Texas

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You Lucky Dog

Julia London’s You Lucky Dog is funny, sweet and charming, but gets a couple of points dinked off for the author’s preference for outside conflict versus internal conflict in the romance. It’s a tough day in Austin, Texas. The arrest of a dog walker in an undercover drug sting has resulted ...

B
Things Hoped For

After over a decade putting in the work, Xeno Cooper, queen of the Houston rap scene, becomes an ‘overnight’ success when a major rapper highlights her work in an interview. She’d have it all - if she could just find the right woman to share it with. A chance backstage meeting with masseuse Tr ...

A
The Secret of You and Me

The Secret of You and Me is an unexpected treat of a heartfelt but very dark novel, a warm and queer retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen.  But it fashions a whole new world, a whole new set of feelings created from broken hearts and heavy religious guilt in small-town Texas. Captain Nora Noak ...

A
The Cowboy Says I Do

There are a handful of authors who can write really charming contemporary romances and make me laugh effortlessly.  Sarah Title is one of them.  Jackie Lau is another.  Add Dylann Crush to the mix.  Her The Cowboy Says I Do is funny, fresh, and delightful. Lacey Cherish has inherited one dooz ...

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The Trouble With Hating You

A strong heroine, charming hero and fiery love story make The Trouble with Hating You an utterly delightful début. To say that Liya Thakkar has daddy issues is to seriously understate the problem. She and her father are barely civil. He is disgusted that she flauts their traditional Indian cultu ...

C
Texas Legacy

I loved Lorraine Heath’s Texas Glory, heartbreaking though it was at times, so when I discovered one more book to carry on the story told by her Texas trilogy, I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, while Texas Legacy often felt like a reconnection with old friends, it didn’t quite live up ...

A
Uncommon Passion

Uncommon Passion is one of my very favorite romances. I’ve read it again and again—it’s my favorite of Calhoun’s books and has been since it was first published in 2013. It’s a virgin/rake story and, like the best of that trope, is a testament to the redemptive power of love. Rachel Hil ...

B
The Devil in the Saddle

Sometimes you just need a book to be good. You sit down, and you hope that the author knows what they’re doing because you’re too tired to make the effort to try and be entertained. You just want to be entertained and not end up mentally bracing yourself for the next dreadful line of dialogue li ...

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Jane of Austin

Jane of Austin falls somewhere in the middle of a Venn Diagram of Texas, tea, and Jane Austen, and since I consider all three of those interests of mine, I thought I would give it a chance. Sadly, I found it lacking on all three fronts, too slow, and overly long with little to say. There are quotes ...

B+
The Last King

The Last King kicks off Katee Robert's new series about a family involved in the oil industry in Houston, Texas.  The O’Malley’s series turned me into a big fan of hers, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from her latest release – but I’m happy to report that there is plenty of drama, back ...