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Review of Romance By the Book by Jo Victor

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*Disclaimer – I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


Genre: Romance, LGBT




For a smart woman, Alex is pretty clueless. She wants the truth, but she’s looking in the wrong place. She w ants love, but she’s not looking at all. If only Cam didn’t keep disrupting her life, Alex might be able to find some answers. After all, it’s not as if Cam is interested in her. Which is probably a good thing, since Cam is even more infuriating than she is charming—and she’s got plenty of charm.

On the other hand, Rosamund, Cam’s ex and Alex’s professional rival, is definitely interested in Alex, but can she be trusted? Alex doesn’t even realize the historic house she’s staying in is haunted. Perhaps a little supernatural help will lead Alex to uncover the secret of a love story hidden for over a century, and to solve the greatest mystery of all— the truth hidden in her own heart.


My Review:


Romance By the Book by Jo Victor is full of romance, history, and the supernatural all set in a small village in England. I loved every layer of this book. The history of the dead poet’s life that Alex is trying to uncover was fascinating, and I really enjoyed the life in a small England village that the author painted by including fun details like the Lammas celebration. I loved how the author wove the past and present together in this story, which brought to life the characters who were long dead and made them an integral part of the present story. The author did a fantastic job of creating characters that drew me in and kept me hooked throughout the book. I was invested in the characters’ lives and how the story would end. I definitely recommend reading this book. It will not disappoint.


About the author:


English teacher by day, tale spinner by night, Jo Victor is old enough to know better but still too young to care. She has been writing more or less seriously since she was in her teens and likes to think she is carrying on the family storytelling tradition that goes back to her

Italian grandmother. When not fighting the good fight on behalf of black ink on whitepaper, she enjoys folk music, British humor, and excessive novel reading, all of which she highly recommends. She lives with her life partner in Virginia.

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Review of The Miracle Girl by T.B. Markinson

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To secure a loving future, she must shed an addicting past.

*Disclaimer – I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Genre: Romance, LGBT


Release Date: July 6, 2015




Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?



My Review:


The Miracle Girl by T.B. Markinson was a fun romance that kept me glued to my Kindle to find out what would happen next. The characters were realistic and engaging, and I cared about them from the beginning. Both JJ and Claire must face their pasts in order to move forward, but there are plenty of hurdles for them to overcome before they can find their happy ever after. I loved that the main characters were older than typical romance novels (JJ and Claire are in their forties). Because of their age, both JJ and Claire had pasts that complicated their present love, which served to make the plot even more realistic and engrossing. The setting of a small newspaper in Colorado added to the plot because there was plenty of office drama and minor characters that had a big impact on the story. The minor characters, such as Darrell, Avery, and Brenda, were easy to envision and just as engaging as the main characters. The Miracle Girl is full of love, heartache, and the characters’ journeys to face their shadow, which had me turning the pages wanting more. I highly recommend reading this one.




Claire leaned away, putting her palms up to indicate she wanted space. “You can’t even commit to your name.”

“What?” I didn’t attempt to hide my confusion.

“JJ? To this day I don’t know what the initials stand for.” Claire pinned me with a knowing look like she had cracked some secret code.

“Jamilla Jean. You never asked. Everyone calls me JJ.” When I was called to accept my degree earlier that night, the announcer had said JJ Cavendish. That was how everyone knew me.

“That’s a lovely name. You should grow up, Jamilla Jean.” Claire slipped on a black boot.

“Me? You want Andrew to take care of you. That’s why you’re doing this. You think I’m too much of a risk. Why? Because you actually love me. You can’t tell me that you love Andrew. If you did, you wouldn’t have seduced me earlier.”

“I seduced you?” She ran her hand angrily through her hair. “This is why I didn’t want to go down this path.”

This path,” I parroted. “You can lie to yourself, Claire, but you can’t lie to me. I see it in your eyes. I know you’re in love with me. I also see the fear.”

Claire bit her trembling lower lip.

“No one will love you as much as I do, and that scares the crap out of you.” I reached for her arm, but she pulled away.



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T.B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order.


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