Truth, Lies, and Second Dates
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Review: Truth, Lies, and Second Dates – MaryJanice Davidson

Content warnings: I’ve enjoyed the author’s paranormal stories before (most recently Bears Behaving Badly) so I thought I’d try out one of her contemporaries. The author specifically states that this book is a mashup of both romance and horror tropes, some subverted and some hilariously not. It’s a bit of weird mix that worked wonderfully for me in some ways…

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Teddy Spenser Isn't Looking for Love
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Review: Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love – Kim Fielding

Content warnings: This is a zany and heartwarming sort of rom-com that requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, but there are some things that didn’t sit well with me. Due to that, pretty much this whole review is spoilers for the book. “Romance was overrated—fine for Hallmark movies, yes, but this was real life, where True Love was about…

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Ho-Ho-Holidays
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Ho-Ho-Holiday Mini-Reviews

I’ve been reading a ton of holiday novellas for the JingleBooks bingo, and while I don’t feel like doing full reviews for each of them, I figured a few small reviews would be helpful for anyone looking for some post-Christmas reading – or for me next year! So here’s seven quick reviews! As a sidenote, all of the authors are…

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Pining Over You
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Review: Pining Over You – J.N. Welsh

Content warnings: When I saw this gorgeous cover in the author’s newsletter, I had to go check out this book. And, ok, this is like Christmas overload, but in a very good way. It’s a small-town, childhood friends, second-chance holiday romance. First off, we’ve got two characters named Sasha Merry and Rodney Chestnut (I KNOW). The Merrys run a family…

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His Holiday Crush
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Review: His Holiday Crush – Cari Z.

Content warnings: I thought the cover of this book was adorable, so naturally I requested an ARC of it – look, I’m a little shallow, ok? I’m glad I did, because this is a feel-good holiday story, the sibling’s-best-friend-trope equivalent of a cup of hot cocoa. Despite last minute work for landing a client that’ll finally get him to make…

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Threshold of Annihilation
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Review: Threshold of Annihilation – T.A. White

Content warnings: TLDR: if you like character-driven science fiction with romantic elements, just go read this series already. Nothing like an ominous title, huh? As a humongous fan of the series, I had several guesses going in to this book exactly what that title meant, and, while I was partly right, the reality was so much better than I imagined!…

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In the Winter Woods
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Review: In the Winter Woods – Isabelle Adler

Content warnings: It’s a cozy mystery! It’s a m/m small town Christmas romance! It’s an absolutely delightful hug of a book! Declan is a once successful mystery writer whose last books in his series haven’t been selling so well. He knows his writing mojo needs a reboot, and New York City is too expensive, so he decamps to his family’s…

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Witch, Cat, and Cobb
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Review: Witch, Cat, and Cobb – J.K. Pendragon

Content warnings: Oh hello, fluffy queer wonderfulness! The cover caught my eye – orange cat + books + purples = you have my attention – and the blurb sounded adorable, and this novella definitely lived up to both. Princess Brean does not want to marry the Saishen prince, not the least because she’s not interested in men. But when her…

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Escaping Eleven
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Review: Escaping Eleven – Jerri Chisholm

Content warnings: It’s not clear from the blurb, but this is actually the first book in a trilogy. While I found the resolution satisfactory, there’s still quite a few plot threads left hanging. “Sometimes I wonder if it is better to be alive and caged or dead and free. I guess if I’m fighting for my life right now, I…

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A Universe of Wishes
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Review: A Universe of Wishes anthology

Content warnings: What an absolutely amazing anthology! This is a collection of fantasy and science fiction stories written by an inclusive group of authors and starring a diverse cast of characters. With everything from retold fairytales to apocalyptic landscapes, there’s a little bit of something for any young adult reader. While I’ve read some of the included authors before, most…

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