Genre: Contemporary Romance


Nov 17
Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Even though my rating for Crash Into You isn’t great, and even though it’s my least favorite of the Pushing the Limits series, I would still recommend it to fans of NA-ish contemporary romance.  I, however, have grown tired of the glut of controlling and sometimes violent behavior exhibited by the male characters in this genre.  To be clear, Crash Into You doesn’t come close to glorifying this behavior as books like Hopeless and Ten Tiny Breaths do.  But still,… Read more »


Sep 19
Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and after reading this book, I had to do a bit of research, because I wanted to visit this Gulf Coast town NOW.  Throughout the story, Doller made me feel like I was right there with Callie, viewing this town through her eyes. Callie had a childhood that was unconventional, at best.  Her mother kidnapped her at a young age from her father, and the two spent Callie’s childhood… Read more »


Jun 05
Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits, rather than a sequel.  Some of the secondary characters in PTL are featured here, and while the events take place subsequent to PTL, either book can be read first. Beth was an intriguing character in PTL.  She initially came off as brusque and even rude at times, but it soon became clear that she had unexplored layers.  As one of the two main characters in Dare To You, we… Read more »


May 08
Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Maybe my expectations for Golden were too high.  It was perfectly pleasant, but also quite predictable.  The set-up was great; Parker discovers and reads the journal of a high school student who, along with her boyfriend, disappeared during a storm a decade earlier.  Parker becomes consumed with uncovering what happened to Julianna and Shane, even as her overbearing mother pressures her to prepare a speech for a looming scholarship competition. Can you love a book if you don’t love the… Read more »


May 07
Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

As with the execrable Ten Tiny Breaths, I read Hopeless after seeing many glowing reviews, and I was left feeling disgusted by the behavior of the main characters.  I can only believe that people who love books featuring stalkers have never been stalked themselves, and that is a wonderful thing.  However, it distresses me whenever stalking and violence are portrayed to girls and women as some kind of manly ideal.  I, unfortunately, was the victim of a stalker (threats to… Read more »


Mar 22
Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

“So Lulu?  What do you say?  You want to go to Paris?  For just one day?”  Fortunately for us, Lulu (née Allyson) says yes.  Good thing for Gayle Forman, too; otherwise her book would have ended on page 30.  High-school student, Allyson, impulsively takes off for Paris with Willem, a Dutch actor whom she’d just met in England.  She spends the day and night with him, and in the morning he’s…gone.  Allyson is shattered and flees Paris.  These events are… Read more »


Mar 03
Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I feel for the readers who picked up “If I Stay” soon after it was released, because the ending is one of the most breathless cliffhangers I’ve ever read. I’m happy that I have the sequel, Where She Went, right here beside me. “If I Stay” is a story about the value of life. At what point is life no longer worth living? Seventeen-year-old Mia must find these answers when a devastating car crash kills Mia’s parents and leaves her… Read more »


Feb 10
Review: Bared To You by Sylvia Day

Review: Bared To You by Sylvia Day

“Graceful,” “strong”, “sliding fluidly”, “moved with animal grace and arrogant economy”, “turning in a leisurely pivot,” and “easy and unhurried stride.”  If you had to guess, to whom or what do those phrases refer? A leopard?  Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt?  Figure skater Michelle Kwan?  Certainly, those descriptions could apply to any or all of them, but in this case, these are phrases describing the walking habits of Gideon Cross, the love interest in Bared to You. I noticed all… Read more »