Happy Trail

A few years ago, romance author Penny Reid “opened up her Universe to allow several different authors to publish stories set there, either new stories about characters readers are already familiar with, or brand new characters.”  These books are being published under the Smartypants Romance publishing house and have allowed fans of Reid’s (like me!) to enjoy a wide range of stories.  “Happy Trails” is the first book in the Park Ranger series and was a fun, quirky addition to the Green Valley Universe Reid created.  You don’t have to be familiar with any of Reid’s books to enjoy this one but if you are, I think you will like seeing some familiar characters pop up for a scene or two.

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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

I host a virtual book club for my library and while there is no specific theme to the club, we have somewhat settled on reading mysteries.  There are so many mystery subgenres that I have been trying to pick a different one each month to give us some variety.  This book was my pick for private investigator but it was unique in ways I didn’t expect and did not read like a typical PI story.  I ended up liking it more than I thought I would and would continue the series.

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The Dime

During pride month, I was working on a list of mysteries and thrillers with LGBTQ+ protagonists for my library. I was pleased to find that more and more authors are choosing to tell stories with diverse characters but there is still a lack of mysteries with gay characters. While I meant to read this book in June, I’m glad I decided to give it a try as I ended up liking it and I am looking forward to reading the second in the series.

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The Wedding Party

Jasmine Guillory could write books as part of the “Wedding Date” series for the rest of her life and I would read every single one.  They are just fun, quick, enjoyable romances with great in-depth characters and happily ever afters.  This is the third in the series and I think I loved this one the most.

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Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny

Sometimes a book comes along that is exactly what you think it’s going to be…like when a book is called “Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny.”  I went into this book hoping to read a hot romance about two attractive people and that’s what I got.   However, the actual story was pretty good and there was substance to the characters that I didn’t expect.   This was a great contemporary romance that I would recommend to romance fans.

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The Fiddler

This is not a book that I would normally pick up–I like romances but the idea of a clean romance was not something I was looking forward to reading.  Alas, when the next theme for my librarian reading round table is gentle romance, you read what you gotta read.  One of the tasks we were assigned was to read an Amish romance so my author choice was obvious.  Beverly Lewis is one of the most prolific gentle romance authors out there and her books check out like crazy at my library.  While I can’t say that I disliked “The Fiddler” the genre just isn’t for me and I found the writing to be somewhat lacking.

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Beard Science

Three books into this series and I think I like this one more than the previous books, but that could be due to my love for Cletus Winston, the best Winston brother (in my humble opinion.)  I so enjoyed this unconventional love story and would be more than happy to see an entire spinoff series with Cletus and Jen.  These books just keep getting better and better and I highly recommend it.

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Grin and Beard It

This is the second book in the Winston Brothers series and I can’t believe how much I enjoy reading about this family.   Penny Reid does a great job of making sure you are interested in the main characters while still learning about the other brothers so you, as the reader, can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series.  This book was very fun and I would highly recommend it.

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