Reviews by Caroline Russomanno

B+
Extra Credit

A standout read of my recent Sarina Bowen binge was the delightful novella Blonde Date, which used to be available by itself but is now only available in the Extra Credit anthology.Blonde Date Grade: A               Sensuality: Warm If you’ve kept up with The Ivy Years series, you ...

A
Rust in the Root

Rust in the Root does not take place in the same universe as Justina Ireland’s paranormal historical duology Dread Nation/Deathless Divide, which both earned DIKs here. This book can’t possibly be as good as those, right? Surprise! It’s even better.In a magic-infused alternate history, the ...

C
Barbarian Mine

If mediocre Clan of the Cave Bear fanfic is a brand that calls your name, Ruby Dixon’s Barbarian Mine is the read for you! (This is book two of twenty-two in Dixon's long running Ice Planet Barbarians series.)Harlow was saved in two ways when the ship transporting her and other humans crashed ...

A
What You Need

What You Need by Lorelei James kicks off the Need You series about the wealthy offspring of the Lund family of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Lund Industries Chief Financial Officer Brady Lund is everything Lennox Greene isn’t: wealthy, blue-blooded, well-educated, and secure in his employment. But Lennox ...

B+
American Royalty

Tracey Livesay’s American Royalty is a spin on the Meghan Markle-Prince Harry romance that transcends fanfic to deliver a good time, but requires significant suspension of disbelief with the UK setting and the royal family.Jameson Lloyd, Duke of Wessex, wants to leave his royal roots behind an ...

C+
Compromised Into a Scandalous Marriage

Set in the Caribbean around 1900, Lydia San Andres’ Compromised into a Scandalous Marriage represents the wider range of stories, times, and places that I want Harlequin Historicals to be open to. Unfortunately, while I’ve read and even DIK’d San Andres before, this particular book isn’t up ...

A-
Scoring Off the Field

Book two in Naima Simone’s WAGs series, Scoring Off the Field stars Washington Warriors quarterback Dominic Anderson and Tennyson Clark, his best friend since a childhood they both spent in the foster care system. One time, in college, Tenny told Dom she loved him and wanted a dating relationship ...

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Hunt the Stars

I gave a DIK to the first book in Jessie Mihalik’s Starlight’s Shadow series, Hunt the Stars, when it came out earlier this year. This sequel, Eclipse the Moon, has not let me down.Kee Ildez, the human hacker of Starlight’s crew, has an unrequited crush on Varro Runkow, a Valoff who works ...

B+
How to Marry a Highlander

Do you want a historical romance that’s a break from angst? Something that, while not particularly plausible, is a whimsical good time? How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe could be just the lighthearted read you’ve been looking for. Duncan, Earl of Eads, inherited a broke earldom an ...

C+
New World: Stay With Me

The blurb for New World: Stay With Me bills it as the story of “a galactic farmer [who] discovers the robot she ordered is actually a flesh-and-blood woman.” Would it surprise you to know that this is actually a Fated Mates vampire romance? It sure as hell surprised me, and not in a good way.  ...