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Man Down


Grief and bereavement aren't the easiest things to write about, particularly when it comes the (in)ability of the protagonist to move on and fully commit to the love interest, especially if his/her previous relationship was established and near impossible...

Feel the Fire


FEEL THE FIRE is really that second-chance romance done in a way that those who are wary of this trope would find themselves warming to. Luis Rivera and Tucker Ryland had left each other in the dust nearly 20 years ago as teens but a secondment to central...

See Her Die


Melinda Leigh's an old-pro at this by now: a police procedural that starts predictably fragmented, with the careful low drop of clues and misdirections until the pieces slowly come together in a way that you couldn't quite thought of before in the beginning. SEE...

Loud Mouth


Loud-mouth, or rather, big-mouth hockey blogger Shelby Blanton is the one responsible for Ian Petrov's current grievances with his half-brother (and former best friend) and his cheater of a father who'd left a trail of affairs in his wake, even if it...

Cold Wicked Lies


I actually do think there's little that Toni Anderson can't do, especially as she continues to churn out high-quality reads with her FBI Cold Justice juggernaut of a series that doesn't seem to run out of steam. With COLD WICKED LIES, SSA Payne Novak...

Ambush before Sunrise


I do enjoy a good western romance and BJ Daniels brings it to us in AMBUSH BEFORE SUNRISE. In it, we meet wrangler Angus Savage, who has come to Wyoming to help Jinx McCallahan get her cattle to high country. He's known Jinx since they were kids and he's...

Honor Avenged


3.5 stars rounding up... Getting back into Tonya Burrows's HORNET--a private military group made up of disastrous misfits--series is always a treat. HONOR AVENGED shows how far these men have come as a team as an emergent threat looks to carry the...

Hate Crush


One fake relationship, check. One heart-broken princess, check. One rock star, check. One second-chance love story, check. All mixed together to produce one well-written and engaging story. Check. Check. Check. As the summary states, Princess Sofia...

Hidden


3.5 stars rounding down. It's hard not to get excited with every Laura Griffin release, and HIDDEN was one that got my extremely curious as the first book of a new series even if the premise of it doesn't seem to stray too far from Griffin's near-legendary...

Beyond Just Us


My first introduction to this series was Better Than Me and it's also where I learned that I do like medical romances. Well, this series, for sure. In BEYOND JUST US, Kimberly Kincaid gives us Tess Michaelson's story complete with heartthrob and romance...

Tools of Engagement


Tessa Bailey's writing is always something to behold and I've always thought that her assurance with words made her reads easier and engaging. The Hot & Hammered series however, has been so far, a hit and miss for me, though I can't ever resist the enemies-to-romance...

Yours to Keep


Dialogue-driven with the reminder that some kind of magic can happen in small towns, Lauren Layne's YOURS TO KEEP is very much the lighthearted, though slower-paced type of romance that readers could expect and a sort of high school friends-to-romance...

Ruthless Pride


When Joshua Lowell's father disappeared taking the family fortune and several clients' money with him, he did what was expected. What was needed. Setting aside his burgeoning career in the Art World, he assumed the leadership position in his father's...

Stolen: A SciFi Alien Alpha Romance


Aurora Blake is desperate to escape the machinations of her stepfather. DaKar Volkan is a half-Martian Warlord. When these two first meet, the mating threads are sent out, but both are much too young. But DaKar doesn't forget and when they meet again,...

The Night Owl and the Insomniac


It was a gripping paranormal book with a nice touch of mystery and romance. Charming characters and the spark of the first love made it a lovely read. Joey has being ill all of his life. The odd disease has deprive him of a lot of experiences, but...

Whiteout


WHITEOUT is amazing. It's action-packed with a spinetingling enemies-to-lovers romance and is totally one of its kind. I love this book mainly for 2 reasons: 1. The grumpy hero. I love grumpy heroes; can't read enough about them. Ford is right up there...

Secret Investigation


SECRET INVESTIGATION by Elizabeth Heiter, is my first foray into the Tactical Crime Division series and I was drawn into the story from page one. The FBI's TCD is called in to investigate when body armor, used by soldiers, fails, costing the lives of...

Announcing Trouble


I love everything about this book! If you're looking for swoony YA contemporary romance, Amy Fellner Dominy delivers. I devoured this book in one sitting and am waiting eagerly for her next offering. ANNOUNCING TROUBLE features the usual teen issues...

Mercy of the Lawless: A Captive Series Prequel


MERCY OF THE LAWLESS brings together some favorite tropes for me--westerns, historical romance, kidnappings, undercover work...and I could go on. Suffice to say, J.A. Dennam's story checked a bunch of boxes for me. So, let's start with the easy stuff....

How to Quit Your Crush


It's a real treat when I come across a YA contemporary romance done well. HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH is certainly that. It's got me giggling and swooning, and I fell in love with the cute, lovable heroine and swoonworthy hero. Understated humor that's got...

The Kiss List


THE KISS LIST is a laugh-out-loud, compelling read with relatable characters. I love Haley and Max, especially their witty banter. Each gave as good as they got. They had me giggling and suppressing my "laugh-out-loud" tendencies. Love their chemistry...

Burn Zone


BURN ZONE is the first book in the new series, Hotshots, by Annabeth Albert. In here, we are introduced to Smoke Jumpers--those brave men and women who try to stay ahead of forest fires, unfortunately not always successfully. We start off with Linc...

Starcrossed


STARCROSSED is the second book in the Magic in Manhattan series and we pick up where we left off. Rory is at Arthur's brother's house but doing his best to avoid Harry at all costs. Arthur hasn't spent as much time with Rory as he would like. Rory is...

Variable Onset


VARIABLE ONSET by Layla Rayne is a standalone but I would love to see it become a series. Lincoln and Carter are just amazing together! Lincoln is an agent and a professor at Quantico and Carter took his class eight years ago, making quite the impression...

Until The End


UNTIL THE END is one that's cut from the same cloth as the other books in Juno Rushdan's series: intricately plotted and very well-written even if I'm a bit more distantly connected to her protagonists than I normally am. It's a story that slips into...

Jewel Cave


JEWEL CAVE is the third book in the Circles series but you can quite easily read it as a standalone. Clint and Griff were introduced in book two but this time the focus is on them. They have been together for ten years and are happy with each other but...

Dear Enemy


3.5 stars rounding up... The enemies-to-lovers trope is one of my all time favourites, so this book sits directly in my happy pool of catnip, so to speak. The sniping, the sass, the smart and sarcastic quips? All belong in my happy little romance basket...

The Last Letter


I'm miffed I waited so long to read THE LAST LETTER. This book is a beautiful and heartwarming story with a satisfying romance and characters that burrowed their way into your heart. Also a tearjerker. My emotions have been put through the wringer with...

What a Wolf Demands


WHAT A WOLF DEMANDS is the third book in the Lux Catena series. This time we meet up with Dom, Remy's best friend and fellow Telepath. And also Lily, a fiery-haired latent wolf on the run from an act of self-defence that she knows she will be killed for. I...

Phoenix Unbound


I just have one regret--why didn't I read this sooner? PHOENIX UNBOUND is amazing and mesmerizing, the kind of fantasy romance I've been looking for all these years. I love this perfect mix of fantasy and romance, the plot fresh and original, the main...

Great and Precious Things


A soldier's return to his hometown at the plea of his father turns out to be a lot more complicated than it seems; along the way he needs to face his own demons in a small, hostile town that's drying up, a family who thinks the lowest of him and a woman...

Every Other Weekend


I love Abigail Johnson due to her realistic way of tackling difficult issues; she certainly doesn't shy away from topics most authors wouldn't tackle. That's the impression she gave me when I first read one of her books, Even if I Fall. Such is the...

A Valentine for Chelsea


A VALENTINE FOR CHELSEA is a standalone novella and also a companion to Jennifer's Christmas Daddy. You don't have to have read that one but it does mention characters that are in it. Plus, you get the chance to read another great book by Raisa Greywood. Chelsea...

Deuces Wild


A hypnotic well delivered story! Marlon Parkhurst and Jeff Shera are part on a secret black ops team. Maya is on a protection detail guarding an ancient vampire in Washington. When the three meet their attraction is undeniable. But as chaos unfolds...

Fragmented Loyalty


It's a little jarring to have a HORNET spin-off written in the New Adult 1st person POV--haven't we all gotten used to Harvard and the rest of the team taking on missions from the contemporary romantic suspense perspective?--even though it does signal...

Starbreaker


Tess Bailey and Shade Ganavan--fresh off their reunion post-betrayal in the first book--have large bounties on their heads; the latter is facing a new life and the prospect of being a rebel and the "wrong" side of the galactic law so to speak. There're...

An Invitation To Love


AN INVITATION TO LOVE is a short story about Dominick, Lysander, and Zachary. Dominick has a severe speech impediment and is also a different race to both Lysander and Zachary. They have to overcome various obstacles, including different ideas on mating...

Appreciated


APPRECIATED is the third book in the Club Indigo series and let me tell you, this series just keeps on getting better! We have met Paula before as she is friends with Laura (from book 1). Even though she knows Laura, she still has a distorted view...

A Casual Glance


A CASUAL GLANCE is a contemporary erotic romance by Celeste Prater. I have loved her Fueled by Lust and Three Divisions series, but this one I struggled with a little bit. It is fast-paced, starting off in a club and moving swiftly on from there. Within...

The Flatshare


Beth O'Leary has come up with something unique in THE FLATSHARE. Here we see Tiffy and Leon sharing a flat in the non-traditional sense; she gets the flat in the evening while he goes to work as a night palliative care nurse, and he gets the flat in the...

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