Rabid Reader’s Valentine’s Day book recommendations

Over the past years, we reviewed tons of romance, chick-lit and cozy mystery books and we would like to take the opportunity to present and share some book reviews for Valentine’s day 2017. This is just a short list of books that readers may enjoy. Don’t forget to check out our other book reviews. Check out our romance, chick-lit and cozy mystery reviews.

 

 

Veronica Scott, science fiction, romance and a U.S. Today best-selling author, released Trapped on Talonque last year. Be sure to check out the latest review of the Sector series.

 

 

 

A classic everyone that enjoys adventure mixed with romance will like A Kiss at Kilhali by the New York Times best-selling author, Ruth Harris.

 

 

 

If you are into romantic suspense, try out The Rigid Rules by Christina Thompson. Readers with a passion for mysteries that contain elements of romance novels will enjoy Thompson’s Chemical Attraction series.

 

 

 

If you’re a fan of romance, particularly Regency, try out Sense and Sensuality by Alicia Quigley. This is a well-polished novel Quigley’s characters are witty, fast and wonderfully framed.

 

 

 

Andrea Weir’s A Foolish Consistency is a high-octane drama piece that gives readers the impression they are reading a real-life story. If you love reading romance novels with lots of ups and downs, this is the book for you.

 

 

 

Readers that have a knack for typical cozy mystery books should check out Hide nor Hair by Jo-Anne Lamon Reccoppa. The story takes place in New Jersey and contains everything that makes up a great cozy mystery. Also, check out the review of the first book, New Math is Murder.

 

 

Another cozy mystery series worth reading is Chef Maurice Series by J.A. Lang. If you are seeking a culinarian cozy mystery series with a dash of humor, be sure to check out Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by the New York Times best-selling author Julia Quinn, is a fun and interesting historical story. This book is the fourth one in a series. If you love Regency novels, be sure not to miss out on this series.

 

 

 

Playing Charlie Cool is a charming romance novel and the third book in the Trager Family Secrets series by the best-selling author, Laurie Boris. A smooth flow, great writing, clever plotting and wonderfully, fleshed-out characters make this book endearing to read.

 

 

 

What would a romantic recommendation reading list be without the author Ellie Campbell? In Meddling With Murder Cathy O’Farrell and her band of Crouch End crazies from Looking for La La are finally back. Cozy mystery readers that are looking for a book with beautifully ridiculous plot elements and a touch of humor will not want to pass up on this series.

Meddling with Murder by Ellie Campbell

Publication Date: April 9, 2016

 

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Cathy O’Farrell and her former cleaner, Pimple are the proprietors of the newly formed Crouch End Confidential Agency, a detective agency that badly needs an influx of cash as Cathy. Cathy is too soft hearted to ever be a businesswoman and persists in not charging little old ladies and children when called upon to track lost pets and toys. When Cathy’s husband threatens to relocate in order to live his dream of being a postmaster, she has some choices to make while juggling an increasingly complex case involving sketchy characters and vandalism.

“Meddling with Murder” is the third book in the Crouch End Confidential series.

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Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

Release Date: September 9, 2011

 

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When Kyle destroys a snowman while doing research for his new book, he doesn’t realize it was meant to be a feature on Lexi’s lifestyle show. The two build a friendship, but can two people with a lot of baggage make a connection that lasts?

 

 

 

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Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman

Publication Date:  January 14, 2016

 

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What if you could talk your ex into signing up for a dating service where you find the perfect partner? That’s the concept behind Catharine’s dating website, RecycleLove.com. With her own ex marrying his 23-year-old girlfriend, Catherine could use some of the upcycled love so talks her friends Rachel and Sarah into joining the site. Can these women find their perfect match?

 

 

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Champagne and Lemon Drops by Jean Oram

Publication Date: March 8, 2013    

 

JO_Champagne_Lemon_DropsBeth Wilkinson has always had very specific dreams growing up in Blueberry Springs. When her fiancé, Oz, breaks off their engagement so that he can find himself, Beth is determined to win him back. In her bid to win Oz back, Beth attracts the attention of Nash, the town’s dashing new doctor. Beth discovers love and her future may not be as simple as she thought.

 

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Million Dollar Question by Ellie Campbell

Publication Date: April 10, 2015

 

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Rosie is a single mother of twins working as a teaching assistant and facing redundancy when she wins one million pounds. Olivia is a high rolling workaholic engaged to one of Time Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors when she discovers her boss is a criminal and her world falls apart. Can these two women who have nothing in common on the surface survive the extremes of life?

The author, Ellie Campbell, gave me a copy of this work in exchange for my review.

 

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Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman

Publication Date: September 7, 2014

 

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Carol is a people pleaser who wants nothing more than to be seen as the perfect girl. To the outside world, her quest is going well but Carol’s world is something of a mess. Can this people pleaser realize that she’s far from pleasing the one person she should—herself—and change her path?

 

 

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The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman

U.K. Release Date: January 15, 2015

 

MG_The_Curvy_Girls_ClubPixie, Ellie, Katie and Jane met in one of those weight loss groups that weigh you publically. Tired of the lack of weight loss, the judgment and with a need to expand socially, they start going out on their own and those nights blossom into The Curvy Girls Club. Their concept is a runaway hit and as the concept becomes more popular the friends begin to change. Can their friendship survive success?

 

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The Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon

Publication Date: August 30, 2014

 

KE_The_Paragraph_RanchDee Kaufman’s mother is injured in a car accident and Dee must return to the tiny Texas town in which she was raised to help her recover. Working against a make or break literary deadline, Dee must care for her mother while struggling with the eternal question. Can you go home again?

 

 

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Chasing Athens by Marissa Tejada

Publication Date: April 23, 2014

 

MT_Chasing_AthensSeven months after Ava Martin moves to Greece with her new husband the marriage is over and she’s in a foreign country on her own. With an uncertain future can she learn to navigate Greece and is that country where she was meant to live? On a mission of self-discovery and with some help from her friends, Ava must decide where she should be and what really matters.

 

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