childhood friends

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Dr. Strange Beard

Penny Reid is one of those authors with such a distinct style that you know immediately you are reading one of her books. No one has the same cadence or character voices that Ms. Reid does and it makes it such a delight to fall back into her stories. Dr. Strange Beard is a friends-to-lovers tale tha ...

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Damaged Goods

STOP reading if you are new to the Ravenswood series.  There will be spoilers in this review. Talia Hibbert's A Girl Like Her was a unique and a refreshing change from typical contemporary romance.  While fans patiently wait for the second book in the series, the author pivots away from her p ...

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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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Amish Sweethearts

I don’t believe in “the one” - as in your one and only true love and soulmate. Sure, I’ll buy the fated mates argument in a paranormal or science fiction story but in a contemporary novel I find it is often used to explain angst of the annoying variety. Most times the hero or heroine will pi ...

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After All These Years

After a car accident took at least one parent from two-year-old Curry Trent, Huck James, and Tom Winchester, the three grew up inseparable in the small South Dakota town of Gleeson. Until, that is, Curry married Huck, and both Huck and Tom went to Vietnam - but only Tom came back. Fifteen years late ...

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Hadrian: Lord of Hope

Readers who have followed Grace Burrowes’ Lonely Lords from the beginning may recall the heroine of this book – Lady Avis Portmaine - as the sister of the heroine of the third, Ethan: Lord of Scandals. In that story, we learned that governess Alice Portman (in reality Lady Alexandra Portmaine) ...

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Tempting the Bride

There is a certain formula for a Sherry Thomas novel that involves one part exquisitely beautiful prose, one part heartwrenching emotion, and one part crazy Old Skool tropes revisited. I am not quite sure of the ratios involved, but, for me, this formula has always resulted in a profoundly beautiful ...

B+
If I Fall

Thisclose. That’s how close this extraordinary book came to DIK status. Sarah Forrester is beautifully flawed and wonderfully real; there were times I wanted to pull her ears, and times I wanted to hug her and tell her I’d still be her friend. I’ve complained about cookie-cutter, annoyingly pe ...

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Goddess of the Hunt

Sometimes I read a book and, while it may not be perfect, I know right away that I'm going to like the author's voice. Goddess of the Hunt is such a book. Even though it opens with one of my least favorite scenes - the innocent determined to "practice" seducing with little thought of the consequence ...

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One Reckless Summer

One Reckless Summer is the first in a series set in Destiny, a fictional small town in Ohio. It’s a lovely combination of sexy, fun, and heartbreak, and I look forward to checking out more books by this author. Jenny Tolliver has always been a good girl. She’s never broken the rules, she’s ...