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B+
Exposed

It took me a little while to get into Exposed, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. Taking two characters who have obviously had pent-up feelings for each other for a while and who are part of a tight-knit friend group, and throwing them into a ‘casual’ relationship is bound to make for a goo ...

B-
When Stars Collide

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for Divas. Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving ...

B+
The Hellion's Waltz

The Hellion’s Waltz is a lot of fun, but has a few flaws that knock it out of the DIK bracket and make it the weakest of Olivia’s Waite’s Feminine Pursuits series.  It’s still well worth the read though, though. Sophie Roseingrave is a piano teacher, tuner and composer with a problem.  ...

B+
Wet and Reckless

Wet and Reckless is book four in the sexy contemporary Private Pleasures series by Samanthe Beck, and it’s filled with the same hot good times as the previous books in the series. Roxy Goodheart is a musician, but she’s gotten herself into a spot of trouble. Having shoplifted her own guitar f ...

B+
The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes is a contemporary romance about a young Black woman making her way through the music industry, and her reconnection with her childhood sweetheart. Antonia - Toni - Bennette has no interest in super-stardom, or, really, any level of fame. She grew up with a mother o ...

B
I'll Be the One

Skye is, at size 16, an average American girl - but much larger than the average Korean (something her mother will never let her forget) and downright gargantuan in the world of K-pop. Skye, however, won’t let other people’s beauty standards hold her back. Knowing she can dance and sing, she ent ...

B+
K-pop Confidential

One of the greatest gifts of These Times to me has been my discovery of how much I love K-Pop. Short for “Korean Pop Music”, it’s a behemoth industry that I am many years late to the party on, but ever so grateful to be here. The boyband BTS is the major name in this space and they made quite ...

A
Utopia Avenue

Utopia Avenue is one part Backbeat, two more of the bracing whimsical wit of A Hard Day’s Night, several parts Head-like support of social upheaval and psychedelics, with maybe a skosh of That Thing You Do! thrown in.  The rest is the story - detailing the struggles and joys of the titular psych- ...

A
My Christmas Number One

I had been prepared for Leonie Mack’s debut romance My Christmas Number One to be a ‘Hallmark-esque’ holiday romance complete with Christmas tree-lighting, cookie-baking, and enough snow to cool me down during California’s heatwave. Surprisingly, the fresh plot is largely unpredictable and l ...

B
A Much Younger Man

A Much Younger Man is, as the title would suggest a May/December romance, and it’s the first book in Z.A. Maxfield’s Men of St. Nacho’s series – a spin off of her earlier books set in the small California coastal town of St. Ingacio, (called St. Nacho’s by the locals).  It does feature so ...