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Hit Me With Your Best Scot

In book one of Suzanne Enoch’s Wild Wicked Highlanders series, readers were introduced to the three MacTaggert brothers, all of whom need to marry in order to maintain their family estate.  It’s been years since their mother, an Englishwoman, separated from their father and left Scotland for Lo ...

B
You Had Me at Hola

You Had Me at Hola was released back in August, but I’ve been on hold for it at the library for a while. In the spirit that you may have been, too, or may have missed it in These Times, I’m here to follow up on the Pandora’s Box my colleagues Maggie and Caroline wrote when it was released. Ove ...

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Spoiler Alert

Olivia Dade’s Spoiler Alert is a warm, witty and gorgeously romantic romance that captivated me from the very first page and didn’t let me go until the very last.  Featuring two superbly crafted and incredibly relatable protagonists, a unique premise and an engaging secondary cast, it’s a fab ...

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The Spiral Path

(originally reviewed on December 21, 2001) In her second contemporary romance, Mary Jo Putney tells the tale of a memorable tortured hero and the woman who refuses to give up on him. While this sounds like a conventional love story, the special characters prove that, as always, Putney can be reli ...

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You Had Me at Hola

If Jasmine Lin Rodriguez has learned anything from her string of loser exes it's that she’s better off alone. Take her latest breakup from a superstar musician - it’s gotten her splashed across tabloid covers, blown up her social media accounts and left her hounded by paparazzi . None of those t ...

B
The Cowboy's Claim

Nina Crespo kicks off the Tillbridge Stables series with The Cowboy’s Claim, a Hallmark Movie-esque low-conflict, enemies-to-lovers, country boy-meets-city gal romance. Crespo introduces readers to the Tillbridges, an African American family of horse stable owners based in Maryland who have ach ...

B+
Red Carpet Redemption

Aside from a weak third-act breakup, Red Carpet Redemption is a nice story about two people who have to get over themselves to find true love. Dane Stewart, playboy actor, is looking for an image change.  While watching a news report about bone marrow screenings, he hears the sad tale of six-yea ...

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City of Flickering Light

In City of Flickering Light, readers are introduced to twenty-one-year-old Irene van Beck, a woman who has grown disenchanted with her life as a dancer in a bottom-tier Burlesque show. She knows there's more to life than removing her clothing in front of a different group of men each night, and she' ...

B+
Meet Cute

If you’re a fan of Helena Hunting, you’re probably aware her books come with varying degrees of gravity. Her Inked Armor series is dark and angsty, while her Pucked series is hilarious and quirky. Meet Cute is a perfect combination of these two voices - a fun read overall, but it has its tragic ...

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The Only Woman in the Room

Marie Benedict's The Only Woman in the Room is the story of Hedy Lamarr, a woman best known for her roles on the silver screen. Ms. Benedict looks deeper into Hedy's life, bringing us an engrossing tale of a woman who is both brilliant and beautiful. Hedy Kieseler is a Jewish woman married to an ...