Washington state

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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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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 ...

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Promise Not to Tell

Promise Not to Tell is book two in the Cutler, Sutter & Salinas detective agency series. The story of a man and woman united by a unique childhood, it’s a mystery which highlights the stuff of which modern day nightmares are made. For Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy there is a before an ...

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See Jane Score

Despite living in Minnesota for nearly seven years, I never really got into hockey. I mean what's the thrill of watching a bunch of big sweaty guys pounding on each other with hockey sticks? Then I moved to Denver and got caught up in the spirit of watching the Avalanche as they chased and eventuall ...