Reviews by LinnieGayl Kimmel

B
Summer in Good Hope

This is the second in a series focused on four sisters and set in Door County, Wisconsin, a gorgeous tourist area on the shores of Green Bay. I’ve read a few too many contemporary romances set in small towns lately, but this one completely worked for me. I appreciate that the residents feel real, ...

B-
Always My Girl

This is the third in the author’s Shaughnessy Brothers series. I enjoyed the previous entry, Love Walks In, and began looking for the next as soon as I finished reading it. This time we have a friends-to-lovers story, in which seemingly everyone but our hero knows that the heroine has been in love ...

B-
Return to Jacaranda Avenue

I’ve been on a bit of a binge the past year reading romances set in Australia and New Zealand, and was delighted to discover yet another such romance, this time set in New South Wales. This romance has the added bonus of featuring several popular romance tropes: a couple that met as children, has ...

D+
The Marriage Ultimatum

We say it often: reading preferences and reviews are subjective. While The Marriage Ultimatum might be a “guilty pleasure” for some, for me it was simply uncomfortable, so much so that I could only read about 10 pages at a time.The first few pages seemed promising. Billionaire Vla ...

A-
Dating the Guy Upstairs

I took a chance and volunteered to review this by the new-to-me Amanda Ashby, and then instantly regretted my decision; it just didn’t sound like something I’d like. I tend to like slightly older heroes and heroines, and a romance between a couple in their mid-20s didn’t sound to my taste, I p ...

B
Only You

This is the first in the Bachelor Brotherhood series, featuring three friends with horrible luck with women who’ve temporarily sworn off dating. When I discovered some of the things past-lovers had done I laughed out loud. While each of the friends makes an appearance in this book, the focus is cl ...

B
Second Chance Summer

This is the first in the author’s Cedar Ridge series featuring the Kincaid siblings who run a popular – but financially troubled – resort in the Colorado mountain town of Cedar Ridge. Second Chance Summer offers a variant of a second chance at love story. Aidan Kincaid and Lily Danville grew u ...

B-
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

I long for books that capture my interest from the first, and hold my attention so that I avoid doing almost anything else until I finish. I didn’t dislike The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, but it was at times an uncomfortable read and I found it easy to put down. But since finishing, I’ve found ...

A-
Sleepless in Manhattan

I’ll be honest; DIK reviews are the hardest for me to write. Why? In addition to wanting to do the book justice, the more I like a book the fewer notes I take while reading. I loved Sleepless in Manhattan, the first in the author’s From Manhattan With Love trilogy so much that I took hardly any ...

C
Charmingly Yours

The language and dialogue in the opening of Charmingly Yours remind me of the old TV sitcom Designing Women. But while I enjoyed Designing Women, it took me multiple attempts to read the first chapters of this romance. The author seems to introduce a cast of thousands and most use endless similes ...