Don't Hex and Drive
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Review: Don’t Hex and Drive – Juliette Cross

Content warnings: The second in the Stay a Spell series, this book features Isadora, another one of the Savoie sisters. Like the rest of her sisters, she’s a witch, and she’s specifically a Conduit, which means she can heal people using her magic. Isadora is very much a homebody, content in her greenhouse and with her family and close circle…

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Her Big City Neighbor
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Review: Her Big City Neighbor – Jackie Lau

Content warnings: I love Jackie Lau’s books and this one has my favorite things – tons of delicious food, plus the “grumpy one falls for the sunshine one” trope. With all that, it’s a pretty good start to a new series. Amy is basically the epitome of the sunshine trope – she’s so excited to explore and essentially eat her…

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Fable
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Review: Fable – Adrienne Young

Content warnings: I’m not sure what’s prompted the rash of young adult pirate books lately, but yes, please give me more, thanks. This one is a dark and gritty fantasy filled with found family and adventure on the high seas. Also, I apologize ahead of time for the boatload of nautical puns in this review. “I’m on the Marigold to…

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Secret Crush Seduction
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Review: Secret Crush Seduction – Jayci Lee

Content warnings:  Harlequin Desire is hitting it out of the park lately with these gorgeous covers! I loved the previous super-tropey book in this series and this one is no different. It’s got the best friend’s little sister trope with a bit of age gap (the hero is eight years older than the heroine) and all of the wonderful banter…

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Here to Stay
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Review: Here to Stay – Adriana Herrera

Content warnings: I’ve enjoyed every single one of Ms. Herrera’s books, and this one is no exception. From her love of NYC to her relatable characters to the FEELS, this book is a treat! Julia left her Dominican family in NYC to follow her boyfriend to Dallas… only for him to dump her and move back shortly afterwards. While her…

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Who's That Earl
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Review: Who’s That Earl – Susanna Craig

Content warnings: Isn’t that cover eye-catching? I have to say, I’m still not sure whether I love it or hate it, but it definitely made me take a closer look. A second chance romance with a dual hidden identity? Set in Scotland? Heck yes! “Subsequent events ought to have driven Thomas from her mind. Instead, she could recall those golden…

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Hush of Storm & Sorrow
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Review: Hush of Storm & Sorrow – L. Penelope

I am very glad I have an ARC of the third book waiting, because oh boy does this end on a cliffhanger! This novella fills in a bit of the plot as to what happened to Jasminda’s family and also more information about the death stone mentioned in the last book. Roshon doesn’t really believe in the Queen Who Sleeps,…

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Whispers of Shadow & Flame
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Review: Whispers of Shadow & Flame – L. Penelope

Content warnings: Moving on in my reread, to my favorite so far of the Earthsinger Chronicles – assassin vs her target! I’m not sure what it is about that trope that really pulls me, but it’s also one that can go wrong so quickly if the betrayal aspect isn’t handled well. That’s not an issue with this book, so I’m…

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The Challenger
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Review: The Challenger – Taran Matharu

Content warnings: This series is straight-forward history-geek action adventure, and I am all here for it. This is the second book in a series, and I wouldn’t recommend reading it before the first. Still grieving the deaths of his friends in the last battle, Cade and the other teens on the planet Acies have been given even worse news. Cade’s been…

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Breath of Dust & Dawn
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Review: Breath of Dust & Dawn – L. Penelope

As part of my reread of the Earthsinger Chronicles, I’m reading the novellas for the first time. This one is ostenibly set two weeks after the events of the first book. The framing is that Jack is telling a story about when he first became High Commander of the Army to encourage a frustrated Jasminda, now being called “Once Wretched,…

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