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B+
If the Shoe Fits

If the Shoe Fits is a charming, modernized reimagining of Cinderella with a strong body positive message and an emphasis on inclusiveness. Cindy Woods is headed from NY to LA when she meets Prince Charming. She’s pretty sure he has another name but that’s what she privately calls him as they ...

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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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His Convenient New York Bride

Sometimes I’m shallow when I pick out my books. I’ll admit that I ordered His Convenient New York Bride based 100% on the cover.  When I got to this month’s prompt and saw that it was “dressed for success,” current me was thanking January 2020 me for getting a book that would actually fit ...

B+
Husky

When I wrote a blog post for AAR called “Male fatphobia in romance novels,” I didn’t dare hope or ask for the bigger guys I find attractive to be heroes; I just begged authors to avoid stereotyping them as pathetic losers. Clearly, I had to try Jessa Kane’s short story Husky, which stars an ...

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

How about a fairy tale where the heroine is the fairy godmother and the prince needs a beautiful gown? Prince Sebastian of Belgium is hiding a secret: he loves wearing gowns, and dreams of donning something more bold and glamorous than his mother’s old castoffs. When he sees a ballgown by seamstre ...

F
Ache For You

"I don't want to talk to you." "Ah. You are a lesbian." – Matteo meets Kimber, Ache For You The above quotation was the harbinger of bad things to come, like thunder before a tornado.  J.T. Geissinger’s Ache for You continues her Slow Burn series of rewritten fairytales, this one a Cinde ...

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Duchess by Design

Maya Rodale opens up her new series set in Gilded Age New York with Duchess by Design. Brandon Alexander Fiennes, the brand-new Duke of Kingston, has inherited an impoverished estate and has no idea what to do about it.  He desperately wants to restore Lyon House to its former glory, but with h ...

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Couldn't Ask for More

Kianna Alexander’s The Southern Gentlemen series continues charmingly with the story of a fashion designer and the textile manufacturer who falls in love with her. Alexis – Lex - Devers lives, breathes, sleeps and eats fashion.  She’s the kind of girl who spends hours in a hardworking daze ...

B+
Runaway Groom

I’m not a big follower of The Bachelor or any other reality dating shows. While I’ve seen the occasional episode, I don’t have the patience to follow week after week of fabricated drama. But I will admit, the premise sometimes intrigues me… so I jumped at the chance to read Runaway Groom, a ...

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More Than Fashion

Julie Hong’s Korean parents want her to be a doctor, but Julie dreams of a career in design. A win at Comic-Con gets her onto a Project Runway-type reality show called Behind the Seams. The night before filming starts, Julie tackles her nerves by drinking heavily and picking up a hot Brit in a bar ...