Review: Lakesedge, by Lyndall Clipstone

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 8, 2021 5:11:51 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Lakesedge is everything I hoped it would be: a romantic dark gothic fantasy novel with an intriguing magic system. 'Tis the Spooky Season and this is a great pick for those of us who want something horror-lite. Lakesedge pairs an anguished boy who feeds his blood to a cursed lake once a month and a girl who's haunted by the lord of death and desperate to save her brother from said anguished boy. If that's the right level of spooky for you? Read on.

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Review: A Lot Like Adiós, by Alexis Daria

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2021 10:15:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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I adore the Primas of Power and Alexis Daria's writing, so it's no surprise that A Lot Like Adiós was a quick, fun read for me.

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Review: Heartless, by Gena Showalter

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2021 11:23:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Gena Showalter starts a new series with Heartless, a paranormal romance that gave me the Immortals After Dark vibes I've been missing.

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Review: The Love Hypothesis, by Ali Hazelwood

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2021 11:08:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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The Love Hypothesis pairs a 26 year-old grad student/researcher with a 34 year-old faculty member/researcher in a fake dating relationship for the ages. I flipping loved this book. Everyone told me I'd like it, but I couldn't stop picturing the male love interest, Adam Carlsen, as Adam Driver (this book started as Reylo fic) and I knew, just knew I wouldn't like it because of that. I was so wrong.

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Review: Witch Please, by Ann Aguirre

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2021 10:42:53 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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I'm going to join the chorus here and say that I should have loved Witch Please and instead I found it to be "fine." The setup is fun! A bisexual baker who's chronically unlucky in love and the fix-it witch next door who's sworn off relationships fall for each other. If this had been a sweet novella, I would have loved it, but apparently there wasn't really enough plot here to keep the story going for a whole novel without Aguirre throwing in an evil grandmother and an inadvertently harmful mother.

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Mini-Reviews, 8/25/21 Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2021 8:04:38 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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More mini-reviews! Reviews of Phantom Heart, Fables & Other Lies, Too Good to Be Real, Not Your Average Hot Guy and A Touch of Darkness. This is a YA gothic romance, an adult gothic romance, a contemporary romance and two paranormal romances (sort of?).

Rating refresher! Categories are based on whether or not I recommend them to fellow readers -  DNF (Did Not Finish), Pass, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary), Read it Eventually, Read it Soon.

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Mini-Reviews, 8/4/21 Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2021 10:13:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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More mini-reviews! Reviews of The Nightborn, A Not So Lonely Planet: Italy, Serving Sin, One Week to Claim it All, The Dead and the Dark and Hideaway. This is pretty much all romance, with the exception of one that doesn't have an HEA and a horror that does. The rest are: one fantasy romance, one f-f romance and two f-m contemporary romances.

Rating refresher! Categories are based on whether or not I recommend them to fellow readers -  DNF (Did Not Finish), Pass, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary), Read it Eventually, Read it Soon.

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Review: Heartbreak for Hire, by Sonia Hartl

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Heartbreak for Hire falls solidly in the middle of the pack for me. It's an interesting premise: a woman who works as a professional heartbreaker falls for one of the people she's been hired to take down. Because it turns out that not all the women who hire the company are doing it because they've actually been hurt, some just want to eliminate a rival. 

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Review: Seven Days in June, by Tia Williams

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2021 9:34:12 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Seven Days in June was everything I was promised. It's heartbreaking and funny and raw and so so romantic. There's a lot of intense content, so please heed those CWs if you need 'em.

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Review: Satisfaction Guaranteed, by Karelia Stetz-Waters

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2021 6:39:20 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Satisfaction Guaranteed is an opposites-attract contemporary WLW romance between a free-spirited artist/sex toy salesperson and a buttoned-up accountant/gallery manager. When Cade Elgin's aunt passes away and leaves her half of her sex toy store and house, Cade plans to sell it and move on with her life. But there are two major problems. First, there's the fact that the house has two mortgages and the shop is in so much debt that the "inheritance" is really just a few hundred thousand dollars of negative money. Second, there's Selena. Selena is a non-practicing painter who has been renting from Cade's late aunt and also working in the shop. She's the other inheritor and she really doesn't want to sell. Cade being a numbers person wants to just clean her hands of the whole mess, but Selena talks her into giving it one big try.

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