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A Lowcountry Bride

I cannot tell you how badly I wanted to like Preslaysa Williams’ A Lowcountry Bride. I’m a fashion and design geek, I love ambitious heroines, and I like to read about diverse characters, including those with illness or disability. On paper, this book should have been everything I wanted. Unfort ...

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A Million Reasons Why

There’s something delightfully twisted about reading A Million Reasons Why just weeks before Christmas (which I happened to do, though this review won’t be published until March).  For it is a Christmas gift of a 23andMe style DNA testing kit that sets the plot going along on its delicious way. ...

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The Summer Deal

The latest in Ms. Shalvis’ Wildstone series has two half-sisters - one of whom knows of the other and one of whom is ignorant of the fact - who become roommates For Plot Reasons and learn to trust each other. Each sister gets their own happily ever after to boot, but the core of this well told tal ...

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The Summer Deal

This book was my introduction to Jill Shalvis, and boy was it a doozie. In a good way.  The Summer Deal (fifth in the Wildstone series) sucked me in from the first page and charmed me until the last.  I love that there was not only one great love story, but two; add to that the “bombshell of a s ...

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Blue-Eyed Stranger

Blue Eyed Stranger is an emotional journey for Billy Wright and Martin Deng as they struggle through individual challenges and the hurdles of a new relationship. Billy’s depression and Martin’s closet anxiety are fully third and fourth main characters in the book. Beecroft does an exceptional jo ...

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The Master's Plan

There's nothing as irresistible as a larger-than-life hero: a demon Earl, a maurading Viking, a devil-may-care race car driver. But sometimes I'm in the mood for someone a little more - real. You know, someone who could actually interact with me. In The Master's Plan, LaVerne St. George delivers a s ...