Reviews by Guest Reviewer

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Untamed

Caitlin Crews’ island romance, Untamed (Hotel Temptation, #3), reads less like a passionate From Here to Eternity waves-crashing kiss, and more like a leisurely beachcombing stroll in search of pocket change. I believe that islands are magical places where love awaits, and dreams come true (tha ...

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Dirty English

As a fervent anglophile and Janeite, I was ALL in to read Ilsa Madden-Mills’s Pride & Prejudice-inspired steamy New Adult romance, Dirty English the first in her British Bad Boys series. I was instantly hooked by the epigraph - “You have bewitched me, body and soul.” Reading Mr. Darcy ...

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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 ...