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Kiss and Cry

There’s just something about ice skating stories. Calinda Valerio and Ramirez Diaz-Tan met a decade earlier, when they were both regulars at the same Manila rink, she for figure skating, he for hockey. Calinda was twenty, but her parents demanded she not date, lest dating, or marriage, or pregn ...

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Promise Me a Dream

Promise Me a Dream is a gentle, tender story about two people coming together at a turbulent time in American history.  Unsparing when discussing racial violence, it also tells a lovely story of community and first true love.  And while I had a couple of issues with the stiffness of its prose, ove ...

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Unsolicited Duke Pic

If you look past the intentionally laugh inducing title, Nico Rosso's historical romance novella Unsolicited Duke Pic actually has a lot of substance and interesting plot ideas; enough that I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the end result. When Thomas Halsey, Duke of Lighthorn, loses a ...

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American Love Story

Adriana Herrera’s Dreamers, a series about a group of four Afro-Latinx friends who live and work in and around New York, seems to get better and better with each book.  American Love Story is the third instalment and I loved it.  It’s complex and romantic while remaining grounded in reality; ...

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American Fairytale

Camilo, or Milo, is a social worker with a heart of solid gold and a sass factor of eleven, while Tom is a billionaire funding a new project through Milo’s agency. Before that relationship is established, though, they happen to have an… er… intimate encounter at a fundraiser and neither can ge ...

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Searching for Sylvie Lee

Searching for Sylvie Lee, the beautiful, mesmerizing new novel by Jean Kwok, has been named a ‘Most Anticipated’ book  by  Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping,  and a host of other publications.  I’ve been anticipating it since I finished her excellent Mambo in Chinatown in 2014. While this st ...

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The Bride Test

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions - like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better, that his autism means he just processes emotions differ ...

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Rogue Nights

Rogue Nights is a multi-author anthology featuring seven new novella length romances, stories of women and men fighting back against political ideologies that seek to disenfranchise women and minorities through racist and oppressive policies. It's part of the Rogue series that came about as the resu ...

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Housegirl

House Girl has been nominated for the Edinburgh First Book Award and is listed as one of The Observer's "New Faces of Fiction"; one of The Millions' "Most Anticipated Books of the Year" ; one of The Guardian's "Best Summer Books" and one of Library Journal's "Books to Anticipate." It's safe to say ...

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America for Beginners

Leah Franqui’s America for Beginners takes a disparate group of Indian-American immigrants (and one white woman) on a trip to California.  They each have a different goal, and they all must stick together to survive the concrete wilderness before them. Pival Sengupta is a woman on a mission. S ...