LJ Fiction Reviews: June 15, 2016

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Scotch’s In Twenty Years is a must-read; fiction in translation beyond the best sellers; summertime romances; a fantastical Invisible Library and the Dark Matter of alternate lives

E-Original Romances from Gary, Lane, and Stone | Xpress Reviews

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Fast pacing, snappy dialog, and the essential sweetness of the characters counterbalance darker elements in Gary’s latest; political intrigue with a hard-won romance along for the ride from Lane; a pinch of mystery and suspense heightens the excitement in this latest from Stone

Feehan, Kleypas, Long, Shalvis, Debuter Kelly, plus Obits & RWA News | Romance Reviews, June 15, 2016

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If you work in a public library, things don’t really slow down in the summer, with the young folks out of school and summer reading programs in full swing. Still, if your summertime livin’ isn’t easy, there’s no reason why your readin’ can’t make the days a lot more fun.

E-Originals from Aicher and Etchison, with Debuter Lowell | Xpress Reviews

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Aicher’s new series will be in demand where her books are popular; solid characterization and plot development make Etchison’s latest a fun, sexy read; debuter Lowell has crafted a lavish Victorian gothic romance with a rare disabled female protagonist

E-Originals from Erickson, Solheim, and Debuter Krum | Xpress Reviews

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Debuter Krum adds more bite than your typical romantic suspense fare, Erickson’s heroine lacks strength and maturity, Solheim’s setup and her characters’ emotional connection are well done

E-Originals from Anderson, Dunlop, and Panzera | Xpress Reviews

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Readers of Anderson’s latest will root for both men to get over their hang-ups and celebrate their feelings for each other; Dunlop’s humorous tale of good intentions is ideal for casual, contemporary romance fans; danger, poaching, kidnapping, trespassing, and family issues set a difficult stage for wooing

E-Originals from Dimon, Justiss, and Swank | Xpress Reviews

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Dimon’s new covert series starts with a bang, readers will be pulled into the lives of Justiss’s sensual characters, for contemporary romance fans, especially those who can’t stop watching home improvement and/or wedding shows

Cool Summer Reads: Hit the Beach with These Genre Fiction Favorites

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Members of the American Library Association (ALA) RUSA-CODES Reading List Council, which annually presents its picks for the best in genre fiction, are pleased to share their top summer reads.

E-Originals from Arend, Carew, Goodman, and Jayne | Xpress Reviews

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A fitting conclusion to Arend’s family series, softer erotica from Carew might not fit all readers, genuine chemistry ferments in Goodman’s latest, a military warrior is finally coming all the way home in Jayne’s Seducing the Bachelor

E-Originals from Arthur, Beattie, and Cole | Xpress Reviews

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Arthur continues to redefine family and acceptance in her novels; Beattie supplies a nice continuation of the “Sam Steele” series, even if the romance is overly discreet; Cole delivers a rock star romance fantasy with hot love guaranteed to entertain