Stroke of Luck
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Review: Stroke of Luck – Opal Carew

Content warnings: I picked this book up because it sounded like it could be some pretty fun wish fulfillment and I’m a sucker for second-chance romances. Unfortunately, it really didn’t work for me. To explain why, this post will contain spoilers for the book. After April discovers her fiancé cheating on her during their rehearsal dinner in Las Vegas, he…

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Better Than People
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Review: Better Than People – Roan Parrish

Content warnings: What an absolutely lovely and angsty hug. Forced proximity between two hurting animal lovers with absolutely exquisitely crafted emotional responses? Yep, sign me up! When Jack breaks his leg while walking his small pack of animals, he’s forced to hire Simon to take them for their twice daily walks. Jack is resentful of having to ask for help,…

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Shadow in the Empire of Light
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Review: Shadow in the Empire of Light – Jane Routley

Content warnings: I like house party mysteries, heroines who are disadvantaged but plucky, and fantasy matriarchal societies, so I should’ve liked this book. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work for me, largely due to the amount of content warnings. “It was odd to be the strong one here. Mages have the power, not mundanes. Odd to be the one giving help…

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Been There Married That
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Review: Been There, Married That – Gigi Levangie Grazer

Content warnings: I picked this up looking for a light beach read about a woman getting revenge on her ex-husband. And while that loosely describes what this book is, it didn’t quite work out for me. “When you don’t have to worry about rent or heating bills or putting food on the table, the only person you can blame for…

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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 Hunted
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Review: The Hunted – Arthur Slade

The thought of a vampire librarian – with a Dexter twist – was enough to make me want to read this book, despite the somewhat stilted blurb.  Unfortunately, while parts of it worked, it didn’t work well as a standalone novel for me. “I won’t have someone else pick my food for me.” “Food. Is that how you classify us?”…

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Book Learnin'
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Review: Book Learnin’ – John McNamee

I read and enjoyed the author’s previous collection, Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears, so I was excited to see that a new collection was coming soon.  Unfortunately, this one was a lot less successful for me. While the previous collection dealt with fairy tellings, fables, and other books, this one has the comics arranged as a sort of school with five…

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The Warrior Maiden
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Review: The Warrior Maiden – Melanie Dickerson

I absolutely adore fairy tale retellings, and I have a special place in my heart for Hua Mulan and all versions of kickass warrior girls.  So when I saw a YA retelling of it, I jumped on it.  What I didn’t realize was that it was the 9th (!) in a series, though it works well as a standalone, and…

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A Slice of Magic
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Review: A Slice of Magic – A.G. Mayes

I have a thing for magic baking books, so I really wanted to like this book.  I think it was going for some sort of cozy mystery with a dash of magical realism, but it never quite hit the mark. It’s told from the first-person POV of Susanna, handyman.  She has fond memories of baking with her Aunt Erma as…

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In Love with Alien Santa Claus
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Review: In Love with Alien Santa Claus – Zara Zenia

Someone on Twitter posted this as an example of a WTF cover, and when I saw it was on Kindle Unlimited, I thought, “Yes!  I could go for a kitschy so-bad-it’s-good alien santa story!”  Alas, this story stayed firmly in the “it’s bad” category, plus, I’m sorry to say, the Santa in the story does not actually have bright red…

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