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The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good contemporary fiction/mystery/thriller set in India. Geeta’s dead-beat husband left her five years ago. She didn’t kill him, but everyone thinks she did. Since then, she’s taken out her nose ring (become a widow) and made a life for herself selling hand-made jewelry. The inhabitants of her small village scorn Geeta, gossip about her, and the children are afraid of her. While this would make some women sad, Geeta relishes in her freedom.

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Queen of Nothing (Reina del Cartel, #1) by Santana Knox

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good first book in the reverse harem, enemies to lovers, dark romance series. I haven’t read many dark romance books, or any cartel books, so this is all new to me. I enjoyed the author’s world building which made it easier for me to understand the setting and circumstances of the characters.

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The Stranded (Stranded #1) by Sarah Daniels

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good YA Dystopian Sci/Fi Thriller set on the Arcadia, a luxury liner that set sail 40 years ago after being driven from Europe by an apocalyptic war. Since that time, it’s been a refugee camp anchored off the coast of the Federated States. The story centers on Esther a loyal citizen, working to have the rare chance to live a normal life as a medic on dry land, and Nik, a rebel planning something big to liberate the Arcadia once and for all. Of course, nothing goes as planned, and the oppressors of the refugees acts despicably toward them, requiring the rebels to alter their plans.

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In The Moment Before (The Coyote and The Claw Companion Series, #1) by C.G. Coppola

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute novella about two seniors in high school whose animosity for each other land them in detention together. Robin has hated Grayson since he pranked her in front of their class in grade school. She despises him, and he delights in teasing her and egging her on. When they finally stop taking digs at each other, they realize their enemy is actually a person and the ice begins to melt between them. But can Robin trust Grayson, or is he just running a long con on her?

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A Wicked Game (Ruthless Rivals #3) by Kate Bateman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fun historical fiction romance set in the early 1800s in London. It’s an enemies to lovers, he falls first, romance with plenty of heat.

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A Dash of Salt and Pepper by Kosoko Jackson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a cute LGBT contemporary romance set in a small town in Maine. Xavier has been dumped and passed over for a prestigious fellowship. He slinks home to lick his wounds, but his family have other ideas. Trying to get him out of his funk, Xavier’s mother presses him to work as a prep chef at a trendy new restaurant in town owned and operated by hot dad Logan. Logan doesn’t want to hire Xavier, but he needs the help. The duo find they have an unexpected connection, but since they both want different things in life, their relationship may be doomed before it really starts.

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Rise of a Dark Throne: The Mosa Chronicles by Ligia N. Cushman

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a promising first book in a fantasy series. Sole is a princess that survives a tragedy in her land called the Darkness which kills her parents and new husband. Her two sisters are nowhere to be found and Sole finds herself the Queen of Mosa. As she works tirelessly to pull her country out of the tragedy, she is summoned to heal the King of Sundom, the land her people fled to avoid being killed by the evil King.

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Well Traveled (Well Met #4) by Jen DeLuca

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a super cute contemporary romance involving a high-powered corporate attorney and a Renaissance Faire Irish kilt-wearing man. Louisa, “Lulu” to her cousin, is out of town for work. Completely stressed out, she discovers a Renaissance Faire is taking place nearby and goes there for an escape. While there, she runs into a band that she met earlier that summer while attending a faire with her cousin. When events take a drastic turn, Louisa finds herself unemployed and running away with the faire for the summer.

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Built to Last by Erin Hahn

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a super cute second chance contemporary romance book. Shelby, Lyle and Cameron were child stars on a hit show. Cameron and Shelby had instant chemistry, but when they became young adults circumstances led Cameron to leave the show, go to college and start a career creating National Geographic documentaries all over the world. Shelby fell into a relationship with Lyle, which ended publicly, and messily. Shelby left her acting career and went home to Michigan. She worked with her father in his contracting business and became a master furniture restorer. Every time Shelby needed Cameron, he dropped everything and came running. But, he never stayed.

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