Books by Anne Stuart

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Cold As Ice

I’ve been glomming Anne Stuart’s books the old-fashioned way for years. There are not a lot of romance writers who have such a distinctive voice and style as she does and I often dip into my stash of her books for some good edgy reading. I have multiple copies of some of my favorite titles and a ...

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Special Gifts

Special Gifts is my all-time favorite psychic romance. The rest of the romance reading world may hold up Linda Howard's Dream Man as the definitive version of this tale, but I'd take Anne Stuart's spin on it any day. It starts with that oh-so-common premise: the psychic heroine, the skeptical hero a ...

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The Devil's Waltz

Tired of fake rakes and Sex and the City-ish young women in Regency garb? As someone who once had some degree of tolerance for wallpaper romances but who’s now had it up to here with the endless supply of “historicals” (air quotes intended) littering the ground these days, this sexy, smart, an ...

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Black Ice

Anne Stuart is known for her dark heroes and Black Ice features one who is darker than usual. Bastien Toussaint has lived under many identities as he works undercover for the mysterious Committee. He is used to living alone and allows himself feelings for no one. However, on his latest assignment, h ...

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Nightfall

He tucked his arm through hers, his large hand covering hers, and there was no escape. She trembled, but she didn't pull away, letting him draw her down the sidewalk. "You see," he murmured, "just two harmless souls on a stroll down Park Avenue. Who would have thought about the darkness that lurks b ...

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Hidden Honor

I'm not sure what happened with Anne Stuart. Her books used to be fabulous, but her latest efforts have been quite disappointing. Hidden Honor is better than some of Anne Stuart's more recent books, but still not up to par with my old favorites. This one was done in by the heroine. Normally I enjoy ...

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Against the Wind

Anne Stuart's Into the Fire was the most disappointing book I read in 2003. It looks even worse now that I've finally read Against the Wind, one book on her backlist I was saving. The two books have similar premises. In both, the heroine's distant mother orders her to travel far from home to retriev ...

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Into the Fire

Anne Stuart is one of my three all-time favorite romance writers, having written at least a dozen books that are keepers for me, including Banish Misfortune. Even when her stories are weak, as was the case with her two most recent MIRA releases, The Widow and Still Lake, I was content to bask in the ...

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Banish Misfortune

Anne Stuart's Banish Misfortune is a classic. Winner of the Golden Medallion (now known as the RITA) for Best Single Title Romance of 1985, it remains impressive nearly two decades later. I first read it in 2000, and while it was dated, with certain elements that make it more of an historical than a ...

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Still Lake

As a romance, Anne Stuart's Still Lake is the nifty story of an appealingly damaged hero and a slightly plump heroine with a Martha Stewart complex. As a novel of suspense, however, it's less successful. My problem with the latter is a bit difficult to explain without giving away spoilers. Let me ...