transmission
31Jan/18Off

coop?

Lost and Found Sisters

Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis writes very enjoyable romance novels. She rarely writes a dud and while they're not particularly memorable they are so much fun while you're reading them.
This particular story follows Quinn - still reeling from the loss of her sister Beth.
In swift succession she learns she's adopted, that her birth mother has died from cancer and that she has a teenage sister.
It's got great female relationships and a half-decent romance.
Definitely worth checking out if you're into contemporary romance.

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

31Dec/17Off

knife?

Miracle on 5th Avenue

Sarah Morgan

The third member of the Urban Genie crew (see Sleepless in Manhattan) finds love.
Asked to decorate an author's apartment over Christmas while he's on retreat in Vermont sweet-natured Eva discovers that he's not in Vermont at all.
Stuck in the flat with the attractive but brooding Lucas Blade sparks start to fly.
Of course it wouldn't be a romance if there weren't obstacles in their way.
Far more fun than the first book in the series I burned through this one over the course of New Years Eve. If you like a sweet predictable romance then this is one for you.

Rating: B-

26Oct/17Off

white?

Sleigh Bells In The Snow

Sarah Morgan

Enjoyable christmas romance. I've reviewed this one before.

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

6Aug/17Off

stud?

One Dance With a Duke

Tessa Dare

In this slight historical romance shy, retiring Lady Amelia d'Orsay uncharacteristically pushes herself forward to dance with a moody and mysterious Duke in order to beg him to release her brother's debt.
One thing leads to another and she quickly finds herself married to the selfsame Duke and involved various social intrigues.

Rating: B-

5Aug/17Off

genie?

Sleepless In Manhattan

Sarah Morgan

When Paige and her friends are let go from their jobs they decide to start up their own business. Working closely with her childhood crush Jake as her first client Paige finds herself falling for him all over again.
Normally Sarah Morgan books are super quick reads with really enjoyable dialogue. This particular book took me months of slow grinding to complete. I don't know if it was just this particular set of characters or something to do with my mindset but I struggled with this book from the off. Now that I've finished I can see that it's a perfectly generic piece of contemporary romance. Nothing overly bad or particularly exciting about it.

Rating: C

1Aug/17Off

bella?

The Total Package

Stephanie Evanovich

Dani is a touchline TV reporter covering American Football. Tyson is a star quarterback - back on the top of the game after very public fall from grace. When she's forced to go and work with his team will they be able to get past their history?
This is a perfectly compentent and completely predicable contemporary romance. I doubt I'll remember any of it in a couple of days.

Rating: B-

27Jul/17Off

paintball?

The Hating Game

Sally Thorne

Lucy & Josh are bitter rivals at a publishing house. Every day in their shared office is filled with paranoid and hate driven game playing.
When the pair start to compete for the new position of Chief Operating Officer it brings out a new side to their antagonistic relationship.
I enjoyed the majority of the book and the whole "I hate you so much one day I'm going to realize I love you" vibe was very well done. The score was brought down by how much I dislike the fact that the promotion rivalry was such a big deal to the story and in the end it just fizzled away. The book felt like it stopped suddenly, somehow incomplete because of that.

Rating: B-

25Jul/17Off

bute?

Wildflower Bay

Rachael Lucas

Super uptight Isla loses her job as top stylist in a chic Edinburgh salon. In the aftermath she allows herself to be talked into to taking the reins of her Aunt's hairdressers shop while she helps look after her newborn grandchild. Finding herself on an isolated island (a fictional version of Bute) the confirmed city girl finds herself making friends and having fun for the first time in ages.
I liked this one OK but the relationship between Isla and her pensioner friend was so much more interesting and involving than the eventual love story.

Rating: B-