Romantic Pairings | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2017

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For Valentine’s Day and beyond, here are a few perfectly matched romances: two paranormal debuts, sequels to recent series, and a duo of gems on audio.

Donnelly’s Debut of the Month, Baker, Bledsoe, Lawrence, Neuvel, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2017

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Donnelly’s striking debut brings a complex world of politics, espionage, and cabaret life to full vision; McGuire continues to keep the high energy and excitement in her frenetic action-filled stories; Balaskovits’s anthology breathes fresh life into classic fairy tales

Love the Next Time Around | Romance Reviews, February 15, 2017

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PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM Reunion stories, those romances in which couples with past relationships reunite, are now more popular than ever. In fact, according to a survey commissioned by the Romance Writers of America, “reunited lovers” are among the ten most popular tropes of the genre.

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 1, 2017

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Believable characters and a story that keeps readers’ attention glued until the final page makes this a worthy addition to World War II novels; Makumbi’s Kintu will appeal to lovers of African fiction; Chang’s sparse writing infused with Chinatown culture will attract those who are drawn to noir mysteries with a rich cultural component

E-Originals from Court, Farrell, Moran, and Walker | Xpress Reviews

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Recommended for readers of contemporary romance, particularly those looking for diverse heroines; Farrell’s feisty protagonist will be an inspiration to readers; the interchange of sign language and verbal speech adds dimension to an otherwise thin plot; Olivia and Cole are great characters and prove that opposites do attract

SELF-e Circs: The Top Ten Most Read Titles in SELF-e Select

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Author and Iraq War veteran Jessica Scott’s new “Falling” series tackles the effects of war on those who serve as well as the people who love them. The first book in the series, Before I Fall, takes the top spot of most read Romance in SELF-e Select.

E-Originals from Mac Nicol and Rider, plus Debuters Crichton and Dranoff | Xpress Reviews

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Crichton’s debut is perfect for those jumping from YA contemporary romance to more adult fiction; Dranoff does a good job of building a world in which supernaturals exist; an excellent addition to any library looking to diversify its romance collection; readers looking for an exciting sports-based romance will likely be pleased

Welsh’s Debut of the Month, Cain, Khan, Mackay, Obregón, Hillerman, New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, February 1, 2017

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THE NEW YEAR brings a variety of (fictional) crimes from across the various seas, as well as offering up a bounty of American mysteries.

Boyd/Kirk’s Debut of the Month, Fuller, Liggett, Marasco, Parker, plus New Series Lineup | Christian Fiction Reviews, February 1, 2017

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VALENTINE’S DAY is not the only holiday we celebrate in February. Did you know that it is also Library Lovers’ Month? This month’s column reveals that there’s plenty of love to go around.

Q&A: M. Simone Boyd & Onnie I. Kirk Jr.

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The Day Sonny Died, coauthored by daughter/father writing team M. Simone Boyd and ­Onnie I. Kirk Jr., is a gritty, poignant, and realistic debut novel about three generations of an African American family struck repeatedly by violent tragedy.