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Famous

Romances featuring characters who are famous are my booknip, so I was admittedly always inclined to at least like Jenny Holiday’s Famous, the first book in her new series. There’s good news for me and for fellow fans of the set-up, because I loved this book. Ms. Holiday avoids the potential for ...

A
Dating-ish

I have a disorder that could be plaguing other romance readers - instant-gratification-itis. I’ve become so conditioned to expect instant-lust, instant-love, and almost-instant-sex in my romance novels that I forgot how enjoyable delayed gratification can be. I get a little fidgety and uncomfortab ...

B
Schooling the Viscount

Maggie Robinson’s new Cotswold Confidential series is set in the sleepy, picturesque village of Puddling-on-the-Wold which, for the past seventy-odd years, has provided a rather unusual service for the members of the nobility by taking in its wayward sons and daughters and, through a strict and pe ...

B-
Ready to Fall

Ready to Fall is an example of tropes done right. There are a ridiculous number of them on display in this eighty-five page novella, from the librarian looking for love to the damaged-by-previous-relationship hero, but the story uses them so well - and with a big dash of humor - that it all works. ...

B
At Fairfield Orchard

I'll admit it.  I picked this book up almost entirely because of its setting.  I grew up in the rolling hills outside Charlottesville, Virginia, and it's still one of my favorite places. Thankfully, it's obvious in this book that the author did her research and she does get a lot of the details of ...

C
Need Me

Sometimes a book is totally working for you, and then something tanks it. Need Me could have gotten a much higher grade from me, except the middle of the book went so far off the tracks that it was irredeemable. The result was half a book I loved, and half one that I couldn’t stand. ...

B+
The One in My Heart

This book is a departure from the Sherry Thomas norm. First, it is a contemporary romance and second, it is written in the first person point of view. Well, a good writer is a good writer no matter the genre and I really enjoyed Sherry Thomas’ contemporary debut. I think her historical romance fan ...

A+
A Different Blue

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert There are some books I just know I'm going to love. I read the synopsis, and something clicks in my brain. Such was the case when I stumbled upon Amy Harmon's A Different Blue. Meet Blue Echohawk. Well, that's what's she's been called since she was around the age of t ...

B
Where Courage Calls

Back in my middle school and high school years Janette Oke was one of my favorite authors. Her books about the Canadian West contained fabulous characters, sweet romances and a subtle message of the Christian faith that transcended denominations and went straight to the heart. When I heard she was e ...

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The Rosie Project

Hearing the hype surrounding this Australian comedy (that just happens to be a romance way off the beaten track), I quickly decided to give the audio version a try despite the fact that it’s the author’s debut novel and the narrator’s first audiobook performance. Told in first person by the he ...