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Driving Her Wild
Meg Maguire
Her Favorite Rival (Harlequin Superromance)
Sarah Mayberry
Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection
Jaci Burton, Shannon Stacey, HelenKay Dimon, Alison Kent, Angela James
Knowing the Score
Kat Latham
Kiss the Bride - Laura Florand Read this anthology for Laura Florand's "All's Fair in Love and Chocolate", which I would rate 4.5. I have ended up reading her Amour et Chocolat series all out of order and that has worked out just fine, since all the couples are so interesting and charming. Her writing makes me hungry and jealous but her fantasies are so satisfying. In this story Elle is a artsy food blogger that has moved to Paris in part because she has become obsessed with the artistry of Simon Casset's chocolate confections despite never having tasted them. Simon is obsessive and intense, who channels his energy into his precise and detailed work, is completely charmed and disarmed by her flustered reaction at meeting him. She makes up a fiancé as part of impulsive cover story for her interest in hima fiction he sees through immediately even though he chooses not to challenge it directly. Both characters revel in the intense interest and focus they have for each other but eventually Simon must find a way to convince Elle to drop her fictions and trust him with her heart.

All the stories feature women is some way scared to commit. Ridgway's short story felt compressed at times, but was touching. I didn't care at all for Martin's "Early Bird Special".
After the Kiss: The Stiletto Series - Lauren Layne Julie Greene is a at the top of her profession, a leading columnist for Stiletto Magazine (a best-selling glossy women's magazine based in NYC). She writes about dating, specifically first dates. She leaves the relationship and sex advice to her best-friends and colleagues Grace and Riley, the other two parts of Stiletto's writing Triumvirate. She lives for the fun of falling into love, the flirting and the kissing, happily sharing her experiences in her columns, until her editor ask her to write a column about "taking a relationship to the next level". Unable to draw on her personal experience and unwilling to hand over her column to work rival she decides to engage in some research.

Mitchell Forbes is hard-working Wall Streeter, who has just ended a long stable relationship with a woman he once thought would be the perfect wife after realizing that while it looked good on paper he didn't love her as he should. Teased by his co-worker for his inability to even contemplate a post-breakup fling, he surprises himself into agreeing to bet challenging him to date a woman at least 5 times but not get serious.

Julie and Mitchell meet at cross-purposes both hesitantly and awkwardly trying something new. Can Mitchell just date a woman for the fun of it, and can Julie let her defenses down long enough to stick around?

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The Story Guy - Mary Ann Rivers Carrie has stopped taking chances, or looking for more, "a woman of a certain age" she has friends who love her, and a job she loves, but she feels a loneliness and a lack in her life. One night reading the free MetroLink singles ads amusing herself with the blunt, bold and naked language of need she finds herself captivated by one asking "for kissing only". Fascinated by his profile photo, a candid portrait that reveals both vulnerability and self-containment Carrie starts an IM conversation in the wee hours of the morning with the funny, witty but reticent "GearTattoo" and after he explains his ground rules. she surprises herself by agreeing to meet him. Their first meeting both excites and confuses Carrie and while she can't stop thinking about him, she questions the wisdom of meeting him again but her friend's Justin's unexpected advice to indulge herself because he might turn out to be "a story guy" and "Story guys are life highlighters. Your life is all these big blocks of gray text and then a story guy comes in a big ol' paragraph of neon pink so that when you flip back through your life, you can stop and remember all the important and interesting places." challenges her to go back to the park again.

Carrie and Brian's complex connection takes them both places they didn't expect and is at times heartbreaking and exhilarating. This is a debut novella and I am looking forward to reading a lot more from Mary Ann Rivers in the future.

Book provided by the Publisher via Netgalley for review purposes.
Untamed - Anna  Cowan It is a cliche to say that a book is so good, that you can help but want to read it again immediately yet I rarely feel that way, I read constantly, compulsively. I finish a book, and start the next one with the next breath. When a book is amazing, I might pause for a bit, sit and think about how I felt reading it. Anna Cowan's Untamed, made me pause not just at end but as I read, as I tried to understand her Duke, and Kit. As I tried to unravel these bound up individuals. The tension was such that I had to jump to last chapter and read the Happily-ever-after, and I didn't understand it. I often end up jumping to end of a book to judge whether I want to finish a book, to check if there is something worth reading for. But in Untamed the ending was something I just couldn't see yet, and it drove me harder into the book, to see how they could have possibly ended there.

And when I got there I had to go right back to the beginning, to see it all again with eyes that could now see more.

Lyrical, dark, twisted, beautiful. Thank you Anna.

Come see a rake turned inside out, the hero's journey inverted, and gender roles blown up!

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
A Woman Entangled - Cecilia Grant A Woman Entangled by Cecelia Grant

When I read historical romance novels I tend to look for books with witty writing, where the action sometimes borders on farce, the best of which deliver emotional wallops in between the laughs. I blame Jane Austen. I do tend to shy away from angsty books, books that sell themselves on heartbreak.

Cecilia Grant writes books that make me feel and care, neither angst-fest or farces. Her latest novel A Woman Entangled is the story of Nick Blackshear, brother to Will of A Gentleman Undone and Martha of A Lady Awakened. Nick, a skilled Barrister toiling away at the Inns of the Court is trying to live down his brother's scandalous marriage to a former courtesan. He enjoys a delicate friendship with the beautiful Miss Kate Westbrook, daughter of his former mentor, who he once tried to romance. Miss Westbrook feels strongly the effects of her own parents scandalous marriage, and despite her loving home, she longs for a reconciliations with her tonish Westbrook relations and hopes that her beauty may secure her an advantageous marriage that might lift the fortunes of her siblings. After years of careful cultivation they both are rewarded with possibly life changing opportunities that draw them together outside their normal sphere. Nick is offered the opportunity to tutor a new Baron, an opportunity that might finally allow him to embark in the political life he had sought, and the same time Kate is finally able to secure invitations to the ton balls and soirées that might allow her to attract a peer's attention. Their encounters in these different social test their friendship and make them question not only their desires but with their own identity and ambitions. There is no insta-love, or magical healing vaginas in this story instead closeness and intimacy. This is not a fluffy confection, but rather delicate exploration the complicated ties of friendship & family that define us.

I received a copy of A Woman Entangled from the publisher via NetGalley for review purposes.
Last Night's Scandal - Loretta Chase Friends to lovers, fantastic slap-stick, and banter. Ghosts, moldy Scottish castles and stolen treasure.
And Only to Deceive - Tasha Alexander Great characters, history and mystery. I will have to read the rest of the series.
The Duchess War - Courtney Milan Engrossing, emotional and fun. I love the word play, banter and tension.