Bridget Jones, Before and Beyond | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, all things Bridget Jones and the chick lit backlist lead me down a winding path.

LJ Fiction Reviews: October 15, 2016

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Correa delivers an engrossing story of the 1939 voyage of the St. Louis; Lasdun’s latest is an intelligent, disquieting psychothriller; Killer Holiday reads; romance novellas, the perfect stocking stuffer; Cain’s eerie European setting and unpredictable plot is bound to chill

E-Originals from Lyons and Platt, and Debuter Sebastian | Xpress Reviews

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Lyons helps connect the worlds of humans and shifters; Farthingale fans return to historic Mayfield London for a heavy dose of heat and passion; an excellent choice not just for M/M romance fans but also for Regency fans with a penchant for vigilante justice

E-Originals from Arend, Ash, Lindsey, and Meredith, plus “Silver Desire” | Xpress Reviews

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The tenth “Six Pack Ranch” is as good as the first; readers will be reminiscing about young love; book three in Lindsey’s “Geek Girl Mysteries” series is lots of fun; Meredith latest will appeal to those who enjoy seeing unlikable heroes get their comeuppance; Aasolid, varied depiction of sex and desire among the older set

E-Originals from Lyons, Noble, and Weaver | Xpress Reviews

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A well-rounded romp of a romance that scratches all the right itches; the perfect vehicle for a mashup of scenes familiar to any Regency romance reader; a solid contribution to the excellent “Grantham Girls” series that can easily stand alone

E-Originals from Matthews, Moran, and Winters | Xpress Reviews

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Matthews’s latest builds up the scares in a deft way to keep readers absolutely riveted; Moran’s title is for readers who enjoy more swoon and less struggle; for Winters’s characters, their developing relationship is both hot and heartwarming

E-Originals from Del Mar, Gracen, and Parker | Xpress Reviews

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Seth and Summer’s emotional journey works on all levels; a sure bet for readers wanting a feel good story that is light on intimacy and strong on heart; Parker makes use of a few different kinks throughout this erotic romance

E-Originals from Bale, Doyle, and Winters | Xpress Reviews

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Bale’s characters are appealing, but the ending feels rushed; Called Up will make readers want to visit Inspiration, IA, and get to know the whole town; WInters’s second series title is even hotter than the first and highly recommended for fans of light erotica

E-Originals from Arthur, Bielman, and Edwards | Xpress Reviews

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For those seeking erotic romance with diverse characters and a guaranteed happy ending; contemporary romance readers will enjoy Bielman’s cute tale of best friends; the backdrop of Ireland in the Tudor era works well with the paranormal elements in Edwards’s series

E-Originals from Claire, James, and Kane, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Chandler’s debut doesn’t quite meet the erotica mark; an addicted Hollywood star and her lover will be quite addictive; James’s novella settles some affairs, but A Gentleman Never Tells; fans of paranormal mysteries will enjoy Kane’s latest