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More than a Mistress (#56 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 6, 2000 "What's in a name?" asked Shakespeare. A lot, as it turns out. What we call each other, what we allow others to call us, sets the parameters of our relationships. But sometimes a relationship bursts past the limits of names and descript ...

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The Rake (#57 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 15, 1998 Nobody can write nicer heroes than Mary Jo Putney. Sure, they're flawed. They often have mammoth hurdles to overcome, and they don't always know how to say "I love you" even when they feel it to the depths of their souls. But most of Ms ...

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Love in the Afternoon (#59 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 29, 2010 Through the love stories of all of her siblings in Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaway series, I never stopped thinking of Beatrix as the ‘baby’ of the family, so much so that I hoped that Love in the Afternoon would be set at least five years ...

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The Last Hellion (#60 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on December 9, 2008 Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels is an annual reread for me, and, when I close the book with a big smile on my face, I automatically reach for The Last Hellion, whose hero is the drunk Dain fights at the inn on his wedding night. Th ...

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Ravished (#61 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on April 15, 1998 Beauty and the Beast stories are favorites with many readers of romance novels. There is just something about the whole premise that lends itself to romance and resonates with readers in a way that other fairy tale archetypes do not. Ra ...

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The Forbidden Rose (#62 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 10, 2010 Plodding through forgettable spy novels (and historicals in general) sometimes makes me forget what a truly great book looks like – and then I read one like The Forbidden Rose. Joanna Bourne’s latest novel has everything I love about ...

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast (#63 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 17, 2011 In When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James’ second fairy tale based novel, our hero is Dr. Gregory House, the TV doctor with the crotchety brilliant medical mind. OK, so our hero isn’t actually Gregory House. He’s Piers Yelve ...

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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (#64 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on April 15, 2010 You know what they say – never judge a book by its cover. I’ll amend that: Never judge a book by its synopsis and title, especially when they reek. But underneath this book’s wretched surface, is a touching character-driven romanc ...

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Then Came You (#65 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on November 6, 1996 I first read Then Came You in 1993, shortly after discovering romance, and it is one of the reasons I fell in love with the genre. Different than most of the romances I'd read, it featured a heroine more tortured than the hero, a so-c ...

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A Lady Awakened (#67 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on January 12, 2012 Ms. Grant’s excellent debut should really be titled A Lady and a Gentleman Awakened. Both the heroine, repressed Martha, and the hero, feckless Theo, are, by this novel’s end, alert to possibilities unimaginable to both prior to t ...