Just a Little Bet
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Review: Just a Little Bet – Tawna Fenske

Content warnings: Road trip, lovers-to-friends-to-lovers, second chance romance? Hello, all my catnip in one shiny package! This is the second in a series about smokejumpers, but I read as a stand-alone. I should just note, for anyone looking for firefighter content, while he is a smokejumper, the book happens during the off-season, so there’s very little related content. “And you’re thinking…

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When We Were Ghosts
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Review: When We Were Ghosts – E.J. Phillips

Content warnings: Hello, gorgeous cover! And honestly, this book is gorgeous, in a very grief-laden, magical way. This is a heavier book, as much of the story is spent dealing (or not dealing with, depending on the character) death and grief, but it’s also lightened by a very snarky ghost and a sweet romance. “A haunting is just a memory…

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Together, Apart
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Review: Together, Apart anthology

Content warnings: That cover is super cute and, honestly, who could say no to a bunch of pandemic meet-cutes? I hadn’t read most of these authors before, so I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this anthology – and now I have a whole bunch of new authors’ backlists to check out! “Love, Delivered” – Erin A. Craig –…

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Sweet on You
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Review: Sweet on You – Carla de Guzman

Content warnings: Oh my gosh, this is just as sweet as the title (and that cute cover) implies! It’s a romance that sparks from a rivalry between a coffee shop owner and the new bakery owner during the Christmas season in the Philippines. “It was competition, after all, and if Sari couldn’t be the best, what was the point?” Sari…

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Black Sun
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Review: Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse

Content warnings: I’ve read Rebecca Roanhorse’s work before, so I thought I knew what I was getting myself in to. But, wow, was I ever surprised – in the best way! This is an enthralling character-driven epic fantasy inspired by Meso-American cultures. And, just a note, this is the start of a trilogy, so of course there’s a massive cliffhanger.…

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A Princess for Christmas
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Review: A Princess for Christmas – Jenny Holiday

Content warnings: This is a hilarious and self-aware ode to all of those campy and sweet Hallmark holiday movies, with the addition of sex in the woods and a lot of f-bombs. In the two years since his parents died, Leo’s dropped out of college and is struggling to raise his eleven-year-old sister Gabby. He’s constantly worried that he’s doing…

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In a Holidaze
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Review: In a Holidaze – Christina Lauren

Content warnings: Why yes, it’s barely October and I’m already reading my first holiday book! And this is basically everything a Christmas book should be. It’s cute! It’s sweet! It’s got the childhood friends to lovers trope! It does toe the line between romance/women’s fiction but it still worked for me. “I want to be happy, and I’m petrified that…

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The Hollow Places
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Review: The Hollow Places – T. Kingfisher

Content warnings: While I’d read one of this author’s previous fantasy novels, I hadn’t realized she also wrote horror – until I started thinking about the bad guys from Paladin’s Grace. I feel like the highest praise you can give a horror book is that it gave you nightmares. After making the (glorious) mistake of starting this book before bedtime,…

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Machine
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Review: Machine – Elizabeth Bear

Content warnings: While this is the second in the series, it could easily be read as a standalone. There are some cameos, small and large, from previous characters, but no prior knowledge of them or the plot of the previous book is necessary. “What was there to get scared of? There’s just a job to do.” I wrapped my hands…

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Love by the Books
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Review: Love by the Books – Té Russ

Content warnings: This book is as adorable as the cover suggests! It’s a quick, sweet, low-conflict romance between a Black literary agent and a Black bookshop owner. “So here I was, standing in the middle of a bookstore, about to have a damn orgasm from merely watching a sexy ass man reading a book.” Things are finally looking up for…

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