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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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Richly told and captivating. A nice twist on the old Fountain of Youth legend. The story is filled with magical realism and fantasy, but what spoke to my heart was Caitlyn and Austin's tender romance.

All you ever wanted was more time.

Austin Brooks is almost one hundred-years-old, but he, like all of the residents of Brightrock Island, doesn’t age normally. The tight-knit community off the coast of Massachusetts has a closely-guarded secret—they’ve discovered the fountain of youth. In an effort to escape his painful memories of World War II, Austin has settled into his job at Brightrock’s only school as the funny guy, Mr. Fix It, on track to becoming a principal. Then new teacher Caitlyn Landry arrives from the mainland, throwing all life on Brightrock—especially Austin’s—into chaos. 

After suffering several major losses, Caitlyn is looking for a fresh start. Brightrock doesn’t take kindly to outsiders, but Caitlyn was a necessary hire, and when Austin is tasked with mentoring her, he discovers keeping his lips sealed is easier said than done. With her own regrets and mistakes haunting her, Caitlyn is hardly looking for love, but the more time she spends with Austin, the harder it is for either of them to keep their distance. But what no one on Brightrock knows is that someone is on to their secret, someone who poses a threat to everyone on the island, leaving Austin to decide between his loyalty to Brightrock and his desire to fight for the woman he can’t live without.

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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Whoa. This is NOT a retelling of Rear Window, like I originally thought going into it. While that is a masterpiece of cinematic thrill, The Woman in the Window stands on its own. A few things I guessed at, but overall I was surprised, especially when it came to the final twist. I did NOT see that coming! It did start a little slow as they set things up, but once they got you on the ride... hang on! I'm interested to see how the movie will come out. Pick this one up before the premiere in October.
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This was a hard read, but so worth it. Warning: it contains graphic depictions of violence and abuse, which is why it took me a while to get through it. Don't pick this up if you're looking for a quick, hot, romantic read to take to the beach. Pick this up because you want an emotional, deep, amazing read, where the author just slays you with her words. That Kennedy is the first black woman to win a RITA (the romance industry's highest award) in almost 40 years is the cherry on top. READ THIS. You won't forget it!

★ A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller & RITA® Award Winner ★

A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA…

Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl?
You don’t.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.
Now there’s a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA’s brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.

*Contains domestic/sexual abuse not involving the hero.

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