Thornbound
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Review: Thornbound – Stephanie Burgis

I absolutely adored Snowspelled, so I was ridiculously excited to read the next novella in the Hardwood Spellbook series.  I made the mistake of starting to read this in bed and ended up staying up well past my bedtime to finish it!  This is so heartwarming and was just the warm, cozy hug I needed!  While I think this could be…

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The D.I.L.F.
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Review: The D.I.L.F. – Amy Andrews

Nurse/doctor romances are not my thing, but it’s Amy Andrews (author of quite possibly my favorite romance ever) so how could I resist?  I’m glad I didn’t, because this is an utterly over-the-top, kinda quirky, and unbelievably fun ride, with some of my favorite tropes (best friend’s sibling and forced proximity). “Connie…he’s my brother’s best friend. My kid brother. Owen…

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Hearts Alight
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Mini-Review: Hearts Alight – Elliot Cooper

While I liked a lot about this charming Hanukkah novella, for some reason it just didn’t grab me.  Dave is an introverted nerd who works at his dad’s pottery studio, while Amit is the reserved bartender at his brother-in-law’s family bar – and also a golem.  There’s some pretty cute things – from Dave’s crush being able to “power” Amit…

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Free Trade
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Review: Free Trade – Lynda Aicher

Drake and Shelly, the couple in this novella, have been popping up in the background of the series for a while, sometimes together, sometimes separately.  The basic gist is that while Shelly is pretty kinky, she’s unable to actually express what she wants in the middle of sex.  There’s one man, whoever, who seems to be the sexual mind reader…

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Signed Over
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Review: Signed Over – Lynda Aicher

I went into this book with a little bit of trepidation because the first novella in the series didn’t actually have an HEA, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the rest of The Boardroom series.  Luckily, there is one, though, unfortunately, it felt underdeveloped.  Since there’s very little spillover from the rest of the series, this could easily be read as a…

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Touch Wood
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Review: Touch Wood – Jenika Snow

This is the third in the Ash Brothers series of Dirty Bits novellas, though it could be read as a standalone.  The previous couples do play a prominent part, however, so you’d probably be better off starting at the beginning of the series. “Truth was, I was just as stubborn as he was, and even though I wanted him, even…

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I Met a Traveller
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Review: I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land – Connie Willis

Connie Willis is one of my favorite authors, and her works were absolutely formative for my teenaged self, but this novella didn’t quite work for me.  I was fascinated by the descriptions of Ozymandias Books (gosh, I would love to spend a week there!) and I was very amused by Jim’s increasingly outlandish attempts to rationalize what he was seeing,…

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Heat Wave
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Review: Heat Wave – Ceri Grenelle

Talk about a heat wave!  This novella, part of Carina Press’s Dirty Bits line, is short, super steamy, and cute!  It’s also the first book I’ve read that could make a BART ride sound romantic! “Hi, Faye, how’s the new apartment?” I laugh but play along. “Oh, it’s pretty good.” “Cats are settling in?” “Yup, they’re exploring all the new…

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Peachy Flippin' Keen
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Review: Peachy Flippin’ Keen – Molly Harper

Trigger warnings: childhood cancer survivor, description of a fatal boating accident “Junior had been one of the best men she ever knew, and Frankie was blessed enough to know a wealth of good men. She hadn’t dated one yet, because she was related to most of them, and even though this was Georgia, there were laws against that sort of…

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Knock on Wood
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Review: Knock on Wood – Jenika Snow

I liked the previous novella in the Ash Brothers series, Hard Wood, so I was looking forward to reading the next story featuring Johnny and Flora, who were both introduced in that book.  Unfortunately, this one didn’t work as well for me. Johnny is the second Ash brother, and he’s the definition of the strong silent type.  Flora, who’s seven years…

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