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Bakingbookworm

Bakingbookworm

Joined April 2016

A 🇨🇦 blogger's quest to tackle a world of books.I'm a Library Assistant in SW Ontario & the blogger behind thebakingbookworm.ca • IG bakingbookworm
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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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3 STARS - I'm a little late for a Christmas-y themed story but my library copy finally came in!! This was a good, easy-going wintery read. I loved the extended family vibe and the banter with Mae and Ben but the romance was just okay and I wish the magical element was explained a bit more.

Review: https://bit.ly/InAHolidazeReview

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4⭐ - Narrated by Claire Foy (she of The Crown fame), this audiobook was more of a dramatized audio theatre than a standard audiobook. There were various actors performing & background sounds (which felt distracting) & I didn't love the hollow sound of this production. But it didn't take long to get used to this format and I soon fell into the lives, loves and wittiness of the Bennett family.

Review: https://bit.ly/PrideAndPrejudiceAudibleReview

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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4 STARS - Set during the current pandemic, Picoult's story may hit close to home for some readers but I respect the amount of research she did and how she pulls together and engaging story that will give readers much to discuss.

Review: https://bit.ly/WishYouWereHereBookReview

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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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2.5 STARS - This book was a miss for me. Not enough romance (extremely clean romance), predictable and lackluster plot. It will appeal to other readers I'm sure, but it was a miss for me.

Review: https://bit.ly/MeetMeInTheMarginsReview

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Five big 'ol stars! Charming, funny, smart and simply marvelous, I adored reading this 'memoir with a side of foodie love' in both hardcover and audio! Loads of recipes too!

Review: https://bit.ly/TastebyTucciReview

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2 STARS - I had such high hopes for this book that caught my eye at the library. Despite the topics of trauma, healing and romance, the book lacked in emotional and, quite frankly, romance.

Review: https://bit.ly/BeforeISawYouReview

GinaKButler What a bummer! Such a pretty cover! 1w
Bakingbookworm @GinaKButler I know!! I thought it would be a good tearjerker. 😫 1w
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3 STARS - This was a decent read. I enjoyed being back in the small Bavarian-inspired town, featuring a main character who brews craft beer (a fav of mine). The mystery wasn't as strong as expected but I am glad we finally get closure on an on-going storyline involving Sloan's past.

Review: https://bit.ly/CureForWhatAlesYouReview

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Duke, Actually | Jenny Holiday
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4.5 STARS - It's Friday!! Let the weekend begin!

DUKE, ACTUALLY by Jenny Holiday is a RomCom that balances the sweet with the heat and a touch of humour too. I devoured this book in two sittings and enjoyed the references to popular movie RomComs.

My Review: https://bit.ly/DukeActuallyReview

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4 STARS - This was a compelling read that blends a good mystery, two POVs/eras and an interesting (if totally dysfunctional) family in the Fricks who are none for their opulence and their mansion (now museum). This book pubs Jan 25th from Dutton Books.

Review: https://www.thebakingbookworm.ca/2022/01/the-magnolia-palace.html

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4 STARS - This popular 1st book in the Teen series was an enjoyable listen. I liked the familial bonds, the romance trope and its easy-going vibe. Wasn't fond of how the narrator pronounced Lara Jean's name (Large-een) but even though I don't plan to con't with this series, it was a good read.

Review: https://bit.ly/ToAllTheBoysILovedBeforeReview

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The Land of Forgotten Girls | Erin Entrada Kelly
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2 STARS - I don't get the hype with this book. It shows the great bond between sisters and the power of imagination but it is a bleak story that handles subjects that should come with a trigger warning. I was never pulled into this story and will not be recommending it to my young library customers due to its content.

Review: https://bit.ly/AudioLandofForgottenGirlsReview

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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2 STARS - this was a big miss for me. I liked the Hallowe'en vibe and magical locale, but the story lacked substance and failed to deliver on its premise with a predictable ho-hum romance (even with the spicy Hail Mary), not enough humour or magic. It didn't live up to its hype.

Review: https://bit.ly/TheExHexReview

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Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you all! I hope you get lots of time to read and relax this holiday season.

My daughter drew this picture of me reading and I‘m going to put it my reading spot while I snuggle in with my cozy blanket, bookish clothes and Taste by Stanley Tucci - all bookish gifts I received from my family. I am a happy book nerd.

Did you receive any bookish gifts?

LiteraryinLawrence She drew it? Wow, it‘s beautiful! 4w
Bakingbookworm @LiteraryinLawrence Thanks! Yes, she‘s 18 years old and studying animation. 4w
Kshakal Your daughter is incredibly talented!! 4w
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Bakingbookworm @Kshakal Thank you! It‘s amazing the art she creates! She‘s in her first year of getting her BA in Animation. 4w
LiteraryinLawrence @Bakingbookworm She has for sure found her calling! 4w
Kshakal @Bakingbookworm I see great things in her future!! (edited) 4w
Bakingbookworm She has definitely found her calling, @LiteraryinLawrence and @Kshakal Thanks for your kind comments. I cannot wait to see where she goes with her talent. 4w
kspenmoll Her art is amazing! What a gift! Enjoy your book! 4w
Linsy I'm so impressed! This is amazing 😍 4w
Bakingbookworm @Linsy Thank you, Linsy! 4w
julesG Amazing artwork and such a precious gift! 4w
Bakingbookworm @julesG Thanks Jules. I‘m eager to frame it and put it on my wall. 3w
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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4 STARS - Don't miss this impressive and twisty psychological story that is told through the POV of the daughter of a notorious serial killer. When a series of copycat murders emerge, psychologist Chloe Davis inserts herself into the police investigation. Look for this book in stores January 2022!

Review: https://bit.ly/FlickerInTheDarkReview

Thanks to @minotaurbooks for my advanced copy.

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3 STARS - Not my fav book so far. It dragged with too much art world info, emotional baggage of the villagers when all I wanted was the mystery and Quebec history. A decent read but I'm hoping the next book hits me like Bury Your Dead (book 6) hit me.

Review: https://bit.ly/ATrickOfTheLIghtReview

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4 STARS - This is a great follow up to his earlier memoir Not My Father's Son (1 of my all time fav memoirs). This picks up as Cumming begins his career on stage & screen but also focuses on his personal life. Entertaining, frank and humourous, this is a great memoir.

Review: https://bit.ly/BaggageCummingReview

CarolynM I've asked Father Christmas to bring me this one. I'm looking forward to it🙂 1mo
Bakingbookworm @CarolynM I hope you get it, Carolyn! 1mo
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Better Than the Movies | Lynn Painter
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4.5 STARS - This was a great Teen RomCom with hilarious banter, a bit of depth and some of my favourite tropes. A perfect pick for RomCom movie lovers with its use of famous RomCom movie quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

Review: https://bit.ly/BetterThanTheMoviesReview

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3 STARS - This book had a good, gruesome crime but got waylaid by too many subplots and a story that didn't get going until the 1/2 way mark. The ending made up for some of the slow storytelling but this was just an ok read for me.

Review: https://bit.ly/TwentyYearsLaterReview

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The Overnight Guest: A Novel | Heather Gudenkauf
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Delightfully ominous and unputdownable. I loved this darkly atmospheric story about secrets and murder set in a remote wintery location. Look for it Jan 25/22 from Park Row Books.

Review: https://bit.ly/OvernightGuestReview

Thx to Park Row books for my advanced copy provided in exchange for my honest review.

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The Last Chance Library | Freya Sampson
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This is a sweet, feel-good story about community and public libraries. It's sweet but predictable. With themes of loneliness, community and library love, this is also a story about one woman's journey to find herself.

Review: https://bit.ly/LastChanceLibraryReview

SilversReviews LOVED this book. 1mo
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A Stranger at the Door | Jason Pinter
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3.5 (almost 4 stars) - This was a good follow up to the first book in the Rachel Marin series. I'd recommend reading Hide Away first as some parts of Rachel's past creep into this book. Good tension, rather grisly murder but a memorable main character in Rachel.

Review: https://bit.ly/AStrangerAtTheDoorReview

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The Beach Reads Book Club | Kathryn Freeman
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2 STARS - Good concept (with a book shop too!) but the romance was meh, the leading man was full of self-pity and doubt and I just didn't feel the romance.

Review: https://bit.ly/BeachReadsBookClubReview

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Just Last Night: A Novel | Mhairi McFarlane
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3 STARS - This was just an okay read .. kind of a letdown. I was expecting a romance but this is a story with a simmering sadness and I didn't connect with the MCs.

Review: https://bit.ly/JustLastNightReview

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3 STARS - This was a sweet without the saucy holiday RomCom that had great representation of the Jewish faith and a deeper element involving chronic illness. I had a hard time getting on board with a few plot choices but I loved learning more about the Jewish faith & getting a better understanding of what it's like to live with chronic illness.

Review: https://bit.ly/TheMatzahBallReview

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My Sister Is Missing | CARISSA ANN. LYNCH
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2 STARS - This is a short suspense story ... and one I should have DNF'd. It lacked a lot (tension, plot and character development) and ended up frustrating me more than entertaining me. I'm going to chalk this up to a blip in Carissa Ann Lynch's literary repertoire because, when I look back, I enjoyed one of her earlier books quite a bit.

Review: https://bit.ly/MySisterIsMissingReview

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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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3 STARS - A good but not wow read. Great premise but overly long with more focus on women's love lives than their work decoding German intel during WWII.

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Tahira in Bloom | Farah Heron
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4 STARS - a sweet Canadian Teen read with great diversity and representation. Set in southern Ontario, this is Farah Heron's first foray into the Teen genre and I quite enjoyed this coming-of-age/teen romance.

Review: https://bit.ly/TahiraInBloomReview

Thanks to the publisher for my complimentary copy given in exchange for my honest review.

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Hide Away | Jason Pinter
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4.5 STARS - I love when a book surprises me! This was an amazing, hold on to your seats kind of thriller and a great start to a new-to-me series. The characterization of the main character Rachel Marin is top notch and the twists and turns will keep readers frantically turning the pages.

My Review: https://bit.ly/HideAwayReview

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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I've been a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series for many years. I own almost all of the books have read to book 7 so far but these are huge books with LOADS of details so I'm listening to the eAudiobooks. I've posted my reviews of Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber on my blog today.

Review: https://bit.ly/Outlander1and2AudiobookReview

QOTD: Are you an Outlander fan? TV series or book series? Or both?

sprainedbrain Yes to both! I love the books from way back but think they‘ve done a great job with the show. ❤️ 2mo
Nessavamusic I enjoy both! Also a fan of these on Audiobook, the narrator is excellent. 2mo
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4.5 STARS - I read this book 2 weeks ago while on vacation in Quebec City where a lot of this book takes place! It was so awesome walking the same streets mentioned in the book! This is the 6th book but make sure you read them in order!!

Review: https://bit.ly/BuryYourDeadReview

Magpiegem Could I be a pain and ask what the first one in the series is called so I can pick it up - sounds like a good series! X 2mo
Bakingbookworm @Magpiegem That‘s no trouble at all. It‘s called Still Life. 2mo
Magpiegem Ah thank you so much @Bakingbookworm I think I might actually have that on my TBR book shelf (woohoo!) 2mo
Bakingbookworm @Magpiegem Great! I‘m trying to tackle my TBR this month. 2mo
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4.5 STARS - This is an engaging page-turner of a story that includes great twists, buckets of familial discord, small town drama and secrets! Told in 2 timelines, the story follows a woman who returns to her hometown after her younger brother is implicated in a 14 year old double murder. Secrets, lies and the past come back to haunt her. I loved it! Thx to Atria for my copy.

Review: https://bit.ly/EverythingWeDidntSayReview

Lsmoore43 I'm reading this one this week.. Nice review. Thanks for sharing. 3mo
Bakingbookworm @Lsmoore43 Thanks. I hope you love it too 3mo
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4 STARS - This is an impressive and twisty thriller about obsession, friendship, ambition, rivalry and just how far someone will go to get what they think they deserve out of life.

Review: https://bit.ly/InMyDreamsIHoldAKnifeReview

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Getaway With Murder | Diane Kelly
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3 STARS - a good but not strong start to a new series. I didn't like the cat's POV and found it took too long for the mystery to get going. Readers are stuck in the MC's head too much. Good atmosphere and potential for future books.

Review: https://bit.ly/GetawayWithMurderReview

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3.5 STARS - a good cat-and-mouse story and the 4th book in the popular William Warwick series. Multi-layered and intricately plotted, this series is best read in order. Look for this latest book in the series from HarperCollins on Oct 19th!

Review: https://bit.ly/OverMyDeadBodyReview

Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for my advanced copy.

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3.5 STARS - A good read that was a bit more domestic drama than domestic thriller. Good Halloween atmosphere and a story about lies, deceit and pasts coming back to haunt the characters.

Review: https://bit.ly/MotherNextDoorReview

Thanks to Harlequin Graydon House for my advanced copy.

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2.5 STARS - This book didn't hit the mark for me. Not enough romance - too much InstaLove, miscommunication trope and an ending that came out of nowhere and felt like an emotional Hail Mary. Not my cuppa tea but I'm feeling rather cranky about this book so take my review with grain of salt. You may love it.

Review: https://bit.ly/AlwaysInDecemberReview

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3.5 STARS - A creepy gothic, atmospheric read with a locked room feel. Great twist at the end but the lull in the middle and lack of explanation of the characters' motivations detracted from my overall enjoyment. Good but not wow for me.

Review: https://bit.ly/RockPaperScissorsReview

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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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3.5 STARS - This was a cute, fun, foodie RomCom about identical twin sisters who swap lives for a week. It's got a Christmas Hallmark movie feel with its light storylines and heart. Maggie Knox is the pen name of Canadian authors Marissa Stapley & Karma Brown. This is their first book together.

Review: https://bit.ly/TheHolidaySwapReview

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WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM. | CHRISTINE. PIAZZA PRIDE (JO.)
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4.5 STARS - Impressive, evocative and compelling, this is a must-read book. The story is about the interractial friendship between a Black news reporter and her childhood bestfriend, a white woman married to a police officer who shoots an unarmed Black youth. Big issues, lots of emotion and important discussion topics. Look for it Oct 5/21.

Review: https://bit.ly/WeAreNotLikeThemReview

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The Vanished Days | Susanna Kearsley
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3 STARS - This is a highly anticipated prequel to Kearsley's popular The Winter Sea. It's filled with detailed historical facts (a little too detailed imho) but things come together in the end if readers are patient. Not my fav book but still one of my fav authors.

REVIEW: https://bit.ly/TheVanishedDaysReview

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3 STARS - Argh! I had hoped to love this book so much more. It has its moments but the focus wasn't on the multigenerational friendship like I had expected. It's got its emotional bits but didn't make me shed any tears.

Review: https://bit.ly/100YearsOfLenniAndMargot

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Find You First | Linwood Barclay
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4 STARS - I enjoyed this riveting twisty read with its intersecting plot lines, humour and themes of greed, corruption and family. Linwood Barclay continues to be one of my must-read Canadian authors. I highly recommend his Promise Falls trilogy too.

Review: https://bit.ly/FindYouFirstReview

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3.5 STARS - This is a charming story about chance meetings between a couple who initially find themselves stranded during a blizzard & spend eight hours together in a car. When the storm ends, they go their separate ways only to find that fate has different plans for them. Look for this charming story about sweet coincidences, destiny and finding your soul mate Sept 28th!

My Review: https://bit.ly/8PerfectHoursReview

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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4.5 STARS - I loved this 'sweet with sexy heat' RomCom about two scientists who decide to have a fake romance. It is easily one of my fav RomComs this year and I loved that it featured a woman in STEM/academia!

Good topics, funny banter, sweet romance and sexy love scenes. This RomCom pubs today from Berkley

Review: https://bit.ly/TheLoveHypothesis

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The World Played Chess | Robert Dugoni
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3.5 STARS - This book is an eye-opening look at war through the eyes of a young man. Raw and emotional, this was a compelling read which took me outside my comfort zone. Look for it Sept 14th!

Review: https://bit.ly/TheWorldPlayedChessReview

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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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2 STARS - This was a huge miss for me. I was more frustrated than entertained at the silliness of this story and unbelievable plot and characters. I'm in the minority with this one.

Review: https://bit.ly/DialAForAuntiesReview

Prairiegirl_reading I dnf‘d this because I found the plot too ridiculous even the characters were cute. 4mo
Bakingbookworm @Prairiegirl_reading I should have DNF‘d it but with all the 5 star reviews I thought it would turn around. It was silly without being funny. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Bakingbookworm I‘m glad I borrowed it from the Libby app and didn‘t pay for it! 4mo
Bakingbookworm @Prairiegirl_reading Same here. Mine was a library copy too. 4mo
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3.5 STARS - This is a slow burn domestic mystery about a missing teen mother in a small town. There's a great, creepy atmosphere and a few red herrings to keep readers guessing what exactly happened to this teenager.

Thanks to Atria Books for my advanced copy provided in exchange for my honest review. Look for this book in stores on Tuesday.

Review: https://www.thebakingbookworm.ca/2021/09/the-night-she-disappeared.html

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Isn't It Bromantic? | Lyssa Kay Adams
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4 STARS - Isn't It Bromantic? is the 4th book in the popular Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams. It's got humour and heart and each book follows one of the men in this unusual book club. This time out Vlad 'The Russian' takes the lead! Oh happy day! I love this flatulent dude with a heart of gold.

Review: https://bit.ly/IsntItBromanticReview

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Mary Jane | Jessica Anya Blau
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2.5 STARS - Slow moving plot, unlikable and one-dimensional characters (except for MJ and wee Izzy). This book did not live up to its hype and made me very uncomfortable and exasperated in a few spots. Not my cuppa tea at all.

Review: https://bit.ly/MaryJaneReview

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3.5 STARS - This was a cute story with a unique main character ... a book! Through its travels and meet ups, Book learns more about herself in her search for her permanent home.

Review: https://bit.ly/EntitledReview