Reviews by Haley Kral

A+
The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky

I once vowed that I would never again read a book about a woman running a cupcake shop, bakery, or anything similar. I was absolutely burned out on that entire premise. Not only did The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky change my mind, it’s a book I am now recommending to everyone I can think of. I ...

C
I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I used to be hooked on Korean dramas. I would stay up late watching them, foregoing sleep for one more episode.  For a while, they were all I wanted to watch, and when I heard that Maurene Goo had a Young Adult book coming out that featured K-dramas, I was instantly sold. Unfortunately, I Believe i ...

C
Prom Queen

Prom Queen is a tough book to rate. On one hand, it’s a quick, fun read that held my interest, something which normally carries quite a lot of weight when it comes to the final grading. On the other hand, it has multiple issues that pulled me out of the story and made me think it needed more work ...

A
When Dimple Met Rishi

Adorable book alert! If you need something cute, funny, and romantic to read this summer that will also introduce you to a new, diverse voice in fiction, I have to wholeheartedly recommend When Dimple Met Rishi. Honestly, I have been trying to nudge everyone I know into reading it for the last week. ...

C+
New York, Actually

Sarah Morgan continues her From Manhattan With Love series of romantic comedy-esque books with New York, Actually. This new installment is a little bit Must Love Dogs, a little Dear Abby, and a lot deception. Sadly, it turned out to be the most disappointing book in the series, with less chemistry t ...

A-
Forbidden Promises

I recently fell into an unusually long reading slump where I could not make myself read anything. I was starting to feel not like myself after months passed without sitting down to truly read a book. I managed to limp through one I enjoyed, but it took weeks. Finally, just when I was starting to thi ...

A
Midtown Masters

I have to applaud Cara McKenna for her ability to write such a different story with every book of hers that I’ve read, even when the premises are similar. She seems to reinvent with each new novel, which I don’t think is easy in the romance genre, particularly with erotica. Midtown Masters compl ...

A
Brutal Game

Willing Victim left Flynn and Laurel at happy-for-now, rather than happy ever after, so I knew there was a lot of potential in a sequel. That said, I had no idea where that sequel might take them. With the frank sexuality of Willing Victim, and McKenna’s bold forays into kink, I assumed that the f ...

B+
The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine (Anthology)

They say never judge a book by its cover, but the cover is why I picked out The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine. I love all things autumnal, and I can’t recall seeing another romance that focuses around Halloween. This collection of three novellas centers around Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast and its ...

D+
Just Married

Just Married might be a case of good writing meeting bad plotting, or at least readability meeting a poor plot. I was sucked into the story from the very beginning by Bayley-Burke’s writing style and the premise. I love friends-to-lovers tropes, and seeing one friend corral another into a surprise ...