It's odd, I can't lie, to read a Christmas book in the
blazing August sun, so it usually takes a pretty exceptional
one to get me in the mood for snow and pine- scented things.
This anthology did just that.
My personal favorite was Megan Frampton's "No Read more...
My standards are high for a Kate
Meader book. I have adored her firehouse saga, and the
novella that kicked off this series (found in the HOT ON ICE
anthology and sold separately as well, I believe) left me
definitely Read more...
Okay, so ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL is a
friends-to-lovers-to-strangers-to-enemies-to-marrieds with a
secret baby thrown in. I am pretty much anti-secret baby,
with very few exceptions and this is not one of them. The
charm of the supporting cast and the Read more...
I absolutely adore royalty books. They are my ultimate
book-nip and I read any one that I'm aware of. That does
mean, however, that my standards for favorites are high. I
know the ones I adore and pursue ones to better them like
holy grails. ROYAL PAIN is Read more...
I have been a fan of Susan Wiggs for nigh on a decade. Her
fleshing out characters with ordinary problems and very
feels achingly authentic. As she's veered away from
(focus on two people exclusively) to more general
(focus on Read more...
I DARED THE DUKE is so much damn fun. After years of
ignoring his grandmother's companion, Alexander is forced to
realize that his assumptions of her are simply not correct.
While she's been the perfect wallflower, appearances are
simply not what they seem.
Elizabeth, for her part, has Read more...
This anthology opens with four girls in a boarding
school, bonding over a sixpence found in a mattress.
Deciding that it contained magical powers - like a
certain pair of jeans 150 or so years later - they knew
it would bring them each love and vowed to keep it in
their Read more...
It's not often I'm surprised by historical romances
anymore. After reading them for umpteen years, the
rhythms all feel the same. Of course, some authors stand
out and that's what makes them auto buys for me. This
book is my first Meredith Duran book and, y'all Read more...
*fans self* I'm still kind of recovering from this one...
Bailey and Vaughn fought through the first book in this
series and they fight through the first half of this one
too. Here are two folks who have built their lives just
how they like it and think the Read more...
Sometimes I love reading about stubborn Scots (I say this
as one myself, so know that) and other times I just want
to sit them down and smack them across the face (and yes,
I know that wouldn't work; refer to previous
parenthetical aside). It takes a deft hand Read more...
I think I read the first few chapters to this one several
times. I kept picking it up and putting it back down
again. I just could not, for the life of me, get
connected to this story. Once I committed to getting
through it, I ended up thinking it Read more...
Y'all, I love Narnia. I even did a course on CS Lewis in
college, and spent some time in Oxford at his college. I
find truth in that world in ways I don't often find them
in ours, so when I read the synopsis of this one, I Read more...
I love a second-chance romance. I love the build up of
it, I love knowing that these two people loved each other
before I met them and that now I get to watch them re-
learn each other and decide if they can work in this new
version of Read more...
This book is fun. It's not fabulous, it's not earth
shattering, but it's fun. And there's nothing wrong with
that. As I write this, it's summer
and most of the readers I know are stocking up on fun
reads for travel and beach reads. If Read more...
I am a known sucker for a second chance romance. I love
the idea of people who were once in love finding
themselves in love again when they are more mature versions
of themselves. Relationships are often so much about
timing, and the explorations of that idea are some of Read more...
A lot of regency romances feel similar. You have a
mistaken identity or a marriage of convenience, throw a
few balls in, some witty repartee and voila - a romance
in the bag. The truly unique ones stand out in our minds,
the ones where the characters live on in our Read more...
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...
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...
One of my biggest takeaways from living in the U.K. was a
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.
dialogue is snappy and the POV passages are sparkling Read more...
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
I was really excited to read this after Read more...
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 beveragesandbooks.com