The Bride Test by Helen Hoang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451490827
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Published: Berkley - May 7th, 2019

Helen Hoang has done it again, making me fall in love with these characters and their cuteness. This book has solidified Helen Hoang as an auto-buy author for me and I can't wait to see what other stories she has up her sleeve! ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

Beach Read by Emily Henry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984806734
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

Broke and alone after breaking up with her long-time boyfriend, romance writer January Andrews moves to the only place she can go to--her late father’s love shack. She didn’t know about the house on the shores of Lake Michigan or the affair until his girlfriend appeared at her father’s funeral. The mysterious neighbor next door changes her plans to clear the house of old family memories, sell it, and move on with her life. He is a popular author of mysteries and they challenge each other to write a book in each other’s genres. What begins as a dare turns into much, much more. This is a really fun read! ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451490803
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Published: Berkley - June 5th, 2018

What do you get when you take an Autistic woman who wants to learn about the physical side of relationships, a male escort who is hired to teach her, and then smoosh them into a fake dating situation?
The Kiss Quotient. A novel with great representation and all the awkward, cute, smutty scenes you could ever ask for. I highly recommend this fun read! ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

Christmas in Vermont: A Novel by Anita Hughes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250315915
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 15th, 2019

Emma doesn’t believe in miracles, so when she finds an engraved watch she gifted the love of her life before their unfortunate breakup, it’s left to her best friend to set synchronicity in step with her Emma’s love again. This friend gifts Emma with a ‘Vermont Christmas’ week, where picturesque snow warms the season’s magic merrily between them anew. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci

Let It Snow: A Novel by Nancy Thayer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524798680
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 15th, 2019

From “Matchstick Girl,” through a Hallmark holiday, to a Scrooge’s A Christmas Carol epiphany, Nancy Thayer’s Let It Snow plots a ‘Winter Wonderland’ collage of the season’s treats. It characters a Jacob Marley type, who finds love from among this short novel’s cast; a Scrooge-ish patriarch, who with his ghosted heart raises the rent on a group of Nantucket's small-business owners, who carol noels in response; and of course there’s the littlest angel, who warms them all with her Yuletide cheer. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci

Time's Convert: A Novel by Deborah Harkness - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399564536
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

Time's Convert is the first spin-off series within the All Souls universe written by Deborah Harkness, with the story this time around revolving around Marcus and Phoebe's relationship a year after the events of the Book of Life. Phoebe prepares to transition into a vampire and she and Marcus must wait until 90 days after her transformation to reunite and get married. While this is happening in the present day, we also get to glimpse into flashbacks of Marcus' human life during the revolutionary war and his first century as a vampire under his father Matthew's wing.
I was really excited to see how all of my beloved All Souls characters were doing after the end of the trilogy, and it was great to continue having Diana's narrative in the story, even if it was a side narrative while Marcus and Phoebe's were at the forefront. It was difficult for me to want to be interested in Phoebe's vampire transition at first but I grew to love her character and her relationship with Marcus. Marcus' flashback narrative was also hard to get into just because I could not understand its relevance to the present day plot other then just giving us more information about Marcus' character as a whole, but I loved to learn more about his story all the same.
My only complaint about this spin off is that there was no real conflict going on in the present day plot, other then Phoebe needing to be a stable vampire by the 90 day mark so she would be allowed back with Marcus and the real world. I guess I was hoping we would see more of the ripple effects of Diana's role on the Congregation and the slow but steady "coming out" of creatures to the human world, but for this spin off book we were just left with the smaller problems. I hope that Harkness considers coming out with another spin off tale that goes over these potential new story lines, or flash forwards to Diana and Matthew's children all grown up and them dealing with new conflicts.
Overall, a great spin off and hope the TV show incorporates this into their series as well! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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