Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor
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Articles / March 7, 2020

DNF Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor February 25, 2020 · St. Martin’s Paperbacks Romance This has a tantalizing premise, a vicar who’s also a rake, but reading it was a dreary slog. The amount of plot in Wild Wild Rake almost reached 1990s crazysauce level, yet it wasn’t a compelling read. I found most of the characters in Wild Wild Rake confusing, or unlikable. The hero was both. At the beginning of the book, Devan is a dissolute gentleman who’s cultivated a reputation as a womanizer, and publicly loathes the heroine. After a time jump of ten years, Devan’s reputation hasn’t changed, but he is now deeply religious. Why and how this happens isn’t clear. What hasn’t changed is his arrogance. Devan is protective, but frequently tells the heroine that her feelings are wrong. While the couple begin the book arguing, by the end the heroine happily agrees with him. This story felt like a description of Stockholm syndrome, not a loving relationship. With a large stable of secondary characters who serve as plot devices, the many B storylines were hard to track. There’s so much going on, the story should have felt fast-paced, but because I didn’t like…

Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue
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Articles / March 7, 2020

A- Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue November 8, 2019 Novella Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue is a delightful and tightly written novella (with a gorgeous cover!) about a kindergarten teacher developing a relationship with a student’s dad over a time period of about six months. There was actual guffawing coming from my direction and, granted I will acknowledge that I read it while drinking some spiked agua fresca which was more spike than agua fresca (my kingdom for a decent alcoholic agua de jamaica), I’m confident that my enjoyment came from the story itself. Bailey Thorne is a Black woman and kindergarten teacher, with an “I-find-you-suspect smile” she seems to save especially for Jake Polaski, aka Jake the Rake. Jake is the White dad of a kindergartener assigned to her class in the new school year. Jake earned that smile by having developed quite the reputation for dating teachers at the school and ditching them right around the six-month mark. Jake is drama personified as far as the teacher population at Bailey’s school is concerned and she doesn’t have time for his nonsense. While the story does lightly engage with the enemies to lovers trope, the central conflict is not…