Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

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Dirty Bastard

In Jessica Clare’s Dirty Bastard, Knox Price has met his match. Used to being fawned over for his money, Knox is used to lying about his identity as one of the famed Price brothers. So, when he meets Lexi Brandon who gives zero craps about the size of his bank account but a lot of craps about the ...

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Hot Asset

When I read that Hot Asset was going to be about a stockbroker and the SEC officer investigating him, my antenna pricked up. Interesting, I thought. What are those dynamics going to be? Is this going to be another case of a professional lady who is perfect in her professional life and a total mess i ...

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Hooked on You

In the finale to Kate Meader’s excellent Chicago Rebels series, Violet Vasquez finally gets her happily ever after. For anyone who has read the previous books, that may just be all I need to say. This woman so vivacious she leaps off the page, with all of her scars, jaded bits, and hidden away hop ...

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Taking Chase

Cassie Gambol is in hiding. Like, witness protection level hiding. Her abusive ex-husband is on the hunt for her, so she’s escaped their life and reinvented herself from Carly Sutherland of Los Angeles to Cassie Gambol of Petal, Georgia. As much as she’s trying to fly under the radar, however, s ...

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Claim Me Cowboy

Joshua Grayson has a plan. His father placed an advertisement in the paper to get him a bride, but Joshua has a better idea - and placed a counter one. If he can get a woman to apply who is the antithesis of who his father would want, his father will have to back off of this wife-kids-happily-ever-a ...

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A Higher Education

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I will read just about any Pride and Prejudice redux that comes my way. It is also a truth that very, very few of them are worth my time, so imagine my delight when A Higher Education resoundingly was. The small changes made to the original only served to ...

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Savor You

Folks who have followed the previous four books in the Fusion series are well acquainted with Savor You’s heroine, Mia Palazzo. A genius chef, but a touch cantankerous, Mia has zero desire to be in the spotlight. However, when her restaurant, Seduction, gets chosen to be featured on a prestigious ...

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Smooth Talking Cowboy

Maisey Yates is known for cowboys, and so this title may lead readers to believe this is another installment of the Copper Ridge series. Instead, Ms. Yates moves the action to Gold Valley, Oregon and introduces us to a new cast of characters. First up? Olivia Logan and Luke Hollister. Olivia made ap ...

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Love and Other Words

This is classified as “adult fiction” and I have no idea why. It’s contemporary romance with more angst than anything else, but it’s not not romance. There are some people who meet the loves of their life early in their journey and it’s almost as if their souls imprint on each other. Su ...

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Devil in Tartan

In Devil in Tartan,  Julia London’s most recent installment in her Highland Grooms series, Lottie Livingstone finds herself in a pickle. Aulay Mackenzie’s ship is the solution to that pickle, and over the course of a few hundred pages, Lottie goes from maiden daughter to whisky smuggler to pira ...