Desert Isle Keeper

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The Smoke Thief

A DIKlassic review originally published on April 23, 2007   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 Chris ...

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Etched in Bone

In 2013, author Anne Bishop took the world by storm with Written in Red, the first book in what has fast become one of the most popular and unique urban fantasy series of recent years. I read and fell in love with each book as soon as it was released, so learning that Etched In Bone, the fifth book ...

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Forbidden Promises

I recently fell into an unusually long reading slump where I could not make myself read anything. I was starting to feel not like myself after months passed without sitting down to truly read a book. I managed to limp through one I enjoyed, but it took weeks. Finally, just when I was starting to thi ...

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Deep Waters

DIKlassic Review originally published on September 1, 1998   Okay, I admit it ... my introduction to Ms. Krentz was less than auspicious. I read Gift of Fire and Gift of Gold, and to be honest, I wasn't crazy about either one. Still, something brought me back to Jayne Ann and I've not been ...

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A Touch of Frost

A Touch of Frost is, quite simply, a cracking good yarn. Jo Goodman takes us back to the old west in this amusing, emotionally intense, sensual and absorbing tale about a clever woman, the man bound to protect her, and the love that waylays their neatly formed plans. The first time Phoebe Apple s ...

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A Counterfeit Heart

When I saw that Ms. Bateman had a new book out in her Secrets and Spies series, I was anxious to get my hands on it - but wary as well.  I loved the first book in the series, To Steal A Heart, but I was much less fond of the second, A Raven’s Heart.  Fortunately, when I picked up A Counterfeit H ...

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From Duke Till Dawn

From Duke Till Dawn changes the perspective usually seen in historical romance.  Most times the story is told through the viewpoint of the rich, where the mansions, ballrooms and men’s clubs of London are standard fare.  Author Eva Leigh takes all of that glamour and turns it on its ear to show ...

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The Mistress of Normandy (aka The Lily and the Leopard)

Everyone who reads historical romance has a favorite period that they love time-warping back to again and again.  Mine happens to be the medieval period. I have a good handful of keepers that I always go back to when I want to revisit the era.  Some are well-worn (the entirety of the Rosalynde ...

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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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Dating-ish

I have a disorder that could be plaguing other romance readers - instant-gratification-itis. I’ve become so conditioned to expect instant-lust, instant-love, and almost-instant-sex in my romance novels that I forgot how enjoyable delayed gratification can be. I get a little fidgety and uncomfortab ...