Reviews by Keira Soleore

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A Debutante in Disguise

History has shown time and again that women have adopted male personae to answer a deep-rooted calling to be doctors, soldiers, priests, and other such jobs strictly restricted to men. Women were meant for house and hearth and babies, not to be striding out into the world dealing with problems and s ...

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Men of Valor: His Treasure

Set in South-Eastern Nigeria before the colonization by the British, His Treasure is an excellent story of yearning and what marriage means to a proud man and woman. Adaku is the pampered daughter of an indulgent father, used to getting her way in things through a combination of guile and tantrum ...

B-
The Key to Happily Ever After

The Key to Happily Ever After is the story of adversarial sisters and their romantic interests. Tif Marcelo has a keen understanding of the relationship space of sisters, how birth order affects that space, and how personal and professional emotions overlap when you have to work with your relatives. ...

C
The Matchmaker's List

I was really looking forward to this book with its promise of cross-cultural highs and lows, an exploration of the immigrant experience, and a look at traditional arranged marriages in modern society. Unfortunately, it ultimately failed to live up to its pledge because the heroine quite sank the sto ...

B-
Cadenza

Cadenza is the sixth book of Stella Riley's popular Rockliffe series. Like the previous book Hazard, this story features a double romance, which Riley once again successfully pulls off without one couple overshadowing the other. Julian Langham is the extremely reluctant Earl of Chalfont, saddled ...

A
A Scandalous Winter Wedding

Every book in Marguerite Kaye's Matches Made in Scandal series has been an A grade read for me, which is rare. Kaye is clearly a superb storyteller and a careful craftsman. The tightly-knit plots and the multi-faceted characters make for a satisfying whole. The series has a central figure called ...

D
The Highlander's Promise

The Highlander’s Promise is a Beauty and the Beast story between a laird and a gently-born lady. While the premise is not uncommon - an amnesiac heroine discovers love and passion with a strong alpha hero - the execution is poor. The characters are uninspiring and unimaginative and the interesting ...

D
The Love Coupon

Ainslie Paton's The Love Experiment was last year's surprise hit. Reading the high praise for it, I was looking forward to reading The Love Coupon. However, for multiple reasons, large and small, I have to say that this book was a disappointment. The hyperbolic writing style, with multiple ...

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Navy SEAL Rescue

This was a total goat screw of a situation. That line perfectly describes this fantastic romantic suspense novel. In short, Navy SEAL Rescue is a story of an Assyrian doctor who's caught up in the war in Syria and Iraq and manages to escape the Da'esh, the Islamic Front, with a daring trek over t ...

B+
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Original Review: December 2015 Revised: March 2018 After having read more small English village stories and a few mid-20th century stories and then re-reading this book, I felt I came away understanding Major Pettigrew's character in more depth. Thus my assessment of him and the novel changed from ...