Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

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Untamed Cowboy

In this friends-to-lovers tale featuring a healthy dose of unrequited love and a side of secret baby, Ms. Yates ticks off the tropes in record time while delivering a satisfying HEA. Bennett Dodge has been working with his best friend Kaylee at Gold Valley’s veterinary clinic for a while, which is ...

C
The Lido

The copy on the back cover of Libby Page's The Lido describes it as "a tender, joyous debut” and I’ve thought a lot about whether I agree with those adjectives. I think tender fits - it’s quiet, and methodical - and perhaps the conclusion brings joy, but it’s a bit generous to call the whol ...

C+
The Risk of Rogues

In The Risk of Rogues, Sabrina Jeffries latest, novella-length addition to her Sinful Suitors series, Lady Anne and Captain Lord Hartley Corry get a second chance at their happily ever after. They were, once upon a time, engaged and deeply in love, before Anne’s father forbade the union and Hartle ...

C
How to Keep a Secret

The recent trend of romance authors moving more towards general fiction that focuses on women has produced a variety of offerings. How to Keep A Secret joins many others in the middle: a fine story, but one that made me miss the author’s past works and mourn this shift away from romance. In thi ...

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Playing Dirty

Playing Dirty is the latest installment in Amy Andrews’ incredibly enjoyable Sydney Smoke series, about the rugby players of the team by the same name. This novel centers on the team’s newest hot shot player, Kyle, and the coach’s daughter, Val. There’s insta-lust all over this one, along wi ...

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Only Seduction Will Do

Holy cats, y’all, is this book not a standalone. If you have read the previous House of Pleasure books and enjoyed them, there is no reason to believe you won’t enjoy this one, but if you, like myself, have not dipped into this series, Only Seduction Will Do is not the place to start. I had no i ...

B
MacBeth

The Hogarth Press has conducted a bit of a grand experiment recently, asking eight currently publishing authors to reimagine some of Shakespeare’s works. Margaret Atwood tackled The Tempest in her most recent work Hag Seed, Jeannette Waterson interpreted A Winter’s Tale, and Jo Nesbø has given ...

B
Head Over Heels

Chase and Olivia have been best friends ever since they were set up on a disastrous blind date. Now, they meet up after their respective bad dates and debrief, a kind of bad date survivors club. That’s all about to change, however, when a few things happen at once and life forces their hands. Chas ...

B
The Perfect Couple

In Elin Hilderbrand’s first foray into suspense, the maid of honor is found dead on the morning of the wedding. The bride - who found her - had her bags all packed and was ready to get into a cab when she discovered the body. It’s a Nantucket wedding, so there’s money, secrets, and motives gal ...

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The Start of Something Good

The Start of Something Good is the tale of Mia and Ethan, opposites and enemies-on-first-sight who fall into a beautiful something after getting to know one another. Mia is a PR exec in charge of the campaign for the future mayor of New York City, while Ethan is a former Special Forces officer, come ...