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B+
The Majesties

According to the blurb, The Majesties is what readers could expect if Crazy Rich Asians had been written by Gillian Flynn, and since I loved both of those things, I was excited to pick it up. Author Tiffany Tsao has created a complex story of extreme wealth, dysfunctional family relationships, and t ...

C-
My Darling Duke

You know a novel’s in trouble when you’re rolling your eyes at the premise four pages into it. Stacy Reid’s My Darling Duke has decent characters, but it well earns its low grade because its characters do not practice the fine art of logic.  Only some adept writing and a really interesting he ...

B
A Love Hate Thing

The Blind Side meets The O.C. in A Love Hate Thing, a love story, coming of age story and examination of what and how much we owe to the communities we come from. Tyson Trice, called Trice, hasn’t seen the Smiths in ten years, but a series of tragedies has him leaving the dangerous streets of h ...

B
Second-Chance Sweet Shop

Second Chance Sweet Shop is a very pleasant romance about a patisserie owner who falls in love with a single-father dentist six years her junior. Unfortunately there are a few hiccups that keep it from reaching DIK status. Having recently divorced an abusive country star, Sasha Manning has finall ...

A-
Kiss and Cry

There’s just something about ice skating stories. Calinda Valerio and Ramirez Diaz-Tan met a decade earlier, when they were both regulars at the same Manila rink, she for figure skating, he for hockey. Calinda was twenty, but her parents demanded she not date, lest dating, or marriage, or pregn ...

B+
A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas

Having read and loved Jackie Lau's A Match Made for Thanksgiving, the first in her Holidays with the Wongs series, there was no doubt I'd be reading the next in the series. With a title like 'A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas' it promised to be full of trope-y goodness. In fact, all that's mis ...

C
Duty or Desire

Duty or Desire is a perfectly fine mid-level contemporary romance in which the woman in the relationship is the billionaire and The closely knit Westmoreland family and their extended clan have gathered to celebrate the housewarming for Bane Westmoreland and his new wife Crystal when an elderly c ...

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 ...

A-
Blitzed

Blitzed is the third book in the Playbook series, which focuses on the love lives of the Denver Mustangs football team. Written by a former NFL wife, these fun, flirty, sexy stories sing with authenticity and humor. You don’t have to read the first two books to enjoy this one but you definitely sh ...

A
The Kingmaker

I'm quite picky when it comes to contemporary romances. The story has to contain something very special in order to catch my attention, and the loads of internet buzz surrounding the release of Kennedy Ryan's latest novel, The Kingmaker, counts as special in my book. So with great anticipation, I do ...