the third entry in the series, is not as good as the first book (The Deal) but definitely better than the second (The Mistake). For sure, it's another tally in the ...