The Best Gift by Eli Easton

The Best Gift by Eli Easton

Eli Easton is one of those authors I’ve been aware of for a while but hadn’t yet read – until this year when I read three of her books and was, on the whole, fairly impressed. That made my choice for this month’s (December 2022 TBR) festive prompt fairly easy after I found a copy of her…

Sweetheart by Sarah Mayberry

Sweetheart by Sarah Mayberry

Sarah Mayberry’s Sweetheart is the first in a spinoff series based on the coffee shop The Busy Bean, which was originated by Sarina Bowen in her True North books. The True North World comprises three series – The Busy Bean, Moo U and Vino and Veritas – all written by different authors.  Being somewhat cautious…

Unguarded by Jay Hogan

Unguarded by Jay Hogan

Jay Hogan takes the number of books in the Vino and Veritas series into double figures with Unguarded – the story of a closeted, repressed bisexual veterinary surgeon and an ex-pat Kiwi running from an abusive relationship – and it’s the best book of the series (that I’ve read) so far.  If you haven’t picked…

Undercover by Eliot Grayson

Undercover by Eliot Grayson

Undercover is new-to-me author Eliot Grayson’s entry in the Vino and Veritas series set in small town Vermont.  It’s light-hearted, and readable, and it’s got a bit of a romantic suspense vibe going on, but in the end it didn’t quite seem sure what sort of story it wanted to be.  The suspense angle is…

Featherbed by Annabeth Albert

Featherbed by Annabeth Albert

Friends, I’ll be honest, I didn’t love the first book in the True North series, Bittersweet, and decided the series wasn’t for me.  But when I learned the author was creating the World of True North – inviting other contemporary romance authors to borrow the setting for their own standalone novels – I decided to…

Heartscape by Garrett Leigh

Heartscape by Garrett Leigh

Earlier this year, I reviewed Sarina Bowen’s Roommate, which was the starting point for the new multi-authored True North World series, which comprises four mini-series of books set within the world created by Ms. Bowen in her True North stories.  The Vino and Veritas novels are LGBTQ+ romances – mostly m/m but there are a…

Roommate by Sarina Bowen

Roommate by Sarina Bowen

Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Stephen Dexter Sarina Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year and the co-authored (with Elle Kennedy) Him/Us are some of my favourite m/m stories and go-to re-listens, so when I saw that Teddy Hamilton was on board for Roommate, the first book in a new series that takes place in the…

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen is the fourth story in her True North series. With rural Vermont as the backdrop, the series has focused on the farming community, the orchards and the country lifestyle of the Shipley family and friends. This time, the romance has moved into the small town of Tuxbury and is a crossover…

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