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Spoiler Alert

Olivia Dade’s Spoiler Alert is a warm, witty and gorgeously romantic romance that captivated me from the very first page and didn’t let me go until the very last.  Featuring two superbly crafted and incredibly relatable protagonists, a unique premise and an engaging secondary cast, it’s a fab ...

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Loathe at First Sight

I was really excited by the premise of Loathe at First Sight. It’s easy to root for a heroine who is in a hostile environment, and enemies-to-lovers is a well-established trope, especially in the workplace. I liked a lot about the book, but the end was unsatisfying. Melody Joo is a young woman ...

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Bellwether

Originally published in 1991, Connie Willis' Bellwether is a book about patterns; how and why things come to pass in our lives. Dr. Sandra Foster is a statistician studying fads at a Boulder think-tank called Hi-Tek, but her lack of success is discouraging: she cannot come up with the cause of the h ...

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Her Scandalous Pursuit

Her Scandalous Pursuit, although Book seven in Candace Camp’s The Mad Morelands series, tells the story of the oldest Moreland sibling. When the series began in 2003 with Mesmerized, Thisbe was already married. Now, in Her Scandalous Pursuit, readers get to see Thisbe’s love story. It is a tale ...

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Tales From the Gunpowder Academy - Love in the Time of Engines

Although Tales from the Gunpowder Chronicles features three separate steampunk novellas, I only read and reviewed the third novella, Love in the Time of Engines.  The other two novellas are standalone stories; LitToE is a prequel to Gunpowder Alchemy, published in 2014. LitToE is tough to grade. ...

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Frozen

I love our end of the year lists in part because, later, I can look back and see what we loved. In 2014, Meljean Brook's novella Frozen made my #Bestof2014 list. (2014 produced several books on it I still adore: Three Weeks with Lady X, Rogue Spy, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Having Her, Off the Edge, and ...

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How to Hack a Heartbreak

How to Hack a Heartbreak is a delightful book – a breezy read that grabs the reader from the first page. What amazes me is although I know that Rockaway could not possibly have written Heartbreak yesterday, it reads that way; it’s so of-the-moment. I can see readers juggling Ronan Farrow’s Ca ...

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Love and the Laws of Motion

Love and the Laws of Motion is an enjoyable tale of unexpected love between a reclusive astrophysicist and a brilliant, but slightly misguided computer hacker. It’s the second book in Amanda Weaver’s The Romano Sisters trilogy and, like the first book, it’s a delightful read full of lovable ch ...

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The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics opens with the wedding of Lucy Muchelney’s ex-lover, Priscilla Carmichael. Still struggling to come to terms with the death, six months earlier, of her beloved father - to whom Lucy had been an unacknowledged apprentice - this latest abandonment is too muc ...

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Some Like It Scandalous

I flew through Duchess by Design, the first book in Maya Rodale's Gilded Age Girls' Club series, a couple of months ago, and was super excited to pick up this second installment. Some Like it Scandalous is a delightful enemies-to-lovers romance, filled with all the sparkling wit and sizzling chemist ...