Book Reviews

Didn’t Stay in Vegas by Chelsea M. Cameron

Didn’t Stay in Vegas

When I’m having the kind of week where everything sucks and the world is a trash fire, I gravitate towards super fluffy, angst-free romances. Last year, I discovered one of my favourites, Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron. I was thoroughly charmed by the friends-to-lovers, marriage-of-convenience situation and smiled my way through it. So, when I heard she had another friends-to-lovers book coming out with a marriage element, I did a little happy dance. … Continue reading Didn’t Stay in Vegas by Chelsea M. Cameron

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

A Madness of Sunshine

CW: Domestic violence, violence against women, violence against animals, references to sexual assault A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh is a tightly plotted thriller that has pervasive feeling of rage coiled around it. Every character in this book feels angry and on edge, on the verge of snapping. This creates a superb tension that carries throughout the novel and, when combined with a perfectly plotted mystery and well-developed characters, results in a fantastic reading … Continue reading A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Tales from the Gunpowder Chronicles by Jeannie Lin

Tales from the Gunpowder Chronicles

I’ve been in a reading rut lately. It’s the worst feeling in the world, and my solution has been to try novellas instead. They’re less intimidating than full-length books: it’s an hour of my time instead of four, I don’t feel like I’ve wasted time if I hate the book, I don’t experience guilt if I DNF, etc. The list goes on and on. When Jeannie Lin released an anthology set in her 19th century … Continue reading Tales from the Gunpowder Chronicles by Jeannie Lin

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

The Hallowed Ones

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle is a YA horror novel set in the Amish community, and it’s one of the most genuinely frightening books I’ve read in a long time. It’s far more scary than some adult horror novels I’ve read, and it doesn’t rely on themes like sexual violence or violence against children to be frightening. It’s also incredibly well-executed and uses the choice of setting (a small Amish community) to amplify the … Continue reading The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Would Like to Meet

I was raised on classic rom-coms like One Fine Day and While You Were Sleeping (which I will never rewatch as I fear they’ve not aged well) and for each new outing of a tried and true trope, I continue to be there, first in line. So my appreciation for the trope is as much nature as it is nurture. As a result, I am delighted to report that this book has SO MANY OF … Continue reading Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Jane Austen’s Ghost by Jennifer Kloester

Jane Austen’s Ghost

Jane Austen’s Ghost is a ghost story and a mystery of sorts, with romantic and historical elements. There is a satisfying romance in the middle, and there is a lot of humour, but, as befits a ghost story, there will be parts that make you cry, too. It’s quite a gentle, comforting sort of story to read and comes together in a very satisfying way at the end. I enjoyed it a lot. The story … Continue reading Jane Austen’s Ghost by Jennifer Kloester

The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

The Beast of Beswick

The Beast of Beswick is what you get when you put Beauty and the Beast and The Taming of the Shrew into a blender with a whole lot of feminism and drink the results. The heroine, Astrid, is beautiful, bookish and prickly; full of feminist rage; and determined to protect her sweet, pretty, but surprisingly shrewd younger sister, Isobel. The hero, Thane, is horribly scarred; very brooding and moody; and rather inclined to embrace the … Continue reading The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Twice in a Blue Moon

Celebrity romance is one of my favorite tropes, so I was sure to scoop up Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren. This is a first love/ second chance romance as well, and it’s set in two parts: when the hero and heroine meet for the first time, and when they reconnect fourteen years later. I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but I felt like there wasn’t as much focus on … Continue reading Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Sweetest Thing by Natasha West

Sweetest Thing

After two and a half months of reading Gothic things and watching Gothic things I read Sweetest Thing on a whim. It was not Goth. I loved it. This f/f contemporary romance is funny and wildly entertaining although there’s a frustrating subplot and there’s a very sudden time gap (more on that later). This book involves a British television baking competition called Bake It! This fictional show is obviously loosely modelled after the real British … Continue reading Sweetest Thing by Natasha West

Hex Wives by Ben Blacker & Mirka Andolfo

Hex Wives

Damn, y’all, Hex Wives is not here to play. This is a graphic novel (a collection of Hex Wives #1-6) about some seriously angry women and I am HERE for it. Only problem is, it ends just as things are really getting good. Our story begins in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 as a coven of witches (all women, and led by lovers Nadiya and Isadora) battles a group of men known as The Architects. As … Continue reading Hex Wives by Ben Blacker & Mirka Andolfo

Fire & Ice by Rachel Spangler

Fire & Ice

I mentioned in my review of Edge of Glory that I love sports romances, despite having zero interest in any sport in real life. Even so, I was a little skeptical when I saw that Rachel Spangler’s latest takes place in the world of curling because, well, it’s curling… (Yes, I know, I’m a bad Canadian. Please don’t take my citizenship away.) I was pleasantly surprised by Fire & Ice, though, and I’m glad I … Continue reading Fire & Ice by Rachel Spangler

The Princess Plan by Julia London

The Princess Plan

I am but a simple woman. Give me even the slightest whiff of antagonism between characters and I am there with all the bells on my person. The Princess Plan delivers on snarky banter as a form of foreplay between two main characters that I really enjoyed. However, there are a few things that kept me from feeling satisfied in the romance department. The two princes of the fictional kingdom of Alucia are in England … Continue reading The Princess Plan by Julia London