Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year Vol.4

Cleis Press’ Fourth volume of erotica explores tales spanning from a post-photoshoot encounter between a younger man and an older woman to the coming together of a protestor and the owner of the construction company she hates. There are moments of desperation and moments of lazy, comfortable, lovi ...

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The Bull Rider's Return

The Bull Rider’s Return, the final volume of Joan Kilby’s Starr Brothers of Montana series, features a down-on-her-luck waitress and the bull rider with who turns her life around. Reno native Kelly Reid has one focus in her life – her six-year-old son, Ricky, who has a congenital heart defe ...

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The Geography of Lost Things

Jessica Brody’s The Geography of Lost Things tells the story of a road trip from youth to maturity – and from repulsion to forgiveness – and is a really great little slice of growing up and all of the complications fraught with inheriting  a complex legacy. When Ali Collins’ long-estrang ...

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Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield follows up The Thirteenth Tale with Once Upon a River, a story of mysticism and religion colliding during the time when Darwinian theory was first taking hold. On the bank of the Thames at Redcot, there once sat a magical inn called the Swan at Radcot, which becomes known for be ...

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You Had Me at Cowboy

Jennie Marts continues her Cowboys of Creedence series, about the James brothers of Colorado, with You Had me at Cowboy, the story of middle brother Mason’s romance. Tessa Kane, reporter at large for Colorado In-Depth magazine, is looking for her next big scoop when she’s stood up by her date ...

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The Frame-Up

The Frame-Up is the first book in Meghan Scott Molin’s brand new series of mysteries about an on-the-edge comic book writer who falls in love with a straight-laced cop – and the series of comic-based murders that binds them together. Michael-Grace – MG - Martin is a somewhat brusque geek, c ...

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I'll Always Love You

Ella Quinn’s sprightly novella, I’ll Always Love You provides a charming early winter distraction for fans of her Worthingtons series. Lady Lucinda Hughlot is struggling to find proper sponsorship for her first Season in the wake of her father’s death. Her mother, hoping to dispense with he ...

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Their Perfect Melody

This book contains explicit descriptions of domestic violence, and there are references to it in this review. When I put out a call on my Twitter for Latinx OwnVoices romances, I didn’t hear from many people – but my curiosity googling led me to the work of Priscilla Oliveras and her new Matc ...

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Ache For You

"I don't want to talk to you." "Ah. You are a lesbian." – Matteo meets Kimber, Ache For You The above quotation was the harbinger of bad things to come, like thunder before a tornado.  J.T. Geissinger’s Ache for You continues her Slow Burn series of rewritten fairytales, this one a Cinde ...

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Between a Highlander and a Hard Place

Mary Wine’s Highland Weddings series continues with Between a Highlander and a Hard Place. Brenda Grant and her cousin Symon are best friends; both widowed young and childless, they’re worried about being left alone and have been spouse hunting, an effort that’s proven fruitless for both of ...