Novella

B+
Strong, Silent Type

A sexy marriage-in-trouble story, Strong, Silent Type is a quick but satisfying read. Misunderstandings have pushed librarian Libby and rancher Quinn McKay apart, but grappling with infertility is the root cause of most of their issues. It was nice to read a marriage-in-trouble story that didn’ ...

B
Unsolicited Duke Pic

If you look past the intentionally laugh inducing title, Nico Rosso's historical romance novella Unsolicited Duke Pic actually has a lot of substance and interesting plot ideas; enough that I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the end result. When Thomas Halsey, Duke of Lighthorn, loses a ...

B-
Love in the Afternoon

Confucious said that “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” In Love in the Afternoon author Karen Hawkins tries to deliver a short story full of quirky sweetness, but misses the mark just a hair by adding a touch too much of the quirky. Jake Klaine sees dead people. He’s been talking ...

B-
Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure

Courtney Milan’s latest offering in the Worth Saga series is the novella Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure. In it, the author offers something the romance world is sadly lacking - a romance between an older couple. And by older I don’t mean forties and fifties - I mean sixties and seventies ...

B+
Inferno

Rachel Grant’s recent Flashpoint series of romantic suspense novels set in and around the Horn of Africa is one of my favourites in the genre; fast-paced, action-packed, sexy and incredibly politically astute and informative, they’ve pretty much ruined me for all other romantic suspense stories! ...

A
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

Whenever I read a lesbian romance novel, my heart expands by two sizes.  As a queer girl, back in my youth I used to long for books featuring heroines who liked girls the same way I did, and that the publishing industry is beginning to open up and publish more queer romance gladdens me.  Once Ghos ...

C-
Wish Upon a Duke

Erica Ridley’s story about astronomy, fear, and flirtation, Wish Upon a Duke, has a few charming points but subjects us to a hero who thinks that the heroine is a hopeless ninny. Gloria Goodwin, daughter of a the Royal Navy captain, runs a stargazing lecture at Marlowe Castle called sky-walking ...

B+
Patience for Christmas

I love novellas at Christmas - the length is just right for one evening, when you steal a couple hours away from holiday madness to breathe and remember what you’re in the season for. I try new ones every year, but only the chosen few make it to my annual re-read list. Patience for Christmas has t ...

A
Love Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner is one of my favourite films.  Set around Christmas time, it tells the story of two co-workers who don’t get on and bicker all the time in spite of the attraction that sparks between them – and which they ignore. He thinks she’s stuck-up, she thinks he’s crass and ...

B
I'll Always Love You

Ella Quinn’s sprightly novella, I’ll Always Love You provides a charming early winter distraction for fans of her Worthingtons series. Lady Lucinda Hughlot is struggling to find proper sponsorship for her first Season in the wake of her father’s death. Her mother, hoping to dispense with he ...