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Jan 23 2017 1:30pm

First Look: Amy Andrews’ Playing the Player (January 30, 2017)

Playing the Player by Amy Andrews

Amy Andrews
Playing the Player (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series #3)
Entangled / January 30, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Psst, can I interest you in some steamy locker room sex and a plot that subverts the sexual bet trope?

Sports romance lovers will devour this book which is the third in Amy Andrew’s Sydney Smoke rugby series, and for those who like their romance red hot, this book offers some very fine lady-boner fodder indeed.

If you’re not very familiar with Australia or Australian sport don’t worry, Amy Andrews takes the hard work out of her Australian football series for non-Australian readers. There’s a glossary of Australian terms at the end of her novel, and she renders her hero’s language intelligible to all instead of baffling readers with the type of statements commonly made by Australian footballers. Wallabies winger Nick Cummins (nicknamed the Honey Badger) is so famous for his Australianisms that entire news articles have been devoted to translating his media quotes which include:

“I just saw the line, pinned me ears back and ended up bagging a bit of meat in the corner there, which was tops!”

“You gave a lot of pill to the Badge ... which was good of you.”

Rest assured, however, that this novel’s hero is no Honey Badger and that the Australianisms have been used sparingly in this witty, fast-paced romance about a jock wooing a lady nerd.

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Jan 23 2017 11:00am

First Look: Jennifer Probst Any Time, Any Place (January 24, 2017)

Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst
Any Time, Any Place (The Billionaire Builders)
Pocket Books / January 24, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

What I love about Jennifer Probst books are her characters. They’re so real they’re almost palpable. Indeed, I feel like they could be part of my own circle of friends. It’s the same with Raven and Dalton in Probst’s second Billionaire Builders Series installment, Any Time, Any Place. Yes, Dalton is a bazillionaire and co-owner of Pierce Brothers construction. But he bleeds red just like the rest of us, and he’s not a caricature beyond reach. This makes him all the more yummy. Partner him with Raven Hawthorne who is a master mixologist and owner of My Place, and the fireworks crackle, explode, and then settle with a satisfying, ahhhh.

The moment Dalton Pierce sees Raven, he knows he needs her. Needs her near him, under him, on top of him. Hell, any way possible that involves skin on skin contact. Unlike most women, Raven is unaffected by Dalton’s charm and good looks. Plus, she’s not a fan of the Pierce Brothers, given what happened in their past. In fact, in her book, the Pierce Brothers are public enemy number one.

Thus, when Dalton hits on Raven, she’s not afraid to dish it out to this outwardly arrogant man.

[Kick-ass heroines ftw...]

Jan 21 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Tawny Weber’s Call to Honor (January 31, 2017)

Call to Honor by Tawny Weber

Tawny Weber
Call to Honor (A SEAL Brotherhood Novel #1)
HQN Books / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

The Poseidon Team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…

“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing—Diego's honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers…and only one woman has them.

Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger's path.

[You need a hero...]

Jan 20 2017 9:30am

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Power Game (January 24, 2017)

Power Game by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
Power Game (A Ghostwalker Novel)
Berkley / January 24, 2017 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

Fear of the unknown held them.

Life often comes down to a series of choices. For most folks, the options are mundane: should I have the egg white omelette for breakfast, or the French toast? Coffee or tea? The comfy Birkenstocks or the four-inch pumps? But for Christine Feehan’s genetically engineered men and women, the options are always laced with life or death considerations.

Shadow Game was the first book in her GhostWalker series, and has always been one of my favorite romances. Since paranormal is not my usual go-to genre, it’s easy to remember reading about the genetically engineered supersoldiers who could communicate telepathically with one another (and with the women they love) and rushing through the book to see how it ended. Feehan’s written a dozen more GhostWalker stories since 2003, and I have discovered another great set of characters in Ezekiel Fortune and Bellisia in her most recent installation, Power Game.

The GhostWalkers are constantly forced to make choices, chief among them who to invite into their carefully cultivated and protected lives. It’s not like they run out of milk and go to the grocery store, then BAM, run into a pretty lady in the produce section. It happens to Zeke one morning when he goes into town to pick up spices for Nonny, the matriarch of the family.

She smelled—delicious. Sexy.

He instantly had the need to touch her skin, to bury his fingers in that thick mass of hair peeking out beneath the triangle of cloth.

She was vividly alive, a shimmering, beautiful woman he couldn’t take his gaze from.

[Some tough choices...]

Jan 19 2017 9:30am

First Look: Beverly Jenkins’ Breathless (January 31, 2017)

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

When I first open a Beverly Jenkins novel, I’m giddy with anticipation. Because I know the woman is a queen among queens with historical romance. And when I finish, I’m two-thirds satiated and one-third frustrated…because she leaves the reader hanging. Yes, Ms. Jenkins…teasing us about the next book in the series is cruel and delicious all at the same time. And as readers of my reviews know, I’m not always the most patient when it comes to waiting for my favorite authors to release their next gem of a novel.

So...Breathless. This book has everything. A yummy hero who has overcome some flaws of his past? Check. A gorgeous woman who gets more revved up looking at numbers and balancing budgets than with the idea of marrying? Check. A believable courtship that leaves the reader flying through the pages? Check. Drama causing our leads to persevere rather than fold? Check.

It’s been years since Portia Carmichael has seen Kent Randolph. The former bartender for her Uncle Rhine, Kent eventually arrives looking for work at the location of Rhine Fontaine’s new ranch. Fifteen years have passed since Kent worked for Rhine. And for a shy twelve year-old girl, eighteen year-old Kent was larger than life. Back then, six years was a big age-spread. Now? Six years is hardly worth mentioning. Moverover, Portia has no misgivings about her future and love. She's past the stage of silly girl crushes and vows she’ll never fall in love, not after what she saw love do to her mother. Portia wants nothing to do with prostitution—her mother’s occupation. Portia's an educated woman now, determined to safeguard her heart.

[And then things get turned upside down...]

Jan 16 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Jennifer Blackwood’s The Rule Maker (January 16, 2017)

The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

Jennifer Blackwood
The Rule Maker (Rule Breakers #2)
Entangled / January 16, 2017 / $17.99 print, $3.99 digital

What is there to say about Jennifer Blackwood's The Rule Maker? Two words. Flipping Funny. (Did you like the alliteration?) Picture this. I’m waiting in the lobby as my daughter has her viola lesson at our local music school. All the parents (male and female) are perusing their phone, or reading a book, or looking outside the window. You get the picture. They’re being respectful and quiet. And me? I’m on my Nook, reading along, enjoying the spunk of our heroine, Zoey Reynolds. Especially after she realizes she must work with the brother of her client, redesigning and renovating a dilapidated ski resort.

Problem one, he was the biggest mistake of a one-night stand.

Problem two, she’ll never have that awesome sex again.

Problem three? (Technically it’s my problem one) I’m snorting and laughing so hard, I’m leaning over myself, face in my coat, trying to muffle the laughs.

[Quite the conundrum...]

Jan 12 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Thirst (January 17, 2017)

Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Jacquelyn Frank
Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 /  $4.99 digital

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

[Sink you teeth into this...]

Jan 11 2017 9:30am

First Look: Tracy Wolff’s Flawed (January 17, 2017)

Flawed by Tracy Wolff

Tracy Wolff 
Flawed (Ethan Frost #4)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 / $3.99 digital

The fourth book in Tracy Wolff's Ethan Frost series, Flawed, features Tori Reed, Chloe’s best friend, and Miles Girard, Chloe’s brother.

Tori is a mess, but we root for her, because she’s the heroine who’s had messed up parents, made a mess of her life, and well, wants to finally clean up her mess—all on her own. When a boyfriend from her past seeks to sabotage her reputation in order to pump his own publicity with the media, it leaves our Tori in shambles. Despite all her hard work to clean up her act, she’s the victim of a vindictive plot—no spoilers!

Enter Miles Girard,Tori’s best friend’s older brother. Tori still can’t forgive him for his role in hurting Chloe. Even though Miles sincerely didn’t know how his actions hurt his sister, and even though Chloe and Ethan have forgiven Miles, Tori still can’t.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that Miles is too smart and too good-looking. And he’s Tori’s number one enemy.

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Jan 9 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Lauren Blakely’s Full Package (January 9, 2017)

Full Package by Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely
Full Package
Lauren Blakely / January 9, 2017 / $10.99 print, $3.99 digital

I've been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don't just mean in my pants. I've got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....
Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard...place.
Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy's smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.
I can resist Josie. I'm disciplined, I'm focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It'll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps. 
Did I mention she's also one of my best friends? That she's brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.
What's a man stuck in a hard place to do?

​Isn't it cute? That's basically the tone of the book. I've really liked Lauren Blakely's (loosely) connected series told from the hero's POV. Each book can stand alone, but they're all peripherally related. It's great. Each one stands alone, but it adds a little if you know the stories of the secondary characters as well. 

I really really really liked Full Package. It just made me happy. It was so nice to read a romance where the characters are adult, and human. What do I mean? They're incredibly dynamic. They aren't perfect—they're uncertain, awkward at times, emotional, busy, working to balance work and family... and present. They screw up, but talk about it and own up to their mistakes.

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Jan 9 2017 9:30am

First Look: Skye Jordan’s Wild Kisses (January 10, 2017)

Wild Kisses by Skye Jordan

Skye Jordan
Wild Kisses (Wildwood #2)
Montlake / January 10, 2017 / $12.95 print, $4.99 digital

A “second chance” romance usually refers to the main characters having an opportunity to reconnect and have a second chance at love, but I also think of this trope when the characters need a second chance at life. In Skye Jordan’s latest, Wild Kisses, the main characters are trying to outrun the mistakes of their youth that put their lives in a tailspin.  They have paid the consequences for their mistakes, and they are both trying to restart their lives. But they find not everyone believes that someone deserves a second chance.

Trace Hutton is trying to rebuild his life after several years in prison on a drug possession charge. He has paid dearly for that bad decision. He returned to Wildwood to take care of his aging father and to rebuild the construction business that he was forced to leave behind. There aren’t many who are willing to support him. Most of the people in town have known him all his life, but being a good kid and kind to your neighbors, doesn’t mean anything after you have spent a few years behind bars. Those small-town neighbors now only see an ex-con and instead of giving him a helping hand and a second chance, they are waiting around to see if he falls again.

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Jan 4 2017 9:30am

First Look: Jessica Clare Dirty Money (January 17, 2017)

Dirty Money by Jessica Clare

Jessica Clare
Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires #1)
InterMix / January 17, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Jessica Clare launches a new billionaire series set in Texas. As the expression goes, everything’s bigger and better in Texas, and Dirty Money fits the bill. The hero, Boone Price, is one big badass oil tycoon, striking it rich on land he and his brothers purchased. Boone may be the wealthiest man in Texas, but he’s not about to pander to society’s dictates about how a man with money should behave. These societal expectations only piss him off even more. This new tax bracket he’s now perched at the top of? They scorn him, stick their noses down at him, and assume the worst based on his appearance. Because Boone hasn’t changed much about himself. He’s still straggly bearded, working the land, not afraid of dirt, and says it like it is.

No apologies for Boone, and I love this about his character. Outside of his loved ones, he couldn’t give a rat’s ass what others think as long as they respect him. Boone’s not above paying for that respect, nor using his money to shove that respect up everyone’s arse. Yet, Boone has such a soft heart. He cares deeply, even if he comes off a bit domineering. And Boone has his heart set on a certain lovely real estate agent he spies on a mailer. With this woman by his side, he’ll buy a classy home and secure himself with a classy lady. Surely, this is a recipe for respect.

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Jan 3 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Alexandra Hawkins’ Waiting for an Earl Like You (January 3, 2017)

Waiting for an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins

Alexandra Hawkins
Wating for an Earl Like You (Masters of Seduction #3)
St. Martin's Press / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

The Earl of Kempthorn—Thorn to family and friends—at their mother’s request tries to track down his identical twin brother, Gideon, missing from the gala put together in the latter’s honor, marking his return home after an absence of several years. Thorn finds Gideon in a sailboat on the lake with their longtime neighbor and family friend, Olivia Lydall. During an exchange highlighted by the brothers arguing and not noticing Olivia’s precarious position within the boat, all three end up in the lake. The parade of the three wet and bedraggled individuals making their way into the house causes quite a stir, including, for Olivia, a confrontation with the woman likely to become her stepmother.

Despite being saved from further humiliation by Thorn and Gideon’s mother, the unfortunate incident serves as a prelude for trying and tempestuous times ahead for Olivia. Thorn feels Gideon and Olivia may be getting too close, a concern which leads to Thorn deciding to engage in the childhood prank of pretending to be his brother. Thorn tells himself his actions are for Olivia’s own good, but he comes to realize he may well have another reason altogether.

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Jan 3 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Lexi Blake’s Satisfaction (January 3, 2017)

Satisfaction by Lexi Blake

Lexi Blake
Satisfaction (Lawless #2)
Berkley / January 3, 2017 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital 

In Lexi Blake’s second installment of the Lawless series, readers will be compelled to read the entire book in one sitting. In this contemporary romance, revenge and espionage grip readers tight in a world of corporate greed.

For Carly Fischer, starting over comes with a price.

After discovering her cheating husband has embezzled millions from her employer, she’s ready to resign from her position as assistant to the Devil Wears Prada Patricia Cain. But Patricia has something entirely different in mind for her assistant’s future with the company. Seeing as how Carly’s ex-husband put some of that stolen money in Carly’s sister’s name, she’s not going anywhere. At least, not until Patricia has used her until she’s worthless. But while she might just be an assistant, Carly has valuable information on Patricia and the Cain Corporation.

And Brandon Lawless intends to extract it.

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Jan 2 2017 9:30am

First Look: Sarina Bowen’s Hard Hitter (January 3, 2017)

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen
Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)
Berkley / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score...
As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.
After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good...

Hard Hitter is such a delightful book. I'm loving the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I like that the characters are dynamic and have flaws, but are such good people. The way Hard Hitter you really feel for Patrick. He's got such depth, but was so closed off. I really enjoyed every minute of reading Hard Hitter

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Jan 1 2017 11:00am

First Look: Catherine Anderson’s Mulberry Moon (January 3, 2017)

Mulberry Moon by Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson
Mulberry Moon (Mystic Creek #2)
Jove / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

For Sissy Sue Bentley, childhood wounds—particularly living with an alcoholic father—have made her wary of attachments to men. She’s doing just fine on her own and she doesn’t need help, thank you very much. There is one man though, Ben Sterling, that has her taking notice, if not of him, then his gorgeous dog Finnegan. Catherine Anderson has a way of describing the relationships between people and animals that melts the hardest heart. And friendly Finn is a bachelor’s best asset.

Walking to his vehicle, he saw his dog, Finnegan, watching him through the back cab window. Eight months old, the blue merle Australian shepherd had the mottle of black, gray, and white fur common to blues…He bounced from side to side on the bench seat, acting as if he’d been alone for hours.

Ben made his fortune on the rodeo circuit but at the age of thirty, he hung up his spurs and returned to his ranch. For a guy who grew up in a large, noisy family, a rambling, empty house felt pretty lonely.

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Dec 29 2016 10:00am

First Look: Manda Collins’ Ready Set Rogue (January 3, 2017)

Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

Manda Collins
Ready Set Rogue (Studies in Scandal #1)
St. Martin's Press / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Manda Collins rolls out her new historical romance series, Studies in Scandal, with brilliance. Immediately I’m swept into the plot of four young bluestocking maidens who have inherited the home of Lady Celeste Beauchamp. One of the recipients, Aphrodite Wareham, a.k.a. Ivy, travels by coach to her new home for the next year. And as you can guess, she encounters some difficulties. Luckily, Torquil Beauchamp, a.k.a. Quill, a.k.a. the Marquess of Kerr, is ready to offer the lady a helping hand. That is, until he realizes Ivy is one of the conniving women who somehow took advantage of his late Aunt, securing Beauchamp House.

Though she may be an independent scholar, Quill knows this seemingly innocent woman hiding behind her spectacles can’t be anything but a scheming social-climber, set on stealing the ancestral home that’s been in his family for four hundred years.

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Dec 27 2016 10:00am

First Look: Jeffe Kennedy’s The Edge of the Blade (December 27, 2016)

The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy
The Edge of the Blade (The Uncharted Realms #2)
Kensington / December 27, 2016 / $9.99 print, $7.99 digital

The Edge of the Blade opens with a rollicking, adventurous feel—the sparring between Jepp, formerly of the High Queen’s guard and Prince Kral of Dasnaria, brings to mind Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas in Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. They have challenges on board Kral’s ship (I challenge readers not to shudder at the “carnivorous fish-birds) but when the pair reaches the kingdom of Dasnaria, Jeffe Kennedy’s newest entry in her Uncharted Realms series takes a decidedly dangerous and provocative turn.

Jepp had been responsible for the safety of her friend Dafne who now laid “prisoner in the clutches of the dragon king.” Instead of being imprisoned for her failure to protect her charge, Jepp is named ambassador to the Dasnarian court, even though she has sampled “the pleasures of their prince’s bed.” A less likely ambassador is hard to imagine. Jepp draws deep on the messages of her youth to keep her mind focused.

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Dec 26 2016 10:00am

First Look: Amanda Bouchet’s Breath of Fire (January 3, 2017)

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet
Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #2)
Sourcebooks / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

In the highly anticipated Breath of Fire, Amanda Bouchet does not disappoint. I had really high expectations for this book. I did a happy dance and texted photos to my husband when I received it in the mail. My expectations were so high I was almost afraid to read the book for fear of being let down. But let me just reassure you: it’s different than A Promise of Fire, but it’s SO GOOD. (Capital letters necessary.)

In the first book, we met about our heroine, Cat, and our hero, Griffin. In this book, we see their relationship deepen and develop as they shed secrets and build trust. Their relationship is beautiful. In the first book it was adversarial, but now they’re a team. The relationship is still at the core of this book and it’s a good one.

Here are a few other aspects that kept me turning pages, biting my nails, and sighing happily:

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Dec 25 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Julia London’s Wild Wicked Scot (December 27, 2016)

Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London

Julia London
Wild Wicked Scot (The Highland Grooms #1)
HQN Books / December 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Margot Armstrong’s daily life consists of spending time with her best friend, Lynetta, and enjoying the attentions of countless young gentlemen seeking to make an impression upon her, as befits a seventeen-year-old heiress in 1706. Margot convinces her father to host a ball in honor of the less-financially-endowed Lynetta, and that night her life changes forever. During the festivities, Margot’s father, an earl, introduces her to Arran Mackenzie, a Scottish laird, and informs her she will marry the man, though she manages to prolong the event until after she turns eighteen.

Margot’s shock at her situation intensifies once she arrives at Balhaire, her new home in the Scottish Highlands. Though her new husband, Arran, treats her with respect and care in their personal interactions, Margot feels like a fish out of water in her new environment, and after a few months decides to leave and go back to England. Three years later, Margot’s father insists she must return to her husband, with a specific purpose in mind. Though she does not relish either her task or returning, Margot does so, soon finding herself in the middle of political machinations.

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Dec 24 2016 10:00am

First Look: Amy Poeppel’s Small Admissions (December 27, 2016)

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

Amy Poeppel
Small Admissions
Atria / December 27, 2016 / $26.99 print, $13.99 digital

In the terms of writing a book that is charming, appealing, and delightful, author Amy Poeppel has hit it out of the ballpark because Small Admission, Poeppel’s first published book is all that.

When a book works, it’s difficult to pinpoint what makes it so good. And really, it’s because everything just fits together—like pieces of a puzzle.

Authors are told to write what they know...and it appears that Poeppel took that advice to heart. Per her biography, she worked in the admission department of a small independent school. I suspect that is one reason, the backdrop to this story, is so genuine and hilariously amusing—a truly tongue-in-check look at the whole process that only an insider would know about.

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