“House Rules” by Ruby Lang

My rating: 5/5

Older couple, second chance romance, roommates!

“House Rules” by Ruby Lang

HOUSE RULES is the third book in the Uptown series by Ruby Lang and does not disappoint.

Lang writes characters that are real, relatable, and the kind of people you want to be your neighbors.

HOUSE RULES is a sweet, second chance love story featuring a 40 something couple (previously divorced from one another) who become roommates. Meeting again after seventeen years, Simon Mizrahi and Lana Kuo now get to rediscover who they are while figuring out how to live together as roommates. It’s wonderful, fun, smart, and so raw. I can’t recommend Ruby Lang enough!

I received a digital copy from Netgalley for an honest review. I purchased copies of this book for my library’s collection.

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“Wolf Gone Wild (Stay a Spell)” by Juliette Cross

My rating: 4/5

Magic! Strong and smart female characters! Striking cover!

“Wolf Gone Wild (Stay a Spell)” by Juliette Cross

This is the first book I’ve read by Juliette Cross and I am looking forward to what she thinks up next!

“Wolf Gone Wild” is a fun and sexy paranormal romance that has a little bit of everything. Full of strong and smart independent magical women and supporting characters that can hold their own, I can’t wait to see what comes next in the “Stay a Spell” series.

After reading this title, I will be purchasing a copy for my Library. Netgalley gave me access to a free digital copy of this book for an honest review.

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“Bringing Down the Duke” by Evie Dunmore

My rating: 4.5/5

Female students at the University of Oxford! Suffragists! An intense Duke!

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

This is a debut novel and a great one at that. Evie Dunmore writes a historical Victorian Romance with a kick that any reader of romance will enjoy.

I loved the interactions between Annabelle Archer and Smexy Sebastian, the Duke of Montgomery. Set in the Victorian era, this clever historical romance is a little bit of everything.

What I enjoyed the most was the honest ending. Annabelle and Sebastian get their own kind of fairy tale ending that is probably the most realistic I’ve read. They do what any sensible English person would do to avoid scandal: go abroad!

This is the first in Evie Dunmore’s “League of Extraordinary Women” series and I can’t wait to read the next one: A Rogue of One’s Own.

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“Well Met” by Jen DeLuca

My rating: 5/5 stars

The book takes place during a Renaissance Faire…I mean, do I need to say more?! HUZZAH!

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

From the first line of this book, I was hooked. As someone who enjoys all things Renaissance and is more of a historical romance reader, the mix of “Ren Fair talk” and modern talk was enjoyable.

In Well Met, the main characters, Emily and Simon, each had their own inner battles they needed to face in the book. The author did a great job of giving the reader just enough detail without it feeling like you were stuck in their problems. I never felt like I spent too much time away from Simon. This is romance fiction, but there is a lot of character development and focus on relationships outside of the main couple. I enjoyed the family relationships and friendships that Emily fostered as much as I enjoyed her and Simon. Emily is finding her own way and creating a future for herself in the small town she finds herself in that didn’t necessarily need to include Simon, but I am so happy it does!

Ok, so Simon is such a Darcy! He rubs Emily and the reader the wrong way time and time again, until you learn about what is really going on with him…then he starts to do all the right kinds of rubbing. Plus, he’s an English teacher! Recite poetry to me anytime, Simon. 😉

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys quirky and fun romance books. For those romance readers like me who are stuck on historical romance authors (looking at you Tessa Dare), you get just enough corsets and dashing pirates to make you forget it isn’t one.

This is the first of a series, the next being Well Played, and all I can say is: I’m game!

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