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“Intense, steamy, suspenseful, emotional and romantic.” 5-STAR Goodreads review.


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“A fresh rom-com with small-town charm and sparkling main characters.” -Kirkus


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Growing up on Aphrodite Lane taught these sisters some life lessons: Revenge is best served with redemption on top.


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Will love be on their Christmas Lists?


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The blockbuster conclusion to the bestselling Sunshine Vicram trilogy


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She isn’t the only one looking for a fresh start…


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The Saints of Swallow Hill
by Donna Everhart
"Captivating and immersive historical fiction"
Posted October 14, 2022

Everyone knows about the Swallow Hill turpentine camp, but nobody wants to end up there unless they have no other choice.  In Depression-era Deep South, farmhand Del Reese finds himself on the wrong side of his boss’s good graces – to stay in his current Read more...


The Work Wife
by Alison B. Hart
"An escapist mid-summer read!"
Posted August 21, 2022

What is more appealing as the subject of a summer read than a peek into the uber-elite and secretive lives of celebrities?  Answer – nothing.  Elite moviemaker Ted Stabler's wife, Holly, is planning a Bump to Pump fundraiser that has to go off without a Read more...


A History of Present Illness
by Anna DeForest
"Unequivocally thought-provoking"
Posted August 16, 2022

Do you ever wonder what doctors talk about while they are performing surgeries?  Are you curious what your healthcare provider had to learn to become your doctor, or what kind of atrocities they’ve seen and treated throughout their career?  Would your opinion about the healthcare Read more...


The Club
by Ellery Lloyd
"An escapist thriller for fans of celebrity gossip"
Posted May 5, 2022

A Land Rover is rushing down the causeway that separates an exclusive island from the mainland, its occupants in a race against the tide they know will ultimately be futile.  But… what other choice did they have to try to save themselves?  A Vanity Fair expose Read more...


The Maid
by Nita Prose
"A charming and mostly lighthearted cozy mystery"
Posted January 21, 2022

A maid’s mission at the Regency Grand Hotel is not just to clean up after the guests, but to return each and every hotel room to a state of perfection.  It is this duty that the likely autistic Molly Gray takes on as both an honor Read more...


The Stars Are Not Yet Bells
by Hannah Lillith Assadi
"A lyrical and stirring gothic love and ghost story"
Posted January 13, 2022

A love that is not meant to be.  A treasure hunt on an alluring island just off the coast of Georgia.  Fourth of July parties.  Children growing up and becoming, for better or worse, just like their parents.  The enduring bonds of friendship.  Wild Read more...


Safecracker
by Ryan Wick
"Ozark meets Mission Impossible"
Posted December 19, 2021

Meet Michael Maven, a movie theater owner by day and thief by night that plays by the rules and has a conscience.  He has no problem purloining expensive valuables, but refuses to make a mess in the process of doing so and avoids violent altercations.  His next Read more...


The Lighthouse Witches
by C.J. Cooke
"Bewitching, magical and transfixing!"
Posted November 4, 2021

If you must run from your past in a last-ditch effort to elude your fate, what better place to escape to than a sublime lighthouse on a Scottish island?  Her three daughters and bare minimum essentials in tow, Liv Stay arrives on Lon Haven in 1998 to Read more...


Halloween Party Murder
by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross
"Cheeky, sassy, and entertaining Halloween cozy mystery trio"
Posted October 15, 2021

A small town Halloween party is the perfect place for elaborate costumes.  Cheekily-named cocktails.  Scary movies and ghost stories.  Ghoulishly-decorated canapes.  Creepy decorations and easily spooked guests.  And… murder?  That’s the case in Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Read more...


Mrs. March
by Virginia Feito
"The psychological study of a high society woman unraveling at the seams"
Posted September 16, 2021

What do you get when you mix a sprinkle of The Tell-tale Heart with a helping of The Yellow Wallpaper?  You guessed it – Virginia Feito’s debut novel MRS. MARCH.  Poor Read more...


The Grandmother Plot
by Caroline B. Cooney
"Millennials, take note - Caroline B. Cooney is back! "
Posted August 19, 2021

If you grew up in the 1990s, it is more likely than not that you read THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON by Caroline B. Cooney and may or may not have been afraid of finding your own face on a milk carton at some point.  Now that Read more...


The Anatomy of Desire
by L.R. Dorn
"A present-day reimagining of AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY"
Posted August 19, 2021

Cleo Ray is a likable, girl-next-door type whose influencer status is on the rise.  Being associated with her brand ambassador and influencer boyfriend Sandy is rapidly increasing her follower count.  At the same time, Cleo’s girlfriend, Beck Alden, is expecting her to propose Read more...


Shoulder Season
by Christina Clancy
"A tender-hearted coming of age story with a captivating air of escapism..."
Posted July 22, 2021

Shoulder season is the time between donning bathing suits and winter coats, the time when having a light sweater tied around one’s shoulders will be just right for weather that is neither undeniably hot nor certainly frigid.  Shoulder season is the time for transition, the ushering Read more...


Digital Body Language
by Erica Dhawan
"A must-read for all remote workers"
Posted June 29, 2021

Have you ever gotten an email that you had to spend more than thirty seconds analyzing to determine if it had a negative tone to it?  Do you ever find yourself wondering whether to use that exclamation point or emoji?  Does the “dot, dot dot&rdquo Read more...


You and Me
by Nicola Rayner
"A binge-readable thriller for a rainy spring day"
Posted April 22, 2021

They called her Freaky Fran.  They put cheese and gum in her hair and stole her schoolbooks.  They made her the laughingstock of school, but not Charles.  Charles was kind, gentle.  Fran shared special moments with Charles, and that’s why she still brings Read more...


The Minders
by John Marrs
"If you had the chance to start your life over simply by solving a puzzle, would you take it?"
Posted April 8, 2021

Flick is, has been, and for the foreseeable future, will continue to be depressed and withdrawn following the loss of her far-less-than-perfect DNA-matched soulmate. Charlie is the only one of his twenty-something friends yet to find the one, and ends up drinking at the Read more...


Black Widows
by Cate Quinn
"Anyone up for a polygamous murder mystery?"
Posted February 4, 2021

First wife Rachel is the homely chef if you can call canned gray meat five-star cuisine. Second wife Emily is the young, shy, and scared one who wishes she could fade into the background. And Tina is the sassy bombshell from Vegas who is no stranger to drugs Read more...


We Run the Tides
by Vendela Vida
"Mesmerizing coming of age novel set in 1980s San Francisco"
Posted February 4, 2021

Oh, to be thirteen (almost fourteen) again and "know" everything. Growing up in San Francisco in the eighties, Eulabee and her friends have been through what, at that age, is it all together – crushes, dance lessons, getting into trouble telling harmless lies around the neighborhood to pass the Read more...


The Last Exit
by Michael Kaufman
"Dystopian society + political conspiracy = THE LAST EXIT"
Posted January 11, 2021

Welcome to the 2030s, where fires are ravaging the DC area, so everyone is masked up.  Artificial intelligence is both a blessing and a curse – the police force that has synthetic implants for partners are more effective, but it has also rendered many redundant, resulting in massive Read more...


The Babysitter
by Nancy Bush
"A cold case thriller where the red herrings abound!"
Posted January 4, 2021

Cooper Haynes was the cutest, most popular boy in the senior class, and he asked if Jamie would be at the Stillwell party tonight!  The only thing in her way was the babysitting gig she’d committed to for the Ryerson twins, but fifty dollars and some Read more...


Laura Mueller


Growing up, my favorite summer vacation activity was curling up on the porch swing with a stack of books to escape into a magical other world. Doing so is still a favorite activity years later. As a Fresh Fiction reviewer, I’m excited to help you discover your next favorite page- turner and build your book collection!

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