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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Kristy’s Great Idea

The Baby-Sitter’s Club was one of my all-time favorite book series when I was growing up so I was very happy when I saw that a graphic novel version of “Kristy’s Great Idea” was being made.  I can vividly remember checking each new book out from the library and reading well past my bedtime with the help of a flashlight, hoping my mom wouldn’t know (she always did).  She also took me and my sister to meet Ann M. Martin and it was my first experience with meeting an author.   This book brought me right back to my childhood and I am happy knowing that a new generation of kids will be able to enjoy these stories.

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The Duchess War

This was a book I read to fulfill a reading challenge I am attempting to complete this year—this book falls under the self-published category.  A lot of romances are self-published and Courtney Milan is a pretty popular author so I thought this would be a good choice.  This book wasn’t horrible but I found it slow and unengaging with so-so characters and a plot that never really grabbed me.

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An Extraordinary Union

This was my first Alyssa Cole book and I can safely say that I am a FAN.  After reading this book, I want to read everything she has written and recommended.  I am always looking to read more books by women and women of color and Cole has been on my radar based on the great reviews her books get and how well her books circulate at my library. I’m so glad I finally picked up one of her books.  The premise is what got me interested in this book (and it fits a challenge requirement for me) but the writing, the story, and the characters are what kept me reading.  This was an incredible historical romance and I highly recommend it.

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Truth or Beard

A book about bearded, ginger men and the hijinks they find themselves in?  Sounds like this book was written specifically for me!   Penny Reid has written a very enjoyable, funny, romance novel that kept me entertained the entire time.  I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a quick, fun read with likable characters and a happily ever after.

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