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Wrapped in Winter (Three Kings Duet Book 1) by Penny Asher-Darke

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fun and steamy romance book that is a quick and easy read. Winter Harris was fired from her management job at a prestigious hotel in Aspen and was forced to take a demotion and work at a lower tiered hotel in Vail. Fighting to work her way back to management and impress her annoying boss, she is tasked to work as a VIP manager for three mystery guests at the hotel’s most exclusive cabin. She meets the men who are all gorgeous, powerful businessmen. Winter is instantly attracted to all three men, and finds it difficult to remain professional.

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Paris Daillencourt Is About to Crumble (Winner Bakes All #2) by Alexis Hall

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a cute and fun LGTBQ+ contemporary romance. Paris is a hot mess. He’s got a cat, a degree, a roommate and a love for baking. But, his constant self-doubt and second-guessing have left him a hot mess. His roommate enters him into the country’s biggest baking competition (think The Great British Bake Off) and he’s excited and nauseas at the same time, thinking he’ll be the first one sent home. To his surprise, he wins the first challenge, despite hitting a fellow contestant, Tariq, in the face with his refrigerator door. But, the public scrutiny is harsh, interacting with the fellow contestants is nerve-wracking, and Paris spirals.

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The Wicked Remain (Grimrose Girls #2) by Laura Pohl

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a satisfying conclusion to a good YA Fantasy duology. The events pick up a few months after the first book. The girls continue to search for a way to break the curse, but are waylaid by personal issues that distract them from their goal. As they make progress on finding out the origin of the curse, more girls start dying.

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Blue Shadows Fall (Blue Shadows Fall, #1) by Lenore Stutznegger

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good first book in a new YA Fantasy series. In a dystopian world decades in the future, Blue Haven is a 17 year old who dreams of becoming a warrior. Over 150 years ago the Shadow Elves, humans infected by a zombie apocalypse-like plague, ravaged the world and decimated the population. Blue lives in a small farming community in the Smoky Mountains, where they are the last survivors of their world and not much happens. But Blue’s superhuman sight is showing her troubling images of green-eyed strangers and handsome Shadow Elves. But, that can’t be right because leaders of her village insist the Shadow Elves were all killed and they are safe. As Blue investigates her visions, she discovers the leaders may have lied. About everything.

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A Life Unplanned by Caitriona Drexler

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I am total nerd that goes to San Diego Comic-Con every year, so when I was given the opportunity to read this book where the couple meets at New York Comic-Con, I jumped at the chance. I absolutely loved their meet-cute – it’s every nerdy single girl’s dream to be swept off her feet by Batman!! While there were plenty of nerdy references and comic touches, the book also deals with some tough issues. I loved Sadie and Theo’s relationship and how they communicated with each other. About half-way through, however, the book started to lose me a bit. I think the book lost momentum as it veered away from the relationship and I wasn’t as invested.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Katie and Brey PA and the author. All opinions are my own.

Clara in a Time of War by C.J. McGroarty

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a quiet, sweet book about courage, loneliness, and love set during the Revolutionary War. Clara is struggling to work her husband’s farm while he’s off at war. One morning her son finds an injured man, Declan, in their carriage house, and her quiet life changes. Clara nurses him back to health and the two slowly develop feelings for each other, despite her marriage. As the British army inches closer to Clara’s door, Declan moves on, never forgetting about Clara. Does the couple have any chance at happiness?

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The Quiet Girl by Nichole Heydenburg

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Violet Hale moves with her family to North Carolina from Michigan. She had friends and a boyfriend in MI, but in NC, isn’t able to easily makes friends and draws the attention, and ire, of the school’s queen bee on her first day. Every day after that, Violet is bullied by her and the popular kids. One day a cute boy, Jess, defends her after Violet is bullied, and he and his friend Kayla befriend her. Violet is grateful to finally make friends, but the more she gets to know them, the more sinister their friendship becomes.

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Love Liana, Sincerely Kade by Allie Doherty

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute and sexy contemporary romance set in NYC. Liana is a single romantic-advice blogger that is pressured by fans to add sex advice to her blog. Uncomfortable with the topic, she seeks advice from a cocky man that emailed her for advice about love. Enter Kade, the cocky guy who drinks too much whiskey and only has one-night stands. He wrote Liana asking her if love really exists. They develop an unlikely friendship, with Liana helping him figure out love, and Kade giving her advice about her sex blog. What they didn’t expect was the chemistry they can’t deny.

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Red Flags by J.N. Welsh

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This is a cute and steamy contemporary sports romance set in Ireland. Charlotte owns a shoe design company based in NYC. Charlotte has a one night stand with Irish soccer star Eoghan who was rehabbing in America after an injury. Charlotte then gets approached by an Irish soccer club to design a custom shoe for its star athlete. What are the chances that the star is Eoghan? This is a romance book, so of course it’s Eoghan!

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