Contemporary Romance

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Skin Deep

You know you have read a good book when, three days after finishing it, your head is still spinning with questions and ideas that the book has raised. In addition to making me really think about issues of color lines (both outside and within the African-American community), Skin Deep makes it pleas ...

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When Venus Fell

When Venus Fell is one of the best books I've read all year. Venus Arinelli, former child prodigy and concert pianist, now plays in dives all around the country, lives in an RV and avoids the government. She also protects her fragile sister Ella. Venus distrusts the government because her fath ...

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Second Chance

When I was a girl, my grandmother used to give me paint-by-number kits for Christmas. I'd follow all the instructions and when I was finished I could see that what I'd accomplished was obviously a picture of something, but I never fooled myself into thinking I was Leonardo da Vinci. Reading Second C ...

A
Bodyguard

I'm just crazy about Harry - Harry O'Dell, that is, the hero of Suzanne Brockmann's latest blockbuster. He's a foul-mouthed, rough-edged, rumpled FBI agent from Brooklyn, out to save a dead man's former trophy wife from the mob. Before you start reading this book, make sure dinner's cooked and the d ...

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All Night Long

Michelle Jerott won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award for her first book, Absolute Trouble. I thoroughly enjoyed that one and wondered if she could do as well on her next book. Well, as good as Absolute Trouble was, All Night Long is even better and it is my candidate for one of th ...

B
A Kiss to Dream On

Neesa Hart's A Kiss to Dream On makes for a fine read. Ms Hart, who has written historical romance as Mandalyn Kaye, tackles deafness not only as a personal problem, but updates readers on the current politics surrounding this disability. With such heavy material as a backdrop, it's difficult to i ...

F
Paper Rose

Diana Palmer is so very popular that I asked to review this, her latest book. The plot looked interesting - it was about gambling on a contemporary Indian reservation. I sat down to read and the more I read, the less I enjoyed it. Paper Rose left me angry, confused, upset, and baffled. I'm afraid I ...

C
Whitehorse

Apache Johnny Whitehorse shared a passionate teen-age love with Leigh Foster. Leigh's horrible and greedy racist father was a rich man who employed Johnny's horrible and abusively alcoholic father to train his horses. When Leigh's father found out that his little girl was having sex with an Indian, ...

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Remember Summer

With early Elizabeth Lowell, it's a hit or miss proposition. The many series romances I've read by her that were written in the 1980's are all replete with "Lowell-speak," that type of purple prose that goes way over the top, as well as the heightened sensuality that, if it were real life, would cau ...

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Jewels of the Sun

After spending many, many months going through various levels of like and dislike of romance novels, when I finally read one I loved, it was a real joy, and I'm happy to report that Jewels of the Sun is a romance to love. It's filled with colorful characters (both primary and secondary), a terrific ...