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December brings fabulous reads!

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Ex-NFL star + snarky single mom = a touchdown of a holiday romance


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The vampires are coming... and this time, the lights won't stop them.


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The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery...


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This holiday season, love is on the menu.


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A Spartan heart can conquer anything, even myths, magic, and monsters.


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There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas...


Reviews

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A Christmas to Remember
by Megan Frampton, Vivienne Lorret, Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath
"Charming Christmas Treat Not To Miss"
Posted November 29, 2017

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...


Irresistible You
by Kate Meader
"A hockey romance that leaves you wanting more"
Posted September 20, 2017

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...


All or Nothing at All
by Jennifer Probst
"Delightful Conclusion to Series"
Posted September 19, 2017

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...


Royal Pain
by Tracy Wolff
"Fictional Prince Loves Americans (and he loves her back!)"
Posted September 19, 2017

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...


Map of the Heart
by Susan Wiggs
"Winner for Wiggs"
Posted August 22, 2017

I have been a fan of Susan Wiggs for nigh on a decade. Her way of fleshing out characters with ordinary problems and very normal issues feels achingly authentic. As she's veered away from traditional romance (focus on two people exclusively) to more general women-centric fiction (focus on Read more...


I Dared the Duke
by Anna Bennett
"Charming Tale Worth Your Time"
Posted August 19, 2017

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...


Four Weddings and a Sixpence
by Elizabeth Boyle, Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhrke, Stefanie Sloane
"Charming Tales Worth Your Time"
Posted August 14, 2017

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...


A Lady's Code of Misconduct
by Meredith Duran
"Unique and Worth Your Time"
Posted August 7, 2017

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...


Every Little Thing
by Samantha Young
"The Stronger the Enemies, the Hotter the Love"
Posted July 17, 2017

*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...


Sinful Scottish Laird
by Julia London
"Stubborn Is as Stubborn Does"
Posted July 17, 2017

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...


It Started With a Kiss
by Marina Adair
"Life and Love Are Gifts"
Posted July 17, 2017

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...


Can't Help Falling
by Kara Isaac
"Quirky Cross-Cultural Inspirational"
Posted July 15, 2017

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...


Pipe Dreams
by Sarina Bowen
"Second Chances are the Best Chances"
Posted June 23, 2017

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...


Maybe This Love
by Jennifer Snow
"One for the Hockey Fans, Add to your TBR"
Posted June 5, 2017

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...


This Time Around
by Tawna Fenske
"'This Time Around' is a perfect second chance romance"
Posted April 4, 2017

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...


Seven Minutes in Heaven
by Eloisa James
"Saucy and Sassy Heroine"
Posted March 29, 2017

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...


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...


Kristen Donnelly


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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

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