BREAKING UP WITH THE BRIDGERTONS?

BREAKING UP WITH THE BRIDGERTONS?

After gushing about how much I enjoyed reading Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, I mentioned that I would not likely be reading my way through the series anytime soon. I promised to elaborate a bit, but as usual, I was easily distracted by all things Outlander and my Bridgerton reviews fell by the wayside. Now that I’m firmly ensconced in Gabaldon’s latest, I thought I would take a moment to work out some Bridgerton-related feelings with y’all. (more…)

FOR THE LOVE OF HARPIES

FOR THE LOVE OF HARPIES

All of us have a friend who is made to do great things. I first met my friend Michelle Boule on the very first day of my very first library job. She is the kind of colleague and friend who inspires you to do your best, encourages you to take risks, and motivates you with her infectious enthusiasm and passion for everything she does. It’s without hesitation that I say that she was one of my first library mentors. (more…)

HIATUS OVER!

HIATUS OVER!

Greetings, readers! I declare my review hiatus officially over!

*cue horns, confetti, and other festive items*

Although it was never official, work, home life, holidays and vacation got the better of me and I was forced to neglect this blog and my romance novel reviews for some time. That said, I never stopped reading, and I definitely never stopped reading romance. So now I have a series of books to review, which will likely help me fuel this blog for the next month or so. (more…)

THE OUTLANDER READER SAGA CONTINUES WITH THE BOOK SISTERS’ REVIEW OF A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES

THE OUTLANDER READER SAGA CONTINUES WITH THE BOOK SISTERS’ REVIEW OF A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES

I’m changing things up this week with a little Outlander action, which moves my love of historical romance from the Regency and Victorian era to Revolutionary War era America. To call A Breath of Snow and Ashes a romance is a generous statement, as you’ll quickly learn from this review, but given it’s inclusion in the Outlander series, which I consider to be one giant, multi-book romance saga, I think the classification is justified. (more…)

LOVING AN UNCOMPLICATED LOVE STORY

LOVING AN UNCOMPLICATED LOVE STORY

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently reading my way through the Outlander saga with True Stories & Make Believe blogger, the awesome Heather DLG. We just finished A Breath of Snow and Ashes, which turned out to be a mega-downer. Obviously, I’ll save our review for another post, but I mention it because it’s been the driving force behind my reading selections for the past week. A girl can only take so much Outlander turmoil before she starts to crave a good ol’ fashioned angst-free happy ending. This girl, in particular was in serious need of a feel-good romance. (more…)

A TEENAGE ASSASSIN IN LOVE

A TEENAGE ASSASSIN IN LOVE

Once upon a time, my book sister, Heather De La Garza, and I had a book club–a YA Dystopian Book Club to be exact. Spurred on by our mutual love of teenagers in mortal peril, we read through many an iteration of world-ending scenarios. Somewhere along the way our book club got much bigger and turned into us just reading whatever the hell we felt like reading. That said, our love for Young Adult Literature runs deep, and our latest book club pick, Grave Mercy, brought us back to our YA roots. (more…)

REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD ON TAP (OR A MODERN SCENARIO IN WHICH I CANNOT SUSPEND DISBELIEF)

REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD ON TAP (OR A MODERN SCENARIO IN WHICH I CANNOT SUSPEND DISBELIEF)

I think contemporary romance is just not my thing, y’all.

I joined NetGalley recently and decided to change up my ARC requests a bit. I thought I’d try a modern romance, specifically the second book in Avery Flynn’s Sweet Salvation Brewery series, Hollywood on Tap. It has all the trappings of a potentially wonderful romance. Buttoned-up, Type-A Natalie Sweet and her sisters have recently inherited a brewery in their small mid-western hometown and she’s tasked with making it financially solvent. Her biggest problem is brewmaster Sean O’Dell and his resistance to her suggested business changes. Sean’s made a life for himself in Salvation and hidden his past as a hot Hollywood actor, but the growing attraction he feels for Natalie threatens to reveal his secrets. (more…)