Books by M.J. Rodgers

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The Dream Wedding

Intelligent, imaginative storytelling is an increasingly undervalued commodity in the romance genre, where regurgitation of the same stories is the norm and publishers seem to assume books need to be dumbed down for the lowest common denominator. Seeking an alternative, I inevitably turn to one of m ...

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Heart vs. Humbug

Every autumn brings a plethora of holiday-themed romances to bookstores. Like most readers, I've read my share of them. M.J. Rodgers's Heart vs. Humbug remains one of my all-time favorites. The third in her Justice, Inc. miniseries, it's a marvelous blend of intelligent characters, razor-sharp dialo ...

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The Adventuress

For anyone who ever dreamed of stepping out of their mundane everyday life and living a grand adventure as someone else, M.J. Rodgers serves up that irresistible fantasy in The Adventuress. Librarian Pamela Gibson has a secret life neither her overprotective parents nor her stolid fiance knows ab ...

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Critical Affair

M.J. Rodgers was one of the reasons I subscribed to the Code Red series in the first place, but after my lukewarm response to her prequel to the series and the rest of the books so far, I was afraid to get my hopes up. Happily, Critical Affair turned out to be a good read, with her trademark intell ...

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On The Scent

On the Scent is a thoroughly original and wonderfully different romantic mystery. It features M.J. Rodgers's trademark intelligent characters and creative touches. Most of all, it's just a lot of fun. Diann Torrey is the head chemist for the American perfume company Man to Woman. W ...

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Father by Choice

Normally, the hugely pregnant heroine on the cover of Father by Choice would make me think twice about buying the book. But M.J. Rodgers is one of my favorite romance authors and I would jump at the chance to read anything she writes. This is also the first of three prequels to the upcoming Code Red ...

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To Have vs. To Hold

To Have vs. To Hold is one of the very best mysteries I've ever read in a romance novel. That may sound like faint praise as many romance authors try to write mysteries that often fail. But this book is a puzzle so clever and inventive it would hold up in any genre. It's what I would hand to anyone ...