PoC

B-
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute

In Talia Hibbert’s Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute, we get a relatable, friends-to-enemies-back-to-friends-to-maybe-more young adult story that, while well written, somewhat missed the mark for me. Granted, I had high expectations given the buzz Hibbert has received for her contemporary romanc ...

C
Exes and O's

In Amy Lea’s Exes and O’s, Tara Chen is a romance book influencer when she isn’t a NICU nurse. When she interviews her grandmother about Grandma’s own trope-style second-chance romance, Tara becomes enamored of the idea of dating her own list of exes. Surely one of them could be her romantic ...

B-
Shelf Life

I really enjoyed Kelly Jensen’s Sundays With Oliver, book one in her Hearts and Crafts series. Like her This Time Forever series, Hearts and Crafts features older characters (well, in their forties) finding love, and she does it very well, creating characters and situations that feel very realisti ...

A-
Lunar Love

Rich and tender in the best of ways, Lunar Love wraps an enemies-to-lovers story around a tale of family devotion and love. An appealing narrative voice and a relatable look into what it means to be biracial add on to an already great book. Matchmaker Olivia Huang-Christenson is stepping into the l ...

A-
The Love Match

This one left me grinning. The Love Match is a fun, fast-paced romp through a coming of age tale with a compelling love triangle and a lot of solid material to be had. Zahra Khan is a princess without a crown. Stuck in Patterson, New Jersey with the rest of her family, she’s hoping to become a ...

C
One Night Only

Jayci Lee brings punch and verve to her Han Sisters series, but One Night Only leans too heavily on certain stultifying tropes and hamster-in-a-wheel scenes which repeat themselves, seemingly to pad out the novel’s page length. Only the originality of her characters manage to punch through the fog ...

C
Snowbound in Her Boss's Bed

Marcella Bell’s Snowbound in her Boss’s Bed makes the same mistake I’ve seen in a few books lately - focusing on the wrong part of the story. Miriam Howard, event planner, is the daughter of a Black pastor and hasn’t fit in with her family since she converted to Judaism. Temporarily hired ...

B
Knot Again

Knot Again is a sweet, smart contemporary romance about how true love can find you when you least expect it. Communication problems make this one a little hard to recommend without mild reservations but it’s still worth a read. Lucas Strong is a fireman searching for a little bit of tranquility ...

A-
A Match Made for Thanksgiving

I used to say I was a sucker for Christmas romances. However, I’ve realized that I just love holiday romances in general. I simply love getting a window into the joy of people’s celebrations. I was looking for a happy read this month, and A Match Made for Thanksgiving delivered. This was a ver ...

A
Before I Let Go

Do you ever find yourself putting off the really great books? The ones that you know will be deeply moving, that will chew you up and spit you out emotionally, leaving you in a daze as you circle through and process everything that happened in this other world, to this other group of people? I felt ...