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B-
Black Tie Billionaire

Harlequin novels are a trope-y subgenre, and this book hits a lot of them. While Black Tie Billionaire avoids a lot of the worst pitfalls of archetype, there are too many contrivances. Shay ‘Camille’ Neal, heiress, is doing a favor for her friend and moonlighting in disguise as catering staff at ...

B+
Illegally Yours

In the second installment of Ms. Meader’s new Laws of Attraction series, two emotional powder kegs explode, then deal with the fallout, then live happily ever after. It’s an angsty insta-lust, enemies-to-lovers tale with the requisite steamy AF sexytimes we’ve come to expect from this author, ...

A-
Their Perfect Melody

This book contains explicit descriptions of domestic violence, and there are references to it in this review. When I put out a call on my Twitter for Latinx OwnVoices romances, I didn’t hear from many people – but my curiosity googling led me to the work of Priscilla Oliveras and her new Matc ...

D
The Love Coupon

Ainslie Paton's The Love Experiment was last year's surprise hit. Reading the high praise for it, I was looking forward to reading The Love Coupon. However, for multiple reasons, large and small, I have to say that this book was a disappointment. The hyperbolic writing style, with multiple ...

B
The Love Coupon

Lobbyist Flick Dalgetty has finally landed the job of her dreams advocating for the underprivileged in D.C., but her lease is up before she can leave her present job in Chicago. She worms her way into staying with Tom O’Connell, whose uptight precision is the complete opposite of her vivacious cha ...

A
Match Me If You Can (#21 on our Top 100 list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 6, 2005 Susan Elizabeth Phillips easily rates as one of my top three favorite romance authors. I mourned the ending of her Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series in 2001, and was therefore delighted to discover that Match Me If You Can not only p ...

A
The Love Experiment

When the Chicago Courier’s Jackson Haley, king of hard news, is ordered to help lifestyle reporter Derelie Honeywell recreate an 'intimacy experiment,' he’s not just unamused; he’s downright hostile. But farm girl Derelie can’t bear the thought of running back to her small town a failure, so ...

B+
Love Irresistibly

Note to self: When a book sounds good, ignore the advice of friends. Before I began reading this several friends told me it was a big disappointment and found it mediocre at best. This not only made me nervous, I avoided reading it for months. I just wasn’t in the mood for mediocre. That’ll teac ...

B-
Love Irresistibly

Narrated by Karen White As the Assistant US Attorney in charge of prosecuting Twitter terrorist Kyle Rhodes, (hero of About That Night), Cade Morgan could have been a somewhat unsympathetic hero. But, Ms. James cleverly redeemed Cade by the end of the previous book, paving the way for readers to ge ...

B
About That Night

Narrated by Karen White I was about halfway through About That Night when I realized the suspense was not the main focus of the book and the entire storyline started making a lot more sense. Unlike other entries in the FBI/US Attorney series that carry a feel of romantic suspense (although all ar ...