Desert Isle Keeper

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Simply Love (#91 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on August 16, 2006 It’s been some time now since I had a good cry over a book, but toward the end of Simply Love I had to get out several handkerchiefs. When Mary Balogh is on top of her game, she is hard to beat and she has a real winner here. ...

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The Life She Was Given

I don't have nearly enough words to express my love for this latest novel by Ellen Marie Wiseman.The Life She Was Given, is a dark, brutal portrayal of family life, with a few glimmers of hope shining through when the reader least expects it. It's a book I sped through and then wished I had taken mo ...

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I enjoyed every bit of this book and I need/want to convince you to read it too!  Delightful, charming, funny, addictive and entertaining, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is chock full of both vice and virtue.  The Grand Tour of Europe planned by our protagonist quickly goes awry and ev ...

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Mackenzie's Heroes

A DIKlassic Review originally published on March 6, 2000 The books in the Mackenzie saga are among Linda Howard's best, where the men are capable, sexy as hell, and the heroines a perfect match in their own way. Mackenzie's Heroes deals with two of the children of Wolf and Mary Mackenzie from Ma ...

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Rising Tides (#92 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on August 28, 1998 In her second installment of the Quinn Brothers trilogy, Nora Roberts is Rising Tides as well as the temperature on the Chesapeake shores. I have been waiting for this book since I finished Sea Swept, the premier of the Quinn br ...

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Gather the Daughters

What if The Handmaid’s Tale took place in a separatist cult, ensconced on an island? That’s exactly what I think went through Ms. Melamed’s head while coming up with this novel. Gather the Daughters is a haunting tale of a society where women are controlled but children are free, and a young w ...

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Beautiful Mistake

Let’s cut to the chase: Vi Keeland’s Beautiful Mistake is drop-dead sexy, breathtakingly romantic, intricately layered, jaw-droppingly unpredictable, and deliciously satisfying. It stands out in the vast and overwhelming sea of contemporary romance and will, undoubtedly, be on my Best of 2017 li ...

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After the Scandal

Elizabeth Essex is the best historical romance author you’re not reading. Fix that! Tanner Evans, the Duke of Fenmore, has led a colorful life. His father, a younger son, was cut off from the family, and when both parents and the uncle died, Tanner and his sister Meggs spent years on the street ...

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Beauty Like the Night

Beauty Like the Night, the eagerly awaited sixth book in Joanna Bourne’s widely acclaimed Spymasters series, tells the story of Séverine de Cabrillac, whom we first met as a very young child caught up in the revolutionary terror of late eighteenth century Paris in The Forbidden Rose.  Ten years ...

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The Black Madonna

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Stella Riley’s work, so anyone reading this review could be forgiven for thinking that the DIK rating was a foregone conclusion.  And perhaps it was – I’ve always found her writing, characterisation and storytelling to be of consistently high quality, ...