Books by Susan Johnson

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Seductive as Flame

I delight in sizzling sex and absorbing ambiance in my romances, so I was sure I’d love Susan Johnson. I’ve not read any of her other books, but she’s definitely got a reputation, and I was confident her novels and I were bound to be a perfect match. Well, damn my socks, but I was wrong. I did ...

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Sexy as Hell

The seasoned Susan Johnson reader (that would be me) and readers new to the author might very well have different reactions to Sexy as Hell. To the vet, there is absolutely nothing new here – the author plows (ha!) the same ground she has in the past right down to the smallest detail. To a new re ...

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Gorgeous as Sin

Reviewing Susan Johnson has become something of a tradition for me. Can I say that I’m glad that I’m still sticking around for the party? This one is pretty darn good – on the level of say, Pure Sin, if not the classic Braddock-Blacks. So, what the heck am I talking abou ...

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Silver Flame

With one notable exception, I’ve been stuck lately with a review list of less than satisfactory historical romances. Not surprisingly, I found myself in desperate need of a palate-cleansing. Enter Silver Flame, a classic from Susan Johnson's when-she-was-brilliant days and one of my favorite roman ...

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At Her Service

Well, it doesn’t suck. Let’s call this one yet another in the series of Susan Johnson-Lite historicals featuring a jaded and daring aristocrat infamous for his legendary sexual escapades (not to even mention his girth) and an experienced woman only slightly less jaded and expe ...

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Wine, Tarts, and Sex

I love food (both cooking and eating), and I love books with chef protagonists, so the very title of this book made my mouth begin to water. However, Wine, Tarts, and Sex didn’t quite live up to the promise of the title. There certainly was wine (though it disappeared for a while), I don’t rem ...

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When Someone Loves you

I haven't read a Susan Johnson novel, other than an anthology contribution or two, since 1999's To Please a Lady, the sequel to my favorite Johnson book - Outlaw (1993). I was surprised to find When Someone Loves You almost completely devoid of a plot for its two engaging leads, and with no hot lov ...

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French Kiss

Susan Johnson's French Kiss is acceptable escapist fare, if all the reader wants is to experience a foreign locale and vicariously live the life of the rich and famous through its characters. In it, an ordinary woman finds herself swept away to France and into the lavish world of movie stars, rock m ...

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When You Love Someone

I liked it! I really liked it! Though I’m not quite ready to declare that Susan Johnson is back - it will take more than one good book to wipe away the memory of the past few years - When You Love Someone is a compulsively readable historical romance that did bring to mind the amazing work done ...

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Hot Spot

You know when you've got a really painful sore in your mouth and you just can't stop yourself from checking it over and over to see if it still hurts? Okay, so this little exercise in masochism is stupid. And perverse. But I would also argue that there's a real sense of optimism behind that perve ...