PoC

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Do You Take This Man

It was the synopsis of Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams that prompted me to pick it up, as well as the author herself, of whom I’d heard good things but hadn’t yet had a chance to read. The set-up is quite a fun one – a female divorce lawyer who moonlights as a wedding officiant embarks ...

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Lucy on the Wild Side

There’s no sophomore slump in sight for Kerry Rea in her refreshingly, intelligently funny romantic comedy Lucy on the Wild Side. Lucy Rourke is a junior primate keeper at an Ohio zoo. Known for her devotion to gorillas and her aversion to fundraising (as her friend points out, she’s attended ...

B
A Ghost in Shining Armor

While not listed as such, A Ghost in Shining Armor is the second story in a duology about two sisters who are separated at a young age and only learn about each other in adulthood. However, you don’t have to read the first book - And They Lived Happily Ever After - to enjoy this one. Before I g ...

B+
Foul Lady Fortune

Chloe Gong never fails to take her readers on a journey. Foul Lady Fortune opens a fresh series for her, but also serves as a continuation of the adventures of the Shakesperian characters in her These Violent Delights duology. This novel provides Rosalind’s story. I liked it only slightly less tha ...

B+
Drunk on Love

Jasmine Guillory has been called, “The Queen of the Modern Day Romance” (Vogue) and I would agree that she’s more than earned that title. Drunk on Love, her latest novel, takes us to Napa Valley, where a winery owner and her tech-savvy employee find amor amid the vines. Margot Noble and her ...

A
Rust in the Root

Rust in the Root does not take place in the same universe as Justina Ireland’s paranormal historical duology Dread Nation/Deathless Divide, which both earned DIKs here. This book can’t possibly be as good as those, right? Surprise! It’s even better. In a magic-infused alternate history, the ...

B+
The Fortunes of Jaded Women

The Fortunes of Jaded Women is a funny, fast-paced book that’s only slightly marred by the fact that it has nine PoV characters, sometimes making the incredibly winding tale overly complex. Thousands of years ago, a jealous ex-mother-in-law cursed her former daughter-in-law to forever bear daug ...

B+
American Royalty

Tracey Livesay’s American Royalty is a spin on the Meghan Markle-Prince Harry romance that transcends fanfic to deliver a good time, but requires significant suspension of disbelief with the UK setting and the royal family. Jameson Lloyd, Duke of Wessex, wants to leave his royal roots behind an ...

B+
After Hours on Milagro Street

A lively story about sex, romance, gentrification, family pride and ghosts, After Hours on Milagro Street is a lot of things, including a fine and quick-witted romance. Alejandra Torres has returned to Milagro Street with everything she owns strapped to her back and a lot of attitude. She was onc ...

C+
Compromised Into a Scandalous Marriage

Set in the Caribbean around 1900, Lydia San Andres’ Compromised into a Scandalous Marriage represents the wider range of stories, times, and places that I want Harlequin Historicals to be open to. Unfortunately, while I’ve read and even DIK’d San Andres before, this particular book isn’t up ...