RaveBooklistIn Murphy’s breezy and fun rom-com, there’s enough of Cinderella in the story to be charming, yet overall it sparkles like an exciting new tale. One particularly refreshing update is that the stepfamily is caring and supportive, not evil. Cindy is immensely lovable, and readers will root for all her dreams to come true.
PositiveBooklist... entertaining ... The narration solely focuses on Annika and is sometimes redundant, which makes for uneven pacing. But the sexual tension sizzles, and themes of familial expectations and financial stress add richness and intrigue. Hand this one to fans of Alisha Rai and Sally Thorne.
PositiveBooklistThough a bit uneven, this will still sweep readers off their feet. January’s first-person narration is suitably poetic and effervescent, the small-town beach setting is charming, and the romance is achingly swoony.
RaveLibrary JournalHibbert’s follow up to Get a Life, Chloe Brown, featuring Dani’s sister, is another superb and emotionally rich romance. Grief and turmoil are expertly balanced with hilarious wit, making the story both complex and immensely readable. The characters are vibrant, and their chemistry is scorching. Remarkable.
RaveBooklistFleshed out with important female friendships and a timely look at sexual harassment in the film industry, Wilsner’s tale maintains a primary focus on the delightful, developing romance. Completely captivating and so satisfying.
Andie J. Christopher
PositiveLibrary JournalHannah is the shining star of this story; she’s funny, outspoken, and fiercely loyal. Other secondary characters falter by comparison, but Hannah’s strong voice and sizzling chemistry with Jack keep the story enticing. Some deeper topics, such as interracial relationships and family dynamics after divorce, are touched on with finesse ... Readers who are loving this surge of inclusive, sexy romantic comedies will be charmed by this latest from best-selling author Christopher.
RaveLibrary JournalVivian and Malcolm bring out the best in each other; her patience and quiet strength help him deal with family conflict, while he inspires her to make happiness her top priority ... Filled with delightful, swoon-worthy dates and many laughs, this affectionate, cross-continent holiday romance is perfect for cozying up with on a cold winter’s night. Fans of this popular series will be clamoring for this latest entry.
PositiveLibrary JournalAmazingly, Georgina continues to view the world with warmth and humor, which is apparent through her smart, light-hearted, first-person narration. Her interactions with a lovely group of supportive friends add levity to this second-chance romance ... McFarlane uses Georgina’s voice to explore how humor is used to mask pain as well as to help understand and get through it. Successful as both a romantic comedy and an insightful look into finding one’s voice, this is a story readers will flock to for the laughs and remember for its realness.
PositiveLibrary JournalThis doorstopper literary horror novel is thematically rich and feels cinematic. Short chapters following numerous distinct characters keep the pace quick. Horror is imbued throughout both in gory, terrifying fantasies as well as in the more realistic horror of abuse and neglect. Christian imagery and symbols are sometimes heavy-handed. While the sense of immediacy to keep hearts pounding is always prevalent, the last third of the book feels overly drawn out ... This epic tale of ultimate good vs. evil is a bit long-winded but still impressive in scope and truly scary.
RaveBooklistLoren delivers another stunning and moving addition to her series about survivors of a school shooting. She realistically and vividly depicts guilt and loneliness while also showcasing the power and importance of love and friendship. Moments of heartfelt humor and face-flushing love scenes counter the sadness. Truly exceptional.