Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

B+
A Christmas Proposition

Trope alerts: frenemies to lovers and marriage of convenience. Those two tick your boxes? Then, to be frank, you can skip my review and go to “buy now” because this one is a fabulous example of both tropes and how they can work together. Indifferent on them? Then let me try to convince you other ...

A
I Hate You, I Love You

This one is great for fans of The Hating Game, or Dating You, Hating You. An enemies-to-lovers romance set in a college environment, I ate up I Hate You, I Love You with a big spoon and was delighted from beginning to end. Naomi Price is a beloved poetry professor with few complaints about her li ...

B+
Fireworks

For anyone not familiar with Sarina Bowen’s True North series, it’s is a series of connected stand-alones that take place in rural Vermont. To me, they’re grounded and gritty, not shying away from the some of the realities of life in the 21st century - unemployment due to mill closures, the op ...

B
King's Price

In this series kickoff from Jackie Ashenden, Leon King is setting out to take his family business from mob-focused to legitimate. The way to do that, however, is not exactly legitimate. He needs to marry Thomas Hamilton’s daughter for plot reasons and so he blackmails the fellow into offering said ...

B
The Governess's Convenient Marriage

I know this will shock you all, but this is a marriage of convenience story. I know! Harlequin is usually so cryptic with their titles! All kidding aside, this is one of those delightful books that does exactly what it says on the tin, but does it so very well. Our story opens in the past s ...

D
Be Mine

Wow, this book was a hot pile of nothing except tropes and angst. I know, tell you how I really feel, eh? I am iffy on NA to begin with, I admit. It’s not my go-to category because I have limited patience for some of the hallmarks of it - problems that can be solved by communicating clearly, ...

B+
Big Bad Cowboy

Travis Blake used to be an institution in Big Verde, Texas, until too many things went wrong and he hightailed it outta town with no plans to return. Until he got the phone call that his brother had landed himself in jail (no surprise) and that there were no other kin to care for his son. So now Tra ...

B-
Trouble Brewing

Piper Williams loves brewing beer and she’s damn good at if you ask her. She just needs that one big break. Lucky for her, it comes along in the form of Blake Reed, the owner of the newest gastropub in town. Not only does Blake dig Piper’s beer, he digs her and they kick off something special. ...

C
Taking A Shot

Brett Silligner is skating on thin ice - metaphorically. While his hockey skills aren’t doubted, his off the ice behavior has landed him at his last chance to play professional hockey with a coach who does not take any nonsense. On his last night before reporting to the rink, he picks up willing p ...

B-
The Hookup

Sophie Bigelow is a mathematical genius who believes in straight talk and clear communication. The gameplay of modern dating is at best annoying and at worst a waste of time, but she’s itchy to lose her virginity. Thus, a hookup is on the cards and the handsome lobsterman propping up the bar she ...