Reviews by Caroline Russomanno

D+
Get A Life, Chloe Brown

Wealthy Chloe Brown has fibromyalgia. She also has a list of things she wants to experience (I’m so over ‘tick off items on a list’ as a plot device), and major abandonment issues related both to her diagnosis (a douche of a fiancé, rarely mentioned, who ditched her because of her illness) an ...

A-
Miss Dominguez's Christmas Kiss and Other Stories

In the Carla Kelly tradition of holiday shorts that make you smile, these three sweet short stories (set in the Edwardian Caribbean across Christmas, New Year, and Reyes Magos) are a lovely addition to any holiday romance fan’s library. These are gentle, realistic stories about the holidays of ord ...

A
The Ultimate Pi Day Party

Josh Yu’s father hasn’t spoken to him in nearly two decades, but Josh has a brainwave: to break through to the retired math teacher, he’ll throw the ultimate Pi Day party for the staff of his app development company, and invite his parents. Sarah Winters, who owns the sweet and savory pie shop ...

B+
Strong, Silent Type

A sexy marriage-in-trouble story, Strong, Silent Type is a quick but satisfying read. Misunderstandings have pushed librarian Libby and rancher Quinn McKay apart, but grappling with infertility is the root cause of most of their issues. It was nice to read a marriage-in-trouble story that didn’ ...

B+
Kingdom of Exiles

Good, original fantasy worldbuilding is so much harder than it seems. Kingdom of Exiles is set in an interesting and unique world that I was excited to read and look forward to spending more time in. Leena is a Charmer, which means she has the ability to forge a magical connection with supernatur ...

B-
Black Tie Billionaire

Harlequin novels are a trope-y subgenre, and this book hits a lot of them. While Black Tie Billionaire avoids a lot of the worst pitfalls of archetype, there are too many contrivances. Shay ‘Camille’ Neal, heiress, is doing a favor for her friend and moonlighting in disguise as catering staff at ...

B
Angel Mage

The novels of Garth Nix have provided me with a successful blend of fantasy and romance in the past, so I was excited to try his new series set in an entirely new fantasy world. After unleashing an angelic plague that turned the entire population of Ystara into either ravening beastlings or pile ...

B
Rules of a Rebound

Natalie Winters divorced the man she thought would be her happily-ever-after hero when she found out he was cheating, and to add insult to injury, she had to buy him off to win even shared custody of Betsy, the beagle he gave her. So she attends the Breakup Bash party at a nightclub, where Rome Coll ...

A
The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

During the unstable Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties in China (484 AD by the Western calendar), Hua Mulan’s much-awaited duel with her family’s rival is called off because both Mulan and her opponent, Yuan Kai, have been called up to a different fight. The emperor anticipates an inv ...

B
Longing for Her Forbidden Viking

Ambitious Aevir, Viking warrior and freed son of an enslaved mother, lacks only an elite, wealthy bride to complete his rise in the world. Unfortunately, Saxon Ellan would come with nothing, and would even cost Aevir, since he’d have to buy off the man her father has pledged her to. Amidst Danish ...