Novella

B-
The Companion

E.E. Ottoman’s The Companion is the most ‘no plot, just vibes’ book I’ve read lately. I loved the vibes, but the lack of plot really holds the book back. Madeline Slaughter has given up on being accepted by the New York literary establishment. Burned out, she travels upstate, where the be ...

B+
Extra Credit

A standout read of my recent Sarina Bowen binge was the delightful novella Blonde Date, which used to be available by itself but is now only available in the Extra Credit anthology. Blonde Date Grade: A               Sensuality: Warm If you’ve kept up with The Ivy Years series, you ...

B-
Salior's Delight

I’ve read and positively reviewed several of Rose Lerner’s historical romances here, so I was excited when I saw that she had a new m/m historical coming out and eagerly snapped up a review copy. Sailor’s Delight is loosely linked by character to The Woman in the Attic, but it doesn’t share ...

A-
Heppel Ever After

Back in 2021 when I reviewed Charles, the first book in Con Riley’s Learning to Love series, I said that he seemed to be one of those characters who elbowed their way into an author’s brain and demanded their story be written. Vibrant, funny, larger-than-life and a complete scene-stealer Charles ...

B+
How to Marry a Highlander

Do you want a historical romance that’s a break from angst? Something that, while not particularly plausible, is a whimsical good time? How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe could be just the lighthearted read you’ve been looking for.  Duncan, Earl of Eads, inherited a broke earldom an ...

A-
The Seduction Hypothesis

I read The Seduction Hypothesis when it came out and enjoyed it. It was my first quasi BDSM book that sparkled with humor and I did and do love Dryden's writing--she is another writer I sorely miss. Recently it popped up on Steals and Deals and I decided to give it a reread. Perhaps the best thin ...

B
Breakaway

There used to be a feature on Goodreads (which I use to track all my reading) where you could see a list of your most read authors. While they sadly discontinued that option a few years ago, I know from having looked at it that Noelle Adams is at the top of my list. She's a prolific romance author, ...

B
Holiday Outing

A Retro Review originally published on December 31, 2009 I decided to take a chance on Holiday Outing after Jessica at Racy Romance Reviews posted a review of this novella. I’m so very glad I did, because this was a nice little gem to add to my holiday reading this year. Jonah Levinson hasn ...

B+
The Winter Spirit

I’m not the Bah!Humbug! type, but I’m also not one to seek out Christmassy romances just because they’re set in and around the festive season, although  if I like the sound of a story and it happens to be set around Christmas then I might give it a go.  And if I do pick up a Christmas story, ...

A-
Once More Upon a Time

Once More Upon a Time is a completely captivating, charming and comedic fairy tale novella about what happens after you find what is supposed to be your happily ever after. Imelda is one of the twelve dancing princesses. Contrary to popular belief, she and her sisters had good cause to wear their ...