Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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The Almost Sisters

I can't think of a Joshilyn Jackson novel I haven't loved. There's something so very special about the way she constructs her stories set in the American South. Her love for the region comes through so clearly in her stories of independent women struggling to understand and appreciate their place in ...

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The Wicked Heir

I'm always looking for new historical romances to lose myself in, and after reading the blurb for The Wicked Heir, book three in Elizabeth Michels' Spare Heirs series, I was pretty sure I'd found one. Unfortunately however, the story didn't live up to my expectations, making this book one I can't re ...

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Crown of Stars

Crown of Stars is the second installment in Sophie Jaff's Nightsong trilogy. I started reading it without prior knowledge of the series – and discovered that was a very bad idea because I didn't understand the story at all. So I picked up the previous book, Love Is Red, read it, and then returned ...

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The Reluctant Queen

Earlier this year, I fell head over heels in love with The Queen of Blood, book one in Sarah Beth Durst's Queens of Renthia series. When I first heard about it, I figured it would be like the many young adult fantasies out there in which a young woman with extraordinary power saves the world from a ...

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Scandalous Ever After

I've heard a lot of great things about Theresa Romain's historical romances from fellow reviewers here at AAR. So, when I saw Scandalous Ever After, book two in the author's Romance of the Turf series, I was eager to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did. Ms. Romain's writing contains many of my favo ...

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Until It Fades

When I'm in the mood for a sizzling romance supplemented with nail-biting suspense, I know I can count on K.A. Tucker to deliver in spades. Her novels are edgy without being over the top; her heroes are swoon-worthy with just enough bad boy in them to keep things interesting and her heroines are spu ...

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Come Sundown

I first read a book by Nora Roberts in the summer of 1997. Looking back, it's hard to believe I've been a fan of her work for the past twenty years. Of course, she's written some things I haven't enjoyed, but her standalone romantic suspense titles are by and large, all on my keeper shelf. Her lates ...

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The Ultimatum

I've enjoyed many of Karen Robards' books in the past, but I must also admit to finding a few of them way too over the top for my taste. So I was eager to read and review The Ultimatum, if only to see whether I'd love it or dismiss it. Fortunately, this opening novel in her new Guardian series comes ...

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The Gypsy Moth Summer

Upon first reading the synopsis of Julia Fierro's The Gypsy Moth Summer, I had no real idea what kind of book it was supposed to be. Its mention of young love in the midst of troubled times made me think I would be losing myself in a young adult tale of star-crossed lovers, but, the more I read, the ...

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Not a Sound

I'm always on the lookout for books featuring competent, true-to-life characters with disabilities. Unfortunately, these aren't as easy to find as one might think. So, when I heard about Not A Sound, the latest novel from author Heather Gudenkauf, I was eager to get my hands on it. Ms. Gudenkauf cra ...