grief

B+
Slap Shot

I’m a big fan of sports romances, especially those written by authors who have proven in their writing that they are either fans of their sport of choice or have researched it enough to be credible. Kelly Jamieson is one such author for hockey romances. Her Aces Hockey series has been one I’ve c ...

B+
The Saint

I don’t read erotica. I also don’t start a series in the middle. But when I picked up Tiffany Reisz’s The Saint… oh, I did, I did, I did. The fifth in the Original Sinners series, The Saint was surprisingly easy to begin. I thought I’d have to keep a large cast of characters in mind, bu ...

B+
Dancing in the Rain

What does ‘dying with dignity’ look like, especially from cancer? What does it mean to become a parent when you weren’t prepared to be one? How does someone process early retirement from a career they’ve been working for since childhood? Do some dreams have to die before better ones can take ...

B
Saving Quinton

After listening to and loving Jessica Sorensen's  Breaking Nova, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Saving Quinton. The first book left me with so many unanswered questions, and I wanted so much for Nova and Quinton to get the happily ever after they deserved. However, Saving Quinton left me with e ...

A
The River Leith

Get out your tissues for this incredibly moving and superbly poignant gay romance that explores the lost and found qualities of memory loss on two men in New York City. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime = (new Date()).getTime(); if (browName ...

A-
Breaking Nova

There aren't very many New Adult books that captivate me. I like them well enough, but they don't usually make it to my favorites list. However, the work of author Jessica Sorensen has shown me a different kind of New Adult, stories of hope and redemption, rather than constant angst. For this reason ...

A
A Reason to Live

My Desert Island Keepers are those in which the author has given me something to think about beyond the romance and the two people involved. A Reason to Live does that by extending what could be an ordinary on-the-road story into a commentary essential to all of us. In fact, McKade’s entire ser ...

B+
A Scotsman in Love

For me, comfort reads often involve a lot of angst. Something about the theme of love as redemption, and seeing love heal characters and help free themselves from their suffering reaches me on a deeply emotional level. That's one of the reasons I enjoy Karen Ranney's work; she does tortured characte ...

B+
Mr. Family

Had my sister not recommended Mr. Family to me, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. The cover is ultra precious, and the title is just plain bad. But I trust my sister and I’ve read Margot Early before so I figured, "What the heck." I really wasn’t expecting a story as touching as this one ...

A-
Almost a Gentleman

Much as I loved Almost a Gentleman, I was almost afraid to sit down and write the review. Pam Rosenthal's romance debut is a masterful mix of bold and subtle writing elements. Knowing that, I knew anything I write will hardly do the book justice. But since this is a review site and I've offered to r ...