Book Review: Satan’s Angel by Kristin James

September 19, 2018
Book Review: Satan’s Angel by Kristin James

The thing I really like about Western-set novels is that they’re just a lot of good fun. Satan’s Angel is a fun road trip romp across Texas, featuring bank robbers, brothels, serial killers, secret hideouts, and anything else you’d want to see in book set in the Wild West. Kristin James (aka Candace Camp) isn’t the best writer I’ve encountered—she […]

Book Review: Summer of Scandal by Syrie James

September 17, 2018
Book Review: Summer of Scandal by Syrie James

There is slow-burn romance, and then there’s no-burn romance. Guess which one Summer of Scandal is? In this second installment in a series about American heiresses taking Victorian England by storm, Syrie James tells a solid story that nevertheless promises to be…pretty forgettable. Honestly, this is a perfectly fine romance, but a slow, plodding pace in combination with mediocre characterization […]

Book Review: Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

September 16, 2018
Book Review: Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

Dirty Laundry was one of the first—if not the first—romance novel I’ve ever read. It’s adorable and sweet and fluffy (and also has some tame BDSM if you’re into that). The representation is amazing and intersectional. Overall, this book just makes me feel good every time I re-read it. The story here is that Adam is a grad student in […]

Book Review: The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh

September 15, 2018
Book Review: The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh

There’s nothing like starting a book and discovering, halfway into the first chapter, that it has all of your favorite tropes. Every time I think to myself “Hmm, maybe Mary Balogh isn’t my favorite historical romance author…?” I get hit with an absolutely delightful novel that gives me the happiest of Happy Feels. I should’ve learned better by now. All […]

Book Review: Make Me Want by Katee Robert

September 13, 2018
Book Review: Make Me Want by Katee Robert

I picked up Make Me Want so I could say I’d given Harlequin’s new(ish) Dare line a try. So now I’ve tried it. Once was enough. Probably never again. However, I’m sure there are readers who might really enjoy this—obviously Harlequin didn’t start a new category romance line just for fun. Make Me Want is a quick love story that’s […]

Book Review: Diary of a War Bride by Lauri Robinson

September 9, 2018
Book Review: Diary of a War Bride by Lauri Robinson

Lauri Robinson’s Diary of a War Bride is an excellent WWII romance that is both sweet and well-researched. This book was a delight to read. The novel opens with Kathryn riding her bike into town in order to deliver some fresh eggs to the local pub. The US Army has set up an air base nearby, and one of the […]

Book Review: A Scandalous Scot by Karen Ranney

September 5, 2018
Book Review: A Scandalous Scot by Karen Ranney

In order to properly appreciate A Scandalous Scot, readers will have to willfully suspend their disbelief and buy into the premise that a wealthy earl would ever marry a scullery maid just because he was concerned about her reputation. I am not such a reader. Therefore, I did not appreciate this book. Alas. Here we meet Jean MacDonald, a scullery […]

Book Review: The Man Behind the Cop by Janice Kay Johnson

September 4, 2018
Book Review: The Man Behind the Cop by Janice Kay Johnson

Janice Kay Johnson’s The Man Behind the Cop is a smart, well-plotted romantic suspense that I didn’t quite like, but really wanted to love. We open the book as Karin, a therapist, is helping one of her patients, Lenora, come to the determination that it’s time to leave her abusive husband. Karin runs a mental health clinic that caters especially […]

Book Review: Off the Clock by Roni Loren

September 3, 2018
Book Review: Off the Clock by Roni Loren

I thought I was getting into a sexy book about sex therapists. Instead, Off the Clock turned out to be a sexy book that contains some pretty damaging ideas about mental health. Solid going, Ms. Loren. (Not.) So, this book is basically about Marin and Donovan’s unresolved sexual tension. They met in college. Marin was an undergrad; Donovan was writing […]