Secrets of a Soprano, by Miranda Neville

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This little gem of a book was a delight! It’s about an opera singer and the guy she fell in love with years ago. Teresa Foscari, the heroine, is serious about her art and performing. She’s well-known and admired, and her presence in any opera house would elevate that house in reputation and earnings.

Her former flame, Maximilian Hawthorne, both resents and yearns for her. His internal conflict, and hers, at being thrust together once more are simply delicious.

And the historical detail! Wow! I read this some time ago and I’m still captivated by the setting–I might have to give this one a second read, just to return to those opera houses and the music, and the side characters who made my heart happy.

Trigger warning–the heroine suffered some sexual trauma before the start of the novel.

Book Review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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With Penny Reid’s books, I always know I’m gonna get a great laugh. And the opening of Truth or Beard, with the main character, Jessica James, dressed up like a sexy Gandalf–oh, I laughed so hard. I love Reid’s humor and there are tons more laugh-out-loud and giggle moments to this novel (for example, there’s a thing with sausages that I can’t even think about without laughing). Jessica and Winston are believable characters and perfect for each other, & I swooned at the HEA. I am once again impressed by Reid’s work! The rest of the series looks equally as promising, and I’m looking forward to reading it!