Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved
June 12, 2024

THE BLUE GIRL, CANDY LEE CAINE

By Mickey J. "Mike" Martin
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Mickey J. "Mike" Martin's THE BLUE GIRL, CANDY LEE CAINE is a poignant yet heartbreaking romance story that explores mental health, trauma, identity, abuse, and...

IR Approved
April 1, 2024

LOSING MY BREATH

By J Rose Black
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Unexpectedly poignant, J. Rose Black's LOSING MY BREATH is a rare, emotionally driven contemporary romance that delves into PTSD, self-isolation, and grief from a veteran’s...

IR Approved
March 18, 2024

GUILTY OF STEALING HIS HEART

By Nancy Lynn White
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Nancy Lynn White's GUILTY OF STEALING HIS HEART is a compelling and uplifting read that seamlessly blends historical elements with romance and inspiration.

IR Approved
February 26, 2024

GIVE US BAD BOYS & BILLIONAIRES

By L.M. Mountford
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

L.M. Mountford's GIVE US BAD BOYS & BILLIONAIRES is a highly charged, erotically intense collection of short stories designed to appeal to a wide variety...

IR Approved
January 3, 2024

LOSING MY BREATH

By J Rose Black
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

J. Rose Black’s LOSING MY BREATH offers engaging characters, a touching love story, and playful humor that help it transcend romance-novel stereotypes and become a...

IR Approved
November 13, 2023

RHAPSODY IN A MINOR MODE

By Elaine Kozak
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

A touching, heartfelt character study, Elaine Kozak's RHAPSODY IN A MINOR MODE resonates with family drama, vibrant characters, and uptempo melodies.

IR Approved
October 25, 2023

ALMOST PERFECT

By E.F. Dodd
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

E.F. Dodd's ALMOST PERFECT is a feel-good, swoony romance full of blush-worthy moments paired with important themes of self-love and the idea that “almost perfect”...

October 23, 2023

THE CURSE OF MOONSEED MANOR

By D. Lieber
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

D. Lieber 's THE CURSE OF MOONSEED MANOR has some fine (ghost) storytelling strengths, but readers will first need to look past some clumsy plot...

August 16, 2023

ENDS & STARTS

By Kit Hindmarsh
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Kit Hindmarsh’s ENDS & STARTS is a fast-paced romance that could use more world-building and on-the-page action to set the scene.

August 14, 2023

THE SILENT WOODSMAN

By Cat Treadgold
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A sweet and hot romance with a touch of mystery, Cat Treadgold's THE SILENT WOODSMAN (the audio version) covers more than a few of the...

August 14, 2023

THE LOVE AWAKENING: LOVE UNCONDITIONAL

By Dina Arruda
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Dina Arruda's THE LOVE AWAKENING: LOVE UNCONDITIONAL is an enjoyable and unusual contemporary romance novella with a well-drawn lead character and a first person narration...

August 9, 2023

THE GUARDSMAN

By Cat Treadgold
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

With heartfelt family dynamics and deeply relatable characters, Cat Treadgold's THE GUARDSMAN dials the forbidden romance up to an eleven, where dramatic angst, smoldering glances,...

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