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Currently Reading…



The Ferryman by Justin Cronin

Carved Amidst the Shadows (A Brands of Taelgir Novel #1) by M.T. Fontaine

In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune


A Royal Pairing in Perish by C.G. Coppola

When in Rome by Sarah Adams

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

The Sign for Home by Blair Fell

A Darker Reality by Anne Perry

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

A Song of Flight by Julie Marillier

Mother of All by Jenna Glass

The Highlander’s Irish Bride by Vanessa Kelly

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Love ad Lib (Foxbrooke, #1) by Evie Alexander

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved this first book in a new steamy, funny, contemporary romance series. Once again, Alexander brings us a quirky family with multiple siblings who lead very different lives from each other. I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for each sibling on the journey to their own HEA in future books.

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The Late Mrs. Willoughby (Mr. Darcy & Miss Tilney, #2) by Claudia Gray

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction mystery involving the Jane Austen characters we love, and love to hate. This is the second book in the series, but there was enough backstory provided throughout the book for me to understand the history of the characters’ relationships and their actions. However, this is a standalone mystery, and can be read without having read the first book.

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All Your Fault (Campus Stallions #1) by Kristin Lee

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a cute college sports romance between a gymnast and a baseball player. Both Adalee and Hagan were burned by their exes and not looking to get into a relationship any time soon. But, their instant chemistry intrigues Hagan and he starts pursuing Adalee, even though she tries to fight her attraction to him. As they get to know each other, it’s clear they were made to be together.

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One Night in Foxbrooke by Evie Alexander

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is such a cute and fun novella that introduces us to the family centering a new book series. The Star Wars puns fly fast and furious (oops, wrong series!) in this cute rom com that finds chef Ben “Kenobi” Walker helping save a VIP dinner at Foxbrooke Manor. He finds himself working with his long-time crush Leia Perry and is determined to show her that not only is he all grown up, he’s all in on a relationship with her. Leia is wary, not trusting that Ben can be trusted, but she can’t deny the chemistry between the two.

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The Unstoppable Bridget Bloom by Allison L. Bitz

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. As a former high school theater nerd myself, I could totally relate to Bridget’s angst, as well as the personalities and quirks of her friends. Bridget’s growth in the story was incredible and I liked how the author was able to subtly show these changes throughout the book, without hitting us over the head with it. The realization at the end of the book was almost a surprise, even though you had been along for the ride with Bridget from the start.

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Wedding Games (Kinloch #5) by Evie Alexander

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is such an awesome, fun novella that I didn’t want it to end! I loved reading about the characters from all of the Kinloch series books again and when they all get together, shenanigans definitely occur. I actually laughed out loud several times, especially while reading the antics of Zoe’s mom and her best friend Morag. They cracked me up and are totally people I’d love to have a drink, or ten, with. LOL The days leading up to Zoe and Rory’s wedding at the castle were frantic and tense, especially when Zoe and Rory’s mothers – who have been enemies since high school – are in the same room. Hide the glassware – these ladies aren’t afraid to get physical! But after all is said and done, we still get our HEA and an epilogue to tell us what happens after the big day. What more could we want? (Well, I personally want more Kinloch adventures!!!)

I received a complimentary e-copy of this novella from the author. All opinions are my own.

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I’ll Be There For You by Brieanna Wilkoff

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved this book and read it in one sitting. The growth of Rae throughout the book was wonderful to read. She went from grief-stricken and alone to hopeful and outgoing. The friendship with fellow theater-lover Mac was beautiful. I remember being in high school and having that one best friend that just “got” me. Someone you could trust with all of your troubles, fears and hopes with and know that they would always be there to support you. I loved re-living those wonderful memories as I read this book.

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To Swoon and To Spar (The Regency Vows, #4) by Martha Waters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute, flirty historical fiction romance set in Regency England. This is book 4 in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. There is enough back story to give you context regarding the side characters that support the main characters and story.

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Heliotrop by Palmer Pickering

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 stars

Teleo is a retired soldier descended from Mages, who were cast out of power generations ago. After years of war and sorrow, he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life on his farm and work his stonemason’s craft.

His wife and daughter had been murdered during a war raid several years earlier and his young son stolen by the enemy side. He spent years unsuccessfully searching for his son and returned home broken-hearted. At the local castle, he comes upon a war orphan stolen by his side from the enemy and rescues him from abuse, adopting him as his foster son.

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