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Book Lovin' Mamas has reviewed 77 books this year.

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryCruel Legacy by K.A. LindeThe Fall of Troy by Dr. Rebecca SharpFirst Earl I See Tonight by Anna BennettSEAL Wolf Surrender by Terry Spear
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Review: ‘The Wedding Date’ by Jasmine Guillory

Review: ‘The Wedding Date’ by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date

by Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #1
Published by Berkley Books on January 30, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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four-stars

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.
On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...
After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...
They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want...

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Review: ‘First Earl I See Tonight’ by Anna Bennett

Review: ‘First Earl I See Tonight’ by Anna Bennett

First Earl I See Tonight

by Anna Bennett
Series: Debutante Diaries #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 30, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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four-stars


An heiress with a daring proposal. An earl who’s determined to resist her. And a love that just might be written in the stars…

Recently jilted by his fiancée, David Gray, Earl of Ravenport is not in the market for a wife. Even if Gray didn’t have his hands full renovating his crumbling country house, it would take more than a bold marriage proposal from a headstrong young beauty to thaw his frozen heart. Gray is confident that spending a week at his ramshackle estate will change her mind about marriage, but every passionate moment he spends with her tempts him to change his…
A talented artist, Miss Fiona Hartley desperately needs her dowry money to pay off a blackmailer set on ruining her sister. The handsome earl seems a sensible choice for a husband…if only she can convince him that romance will play no part. But marrying in name only may prove difficult for Fiona. Gray can’t help but be dazzled by her genuine warmth. Yet as their feelings deepen, Fiona’s deadline looms. Will her secrets destroy them, or is true love their final destiny?

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Review: ‘Breath of Fire’ by Amanda Bouchet

Review: ‘Breath of Fire’ by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire

by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 3, 2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Library, Audible Romance Package
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five-stars

SHE'S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD... "Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP ITGriffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.

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Review: ‘A Promise of Fire’ by Amanda Bouchet

Review: ‘A Promise of Fire’ by Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire

by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 2, 2016
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 441
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Library, Audible Romance Package
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four-half-stars

KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER...BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
Catalia "Cat" Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods-and her homicidal mother-have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.
Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm-until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin's fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

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Review: ‘Dark Prince’ by Christine Feehan #romanceopoly

Review: ‘Dark Prince’ by Christine Feehan #romanceopoly

Dark Prince

by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark #1
Published by Leisure Books on April 5, 2005
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 447
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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three-stars

Carpathians are an immortal race of beings with animal instincts. Every Carpathian male is drawn to his life mate: a Carpathian or human female able to provide the light to his darkness. Without her, the beast within slowly consumes the man until turning vampire is the only option.
Raven Whitney is a psychic who has used her gift to help the police track down a serial killer. Now she is determined to escape the glare of recent publicity for the peace and quiet of the Carpathian Mountains.
Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky is the leader of his people but, as his ancient Carpathian race grows ever closer to extinction, he is close to giving in to the heavy weight of loneliness and despair.
From the moment their minds touch, Raven and Mikhail form a connection. But there are those who incorrectly view all Carpathians as vampires, and are determined to give their extinction a helping hand.
There is an extended edition with an additional 100 pages: Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition.

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Re-Post Review: ‘Written in Red’ by Anne Bishop

Re-Post Review: ‘Written in Red’ by Anne Bishop

Written in Red

by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Published by Roc on March 5, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 433
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

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Library Book Review: ‘The Selection’ by Keira Cass

Library Book Review: ‘The Selection’ by Keira Cass

The Selection

by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 24th 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Library
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five-stars

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Library Book Review: ‘Graceling’ by Kristin Cashore

Library Book Review: ‘Graceling’ by Kristin Cashore

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

by Kristin Cashore
Published by Harcourt on October 1st 2008
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, General, Girls & Women, Social Issues, Social Themes, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 471
Source: Library
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three-stars

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po's friend.
She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

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DNF Review: ‘Teardrop’ by Lauren Kate

DNF Review: ‘Teardrop’ by Lauren Kate

Teardrop

by Lauren Kate
Series: Teardrop #1
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on October 22, 2013
Pages: 441
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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dnf

Never, ever cry...
Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense. Can everything you love be washed away?

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Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum

Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)

by L. Frank Baum, W.W. Denslow
Published by Penguin on January 1st 1970
Genres: Classics, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 156
Source: Library
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five-stars

Follow the yellow brick road!
Dorothy thinks she's lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival - will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

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