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Hook, Line, and Sinker

I’ve been the happy reader of a number of good books recently, but until Tessa Bailey’s Hook, Line, and Sinker, none of those good books have been ones I’ve read for review. Now I’m pleased to award my first DIK grade of 2022 to this thoroughly enjoyable, sexy and emotionally sweet story. ...

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Hang the Moon

Hang the Moon is a big, gooey, romantic Valentine of a novel.  Just as good as its predecessor Written in the Stars, it gives us sweet characters, a romantic and well-sketched setting, and split focus between romance and friendship.  It worked on me hard, until I finally gave in to its charms. ...

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It Happened One Summer

It Happened One Summer is a contemporary romance about socialite Piper Bellinger reeling after a fall from grace. Following some bad choices, Piper finds herself stuck for the summer in the small town where she was born, where she might find more than she bargained for. Our story begins when Pipe ...

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Written in the Stars

A loose reinterpretation of Pride and Prejudice – the characters are more archetypal than direct representations of Austen’s  –  Written in the Stars is a fun, light-weight and light-hearted romp through the worlds of two Seattle women who find love together in spite of themselves. Elle J ...

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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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Kickin' It

It’s not often that an author is truly able to redeem an unlikable character. When I started Kickin’ It, I was immediately put off by the overly feisty heroine, Parker Speedman. But in the end, while I didn’t love the book overall, I was surprised to find that I’d come to like her. The st ...

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Serious Moonlight

I’m going to use the word ‘charming’ a lot to describe Serious Moonlight. Mostly because ‘charming’ perfectly describes how the book combines a cute first love story, a coming of age tale, a mystery and a character study into a single, tight package. Eighteen-year-old narcoleptic bookwo ...

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A Grave Peril

A Grave Peril is the third book in Wendy Roberts’  Bodies of Evidence series featuring Julie Hall, a young woman with the unusual ability to locate dead bodies using a set of dowsing rods.  I’ve been meaning to dip into this series ever since I read Lynn’s review of the first book, A Grave C ...

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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

Kacen Callender’s funny, flawed, authentic story of young love and broken arms, This is Kind of an Epic Love Story focuses on the messy complexities of romance, friend-love and parental love in all of its frustrating, confusing forms. Seattle-raised sixteen-year-old high school junior Nathan Bi ...

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Scoring the Player's Baby

The first romance I read by Naima Simone was Beauty and the Bachelor, the start of her Bachelor Auction series in August of 2015. I loved it, and I immediately put the author on my 'watch' list, to make sure I wouldn't miss any of her future releases. Since then she's written a bodyguard romantic su ...