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Can't Help Falling

I loved the first full-length novel in Cara Bastone's Forever Yours series, Just a Heartbeat Away, which featured a widowed single dad and a teacher. In that story, secondary characters Serafine St. Romain and Tyler Leshuski were introduced as friends of the heroine and hero respectively, and seemed ...

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Radiance

A Retro Review originally published on September 10, 2015 This is easily my favorite book of 2015. What makes it absolutely perfect to me are the likable, intelligent characters, the superb handling of the subject matter and the excellent writing.Most people I have recommended it to have loved it ...

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Snapped

Snapped is the fourth novel in the Playbook series, a saga which focuses on the love lives of the Denver Mustangs football team. Written by a former NFL wife, these fun, flirty, stories sing with authenticity and humor. You don’t have to read the first few books to enjoy this one but you definitel ...

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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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Just a Heartbeat Away

I haven't read too many début stories this year, but I heard good chatter on social media about Cara Bastone's Just a Heartbeat Away, the first full length novel in her Forever Yours series. (Technically her first book is a prequel novella to the series, When We First Met, but this is her first ful ...

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Real Men Knit

Though I don’t have the time for it that I used to, I love knitting. I enjoy watching my sometimes clumsy hands weave things into being out of the yarn, but perhaps more importantly, I love how it can be an inclusive and communal craft. Online and offline, knitting communities seem to spring up wh ...

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Beard Necessities

It’s hard to be objective when your heart’s involved, and Penny Reid definitely got my heart involved with her Winston Brothers series (not to mention my feet, which occasionally danced me across my bedroom floor when she wrote something so wonderful that I just had to get up and wriggle with al ...

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The Cruel Prince/The Wicked King

The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King are the first two books in a fantasy series by Holly Black. I advise you to quit reading this review and, instead, find a way to get your hands on both books. Still here? OK. That's on you. Prior to reading these cracktastic books, I'd read one other Black ...

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The Flatshare

Clever, fresh, funny and fun, The Flatshare is one of the best romance novels of 2019.  I’m not quite sure how I missed it when it came out in May, but if you did, too... well, make time for this absolute gem of a book now. After a traumatic break-up with her on again, off again boyfriend Just ...

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Work for It

A smile and a tear – that’s what you’ll produce as Talia Hibbert scores another win with Work for It, the angsty but deeply romantic story of two men who fall in love in spite of their emotional scars. Olu Keynes is a tart-tongued but handsome man who has been numbed emotionally thanks to a ...