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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 9, 2023

THE SILENT WOODSMAN

By Cat Treadgold
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Filled with 1990s nostalgia, Cat Treadgold's THE SILENT WOODSMAN sizzles with an addictive "will they-won’t they" tension that starts from the moment of the main...

June 2, 2023

THE ART OF FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU

By A. A. Jaeon
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A. A. Jaeon’s promising debut novel, THE ART OF FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU, is not short of dilemmas and will-she-won’t-she hijinks that unfold in...

IR Approved
April 17, 2023

MONSTERS, Book Two

By Heather Killough-Walden
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Heather Killough-Walden writes with wit and style in MONSTERS, BOOK TWO (Hour of the Dragon) bringing a multitude of fantastical characters to life with relentlessly...

April 12, 2023

REACH

By Jerry Gundersheimer
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Readers who have loved someone with dementia--or those who just enjoy a sprawling story that tugs at the heartstrings--will find Jerry Gundersheimer's REACH (A Nexus...

April 10, 2023

A HIGHER STANDARD

By E.F. Dodd
Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

E.F. Dodd's A HIGHER STANDARD is a well-written and engaging romantic tale that will satisfy readers with its modern setting, tantalizing interactions, and heart-warming ending.

April 3, 2023

HOME BEYOND HELL

By Karen Yakey
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

A love triangle set in a dystopian near future, Karen Yakey's HOME BEYOND HELL offers lurid fun, but suffers from stereotypical characterization.

IR Approved
February 27, 2023

IN THE SHADOW OF A HOAX

By Maci Aurora
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

An epic fairytale romance that will leave an avid reader of this popular genre swooning, Maci Aurora's IN THE SHADOW OF A HOAX is rife...

December 26, 2022

GROCERY GIRL

By Virginia'dele Smith
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Virginia’dele Smth’s GROCERY GIRL, the first in a series, will have fans of cozy romance fiction hooked.

September 30, 2022

JUST LIKE OLD TIMES

By Chichima Cherry
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Chichima Cherry's JUST LIKE OLD TIMES is a hot, steamy romance more notable for its intense sensuality than for complexity of plot--but what it does,...

IR Approved
August 19, 2022

AVERAGE JOE

By Krissy Daniels
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A well-written, well-structured novel, Krissy Daniels' AVERAGE JOE successfully combines threatening criminal minds with romance and emotional ties to create an action-packed, multi-dimensional adventure.

IR Approved
August 10, 2022

INTENTIONAL ACTS OF KINDNESS

By Drea Braddock
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

From the simmer-to-a-boil tension to the pitch-perfect plot, Drea Braddock’s INTENTIONAL ACTS OF KINDNESS is purpose-built for those who prefer to find authentic characters at...

August 8, 2022

FLICKERING HEART

By Tricia T. LaRochelle
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Tricia T. LaRochelle's FLICKERING HEART is a love story piled high with traumatic and devastating events, full of intense emotion and dramatic action.

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