Books by Sarah Mayberry

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Temporary

Temporary is the first collaboration between authors Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry and I enjoyed every bit of it.  The co-authors find a perfect balance of plot, romance and sex, and I read it from start to finish in one afternoon.  I liked the characters, their backstories, the plot twist that ...

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One Good Reason

This Harlequin SuperRomance from 2011 is one of those books that I did not put down while I was reading it - literally. I made dinner with one hand that evening as I was so engrossed in the story of Gabby and Jon, and shushed my husband whenever he attempted to interrupt me. Ms. Mayberry is one of m ...

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Her Best Worst Mistake

It’s always a bit of a scramble for me to find a contemporary romance for this prompt, because I don’t read them very often and don’t own many. And I like to choose my challenge books from books I already have, as buying something new rather defeats the object of the exercise! Fortunately, I f ...

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Satisfaction

Mayberry has a gift of making seemingly ordinary, sometimes not particularly likeable people into romance characters whom readers care about and applaud. This book is a case in point. Melbourne, Australia, bookstore owner Maggie Hendricks feels as if she's been missing out on something e ...

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Within Reach

I can’t say that I seek out books about a loved one dying, but there can be such a sense of hopefulness and renewal when the book is well-written – rather like the Phoenix rising from his ashes - in an individual finding love again after experiencing despair and desolation. It reaffirms our beli ...

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The Best Laid Plans

Is is a truth universally acknowledged that every heroine (and hero) of a Harlequin Superromnance must be in want of a baby. But few of these couples go about it as directly, and few romances describe the emotional side of it so realistically and in such down-to-earth fashion as Sarah Mayberry’s T ...

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Hot Island Nights

I know they've become cliched, but I still love Good Girl Meets Bad Boy romances. (I really love Bad Girl Meets Good Boy romances, but those are quite rare.) As you'd expect, most are average and forgettable. But on those occasions when I read a really good one - like Hot Island Nights - it's oh so ...

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Her Secret Fling

Her Secret Fling is a well-written, promising book that only just misses the mark. It starts out with an intriguing conflict and sexual chemistry to spare - and then descends into a plot and conflict that I find particularly annoying. Poppy Birmingham is an Australian gold medal s ...

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She’s Got It Bad

We’ve all read the story of the tortured bad boy hero who uses sex and alcohol to escape the pain, and the heroine who breaches his walls of defenses to find the man underneath and heal his soul. Reverse the roles of the hero and heroine, and you’ve got She’s Got It Bad, a compelling story of ...

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Burning Up

Right up front Sarah Mayberry confesses that Burning Up is all about wish fulfillment. Part of it is the beautiful location, part of it is the delicious food, but mostly it’s about a gorgeous movie star playboy falling for a not-so-gorgeous girl instead of a supermodel. It’s a fun, sexy story fr ...