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May
30

Review: The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren

Review: The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren The One You Can’t Forget Author: Roni Loren Reviewer: Nima Rating: A What I’m Talking About: The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren is the second book in The Ones Who Got Away series following a few of the survivors of a Columbine-type school shooting at the imaginary Lone Acre High School.  The One You Can’t Forget reintroduces us to Lone Acre survivor Attorney Rebecca Lindt and new character chef Wes Garrett, who should not like each other or even have the interaction they do.  They have legit, real world reasons to stay away from each other—but then there would be no story.  A mugging brings Wes and...
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May
8

Review: The Hookup By Erin McCarthy

Review: The Hookup By Erin McCarthy The Hookup Author: Erin McCarthy Reviewer: Nima Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Erin McCarthy is not an entirely new author to me.  I have read and enjoyed—some more than others, several of her contributions to anthologies.  So I’m not sure why I haven’t read a full length novel from her before given that she’s a solid romance writer with multiple titles and series under her belt.  From what I have read, her writing has a certain intensity about it, but that intensity totally shines in The Hookup, the first installment in the Jordan Brothers Series. In this book, McCarthy uses her intensity to accomplish the seemingly impossible in...
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Apr
9

Review: A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer

Review: A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer A Nantucket Wedding Author: Nancy Thayer Reviewer: Nima Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: A Nantucket Wedding is a story about the family drama that always surrounds large family events like a wedding.  The wedding serves to focus a spotlight on the relationships of key characters.You’d think a book about a wedding would be a romance.  It is romantic, but not a romance.  Everyone in this story is already in an established relationship, some of them rocky. What this book is, is women’s fiction.  I keep trying it and I continue to be disappointed.  This one is better than some I’ve read, there isn’t as much whining and over-thinking...
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Apr
3

Review: Play for Keeps by Maggie Wells

Review: Play for Keeps by Maggie Wells Play for Keeps Author: Maggie Wells Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Play for Keeps, the second book in the Love Games series by Maggie Wells is good, but I did not like it as much as the first book, Love Game, because the relationship between public relations genius Millie Jenkins and basketball coach Ty Ransom is very messy. Their love story takes a much longer, and possibly unnecessary arc before we reach a happily ever after.  Some readers will think it’s perfect, others will be disappointed where it went. If you life is already pretty messy, you don’t necessarily want your fantasy life to be messy...
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Mar
5

Review: Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London

Review: Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London Bad Bachelor Author: Stefanie London Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I liked Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London much more than I expected to.  Reformed bad boys are a popular, possibly overdone, trope in contemporary romance and it takes skill to do it well.  The difference for me was that I genuinely liked all the characters in Bad Bachelor.  London successfully managed to create conflict without any real bad guys.  There was no one I wanted to hate or inflict with bodily harm for being a jerk or worse, being immature.  All the characters had jerk moments, but it didn’t consume their character.  London carefully walked a...
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Feb
26

Review: Maybe This Time by Nicole McLaughlin

Review: Maybe This Time by Nicole McLaughlin Maybe This Time Author: Nicole McLaughlin Reviewer: Nima Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Teenagers, almost all of them, go to high school.  It’s unfortunate that Twilight has ruined high school as a setting for too many authors. I confess, when I was introduced to teenage Jen MacKenzie and TJ Laughlin and the two had a crush on each other, but each thought the other one hated them, and then had to work together on a school project…yeah, Twilight.  It’s not fair, but it’s there.  Maybe in another decade my mind won’t go there immediately.  To McLauglin’s credit, I forgot about Twilight as soon as she continued to develop...
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Feb
19

Review: Highland Conquest by Alyson McLayne

Review: Highland Conquest by Alyson McLayne Highland Conquest Author: Alyson McLayne Reviewer: Nima Rating: A What I’m Talking About: I haven’t read a historical romance in a while so I didn’t go in over-saturated with the genre.  Highland Conquest (originally titled Highland Bride) was a fun read. In fact, it makes me sad I missed the first one in the Sons of Gregor MacLeod series.  I’m going to have to go back and pick it up before the third comes out. McLayne plans five books in this series, following five boys, fostered by Gregor MacLeod and raised as brothers to strapping warriors and leaders. Even though McLayne is a solid, award-winning author, the Sons of...
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Jan
31

Review: Love Game by Maggie Wells

Review: Love Game by Maggie Wells Love Game Author: Maggie Wells Reviewer: Nima Rating: A What I’m Talking About: I am so the target audience for the this book, I feel like I need to issue a disclaimer upfront.  Love Game, the first book in Maggie Well’s Love Games series takes on love, women’s sports, and broadcasting.  I was a journalism major, played not one, but two sports in the NCAA at a D-1 school, and coached professionally for over fifteen years.  As far as I’m concerned, Wells wrote this one for me. That being said, any woman who loves a smart, driven, dedicated, take-no-prisoners heroine, will love Kate Snyder.  She puts the “hero” in...
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Dec
20

Review: Only You by Addison Fox

Review: Only You by Addison Fox Only You Author: Addison Fox Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Only You ties up the love stories of the Brooklyn Brotherhood, three boys from troubled homes adopted by “Mama Lou.”  Each of them has grown up to be respectable, hardworking men.  Each is on a course as different as their personalities, but together, they make a close, if unlikely family. This last story is for Fender Blackstone, the poor boy who’s father was not only alcoholic and abusive, but criminal. Fender has learned to be defensive, careful, and to keep his world very small. Fender finds himself in love with a girl from the right side...
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Dec
6

Review: Forever Yours by Addison Fox

Review: Forever Yours by Addison Fox Forever Yours Author: Addison Fox Reviewer: Nima Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Forever Yours is the third installment in the Brooklyn Brotherhood series. The brief novella takes advantage of a lengthy history between Jasmine “Jaz” Shane and Cade Rossi. We were introduced to these characters in the last book Just Once. Jasmine is Detective Daphne Rossi’s life long best friend and Cade is Daphne’s older brother, also a member of the NYPD.  Jaz has been in love with Cade since she was nine years old.  Cade knows everything there is to know about Jaz, but has only recently begun to realize she may be the right woman for...
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