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A Girl Like Her

Don’t you just love the simple pleasure of opening a book you know very little about and finding treasure within its pages?  Me, too.  When I read the blurb for A Girl Like Her, I was wary.  The heroine is alternately described as rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news; als ...

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Her Perfect Affair

Priscilla Oliveras had a successful debut romance with His Perfect Partner, the first in the Matched to Perfection series about three Puerto Rican sisters finding love amid the laughter and tears of everyday life. I enjoyed that story, though I did find it quite emotional as the women deal with thei ...

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Exposed: A Romance Anthology

I’m familiar with - correction - I’m a fan of quite a few of the nine authors included in the Exposed:  A Romance Anthology, and from the moment I heard about this collaboration on social media, I wanted to review it.  Each of the Exposed novellas centers around a principal character - one of ...

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The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date tells the story of a deep-seated connection and a building of trust between two people who don't have a history of longevity in their relationships. Is this going to last? is a question they constantly grapple with. Alexa Monroe is a lawyer and the Chief of Staff for the mayor of ...

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A Princess in Theory

Alyssa Cole is such a talented writer. I have liked everything I have read by her so far, and A Princess in Theory is no exception. This is a fanciful story, a modern fairytale, in which the prince of a make-believe African kingdom finds his long-lost betrothed and proceeds to beguile, lose and win ...

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The Wedding Date

Based on early buzz, I had high hopes for The Wedding Date.  Unfortunately, although Ms. Guillory introduces two appealing principals, the story is predictable and flat, and her characters spend too much time in their own heads and physically separated (he lives in Los Angeles, she lives in Berkele ...

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Tempest

Who hasn't read a Beverly Jenkins book? Her stories are as memorable as the author herself, and I am delighted to have this opportunity to review one of her novels. Tempest is a western mail-order bride story, and I'm in awe of the heroine's willingness to start a new life in a new land all by herse ...

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A Distant Heart

I have not read Sonali Dev before, but I’ve heard such wonderful things about her books that I was eager to start by reading A Distant Heart. Her voice is so unique and the story she has woven is so beautiful and emotionally wrenching that I'm still thinking of the people in her story days after ...

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Acting on Impulse

In my quest to read more new to me authors this year, with an emphasis on diverse/own voices, I found a real winner in Mia Sosa's Acting on Impulse, the first story in her Love on Cue series. I usually stay clear of the 'rich Hollywood movie star falls for ordinary citizen' type of story but the syn ...

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A Hope Divided

In A Hope Divided, we meet Marlie Lynch - a spy for the Union living in North Carolina - and Ewan McCall, an escaped prisoner with a dark past. They’re both brilliant, strong, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to stop the Confederacy from winning the war. As they have to flee Marlie ...