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The Geek that Saved Christmas by Annabeth Albert

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a very cute, contemporary LGTBQIA Christmas story. Gideon Holiday lives in a idyllic neighborhood that decorates their homes each year to raise funds for charity. Every house, that is, except his grumpy, hot neighbor Paul Frost. Paul wants nothing to do with bow-tie wearing Gideon or the Christmas decorations that take over the neighborhood each December.

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The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute LGBTQIA contemporary romance involving a tech wizard that is cast as the bachelor on a dating reality show and one of the producers on the show. Charlie, the bachelor, is stiff, awkward and anxious and only agreed to be on the show to try to rehabilitate his image. Dev is the most successful producer on the show and always does a great job scripting the perfect happily ever after for his contestants, although he’s recently gone through a painful breakup with his long-time boyfriend and is dreading going back to work with him.

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The Duchess Hunt (Once Upon a Dukedom #2) by Lorraine Heath

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute, flirty Historical Fiction romance that is a fun and easy read. The Duke of Kingsland needs to get married and produce and heir and a spare to secure his title. Determined that he is incapable of love and will only hurt his future wife, he places an ad asking eligible ladies to apply to be his bride. Not wanting to be bothered with selecting a winner, he assigns the task to his efficient, capable and devoted secretary, Penelope Pettypeace.

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The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves, #3) by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is the last book in an entertaining YA Fantasy series. Séverin and the team are separated by Séverin’s apparent betrayal. All he can hope is that they got his message and are racing through Venice to help implement his plan to find the temple where the Divine Lyre can be played and his dreams finally achieved. But first Séverin must deal with the deranged head of the Fallen House and the team must deal with a laundry list of obstacles, including those within themselves. Oh, and Laila only has 10 days to live…

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The Excalibur Curse (Camelot Rising, #3) by Kiersten White

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the last book in an interesting YA Fantasy Retelling of Camelot. In this book, Guinevere struggles with identity issues and her quest to unravel the mystery of her past may cause all to be lost.

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All of Us Villains (All of Us Villains #1) by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok YA Fantasy book that pits seven teenagers from powerful magical families in a three-month long champion tournament to win control over a wellspring of high magick. The type of magick the world thought was long gone. Until now, the tournament has been a centuries old secret, but the publishing of a tell-all book about it has garnered world-wide attention. The town is flooded with curious spectators and the champions are provided with new information that may help them win.

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All the Feels (Spoiler Alert, #2) by Olivia Dade

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute, funny contemporary romance involving one gorgeous, impetuous Hollywood star and one short, stoic therapist hired to be his minder when he gets into a bar fight.

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Never Fall for Your Fiancée (The Merriwell Sisters #1) by Virginia Heath

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute, entertaining Historical Fiction Romance set in 1825 England. Earl Hugh Standish has so far avoided his mother’s matchmaking schemes. For the last two years he invented a fiancée to keep his mother at bay – and in America. With his mother due back in England in the next few weeks to meet his bride-to-be, Hugh is about to be found out. Hugh doesn’t want to disappoint his mother, but more importantly, he doesn’t want to get caught in a lie. He just needs to get someone to impersonate his intended to satisfy his mother, and then she will sail back to America happy and Hugh will still be free. Maybe. If it works. Which is doubtful.

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Little Thieves (Little Thieves, #1) by Margaret Owen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good YAFantasy retelling of The Goose Girl. I had never heard of this fairytale, so I went in with no preconceived notions about the story. It took me awhile to get into the book, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.

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