Technically Yours by Denise Williams
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Williams, Denise. Technically Yours. Berkley, 2023. 384 pp. ISBN 9780593437216. $17 *** Pearl gave up a potential relationship when she earned a promotion and declined to go long distance with her co-worker crush. Seven years later, she is put in charge of a career changing (for her) and life-changing (for them) youth coding project after a scandal rocks her company. Cord is appointed to the Board of Directors. Their attraction and regard is still present, but a board member having a relationship with an employee is what led to both of them gaining these positions, and neither their stakeholde ..read more
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The Last Word by Katy Birchall
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Birchall, Katy. The Last Word. St. Martin’s Press, 2023. 384 pp. ISBN 9781250882752 $17.00. ** 1/2 Celebrity editor Harper is angling for a promotion when a man is hired over her to become the features editor; Ryan turns out to be the ex from her internship (spoiler alert: it ended badly). Their forced proximity is both frustrating and a reminder of everything she liked about him, and their falling back into a relationship is inevitable. Birchall excels at banter but sometimes the grudge got to be a bit much for me. Both Ryan and Harper are talented and ambitious, Harper is hilarious and a bit ..read more
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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Reid, Taylor Jenkins. One True Loves. Atria, 2016. 352 pp. ISBN 9781476776903. $17.99. **** High school sweethearts Emma and Jesse’s relationship is built on adventure, from running from the cops at a high school party to moving across the country and having adventures throughout their marriage. When Jesses goes missing, part of Emma wants to believe he survived and will return to her–a photographer on an adventure for a story, his helicopter goes down in Hawaii and bodies of the pilot and other passenger turn up, but not his, so it’s not hard to keep the hope alive. Emma returns home to Massa ..read more
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The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Poston, Ashley. The Seven Year Slip. Berkley, 2023. 352 pp. ISBN 9780593336502 $17.00 ***** What makes this truly a fantasy novel? A fantastic rent-free apartment in NYC! This modern magical realism romance is filled with love of art, travel, books, and food, set alongside a messy on-the-cusp-of-thirty career crisis. Clementine has inherited a magical apartment from her beloved aunt and travel companion. Occasionally, when she enters the apartment, instead of her unpacked boxes, her aunt’s peacock chair is back in it’s corner, and the apartment has slipped seven years into the past. One day wh ..read more
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Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around by Sarah Ready
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Ready, Sarah. Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around. Swift & Lewis, 2023. 352 pp. ISBN 9781954007437 $15.99 ***** Josh and Gemma made a baby, and now they are about to get married. Gemma hasn’t been feeling well for days, but chalked it up to excitement and nerves. Apparently their hippie-dippie hypo-birthing class instructor–who in a moment of getting real has the foresight to warn the assembled couples that everything is going to change–fails to mention warning signs of pre-eclampsia. Gemma passes out in the new gazebo in her parent’s backyard on the verge of saying her vows. Josh’s voic ..read more
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Miss Matched by Wendy Million
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Million, Wendy. Miss Matched. Wattpad, 2023. 368 pp. ISBN 9781990259593. $17.99 ** 1/2 Wattpad is not quite self-published, but close to, and has the quality I expect from the platform. This dating app gone wrong tale is a second chance romance. Tayla has been matched by Soulmates Reunited (at an exorbitant fee) with her ex, and wants her money back. She agrees to give Simon another chance if he will refund half her fee. He wants to bring the company down on it’s knees for false advertising, and taking women’s life savings on a promise of something that may not exist–he’s been matched by the s ..read more
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The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Howe, Jenny L. The Make-Up Test. Griffin, 2022. 336 pp. ISBN 978-1250837868. $16.99 *** Two Ph.D candidates compete for a potential research job–and one another’s affection in this grad school romance. Competitive medieval scholar Allison gets into the Ph.D program of her dreams, but so does her ex,Colin, and they are both selected as TAs for a favorite and revered professor: but only one will be selected to go with her for a trip and research opportunity of a lifetime. Allison is still holding a grudge, and Colin isn’t always nice, but he steps up for her in an emergency and redeems himself a ..read more
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Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfrey
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Winfrey, Kerry. Just Another Love Song. Berkley, 2022. 336 pp. ISBN 978-0593333433 $17.00 **** This second chance romance about a hometown boy who made it big as a musician and the sweet girl he left behind hits all the right notes: cozy Stars Hollow vibe, gay co-worker, mixed race best friend, and a generally happy gardener with a house and a dog, who longs for a family and keeps burying that dream along with her seedlings because she can’t forget the one that got away… Hank and Sandy were high school sweethearts, but when her funding fell through, he went off to Berkeley and she remained at ..read more
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The Do Over by Suzanne Parker
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by Beth Schreiber
8M ago
Parker, Suzanne. The Do Over. Avon, 2023. 384 pp. ISBN ‎ 978-0063216051 $16.99 *** On the verge of landing an executive position, Lily Lee, start-up consultant and empowering author, discovers she has failed her background check due to being a few credits shy of her diploma. She will need to return to Carlthorpe College, not just to make up a class, but to meet graduation requirements that have changed in the last ten years. This oversight also threatens her personal integrity and second book deal. Insult to injury is bumping into her college boyfriend Jacob Cho (the one that broke her he ..read more
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