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Natalie Tan's Book of Luck & Fortune

There’s something unexpected and unique about Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune.  Magical and sublime with a core that’s a real heartbreaker, it nonetheless has a few problems that keep it from being a full-out A-grade homerun. Natalie Tan once vowed to herself that she’d never retu ...

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Too Hot to Handle

I’ve been hearing a lot of good buzz about Tessa Bailey lately, and when I dug into her backlist, I wasn’t disappointed. Too Hot to Handle is fast-paced, emotional, and blisteringly sexy. I highly recommend it. Chef Rita Clarkson has never been able to live up to her late mother, culinary leg ...

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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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Intercepting the Chef

Logan Stonestreet knows his career is winding down. If his agent wasn’t hinting, then his body sure is, as years of playing professional football are starting to take their toll. Tapping into memories of his mother’s cooking, he decides to create a restaurant to segue into phase two of adulthood ...

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Turn Me Loose

Although Turn Me Loose is billed as the sixth book in Anne Calhoun’s Alpha Ops series, the author includes enough relevant information about previous situations and characters to make it work as a standalone, although I will admit to having re-read Maria Rose’s review of Under the Surface in ord ...

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Make Me Beg

Make Me Beg is the second story in Rebecca Brooks’ Men of Gold Mountain series. The title (and cover) likely make you think that it’s going to contain some pretty steamy scenes, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The title also signals the way the main characters treat each other for most of the story ...