Reviews by Haley Kral

C+
New York, Actually

Sarah Morgan continues her From Manhattan With Love series of romantic comedy-esque books with New York, Actually. This new installment is a little bit Must Love Dogs, a little Dear Abby, and a lot deception. Sadly, it turned out to be the most disappointing book in the series, with less chemistry t ...

A-
Forbidden Promises

I recently fell into an unusually long reading slump where I could not make myself read anything. I was starting to feel not like myself after months passed without sitting down to truly read a book. I managed to limp through one I enjoyed, but it took weeks. Finally, just when I was starting to thi ...

A
Midtown Masters

I have to applaud Cara McKenna for her ability to write such a different story with every book of hers that I’ve read, even when the premises are similar. She seems to reinvent with each new novel, which I don’t think is easy in the romance genre, particularly with erotica. Midtown Masters compl ...

A
Brutal Game

Willing Victim left Flynn and Laurel at happy-for-now, rather than happy ever after, so I knew there was a lot of potential in a sequel. That said, I had no idea where that sequel might take them. With the frank sexuality of Willing Victim, and McKenna’s bold forays into kink, I assumed that the f ...

B+
The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine (Anthology)

They say never judge a book by its cover, but the cover is why I picked out The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine. I love all things autumnal, and I can’t recall seeing another romance that focuses around Halloween. This collection of three novellas centers around Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast and its ...

D+
Just Married

Just Married might be a case of good writing meeting bad plotting, or at least readability meeting a poor plot. I was sucked into the story from the very beginning by Bayley-Burke’s writing style and the premise. I love friends-to-lovers tropes, and seeing one friend corral another into a surprise ...

B+
Indecent Proposal

Katee Robert is back with another book of forbidden romance between crime families, and fans of the first two books will be happy to know that this is another strong instalment. An Indecent Proposal may be my least favorite of the three books in the series, but it’s still a great read that lived ...

A
Willing Victim: Remastered

Kink alert! Willing Victim is definitely not a book for everyone, but if you’re interested in a gritty, kinky book with a heart, it’s a great read. I was excited to hear that Cara McKenna had regained the publishing rights to some of her older books and would be releasing re-vamped eBooks of eac ...

B
Everywhere and Every Way

Although I struggled to get into Everywhere and Every Way, I am glad I didn’t give up on it. The story is romantic and sexy, and I really enjoyed the characters. I am already looking forward to reading the rest of the story. I have been a fan of Jennifer Probst since The Marriage Bargain was fi ...

A
Stay Until We Break

I’m happy to report that Stay Until We Break exceeded the hopes I had for it. I really enjoyed the whole 90’s rock environment that Mercy Brown created for Loud Is How I Love You but admittedly, I struggled to like Emmylou. I had no such problem with Cole and Sonia. For the second installment ...