Given
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Review: Given – Nandi Taylor

Content warnings: Well, at least the cover is gorgeous. First off, I’m still puzzling over how the blurb calls this a “subversive fantasy-romance” when honestly it’s pretty much exactly like every other enemies-to-lovers fated mates romance out there. At best, it suggests an unfamiliarity with either genre that explains a lot about this book. “Well, because I am a woman who…

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The Best Man Problem
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Review: The Best Man Problem – Mariah Ankenman

Yay for a romance with a fun forced proximity trope (they even get snowed in!). While this is the second in a series, I didn’t read the first book and thought it worked perfectly fine as a standalone. Things are awkward for Lilly when it turns out her one-night-stand is the best man of the next wedding she’s planning –…

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The Court of Mortals
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Review: The Court of Mortals – A.J. Lancaster

OK, first off, another gorgeous cover. Also, have I mentioned how much I love this series? The best way to categorize it would be a cozy alternate universe historical fantasy with a strong romantic element – which is a giant mouthful of words to describe but utterly charming in practice. I idly thought I’d read a few chapters of the…

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Wolf Gone Wild
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Review: Wolf Gone Wild – Juliette Cross

What a pretty cover, and the blurb caught my eye immediately. A wolf who can’t shift? A witch who could possibly break the curse? That sounded like some great forced-proximity goodness, and indeed it is, all packaged up in a sort of light paranormal rom-com! Also, there’s a zombie cat. Evie is nerdy, loves comics and especially Star Wars, and…

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Review: Nameless Queen – Rebecca McLaughlin

This book is a bit like its titular heroine, the Nameless Queen. I can’t say it’s exactly the book I expected from the blurb, but it’s definitely a good YA fantasy about powerlessness, feeling like you don’t belong, and creating your own found family. “I am a misplaced puzzle piece. Worse, I’m a puzzle piece glued to the center of an…

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A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas
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Review: A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas – Jackie Lau

Yes, it’s another fun Jackie Lau book, once again full of all the tropey goodness (opposites attract, second chance, road trip, snowed in, just one bed) but this time, sadly, without the yummy food (see aforementioned road trip and snowed in). Tasha and Greg were friends from a young age and started dating at sixteen, but then broke up after…

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Grounded for Christmas
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Review: Grounded for Christmas – Savannah J. Frierson

CW: I initially picked this up because of the gorgeous cover, and I was well rewarded. This is a sweet confection of a holiday novella, with a plethora of my favorite tropes – second chance, snowed in, and only one bed. “It’s Christmas and Mary and Joseph have no room at an inn!” Joseph and Mary met at the wedding…

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Days of Sugar and Spice
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Review: Days of Sugar and Spice – Clément Loïc and Montel Anne

From the description, I was expecting a French sort of Hallmark-y graphic novel with lots of delicious baked goods. That’s not quite what this is, however. Estranged from her father since she was eight, Rose returns to her home village in Brittany after his death twenty years later.  She intends to sell the family bakery and go back to her…

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely
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Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

I like Beauty and the Beast retellings, and this book kept popping up on my radar, so I was excited when my library hold first came in. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. I’ll start out with one of my favorite parts of the story. Rather than there being one woman to break the curse, there’s instead a…

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