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Love Lettering

I put off writing a review for Love Lettering because I have so many mixed feelings about the book. I love the art of hand lettering and calligraphy, but I sometimes found the minute focus on the process and different styles (which I obsessed over while reading the text!) distracted my attention fro ...

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Regency Royal Navy Christmas

This is a curious anthology because while two of the stories are Kelly’s usual fare, one is happy-ending fiction rather than a romance, and the other is a reprint of the novella which introduced Able Six, an eidetic genius very unlike Kelly’s general ordinary-folk protagonists. Boxing the ...

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Motion

Motion is part one of Penny Reid’s new series Laws of Physics and it is classic Penny Reid - smart, funny, and romantic with a little bit of mystery thrown in. Mona Da Vinci is a nineteen-year-old physics genius enjoying her structured life - meditation, yoga, journaling, dental checkups -  all w ...

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Earth Bound

Twentieth century historical romances are much less common than their regency or medieval counterparts so the sky’s the limit (or not in this case) for co-authors Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner to tackle the post-World War Two space-race era. Earth Bound is the second full-length novel in the Fly ...

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Motion

Penny Reid’s ongoing series about sexy physicists and the love they make continues apace with this very charming but also frustrating (hey, the author warned us it would be!) story about a physicist who never gets to have fun and the musician friend who tries to unwind her. Mona is a totally ra ...

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Playing for Keeps

Caleb and Sadie have been dancing around each other for a while. All of their mutual friends are aware it, they’re aware of it, but it takes an abandoned puppy in a rainstorm to make them deal with it. Both fraught with baggage, Playing for Keeps is the story of how two adults can find strength in ...

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The Kiss Quotient

If you've been dialed into Romancelandia over the last few months, then I'm sure you've been hearing a lot of buzz around début author Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient -  and I'm here to tell you the book lives up to the hype. It feels a bit like a gender-swapped take on Pretty Woman, but in ...

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The Unlikely Master Genius

Sailing Master Able Six’s odd name reflects his dismal origins: the sixth child abandoned that month at a workhouse orphanage, and too durable to die. His uncanny brain (he remembers absolutely everything he’s ever seen) allows him to become a Royal Navy sailing master, a position never previous ...

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Dating-ish

I have a disorder that could be plaguing other romance readers - instant-gratification-itis. I’ve become so conditioned to expect instant-lust, instant-love, and almost-instant-sex in my romance novels that I forgot how enjoyable delayed gratification can be. I get a little fidgety and uncomfortab ...

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Beard Science

Penny Reid’s Beard Science is awkwardly and wonderfully odd, and no carefully selected combination of adjectives can adequately communicate the mind-bending deliciousness of this thoroughly enjoyable book. The author's creativity beats to its own drum, and she's successfully written something diff ...