AAR

B+
The Engagement Arrangement

Jaci Burton’s The Engagement Arrangement is a fun, spicy western.  Though it doesn’t reach the heights of the author’s firefighter or sports romances, it’s still a hoot of a good time. Finn Nolan is Irish to the core - but unlucky in love.  Working on the Bellini family vineyard as a ki ...

C-
Ferryman

Ferryman is Twilight for Greek Mythology nerds.  There’s no shame in saying this.  For some readers it will be a great boon. The book is the first of a three-part Fantasy YA trilogy in which a teenage version of Charon falls for a human girl whose soul he’s supposed to reap.   Leaden and wit ...

C
Uncharted

I haven’t read Whiteout – the book that precedes Uncharted in Adriana Anders’  Survival Instincts series – but although there is an overarching plotline running through the series, there’s enough information provided here for a newbie to jump into the story without feeling lost, so Unchar ...

B-
The Scoundrel's Daughter

In Anne Gracie’s The Scoundrel’s Daughter, Alice Paten was left with debts after her husband, Lord Charlton, died. He lavished his money on his mistress. But Alice has made economies, and at the age of thirty-eight, she’s finally able to relax a little. And then a man shows up, saying he’ll ...

B-
Carved in Stone

An impoverished, idealistic lawyer falls for a kindly, compassionate heiress but is unsure if their love can bridge the social and economic divide between them in Elizabeth Camden’s Carved in Stone. Gwen Blackstone Kellerman has suffered plenty of heartache in her life. Her mother died when she ...

D-
A Blues Singer to Redeem Him

The blurb for A Blues Singer to Redeem Him, promising a perilous interracial romance between the son of a Mafioso and a blues singer in a Jazz Age speakeasy amid the looming threat of the KKK, earned this title an instant high place on my TBR.  Sadly, it failed to live up to my expectations in almo ...

B
A Delicious Dilemma

Romeo and Juliet meets really good-sounding food in Sera Taíno’s A Delicious Dilemma, the charming story of a chef and a land developer who manage to tumble into bed and then have to deal with some uncomfortable truths when the morning after arrives. Val Navarro has a bustling family life, a b ...

C+
The Bookseller's Secret

The worldwide fascination inspired by the six Mitford sisters continues apace, as might that inspired by any family which managed to spawn an ardent communist activist journalist whose investigation of the funeral industry made history, an anti-communist internationally famous novelist, two Hitler-l ...

C-
The Show Girl

The Show Girl is my greatest disappointment of 2021 thus far – well, in terms of reading anyway.  Presenting us with a memorable heroine, it plunges her into the dullest, most predictable Ladies Home Journal plot I’ve ever read in my life, leading to obvious conclusions and dull let-downs all a ...

B
Bombshell

Sarah MacLean opens a new series with a bang in Bombshell. Revisiting characters from previous books - most notably The Day of the Duchess - she finally delivers a love story for Sesily Talbot, the remaining 'Soiled S' Talbot sister left unmarried. However Sesily is no retiring spinster. Instead we ...