environmentalism

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The Kingmaker

I'm quite picky when it comes to contemporary romances. The story has to contain something very special in order to catch my attention, and the loads of internet buzz surrounding the release of Kennedy Ryan's latest novel, The Kingmaker, counts as special in my book. So with great anticipation, I do ...

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Forest of Thorns and Claws

A well-researched novel about conservation and tiger shifters in Sumatra, J.T. Hall’s Forest of Thorns and Claws highlights the destruction and cruelty caused by greed, poaching, stupidity and deforestation in a supposedly protected rainforest. The main character, Donovan McGinnis, is a vet wit ...

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Black Tie Optional

It’s no secret that the Marriage of Convenience is my favourite trope when it comes to historical romance.  But it’s a plotline that is less easy to pull off in a contemporary, so I was keen to read Black Tie Optional  - the first in Ann Marie Walker’s Wild Wedding series – to see whether ...

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Anywhere You Are

In Anywhere You Are, the third book in Ms. Barrett’s Return to Briarwood series, Marcus Colby and Grace Davingham meet, fall in love, fight dramatically, and then live happily ever after. Along the way, we spend time with Grace’s famous family, a group of environmentalists, a big floppy dog, and ...

B+
The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior

This second book in Jennifer McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series re-acquaints readers with Lucy Westmore, the free-spirited, rather hoydenish younger sister of the heroine of the previous book. The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior is a deftly written story that packs quite the emotional ...

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Shroud of Fog

Fog lends a certain chilling ambience to a day and that in turns lends a delightfully chilling atmosphere to a mystery. That sense of distorted, shortened vision can lead one to expect all kinds of dangers to lie just around the corner and in this small town suspense story that proves to be true. ...

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Freefall

I've been feeling some series fatigue lately, so I was surprised by how much I really wanted to see sequels to Aftershock. It was a fabulous read, and I just had to know what happened to the other earthquake survivors. Those who read Aftershock will be aware that Sam Rutherford is something of a mys ...

B+
A Natural History of Dragons

I adore stories with dragons in them. I grew up with Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern books, and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series of historical fantasies is among my favorites. So I jumped at the opportunity to review Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, the first installm ...

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Always and Forever

When I was in Junior High my parents renovated a one hundred-plus year old house in the heart of our small town. It could be inconvenient living in a home whose walls were constantly being torn down and rebuilt or whose flooring would be yanked out and replaced over the course of a grueling day’s ...

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Dream Lake

One of the hardest books to rate is one filled with both mundane and magical moments. I found the latest release by Ms. Kleypas falls in this category. Fortunately, this book is my favorite of the three books that I have read in the series, making it very easy to recommend. Zoë Hoffman is a gent ...