transmission
2Oct/18Off

teal?

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Jenny Han

I only read this one because I enjoyed the Netflix movie.
Lara Jean Covey is put in a pickle when her unsent love letters are mysteriously posted. It would be embarassing enough but one of them is to her older sister's very recently ex-boyfriend.
Almost accidentally she finds herself fake dating another letter recipient called Peter Kavinsky.
It's a pretty good young adult fake dating story but it doesn't work as well as the movie.

Rating: B

23Jun/18Off

carbs?

Just For Show

Jae

Claire is a successful couples therapist with a book deal on the horizon when her fiancé breaks off their engagement a week before the wedding.
Told by her agent that the deal depends on her being in a happy relationship she hires an actress to play her girlfriend.
This is a pretty enjoyable fake relationship story. The lead characters are well rounded and interesting.
I'm fan of Jae's Gilmore Girls fan fiction and this was worth checking out

Rating: B

25May/18Off

gunshot?

Moonlight Over Manhattan

Sarah Morgan

Sweet sheltered Harriet Knight gets her chance at love in the last of the "Bark Rangers" books.
Her love interest is dedicated Emergency Doctor Ethan. He's convinced after the failure of his first marriage that he's not suited to long-term love. After getting to know Harriet the last thing he wants to do is to hurt her by getting involved.
Another fun, readable romance by Sarah Morgan. She's got this type of tale down pat and never disappoints.

Rating: B

20May/18Off

reality?

New York, Actually

Sarah Morgan

In this, the first of the "Bark Rangers" books, we find cynical divorce lawyer Daniel pursuing psychologist Molly with the aid of an over enthusiastic dog he borrows from his Sister's business.
The couple get close only for their secrets to get in the way of a future together.
Another enjoyable romance from Sarah Morgan. It's amazing how consistently she puts out solid and entertaining books.

Rating: B

19Apr/18Off

cookies?

Holiday In The Hamptons

Sarah Morgan

This book is technically the fifth book in the "Urban Genie" series but is also the second book about the Knight family siblings who own the "Bark Rangers" service.
Felicity Knight is the business brain behind Bark Rangers. Normally a cool and savvy woman she panics when she discovers that her ex-husband Seth Carlyle has turned up in Manhattan.
When her grandmother falls and hurts heself Felicity uses it as an excuse to run away from Manhattan. Of course she discovers pretty much immediately that Seth was only helping out at a Vet clinic in Manhattan and actually lives in the same Hamptons town as her grandmother.
I enjoyed this one quite a lot as I tend to do with Morgan's stuff. I really liked the lead characters and Felicity's Gran is a lot of fun too.

Rating: B

27Mar/18Off

moors?

Crazy in Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop

Annie Darling

The third of the Lonely Hearts Bookshop series finds tattooed cutie Nina trying to find the "crazy love" of her life - the Heathcliff to her Cathy.
No one would be more surprised than her when Noah - the boy her brother bullied every day at school - turns up to rejig the bookshop business and he takes a serious interest in her. Surely she's not interested in this total geek?
Another competent romance from Annie Darling. It's not quite as enjoyable as the first in the series and again relies on people behaving like idiots for it's source of relationship drama. It's worth picking up as a 99p ebook like I did.

Rating: B

6Mar/18Off

glasses?

Sunset In Central Park

Sarah Morgan

This is the second book in the "Urban Genie" sequence. This is the story of Frankie. Due to her childhood Frankie doesn't trust that love can be real. Matt (brother of book one's Paige) knows that he wants to be with Frankie but understanding that she's got trust issues slowly builds their relationship.
When Frankie finally recognizes her feelings for Matt things go a little haywire.
A perfectly sweet and enjoyable romance by an author who consistently delivers enjoyable romances.

Rating: B

10Feb/18Off

betty?

Faking It

Jennifer Crusie

The second Dempseys book is similarly filled with whip-smart dialogue but the story doesn't quite land as well. It stands up just about as well as it did when I reviewed it a few years back.

Rating: B

15Jan/18Off

morland?

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts

Annie Darling

When her friend, mentor and boss dies Posy unexpectedly inherits the bookshop she's worked in all her life.
Not a natural business person she still realizes that something has to change for the shop to remain open.
She decides to re-open the shop as a specialist in the genre she loves - romantic fiction. Unfortunately she has to deal with her boss' rude grandson who is determined that the shop should be a specialist crime bookshop.
Inevitably after many stumbling blocks romance ensues.
I quite enjoyed this one and on balance more than the second book in the series even though the quality was roughly the same. Mainly because the characters in this novel aren't as pointlessly dumb as in the follow up.

Rating: B

22Aug/17Off

stuffy?

All or Nothing

Deborah Cooke

Cancer survivor Jen Maitland brings a fake boyfriend to meet her mother in the hopes that a stuffy annoying lawyer type will stop the romantic inference for a while.
This being a romance things don't quite go to plan.
This is a surprisingly enjoyable sweet natured contemporary romance. Well worth a shot if you like the fake dating trope.

Rating: B