Reviews by Guest Reviewer

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Tempted by His Secret Cinderella

When I think of romance novels, a few adjectives come to my mind: ‘sexy’, ‘funny’, ‘cute’, ‘heartwarming’, ‘happy’. Rarely have I ever thought of ‘ludicrous’ or ‘eccentric’, but I can describe Bronwyn Scott’s Tempted by His Secret Cinderella in no other way. It start ...

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Project Duchess

Sabrina Jeffries’ Project Duchess is a slow start to her new series and is more plot than romance, stuffed with an array of subplots that have little emotional or narrative payoff. A better title might have been Project Murder & Other Nefarious Things For Which the Blurb Does Not Prepare Reade ...

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Return of the Chauffeur's Son

I picked up this book because it’s based on the movie Sabrina, and I thought it would be fun to see what a contemporary m/m romance did with the plot. But there’s creative homage and there’s dull imitation, and unfortunately, Return of the Chauffeur’s Son falls into the latter category. The ...

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Tell Me It's Real

Paul Auster and Vince Taylor’s love story would have moved me to tears at several points in this novel – except that I was already in tears of laughter. T.J. Klune offers a sweeping variety of moods and subgenres in his many romances, from the family drama of his Bear, Otter, and the Kid series ...

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The Academy

In Katie Sise’s latest Young Adult novel, The Academy, we meet Frankie Brooks, a budding fashionista with a successful blog, an amazing family, and great friends.  But when she makes a few too many mistakes, her parents decide that the best way to teach her how to be a responsible, mature adult i ...

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A Gentleman Revealed

A Gentleman Revealed is set in an alternate Victorian era in which  homosexuality is accepted and understood by society. Men are free to court men and engage in public courtship, but the same rules of decorum apply, meaning that men cannot be seen alone together without a chaperone, and it is assum ...

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Disturbing His Peace

Prior to reading Disturbing His Peace, I had never read a police romance; and after devouring this one, I cannot believe I have missed out on such a glorious sub-genre. I tend to shy away from alpha-male romance heroes, so cop romances usually fall into the ‘way too manly’ category for me, but T ...

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Outlander

Calling Outlander a time travel romance is like calling a Dove Bar ice cream on a stick. Mere labels can't possibly prepare you for the totally engrossing and sensual experience of either one. If you are ready for 850 pages packed with action, sex, life and death, then take the plunge. But then be p ...

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The Last Wolf

Maria Vale’s The Last Wolf is not at all what I expected. I thought I’d get a fast-paced, spicy shifter romance, much like others I’ve loved. This book, this heroine was unexpected. In all the right ways. Shifters and werewolves are different in this world. A werewolf must turn into a wo ...

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Leveled

One of my 2018 reading resolutions is to try more books outside my comfort zone, and this includes trying to read more contemporary romances. I often find the alpha male characters appearing so frequently in contemporaries to be quite grating, so I approached Cathryn Fox’s Leveled with trepidation ...