enemies to lovers

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Battle Royal

Lucy Parker has another winner on her hands with Battle Royal, the first book in her new Royal Insiders series and also her first novel published under the Avon Imprint.   I’ve enjoyed all her books so far and have loved quite a few of them; they’re stylish and engaging and wonderfully romanti ...

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Blood Like Magic

Blood Like Magic is filled with richly-plotted worldbuilding and complex magical hierarchies.  Overall it’s quite a satisfying and engrossing read, with a few minor issues that kept it from getting a full-on A grade.  It’s a full-tabled banquet loaded with treats – most of them of a rather c ...

B+
Exposed

It took me a little while to get into Exposed, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. Taking two characters who have obviously had pent-up feelings for each other for a while and who are part of a tight-knit friend group, and throwing them into a ‘casual’ relationship is bound to make for a goo ...

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It Happened One Summer

It Happened One Summer is a contemporary romance about socialite Piper Bellinger reeling after a fall from grace. Following some bad choices, Piper finds herself stuck for the summer in the small town where she was born, where she might find more than she bargained for. Our story begins when Pipe ...

B+
Kidnapped by the Viking

Under the name Megan Crane, Caitlin Crews has plenty of experience writing faux-Vikings in her dystopian Edge series. I was curious to see how she’d do with an actual Viking in a genuine Dark Ages setting. The answer? Pretty well! In 918, the real-life Lady of the Mercians (daughter of Alfred t ...

A
The Ex Talk

The Ex Talk is a contemporary romance about a woman on the brink of thirty, trying to figure out how to fulfil her career aspirations without killing one of her unfairly hot coworkers or being way too dishonest. It’s an amazing rivals-to-lovers romance, with some serious depth and intense emotiona ...

B+
A Conspiracy of Whispers

I love sci-fi romance, but I find it the hardest romance subgenre to navigate. Marketing is more disorienting, quality is highly variable, and the best reads seem fewer and farther between. While searching my library’s Libby app under 'romance' and 'science fiction', I picked A Conspiracy of Whisp ...

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Any Rogue Will Do

I saw Any Rogue Will Do on a “Best of 2020” list and picked it up right away. I’m so glad I did! This début novel by Bethany Bennett has everything regency fans love - wit, drama, loveable characters, steam, and romance all in an entertaining story. Lady Charlotte Wentworth’s first Londo ...

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The Viscount Who Loved Me

To celebrate the arrival of Netflix's Bridgerton, AAR is running, in reading order, our reviews of the original nine books in the series. (originally published on December 8, 2000) If an author has done her job, I will be swept away into another world and introduced to people I would like to kno ...

B
Sweet on You

I first learned about the writing of Romanceclass in the Philippines when I interviewed Bianca Mori for the Tropical Romance Book Club. Both Mori’s novella One Night at the Palace Hotel and another #romanceclass novel by Mina V. Esguerra, Kiss and Cry, have been DIKs for me, so I was quite excited ...