Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

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Let's Talk About Love

One of my students recently asked me for some reading on asexuality - she’s thinking it’s a label she may want to own, and wanted to know if I could recommend some fiction books to help her understand it better. I couldn’t, so I headed to the direct messages of some friends and asked for their ...

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Foreplayer

Mia Wallace had her professional hockey dreams dashed several years back, but she’s ready to get back on the ice. With a spot on the Olympic team in her grasp, she just needs some extra oomf in her training. Enter Cal Foreman, the newest member of the Chicago Rebels, and Mia’s brother’s old fr ...

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Marriage on Madison Avenue

In Marriage on Madison Avenue, the third installment of Ms. Layne’s Pact in Central Park trio, we have a friends-to-lovers, fake dating extravaganza that includes an Instagram influencer, a wedding at the Plaza, and a controlling mother. Combine that with Ms. Layne’s ability to write female frie ...

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Check Please!

Have y’all ever read graphic novels? I didn’t for a really long time - I wasn’t sure where to start, I thought they were all comics, I had no idea what to do… It all felt overwhelming. I’m not a huge action fan so I didn’t want to read any that focused on that. However, over the past sev ...

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K-pop Confidential

One of the greatest gifts of These Times to me has been my discovery of how much I love K-Pop. Short for “Korean Pop Music”, it’s a behemoth industry that I am many years late to the party on, but ever so grateful to be here. The boyband BTS is the major name in this space and they made quite ...

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Playing with Trouble

I am a sucker for an Amy Andrews book. After reading as much of her back catalogue as I can get my hands on, Ms. Andrews is an author that I just know is going to provide me a happy escape and a satisfying ending. Playing With Trouble is no exception. Additionally, it’s a creative bridge between t ...

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You Had Me at Hola

You Had Me at Hola was released back in August, but I’ve been on hold for it at the library for a while. In the spirit that you may have been, too, or may have missed it in These Times, I’m here to follow up on the Pandora’s Box my colleagues Maggie and Caroline wrote when it was released. Ove ...

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Change Partners

According to the author’s website, Change Partners is summarized thusly: "At 48, accountant Patrick Sarkisian has almost given up on finding the love of his life. A ballroom competition was the last place he would have thought of looking. But 44-year-old Dmitri Vasko is out on the floor, and th ...

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A Princess for Christmas

I am a sucker for a royalty romance. Give me a fictional European principality with a single ruler/heir and I am grabbing my comfiest blanket and warmest cup of cocoa and just snuggling on up. Add when it's written by one of my absolute favorite authors? I waited for this one from the library and wa ...

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The Pull of the Stars

Are you the sort of person who has found comfort in These Times by reading tales of other pandemics throughout history? Or about historical social uprisings? Or the failure of institutions to protect those they are charged to? Then The Pull of the Stars is for you, since it takes place in Dublin dur ...