Reviews by Caroline Russomanno

C+
A Taste for Love

Like most Jane Austen adaptations (this one is a riff on Pride and Prejudice), A Taste For Love struggles to work some of the plot devices of the original into the modern world. While some aspects of this book are sweet, it’s ultimately underbaked.Liza Yang’s parents run Yin and Yang, a Taiw ...

B
Claimed

Why should YA have all the dystopia fun? Elle Kennedy takes the post-apocalyptic US in a decidedly adult direction in Claimed, the first book in her Outlaws series of erotic romances.Rather than marry the psychopath who wants her hand, Hudson Lane fled her privileged life in the city and joined ...

D+
The Lady's Champion

I like big men. I wanted so badly for The Lady’s Champion to be the hefty-hero Iove story I’ve been waiting for. Instead, it was a huge disappointment.The Champions of Aldland were originally warrior heroes who saved the country from tyranny, but now they have become entertainers, albeit adm ...

B-
Duke I'd Like to F***

We all know Historical Romancelandia has a surfeit of dukes. However, never has that fact hit me so hard as while reading this anthology. The stories are set in different eras (the earliest is Georgian, the last is late Victorian), but it’s not the idea that these dukes might exist simultaneously ...

B+
Y Negative

Curious about a gender-based dystopia where women have been erased as a concept and testosterone, inborn and taken via shots, rules the day? Check out Y Negative.Ember is Y-negative, a person born without a Y-chromosome. In his early years, he was forced to bear children; now, with the help of t ...

B-
The Valmont Contingency

A number of readers recommended Val Roberts to me on a thread about looking for SF romances. Overall, The Valmont Contingency was a solid read, and you definitely can’t beat the price point. However, some logic and plot errors, alongside a completely avoidable fetishizing of Japan, held this back. ...

B+
Love at Last Series Box Set

This spicy box set contains three novellas by author Adriana Anders, and with wounded heroes, virgin heroes, and excellent sex scenes, they’re  well worth a read.Loving the Secret Billionaire Grade: B City Council candidate and preschool teacher Veronica Cruz is fighting an uphill battl ...

C-
Rebelwing

I like YA dystopias, I like robots, and I like dragons. Unfortunately, this YA dystopia about a robot dragon had very little of anything I liked, and mostly frustrated me.While illegally selling censored books and escaping from police, Prudence Wu is rescued by the titular Rebelwing, whom we lea ...

B+
A Conspiracy of Whispers

I love sci-fi romance, but I find it the hardest romance subgenre to navigate. Marketing is more disorienting, quality is highly variable, and the best reads seem fewer and farther between. While searching my library’s Libby app under 'romance' and 'science fiction', I picked A Conspiracy of Whisp ...

A
You Deserve Each Other

Naomi Westfield is going to marry Nicholas Rose in three months even though their relationship  is dead in the water. After a miserable game night with her friends, Naomi realizes Nicholas’s plan: he’ll force her to break up with him, thereby not only winning everyone’s sympathy but also givi ...