Reviews by Alexandra Anderson

A+
Out of the Clear Blue Sky

There's something about a Kristan Higgins story that I love. She's lately released a number of standalone women's fiction novels, and I'll be honest - each time I look at the premise I'm a little daunted by how emotionally complex the book appears. Death of a spouse, weight and body image issues, in ...

B+
Something Wilder

Something Wilder is another solid entry in Christina Lauren's string of stand-alone romances, and the perfect adventure story to kick off your summer. All the treasure hunting antics can occasionally get in the way of focusing on the central couple, but this works well in the context of the story. ...

C+
How to Be a Wallflower

While I've long been a fan of Eloisa James, I have to admit that How to Be a Wallflower is not among my favorite of her works. This upbeat tale about an English heiress marrying an American businessman is sweet, but didn't bring enough genuine conflict to the table to hold my interest.As the sto ...

B
The Family You Make

The Family You Make is a charming start to a new series by Jill Shalvis. A perfect winter read, it tells the story of two strangers thrown together in an emergency who end up building something real between them when they come through the other side.Levi Cutler and Jane Parks meet as they are st ...

B-
Homecoming King

If you're ever in the mood for a contemporary novel with large helpings of wit, humor, and awkwardness, I would advise you to seek out Penny Reid. I've been a big fan of her Winston Borthers series in recent years, and jumped at the chance to read the first entry in her new trilogy with Homecoming K ...

A
After Dark With the Duke

Julie Anne Long is one of my favorite romance authors, and books like this are exactly why. After Dark with the Duke is a classic Long - she has paired two interesting, disparate characters, added loads of chemistry and just enough conflict to keep things interesting but not outrageous. As another s ...

B
Bombshell

Sarah MacLean opens a new series with a bang in Bombshell. Revisiting characters from previous books - most notably The Day of the Duchess - she finally delivers a love story for Sesily Talbot, the remaining 'Soiled S' Talbot sister left unmarried. However Sesily is no retiring spinster. Instead we ...

B+
Exposed

It took me a little while to get into Exposed, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. Taking two characters who have obviously had pent-up feelings for each other for a while and who are part of a tight-knit friend group, and throwing them into a ‘casual’ relationship is bound to make for a goo ...

B+
A Scot to the Heart

I haven't read many books by Caroline Linden, but I'm rethinking that oversight after reading A Scot to the Heart. A sweet story about two middle-class people (although there is the potential of a dukedom thrown in), I enjoyed the chance to read about a dance at an oyster cellar instead of a grand b ...

B
Someone to Cherish

Someone to Cherish felt like a classic Balogh novel to me - characters sweetly falling into love in the English countryside, touched by just enough scandal to keep things interesting. As with any book in a long-running series, the larger Westcott family backdrop is exceedingly genial, as most of the ...