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C
One Night Only

Jayci Lee brings punch and verve to her Han Sisters series, but One Night Only leans too heavily on certain stultifying tropes and hamster-in-a-wheel scenes which repeat themselves, seemingly to pad out the novel’s page length. Only the originality of her characters manage to punch through the fog ...

A
Kiss Me, Catalina

Priscilla Oliveras continues her lovely West Side Love Story series about a family of female mariachis finding love and romance in Kiss Me, Catalina. This is a consistently wonderful book, with an enthusiastically glorious heroine and a sweet hero. Ambitious singer/songwriter Catalina – Cat - C ...

B
Just Another Love Song

I'll admit, I expected Just Another Love Song to read like Just Another Small-Town Romance. Based on the cover blurb about Sandy Macintosh and Hank Tillman, high school sweethearts reunited, I assumed the book would be set in an overly cute, overly perfect small town where nothing goes wrong and eve ...

B+
American Royalty

Tracey Livesay’s American Royalty is a spin on the Meghan Markle-Prince Harry romance that transcends fanfic to deliver a good time, but requires significant suspension of disbelief with the UK setting and the royal family. Jameson Lloyd, Duke of Wessex, wants to leave his royal roots behind an ...

D+
Six Ways to Write a Love Letter

Jackson Pearce’s Six Ways to Write a Love Letter is what I imagine would result if a writer sent the first-draft of a Taylor Swift fanfic to a publisher who published it without any editing whatsoever. The writing is all over the place. When pop star Vivi Swan’s drummer breaks his arm skatebo ...

B
Good Morning, Love

I liked the central conflict in Good Morning Love, Ashley M. Coleman’s début novel, very much.  But the hero didn’t really set me aflame due to his pushy and occasionally controlling nature. Carlisa – Carli - Henton is a blossoming singer-songwriter who has moved to New York City to try h ...

A
West Side Love Story

West Side Love Story transplants that old Capulet/Montague tale to Texas and gives us a fun, spirited and fresh take on that tale of forbidden love.  In the hands of Priscilla Oliveras, the old becomes new, and fun and sexual combustibility prevail. San Antonio native and E.R. nurse Mariana Capu ...

C+
A Song of Secrets

I reviewed Jayci Lee’s Harlequin debut Temporary Wife Temptation, and while it didn’t quite meet my expectations, Lee has released a lot of books in the meantime, so I thought perhaps practice had made perfect. In th case of her latest book, A Song of Secrets, the answer is, sadly, no. Angie ...

B
Amor Actually

Note:  The sensuality rating of these stories ranges from Kisses to Burning If you liked the movie Love Actually but wished more of the characters had gotten happy endings, Amor Actually, which re-imagines every plot thread from the movie, might be the anthology for you. Like the original, the c ...

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 7

By now, y’all know the drill.  It’s December, so that means it’s time for another volume of the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year. In 2021, editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has, as usual, included pieces from several well-known romance authors (Adriana Herrera, Angelina M. Lopez and Holley Tre ...