Novella

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The Secret of My Seduction

One of the things linking together the books in Caroline Linden’s recent Scandals series was Fifty Ways to Sin, the series of erotic pamphlets featuring the amorous adventures of the anonymous Lady Constance, a woman whose uninhibited pursuit of sexual pleasure captured the imagination of thousand ...

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When the Marquess Falls

I knew, when I picked up this coda novella to Lorraine Heath’s Hellions of Havisham series, that I was going to be reduced to a quivering wreck by the end of it.  I suppose that’s a considerable achievement on the part of the author – zero-to-sobbing in under 100 pages! If you’ve read t ...

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Love Story

It’s rare to get a standalone book by Lauren Layne, so if you’ve been reading praise of her books but haven’t been in the mood for a multi-book commitment, Love Story, a second chance/enemies-to-lovers tale might be just the place to dive into her oeuvre. Lucy Hawkins has her life all mappe ...

B+
Claiming Mister Kemp

Authors who create homosexual partnerships in an historical setting have to walk a very fine line between expressing a deep love between same sex characters while keeping in mind just how dangerous their relationship could be.  Emily Larkin manages that tightrope with ease in her novella Claiming M ...

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Stealing the Rogue's Heart

One of the things that long-time readers of historical romance frequently discuss is the fact that the genre is awash in heroes and heroines from the aristocracy and that we’d really like to see more historicals featuring lower and middle class characters.  I think anyone who has been around roma ...

B+
Wanted, A Gentleman

K.J. Charles never disappoints. Sometimes, as with the wonderful Society of Gentlemen series this author exceeds expectations, but she never disappoints. Wanted A Gentleman is a perfect read with which to start 2017. Curl up in a chair and let her unfold this story for your delight. It involves a ...

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Twelve Kisses to Midnight

Both Karen Hawkins and Christmas novellas are on my auto-read list. Not auto-buy, because these days I like to be 100% certain I’ll reread a book before I buy it, but if I see anything by Karen Hawkins (or any Christmas novella) on a shelf at the library or available for review, I’ll grab it wit ...

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Unlocked

Stephen King once said that publishers disliked novellas because they "they were too long to be short and too short to be really long." And it's not just publishers, is it? Read through reviews of novella after novella here at AAR and you'll read of similar dissatisfactions. I can think of no one ...

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A Match Made in Mistletoe

Fans of Anna Campbell’s have been treated to a regular diet of new stories from her over the last year or so in the form of a series of novellas (Dashing Widows) and a couple of standalones.  Her writing is extremely assured, warm and intelligent; and she has the knack of creating the most delici ...

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Rayzor's One

Every now and then I like to depart from the mainstream of contemporary romances that I usually read and pick up an erotic science fiction romance. These are not to be confused with something of say, an Arthur C. Clarke variety of sci-fi. Generally speaking they are rather irreverent fantasies, prod ...