A Wedding One Christmas is like a Hallmark (or Netflix, because it's better) Christmas movie in novel form. If that's your thing? You'll really enjoy it.
Gosh, I wish there was more of this book. I want more of these characters! But what we have is still very, very good. Tikka Chance on Me is about two people who return to their hometown for very different reasons. Pinky Grover came back home to small-town Indiana to take care of her sick mother and ended up staying well after her mom was better. She dropped out of her Ph.D. program to work at her family’s Indian restaurant (the only one for miles), and it’s nothing like the life she was living in Chicago. The only bright spot in her day is seeing local bad boy Trucker Carrigan. Trucker left Indiana and has come back to join the Eastville Eagles, the local semi-legitimate biker gang. He insists that he and his friends come to the restaurant once a week for Indian food, but his real motivation is to catch glimpses of Pinky. They’ve stayed clear of each other, limiting their interactions to sneaky glances and whispered flirting, but one chance encounter at the Walmart garden center (the sexiest part of any store) sets some steamy moments in motion.
This book. *fans self*
More mini-reviews! Two contemporary romances and a medieval this time around.
I think this is the best Young Adult f/f romance I've ever read. Yeah, that's not saying a whole lot since the market isn't exactly teeming with them, but Y'ALL. It is SO SWEET.
Yên is not important in her village. Her mother is a healer who knows magic but Yên has no powers herself; all she does is teach the village children but knowing about long-dead scholars isn’t considered important in a devasted world where everyday survival is hard enough.
A fantasy romance prequel novella, an M/M/F erotic romance, and a contemporary romance with a scientist lottery-winner heroine. We contain multitudes.
As I mentioned in September's Top Off Your TBR post, I was excited for this couple when I was reading the previous book in the series. The heroine is a painter, teaching other young women how to paint and pursuing her own career (painting scandalous portraits for the nouveau riche). The hero is an earl, long thought dead following the Battle of Waterloo. He comes back one night and walks into his bedroom at his Dover estate, only to discover the woman he's always loved already in residence.
If I was to give you a very short review of Touch Up, it would be this: I did not enjoy reading this book. The reasons, though, are more complicated. There was a lot I should have liked, a lot that was close... but the amount of shame I felt while reading this and the dislike I had for the characters overpowered everything else.
Speakeasy, book 5 in Sarina Bowen's True North series, came out in May 2018. It's taken me five months to read it because I was afraid. I'm going to open up a bit in this post, so here's the disclaimer that my experiences aren't universal.