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The Wife Upstairs

The Wife Upstairs

Never have I longed to read Jane Eyre as much as I do at this very moment. It’s not that I haven’t ever wanted to read it. It’s more that I haven’t ever wanted to read it enough. Enough to where I would actually pick the novel up and turn to the first page. But...

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Pretty Little Wife

Pretty Little Wife

Holy smokes, that was good! Pretty Little Wife, Darby Kane’s thrilling novel of domestic suspense, has kicked off my 2021 with a bang. A very loud, kick-the-door-down kind of bang. A bang that will be ringing in my ears for quite some time, unable to be forgotten....

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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

Red wine gives me migraines. (Oh, such unfair horror, I know.) I absolutely cannot drink it. Not one single drop. Even though I love it so. Because if I do, I will be sicker than a dog – for days. I can’t even drink a rosé. Or a blush. Believe me, I’ve tried. A wine...

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I’m Melissa.

Welcome to Bantering Books.

A blog for book lovers. A blog for YOU.

With each review I write, I strive to help you find your next great read. I will give you the rundown – the good, the bad, and the ugly — on the hottest new releases in fiction and other familiar favorites.

My taste in books is eclectic. I review across many diverse genres, with my preferences being:

  • Literary, Contemporary, and Historical Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Paranormal and Horror
  • Romance and Women’s Fiction
  • LGBTQ+
  • Young Adult

My reviews are boldly honest and free of spoilers. Always fair. Sometimes snarky. Hopefully, entertaining.

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