Pennsylvania

B+
Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela

Warning: this book is filled with serious discussions about, and memories of, various characters’ domestic abuse. There are no active descriptions of abuse on page (everything is related via memories or off-page), but one of the minor characters does die at the hands of her abuser. This is one ...

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Acting on Impulse

In my quest to read more new to me authors this year, with an emphasis on diverse/own voices, I found a real winner in Mia Sosa's Acting on Impulse, the first story in her Love on Cue series. I usually stay clear of the 'rich Hollywood movie star falls for ordinary citizen' type of story but the syn ...

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Midtown Masters

I have to applaud Cara McKenna for her ability to write such a different story with every book of hers that I’ve read, even when the premises are similar. She seems to reinvent with each new novel, which I don’t think is easy in the romance genre, particularly with erotica. Midtown Masters compl ...

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Downtown Devil

I had really mixed feelings about the first book in the Sins in the City series, Crosstown Crush, but I am happy to report that I loved this second installment. Like its predecessor, Downtown Devil is about a woman and two men engaging in a ménage when real feelings start to intrude on the fantasy. ...

B-
The Midwife's Tale

I think The Midwife's Tale might be the first Pennsylvania-set book I've read in ages that doesn't have an Amish person in sight. Instead, readers get to visit a sleepy 19th century country town and follow the adventures of the local midwife as she treats patients and starts to find a love story of ...

B
Just One Thing

A widow is wooed out of her melancholy by a war veteran bartender who only asks that she tell him "just one thing" when she stops by his bar every Monday. Artist Lexie McCain's children are worried about her uncharacteristic funk after their father dies in an accident. Lexie has holed up in her s ...

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Lydia's Hope

Through a relative's slip of the tongue, Lydia discovers that she has living sisters. After her family's accident in which her parents were killed, the three young sisters were split up, Lydia and her sister Susanna to Amish couples and her youngest sister Chloe to her English, non-Amish grandmother ...

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Faking It

I find that books are like expensive boxed chocolates—they all look delicious, but there’s really no telling what’s inside each. Some look normal but have hidden inside a strange neon green substance that doesn’t taste all that good. Others hide a caramel or truffle filling that’s just del ...

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The Turncoat: Renegades of the Revolution

This book caught my attention immediately because I am a huge fan of stories set during the American Revolution, which are hard to come by. I’m so glad I picked it up because The Turncoat proved to be a thrilling read, both incredibly romantic and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful. Be warned: it will ...

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Wonderful You

While Wonderful You is the second in Mariah Stewart’s trilogy about the three Enright children, it’s actually the first I read. Not only did it work well for me as a standalone, I fell completely in love with the Enright family, and can’t count the number I’ve times I’ve reread this book. ...