Reviews by Sara Elliott

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All I Want for Halloween

Sadie Liberato is cheerfully sloppy and filled with attitude.  Having experienced multiple failed relationships and cheating men, she is not a smiler and prefers to keep to herself, spend time in the gym, working at her father Big Tony’s restaurant and trash talking the folks on her favorite real ...

A
His Mistletoe Wager

Virginia Heath’s winning streak of rich, thoughtful romances continues with her latest release, His Mistletoe Wager.  This holiday story is an early gift for readers and the season’s joy fills every moment as a young woman’s damaged heart is healed by the kind of man she swore never to trust ...

B
Caught by the Scot

Karen Hawkins may begin Caught by the Scot with a bit of tragedy; however her usual style of witty dialog and light humor carries the story out of its dark beginnings into a romantic misadventure full of marriage plans gone ridiculously awry. The news should have been joyous. The Duke of Hamilton ...

C
Rising Star

Country music tells stories from a real-world viewpoint where love and loss can go hand in hand. Being a fan of the genre, I hoped Rising Star would use its Music City setting to showcase a romance worthy of a Country ballad. Unfortunately the story is more like Pop music; enjoyable but with little ...

B
Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor

Lady Eleanor’s Seventh Suitor harkens back to a time in romance where heroes had a dark side and were willing to be cruel or manipulative in order to get what they wanted. Camden West has plans to marry Lady Eleanor Sutherland and has plotted meticulously to reach that endgame. That his bride-to-b ...

B-
Going Dark

Going Dark opens with an elite team of Navy SEALS deep into a covert operation on foreign soil.  Their mission could be construed as an act of aggression if discovered so the men are working under blackout conditions; no communication with their transport ship and radio silence while on the ground. ...

C
The Importance of Being Scandalous

The Importance of Being Scandalous has such a sweet story at its core that it should have worked better than it did. The book has childhood friends discovering their deep love for each other as adults and showcases a sisterly bond that puts Disney’s Frozen to shame. Unfortunately a few plot holes ...

D+
Royal Enchantment

Royal Enchantment and the books in the Camelot Reborn series work under the premise that King Arthur and his Knights were suspended in time in order to defend humans against a future magical threat by Queen Morgan le Fae and her people.  It sounded like something I might enjoy since I’ve loved st ...

B
Welcome Home, Katie Gallagher

Welcome Home, Katie Gallagher could have just been an overly sweet small town romance, but début author Seana Kelly infuses her story with the right dash of tartness to make it appeal to my (sometimes) cynical heart.  Leading lady Katie Gallagher has a lot of sass, a few challenges to overcome and ...

B-
Eye Candy

Friends to lovers stories tend to be my favorite kind of romance. The familiarity shared between the main characters can lead to all sorts of humorous conversations, deep introspection and some steamy scenes when all the suppressed sexual tension is released. Eye Candy follows this outline fairly we ...