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That Deep River Feeling

That Deep River Feeling is a brother’s best friend (with the brother in question being dead) Alaska-set romance that’s simple and easy to read, if a little unsubstantial. Zeke Montgomery has arrived in Deep River, Alaska charged with a mission: his recently deceased friend and business partne ...

D+
The Betrayed

Kiera Cass’ work has never quite been as interesting as it was back in The Selection series, which was a fascinating combination of reality dating shows and old fairytales.  The Betrothed is a fresh series which tries to build a world all its own, but it is a mediocre and even sometimes trite exe ...

C+
Wait For It

Jenn McKinlay’s Wait For It is a breezy contemporary romance with humor and heart, and a complex look at loss, courage, and happiness. What starts off as a mostly chick lit kind of book wraps up as a romance with a quick HEA. McKinlay spends so much time setting up Annabelle’s impulsive life and ...

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Wild Love

This is not a romance. This is a book about one town’s efforts to keep an alcoholic sober, and the people those efforts drag in its wake, including Wild Love’s hero and heroine. If you’re interested in this book because ‘wild love’ sounds sexy, let me tell you – ‘wild’ in this book j ...

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At Summer's End

At Summer’s End is a lovely historical novel with a sense of fresh purpose.  It’s both a careful portrait of the pageantry of life in the 1920s and a lovely drama capturing the mores and manners of the era.  Ellis knows how to give us glossy soap, and glossy soap we are given.  Unfortunately, ...

C
The Duke Goes Down

The Duke Goes Down is the first in Sophie Jordan’s The Duke Hunt series. In it, Imogen Bates, local vicar’s daughter, uses rumors to keep her childhood bully, Peregrine Butler, the Duke of Penning before finding out he is illegitimate, from successfully courting an heiress.  I generally enjo ...

B
Make You Feel My Love

The rhythms of the split-PoV, split era inspirational romance Make You Feel My Love are well-worn in several places.  There are comfortable spots and tropes here, but when told in Robin Lee Hatcher’s comfortable, practiced and folksy style, they’re like the reading version of eating a bowl of c ...

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The Man Ban

The best thing about a man ban: resetting life and expectations for yourself. The worst thing about a man ban: falling off the wagon. It’s inevitable, unless you’re heading for a life of abstinence, that following any dating ban you’re going to have to get back in the game at some point. How y ...

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Dark Roads

I haven’t read much YA suspense, but Dark Roads is a novel that reads like a young adult mystery. The youthful protagonists provide a unique perspective into a series of crimes that target teenage girls and highlight how it feels for those young women to know that the adults around them offer no p ...

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Homebound

Science Fiction romances tend to battle sequences and spaceships, but Homebound by Lydia Hope is set on a dystopian Earth. In The City, an urban ruin that reads like a Dickensian slum, Gemma works for a pittance scrubbing prison cells. A surprise reassignment to the third floor, where the alien p ...