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The Wedding Party

Any Jasmine Guillory novel is guaranteed to be a good time. The Wedding Party is another slice in that tradition; romantic, funny, sweet and easy to relate to, it’s a breezy read that will be like catnip for anyone who likes a good enemies-to-lovers story. No two ways about it - personal stylis ...

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The Proposal

The Proposal is the sensational, charming, warm, sexy follow up to Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date. While this novel contains characters from that story, you do not need to read that book to absolutely, thoroughly enjoy this one. I speak from experience. Nikole (Nik) Paterson is not enjoyin ...

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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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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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Undeclared

I picked the first book in the Burnham College series, Undecided, as one of my favorite books in 2016, and guess what?  Ms. Keyes has followed it up with another winner!  Undeclared is funny, sexy, awkward, addictive, and frustrating... just like its principal character Kellan McVey.  This time M ...

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You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well is a funny, bright YA coming-of-age story about love, friendship and identity – I loved it and would be happy to have it with me on my Desert Island. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime = (new Date()).getTime(); if ( ...

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Redwood Bend

I’ve loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series since Jack pulled into town and set up his bar and wooed midwife Mel in book one, aptly titled Virgin River. Carr’s love for the redwood country shines through even to the latest 13th book in the series. Widow Katie Malone and her five-year-old tw ...

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Stranded With Her Ex

The title Stranded With Her Ex is rather sordid and suggests deserted tropical islands and bickering that turns into sex. The story, however, is not that at all. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a story with true heart and depth. Daniela Flores is a marine biologist signed on to a research ...

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Set the Dark on Fire

I’m always on the lookout for new romantic suspense authors. While I love the subgenre, I don’t like gruesome, graphic violence, nor do I like endless series about SEALs and other special ops, which kind limits the number of potential titles for me. I chose to review Jill Sorenson’s Set the Da ...

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Virgin River

The third time was the charm for me. After reading two not very enjoyable books, I picked up Virgin River and was totally engrossed in a charming story. The good thing is, it’s the first in a trilogy – I will be at the store to buy the other two books as soon as they come out. Melinda Monroe ...