The Mall
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Review: The Mall – Megan McCafferty

Content warnings: Come for the teased hair and Cabbage Patch Dolls, stay for the sweet coming-of-age story as a teen spends the summer before college working at the local mall, scouring the mall as part of a treasure hunt and navigating her derailed plans for love and her future. Like the rest of her life, Cassie has her summer all…

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A Touch of Stone and Snow
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Review: A Touch of Stone and Snow – Milla Vane

Content warnings: I was absolutely blown away by the first book in the series and its angry, hurting characters, and expected more of the same from this book. Instead, I got an achingly sweet second-chance romance with kindhearted characters surrounded by a whole lot of awfulness, and it’s certainly one of the best books I’ll read this year. It takes a…

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A Sweet Mess
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Review: A Sweet Mess – Jayci Lee

Content warnings: While at first glance the cover is cute (is that the chocolate bundt cake?), I’m going to point out that since this is an illustrated cover, there is zero excuse for whitewashing the two Korean main characters. I previously read Jayci Lee’s Harlequin debut, Temporary Wife Temptation, and loved it, so I was very excited for this book.…

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What You Wish For
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Review: What You Wish For – Katherine Center

Content warnings: I am absolute trash for the grumpy/sunshine trope so of course I was very excited to read about the clash between a joyful librarian and a stuffed shirt principal. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite hit the mark for me. There are things that I find acceptable in a completely made-up context (fantasy, scifi, paranormal) that I’m more likely…

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Forbidden Desire
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Review: Forbidden Desire – Robin Lovett

Content warnings: If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me flail wildly over this absolutely bananapants scifi erotica series before. It’s absolute bonkers sex planet shenanigans, and it’s hard for me to express how much I love the craziness. And if anything, this book takes the crazy to a whole new level. Niva’s an alien sex goddess with…

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Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders
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Review: Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders – Aliette de Bodard

Content warnings: Another murder mystery by Aliette de Bodard? Especially set during Tet and featuring one of my favorite knife-stabby heroes? Yes, please. This is set after the end of the trilogy, though I read this without having read the last book (oops). The characters and enough background is given, though, that this could easily be read as a standalone…

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Boyfriend Material
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Review: Boyfriend Material – Alexis Hall

Content warnings: You know how some people say something’s a romcom but when you go read it, it’s… just not funny? And it takes itself much too seriously? And then you sit there wondering if, five months into this pandemic, you’re just a soulless husk of a person now? OK, well, this book is not that. This is  the laugh-out-loud,…

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Haunted Heroine
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Review: Haunted Heroine – Sarah Kuhn

Content warnings: I’ve been a fan of this series since the very first book, and I was so happy to see that this book was once again from Evie’s POV (after a book each from Aveda and Bea’s POVs.) After the bombshell in the last book, I was very interested to see how Evie was going to handle everything, and…

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A Good Duke is Hard to Find
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Review: A Good Duke is Hard to Find – Christina Britton

Content warnings: I have a definite fondness for “wow that’s a big dress!” historical covers, and this one doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. Unfortunately, the rest of it doesn’t quite work for me, with a lot of elements that are good in and of themselves but never quite gel. “Everything you now love will be turned to dust before I take…

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