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Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas

Salty, Bitter, Sweet

Salty, Bitter Sweet is more of a coming-of-age story than a romance, although romance plays a large part. This story involves a self-absorbed and privileged narrator and is told in first-person-present-tense. It also involves food, women learning to support each other in a male-dominated field, and a multicultural group of characters. Also a dog. So . . . kind of a mixed bag. Our story revolves around Isabella Fields, an American seventeen-year old who has … Continue reading Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas

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Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimara

Every Reason We Shouldn’t

Content warning: Lockdown situation at a high school, emotionally absent/neglectful parents. Also, the main characters are professional athletes and talk/think about food and nutrition in a way that might be triggering for people with eating disorders. The thing that happens when you follow certain romance authors on Twitter for a while is that you find yourself slowly becoming obsessed with figure skating. This is a rather disappointing obsession to have in Australia, where the ISU … Continue reading Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimara

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The Lord I Left by Scarlett Peckham

The Lord I Left

After reading a slew of perfectly adequate but largely forgettable romances lately, reading The Lord I Left was a nice, trope-tastic surprise. Granted, I’d sign up for pretty much any story featuring a snowy road trip, but I got a lot more than that by the end of this book. Henry Evesham, Methodist preacher, former editor of a “evangelical news rag,” and a Lord Lieutenant tasked with investigating London’s sex trade, is saying his goodbyes … Continue reading The Lord I Left by Scarlett Peckham

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Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

Upright Women Wanted

Upright Women Wanted (which my brain keeps reading as Uppity Women Wanted), is short but packs a powerful punch.This book about librarians leading the resistance in a war-torn dystopic American southwest may not be for everyone, but if the line, “Are you a coward, or are you a Librarian?” makes your heart sing then you should definitely check this out. Esther lives in Arizona, during a time similar to the Old West but with a … Continue reading Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

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The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso presents a strong entry in the annals of badass fantasy heroines in the form of Queen Talyien of Jin-Sayeng. She is the first queen of her small martial country. During the book’s first sentence we learn that she is known as the “bitch queen” and the “She-wolf” because she murdered a man on the eve of her coronation and (purportedly) exiled the husband who was supposed to be … Continue reading The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

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A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon

A Cowboy to Remember

I’ve been salivating over A Cowboy to Remember for months. The actual story was quieter than I expected, but it also had feminist cowboys in Southern California, so I can’t be mad. As a regular fan of Weatherspoon, the tone of A Cowboy to Remember felt flatter than the cheeky dialogue of her recent books (Rafe, Xeni). I wanted more angst and laughs, but the book left me with the warm glow of having just … Continue reading A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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Whiteout by Adriana Anders

Whiteout

Whiteout by Adriana Anders is a romantic suspense novel with elements of survival and espionage. The tropes are 100% Elyse-bait and the author’s ability to sell me on two people falling in love during some really dire circumstances was impressive. Despite this book being the first full book in a series, readers may want to read the prequel novella in Turn the Tide to be fully introduced to the secondary characters. The book opens in … Continue reading Whiteout by Adriana Anders

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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James was the feminist, cold-case mystery I didn’t know I was waiting for. It has everything. It has intrepid amateur detectives. It has vengeful female ghosts. It has delicious justice and women coming together to deliver it. Added to all of that, the mystery was executed perfectly. In fact, here’s the one-line review I posted on Twitter: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James is so good … Continue reading The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

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Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas

Chasing Cassandra

In Chasing Cassandra, the sixth book in the Ravenels series, railway magnate Tom Severin finally gets his turn to be the hero. I have been hoping for a book about Tom since he was introduced in the first book in the Ravenels series. After all, I love to read about a Sad Historical Businessman brought low by love! Unfortunately, while I enjoyed this book, it also pained me because I felt like it could have … Continue reading Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas

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