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Monthly archives for August, 2015

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

<i>The Good Girl</i> by Mary Kubica

  Okay. I hate to do this, but I’m going to start with the synopsis provided by the publisher. It’s the best way to find out if you’re going to be into The Good Girl or not. One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, […]

Can’t Buy Me Love by Mol...

<i>Can’t Buy Me Love</i> by Molly O’Keefe

  Okay, so this book took me a little bit to orient myself. That’s not a bad thing, just often unexpected romance novels. I’m not used to having to sort out who the heroine is and who the hero is and in this one, it took a little bit. Of course, had I read the […]

Leading Women by Nancy O’...

<i>Leading Women</i> by Nancy O’Reilly

  Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets is one of those books that everyone in a leadership position should read through and then keep on their shelf for future reference. As O’Reilly says in the forward to her edited volume, she hopes that this book offers the “so, how?” of Sanburg’s famous Lean In. […]

Mistakes I Made at Work by Jes...

<i>Mistakes I Made at Work</i> by Jessica Bacal

  Mistakes I Made at Work is a great anthology of lessons from prominent women in various fields about how various failures at their jobs helped shape who they are. I read it for my job as a personnel and research director and will absolutely be using the wisdom gleaned from it in my job. […]

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica...

<i>Luckiest Girl Alive</i> by Jessica Knoll

*Trigger Warnings: sexual violence, physical violence, gun violence* So I picked this one up because no one could seemingly stop talking about it. I heard very little, except that it was funny and twisty and dark in the ways that Gone Girl was. I was in need of a beach read for a weekend down […]

Wedding in Great Neck by Yona ...

<i>Wedding in Great Neck</i> by Yona Zeldis McDonough

I was browsing through my library’s eBook collection right before a recent trip to the beach and looking for something distracting and immersive to read. Wedding in Great Neck caught my attention due to the gorgeous cover (I mean, seriously, that dress) and the title. I like weddings, I know nothing about Great Neck – […]

House Trained by Jackie Boucha...

<i>House Trained</i> by Jackie Bouchard

House Trained is women’s fiction novel about Alex, an interior decorator, her husband, Barry and their dog Marie. A committed child-free couple, their house is like a shrine to Alex’s exquisite tastes and one she is exceptionally proud of. She finds the brood being raised by her sister to be unnecessarily messy and annoying and […]

Ever After by Rachel Lacey

<i>Ever After</i> by Rachel Lacey

Alright, petals, this one was a slow start for me. Ever After opens on our heroine, Olivia, committing an act of vandalism on a chicken processing plant. Accompanied by two “friends”, she is in the middle of spray-painting the words “chicken assassins” when the sheriff’s deputy pulls up to arrest her. The “friends” split and she […]

Taste of Sugar by Marina Adair

<i>Taste of Sugar</i> by Marina Adair

  Things I love in romances: second chances, small towns, tribal families, brothers acting the fool and women who love them, big floppy dogs and unbelievable acrobatically unrealistic sex. A Taste of Sugar has all of those things – sans the dog. It does, however, have a sheep. Long story. Southerners remain a little bit […]

Falling Under by Lauren Dane

<i>Falling Under</i> by Lauren Dane

  So this is my first Dane book but I’ve clearly heard of her before. One reviewer I read complained she used “too much vulgarity” (i.e., she calls vaginas ‘pussies’ and while it’s not my favorite, I’m not sure I’d complain about it…) but overall, the reception of Dane in the romance community appears strong. […]