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Remember Yesterday

I have rarely in my life read a YA series where I loved the first book, and then the second book was even better. Pintip Dunn’s Remember Yesterday is no sequel written merely to fulfill a book deal or cash in on the first book. This is a fully-fledged and masterfully interlinked continuation of a ...

A
Opposite of Always

Combining a touch of the movie About Time with a little bit of The Fault in Our Stars and a heaping helping of charm, Opposite of Always is a story about true love that examines all the things we discover on our way to happily ever after. At the start of our story, Jack King tells us he is an exp ...

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Forget Tomorrow

YA Dystopia is a crammed genre, but also one I truly love when it’s done well - and Forget Tomorrow blasts right past ‘well’ on its way to ‘brilliantly’. The best authors build originality within a genre framework (romance readers know this better than anyone!). Forget Tomorrow has the dys ...

D+
Get A Life, Chloe Brown

Wealthy Chloe Brown has fibromyalgia. She also has a list of things she wants to experience (I’m so over ‘tick off items on a list’ as a plot device), and major abandonment issues related both to her diagnosis (a douche of a fiancé, rarely mentioned, who ditched her because of her illness) an ...

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Miss Dominguez's Christmas Kiss and Other Stories

In the Carla Kelly tradition of holiday shorts that make you smile, these three sweet short stories (set in the Edwardian Caribbean across Christmas, New Year, and Reyes Magos) are a lovely addition to any holiday romance fan’s library. These are gentle, realistic stories about the holidays of ord ...

B
Two Nights in Paris

I discovered author Delaney Diamond last year with Do Over from her Brooks Family series, a delightful romance between a billionaire heiress and a police officer that garnered Desert Isle Keeper status. While Two Nights in Paris doesn't rise to that level, it's another enjoyable look at the wealthy ...

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A Match Made for Thanksgiving

Jackie Lau continues to surprise and delight me with her variety of romance novels and novellas, and when I heard she was writing a holiday novella series featuring the Wong family, (aptly named Holidays with the Wongs) I immediately added them to my to-read list. First up is A Match Made for Thanks ...

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The Ultimate Pi Day Party

Josh Yu’s father hasn’t spoken to him in nearly two decades, but Josh has a brainwave: to break through to the retired math teacher, he’ll throw the ultimate Pi Day party for the staff of his app development company, and invite his parents. Sarah Winters, who owns the sweet and savory pie shop ...

B+
Promise Me a Dream

Promise Me a Dream is a gentle, tender story about two people coming together at a turbulent time in American history.  Unsparing when discussing racial violence, it also tells a lovely story of community and first true love.  And while I had a couple of issues with the stiffness of its prose, ove ...

B-
Lush Money

Lush Money has a whole lot of fun playing with romance tropes.  Featuring a confident, smart alpha heroine who’ll do anything to get what she wants and a beta hero seeking romance, it’s a fun, sexy, strongly written read – but one I had to downgrade due to some uncomfortable consent issues. ...