Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

B+
Seared

Naya’s step-brother Lachlan has been absent from her life for a decade, during which he’s becoming a darling of the Manhattan food scene. Sometime over the course of their respective parents’ short marriage (his father was married to her mother) Naya and Lachlan became romantically involved, u ...

A
Now That You Mention It

Are you a fan of books where women find themselves to be stronger than they ever imagined? What about if we throw in family situations that force them out of their comfort zone? Or have them confronting the past they’ve been running from? What if the happily-ever-after is grounded in reality rathe ...

B+
Roomies

Holland has had a crush on Subway Station Musician for … let’s say a while. When he prevents her being shoved onto the tracks one night and saves her life, she pays him back by getting him an audition with her uncle, a Broadway bigwig. Subway Station Musician - whose name is Calvin - stuns said ...

B-
Dating by Numbers

In Jennifer Lohmann’s charming Dating by Numbers, Marsie Penny is frustrated. Her life is going really well, but she can’t seem to find true love. As numbers have never betrayed her before, she decides to create an algorithm that will  help her to find her match. Her colleague, Jason, thinks sh ...

A
A Hope Divided

In A Hope Divided, we meet Marlie Lynch - a spy for the Union living in North Carolina - and Ewan McCall, an escaped prisoner with a dark past. They’re both brilliant, strong, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to stop the Confederacy from winning the war. As they have to flee Marlie ...

A
Wrong to Need You

In Wrong to Need You, the second installment of Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts trilogy, we pick up almost immediately after the first book left off, except our focus shifts to Sadia and Jackson. Sadia, a single mother and widow of a man she doesn’t really miss, is desperately trying to keep her d ...

B-
No Other Duke Will Do

In this third installment in Ms. Burrowes’ Windham Brides series, Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, has zero interest in taking a wife. Past choices and financial woes have forced his hand, however, and the time is nigh for matrimony, even though he refuses to admit it. He begrudgingly agrees t ...

B
The Right Kind of Rogue

Do you like stories of unrequited love? What about ladies falling for their best friends’ brothers? Jealous heroes? If you nodded vociferously to any of those, I’d recommend picking up the newest addition to Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series, The Right Kind of Rogue. In this tale, two ...

D
The Highlander is all That

First things first, y’all. If you find this title charming and quirky, then this book will most likely be your booknip. The vibe matches the twee vibe of the book perfectly, so if you’re game for the blending of twenty-first and eighteenth centuries, ignore my following ranty review and click ...

C
One Summer Night

In this story of friends-to-lovers with a Montague and Capulet sort of background, Maggie and Owen reconnect at a wedding after having drifted apart for several years. Both are children of powerful businessmen, but while Owen’s family has thrived, the fortunes of Maggie’s family have dwindled af ...