Reviews by Charlotte Elliott

B+
Go Hex Yourself

Author Jessica Clare (of the Wyoming Cowboys series, among others) switches subgenres from American West to Witches & Warlocks with Go Hex Yourself, an imperfect but ultimately very enjoyable paranormal romance.Reggie Johnson’s relentless mania for precise order and constant enabling of he ...

A-
The Impossible Us

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book so adept at inspiring, sustaining, and rewarding my curiosity as a reader as The Impossible Us.It’s the story of Nicholas – Nick - a Leeds-based (ghost)writer and Rebecca – Bee - a London-based small business owner (of For Frock’s Sake, a ...

A
Hook, Line, and Sinker

I’ve been the happy reader of a number of good books recently, but until Tessa Bailey’s Hook, Line, and Sinker, none of those good books have been ones I’ve read for review. Now I’m pleased to award my first DIK grade of 2022 to this thoroughly enjoyable, sexy and emotionally sweet story. ...

C-
What Might Have Been

Lucy Lambert, who never drinks, walks into a pub (as people who never drink often do. And yes, I know you can get food there, too, but still). Newly unemployed, she consults her horoscope, which informs her that “Today will see you head off on a new career path. If you’re single, this could also ...

C-
Once Upon a Broken Heart

Is there anything more heartbreaking than discovering a book you hoped to love isn’t all that? Stephanie Garber is capable of writing a genuinely satisfying fantasy with sweet romance and a sense of magic. Once Upon a Broken Heart (OUABH for short, which I realize sounds like a shady agency from S ...

D+
The Ex Hex

It seems fitting at this time of year to imagine a book as a brimming trick-or-treat bucket, every story element a different candy with a different flavor to (hopefully) be enjoyed. Sadly, The Ex Hex is full of candies such as Interchangeable Protagonists and Episodic Storytelling, with a few nugget ...

B
That Deep River Feeling

That Deep River Feeling is a brother’s best friend (with the brother in question being dead) Alaska-set romance that’s simple and easy to read, if a little unsubstantial.Zeke Montgomery has arrived in Deep River, Alaska charged with a mission: his recently deceased friend and business partne ...

D-
Wild Love

This is not a romance. This is a book about one town’s efforts to keep an alcoholic sober, and the people those efforts drag in its wake, including Wild Love’s hero and heroine. If you’re interested in this book because ‘wild love’ sounds sexy, let me tell you – ‘wild’ in this book j ...

C
How to Save a Life

I came up with the genre British Angst Lit to categorize books like Eva Carter’s long and underdeveloped How to Save a Life. In this genre, the story survives entirely on keeping apart its obviously meant-to-be protagonists until the last page, preferably through a variety of missed opportunities, ...

B-
Heart on a Leash

Alanna Martin’s Heart on a Leash asks the question What if Romeo and Juliet lived in contemporary Alaska and were not dazed teenagers but commendably functional adults? The answer, it is not much of a spoiler to say, is that they would have had some hot sex and lived happily ever after.Taylor ...