Review: Sweet Talkin' Lover, by Tracey Livesay

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 21, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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If you've ever watched one of those Hallmark movies and wished it was not quite as saccharine, had more kissing, and was generally... better? This is for you.

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Review: Wolf Gone Wild, by Juliette Cross

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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In the words of a friend, "so now werewolf PNR is getting illustrated covers too?"

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Mini-Reviews, 1/14/20 Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2020 9:55:54 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Mini-reviews of American Witch, Grim Shadows, Advanced Physical Chemistry, and Tell Me Something Good, which means an two contemporary romances, one 1920's paranormal, and an urban fantasy romance.

Please note that all of these were read as audiobooks.

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Review: Lucky Caller, by Emma Mills

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 13, 2020 10:17:31 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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In Lucky Caller, Emma Mills pairs a friends-to-lovers relationship arc with the story of a complicated family on the brink of change. Nina and Jamie, her childhood friend and neighbor, are both taking a radio class in their senior year of high school. Jamie and Nina were best friends until middle school, when *spoiler* happened and now they're 2 members of a 4 person team working on a show together. Nina's father is a famous radio show host who moved out to LA a few years earlier, but she'd rather be producing than hosting so another member of the team, Joydeep is the voice of the show-- together with Sasha, a bit later. The show is off to a rocky start until they play a couple of songs by a cult favorite grunge band, Existential Dead. Improbably, they attract a small following of Existential Dead fans and when they announce a special guest (Nina's dad) without saying his name? Those fans think the reclusive lead singer of the band is the special guest and hijinks ensue.

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Review: Love Lettering, by Kate Clayborn

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

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Kate Clayborn's books are not light and fluffy. They take me a while to read and I usually cry at least once. They are, however, the sort of book that makes me think a lot about how we connect as humans and what it means to start over, to stand still for a moment, to redirect the trajectory of a relationship or a life.

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Review: The AI Who Loved Me, by Alyssa Cole

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 17, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Ana Coqui posted in review

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Alyssa Cole’s smart, sweet and short science fiction romance playfully mashes multiple tropes into a fun and surprising adventure. It is simply excellent.

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Mini-Reviews, Young Adult 12/16/19

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Mini-reviews of Sick Kids in Love, Winterwood, The Magnolia Sword, Rage, and The Night Country, which means an one contemporary romance, one Mulan retelling and three fantasy novels with romantic elements.

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Review: Serpent & Dove, by Shelby Mahurin

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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This book hit all of my buttons: enemies-to-lovers, witches, historical (AU) France and a very murdery plot. It's a book that I might feel just a little twinge of guilt about loving as much as I do, but that guilt is overshadowed by the emotional ride this book took me on.

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Mini-Reviews, December 4, 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 4, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Mini-reviews of Irises in the Snow, A Hive of Secrets and Spells, Night of the Scoundrel, and We Met in December, which means an f/f fantasy-mystery, an m/m contemporary, an m/f historical and an m/f contemporary.

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Review & Giveaway: Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Vol. 5

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 3, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review, giveaway

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As you probably know, we don't review much erotica. But ever since I was handed one of her anthologies in my days at Heroes & Heartbreakers, I've followed Rachel Kramer-Bussel's work with Cleis Press. Kramer-Bussel's curation of these anthologies, particularly the Best Women's Erotica of the Year series, is what really makes them sing. The collections are diverse in both authorship and content and while most readers won't love every story, there's something for everyone in them--as with most anthologies. They're also loosely organized around a theme, this time it's "Outrageous."

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