chronic illness

B
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 ...

A
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 ...

D+
Get A Life, Chloe Brown

Wealthy Chloe Brown has fibromyalgia. She also has a list of things she wants to experience (I’m so over ‘tick off items on a list’ as a plot device), and major abandonment issues related both to her diagnosis (a douche of a fiancé, rarely mentioned, who ditched her because of her illness) an ...

B
Semi-Scripted

Marisol Gutierrez travels to the U.S. to pitch their nonprofit at a grant conference. The competition is stiff, Marisol is not usually the organization’s spokesperson, and she is especially nervous to do it all in her second language of English, but has stepped in at the last minute and is determi ...

C
Truly Madly Montana

Reasons I was really excited to pick up this book: hot Aussie, hot Aussie in scrubs, non-traditional heroine, heroine with disorder, small town cast of characters, librarian secondary hero, characters who actually talk to each other, and friends-to-lovers trope (well, kinda). Reasons the book then l ...

B-
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 ...

C-
Designs of Desire

Focus is so crucial in fiction that reading a book without it can be a disorienting experience. Often authors who write from the seat of their pants with no preplanning and don't go back to fill in the gaps produce unfocused stories that seem to jump from one important point to another, never quite ...

B-
Defender

I’m always eager to read romances in unusual settings, so Catherine Mann’s latest military romance, Defender, set entirely in Turkey, appealed to me. While I found most of the characters interesting, there are too many separate threads to give it a hearty recommendation. Captain Jimmy Gage is ...

B
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 ...

B
Bewitched

If I had only word to describe Bewitched it would be romantic. While most romance novels rely heavily on action-driven plots, poor communication or lusty whirlwind relationships Bewitched instead takes another route. It brings together two people who become friends long before they are able to becom ...