Reviews by Guest Reviewer

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Cocoa Beach

Some authors write character based stories, some write plot based ones. Beatriz Williams writes great characters and places them within a gripping plot. Such is the case with her latest novel, Cocoa Beach. Although most of her books are standalones she is able to uniquely link her novels through a s ...

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Red Leaves

Paulina Simons’ psychological mystery, Red Leaves is a tragedy with no happily ever after.  A fatalistic, chilling portrayal of four supposed friends who look the other way when one of their number is found dead, the story depicts the worst of human nature and will haunt readers even after the bo ...

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A Note Yet Unsung

I’ve enjoyed several of this author’s books, so I took a break from housework to read a chapter of A Note Yet Unsung. Within the first pages, I decided the housework could wait.  One chapter turned into another. The housework never got done, but the compelling story, vibrant characters, and dee ...

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Vinegar Girl

this review is by E.L. Hussey Vinegar Girl is a modern day re-telling of one of William Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, The Taming of the Shrew. Interestingly, I finished reading this book shortly after seeing Shrew performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. For those who are not famil ...

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The Chocolate Thief

Romance lovers, I've solved the mystery of "whatever happened to Judith Ivory" - she changed her name and doctored her author photo so she could write fanciful contemporary romances about chocolatiers. Seriously, I thought of Ivory long before our hero and heroine got crazy on the stairs; the qualit ...

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Tapestry

As a long time romance reader, sometimes I find myself forgetting why I love this genre so much. At times titles, plots, and characters all blend together until all I can say is "love prevails in the end". But at other times I read a book that refreshingly, uniquely, and unequivocally reminds me jus ...

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Jaran

"Jane Austen meets Genghis Khan on the set of Lawrence of Arabia." - that's how author Kate Elliott sums up Jaran. It's an apt description for a rich tapestry of a novel filled with adventure, romance, and clashing cultures, all combined with a certain comedy of manners sensibility about which I bel ...

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Kushiel's Dart

The cover for Kusheil's Dart immediately caught my attention when I first saw this book while waiting in line at the local Barnes and Noble. Having an interest in architecture, any book with columns on the cover automatically interests me and the striking figure of the nude woman with a beautiful ta ...

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Forever His

Celine Fontaine, a panic-attack-prone American heiress, is whisked away from her family's ancestral French chateau and back in time by a lunar eclipse on New Year's Eve, 1993. Winding up in the Artois Region of France in the year 1300, she immediately encounters Sir Gaston de Varennes. To be more sp ...

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Honor's Splendour

I discovered romance novels when I was 13 years old when my aunt gave me a large paper bag full of books. In this bag I found one book with pages yellowed from time and its front cover worn clean off. I decided this obviously well loved book was the book I would read first. Its title was Honor's Spl ...