The Complete Reading List by Author

Author Commentary & Tallies Shameful 2012 – 2015

On reading romance: Emotional Version and Pseudo-Intellectual Version.

I buy everything these writers publish. Click on their name to be taken to a summary of their catalogue: Tessa Dare;  Laura Florand; Lisa Kleypas; Julie Anne Long; Sarah MacLean; Courtney Milan (Milan is The. Very. Best.)

Recommended books are in bold and reviewed books are linked below, but here is a ruthlessly streamlined recommendations list: So You Want to Read a (Historical) Romance…, and these are Things That Occur to Me While Reading Historical Romance Novels.

Alexander, Victoria Love with the Proper Husband (Marcus/Gwen)
Alexander, Victoria Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover novella (Robert/Amelia)
Alexander, Victoria The Prince’s Bride (Rand/Jocelyn)
Alexander, Victoria The Importance of Being Wicked (Winfield/Miranda)
Alexander, Victoria Lord Stillwell’s Excellent Engagements novella (Winfield/Felicia&Lucy&Caroline)
Ashe, Katharine In the Arms of a Marquess (Ben)
Ashley, Jennifer The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (Ian, not surprisingly/Beth) – GENRE OUTLINE
Ashley, Jennifer Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (Mac/Isabella)
Ashley, Jennifer Many Sins of Lord Cameron (Cameron/Ainsley) – GUILTY PLEASURE
Ashley, Jennifer The Duke’s Perfect Wife (Hart/Eleanor)
Ashley, Jennifer Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (Ian, Mac, Cam, Hart)
Ashley, Jennifer The Seduction of Elliott McBride (Elliott/Juliana)
Ashley, Jennifer The Untamed Mackenzie novella (Lloyd/Louisa)
Ashley, Jennifer The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (Daniel/Violet)
Ashley, Jennifer Scandal and the Duchess novella (Steven/Rose)
Ashley, Jennifer Rules for a Proper Governess (Sinclair/Roberta “Bertie”)
Ashley, Jennifer Bodyguard (Shifters Unbound) novella (Ronan/Elizabeth)

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Author Commentary & Tallies Shameful

Shortcuts: A ruthlessly streamlined recommendations list So You Want to Read a (Historical) Romance; an ALPHABETICAL READING LIST SORTED BY AUTHOR; and these are Things That Occur to Me While Reading Historical Romance Novels.

My Autobuy List (with Links That Will Take You to a Summary of the Author’s Catalogue)

Tessa Dare
Laura Florand
Lisa Kleypas
Julie Anne Long
Sarah MacLean
Courtney Milan – The. Very. Best.

2015 READING LISTS: Recommended books are in bold.

The (Shamefree) Tally 2015

  1. Gabaldon, Diana The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel  Illustrated by Hoang Nguyen

The (Shameful) Tally 2015

  1. Balogh, Mary The Proposal (Hugo/Gwen)
  2. Balogh, Mary Only Enchanting (Flavian/Agnes)
  3. Banner, Darryl Dog Tags (Brandon/Jesse)
  4. Bennett, Sawyer Alex: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Alex/Sutton)
  5. Berg, J.L When You’re Ready (Logan/Clare)
  6. Bettencourt, Rick Marketing Beef (Evan/Dillon) BEST TITLE EVER!
  7. Bowen, Sarina Coming In from the Cold (Dane/Willow)
  8. Bowen, Sarina The Year We Fell Down (Hartley/Corey)
  9. Bowen, Sarina The Year We Hid Away (Bridger/Scarlet)
  10. Bowen, Sarina Blonde Date novella (Andy/Katie)
  11. Bowen, Sarina The Understatement of the Year (Graham/Rikker)
  12. Bowen, Sarina The Shameless Hour (Rafe/Bella)
  13. Bowen, Sarina and Elle Kennedy Him (Wes/Jamie)
  14. Burrows, Grace Douglas, Lord of Heartache (Douglas/Guinevere)
  15. Calhoun, Anne Liberating Lacey (Hunter/Lacey)
  16. Callihan, Kristen The Hook Up (Drew/Anna)
  17. Callihan, Kristen The Friend Zone (Gray/Ivy)
  18. Darcy, Norma The Bluestocking and the Rake (Robert/Georgiana)
  19. Dev, Sonali A Bollywood Affair (Samir/Mili)
  20. Dune, Lyla Low Tide Bikini (Brock/Sam)
  21. Falkner, Tammy Tall, Tatted, and Tempting (Logan/Kit)
  22. Falkner, Tammy Smart, Sexy, and Secretive (Logan/Emily)
  23. Florand, Laure A Rose in Winter novella (Raoul/Allegra)
  24. Florand, Laura Once Upon a Rose (Matthieu/Layla)
  25. Florand, Laura A Wish Upon Jasmine (Damien/Jasmin)
  26. Florand, Laura All’s Fair in Love and Chocolate novella (Simon/Ellie)
  27. Florand, Laura All for You (Joss/Celie) read The Chocolate Touch first
  28. Frank, Ella Try (Logan/Tate)
  29. Frank, Ella Trust (Logan/Tate)
  30. Grant, Cecilia A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong  novella (Andrew/Lucy)
  31. Guhrke, Laura Lee Catch a Falling Heiress (Jack/Linnet)
  32. James, Eloisa Desperate Duchesses (Damon/Roberta)
  33. James, Eloisa An Affair Before Christmas (Fletcher/Poppy)
  34. James, Eloisa Duchess by Night (Jem/Harriet)
  35. James, Eloisa This Duchess of Mine (Elijah/Jemma)
  36. James, Eloisa A Duke of Her Own ( Leopold/Eleanor)
  37. James, Eloisa The Duke Is Mine (Quin/Olivia)
  38. James, Eloisa The Ugly Duchess (James/Theo)
  39. James, Eloisa Three Weeks with Lady X (Thorn/India)
  40. Jaymes, River Brad’s Bachelor Party (Brad/Cole)
  41. Jaymes, River The Backup Boyfriend (Alec/Dylan)
  42. Jaymes, River The Boyfriend Mandate (Memphis/Tyler)
  43. Kelly, Carla Libby’s London Merchant (Anthony/Libby)
  44. Kelly, Carla One Good Turn (Nez/Liria)
  45. Kennedy, Elle One Night of Sin (Gage/Skylar)
  46. Kennedy, Elle One Night of Scandal (Reed/Darcy)
  47. Kennedy, Elle The Deal (Garrett/Hannah)
  48. Kennedy, Elle The Mistake (Logan/Grace)
  49. Kelly, Carla With the Ring (Sam/Lydia)
  50. Kelly, Carla Marrying the Captain (Oliver/Nana)
  51. Kelly, Carla The Surgeon’s Lady (Philemon/Laura)
  52. Kelly, Carla Marrying the Royal Marine (Hugh/Polly)
  53. Kelly, Carla The Admiral’s Penniless Bride (Charles/Sophia)
  54. Kelly, Carla The Wedding Journey (Jesse/Nell)
  55. Kelly, Carla Libby’s London Merchant (Anthony/Libby)
  56. Lauren, Christina Beautiful Beloved novella (Max/Sara)
  57. Lauren, Christina Beautiful Secret (Niall/Ruby)
  58. Lerner, Rose Sweet Disorder (Nick/Phoebe)
  59. Linden, Caroline When I Met My Duchess novella (Gareth/Cleo)
  60. Linden, Caroline All’s Fair in Love and Scandal novella (Douglas/Madeline)
  61. Long, Andie M. The Alphabet Game (Gabe/Stella)
  62. Long, Julie Anne It Started with a Scandal (Phillipe/Elise)
  63. Lund, S.E. The Agreement (Drake/Kate)
  64. Lyons, Kathy Two Week Seduction (John/Alea)
  65. Merrow, J.L Muscling Through (Al/Larry)
  66. Montgomery, L.M. The Blue Castle (Valancy/Barney)
  67. Milan, Courtney Trade Me (Blake/Tina)
  68. Northcote, Jay First Class Package novella (Jim/Patrick)
  69. Quinn, Julia The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy Smythe-Smith Book 4 (Richard/Iris)
  70. Phillips, Susan Elizabeth Heroes Are My Weakness (Theo/Annie)
  71. Reid, Penny Friends Without Benefits (Nico/Elizabeth)
  72. Reid, Penny Beauty and the Mustache (Drew/Ashley)
  73. Reid, Penny Scenes from the City: A Knitting in the City Surprise
  74. Reid, Penny Truth or Beard (Duane/Jessica)
  75. Reid, Penny Elements of Chemistry (Martin/Kaitlyn)
  76. Reid, Penny & L.H. Cosway The Hooker and the Hermit (Ronan/Annie)
  77. Robert, Katee Wrong Bed, Right Guy (Gabe/Elle)
  78. Simonson, Sheilia Bar Sinister (Richard/Emily)
  79. Ward, JR Dark Lover (Wrath/Beth) – WORST OF THE YEAR
  80. York, Sara Pray the Gay Away (A Southern Thing Book 1) (Jack/Andrew)

Reviews of Pre-2015 Reads:

  1. Ashley, Jennifer Rules for a Proper Governess (Sinclair/Roberta “Bertie”)
  2. Dare, Tessa How to Catch a Wild Viscount (Luke/Cecily)
  3. Dare, Tessa Say Yes to the Marquess (Rafe/Clio)
  4. Donati, Sara Into the Wilderness  (Nathaniel/Elizabeth)
  5. Florand, Laura Shadowed Heart (Luc/Summer)
  6. Linden, Caroline What Happens in London (Edward/Francesca)
  7. Linden, Caroline Blame It on Bath (Gerard/Kate)
  8. Milan, Courtney Talk Sweetly to Me (Stephen/Rose)
  9. Quinn, Julia Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin/Penelope)
  10. Quinn, Julia It’s in His Kiss (Gareth/Hyacinth)

Name Tally June 27, 2015: Simon (9); Alec/Alex (8); James (8); Michael (8); Sebastian (7); William (7); Robert (6); Daniel (5); Jack (5); Benedict, Charles, Colin, Duncan, Edward, Gareth, Harry, Ian, John (4); Andrew, Blake, Gabriel, Jackson, Julian, Lucien, Marcus, Phillip, Phin/Finn, Rhys, Richard, Stephen, Tristan (3); and only one David.

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One Night in London and Blame It On Bath by Caroline Linden

Their father dead and the Durham dukedom falling to a charming wastrel of an eldest son, three brothers’ grief is complicated by a blackmail scheme which threatens the exposure of family secrets that will take away their birthright. In each book in The Truth About the Duke series, one brother takes the lead in investigating the claims against their paternity and trying to find their origin.

Although the de Lacey brothers spend little time together, what time they do establishes their relationships, rapport, and the family dynamics well. I first read all three books a few years ago and re-read the first two last fall and again recently in anticipation of this review. Liking the first two novels best, I am going to review only them. One Night in London was a free and highly rated historical romance I took a chance on with Amazon. It is therefore responsible not only for my discovery of Caroline Linden, but for my increasingly frustrated hope that lightning will strike twice and I will make another such gratis discovery. That has not gone well.

One Night in London

As the second son and family gate-keeper, Edward de Lacey has run his father’s estates as a good and dutiful child. When the duke died and the blackmail landed in the brothers’ laps, Edward decided to quickly lawyer up – or solicitor/barrister up given it is Regency London – and he lands the best attorney in London for the job. In doing so, he displaces another client, Lady Francesca Gordon. A widow, she is involved in a custody battle for her niece and had just found the only counsel in the city willing to take her case. She decides that this means Edward owes her assistance and when informed of this he decides to provide it,  even if it is more because he is attracted to her than in sympathy with her plight.

Opposites attracting, both Edward and Francesca (mostly) act like sensible grown ups and the conflict in their relationship comes from their respective situations and the difference in their social position. Francesca’s subplot resolved itself with a refreshing twist and Edward decides it is time to get out from under some of his obligations and live a little. I liked both of them very much and they made sense together. What Happens in London is simply a genuinely enjoyable romance with a generous dose of spark and a level of steam I have not found in Linden’s later works.

And speaking of steam…

Blame It on Bath

Edward’s younger brother, Gerard, is a military man, strapping, practical, and focused. Realizing his inheritance is threatened, he marries himself off quickly to wealthy widow Katherine Howe. Seemingly a mouse of a woman, but one whose stiff composure Gerard is eager to crack,  she has been using all of her strength, having survived one awful marriage, to refuse a second. Her marriage to Gerard is a leap of faith and a stomp of her foot for the right to choose her own life; however, she has more reasons for choosing Gerard than he realises.

Moving post-haste to Bath in pursuit of the family blackmailer, Gerard and Kate have an immediately successful marriage in terms of physical intimacy, but the partnership that will satisfy them both takes longer to arrive. Gerard is in the military habit of deciding his wife is on a need-to-know-basis and that there is nothing she actually needs-to-know. Ignoring her by day and overwhelming her by night (hence the steam), Kate works diligently and successfully to win Gerard’s attention until her beautiful and belittling mother arrives to go out of her way to make her daughter feel small, and the extortion plot simultaneously thickens and distracts Gerard. Fortunately, these two crazy kids manage to work things out.

I enjoyed What Happens in London more than Blame It on Bath, but recommend both of them. On re-reading, they reminded me of both what it is I like about Linden as a writer and what I specifically enjoy as a reader. Her newer works have left me a little flat simply because they are less my taste than these two books and I hope that in her next series, she will return to the tone of The Truth About the Duke.

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.

All’s Fair in Love and Scandal by Caroline Linden

I read Caroline Linden’s best book first. It’s One Night in London from the trilogy “The Truth About the Duke”, but I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet, although it is on my “Re-Read and Review List”. (Linden books I have gotten around to reviewing can be found here.) Having enjoyed that first book so much, I bought the trilogy and now everything else she writes, but her most recent efforts took a turn that has left me wanting something more from her. It’s not that the writing went south, I really like Linden, but that she went in a different direction. In that first series the main characters, especially the women, had more grit and in her current Scandal series they are younger and less tried by life and therefore simply less my taste.

From Amazon: Douglas Bennet can’t resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways to Sin…Madeline Wilde is used to being pursued. For years she’s cultivated a reputation for being unattainable and mysterious, and for good reason: her livelihood depends on discretion. When Douglas turns his legendary charm on her, she dismisses him as just another rake. But he surprises her—instead of merely trying to seduce her, he becomes her friend…her confidant…and her lover. But can it really lead to happily-ever-after…or are they about to become the biggest scandal London has ever seen?

I liked Douglas, he was charming and Constance provided a nice counterpart to his smooth moves. Of course, I forgot this was a novella while I was reading it and wondered why things were moving so quickly before I clued in and the story ended. Those two events were virtually simultaneous.

As I noted in my review of It Takes a Scandal: Linden’s Scandals series has a running joke about an erotic publication that young women are trying to get their hands on. It’s a monthly pamphlet they must scour the bookstores for and not get caught. Did such a thing really exist? I find it hard to believe and, while I appreciate the effort to bring greater sexual awareness to the inexperienced heroines, ready access to erotica seems extraordinarily unlikely… but I am not a historian so maybe sheltered debutantes were devouring Fanny Hill once their maids braided their hair for sleeping, but I think it unlikely (again, with nothing to go on other than my admittedly vague and now skewed-by-romance understanding of 19th century mores).

I will likely continue to read Caroline Linden’s novels, but not necessarily pay for them, and hope that the next series she writes is closer to my tastes. To be fair, I say the same thing of Tessa Dare at the moment, so let me be clear: It’s not you, dear, wonderful authors, it’s me.

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.

First Class Package by Jay Northcote

Admission: I really like Christmas novellas. Not all of them, not all the time, but once in a while they make a nice break. After all, one of my top five romances of all time is a Christmas novella.

Jay Northcote can’t possibly have known of my penchant and, admittedly, I did not know this was a Christmas novella when I bought it, but it served its own Christmas in July purposes well enough. It’s not really a recommend or a keeper, but I am trying to broaden my character lead horizons and this M/M romance was highly rated and free. As Amazon ratings are notoriously unreliable, that last part was the relevant point. Speaking of points, Nrothcote gets three for the double entendre of his title: First Class Package.

Why does he have a shirt on? What kind of “romance novel” is this?

From notoriously unreliable Amazon: A geeky science writer has a crush on his postman—but will he ever make a move? Working from home suits introvert Jim until he gets a special delivery—an extremely cute, temporary postman called Patrick. Jim’s drawn to his wide smile and sexy legs, while Patrick can’t keep his eyes off Jim’s package. Their doorstep attraction seems mutual, so asking Patrick out on a date should be easy. There’s just one problem—Jim could fit all the pick-up lines he knows on the back of a postage stamp. As Christmas approaches, Jim knows the end of Patrick’s postal-delivery contract is looming. Taking a chance might be worth it if it keeps Patrick coming to his door.

Not particularly memorable, I can tell you that all of the stuffed animals Jim orders to keep Patrick visiting are cute and that the none of the packages involved disappoint, but I don’t think I need to read anymore Jay Northcote. The story wasn’t bad, it was kind of sweet really, but nothing special and I am looking for a new author’s catalogue to dive into. Gay, straight, contemporary, historical, POC, new adults, rich, poor, I don’t care as long as it’s not paranormal and the love story is sincere and well told. Recommendations are welcome!

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.

A Wish Upon Jasmine by Laura Florand

This second book in Laura Florand’s La Vie en Roses contemporary romance series was not my favourite, but that in no way changes the fact that I will continue to buy everything she publishes, nor my strong recommendations for her novels. If nothing else, A Wish Upon Jasmine made me go and re-read a large portion of the preceding book Once Upon a Rose and that made me all smiley.

Damien Rosier, “the mean one”, is the glue that holds his family’s perfume business together. Working in the south of France among the rose, lavender, and jasmine fields, it falls to Damien to take care of the money that finances his family’s dreams. A blade of a man, he has a soft heart and a hard shell which rarely cracks, but six months ago it was shattered. Meeting, consummating their mutual attraction, and falling more than a little bit in love during an unintentional one night stand, the woman who snuck away comes back into his life when she receives a piece of his family history (a local perfume shop) as an inheritance. Damien’s Tante Colette has been doing this frequently of late and her gifts propel the action of the series.

Jasmin Bianchi, a top perfumer, may have had the Rosier shop fall into her lap, but it is exactly what she needs professionally and personally. She had an extremely tough year and although there was one possible bright spot, her intense night of emotional connection with Damien (which is not shared in enough detail before they jump to the more adventurous coitus), she panicked and fled. Essentially A Wish Upon Jasmine starts with The Big Misunderstanding that usually takes place much later in (hackneyed) romances and while I really liked the trope twist, the rest of novel didn’t work as well for me. Damien did everything short of setting himself on fire to make his intentions clear and she took forever to get it. Jasmin’s insistent obtuseness got very frustrating.

You can’t win them all and even with some bumps in A Wish Upon Jasmine, Laura Florand is still one of the best writers of contemporary romance publishing today. She is particularly good at portraying the intensity of emotional and sexual attraction, and I never get tired of her emotionally vulnerable heroes. Combined with the uber-romantic settings in Paris and the south of France, it’s a winning combination almost every time.

Laura Florand’s Catalogue summarizes all of her books and happens to include one of my favourite romances off all time: The Chocolate Touch.

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.

Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun

At one point, I giggled and said, “This book is so much fun.”

I am working on a few books from NPR’s Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances and Liberating Lacey is one I selected from the erotic romance section. It was much better than another book in that group, The Lady’s Tutor, which I had the misfortune of reading about two years ago.

Lacey of the Liberating was married in her early twenties and spent many years bored with her sex life. Now 15 months out from her separation, and 3 months our from her official divorce, she is looking to make up for the sexy-fun-times she missed out on. Dressed up, she takes herself to the local hookup bar looking to get lucky. Hunter Anderson is 8 years her junior, a cop, and looking for fun of his own. As is the way of erotic romance, they start with a physical relationship and work backwards to intimacy and an emotional connection.

Simply an erotic romance done well, Liberating Lacey was a good read that acquitted itself successfully on its obligations. I liked the opposites attract characters; Lacey was 36, together, and emotionally mature. Hunter was outwardly laconic, but a good, sincere guy. There was no high drama, just two people surprised to find they have a connection that lasts despite their intentions.

I will look for more books by Anne Calhoun when I am in the mood for some fun escapism with a healthy dose of [insert funky bass line here].

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.

Marketing Beef by Rick Bettencourt

Clearly, Marketing Beef is the winner for Title of the Year. All other books need not apply.


From Amazon: Shy accountant, Evan McCormick, is conservative with his money and tough on his body, yet the decent nest egg he’s amassed, and the toned physique he’s formed isn’t enough to fulfill him. Evan’s starving for affection. As an introvert, bonding with others isn’t Evan’s best quality. When Dillon—an impeccable-dressed and debonair ad executive—joins the firm, Evan lets his guard down. An office scandal and sexually-overt billboards popping up all over New England bring the two together in this funny yet romantic tale.

Includes moments of pure hilarity, off-the-wall sex, and downright fun.

LIES, ALL LIES! Okay, not all, the plot summary is accurate; I meant the promises of hilarity, great sex, and fun.

Another romance with two men written by a man, so it’s off to a good start and, it bears repeating, the title is hilariously tongue-in-cheek, but unfortunately there is not a lot more going on here. I have a couple of notes:

  1. Do men actually refer to their private parts as “down there”? I know Evan does in the story, but I reject this reality and substitute my own.
  2. The book was kind of dull AND had too much plot.
  3. No man ever looked smoking hot in a teal suit. The best he did was rise above it.
  4. Evan has a birthmark that he is extremely self-conscious about and his acceptance of it is used to symbolize his growth in confidence. I understood what it was going for, but it felt shoehorned in.
  5. Meh.

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.

Dog Tags by Darryl Banner & Two Week Seduction by Kathy Lyons

Dog Tags and Two Week Seduction each have the word Brazen in their publishing series name, so the reader should know what is about to happen. These romances feature young couples who knew each other as schoolchildren finding out there is more to their relationship when one of them returns home on leave from the military. The forced brevity of their time together, four and two weeks respectively, means they get busy quickly and commitment soon follows.

Dog Tags by Darryl Banner

Jesse is a music major plodding through his summer vacation when his neighbour Brandon arrives home for a month’s leave. Always leery of the taciturn and intense boy-next-door, Jesse is nonetheless immediately drawn to Brandon’s beautiful physique. When trading help with yard work for piano lessons, the men hook up and then spend their four weeks together getting it on and getting to know each other. The novella portrays mostly the former and essentially skips the latter.

Dog Tags is the first romance with two men I have read that was actually written by a man which was something I was looking for specifically. I have an impression that a lot of the M/M romances are written by and for women just as the M/F ones are. The writing here was nothing especially bad or good, it got the job done and had some nice moments, though there was very little by way of conversation between the leads. Brandon’s main purpose seemed to be to grunt and be intense while Jesse enjoyed it. Their four weeks end with Brandon returning to his work while the two of them await his next leave.

Two Week Seduction by Kathy Lyons

John O’Donnell has come home to his family for two weeks of reminders of why he left. He needs to help out his mother with her finances and living situation, and maybe have a little fun. When his well-to-do best friend’s little sister shows up looking even more tantalizing than ever, they hook up and things proceed from there. As with Dog Tags, they get busy early and often, building their desire for something more.

Two Week Seduction did its job adequately. John and Alea fall madly in love and rearrange their lives to be together. Alea comes from wealth and is wrestling with her family’s goals for her. John has no plans to leave the military, but reconsiders for her. The sexy elements felt a little forced and I never really cared about the characters as the plot and its elements felt clichéd in their execution.

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.


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