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Work For It

Talia Hibbert’s A Girl Like Her was one of my favorite books in 2018.  I initially doubted the story could or would appeal to me - as I mentioned in my review, it featured a heroine alternately described as rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news.  But I was completely won ov ...

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Work for It

A smile and a tear – that’s what you’ll produce as Talia Hibbert scores another win with Work for It, the angsty but deeply romantic story of two men who fall in love in spite of their emotional scars. Olu Keynes is a tart-tongued but handsome man who has been numbed emotionally thanks to a ...

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Grading Curves

Professor Nikki Barber is starting over with a new job after drawing a firm boundary with her mother, and a tattoo feels like the right way to mark this new chapter in her life. Dean Shaw, six years her junior, offers to stay late at the tattoo parlor to work on her. But the tattooing process takes ...

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Flashed

Flashed is a delicious, slow-burning wish fulfillment slice of romance of the highest order. Beauty and the Beast with a skosh of Cinderella, it’s comfortable yet spicy, heartbreaking yet gladdening.  It will be a delicious bit of catnip for anyone who’s willing to be enchanted by its embrace. ...

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Flashed

Zoey Castile draws on literary and film inspirations of Beauty and the Beast (and a dash o’ Cinderella) to retell the ‘tale as old as time’ as a steamy contemporary romance. Flashed (Happy Endings, #3) combines sweet romance with hot sex to portray a deeply emotional connection between a beaut ...

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American Fairytale

Camilo, or Milo, is a social worker with a heart of solid gold and a sass factor of eleven, while Tom is a billionaire funding a new project through Milo’s agency. Before that relationship is established, though, they happen to have an… er… intimate encounter at a fundraiser and neither can ge ...

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Fix Her Up

Do NOT judge Tessa Bailey’s superbly steamy rom-com Fix Her Up by its cover image of a cartoon couple demurely kissing. I wouldn’t normally read a novel that gives off a cutesy vibe, but, given Bailey’s reputation as a prolific bestselling romance author, and the sexy series title (Hot and Ham ...

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Hook Shot

Hook Shot, the last novel in the Hoops series, stars Kenan Ross and Lotus DuPree, secondary characters (and scene stealers) introduced in Long Shot.  Kenan is a veteran basketball player traded to August West’s losing NBA franchise team to help them win a championship.  Intensely private and kee ...

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The Claiming of the Shrew

Shana Galen’s series featuring The Survivors, a group of men who survived being part of a specially selected suicide squad during the Napoleonic Wars, continues with The Claiming of the Shrew, which tells the story of the squad’s commander, Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven, and his Portuguese ...

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A True Cowboy Christmas

Getting into the holiday mood?  Publishers definitely are, and so is Caitlin Crews, whose first addition to the Cold River Ranch series takes place during the holiday season and explores the lives of the Everett brood, who live and love in and around Cold River, Colorado. Gray Everett has been p ...