Minnesota

A
The Sentence

Warning: I am a sucker for Louise Erdrich’s work, and I have been ever since I read The Antelope Wife.  Ergo, I am not an impartial audience for this book, and you might not enjoy the sprawling, character-driven, magical realism-filled portrait she paints as much as I did. The Sentence is a damn ...

C
Sidelined

Sidelined is a warm-hearted big city romance with a small town feeling that is, for the majority of its running time, a readable football romance that has an easygoing core and a witty sense of self. But the introduction of a poorly-written disabled character and the disappointing ending mean I can ...

C
The Endearment

In LaVyrle Spencer’s The Endearment, newly-orphaned Anna Reardon arrives in Minnesota to marry a farmer called Karl Lindstrom. She saw his advertisement for a wife, and they’ve been corresponding since then. But Karl is in for a number of nasty surprises, and as a reader, I was cringing on his b ...

A
All You Need

Lorelei James is a familiar voice to many in the erotic and contemporary romance world, having published more than sixty books in the last ten years. While I'd heard of her, I hadn't actually read any of her books until this one. All You Need is a sports romance with a fairly typical plot idea – a ...

B
A Princess Next Door

This is the first of a series featuring the Rothman royal family, rulers of a small Alpine country bordering Switzerland and France. Amalie is studying art in Minneapolis to the chagrin of her mother who wanted her daughter to follow the royal tradition of arranged marriages and had picked out a ...

B+
The Devil's Doorbell

I agreed to review this anthology entirely because “the devil’s doorbell” is the best euphemism for “clitoris” I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Thankfully, the anthology was fantastic. There were far more hits than misses in the seven short stories, including two stories I gave DIK As ...

B+
Last Hit: A Hitman Novel

I’ve found a new source of book crack. Last Hit: A Hitman Novel, a collaboration between best selling author Jessica Clare and relative newbie Jen Frederick, hits all the right buttons and kept me turning the pages way later than is good for me, but there are parts of it that I freely admit are ri ...

B-
The Way Home

This book is a slight departure from Cindy Gerard’s typical romantic suspense novels and I had a bit of a difficult time deciding how to categorize it. There are elements of suspense in the book, but it was not really a suspenseful novel. So, I just decided to go with the more inclusive and generi ...

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Summer's End

Blended families are tough, especially in romance. When the kids are perfect, the books are too sweet. When they are impossible, you wonder why the two primaries are bothering anyway. But what if they are adults? Is the family still blended if the "kids" being spoken of are all grown up? In the c ...

A-
Hot Dish

I don’t think it’s any secret to AAR regulars that I’ve been moaning and groaning ever since Connie Brockway, the author of my favorite historical romance, announced her defection from the genre. While I will still allow myself a boo-hoo every now and then, Hot Dish is a dazzling and fun conte ...