Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

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Things You Save in a Fire

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it's an em ...

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The Killer in Me

Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan grew up in Clontarf, Ireland - a fairly quiet suburb of Dublin. These days, it’s most famous for having a castle, a pretty good whiskey distillery, and there was a pretty significant battle there in 1014, but other than that? In our story, the most re ...

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Bridal Boot Camp

Y’all. This book made me angry. First of all, it’s maybe fifty pages long and ends at 86% of the way through the Kindle copy. Second of all… well, let’s return to the fifty pages. Roberta ‘Rob’ James runs a boot camp fitness class at the local gym for engaged folks looking to get in s ...

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American Fairytale

Camilo, or Milo, is a social worker with a heart of solid gold and a sass factor of eleven, while Tom is a billionaire funding a new project through Milo’s agency. Before that relationship is established, though, they happen to have an… er… intimate encounter at a fundraiser and neither can ge ...

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The Madness of Miss Grey

When we first meet our hero and heroine, there is a distinct power imbalance between them. Miss Helen Grey, the titular heroine, is a patient at Blackwell, an old manor home converted to an asylum for 'insane' women of the late 19th century in Yorkshire, England. William Carter, our hero, is her doc ...

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The Unhoneymooners

There is a special sort of magic that happens in a Christina Lauren book when the pair are firing on all cylinders. The dialogue sparkles, the characters settle into themselves quickly, and hundreds of pages fly by while you are contentedly spending time in their world. I am deeply pleased to report ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...