Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

B+
A Rogue by Night

Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Sir Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places in the dead of night, a cover he uses to his advantage to bring in all sorts of illicit cargo from across the En ...

A
Teach Me

One of the comforts of Romancelandia is that there is rarely anything new under the sun. Most books are exactly what they say on the tin and you know what you’re getting when you wade into the waters of that particular book. I don’t see this as a criticism, I see it as a strength. But it does ma ...

A
Fumbled

My first thought as I closed this book was “Dammit, why isn’t there more!” which should go a long way to explaining why this second book from Ms. Martin is a DIK from me. As far as I’m concerned, here are the criteria for you to buy this immediately. Do you like contemporary romance? Do you ...

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Best Friends, Secret Lovers

Do you like friends-to-lovers stories? What about forced proximity romances? Is your life complete when both of those tropes combine? ME TOO. Good news for us, Jessica Lemmon’s Best Friends, Secret Lovers is here to deliver. Sabrina and Flynn have been best friends since college, along with pal ...

C+
My Kind of Forever

Brooke Callaghan is a staple on Wenniway Island in Michigan. Born and bred on the island, she’s also recently been elected its youngest and first female mayor. She’s got plans for improvement, she just needs to wrangle the cast of characters that are now her constituents. What she does not need ...

D
A New Leash on Love

Y’all, category romances are such a crapshoot, aren’t they? Even with the guidelines that Harlequin gives us for each of their particular imprints, the themes and styles vary widely. This can lead to incredible discoveries and excitement - I discovered Sarah Mayberry and Jill Shalvis in categori ...

B+
I Owe You One

Fixie Farr has been fixing things her whole life - like crooked pictures on walls, vases out of place, and the like. It’s a borderline compulsion that lands her in all sorts of mischief and about which her family has no understanding or compassion. She’s been harboring a crush on a dude for an a ...

B+
Devil's Daughter

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters ...

C+
99 Percent Mine

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s o ...

A
Lady Derring Takes a Lover

Delilah Swanpoole, Countess of Derring, learns the hard way that her husband, “Dear Dull Derring,” is a lot more interesting—and perfidious—dead than alive. It’s a devil of an inheritance, but in the grand ruins of the one building Derring left her, are the seeds of her liberation. And she ...