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Like most writers, I’m a voracious reader and not strictly in romance. Here you’ll find my most recent recommendations. A little of this, a little of that! Disclaimer: I earn affiliate fees on any purchase made by clicking on the Amazon buy button.

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I'm not sure where to begin. This book gave me all the feels. I mean ALL. THE. FEELS. Casey did a fabulous job creating well-rounded, flesh-and-blood characters. Not just with Alex and Henry, our intrepid romantic duo, but in the secondary characters that added so much dimension to their lives. June, Nora, Pez, Bea. And Zahra... I LOVED Zahra. Zahra was once who I aspired to be in politics (a long time ago, in a life far far away...) Then there's the elegant, romantic phrases they wrote... “That's the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose.” SWOON! This. This book is why I read romance. It's an alternate history of our real world. A better one. A more hopeful one. One in which love truly does conquer all. “But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable.” By the end of the book, I believed in that truth once again. Now stop reading this review and go read the damn book!

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

“Part page-turning thriller, part smart examination of the #MeToo movement, part feminist rallying cry…Whisper Network is the satisfying “beach read” we’ve earned.”
—The Daily Beast

Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc. for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, swept under the rug, hidden away by those in charge.

But the world has changed, and the women are watching this promotion differently. This time, when they find out Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren’t willing to let it go. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.

Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive. All of their lives—as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries—will change dramatically as a result.

“If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one of Chandler Baker’s Whisper Network, “none of this would have happened.”

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To be honest, it began a little slow for me. But the premise was good, I kept with it and soon I was hooked. It tells the story of four women, each dealing with their own trauma from being sexually harassed or assaulted by their boss. Once he begins grooming a new associate, the women know they must act. Then he turns up dead - murder? suicide? A timely thriller with a slow burn twist. It was hard to read at times because I found the characters and their situations a little too easy to relate to, sadly. Some have complained about it being too fantastical and trivializing the #MeToo movement. On the contrary, I appreciated a story in which the abuser got what was coming to him. It doesn't happen enough in real life.
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Absolutely adorable! I love Gemma. She's smart and awkward, but more endearingly so than the original Holmes. The action was fast-paced and well-plotted. And the romantic angle was well done. Definitely recommend picking this cozy mystery up for a quick weekend read... preferably with some hot tea, a flannel blanket, and a furry creature to pet in your lap. (I'll leave the choice of creature up to you. 😉 )

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop—located at 222 Baker Street—specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.

The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman’s suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it’s a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.

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