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The Burning Page - The Invisible Library Novel, #3

“The Burning Page” by Genevieve Cogman is a wonderful whirlwind ride through alternate worlds and risky situations linked by a reverence for the printed word. I love the way elements of history and fictitious characters are tweaked and meld...

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The Invisible Library - The Invisible Library Novel, #1

What bibliophile could resist a story that features Librarians as intrepid explorers and protectors of unique printed works of fiction? I love that there is a special Language that is used for all kinds of remarkable functions and that ther...

4 Stars
  • Author: Genevieve Cogman
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy, Debut Title
  • Publisher: ROC

Home at Last - Sanctuary Island, #5

“Home at Last” by Lily Everett provides a lovely visit to a small town and evokes the way everyone’s lives are interconnected. The importance of staying on the right side of the mavens of society is underscored by Marcus Beckett’s experienc...

4 Stars

Fire and Hail - Carlisle Cops Book 5

“Fire and Hail” by Andrew Grey features a delicious duo in a second-chance-at-love story that plays out against the backdrop of a sobering complication involving two delightful children. The immediate connection between Vincent and his niec...

4 Stars
  • Author: Andrew Grey
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ, * Rom: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith

“Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith” by Gabrielle Douglas is an autobiography that is inspirational in both secular and religious aspects. The unflinchingly honest look at the young gymnast’s life from her point of view provides tribu...

4 Stars
  • Authors: Gabrielle Douglas, Michelle Burford
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Biographies & Memoirs
  • Publisher: Zondervan

Dreams of Flowers - Mini Pads of Color

“Dreams of Flowers: Mini Pads of Color” from Barron’s is a wonderful way to have a coloring pad accessible without it taking up too much room (although we won’t mention the volume of coloring utensils that have to be hauled along, lol). Eac...

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The Masked City - The Invisible Library Novel, #2

“The Masked City” by Genevieve Cogman is another foray into a fantastical set of worlds that represent the ongoing struggle between order and chaos. I am fascinated by the visual representations of the extremes, as reflected in the Fae vs....

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The Bastard Billionaire - Billionaire Bad Boys, #3

“The Bastard Billionaire” by Jessica Lemmon, is one of those stories that you know is going to tug at your heart-strings, especially after the emotional scene at the end of the previous story. I love the sensitivity and determination displa...

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  • Author: Jessica Lemmon
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Forever

Sword and Star - Root Code, #3

“Sword and Star” by Sunny Moraine is an exciting tale set in a wonderfully imaginative universe. There are impressive powers and plenty of secondary conflicts with multiple relationships that are in flux or jeopardy. Unfortunately, this is...

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  • Author: Sunny Moraine
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ, * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing

This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker

“This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker” by Terra Elan McVoy reminds me of the angst and drama that accompanies one’s journey through childhood. The giggly security of doing things with one’s best friend and the tragedy of trying to fit in i...

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The Billionaire Next Door - Billionaire Bad Boys, #2

“The Billionaire Next Door” by Jessica Lemmon is a fun and sexy story that follows Rachel Foster’s search for a decent job where she is truly appreciated and a romantic partner who is worthy of her love. One can’t help but sigh over the con...

4 Stars
  • Author: Jessica Lemmon
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Forever

Children of Earth and Sky

“Children of Earth and Sky” by Guy Gavriel Kay is one of those books I am really reluctant to pick up because I know it’s going to take some effort to work my way through it. The sheer cast of characters is always daunting to me, because I...

5 Stars

At Any Cost - A US Marshals Novel, #4

“At Any Cost” by Mandy Baxter is a nice twist on the secret identity premise. The sexy U.S. Marshal, Nick Brady, is a combination of obsession and determination, and his careful maneuvering to catch a criminal is impressive. The ethical dil...

4 Stars
  • Author: Mandy Baxter
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Rom: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Zebra Books

Closer to the Chest - Valdemar: The Herald Spy, #3

“Closer to the Chest” by Mercedes Lackey provides a glimpse of Mags and Amily’s relationship and the way they have become integrated in their roles as Heralds with special duties. It is an interesting glimpse of the insidious effects of bul...

4 Stars

F*ck Club: Riley

“F*ck Club: Riley” by Shiloh Walker is filled with the author’s trademark tortured souls, and is an entertaining exploration of the twists and turns life can take when evil intersects with it. I love the way both the heat and the danger gra...

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Sweetest Taboo - A Dirtiest Novel, #3 / Stark

“Sweetest Taboo” by J. Kenner is a dark and sensual story. Due to the fact that it is the culmination of a series, there is a lot of history that has led up to this point, but most of it is implied or spelled out enough that one is not comp...

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  • Author: J. Kenner
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * SPICY: HOT Romance
  • Publisher: Bantam

As I Am - All Saints, #3

“As I Am” by A.M. Arthur is a beautiful exploration of the challenge of overcoming one’s past while finding a way to live a satisfactory life. I ached for each of the main characters even as I cheered for their small triumphs and was dismay...

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  • Author: A. M. Arthur
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ
  • Publisher: Carina Press

Call to Honor - A SEAL Brotherhood Novel, #1

“Call to Honor” by Tawny Weber is an exciting introduction to an elite group of Navy SEALs, as tension and heat ramp up with every page. The gradually unfolding mystery is contrasted with the attraction that builds despite all of the reason...

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  • Author: Tawny Weber
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Rom: Uniformed Heroes, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: HQN Books

Max & Charlie

"Max & Charlie" is a children’s book written by Zack Lieberman and illustrated by Louis Neubert. It follows the adventures of a young boy named Charlie, whose dog Max leads him into several amazing situations. Getting profound advice from t...

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Text Me, Maybe

“Text Me Maybe” by Jolyse Barnett is a cute, lighthearted take on the Cyrano de Bergerac premise of one person providing the words to impress someone else, while attracted to the person being deceived. I enjoyed the slightly jaded look at t...

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Duke of Pleasure - Maiden Lane, #11

“The Duke of Pleasure” by Elizabeth Hoyt is a delightful addition to a fascinating series, although the Lords of Chaos organization seems to be like a Hydra…every time it seems they are being destroyed, they come back stronger than ever. I...

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Block and Strike

“Block and Strike” by Kelly Jensen features a couple of very different guys who prove that opposites do indeed attract. The traumatic beginning of their relationship underscores their differences but it is wonderful to see the efforts that...

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The Applicant - Busted Labs Book 1

“The Applicant” by Aidee Ladnier is an all-too-short story that seems designed to pique one’s interest in a new series. I enjoyed the glimpse of science that has implications both benign and malign but Forbes seems way too naïve about the d...

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  • Author: Aidee Ladnier
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: #FirstInaSeries, * Rom: Speculative / PNR, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Raising Passionate Readers - 5 Easy Steps to Success in School and Life

“Raising Passionate Readers: 5 Easy Steps to Success in School and Life” by Nancy Newman is an excellent analysis of techniques that should be utilized to encourage children to read. I like that there is a combination of scientific analyses...

5 Stars

Branded by Flames - The Dragon Soul Series, #1

“Branded by Flames” by Sean Michael showcases Jake, a sexy dragon shifter, as he strives to convince Shae, a human male, to become a permanent part of his world. The heat, both literally and figuratively, plus that delicious cover, made thi...

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  • Author: Sean Michael
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: #FirstInaSeries, * Rom: Uniformed Heroes, * SPICY: HOT Romance, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ
  • Publisher: Carina Press

Moonshadow - Moonshadow Book 1

“Moonshadow” by Thea Harrison embodies the elements I find so fascinating about this genre, fantastical events with people who have extraordinary powers, engaged in a life that…almost…seems like it could be true, while finding that amazing...

5 Stars
  • Author: Thea Harrison
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: #FirstInaSeries, * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Thea Harrison

Dragon Wizard

“Dragon Wizard” by S. Andrew Swann is a fun and wacky story with plenty of odd occurrences and tongue-in-cheek humor. The role reversal and gender swapping that results in Frank Blackthorne occupying his princess wife’s body and her residin...

4 Stars

Rebel - A Vicky Peterwald Novel, #3

“Vicky Peterwald: Rebel” by Mike Shepherd continues the saga of a woman who is learning so much about herself and those around her. I think it is my favorite of the series because I can finally see Vicky thinking for herself and doing thing...

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Deadly Silence - Blood Brothers, #1

“Deadly Silence” by Rebecca Zanetti is chock full of testosterone and adventure, and provides an action-packed roller-coaster ride with plenty of sizzling interludes. I love the way it starts off with the formation of the bonds that unite R...

4 Stars
  • Author: Rebecca Zanetti
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: #FirstInaSeries, * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Forever

Absolute Trust - True Heroes, #3

“Absolute Trust” by Piper J. Drake is another story about the fascinating military service dogs and those who work with them. I loved reading about Haydn, who is adapting to a prosthetic leg, and learning about the way his hard-won skills c...

4 Stars
  • Author: Piper J. Drake
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Rom: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Forever

Volley Balls - Balls to the Wall Book 1

The very spicy scenes in this contemporary m/m romance are balanced by the poignant descriptions of the difficulties faced by those whose sexual orientations are different from those around them. The importance of tolerance and the reminder...

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  • Author: Tara Lain
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * Contemporary, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ, * SPICY: Multiple Partners
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Love & Hope - Stanford Creek Book 2

“Love & Hope” by Rozenn (RJ) Scott is a touching tale of a man determined to do what’s best for his baby daughter, no matter the cost to him. My heartstrings were constantly tugged by Danny’s exquisite care and sacrifice for little Hope, an...

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Snow & Secrets - Stanford Creek Book 3

“Snow & Secrets” by Rozenn (RJ) Scott is my favorite of the series thus far. It was great to finally get a closer look at the mysterious Garrett and to discover exactly what he did. I daresay the band Hudson Hart is being decimated by all o...

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  • Authors: RJ Scott, Rozenn Scott
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ, Series: Stands Alone, * Contemporary, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd

Notes And Roses - Stanford Creek Book 1

“Notes & Roses” by Rozenn (RJ) Scott is an entertaining introduction to a delightful small town family and the members of a music group that they form a relationship with. I was a little disconcerted to discover that this was the first in t...

4 Stars

Lord of the Privateers - The Adventurers Quartet, #4

“Lord of the Privateers” by Stephanie Laurens is the exciting conclusion to a series that gave a glimpse of an exotic land and some of the dangers that can arise when greed overrides common decency. The Frobisher siblings and their partners...

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  • Author: Stephanie Laurens
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: MIRA

The Trouble with Dukes - Windham Brides, #1

“The Trouble with Dukes” by Grace Burrowes is another great story that ties in with other series by this author yet expands upon the society she is so adept at describing. I love the way the mystery unfolds about the terrible history that p...

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  • Author: Grace Burrowes
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: #FirstInaSeries, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Forever

A Second Chance at Murder - A Love or Money Mystery, #2

“A Second Chance at Murder” by Diana Orgain is a fun twist on the challenges of a reality show and provides a combination of exotic travelogue and mystery. I had not read the first story in this series but had no problem becoming familiar w...

4 Stars
  • Author: Diana Orgain
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Cozy Mystery, * Susp: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley

Lovegame

“Lovegame” by Tracy Wolff provides a vivid and intriguing look at the façade presented by a woman who is the epitome of the sexy Hollywood star and the discerning man who is determined to uncover the person beneath. It was gutwrenching to f...

4 Stars

Flameout - A Souls of Fire Novel, #3

“Flameout” by Keri Arthur continues a unique saga about a world that contains phoenixes, vampires, and mad scientists. I am always fascinated to get immersed into this author’s version of phoenixes although I am frustrated about the relatio...

4 Stars
  • Author: Keri Arthur
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Signet

The Hero - Sons of Texas, #1

“The Hero” by Donna Grant is chock full of action, suspense, and alpha males. The females are skilled, but somehow tend to be oblivious to clues that the males pick up on. There is a high level of violence and some sensuality but multiple t...

3 Stars

Sound Effects

“Sound Effects” by L.J. Greene is part of the ‘Ripple Effects’ series and is a semi-contemporary adult romance. This story is a mesmerizing look at a group of people on the cusp of changes. Mel (Melody) Grayson is about to become a full-fle...

5 Stars

Twelve Days of Christmas

“Twelve Days of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber is a heartwarming and fun story that will put one in the holiday mood. I love the contrasts between the bright and chirpy Julia and the stiff and somber Cain, not to mention the personable Berni...

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Cowboys Don't Come Out

“Cowboys Don’t Come Out” by Tara Lain is a contemporary m/m romance story featuring Rand McIntyre, whose forced vacation to Maui with his parents has unexpectedly pleasant consequences. Unwillingly driven to pursue his attraction to Kai Kea...

4 Stars

Island of Glass - Guardians Trilogy, #3

“Island of Glass” by Nora Roberts is a lovely mystical and romantic tale that draws one into a world where a mermaid walks on the land and loves a traveler and a werewolf ensnares an immortal while a sorcerer combines love and power with a...

5 Stars
  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Berkley

Damien's Christmas - The Night Stalkers White House Book 6

“Damien’s Christmas” by M.L. Buchman blends romance and suspense in a compelling seasonal tale that provides plenty of ‘aw’ moments along with exciting action scenes even as it gives a unique glimpse of some of the complicated maneuvering a...

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Kept - The Enforcers, #3

“Kept” by Maya Banks has many of the elements that have made her a favorite of those who prefer dark erotic romances: a sinfully delicious alpha male with a penchant for BDSM, a naïve yet adventuresome young woman who is willing to be spoil...

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  • Author: Maya Banks
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley

The Bloodsworn - A Bloodbound Novel, #3

“The Bloodsworn” by Erin Lindsey has plenty of twists and turns and breathtaking action to keep one enthralled. There are multiple threads that have been spun over the course of the trilogy and most of them are tied off nicely, although a f...

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Leaping Lemmings!

“Leaping Lemmings” by John Briggs and illustrated by Nicla Slater is a cute children’s book that promotes individualism and independent thinking. Playing off of the myth of mass lemming suicide through jumping off a cliff, this tale of the...

4 Stars

A Clue in the Stew - A Soup Lover's Mystery, #5

“A Clue in the Stew” by Connie Archer is a story that reminds one of the joys and challenges of living in a town small enough that everyone knows everyone else. I enjoyed the interaction between those who are faithful friends, and sympathiz...

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  • Author: Connie Archer
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Cozy Mystery, * Susp: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley

Step-By-Step Zen Doodle Origami

“Step-by-Step Zen Doodle Origami” by Carolyn Scrace is a book filled with activities that one can get lost in for hours at a time…if one doesn’t get frustrated! I think that it was probably not the best week for me to try this, although I d...

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