Reviews by LinnieGayl Kimmel

B+
Practice Makes Perfect

I’m a sucker for romances set on college campuses and this definitely fits the bill, with a college librarian as heroine and history professor as hero. At times laugh out loud funny, this was also always spot-on with insights into academia, while still featuring a sexy friends-to-lovers plot. I ca ...

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Sunset in Central Park

I loved Sleepless in Manhattan, the first in Sarah Morgan’s From Manhattan with Love series. In that book, it was clear Frankie Cole was going to be matched up with Matt Walker, the brother of the heroine, and I have been eager to read their story in Sunset in Central Park. I fully expected to enj ...

B+
First Star I See Tonight

Finally! This is what longtime fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips have been asking for: another Chicago Stars book! But after years away from the Chicago Stars, how would this stand up? While it hasn’t toppled my all-time favorite – Match Me If You Can – it comes pretty close. Normally I’m all ...

C
The House Between Tides

This début novel features a time-slip plot moving back and forth between events in 1910 and 2010 on a remote island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The descriptions of the setting are vivid and evoke an almost gothic feel. While much of the language is beautiful, the descriptive passages overwhelm ...

B
Crowned and Dangerous

This is the tenth entry in the author’s Royal Spyness series, featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line to the British throne. The series is primarily set in England between the World Wars and while often touching on darker world events, falls clearly on the side of a light mystery se ...

B-
Just Kiss Me

Rachel Gibson has written some of my favorite romances, and for a while I thought Just Kiss Me would be another. With laugh out loud moments interspersed with genuine grief, and a hero and heroine with off-the-charts sexual chemistry, this seemed as though it would be a true winner. Unfortunately, ...

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Love on Her Terms

Do you avoid category romances, thinking they’re all about billionaires or sheiks? And if you learn the heroine of a category romance has a “big secret” do you roll your eyes, convinced it’s a secret baby? Then you haven’t read Jennifer Lohmann. Love on her Terms features a very real, comp ...

B+
Illusion Town

Illusion Town is the latest in Ms. Castle’s Harmony series featuring the ancestors of earth residents who became trapped on the parallel world of Harmony. It has all the features I’ve come to expect from the series including an intelligent hero and heroine who respect each other, as well as a fu ...

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Imprudence

This is the second in the author’s Custard Protocol series, following up on last year’s Prudence. This time, in addition to the usual silliness I adore, we also get some bittersweet moments as Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama -  or Rue to her friends - faces serious issues with her birth par ...

B
You and Me, Always

While I don’t love every book Jill Mansell writes, even her non-DIKs are comfort reads for me. You and Me, Always features numerous characters and multiple romances, and I initially had more trouble than usual getting into the story. But Ms. Mansell soon worked her usual magic for me, gradually in ...