opposites attract

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The Roommate

Friends, there is nothing like reading a debut romance and loving it.  Surprising, funny, sexy and original, The Roommate is on my shortlist of favorite books of 2020.  It’s excellent. Clara Wheaton has loved Everett Bloom since they were small children.  Their families, part of the Connecti ...

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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 ...

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky

Readers of Sandhya Menon’s Dimple and Rishi series are likely familiar with funny, spunky Pinky Kumar, an activist who backs hundreds of causes and feistily fights for every one of them. She finally gets her own book in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky, which involves fake dating, summer vacations and ...

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Boyfriend Material

Alexis Hall’s Boyfriend Material is quite possibly the best romantic comedy I’ve ever read.  Almost every page produced a smile, a grin, a snort or a full-out belly-laugh – and I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book that produced full on giggling of the sort that made my fami ...

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Love Lettering

I put off writing a review for Love Lettering because I have so many mixed feelings about the book. I love the art of hand lettering and calligraphy, but I sometimes found the minute focus on the process and different styles (which I obsessed over while reading the text!) distracted my attention fro ...

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The Good Fight

Who doesn't love a good opposites attract romance? It's one of my favorite tropes in fiction, so it's a good possibility I was predestined to like this book. With a hero who is as comfortable throwing punches in the ring as he is behind a desk and a neurosurgeon heroine, I snatched it up and enjo ...

B
At Fairfield Orchard

I'll admit it.  I picked this book up almost entirely because of its setting.  I grew up in the rolling hills outside Charlottesville, Virginia, and it's still one of my favorite places. Thankfully, it's obvious in this book that the author did her research and she does get a lot of the details of ...

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Nodame Cantabile

Brilliant in piano and violin, Chiaki Shinichi aspires to be a conductor, but his career will be limited as long as his fear of travel traps him in Japan. After he breaks with his professor and his girlfriend on the same night, he gets drunk and wakes up in the squalid apartment of his next-door nei ...

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About Last Night

Amazon said because I liked Sarah Mayberry, I would like this Random House Digital book. Skeptically, I decided to take Amazon up on its challenge, but since I haven’t had much luck with some of the music services that pick tunes for me, I didn’t hold out a lot of hope. I was pleasantly surprise ...

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Slow Heat

I loved Double Play, the first entry in Ms. Shalvis’ Pacific Heat baseball series, so I was eagerly anticipating this next release, Slow Heat. I’m happy to report that it lived up to my expectations, and now I’m eagerly awaiting the next one. <a href="http://www.likesbooks.com/banm ...