Novella

C
The Bachelor Earl

The Bachelor Earl is the prequel novella to Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series.  I have not read that series yet, but did not find it difficult to follow the story in this novella. Eugenia Aldwick, the Dowager Duchess of Kendal, decides to slowly re-enter society following two years of m ...

B+
Midwinter Magic

In Midwinter Magic, the final book in her Georgian-era Rockliffe series, author Stella Riley bids a heartwarming and utterly charming farewell to her cast of much-loved characters by bringing them all together for a memorable and magical Christmas celebration.  (A warning – if you’re not famili ...

B+
Her Pretend Christmas Date

Nobody does holiday romance like Jackie Lau, and her fake dating, grumpy-loves-the-sunshine-one romance Her Pretend Christmas Date brings her talents for humor, warmth and wit to the fore. Flighty waitress Julie Tam’s roommate Bridget is a born matchmaker, which is how she ends up on a date wit ...

B-
A Holiday by Gaslight

Mimi Matthews’ A Holiday by Gaslight has a familiar premise: a wealthy tradesman hopes to marry an aristocrat’s daughter. I always look forward to romances where the heroes aren’t aristocrats. Even better, this one begins with the heroine telling him she doesn’t want to marry him, so I settl ...

A-
Holiday Home Run

Looking for a fun, quick holiday read to get you in the mood for the upcoming winter months?  Priscilla Oliveras comes through with a sweet novella filled with charm and spirit, Holiday Home Run. Party planner Julia Fernández (Julia is a cousin to the three Fern ández sisters from Oliveras’ ...

A
American Christmas

Anyone who loves Adriana Herrera’s Dreamers series will have fun taking in this brief holiday visit with Ari and Yin, a secondary couple who appear as background characters in multiple volumes of the series.  Warm, fuzzy, heartwarming and sweet down to the bone, it’s a perfectly fluffy holiday ...

B+
Let's Connect

Kelly Jensen’s Let’s Connect was originally written as a serial for the author’s newsletter subscribers, but now she’s collected the instalments together and published them as a novella.  It’s a charming, funny and poignant story about a fifty-year-old divorcé who alternates between wond ...

A-
Tempting Hymn

Amazon’s listing data for the Sugar Sun series is a bit confusing, but Tempting Hymn is definitely book 1.5, and  I strongly recommend that you do not read it first, because its entire premise is a spoiler for book one. On the other hand, I actually enjoyed the appearances by the characters I ded ...

B
Things Hoped For

After over a decade putting in the work, Xeno Cooper, queen of the Houston rap scene, becomes an ‘overnight’ success when a major rapper highlights her work in an interview. She’d have it all - if she could just find the right woman to share it with. A chance backstage meeting with masseuse Tr ...

A
The Beast of Blackmoor

The Beast of Blackmoor was first published as part of the Night Shift anthology, and it was far and away my favorite part of that collection. This review is an adaptation of the original review I wrote for the whole anthology, because Milla Vane has reissued her story. It’s a prequel to her A Gath ...