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Me Before You

DIKlassic review originally published on August 13, 2008 We call the male protagonist in a romance the "hero." But what is a hero and what is a heroic life? That's just one of the many questions Moyes' book poses to her readers in this story that tips the scales into the incredibly weepy zone. ...

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Nine Coaches Waiting

A DIKlassic Review originally published on February 21, 2008 I have a confession to make: I used to think Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart a prime example of a Guilty Pleasure. Very well written, but verging on melodrama, and thus only to be enjoyed with a touch of embarrassment. Rereading it ...

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Honor's Splendour (#76 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 23, 2001 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 love ...

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My Dearest Enemy (#77 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 4, 2003 Connie Brockway is a goddess. Talk about your buried treasures; while many people are familiar with her more recent historicals - The Bridal Season and Bridal Favors - her unique skill and imagination most shine through for me in some of ...

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Uncommon Vows

A DIKlassic Review originally published on August 10, 2002 Uncommon Vows is my favorite among Mary Jo Putney’s books, more romantic to me than even the wonderful Shattered Rainbows. Putney’s only medieval begins under the omen of an eclipse of the moon whose light is devoured by shadow on the ...

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Miss Truelove Beckons

A DIKlassic Review originally published on June 14, 2001 Donna Simpson is showing every sign of becoming one of the best of the new crop of Regency Romance writers. Her new book, Miss Truelove Beckons is the story of a wounded soldier who finds healing and love in the company of the titular heroin ...

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New Life

Sometimes an author takes a risk, and has me hooked. This happened with Bonnie Dee’s new romance New Life, which features a hero with a mental disability. When I discovered that the first pages of the book were actually told from said hero’s point-of-view, my surprise doubled. Would it work? It ...

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Some Like It Wicked

Medeiros’s latest offering, Some Like It Wicked, hooked me from the very first page. Its well-written characters and snappy, intelligent dialogue had me loving almost every moment. Her last several books have been great and I was so happy to see that this one live up to the same standard. I plan t ...

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The Smoke Thief

Magical. In a word, that's my reaction to Shana Abe’s simply fabulous fantasy romance. Yes, the hero is manipulative, there’s no denying that. But - and this is a very important but - I never doubted for a moment that Christoff, Marquess of Langford, is gobsmacked by heroine Clarrssa Rue Hawt ...

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Winterbourne

I wanted to do something special for my 50th review for AAR. After reading Susan Carroll’s magnificent Winterbourne (originally published in 1987), I knew this was that something. The Medieval Romance is one of my favorite sub-genres, and they are few and far between. Good ones are hard to find.. ...