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Home Grown Talent

Joanna Chambers and Sally Malcolm earned a DIK from me for their first collaboration, Total Creative Control, a funny, sexy grumpy/sunshine romance set in the world of television production. Now they’re back with its sequel, Home Grown Talent, an opposites-attract romance between a cinnamon roll a ...

B+
The Accidental Pinup

The Accidental Pinup is fun, smart, well-written and filled with snappy dialogue with a lovable heroine and a fun premise. Cassie Harris runs a boudoir photography company called Buxom Boudoir, and has convinced her friend Dana to model for her.  Dana in turn wants Cassie to photograph the campa ...

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Strut

Strut is the second book in Jay Hogan’s Style series of romances set in the world of high fashion, and in it, the action moves from New Zealand to New York as we follow events in the life of model Alec Williamson. We met Alec, an up-and-comer, in book one, Flare, where he made his mark at Auckland ...

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Girl Gone Viral

Girl Gone Viral is fluffy and substantive, emotional and trenchant, sad and joyful. It’s a lovely feast of human emotions that will fill the reader’s heart with gladness. Ex-model Katrina King is a romantic at heart; a romantic who keeps mainly to herself, content to maintain comforting routi ...

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Blue on Blue

Note:  There are spoilers for the previous books in the Bitter Legacy series in this review. Lately, my favorite books are contemporary, queer, and full of romantic suspense.  And very few authors do this as well as Dal Maclean.  The Bitter Legacy novels are smart and clever, chock full of twi ...

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The Third Mrs. Durst

Some books need more suspension of disbelief than others and The Third Mrs. Durst is definitely one of those novels. The tale of a ‘hillbilly’ getting her revenge against a rich, powerful man, it bends reality pretty close to the breaking point - but it has fun getting there. Marlena Altizer ...

B-
Arctic Sun

Sometimes, if I’m familiar with an author, I can overlook flaws in a story - especially if/when the author is trying something new; I’ll round up and qualify the recommendation to AAR readers with the reasons why.  But that familiarity can be a problem when I can’t quite decide if the problem ...

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Three Little Words

Transporting her friend Wendy’s wedding dress from New York to Florida has turned Gia Gallo into a bridesmaid-zilla, so groomsman Bennett Buchanan’s initial encounter with her yelling at airline employees to fix a weather cancellation doesn’t leave him with a positive impression. With flights ...

B+
Resurrection

Resurrection is the fourth installment in Karina Bliss' Rock Solid series. This charming tale works well as a stand-alone novel, but the experience is definitely enriched by having read the previous books in the saga. She used to be known as Stormy Hagen, model and professional girlfriend to rock ...

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Object of Desire

Reviewing romantic suspense is a bit of a sticky wicket, as it’s extremely difficult to discuss a suspense novel without spoiling it. Reader, Object of Desire has so many of secrets (and potential bad guys) it’s difficult to keep track of them all!  And then Ms. Maclean further muddies the wate ...