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Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Romantic Suspense My Review - 5 Stars I’ve been a fan of Adriana Anders’s writing since the moment I picked up Under Her Skin. While I don’t read much romantic suspense, I was excited to learn she was taking on the subgenre because I knew she would do it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Nonfiction, True Crime My Review - 5 Stars CW: sexual harassment, rape, attempted rape, sexism, misogyny, reference to attempted suicide This was brilliant journalism. Incredibly well-written but infuriating to see what men in power succeeded in getting away with far too many years. I seriously hate those in charge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Contemporary Romance My Review - 5 Stars This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and it was utter perfection! Nick and Sabrina are rival TV hosts who are forced to team up on a morning show. This is enemies-to-lovers at its finest, written with Parker’s trademark... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Historical Romance My Review - 5 Stars CW: past domestic violence This was one of those books where I knew I loved it within a few pages. Where I had to text my friends who had already read it so I could tell them how much I loved it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
I hope you love the Dreamers series! They're so, so good. Did you see Allie Therin recently shared the cover for the next book? I can't wait!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2020 on Favorite Romance Novels of 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Out of the 270 books I read this year, only 20 were nonfiction. Not quite what I'd hoped for. I did make a slight improvement compared to last year, mostly thanks to finding a couple of good audiobooks. I'm going to try to do that more in 2020, as well... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
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This year I learned YA is actually a category, not a genre. I'm still not clear on the difference but I'm glad to now be aware. This the type of book I reach for most after romance. I lean more toward fantasy than contemporary, which is reflected here. Here are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
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I still read a variety of genres but romance continues to be what I reach for by far the most. It was near impossible to narrow down the books for this list and since I was rather ruthless with the other three posts, I decided to go a little wild... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
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I read 270 books and 87 novellas and short stories. That’s down from last year’s total of 314 books...but maybe page-wise it’s about the same. Either way, my reading life felt a bit more balanced this past year thanks to work and travel and I suspect this number will go... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Historical Romance My Review - 5 Stars Holy angsty goodness! I felt like crying for a good portion of this story because of how fraught relations were between Kate and Ned. There was so much longing on both sides, so much to overcome in their estranged marriage. And that’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Contemporary Romance, FF Romance My Review - 5 Stars I first heard of this book through a review on Smart Bitches and since I'm always looking for good FF romance, I decided to give it a try. I wasn't sure what I thought at first but then I quickly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
Thank you, Sarah! That's very kind of you to say.
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Birthday cake from my 36th birthday One month from today, I'll turn 40. Five years after The Year Of Leigh began. I realized I never wrote much about how that came to be or what it meant, other than a brief reference in this post about my decision to move... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Contemporary Romance, MM Romance My Review - 5 Stars This was just WONDERFUL. This is the fourth book I've read by Northcote and we're now in auto-buy territory. Stephen is still recovering from Guillain-Barré syndrome, which completely derailed his life. He’s always tended to be a loner and it’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Contemporary Romance, FF Romance My Review - 5 Stars I was so impressed by Gray’s Briarley that I immediately checked to see what else she’d written and found this one. The two novellas couldn’t be more different: Briarley is a historical Beauty and the Beast retelling, while Ashlin &... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Hanukkah Romance My Review - 5 Stars This Hanukkah romance was amazing! So cute and fun and funny and gah I loved it so much. I completely bought into how Larissa and Yo’s relationship evolved over the course of 8 nights. This is a legit Hanukkah romance too: the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Memoir My Review - 5 Stars This came highly recommended by a few friends and since I was looking for a nonfiction audiobook for a road trip, I decided to give it a go. And what do you know? I haven’t been able to stop recommending it myself! I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Memoir My Review - 5 Stars CW: cancer, dying The Bright Hour is often mentioned in tandem with Paul Kalanithi’s wonderful memoir When Breath Becomes Air. Both books explore living with and dying from cancer. Kalanithi does so from the vantage point of a neurosurgeon. Nina Riggs does so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: historical romance, novella My Review - 5 Stars This was so lovely that I have to take a moment to reflect upon said loveliness. Briarley is worth every penny and I need you all to read it. It's a MM Beauty & The Beast retelling set during WWII. All... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Historical Fiction My Review - 5 Stars This was sold to me as Camelot meets Outlander and since I love both, I was instantly on board. Now that I’ve read this, however, I’m not sure why Outlander was used as comp title because I don’t see it in this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Memoir My Review - 5 Stars “Just as some cultures have a hundred words for ‘snow,’ there should be a hundred words in our language for all the ways a black boy can lie awake at night.” p. 24 I have no words to do this book justice. Simply... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Holiday Romance, Erotic Romance My Review - 4 Stars What a treat of a steamy Christmas romance! I’ve been meaning to read Erin McLellan for a couple of years and this was a wonderful introduction to her work. Sasha is a bisexual sex toy saleswoman doing a demo for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: YA My Review - 4 Stars I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Julian Winters in person and he’s such a wonderful human being. Also wonderful: his books. How To Be Remy Cameron is his second novel and it explores identity, adoption, and how awkward new love can be. Remy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Contemporary Romance My Review - 4.5 Stars I first heard about this book on The Wicked Wallflowers Club podcast and was immediately intrigued by the premise: men read romance in order to get their relationships back on track. I’m delighted to say this lived up to the description! It’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
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Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction My Review - 4 Stars I’ve been a big fan of Linda Holmes’s writing and work for Pop Culture Happy Hour for years so I was more than curious about how her fiction would be. I’m happy to say it was an absolute delight! This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Leigh Kramer