Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Grandmothers in love! This is a wonderful black queer love story that started as a Kickstarter campaign garnering triple the support needed. Every age will enjoy hearing Hazel and Mari’s story,  including teens and mature tweens. Two strong African American women who meet cute just before high school (at a church bingo hall, naturally), separate […]


The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Frances dreams of becoming a dress designer in turn of the last century Paris. Unexpectedly, she becomes the seamstress for the Prince, who likes to wear flamboyant women’s clothing but is deep in the closet with his secret. That prevents Frances from being recognized for her work and the Prince from being a happy human. […]


Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The first in an epic fantasy/alt-history series, centered around a courtesan/spy in a fantasy version of medieval France. More political intrigue than Game of Thrones, sex that makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like a kid’s book, and writing that would make poets weep with envy!


The Undateable by Sarah Title

The Undateable by Sarah Title

Fun, modern romance that features a librarian as the main character. Melissa Bernard is in a comfortable rut as an academic librarian who cares deeply about her college kid patrons. One day she gets caught on camera in her disapproving mode  — and turns into an internet meme. “Bernie” is horrified. Does it get better […]


The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

Abbi Waxman is great at conveying grief and confusion while also being really funny. Her main character, Lilian, lost her husband suddenly and, after 3 years, is just getting her feet under her. She’s taking a gardening class to prep for a big illustration job at work, not to heal. But of course gardening leads […]


Bollywood/Hollywood

Bollywood/Hollywood

This delightful and silly story is a perfect introduction to Bollywood movies. It is under two hours, in English and self-aware enough to make fun of Bollywood stereotypes. Most shockingly, there is kissing. Rahul, a rich Canadian/East Indian must find a good Indian girlfriend to take to his sister’s wedding or the wedding will be […]


Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

To prepare for a government meltdown or apocalypse, the ex-army survivalist father has moved the family of four out to the California desert, to an old house mostly in ruins. The nearest neighbors live in a free-wheeling hippie compound. The father has taught sixteen year old Nicole to hunt and given her a notebook he’s […]


Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

A wakes every day in a new body-male, female, transgender, addict, jock, mean girl, etc. The change happens at midnight and A is helpless to stop it. This has never been a problem since this is the only life A knows but then A falls in love with Rhiannon. Never having shared the secret of […]


Reviews by You: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Reviews by You: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

I read the book Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave very fast because it was the perfect love story I had in mind. Although it was a romance, I found that this book was really about family. It takes place on a quiet vineyard in Napa Valley when Georgia from LA finds herself in a […]


The Club by Lauren Rowe

The Club by Lauren Rowe

Since apparently all male roles in Contemporary Romance novels are now occupied by playboy billionaires with hearts of gold and abs of steel; meet Jonas Faraday.  Jonas’ only goal in life is to get women off and he does so with his somehow magically empathetic package.  He innately knows what women want, so imagine his […]