Contemporary Romance

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Fire and Rain

Elizabeth Lowell and I sort of have a win-some, lose-some relationship. When she's hot, she's hot (and how!), and when she's not, well, you get Fire and Rain. I've read several of the books in the Western Man series (since they are mostly reissues, I have no idea which came first or in what order I ...

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The Golden Chance

Philadelphia Fox meets Nick Lightfoot when she comes home from work one day and finds him waiting for her. She immediately senses he's trouble with a capital "T". Once she finds out who he is, she knows for sure. Phila is a liberal with a left-wing heritage. Nick Lightfoot's fami ...

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Warrior

In every Elizabeth Lowell I've ever read, the hero has always pinned a nickname on the heroine - "little cat," "sunshine," "schoolgirl," "city girl" among them - that serve to emphasize the hero's adult-ness and the heroine's youth and assumed helplessness (and indeed, this has sometimes been the ca ...

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Born in Fire

As a reader who most often prefers historical romance, I was skeptical when my bookseller urged me to read Born In Fire, the first of a trilogy set in modern Ireland. I have often said that I can only enter the fantasy world romance offers when the time and place is long ago and far away. Well, I wa ...

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It Had To Be You

Hands down, this is the best screwball comedy romance I’ve ever read. I’m not sure why I overlooked Susan Elizabeth Phillips for so long, but after I picked up this novel I had to glom everything she wrote immediately. Phoebe Somerville is a blonde bombshell bimbo with a brain and heart that ...

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The Boyfriend School

While The Boyfriend School is not a romance novel per se, it shows up on several romance readers’ Desert Isle lists because it is an affectionate and hilarious view of the genre. I’m not sure how readily available it is, but check out your local library and you might get lucky. ...

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Silver Linings

Mattie Sharpe has met the perfect man - Hugh Abbott. Unfortunately, he's engaged to her sister, Arial. Mattie is not discouraged; she knows her sister well. The engagement will not last - all Mattie has to do is wait. True to form, Hugh and Arial break up. The night before Hugh is scheduled to ...

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Indiscretion

See, there's a rich guy who runs a company that builds airplane engines. His company hires a beautiful marketing director who's been badly burned in the past. They would fit nicely together if it weren't for a bitchy ex-girlfriend, a nasty uncle, and industrial spying/rumor-mongering. Sounds lik ...