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Whiteout

When I saw that Whiteout is set in Antarctica, I found myself instantly intrigued. The place fascinates me and seeing Antarctica is a not-so-secret dream of mine. However, amazing though the continent may be, I know it’s a pretty unforgiving place in terms of climate and terrain, so the idea of pe ...

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The Secret Ingredient

Family tradition, high octane baked goods, the world of competitive baking, small town living and pet pigs collide in Nancy Naigle’s The Secret Ingredient, a decently good and pleasantly readable homespun romance about an engaged couple torn apart by differing ambitions  But its deep commitment t ...

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A Wife Worth Investing in

I know when I pick up a book by Marguerite Kaye that it’s going to be something different and A Wife Worth Investing In - the second book in her Penniless Brides of Convenience Series – is no exception.  It can be read as a stand-alone but I know I am definitely going to go back and read book o ...

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Three Little Words

Transporting her friend Wendy’s wedding dress from New York to Florida has turned Gia Gallo into a bridesmaid-zilla, so groomsman Bennett Buchanan’s initial encounter with her yelling at airline employees to fix a weather cancellation doesn’t leave him with a positive impression. With flights ...

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Truly

Ruthie Knox is my latest binge author, and her hot, honest contemporaries are consistent pleasers. After the world’s most disappointing marriage proposal, May Fredericks walks away from her NFL quarterback boyfriend (leaving her shrimp fork in the back of his non-passing hand). Unfortunately, a mu ...

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Wrong to Need You

In Wrong to Need You, the second installment of Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts trilogy, we pick up almost immediately after the first book left off, except our focus shifts to Sadia and Jackson. Sadia, a single mother and widow of a man she doesn’t really miss, is desperately trying to keep her d ...

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Under the Knife

I love foodie romances, so when I read the blurb for Laurin Kelly’s Under the Knife, I could hardly wait to dive in. An M/M romance with a delicious setting—a fiercely competitive reality show—this was an enjoyable if not perfect read. Nate Pasternak is a little out of his depth from the mo ...

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Take Me Home Tonight

Books that create a balance between the familiar and the surprising often rocket to the top of my recommendation list. If a story makes me feel like I have my footing in its world, but also keeps me rapidly turning pages - that book has my allegiance. Take Me Home Tonight is that sort of book and I ...

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Catch of a Lifetime

I expected to like this book. A lot. Not only does it feature an “older” heroine, but she’s a chef with an interesting background. With an ex-athlete as hero, it seemed made to order with seemed being the operative word. Add into the mix excessive information dumps, no real build-up of a relat ...

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On Lavender Lane

Public humiliation must be very difficult to deal with, but celebrity chef Madeline Durand handles it with aplomb when a video of her celebrity chef husband and a married heiress having sex goes viral while Maddie is giving a cooking demonstration in Omaha. That’s not to say Maddie isn’t devasta ...