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Simply Love (#91 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on August 16, 2006 It’s been some time now since I had a good cry over a book, but toward the end of Simply Love I had to get out several handkerchiefs. When Mary Balogh is on top of her game, she is hard to beat and she has a real winner here. ...

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Almost Heaven (#93 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 1, 2001 To be perfectly honest, Almost Heaven, my ultimate favorite romance in the whole world, wasn't exactly that when I first read it. No indeed, it wasn't love-at-first-read in the beginning, but, rather, hate. Let me say that I wasn't used ...

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Lady Sophia's Lover (#96 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 3, 2002   We all know those writers who recycle their heroes. And our opinions of those writers are almost solely based on whether we like - or don't like - her particular trademark guy. Lisa Kleypas is a different kind of writer, one w ...

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Whitney, My Love (#99 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on September 10, 1999   I've always liked Whitney, My Love. But recently, it has become a very guilty pleasure - kind of like buying a pint of Ben and Jerry's and eating it in one sitting. In the years that I have been on line, I have seen it dis ...

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All Through the Night

A DIKlassic Review originally published on March 19, 1998 Imagine yourself a young boy trapped in a wretched existence. A demon appears and offers you a hideous choice. A choice so vile that if you did what you knew was morally right, you would be left behind to surely decay and die. But, if you sol ...

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London's Perfect Scoundrel

A DIKlassic Review originally published on May 29, 2003 This is such a wonderful and engaging book! I always forget how much I enjoy Suzanne Enoch until I read another of her books. London's Perfect Scoundrel features two incredible lead characters who change for the better over the course of the st ...

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The Hampshire Hoyden

How I love this book! I have read and re-read it until my copy is falling apart. Michelle Martin’s writing sits solidly in the traditional Regency milieu with a lot of witty repartee thrown in. She wrote scarcely a handful of such books, and while they’re all superb, The Hampshire Hoyden is the ...

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Once a Soldier

Once a Soldier is the first book in Mary Jo Putney’s new Rogues Redeemed series. This book begins with Major Lord Will Masterson regaining consciousness locked in a French cellar after being knocked out by the enemy.  He and several other prisoners are scheduled to be hung the next morning as ...

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Because of Miss Bridgerton

There can’t be many people in Romancelandia who haven’t at the very least heard of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. Through eight books (not including the subsequently published set of Second Epilogues), we followed the eight Bridgerton siblings as they found love, romance and their happily ev ...

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A Gentleman Never Tells

In this deftly crafted and expertly plotted novella, Eloisa James demonstrates her ability to know her characters and build them quickly. This particular tale involves Oliver, a gentleman who lives with regret over a youthful indiscretion, and Lizzie, who lives with shame regarding her first marriag ...