Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

B+
Illegally Yours

In the second installment of Ms. Meader’s new Laws of Attraction series, two emotional powder kegs explode, then deal with the fallout, then live happily ever after. It’s an angsty insta-lust, enemies-to-lovers tale with the requisite steamy AF sexytimes we’ve come to expect from this author, ...

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Willful Depravity

Two things up front: the title tells you everything you need to know about this erotic story and the cover model matches the character. You’re on board for both those things? Read on. Lord Ashcroft believes he was put on this planet for two reasons and two reasons only: to paint and to sleep wi ...

B+
Playing for Keeps

Caleb and Sadie have been dancing around each other for a while. All of their mutual friends are aware it, they’re aware of it, but it takes an abandoned puppy in a rainstorm to make them deal with it. Both fraught with baggage, Playing for Keeps is the story of how two adults can find strength in ...