Reviews by Rachel Finston

C+
Pretending

Pretending is a contemporary novel about a young woman sick of heartbreak and fear, who turns to another identity, a fake version of herself, to get by in the app-driven dating world. While it has a strong hook and a sympathetic main character, the story is so loosely held together that it was a dra ...

A-
Gorgeous

Gorgeous is about a teenager who gets something everyone thinks they want: Becky goes from ordinary to astonishingly beautiful, magically. Along the way, she falls in love, becomes an international celebrity, and unravels the mystery of her mother’s life prior to Becky’s birth. It is an improbab ...

D-
Black Witch Magic

Black Witch Magic is a paranormal romance that follows a cursed witch unlucky in love, an intrepid paranormal investigator, and a small town haunted by a menace. It has an entertaining premise and a gorgeous cover, but ultimately is a boring read with little to recommend it. Selene Blackstone is ...

C
The Duke Effect

The Duke Effect - the latest romance from Sophie Jordan -  follows Nora Langley, a young woman impersonating her deceased father - a medical man - in correspondence, and Constantine Sinclair, who uncovers her ruse. Nora lives with her older sister, and her husband, a black sheep of a duke. Constant ...

A-
My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess is a wonderful, engaging story about finding new love after heartbreak, and taking a risk on happiness instead of contentment. It is a sweet, hopeful book that shows that love comes around more than once. Lady Ophelia Astley is a respectable widow, raising her daughter alone after ...

A
Accidentally in Love

Accidentally in Love is a contemporary romance that follows a woman turning her life around in her mid-thirties, chasing her dream and falling in love along the way. While the book does utilize a couple of contemporary romance tropes I don’t usually like, it’s still a really wonderful read and w ...

B-
Sin Incarnate

Sin Incarnate is an historical romance set in the Georgian period, firmly in the era of powdered wigs. It’s a story of intense sexual chemistry, love found anew, and family ties, but while it is certainly a gripping read, it does seem a little underwritten and is confusing in places. Mrs. Georg ...

A-
The Duke Who Didn't

The Duke Who Didn’t is Courtney Milan’s newest release, from a new series based in a small town in Kent. It’s the tale as old as time- boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy disappears for three years. Of course, it’s a little more complicated, seeing as the boy never told the girl ...

B
Once Dishonored

Once Dishonored the story of a wronged divorcée, and a man trying to redeem his honor after disgrace. It’s an intense, dramatic love story with improbable twists and turns, adventure, and visits from old friends. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read, though readers may have trouble suspending their ...

D
Warpaint

Warpaint is the story of Willow Campbell, a Scottish make-up artist who falls in love with a dashing American and allows herself to be swept away in a whirlwind romance. She agrees to marry a man she’s only known for six weeks and sets out for his home in New York City, only to find that his life ...