Books by Merline Lovelace

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"I Do"... Take Two!

I’ve seen Merline Lovelace’s name on bestseller lists for years but never got around to reading her books. But I love contemporary romances with foreign settings and when I saw ”I Do”... Take Two! is set in Italy I jumped at the chance to review it. I found this first in the author’s Three ...

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Closer Encounters

For paranormal fans hungry for a story that doesn't involve vampires, werewolves or psychics, Merline Lovelace's Closer Encounters offers a wonderfully fresh alternative. The latest in her Code Name: Danger series, it's part period mystery, part ghost story, with a dash of action and romance. It's f ...

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The First Mistake

To a big degree, this new kick-butt heroine trend is not my thing. Or, rather, maybe a better way to put it is that I'm v-e-r-r-ry picky about my heroines and the way they kick butt. Susan Grant, for example, writes the kind of strong and capable heroines I adore, while the Bombshell style of fema ...

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Untamed

Untamed is the second book in Merline Lovelace's series about the history of Oklahoma. It takes place in the early 1800s, back when the territory was still known as Indian Country. It certainly has a distinct sense of place. It's also a flat, uninvolving and often annoying read. Lady Barbara Cha ...

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A Question of Intent

For me, there are usual several telltale clues that a book just isn't working. One, it takes me a long time to read. I'm a pretty fast reader and can usually polish off a category romance in a day or so. Two, I keep misplacing and forgetting about it, then, I find it days later underneath a sofa cus ...

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A Savage Beauty

Merline Lovelace has written more than 40 historical (in settings as varied as ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece) and contemporary novels. When she's at her best, as she was in His Lady's Ransom, The Horse Soldier, and The Captain's Woman, her characters are honorable and engaging and her research is ...

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After Midnight

I've only read a few books by Merline Lovelace, but in my limited experience she either writes books with richly developed romance and somewhat weak plots, or richly developed plots and somewhat weak romance. Even though After Midnight is an example of the latter, the intriguing mystery in this stor ...

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Hot as Ice

If you like fast-moving stories that combine James Bond-like intrigue with romance, have I got a treat for you! Hot as Ice, the latest in retired Air Force officer Merline Lovelace's Code Name: Danger series, is a fun story that I devoured in one sitting, and requires only a bit of suspension of dis ...

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The Colonel's Daughter

The Colonel's Daughter is set mostly in the Dakota Territory in 1879. It's a thoughtful book with a lot of attention to detail, and I came thisclose to recommending it. But while I loved the setting and found the characters realistic, I just never felt very attached to the hero and heroine. ...

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Dark Side of Dawn

Air Force Captain Joanna West is flying the Secretary of a State and her Secret Service detail to a speech when she witnesses a bad car accident. Despite protestations from the head of the detail, she decides she can't not help and touches down. She has no idea that when she pulls Alexander Taylor f ...