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And Now She's Gone

Gina Carey once said, “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” And Now She’s Gone is a story about the many different kinds of adversity and adversaries women face in their lives and how learning to leave the battlefield bloody and bruised but victorious is the most i ...

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Last Tang Standing

My first reaction upon finishing this book was that I was angry it was Ms. Ho’s debut because I needed to read more by her. The tagline of Bridget Jones meets Crazy Rich Asians is… fine? But it doesn’t go near capturing what made me absolutely adore this story. I’d throw in vibes of The H ...

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The Circus Rose

Betsy Cornwell’s inventive but somewhat pat take on the fairytale Snow White and Rose Red recasts the heroines as a pair of performers at their mother’s circus who must battle religious fanaticism when they return to the only town they’ve ever considered home. Ivory and Rosie have been work ...

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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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Charming as a Verb

Some books jump out of the deep, fathomless ocean of creativity and arc through the imagination of their readers, with characters that stick in the back of your mind for months after you’ve closed the back cover. Ben Philippe’s Henri Haltiwanger is one such creation – memorable in a totally fr ...

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In the Vanisher's Palace

Let’s start with the concept behind In the Vanisher’s Palace: it’s an f/f retelling of Beauty and the Beast in a hybrid sci-fi/fantasy setting infused with Vietnamese culture and fairy tales. I was extremely excited by this, and on the whole, I wasn’t disappointed. The devastating “brea ...

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When No One Is Watching

Home is where the heart is. In America, it’s also where we store a lot of our wealth - not just the stuff inside the house, but the investment it represents in and of itself. Home can also be a source of great danger, which is the theme of When No One Is Watching. A difficult divorce finds Sydn ...

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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 ...

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Here to Stay

Adriana Herrera takes on workplace romance with her usual sense of verve and style in Here to Stay, a fun take on the rivals-to-lovers trope. Julia del Mar Ortiz is having a difficult month. Working as a program director for the Sturm Foundation, the charity division of a high-end department stor ...