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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Finding Joy
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Review: Finding Joy – Adriana Herrera

Content warnings: Desta, one of the main character’s names, means “joy” in Amharic, and that’s a very apt description of this heartwarming book. It’s very much a love letter to Ethiopia, its culture, food and people, and an adorably sweet romance between a native Ethiopian and a man with family ties there. There’s a little bit of the workplace romance trope,…

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A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby
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Review: A Duke, the Lady and a Baby – Vanessa Riley

Content warnings: I’ve been a fan of Vanessa Riley’s books for ages, and this book is no exception. She writes sweet closed door romances and while I wouldn’t categorize them as inspirationals, they do have a decidedly Christian bent. I like it, and I don’t think it would be enough to dissuade a reader of a different religious persuasion from…

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The Orphans of Raspay
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Review: The Orphans of Raspay – Lois McMaster Bujold

Content warnings: If there’s one author I can depend on to write an absolutely delightful novella, it’s Lois McMaster Bujold. I look forward to her Pen and Des novellas every year, and this one lived up to and exceeded my expectations. Just once, Pen thought glumly, he’d like to get an answer to prayers, instead of being delivered as one.…

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Her Lady's Honor
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Review: Her Lady’s Honor – Renée Dahlia

Content warnings: Historical lesbian romance with horses? Heck yes! Unfortunately, this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. “I might not have fought at the front, but the war wasn’t without some danger. There have been some…effects on me. One of which is my lack of manners. The old Lady Eleanor, before the war, was polite and restrained. Now, I…

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Bottle Rocket
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Review: Bottle Rocket – Erin McLellan

Content warnings: Every time I read another one of Erin McLellan’s novellas, I keep saying that this one is my favorite, and that holds true for this Independence Day-themed one. It’s ridiculously sexy, hilarious and perfect, and a good blend of the second chance and opposites attract tropes. “I’m so tired of being …” “Being what?” “Boring.” He frowned, looking…

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