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Do You Take This Man

It was the synopsis of Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams that prompted me to pick it up, as well as the author herself, of whom I’d heard good things but hadn’t yet had a chance to read. The set-up is quite a fun one – a female divorce lawyer who moonlights as a wedding officiant embarks ...

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A Ghost in Shining Armor

While not listed as such, A Ghost in Shining Armor is the second story in a duology about two sisters who are separated at a young age and only learn about each other in adulthood. However, you don’t have to read the first book - And They Lived Happily Ever After - to enjoy this one. Before I g ...

B+
Foul Lady Fortune

Chloe Gong never fails to take her readers on a journey. Foul Lady Fortune opens a fresh series for her, but also serves as a continuation of the adventures of the Shakesperian characters in her These Violent Delights duology. This novel provides Rosalind’s story. I liked it only slightly less tha ...

B+
Drunk on Love

Jasmine Guillory has been called, “The Queen of the Modern Day Romance” (Vogue) and I would agree that she’s more than earned that title. Drunk on Love, her latest novel, takes us to Napa Valley, where a winery owner and her tech-savvy employee find amor amid the vines. Margot Noble and her ...

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Rust in the Root

Rust in the Root does not take place in the same universe as Justina Ireland’s paranormal historical duology Dread Nation/Deathless Divide, which both earned DIKs here. This book can’t possibly be as good as those, right? Surprise! It’s even better. In a magic-infused alternate history, the ...

B+
The Fortunes of Jaded Women

The Fortunes of Jaded Women is a funny, fast-paced book that’s only slightly marred by the fact that it has nine PoV characters, sometimes making the incredibly winding tale overly complex. Thousands of years ago, a jealous ex-mother-in-law cursed her former daughter-in-law to forever bear daug ...

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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches do not have a regular meeting place, nor a regular meeting time. They come together in summery gardens, in cozy tea rooms, and in far-flung lands. This is how young Mika Moon was raised. She’s the junior to the group’s flock of senior witches - Aga ...

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Heated

If you've read books by Naima Simone (for example her erotic romance series Lick or Sweetest Taboo), you know she can bring the heat. So Heated, the first book in her Burned Inc. series, definitely lives up to its forebears. The story idea is unique, contains some classic romance tropes (fake relati ...

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Storm Echo

After following it for so long, there's something comforting and familiar about each book in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changling Trinity series. The stories do begin to feel a bit alike, but all the characters are sweet people - brooding when something goes wrong, yet fun-loving and good-natured the rest o ...

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American Royalty

Tracey Livesay’s American Royalty is a spin on the Meghan Markle-Prince Harry romance that transcends fanfic to deliver a good time, but requires significant suspension of disbelief with the UK setting and the royal family. Jameson Lloyd, Duke of Wessex, wants to leave his royal roots behind an ...