Troubled Relationship

B+
Extra Credit

A standout read of my recent Sarina Bowen binge was the delightful novella Blonde Date, which used to be available by itself but is now only available in the Extra Credit anthology. Blonde Date Grade: A               Sensuality: Warm If you’ve kept up with The Ivy Years series, you ...

A-
Heppel Ever After

Back in 2021 when I reviewed Charles, the first book in Con Riley’s Learning to Love series, I said that he seemed to be one of those characters who elbowed their way into an author’s brain and demanded their story be written. Vibrant, funny, larger-than-life and a complete scene-stealer Charles ...

B+
Husband Material

Alexis Hall’s Boyfriend Material was one of my Best Books of 2020 – a masterclass in how to do Romantic Comedy right, it’s a wonderfully, warm, funny and sharply observed opposites-attract romance that has become a long-term favourite. Needless to say, I was delighted to learn that the author ...

A-
A Counterfeit Betrothal

A Counterfeit Betrothal is currently available in a combined edition with A Notorious Rake which we reviewed when it first came out and gave an A. Lady Sophia’s parents (Marcus and Olivia, the Earl and Countess of Clifton) have been estranged since she was four. She knows that only a major even ...

A
The Sentence

Warning: I am a sucker for Louise Erdrich’s work, and I have been ever since I read The Antelope Wife.  Ergo, I am not an impartial audience for this book, and you might not enjoy the sprawling, character-driven, magical realism-filled portrait she paints as much as I did. The Sentence is a damn ...

A
Not Quite a Marriage

Not Quite a Marriage is all about the longing.  Two estranged spouses try to work their way back to one another under a rain of misunderstandings and Bennet’s plumy prose ably guides the way, moving this reader utterly in the process. Philadelphia  - Delphie - Burnett has one sanctuary to her ...

A-
Once More Upon a Time

Once More Upon a Time is a completely captivating, charming and comedic fairy tale novella about what happens after you find what is supposed to be your happily ever after. Imelda is one of the twelve dancing princesses. Contrary to popular belief, she and her sisters had good cause to wear their ...

A
You Deserve Each Other

Naomi Westfield is going to marry Nicholas Rose in three months even though their relationship  is dead in the water. After a miserable game night with her friends, Naomi realizes Nicholas’s plan: he’ll force her to break up with him, thereby not only winning everyone’s sympathy but also givi ...

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
Princess From the Past

I often finish an ordinary-heroine, imperious billionaire/prince/etc. Harlequin Presents title and, with a roll of my eyes, think, ‘Well, that’s never going to last.’ Caitlin Crews took this reaction and made it the starting point for her second-chance romance, Princess from the Past. Betha ...