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📚 2019 Reading Challenge 105/150
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A little gem of a read, guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings. Except for the annoying thing I posted about just before, I really liked it! #romantsy

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This constant that's-what-he/she-wanted-to-say-but-this-is-what-he/she-said-instead is annoying as hell. Done once or twice would have been okay, but not all throughout the book. It's violent thoughts-inducing. #romantsy

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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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I can't help but draw a parallel between this book and The Kiss Quotient, obviously because of the autism representation in both books. Might not be fair to compare the two, but I feel that The Girl He Used To Know had so much more to give than The Kiss Quotient. I loved this one, that's for sure.
(Also, is it weird that the song Somebody That I Used To Know is now stuck in my head?)
#romantsy

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The Last Letter | Rebecca Yarros
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1⭐
My feelings after just finishing this:
• Was that last 10% necessary? Really?
• You keep rooting for the main characters to find their happy ending, and just when you think everything's going to be OK, you get blindsided.
• All that heartache, suffering, and loss for just that one person?
• I skimmed through the rest after that last big thing happened. I just couldn't get over it.
• This would have been a solid 3.5⭐ if not for that last part.

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Kiss Thief | L J Shen
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Oh wow I haven't posted in 7 months 😱
Here's a quote (a quoted quote?) that hit me right in the feels from L.J.Shen's latest, The Kiss Thief.
#ljshen #romantsy #contemporary

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Believe all the hype people! This is a gem of a historical romance with strong, fiesty Felicity, and dark, broody Devil. #romantsy #historicalromance #sarahmaclean

EloisaJames I love it!!! 1y
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Shelter in Place | Nora Roberts
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Very carefully laid-out plot. I dare say, one of the best NR novels from her latest ones. #romantsy #noraroberts #romanticsuspense

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Mehso-so

I'm definitely going to be in the minority here, but this book wasn't that impressive, not deserving of all the hype. Yes, there's representation of autism (which is practically the only positive thing for me), but then there's this cycle of sex, not feeling worthy, father issues, which keeps going on and on. It didn't feel romantic to me. I really don't get what the hype is all about. #unpopularopinion #romantsy

EloisaJames I really enjoyed the book but I did think the sex came on very soon and graphically — I love sexy books but it felt a bit off with the heroine‘s autism. 2y
Purrfectpages Couldn‘t agree more! 1y
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Novellas: I don't read them, however much I might love the author. My reasons? It's either because novellas are very short (I love lengthy novels with deep characters and well-established plotlines, and those are lacking in novellas), or because I feel that some authors ride the success wave of some novels and continue spinning short stories with the same characters over and over, with no ending - and I hate that! Thoughts anyone?
#rant #discuss

Prairiegirl_reading I don‘t care for short stories as a general rule. I often just want more. Novellas feel the same way sometimes but I‘d take a novella over a book of stories. 2y
Booknerd2 I agree with you. I‘m afraid that about the time I get sucked in and totally invested it will be over too quickly, leaving me feeling unsatisfied. 😢 2y
Simona I love novellas, and in good ones you can find deep characterization and strong plotlines. My last one is the favorite book in this year (so far) 2y
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s-b @Prairiegirl_reading This being how I feel about novellas, I think I'd dislike short stories even more! 2y
s-b @Booknerd2 exactly! 2y
s-b @Simona I've checked the synopsis of The Standing Chandelier, and it seems interesting enough that I might just give it a chance. 2y
sammisho I agree. I don't like short stories in general. And when they are part of a series, I just wish they would hurry up and write the next book instead! 2y
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Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
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I think I've shelved the last ~10 books I've started as DNF. I was getting desperate, until I landed on Love and Other Words - I LOVED it!
I'm not always a fan of:
- Christina Lauren books, but this one was just what I needed.
- the now/then timelines when telling a story, but this one worked really well.
Emotional, different from the usuals, angsty - strongly recommended!
#romantsy #womensfiction

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What He Doesn't Know | Kandi Steiner
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Bailing nearly halfway through - I just can't deal with the cheating. Though they haven't done it ('yet' I suppose), the emotional investment on behalf of both characters is a big no-no for me. Dude, not when you know that the woman is married. And lady, you should know that some stuff you just don't share with some people - especially people you seem to have a weakness for.
Maybe it's a grey area, but for me this is it. #kandisteiner #romantsy

That-Bookish-Hiker I am not a fan of cheating in a book. It makes my stomach hurt so I stay away from books that have it. 2y
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What He Doesn't Know | Kandi Steiner

Part of a duet, "What He Doesn't Know" has raving reviews on GoodReads. So I thought I'd give it a go - even though I hate love-triangles and books that have the same main characters spilling over into another book.
Already I can feel that there's some cheating in there - emotionally or physically. Let's see.
#kandisteiner #duet #romantsy #popular

That-Bookish-Hiker I loathe love triangles. I almost got this book until I read that there was a love triangle. Looking forward to your review of it. 2y
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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It took me a whole week to finish this book, and only a day to watch the tv show. Am I the only one who thinks the tv show was better? Sure, the tv show was not exactly the same as the book, though there was a true portrayal of the essential elements. The book was interesting and different enough from my usual reads to keep me hooked. 3⭐ #lianemoriarty #contemporary

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From Lukov with Love | Mariana Zapata
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Mariana Zapata has this way of spinning tales that really show the love between characters instead of just stating the sentiment. From Lukov With Love is one of my favorites: absolutely strong characters who constantly support each other, witty dialogues, a slow-burn romance. Zapata writes somewhat lengthier stories than what is the norm, but I can truly say that I enjoyed every little bit - a fabulous read indeed. #marianazapata #romantsy

Jaya Is it New Adult? I like her slow burn style but somehow struggle with it in her NA romances, like Rhythm, Chord, and Malikhin 2y
s-b I struggled with that one too. I wouldn't categorize From Lukov With Love as New Adult. If I remember correctly, heroine is around 25 years and hero around 29. Adult I'd say. This one is definitely worth the read - if you still have doubts you can check the reviews on Goodreads. 2y
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Just finished the latest R. S. Grey - The Beau & The Belle. A fantastic little feel-good rom-com that kept me reading all day! I love this author's humor - it translated really well in the story she told with witty characters Beau and Lauren, in the fabulous setting of New Orleans. My second 5🌟 rating of the year! #rsgrey #romantsy

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Runaway Groom | Lauren Layne
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Lauren Layne is an auto-read for me. Her latest release, Runaway Groom, is fantastic - a smooth realistic flow of storytelling, one which kept me reading all day today. My first 5🌟 for 2018 too! #laurenlayne #romantsy #contemporary

Jas16 I really liked this one too! 2y
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Hidden Seams | Alessandra Torre
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Mehso-so

The start (mostly about the hero) was very good - intriguing and interesting. But then I wonder about the purpose of the background story of the heroine - was it really necessary? How different would the storyline have been if she was not who she was portrayed to be? (Not any different in my opinion - she could have been anyone from anywhere.) Around 65% in, I just lost interest and skimmed through the rest.
#alessandratorre #romantsy

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A Place in the Sun | R.S. Grey
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First up for this year: a funny, poignant story by R.S.Grey. Why did I wait so long before reading this? I loved the characters and the storyline. Great way to start 2018!
#romantsy #rsgrey #contemporary

Shaila I have this downloaded just haven't read it yet! Thanks for the reminder! ❤🤓 2y
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Things I loved about this book:
1. Ash. He's such a man: arrogant, entitled, cynical - the ultimate Duke. Beneath that brash exterior hides such a good heart though - plus vulnerability.
2. Emma. Sassy, knows what she wants, is not intimidated by the Duke.
3. Storyline. Loved it!
4. The writing. Beautiful writing that made me pause to appreciate the way the words were strung together.
Tessa Dare does it again! #tessadare #historical #romantsy #5*

robinb Looking forward to getting to this one! ❤️ her books! 2y
EloisaJames I'd add: very sexy! 2y
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Seeing Red | Sandra Brown
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Just Sandra Brown doing what she does - delivering a captivating story that keeps you guessing. Fans of Sandra Brown will love it. #sandrabrown #romanticsuspense #romantsy #5stars

CoverToCoverGirl Starting it right now and I'm a fan!😁 2y
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Trust | Kylie Scott
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Can I be honest here? I love stories penned by Kylie Scott: the Stage Dive series and Dive Bar series were enjoyable reads. However, I'm really struggling with this one - most probably because it's YA and I'm not a fan of YAs. This is definitely a case of it's-me-it's-not-you. I bailed. 🙈 BUT, I'll gladly read Kylie's contemporary books. #itsmeitsnotyou #NotaFanOfYAs #romantsy #readerconfessions

CoverToCoverGirl Not a fan of YA either 2y
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Wired | Julie Garwood
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Being a fan of the earlier works of Julie Garwood, I'm sorry to say that this one was disappointing. There's too much recounting and not enough dialogues and back-and-forth between characters. It feels clinical. The emotions don't come through. All throughout I wished that the story-telling would pick up but it stayed bland. #romantsy #juliegarwood

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Hollywood Dirt | Alessandra Torre
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Extremely late to the party, but glad I picked this up!

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Lost and Found Sisters | Jill Shalvis
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Ah! Shalvis does know how to do small town and adorable characters. Loved the funny quips, the tidbits from "Tilly Adams's Journal" and the I Love Lucy moments.
The story was extremely engaging. So much engaging that I powered through a headache and stayed up late to finish it! Another one of my current favorite contemporary romance authors. #romantsy #jillshalvis #5stars

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Everytime a new book comes out in the Stiletto/Oxford series, I want to go back and read all of them because they're so, so good. And this latest one is what you'd expect from Lauren Layne: another fab installment in a stellar series.
Lauren Layne rates high up in my short list of current favorite authors. She dishes out the best stories. #romantsy #laurenlayne #favoriteauthor #5stars

Dragon So I just downloaded book 1 of the Oxford series 😀#blameitonlitsy 3y
s-b Yay! 🎉 You're so gonna enjoy that! I should tell you that the Oxford series is a spin-off of the Stiletto series - in case you haven't already read them and you're like me and would want to start from those. 🤗 3y
Chachic I really should try reading Lauren Layne's books. 3y
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s-b Please do! I firmly believe that she's one of the best contemporary romance authors out there today. 3y
raelaschoenherr @s-b @Chachic She and Julie James are my absolute two favorite contemporary romance authors! It's just too bad Julie James doesn't publish as often as Lauren Layne! 2y
Chachic @raelaschoenherr @s-b I love Julie James so I definitely should check out Lauren Layne. My other fave contemporary romance authors are Laura Florand and Lucy Parker. 2y
raelaschoenherr @Chachic I've only read part of a Florand, I should re-visit her! I did read Act Like It! I also love Kristan Higgins :) 2y
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Come Sundown | Nora Roberts
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[2/2] Come Sundown was a win for me - after reading most if not all of NR's books, this book had parts that seemed familiar, and other parts that were completely new. I loved the suspense and the story around it, even more than the different love stories going on with the main characters and the secondary ones. #noraroberts #romanticsuspense

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Come Sundown | Nora Roberts
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[1/2] The thing that fascinates me the most about NR's stories is the way her characters completely adopt a particular world: The Villa with the winery world, The Reef with the diving world, Birthright with the archaeology world and this one with the ranch world, among many others. And the focus is more often than not on the strong female characters, so much so that the male characters take a backseat. #noraroberts #romanticsuspense #imagefromweb

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Loved this one! A little bit of intrigue, a strong-willed, spirited heroine who quite enjoys her freedom, and a moody, opiniated and swoony Duke who started the seduction with revenge in mind but eventually succumbs to her.
The first book in a series that already has me curious about the next books. This one definitely has everything that I love in historical romance. #romantsy #historical #madelinehunter

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I am particular about my historical romances - I love it when they focus on the wooing and ballrooms and romance.
I'm also a big fan of Julia Quinn. She's the only historical romance author whose books I've read more than once.
That being said, this book fell a little short for me. Not because of the writing, but because it just lacked certain elements that would have made it perfect for my taste. But still a good story! #romantsy #historical

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Before I Ever Met You | Karina Halle
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This one was a very 'meh' read for me. The age-difference thing is cringe-worthy, personally. I felt that there was no character growth really, and nothing much happened besides the love story.
Going back to my Karina Halle shelf on Goodreads, I found that finally, I'm not that much a fan of her stories - the proof being that I dnf'ed most of her books.
But I see that this book is very popular among readers - so please, go ahead and give it a go.

That-Bookish-Hiker I think I've only liked The Pact series. When I saw this one was with a girl and her dads friend, I was hesitant to read it because I'm not a fan of that trope and your review has now moved it to my "do not read" list. So thanks for sharing! ? (edited) 3y
MarriedtoMrT I don't read Karina Halle for similar reasons. Her books sound pretty appealing but I don't think I've finished one I've tried. I don't know what I'm missing that everyone else seems to love. 3y
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The Hot Shot | Kristen Callihan
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I didn't realise how much I really like Kristen Callihan's New Adult contemporaries until now! I'm a fan of her VIP and Game On series.
The Hot Shot is a win for me - I like how the main characters actually talk through their problems instead of going through a lot of drama for nothing. Great read! #romantsy #kristencallihan

JuliaQuinn I loved this one. 3y
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My numbers! 🤗

Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
TrishB 👍🎉😀 3y
Simona Congrats! 👏👏👏 3y
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Jas16 Yay!🎉📚👏 3y
DGRachel Woohoo! 🎉🎉🍾🎉🎉 3y
asiriusreader Woohoo!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻🎉 3y
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Lion: A Long Way Home | Saroo Brierley
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Has anyone seen Lion? For someone who very rarely sheds tears, I cried during this movie. Silent tears streamed down my face all throughout, it was so heart-wrenching. That kid in the movie - brilliant performance.
I wish people had it going better for them in this world. Truly. Especially kids.
This movie has a special place in my heart.

Bookladylinda I have not, but I heard the movie is fantastic! 3y
Megabooks The audiobook was fantastic, but I have not seen the movie. 3y
Dragon Loved the movie ! ❤️ 3y
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raelaschoenherr I haven't shut up about this movie. So amazing! I cried too 😭 3y
Jas16 Loved it. Just forced my boss to watch it and she loved it too 3y
s-b I want everyone around me to watch it too! 3y
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The Thing About Love | Julie James
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Exactly what you'd expect from Julie James - smart characters and a great storyline with details showing that the author does not leave anything out. I actually had the book running like a movie through my head - every scene flew smoothly and beautifully. Julie James comes out with such great stories that I wish she'd write faster! #romantsy #juliejames

raelaschoenherr This one is one of her best! 3y
MrsMetcalfeReads Wow that is deep and eye opening. 3y
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Walk of Shame | Lauren Layne
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Lauren Layne knows how to spin a ridiculously good story - and this one is no exception! She just keeps getting better with every book she writes.
Walk of Shame is slightly different from Lauren's usual books - more of a rom-com. The socialite Georgianna is completely lovable, along with the adorable divorce attorney Andrew.
Completely worth staying up late to finish reading their story! 5⭐ #romantsy #laurenlayne

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Twist | Kylie Scott
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I'm glad I finally got to read something that was actually good after dnf-ing the last 5-6 books I started.
Endearing characters with a consistent plot that kept me interested all throughout. Definitely liked this one better than the first! #romantsy #kyliescott

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Rock Chick | Kristen Ashley
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Starting to re-read this series because I can't find anything of substance that commands my attention! Dnf'ed quite a few books lately. #bookslump #romantsy #kristenashley

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The One Real Thing | Samantha Young
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The first time I tried to read this, I dnf'ed it. Which was surprising, considerating the fact that I really liked the On Dublin Street series. In anticipation of the second book in this new series, Hart's Boardwalk, I thought I'd try reading this one again. The One Real Thing didn't really work for me - I skimmed through some of it. But it wasn't that bad also, hence the So-So rating. #romantsy #samanthayoung

Jas16 I felt the same way about this one. I did like the second book in the series more though. 3y
s-b So did I! 😄 3y
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Liked this one better than the last. I think this is one of my favorites written by Sawyer Bennett. I don't always like what she writes, but the Cold Fury Hockey series is a sure entertaining one that keeps me interested enough to anticipate the next book release. #romantsy #sawyerbennett #sportsromance #hockey

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Devil in Spring | Lisa Kleypas
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This was the perfect book for me to curl up with in this rainy and windy weather! It's been 3 or 4 months since I've read such a lovely historical romance. So many good points: that first kiss (swoon!), that waltz (melting!!), her quirky character, the back-and-forth between the couple.
A win for me!

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Royally Matched | Emma Chase
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Definitely better than the first one in the series!

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Sanctuary | Nora Roberts
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Re-reading a book released 20 years ago!! #noraroberts

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Love Story | Lauren Layne
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Lauren Layne books are always a hit for me, and Love Story did not disappoint! She has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

raelaschoenherr I love all her books so much! I'm right in the middle of this one now. 3y
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This was one of the best In Death books out there! The last part had me biting my nails and glued to my seat.
Who remembers the character Jaimie? I sincerely hope that we get to read more of him, perhaps if he joins the NYPSD or ends up working with Roarke.
Also, each time I read one of the In Deaths, I just want to go back and re-read the first few novels where it all started for Eve and Roarke. 😍
(Love that picture!)

Dragon Roarke is one of the best book-husbands 💙 3y
s-b True, but I wouldn't dare fight Eve for him 😉 3y
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Just finished watching the latest episode of Blindspot, and this thought occurred to me: imagine siccing Eve Dallas on that crazy-ass Shepherd - Shepherd would be taken down in no time!
How's that for collision between fiction worlds?

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Mehso-so

Not the best Cold Fury Hockey novel - I skimmed through most of it.
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Lovely read - a sure hit if you're a fan of Jill Mansell.
📷 by me

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Island of Glass | Nora Roberts
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I think this last book of the series was the best in the trilogy (like it usually is with NR'S trilogies). I liked it better than the first two. Strong leading characters that reminded me of Cian and Moira from the Valley of Silence - one of my favorite books. But still, Island of Glass strongly echoed Valley of Silence, so that's a 'So-So' rating for me.