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Review: Mira’s Last Dance – Lois McMaster Bujold

This novella is a direct continuation of Penric’s Mission, and it’s a ridiculously silly and fun romp that reminds me of a mishmash of Shakespearean plays.  It’s another enjoyable story in the World of the Five Gods, but one that ends on, I think, a bit of a turning point for Penric. “In any case,” said Nikys, placating, “our roads…

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The Museum of Us
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Review: The Museum of Us – Tara Wilson Redd

Trigger warnings: depression, cutting, suicidal ideation Everyone remembers daydreaming about their favorite shows or books, inserting themselves into the narrative and becoming an adventurer or spy or princess or Hogwarts student.  As we get older, though, slowly the real world supersedes our daydreams.  But what if we decided to never leave? “The whole world started with George.” We first meet…

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Iron and Magic
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Review: Iron and Magic – Ilona Andrews

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that I’m an Ilona Andrews fangirl.  I eagerly gobble up anything from this husband-and-wife writing duo and frequently try to shove their books on unsuspecting new reader friends.  While they’re now known for several series, their biggest books are an urban fantasy series about Kate Daniels, set in a…

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Touch Wood
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Review: Touch Wood – Jenika Snow

This is the third in the Ash Brothers series of Dirty Bits novellas, though it could be read as a standalone.  The previous couples do play a prominent part, however, so you’d probably be better off starting at the beginning of the series. “Truth was, I was just as stubborn as he was, and even though I wanted him, even…

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Bed of Flowers
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Review: Bed of Flowers – Erin Satie

Trigger warnings: I’m not sure what it is about me reading relevant books lately (maybe it’s just my frame of mind), but this is a timely lesson about doing what’s right versus doing what’s socially acceptable, about making mistakes and redemption, and, as Dumbledore puts it, “the choice between what is right and what is easy.”  We’ve also got a…

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Damage Control
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Review: Damage Control – Kate McMurray

Oh, I am conflicted over this book.  This is such a sweet second-chances romance featuring two men who are both set on doing the right thing – if only they didn’t have completely opposite ideas of what that right thing was.  While the relationship was great, there were some other parts that didn’t sit well with me.  It’s told from…

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Ain't She a Peach
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Review: Ain’t She a Peach? – Molly Harper

I’ve read the other Southern Eclectic novels, and found them ridiculously hilarious.  They’re funny, sweet, and light, a bit like biting into one of those eponymous Georgia peaches, but there’s also a good dose of snark to add to that southern charm.  While I think you could pick this up as a standalone, the amount of secondary characters (including Frankie’s…

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Room Service
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Review: Room Service – Fiona Riley

I’m just going to start out this review by letting you know there’s carousel sex in this book, and if that doesn’t sell you on it, I don’t know what will. “Do they usually call you after hours?” “More often than I’d like, unfortunately.” Olivia nodded and frowned at the sad tone in Savannah’s response. She lifted her head and…

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The Last Time I Saw Her
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Review: The Last Time I Saw Her – Kathleen Knowles

Oh goodness, where to start with this?  Sometimes books just aren’t your cup of tea, and this is one of those times. This of the story of one woman, Lane, reconnecting with her first love, Allison, at a lesbian music festival in the 80s. It’s told entirely in Lane’s first-person POV, but despite that, I never really clicked with either…

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Dating for Keeps
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Review: Dating for Keeps – Colleen Kwan

I’ve read the previous books in the Pine Falls series, and while I liked them, I found them a bit predictable.  I couldn’t help but pick up this one, though, when I saw that the hero was Caleb, one of my favorite side characters, and a confirmed bachelor.  This is the third in the series, though it can be read…

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