March 24th, 2017
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A bachelor, his left hand now sports a gold wedding ring.

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Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?

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True love is even better the second time around.

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The renegade cowboy returns

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Do they have the recipe for true love?

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sweeping WWII thriller set at an English country house, described by Lee Child as "like binge watching a great British drama on Masterpiece Theater.


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The Bastard Billionaire
by Jessica Lemmon
"A billionaire above the rest!"
Posted March 14, 2017

I'm growing weary of billionaire romances, so the authors I trust with them are getting fewer and farther between. Jessica Lemmon is on that list and so I was thrilled when the latest in her billionaire series, THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE, came up for review. I had so much fun Read more...

Hard Hitter
by Sarina Bowen
"Just Get It and Thank Me Later"
Posted January 11, 2017

Here's what you really need to know: Sabrina Bowen is one of the best hockey romance writers out there. Her characters are vivid, the game is important and central, but not ostracizing for non-fans, and the relationships are fabulous. I *inhale* these books and wish she would write Read more...

We Were On A Break
by Lindsey Kelk
"BritLit Delight"
Posted January 10, 2017

One of my biggest takeaways from living in the U.K. was a cadre of delightful authors that I had never encountered before. Lindsey Kelk is one of those, and I have loved just about every book she's written. Her dialogue is snappy and the POV passages are sparkling Read more...

Midnight in St. Petersburg
by Vanora Bennett
"Slow Burn Historical Romance; Heavy on the "Historical" and Light on the "Romance""
Posted January 10, 2017

Guys, I have no idea what MIDNIGHT IN ST. PETERSBURG by Vanora Bennett is trying to be. If it wants to be a romance, it falls drastically short. There is no spark there, as it were, and I was just so bored. I was really excited to read this after Read more...

How to Handle a Scandal
by Emily Greenwood
"Petulant Heroine Gets A Second Chance"
Posted January 5, 2017

I usually love second-chance romances. I'm a firm believer that finding love is as much about luck and timing as it is about compatibility, so this particular trope just makes me happy. In HOW TO HANDLE A SCANDAL by Emily Greenwood, however, I spent a lot of the Read more...

Secret Child, Royal Scandal
by Cat Schield
"Predictable and Adorable"
Posted January 5, 2017

In SECRET CHILD, ROYAL SCANDAL by Cat Schield, Noelle has zero time for Christian. They had a fling, sure, and that fling resulted in a child, but she has long ago decided that her kid and her kid's father need have nothing to do with each other. Unfortunately for Read more...

Christmas in Paris
by Anita Hughes
"Insta-Love Lovers Only"
Posted January 5, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Anita Hughes takes place in the span of about a week. Maybe two, but no more than a month. Our heroine starts the book in love with one man and engaged to another by the end of it. She's either an absolute idiot with no Read more...

Rookie Move
by Sarina Bowen
"Like Hockey? Enjoy Second Chances? One-Click This. Immediately."
Posted January 5, 2017

ROOKIE MOVE by Sabrina Bowen is a super sexy, really fun book from start to finish. The heroine, Georgia Worthington, is a few months into her new job and dealing with all the associated stress there-in. Plus said new-job is for a new NHL franchise and that stress Read more...

Wife for the Weekend
by Ophelia London
"The Hippie and the CEO"
Posted January 5, 2017

Y'all, WIFE FOR THE WEEKEND by Ophelia London was a little odd. It's not that it didn't work, it was just a little jarring at times. Jules is a staunch environmentalist, complete with an intense antipathy towards technology, a firm belief in feng sui, and hyper judgmentalism Read more...

A Scot in the Dark
by Sarah MacLean
"Not Entirely Era Appropriate, Delightful Nonetheless"
Posted January 5, 2017

A lot of other reviewers have pointed out that SCOT IN THE DARK by Sarah MacLean doesn't exactly drip with historical accuracy. There are idioms that aren't time-appropriate, and the behaviour of both the hero and heroine are a bit more modern than Regency. There's also Read more...

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes
by Susan Bishop Crispell
"Pie, Wishes, and Magical Realism"
Posted January 5, 2017

I wouldn't say I'm the biggest fan of magical realism - the genre of fiction where the world is completely like ours, but with small twists to magic. THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES by Susan Bishop Crispell, however, worked for me. The charming way the characters interacted with each Read more...

The Princess Wore Plaid
by Karen Hawkins
"A Bonny Scottish Delight!"
Posted January 5, 2017

I've dipped in and out of the Oxenburg Princes series by Karen Hawkins. I know I've read a few of the books but I would not call myself "versed" in it. THE PRINCESS WORE Read more...

The Greek's Ready-Made Wife
by Jennifer Faye
"Charming Fantasy World for a Lovely Escape from reality"
Posted January 4, 2017

THE GREEK'S READY-MADE WIFE is a typical Harlequin Romance title. As reality is not what we're peddling here, the author gets to take readers on a flight of fancy into a world populated with characters who could have walked out of the latest episode of your favorite Read more...

House of Silence
by Sarah Barthel
"A Different Sort of Empowerment Makes This Mystery a book to pick up!"
Posted January 4, 2017

I grew up loving historical fiction and it was one of my go-to subgenres. I've strayed from it a bit in recent years but am trying to add more of it to my TBR. I especially like storylines or time periods I haven't already read about seven Read more...

Danger of Desire
by Sabrina Jeffries
"Solid Regency Romance"
Posted November 28, 2016

If you've never read a Sabrina Jeffries novel and you consider yourself a fan of Regency Romances, you are simply missing out. She is one of the best of the genre, and with her grasp on characterization and historical detail, I know that I am in good hands whenever Read more...

The Flower Arrangement
by Ella Griffin
"Delightfully Dublin"
Posted October 4, 2016

Some books are so perfectly situated in their location that you feel as though you've purchased a plane ticket. So it is with THE FLOWER ARRANGEMENT, Ella Griffin's new novel about a florist in Dublin and how she measures love through flowers. Lara has used flowers as therapy Read more...

Don't You Cry
by Mary Kubica
"Problematic, but Enjoyable For Some"
Posted September 28, 2016

DON'T YOU CRY held so much promise for me. I adored Kubica's first book, THE GOOD GIRL, so when this came up for review, I pounced. I bumped it up my review list and eagerly cracked it open, ready to be transported by Kubica's tight narration and Read more...

Less Than a Lady
by Eva Devon
"Sexy Twist on Historical Romance"
Posted September 26, 2016

One of the common criticisms of historical romance is that they all take place in ballrooms and at house parties. While this is certainly true of a lot of Regency romances, it is false on several other accounts. Firstly, not even all Regency-era ones focus on ballrooms, and there Read more...

Sunset in Central Park
by Sarah Morgan
"Delightful Tale of Unrequited Love"
Posted September 26, 2016

For American audiences, Sarah Morgan may be an unfamiliar name. Prolific in the UK, I discovered her work in a Belfast charity shop, attracted to the colorful cover and the need to distract myself from my onerous PhD work. I inhaled the book quickly, and discovered an author I would Read more...

Till I Kissed You
by Laura Trentham
"Wonderful Conclusion to a Wonderful Series"
Posted September 3, 2016

TILL I KISSED YOU is the culmination of a story building not only for the span of the two previous Cottonbloom books, but for the lifetime of these characters. While this can be read as a stand alone, I'll be honest and say I think you'll be missing Read more...

Kristen Donnelly

Kristen reviews anything with a happily ever after, but prefers contemporary sports romances or small town ones where everybody knows everybody's business. Her reviews can also be found at

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