Books by Julianne MacLean

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The Prince's Bride

This book is the third in Julianne MacLean’s Royal Trilogy series. I have not read the first two books in the series, but I do not believe that it would have helped in increasing this book’s appeal for me. It started off with a hint of promise, but by the middle of the book my interest had waned ...

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Be My Prince

The theme of this story is gaining trust after deception on both sides. The book is enjoyable for the most part, but readers will likely look for more romance as the main characters switch from trust/love to distrusting rapidly for extended periods of time. Lady Alexandra Monroe’s fa ...

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When a Stranger Loves Me

When a Stranger Loves Me reminds me of the 80’s romances in the worst possible way. Stupid main characters do idiotic things, and the author expects us as readers to swallow this and consider it deeply romantic. Throw in all my most hated romance clichés and an ending tied with a beautifully orna ...

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The Mistress Diaries

Has this happened to you? Rationally, you know all the reasons why you should dislike a novel, or at least consider it no more than average. Yet you find it a gripping read, root for the characters, and decide to order the other volumes in the series, minor and not so minor flaws notwithstanding. Th ...

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In My Wildest Fantasies

In My Wildest Fantasies has one of the more unusual premises for a new series in which four sons of an aristocratic family must wed: they believe their father to be mad. The Duke of Pembroke has indeed gone around the bend, spending his time moving plants around in the garden to ...

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Love According to Lily

Julianne MacLean holds the prize as author of the only book I have ever reread almost as soon as I finished it. An Affair Most Wicked clicked on all of the right levels for me, but sadly set my sights high for her future books. Love According to Lily pales by comparison and just manages to remain ...

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My Own Private Hero

As regular visitors to AAR know, an ever-growing chorus of readers are continually complaining that far too many historical romances these days are far too formulaic. Anyone reading My Own Private Hero would certainly be hard pressed to argue with that. Frankly, you can read this o ...

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An Affair Most Wicked

An Affair Most Wicked is an average read, written in a style reminiscent of many other recent Avon releases. If you've been enjoying the offerings of Jeffries, Hawkins, and company, you might enjoy this; it's kind of in that vein. Clara Wilson has come to London to catch a titled ...

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To Marry the Duke

While To Marry the Duke was a reasonably enjoyable read and author Julianne MacLean took a slightly different than usual situation and turned it even more on its head, overall the book was not compelling and some of its characters and situations were far too familiar. It was fun, but also forgettabl ...

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Adam's Promise

A sweet story with an unusual setting that's mostly a pleasure to read, Adam's Promise unfortunately hits a groan-inducing plot development that nearly capsizes it. Madeline Oxley is stunned when her father informs her that Adam Coates sent him a letter asking for her hand in marriage. When s ...