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B-
Such a Pretty Face

I have read each and every book by Annabelle Costa and for me all have been A-/B+ reads.  Until this one.  This story, told by Emily, a twenty-seven-year-old virgin, tells how she finally finds love with Brody.  We first meet Emily as she undergoes a physical exam by a doctor as part of her emplo ...

B+
If the Shoe Fits

If the Shoe Fits is a charming, modernized reimagining of Cinderella with a strong body positive message and an emphasis on inclusiveness. Cindy Woods is headed from NY to LA when she meets Prince Charming. She’s pretty sure he has another name but that’s what she privately calls him as they ...

B+
The Rules of Arrangement

While periodicals like Salon and The Atlantic sounded the death knell on chick lit back in the 2010s, I’ve been noticing a mild resurgence of the genre via reprints and new releases. The Rules of Arrangement is one of the latter, a modernized iteration of the classic formula of a young woman juggl ...

B
I'll Be the One

Skye is, at size 16, an average American girl - but much larger than the average Korean (something her mother will never let her forget) and downright gargantuan in the world of K-pop. Skye, however, won’t let other people’s beauty standards hold her back. Knowing she can dance and sing, she ent ...

B
Sweet on You

I first learned about the writing of Romanceclass in the Philippines when I interviewed Bianca Mori for the Tropical Romance Book Club. Both Mori’s novella One Night at the Palace Hotel and another #romanceclass novel by Mina V. Esguerra, Kiss and Cry, have been DIKs for me, so I was quite excited ...

A-
Sweetest in the Gale

Olivia Dade’s Marysburg series stars older teachers (all characters are forty-somethings) in workplace romances. This anthology contains three novellas: Sweetest in the Gale (in its first release), and reprints of Unraveled (originally from the anthology He’s Come Undone) and Cover Me (from the ...

A
Spoiler Alert

Olivia Dade’s Spoiler Alert is a warm, witty and gorgeously romantic romance that captivated me from the very first page and didn’t let me go until the very last.  Featuring two superbly crafted and incredibly relatable protagonists, a unique premise and an engaging secondary cast, it’s a fab ...

C+
Well Played

Well Played – the second in Jen De Luca’s series of renaissance faire-centered romances – is a bit of a step down from the excellent Well Met.  While the story itself is charming, and the heroine is wonderful, there are several rather frankly icky plot points that keep this one from a higher ...

B
The Highlander's Excellent Adventure

Shana Galen’s The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure is more of a lighthearted romp than usual, but the book is still graced with her typical sense of emotion and drama, although the first half of the plot is creaky, with plot choices and character beats that feel less fresh than they ought. A ...

A-
The Hitman

A romantic comedy with a hitman hero definitely doesn't follow the norm of mafia romances, which tend to be of the 'dark romance' variety. Yet author Katrina Jackson has done a delightful job of combining a lot of humor, sexy scenes, and yes, action too, in The Hitman, the second book in The Family ...