Top 100 Romance

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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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Sylvester (#100 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on November 26, 2013 Sylvester is another of my favourite books by Georgette Heyer and one that I don’t think has been available in an unabridged version before. Naxos released an abridged recording in 2009, which was very well performed by Richard Arm ...

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Lord Perfect

Narrated by Kate Reading I haven't read a Loretta Chase book I haven't loved. Lord Perfect, book three in Ms. Chase's Carsington Family series proved no exception to this rule. Lord Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, is perfect. It's rather miraculous when you consider the various scra ...

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The Black Hawk

In All About Romance’s review of The Black Hawk in November 2011, Jean Wan wrote, “Once in a while, during every reader's literary life, you encounter a book that reminds you why you are a reader. It renews your faith, if faith was lost; it rekindles your interest, if interest waned; and every w ...

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Jane Eyre

As nearly every romance reader knows, Jane Eyre is the story of a young woman who is mistreated by her relatives, attends a dire school, becomes a governess, falls for the master of the house, has to leave when a marriage obstacle is discovered, and eventually finds her way back to the man she loves ...

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A Week to be Wicked

Narrated by Carolyn Morris. Although recommended often by friends who read historical romance, I had yet to read this one and when the chance came up to review the new audio edition, I grabbed it eagerly. I’m so very glad I did, because the story is every bit as good as I’d been told. And ...

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The Secret

Narrated by Susan Duerden In the early days of AAR, The Secret (first published in 1992) received a DIK in a reader review. I read the review soon after I discovered AAR and immediately bought the book. I’ve read it so many times since that my old paperback is falling apart. I was a bit nervous ...

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Ravishing the Heiress

When I opened this book, I fully expected it to be unequivocally wonderful. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but I don’t need to – it’s Sherry Thomas, and I trust that she’s going to tell a damn good story. Well, she does, and I love Millie and Fitz. They are a glorious couple. ...

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The Governess Affair

Perhaps my favorite novella in romance is This Wicked Gift, written and published by Ms. Milan in 2009. In it, Ms. Milan presents a hero who forces the heroine to make love with him. Things, however, are not what they seem, and in that tale, what the hero thinks is forced is really a gift willingly ...

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A Lady Awakened

Ms. Grant’s excellent debut should really be titled A Lady and a Gentleman Awakened. Both the heroine, repressed Martha, and the hero, feckless Theo, are, by this novel’s end, alert to possibilities unimaginable to both prior to their relationship. In A Lady Awakened, opposites don’t merely at ...