Real Men Knit
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Review: Real Men Knit – Kwana Jackson

Content warnings: I’ve read books by this author before and enjoyed them and this blurb sounded right up my alley. Four hot adopted brothers? A knitting shop in Harlem? Yes, please! Unfortunately, while those parts lived up to my expectations, some of the book didn’t. Jesse is the youngest of four brothers – most of them not biologically related –…

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The Gilded Wolves
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Review: The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

I’m pretty much ride or die for found families, so it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of the recent crop of young adult heist books. This book is reminiscent of Six of Crows, in that it’s a young adult fantasy heist story, but there’s a lot more going on below the surface. It’s a story about revenge and perseverance,…

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House of Earth and Blood
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Review: House of Earth and Blood – Sarah J. Maas

Content warnings: “Despite his suspicions, Hunt had the creeping feeling that this assignment was either going to be a fuck-ton of fun or a nightmare.” That quote? My mood when I started this book. Given that I had mixed feelings over SJM’s last two books, I went into this behemoth (1109?!? pages on my ereader) with quite a bit of…

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The Orchid Throne
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Review: The Orchid Throne – Jeffe Kennedy

content warnings:  With how much I love fantasy romance, I can’t believe I’ve never read this author before. She’s got quite the backlist, but this is the first book in a new series. There’s fascinating world building, a slow burn marriage of convenience, and lots of sly humor. Calanthe is a tropical pleasure island, and the betrothal of its Queen…

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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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A Study in Scarlet Women
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Review: A Study in Scarlet Women – Sherry Thomas

Content warnings:  Despite not caring that much about the original material, I have a thing for Sherlock retellings. While I knew that this starred a female Sherlock, I hadn’t realized that Watson and Moriarty were also women! This suffers from serious first book syndrome (so! many! characters! with backstories!), but it really picks up in the second half. I found…

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Chilling Effect
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Review: Chilling Effect – Valerie Valdes

After seeing that beautiful cover art and the tag that it was vaguely reminiscent of Firefly and had psychic cats, I made sure I was first on my library’s hold list for this book. While some of it lived up to that promise, on the whole, the book fell short. “You get off this tired-ass rock, for one. Back to the…

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Archangel's Blade
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Review: Guild Hunter series part 2 – Nalini Singh

And I’m back with part two of my mini-reviews for my reread of the Guild Hunter series. In part one, I covered the first three books, all of which involved Elena and Raphael. The next three books star side characters, including three of Raphael’s Seven. So, without further ado, Archangel’s Blade… Look, I don’t really care for Dmitri, and reincarnation…

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Angels' Blood
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Review: Guild Hunter series part 1 – Nalini Singh

I started reading the Guild Hunter series when it first came out in 2009, but promptly fell off the wagon once the kids were born. I had very fond memories of the books I had read, though, so in preparation for the latest book’s release, I decided to bust out my old paperbacks and do a full series reread. Guild…

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Blue Hollow Falls
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Review: Blue Hollow Falls series – Donna Kauffman

I’d read a novella set in this series as part of The Season to Celebrate anthology, and I enjoyed it so much that I had to pick up the rest of the series.  I don’t read a ton of small-town romances, but I found this series quite charming. This first book stars Sunny, who finds out, in one fell swoop,…

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