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Boyfriend Lessons

Caitlyn Lattimore, the heroine of Sophia Singh Sasson’s Boyfriend Lessons, is rich and gorgeous but socially awkward. She asks a friend of a friend, Dev Malik, to give her the lessons of the title to help her learn to date - but clearly, the two of them are going to fall in love. This book suffers ...

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Red Blossom in Snow

Jeannie Lin’s Lotus Palace Mysteries are back, and they continue to be satisfying, well-crafted reads. They’re best read in order, so I suggest not starting with this one; however, this review doesn’t have spoilers except for identifying previous couples. Song Yi is the lead courtesan at th ...

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Once Upon a K-Prom

Once Upon a K-Prom is a spin on the “ordinary girl meets famous boy” YA story, incorporating the recent global success of K-Pop. Elena Soo’s childhood best friend Robbie Choi moved home to Korea when they were both ten. While Elena feels adrift, without anything to make her special, Robbie bec ...

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Set on You

Sassy, warmhearted and sensual, Set on You is a really lovely book about physical fitness and true love coming in all shapes and sizes. Scott Ritchie is instantly the most annoying man that Crystal Chen has ever met; the cocky firefighter keeps stealing her favorite squat rack.  Crystal, a perso ...

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The Stand-In

Début novels can be a bit of a gamble, but I’m glad to report that Lily Chu’s The Stand-In is a risk worth taking. Gracie Reed is the biracial daughter of a white Canadian man and a Chinese mother now struggling with dementia. First, her boss sexually harasses and then fires her. Next, a pap ...

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Going Public

Going Public is a story about a personal assistant who worships his kind but distant boss and the boss who slowly falls for him. It’s not a dynamic that’ll work for everyone, and sometimes it didn’t work for me here.  Overall, the book is just a little dry, especially due to its strong focus ...

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Dating Dr. Dil

Dating Dr. Dil was something I definitely didn’t expect it to be – goofy.  Example: the hero nicknames his penis “Charlie” and never tells the heroine, so the reader is forever subjected to scenes of internal monologue featuring Charlie jumping in delight in his pants at the sight of her.  ...

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By the Book

Jasmine Guillory’s sweet, charming new novel, By the Book, is a modern-day retelling of a beloved fairy tale that is sure to delight fans of the author - and make her some new ones. This novel is listed as the second in the Meant to Be series which are novels based on various fairy tales. While ...

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Part of Your World

Narrated by Julia Whelan and Zachary Webber Strong word of mouth about the author and their new audiobook led me to request Part of Your World from NetGalley last week.  Abby Jimenez is a new-to-me author and lately, I’ve been a bit leery about veering away from old favorites, but I’m happy ...

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In the Face of the Sun

In the Face of the Sun is an engrossing family saga filled with heartbreak and love, victory, forgiveness, and loss, and a wonderful character study of several unforgettable women. It is 1968, and a pregnant Frankie Saunders is leaving Chicago, abandoning an abusive marriage to the violent, contr ...