Black Witch Magic
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Review: Black Witch Magic – Mila Nicks

Content warnings: I picked this up based on the adorable cover, expecting it to be a cozy Halloween paranormal. It is pretty cozy, but it’s actually set around Christmas. “She was a Blackstone. She was a witch. She was doomed to retrace the same miserable steps as the other women in her family, destined to live out her days in…

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His Grumpy Childhood Friend
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Review: His Grumpy Childhood Friend – Jackie Lau

Content warnings: I could go on forever about how much I like Jackie Lau’s books. And this one is fake dating with a childhood friend! Delightful tropes, plenty of humor and wacky situations, and some delicious food, this is another great book. Charlotte hasn’t been on a date in five years, ever since she broke up with her ex-boyfriend after…

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Holiday Home Run
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Review: Holiday Home Run – Priscilla Oliveras

I’m a pretty big fan of Priscilla Oliveras’ books, so it’s no surprise that I’d actually already read this novella when it first came out in an anthology. But I jumped at the chance to revisit it because I had fond memories of it. And it still holds up as a sweet holiday romance. Julia is an event planner and…

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Deal with the Demon
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Review: Deal with the Demon – Chace Verity

Content warnings: Cover aside, this is 22,000 words of unbelievably fun fluff, starring a tired and overworked mom of two teenagers and a cinnamon roll demon who literally bakes cinnamon rolls. Having a demon who could bake cinnamon rolls, do chores, and help teenagers around for a few weeks would be really nice. Divorced mom Heidi is having a rough…

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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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