mini review

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His Very Own Girl

I loved this book when I first read it in 2012. I picked it up again for our blog on Activist Heroines and fell hard all over again. This is the story of Lulu Davies, a pilot for the English Air Transport Auxiliary, the only organization that allowed women to fly planes in WWII. She falls in love wi ...

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Rock Chick Reawakening

This novella is a prologue to the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley, but can easily be read as a standalone. Daisy is a pretty, sassy, ever-optimistic woman à la Dolly Parton, but a recent disastrous episode has left Daisy shattered and in despair. Enter Marcus Sloane, king of shady, underground ...

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Wait for It

Wait for It was a bit of a surprise; I had expected a light, breezy read but it turned out to be so much better. Diana “Buttercup” Casillas doesn’t need a boyfriend or a husband. She has two adorable nephews, a giant dog to care of, a new house and a decent job. Or so she thinks, till she meet ...

B
Her Hopes and Dreams

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Terri Osburn’s Ardent Springs series has covered some difficult subjects in a light contemporary format; however she goes just a little bit darker in the latest release, Her Hopes and Dreams.  Spousal abuse, PTSD and even the challenges of single-parenting push the storyline into some less roman ...

B
The Spinster's Secret

One of the joys at discovering a new author is reading through her back catalog of titles.  Emily Larkin has started revising and re-releasing a few of her older books and The Spinster’s Secret was the first to catch my eye. The premise of the story is a little bit hard to swallow at first.  ...

B+
The Undying King

I recently read this, and as usual, Draven does not disappoint. The tale is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast trope, except in this case, both characters carry their own curses. The maiden Imogen has been cursed with the touch of death, and wants to be rid of it; the King Cededa’s enchanted immo ...

B
Watching and Wanting

The fourth entry in Northcote’s Housemate series (and the hottest), Watching and Wanting is Shawn’s story.  Readers familiar with the series will recognize him as the straight friend who lives with Jez, Mac, and Dev. Shawn’s life is a mess.  He’s just been dumped by his girlfriend, he ...

B+
Claiming Her

Lady Katarina has been holding the Irish stronghold Rardove for Queen Elizabeth. (The Virgin Queen is a slyly drawn character in this book!) The year is 1589 and Elizabeth has decided to give the barony to an English lord. This does not go over well with Aodh Mac Con who believes he is the rightfu ...

C
Keepsake

I wanted to love this book. I've liked the other two books in the series despite my normal "eh" response to most New Adult. I've liked the hero, Zach, in the other books and love the "virgin hero" trope. But, it was not to be. For starters, the premise of this book didn't work for me. The heroine ...

C
So Good

So Good is the first in new-to-me author Darcy Burke’s new Love on the Vine series but in truth it’s a spin off from her long running Ribbon Ridge series. It stands on its own but I still had a sense while reading that I was missing important connections between characters and the town in which ...