Melanie

Melanie
A life-long bookworm, Melanie discovered her love of books with kissing at a pretty early age. Gilbert Blythe was her very first book boyfriend. Since then, she’s developed a love for contemporary, historical, and more recently, paranormal romances. Basically, if it involves humans or vampires or shapeshifters or even aliens falling in love and living happily ever after, chances are high she’ll be interested in reading it. When she’s not immersed in a book, she can usually be found baking and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Recent Posts

Review: If the Boot Fits, by Rebekah Weatherspoon

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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At first glance, this book might give off Cinderella vibes, where a down on her luck heroine meets her Prince Charming, captivates him, runs from him, and then eventually reunites before they find their HEA. But it’s so much more than that. The second book in Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Cowboys of California series places the focus on the youngest of the Pleasant brothers, Sam. The book opens right on the heels of him winning an Academy Award for acting and celebrating his big win with a night of hot sex with Amanda McQueen, the stranger he meets at an Oscars after-party. And while she knows exactly who Sam is, he has no idea that she’s assistant to rising television star, Dru Anastasia.

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Rant Review: All Scot and Bothered, by Kerrigan Byrne

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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Editor's Note: This review is not in the same format as the rest/most of our reviews because there's no way I'm adding this to our searchable database and risking readers looking for say, Scottish romance, thinking we're recommending it.

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Review: The Heir Affair, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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To start this review, I actually need to go back 5 years in time, to when I read the first book in the series, The Royal We. Goodreads informs me that I liked that book well enough to give it a 4 star rating though I did not bother to write an actual review for it. There is no possible way I could ever hope to remember the plot for a book I read 5 years ago beyond the information contained in the blurb. I vaguely recall that Freddie, younger brother of and the spare to Prince Nicholas, who is the heir to the British throne, admitted his love for American commoner Rebecca (Bex) and kissed her. Bex and Nick were in love and engaged. Bex rebuffs Freddie and the book ends with them getting married while someone in their inner circle betrays them by blackmailing them over a scandalous (and untrue) tabloid story implying Bex and Freddie have been having an affair behind Nick’s back.

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Baby-Sitters Club Book Club? Melanie's Reading Journey

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melanie

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Recently, my nine-year old daughter and I had a very lengthy conversation over breakfast one morning. “Mommy,” she began, “are you a Kristy or a Mary Anne or a Claudia or a Stacey?” Before I could even begin to wrap my head around her question, she’d answered it herself. “I think you’re a little bit of Kristy and maybe a little Mary Anne.” My mind had caught up by then, aware that we were maybe having our very first unofficial, mother daughter book club meeting, about none other than The Baby-Sitters Club books. A staple of most young girls' bookshelves in the 80s and 90s, this series resonated with me when I was her age and watching her discover these books three decades later has made me wonder what it was about these books that appealed to me so much and how it informed my reading choices as an adult.

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Review: Just a Heartbeat Away, by Cara Bastone

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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It’s a pretty well known fact that I dig slow burn romances. And while this book definitely qualifies as the slowest of slow burns (the two main characters don’t even share their first passionate kiss until the 77% mark), there are a few things that left me wanting more from this book.

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Review: 40-Love, by Olivia Dade

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2020 9:35:00 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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Before I start this review, let me just share one thing about myself. I’m not particularly fond of many sports but I have been a dedicated fan of tennis for most of my life. I know the game, I know how to keep score, I know a forehand from a backhand and a dropshot from a volley. A few years ago, when sports romances were all the rage, I was a bit sad about the lack of tennis romances. So, dear reader, you can well imagine my utter joy when one of my favorite authors announced a book featuring a tennis instructor hero.

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Review: Pregnant by the Playboy, by Jackie Lau

[fa icon="calendar'] May 27, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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There were a lot of things I liked about this book but there were also some glaring issues I had with this book that kept me from absolutely loving it.

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Review: The Uptown Collection, by Ruby Lang

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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A delightful collection of novellas from Ruby Lang, these three stories are sweet and low angst without being overly saccharine. The novellas were previously individually released but really work well together in The Uptown Collection.

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Review: Guarding Temptation, by Talia Hibbert

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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Guarding Temptation was previously published as a short story titled Resisting Desire in the Rogue Nights anthology. The new and updated version has been revised to double the original story so if you’ve already read the original version, there’s a lot more to the story of Nina and James in this novella.

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Review: He's Come Undone, an Anthology

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2020 9:54:45 AM / by Melanie posted in review

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Here’s the thing about anthologies. They usually contain a couple of good stories that anchor the collection and a couple of middling to forgettable stories that might just get skimmed. However, He’s Come Undone features five incredibly strong, nuanced, sweet romances featuring five of the brightest voices in romance today. The connective thread that ties these stories together is that they feature buttoned-up, rather stuffy heroes who embark on unexpected romances with people who help them to, well, become undone.

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