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The Unhoneymooners


Christina Lauren's pitch-perfect rom-com tickles the funny bone, not in the gut-busting way but it garners more than a few smirks. Even if THE UNHONEYMOONERS leans towards more of women's fiction--the kind that celebrates a female character's growth and...

Drawing Bloodlines


DRAWING BLOODLINES (The Princeton Allegiant #1) by Deborah Garland is the first book in a new paranormal vampire romance series. The vampires are a bit different from the norm and this leads to new world-building opportunities for this author. Dr....

Vermilion Lies


VERMILION LIES is the third book in The Order of the Senary series, and I would highly recommend you read these in order. This is Dax and Cindel's story. Dax we know from previous books, but Cindel is an unknown. It starts off with her running for...

The Austen Playbook


Sometimes I pity Jane Austen and sometimes I think she's got it all...a few hundred years too late. Think of the number of works of hers that so many have twisted, manipulated, adapted, lovingly massaged and downright massacred through the years and the...

Heat Stroke


Three lifeguard brothers, 3 different stories, all long beach-centric. I've not read the first book but I'm eternally grateful that Tessa Bailey has done something different with Jamie's story, and seeing how seldom she ventures into M/M territory just...

Reverb


I think Anna Zabo goes where not many mainstream authors tread, where sexuality (and what it means) is put to the forefront of the Twisted Wishes series. REVERB on the surface might seem like an M/F book as opposed to the first to M/M ones, but I've always...

The Serpent's Kiss


THE SERPENT'S KISS is the seventh book in the Scandalous Seductions series, although I haven't read any of the previous books. Bella is going back home, accompanied by Lord Pennerly, to be a godmother for her deceased friend's daughter. Lucerne, a...

Good With His Hands


GOOD WITH HIS HANDS is a quick read, centering around an unexpected encounter in the wilderness. The story is charming with likeable characters and a cute, sexy storyline.

What a Wolf Dares


WHAT A WOLF DARES is the second book in the Lux Catena series, and we reunite with Remy (playboy) and Sophie (Alpha's daughter). These literally are the descriptions for them, not mine! This was a well-written story that not only brings you new delights,...

Finding Her Forever Family


FINDING HER FOREVER FAMILY by Traci Douglass is a Harlequin contemporary medical romance set in the same Alaskan hospital as this author's previous medical romance, One Night with the Army Doc. This is an extremely emotional romance with an O.B. doctor,...

Counterpoint


Lauren E. Rico speaks directly to the soft spot I suspect I'll always have for classical music and the very rare bit of romantic fiction written around it, because there's just so much to explore in what's typically considered a big-ego, elitist and inaccessible...

Diomere's Healer


DIOMERE'S HEALER is the second book in the Gate Keeper Chronicles, and we travel with Arri as she tries to find the elusive plant that will heal her nephew from the same deadly curse that killed his father. Oh my, there are so many fantastic characters...

When We left Cuba


WHEN WE LEFT CUBA isn't quite a sequel to Chanel Cleeton's much-loved Next Year in Havana, the latter of which I do consider one of my best reads of the year. Still, it's a book that stands on its own feet even if it's less sweeping than its predecessor....

Deadly Obsession


There's always a special excitement I have when there's the new start of a series particularly in the sub-genres of romance that I look for. April Hunt's new Steele Ops series was one I plunged into because, well, new year, new series, new start. Sort...

In Dark Water


A return to Leslie Tentler's Rarity Cove after so long took a bit of re-orienting, a bit of catching up, but the slow build-up of IN DARK WATER makes it very easy to jump into Mercer Leighton's and Noah Ford's story after Mercer unwittingly witnesses...

Color of a Soul


COLOR OF A SOUL is a fast-paced novella about an Undine looking for love. Kelsey has spent the past five years searching for her soulmate, the one who will allow her to stay in this world, rather than return to the Otherworld. Jason is on a holiday that...

Allegro Court


ALLEGRO COURT (Bendixon Sisters Book 1) by Brenda Margriet is a second chance contemporary romance set in British Columbia by a new-to-me author. The heroine is one of three sisters and I believe this will be the first book of a trilogy. This romance...

Anton


A chance encounter in a bar sets Anton's feelings a blaze. Walking into the Lucky 7 with his brother, he's surprised to see Mia Marceau working as a bartender. Why is the wife of one of his teammates here? Working? When Mia sees him, she panics; cautioning...

Play It Again


PLAY IT AGAIN is a charming romance between a blind youtuber and an Irish gamer. The long distance between them and the fact that they don't know each other in person, isn't an impediment for them to fall madly in love for each other. Dovid is a youtuber...

A Werewolf State of Mind


A psychiatrist and a patient that are more than you can see. A WEREWOLF STATE OF MIND has delightful characters with great interaction. I enjoyed this story. The characters' openness and romantic development were well delivered, leaving me wanting...

Overture


Skye Warren's daring forbidden themes have been my catnip for a while and I jumped on OVERTURE for this very reason. A warning caveat about the edginess of this story: Ms. Warren respects the consensual age limit, though the age-gap between guardian and...

Keeping A Warrior


Melanie Hansen is a new author to me and I hadn't really known what to expect with KEEPING A WARRIOR when I got into it, only that it was heavily woman-focused, so to speak, despite it being touted as a military romance. Much of this ended up being...

The Queen's Dance


THE QUEEN'S DANCE is the second book in The Aurelian Guard series, and this time we focus upon Claire and Trian. Claire is as strong as Anna, but in different ways. Claire and Trian feel affection for each other, and Trian helps to train Claire in the...

Tormented


It has been quite a while since I've returned to Alison Aimes's The Condemned series, but it's entertaining as hell with a bit of a spin to the tale of enemies-to-lovers and a flashy, bloody and violent B-movie erotica vibe. I was hoping in some ways...

Hottie Lumberjack


Welcome back to the Ponderosa Resort and the Bracelyn clan, where the laughter will keep you grinning and the happily ever afters are guaranteed. In Tawna Fenske's HOTTIE LUMBERJACK, we meet Mark, the oversized, growly, lumberjack-looking Bracelyn who...

Just Beyond Daybreak


Meredith Blackburn needs help to save her family's bloodline and Malcolm Blackwood, the son of her family's rival, is the only one that can help. I enjoyed JUST BEYOND DAYBREAK by J.R. White. The characters were engaging and the storyline is promising...

Wild Lavender


WILD LAVENDER is the first book in The Aurelian Guard series, and is also the debut novel by this author. We are transported to a medieval world, where things aren't always equal or what they seem. I found this book to be a strong opening to this series....

Never Say I Love You


NEVER SAY I LOVE YOU (Never Say #1) by Amy Pennza is the first contemporary romance in a new series by a new-to-me author. Ashley Ann Scobel is an out of work actress. For two years, she has made ends meet by refurbishing antiques, but she decides...

The Last Letter


It's hard to put into words what THE LAST LETTER is about, even if the emotions they draw out are raw and unrelenting, leaving you to grapple with them past the last page of the story. On the surface, it's about a loyal soldier putting down roots in a...

Overture


OVERTURE, the premier novel in Skye Warren's North Security series, captivates with complex characters and taboo eroticism. Ms. Warren combines the worlds of classical musicians and ex-military mercenaries to create a seductive story that is as suspenseful...

Stone Cold Heart


Laura Griffin returns with a classic 'Bones'-episode thriller, when a series of missing persons start to bring an unlikely connection to a serial killer lurking in the midst of them. For readers who like a suspense-heavy, romance-that-skims-the-surface...

Cupid's Schemes - Volume 2: A Collection of Sweet Romances


CUPID'S SCHEMES - VOLUME 2 brings us 12 short vignettes where cupid's arrow hits it mark and love is found when it is least expected. Enjoyable stories with likeable characters this collection of vignettes is good fill in between reads.

Blow Me Away


It's all fun and games until somebody totals a van. Jase Dvornakov is the hot florist, back in Denver after a Navy mission goes seriously bad. Dedicating himself to the family business, he no longer does relationships and most importantly, doesn't...

The Good Griffin


THE GOOD GRIFFIN introduces you to a world where a shifter's animal speaks to them, where you have warlocks, griffins, and raven shifters, to name just a few. With a contemporary setting, this story nevertheless has a magical feel to it. Lucy and Damian...

Wicked Chemistry


Eden Margaret Fijalkowski has always been the good girl. Not one to (generally) break the rules, when she moves to Texas to take a full-time job teaching high school sciences, she suddenly finds herself willing to break all the rules. Mason (Mace)...

Notorious in a Kilt


NOTORIOUS IN A KILT (Hot Scots #5) by Anna Durand is a smokin' hot contemporary second chance romance. This entire series of sexy Scottish brothers and cousins is easy to read and entertaining. Each book can be read as a standalone although it was fun...

A Lord to Love


The rivalry between the Price and Morgan family might come to an end, if Lord John Morgan's offer to have his late rival's son hand in marriage is accepted. To Harrison Price, the proposal is a surprise and it comes in the worst possible circumstances....

Shadowmancer


SHADOWMANCER is the first book in the Paladin Charm series, and we meet Marius, the Shadowmancer in question. He was human, until he was taken by the Queen of Shadows. She changed him, and he now has more power than he knows what to do with. He is a gentle...

Year of the Demon


YEAR OF THE DEMON by Tara Fox Hall picks up almost where A GOOD YEAR leaves off and we are back in the lives of Debbie and her demon lover, Shaker, who is in the body of action star, Jett Black. Are you with me? Sounds a bit like a soap opera, which fits...

Dangerous Liaisons


DANGEROUS LIAISONS is the first full length book, but the second in this series. We return to Raf and Lara to find a month has passed since their last meeting, and Lara has done all she can to convince Raf she doesn't want anything to do with him. He...

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