PoC

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Let's Talk About Love

One of my students recently asked me for some reading on asexuality - she’s thinking it’s a label she may want to own, and wanted to know if I could recommend some fiction books to help her understand it better. I couldn’t, so I headed to the direct messages of some friends and asked for their ...

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Find Me in Havana

Find Me in Havana is a difficult book to grade.  Startling, original, frank and powerful, it spellbinds and breaks a reader’s heart. The book tells the tale of Estelita Rodriguez, a Cuban actress whose time in the spotlight led to a supporting role in Rio Bravo and a series of Roy Rogers films ...

B+
How to Fail at Flirting

How to Fail at Flirting is a début novel about an uptight professor who decides to let loose for a night and the sexy, witty stranger who she winds up spending more than just an evening with. The characters are charming and well-written and the romance is both sweet and sensuous. Readers who are lo ...

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Teddy Spenser Isn't Looking for Love

Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love is a quick read that promised an enemies-to-lovers rom-com but didn’t deliver.  I really liked the author’s voice and humour  – the writing is really sprightly - and I liked the snarky, awkward and belligerently extroverted Teddy, but the romance happen ...

B+
One Night at the Penthouse Suite

Cora Ciacho’s father raised her from childhood to take over the Ciacho Group mega-corporation, but since his passing, things haven’t been going well. Her board of directors is scheming, she’s at odds with her mother and sister, and someone’s spreading corporate rumors. It’s not a great tim ...

B+
K-pop Confidential

One of the greatest gifts of These Times to me has been my discovery of how much I love K-Pop. Short for “Korean Pop Music”, it’s a behemoth industry that I am many years late to the party on, but ever so grateful to be here. The boyband BTS is the major name in this space and they made quite ...

B+
Her Pretend Christmas Date

Nobody does holiday romance like Jackie Lau, and her fake dating, grumpy-loves-the-sunshine-one romance Her Pretend Christmas Date brings her talents for humor, warmth and wit to the fore. Flighty waitress Julie Tam’s roommate Bridget is a born matchmaker, which is how she ends up on a date wit ...

B
A Soldier Under Her Tree

A Soldier Under Her Tree is a sweet-natured romance about difficult families, a friends to lovers romance, and a healthy reunion between a woman and her love of the Christmas season. Hannah Carpenter is concerned with getting things on track for her bridal  boutique as the Christmas season appro ...

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How to Catch a Queen

Alyssa Cole spins off her Reluctant Royals series (the hero and heroine in this story both appeared in A Prince on Paper) into a brand new set of tales, starting with How to Catch a Queen, a beautiful story about a woman who’s always wanted to be a queen, a man who never wanted to be king, and the ...

D+
Notorious

A fight-laden main relationship and awkwardly handled attempts at trying to write about the difficulties of being a biracial person during the regency make for a poor start to Minerva Spencer’s brand-new Rebels of the Ton series. Notorious is, sadly, the worst Spencer I’ve read yet and a downfal ...