Romance

The Night Ends with Fire by K.X. Song: Emotional and Stirring

The Three Kingdoms are at war, but Meilin’s father refuses to answer the imperial draft. Trapped by his opium addiction, he plans to sell Meilin for her dowry. But when Meilin discovers her husband-to-be is another violent, ill-tempered man, she realizes that nothing will change for her unless she takes matters into her own hands. […]

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Foul Days by Genoveva Dimova: Detailed and Complex

As a witch in the walled city of Chernograd, Kosara has plenty of practice treating lycanthrope bites, bargaining with kikimoras, and slaying bloodsucking upirs. There’s only one monster she can’t defeat: her ex, the Zmey, known as the Tsar of Monsters. She’s defied him one too many times and now he’s hunting her. Betrayed by

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Of Jade and Dragons by Amber Chen: Thrilling and Complex

Eighteen-year-old Aihui Ying dreams of becoming a world-class engineer like her father, but after his sudden murder, her life falls apart. Left with only a journal of her father’s engineering secrets and a jade pendant snatched from the assassin, a heartbroken Ying follows the trail to the capital and the prestigious Engineers Guild—a place that

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Running Close to the Wind by Alexandra Rowland: Brilliantly Funny

Avra Helvaçi, former field agent of the Araşti Ministry of Intelligence, has accidentally stolen the single most expensive secret in the world—and the only place to flee with a secret that big is the open sea. To find a buyer with deep enough pockets, Avra must ask for help from his on-again, off-again ex, the

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In the Midst of Omens by Nicole Bailey: Visceral and Emotional

A king determined to be remembered for all time… A jealous goddess who desires his throne. King Gilgamesh rules the world’s preeminent city, the jewel of creation, Uruk. But that is not enough. His desire for legacy consumes him and drives his ceaseless ambition—until the gods step in. Their solution? Enkidu—a man with no past.

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Icarus by K. Ancrum: Emotionally Compelling

Icarus Gallagher is a thief. He steals priceless art and replaces it with his father’s impeccable forgeries. For years, one man—the wealthy Mr. Black—has been their target in revenge for his role in the death of Icarus’s mother. To keep their secret, Icarus adheres to his own strict rules to keep people, and feelings, at

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“The Idea of You”: Charming Performances

I’ve liked Anne Hathaway even as a young actress. In “The Idea of You”, she plays the older woman, a far different role than she’s taken on before and I wanted to see what that looked like. In addition, Nicholas Galitzine has been outstanding in the performances I’ve seen him in. Together, the pair have

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“The Fall Guy” Thumbs up Action and Fun

Ever since I saw the first trailers, I knew I wanted to see “The Fall Guy”. Not only did I watch the original tv series with Lee Majors but from the trailers, it looked like Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt were going to be comedy gold together. When I finally got the chance to see

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The Breakup Lists by Adib Khorram: Multilayered and Complex

Jackson Ghasnavi is a lot of things—a techie, a smoothie afficionado, a totally not obsessive list-maker—but one thing he’s not is a romantic. And why would he be? He’s already had a front row seat to his parents’ divorce and picked up the pieces of his sister Jasmine’s broken heart one too many times. No,

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A Sweet Sting of Salt by Rose Sutherland: Captivating Sapphic Twist

When a sharp cry wakes Jean in the middle of the night during a terrible tempest, she’s convinced it must have been a dream. But when the cry comes again, Jean ventures outside and is shocked by what she discovers—a young woman in labor, drenched to the bone in the bitter cold and able to

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