Reviews by Kayne Spooner

B+
Begin Again

Begin Again is a wonderful coming of age YA story that follows Andie Rose, as she starts over at her dream school. It’s great fun to watch her build new friendships and discover more about herself as she takes on new challenges. I also love the good-natured humor that runs throughout the story as ...

B
Twisted Lies

The Twisted series by Ana Huang is a TikTok sensation and Twisted Lies is the fourth and last book of the series. It is a long, dark, spicy, slow burn romance and I didn’t want to put it down. Each story in the Twisted series is based on a different friend from a group of women that were colleg ...

B
Butt-Dialing the Billionaire

Butt-dialing the Billionaire is an undercover boss romcom. It’s lighthearted with fun characters and made me happy, annoyed, and then happy again with its wonderful ending. It has a found family, workplace humor - much more than I would have expected from a romance novel about a billionaire boss w ...

A
The Do Over

I've been excited for The Do-Over, Painter’s new YA novel ever since I read and loved Better Than the Movies (2021) and I’m happy to share The Do-Over was just as good, if not better.  It reminded me of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off mixed with a little Groundhog Day and I was quickly swep ...

B+
A Deal with the Devil

I picked up Elizabeth O'Roark's A Deal With the Devil after I saw a reader comment about it on a blog here at AAR and I'm so glad I did. My first impression was great! I immediately got pleasantly sucked into the smart, witty banter between leads Natalia (Tali) and Hayes and I didn't want to put the ...

B+
Mr. Wrong Number

Lynn Painter's Mr. Wrong Number is the first in a new contemporary romance series. If you like the older brother's best friend trope, this one will definitely work for you.After setting her apartment on fire, being dumped by her boyfriend, and getting fired from her job Olivia has been having a ...

B
Miles and Miles of You

Miles and Miles of You opens with endearing heroine Lucy quitting her job, borrowing her Grandma’s old airstream trailer, and readying for her first road trip as @SoSavvyTraveler. She'll take photos of her new adventures and blog about them on Instagram. After two years of working at Triad as an e ...

B
Before I Do

Before I Do opens with a bride stumbling out of a church barefoot and the sound of sirens approaching. It appears that something has gone very wrong.Audrey and Josh have been planning their wedding with the help of family and friends.  But bad omens begin to happen, beginning with a dead bat al ...

B-
Just Like Magic

I loved Sarah Hogle's 2021 release Twice Shy so I was excited to read her new romance, Just Like Magic. JLM is a holiday, fantasy romance that steals from the classic Christmas movie, Elf. It's a fun book although not without its flaws.Bettie is a social media influencer on Instagram who has hit ...

C
Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match

This story is a historical gothic romance and Frankenstein fanfiction. It’s quirky, creative, original, bizarre, morbid, and unlike anything I've read before.The story begins in 1812 in a morgue where twenty four year old Angelika Frankenstein and her older brother Victor are choosing body par ...