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Shameless

Shameless is the fourth in Ms. Stuart’s The House of Rohan series--Heartless comes out this week--and, while it’s not as stellar as the first two in the series, Ruthless and Reckless (my personal favorite), it’as good as the third, Breathless. And, because it’s by Anne Stuart, it’s ...

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Devil in Winter

Let me begin by stating that Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, wins the award in my book for most anticipated future hero. As I finished reading It Happened One Autumn, I was stunned to discover that extreme bad boy Sebastian would be featured as the hero in its sequel and I must admit that I was enthral ...

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Flowers From the Storm (#6 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on April 07, 1999  If you want to read a book that comes as close to perfection as any historical romance, then pick up Flowers from the Storm. The story, the language, the emotional intensity: this book has everything. It's Laura Kinsale at the ...

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Slightly Dangerous (#7 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 22, 2004  To put my assessment of this book in perspective, I haven't loved every book ever written by Mary Balogh and I've found the Slightly series to be more uneven than it seems many readers did. With that said, though, I most assuredly do l ...

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (#9 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on December 8, 2000 If an author has done her job, I will be swept away into another world and introduced to people I would like to know in real life, and when I leave this fictional world I will have been moved in some way. With The Viscount Who Loved M ...

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (#10 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 7, 2002 While reading Romancing Mister Bridgerton was great fun, reviewing it is no picnic. Especially since readers at AAR expect a nicely detailed first-half of the book plot summary with every review. Well, in this case, I just can't do it ...

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The Spymaster's Lady (#11 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on January 11, 2008 I almost passed on reviewing The Spymaster's Lady. The cheesy cover (open ruffle-shirted hunk - yawn) and even cheesier title (oh, no - not another spymaster!) led me to believe that it would be yet another boring, cookie-cutter, Rege ...

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What I Did for a Duke

Genevieve Eversea, of Pennyroyal Green, has been in love with Lord Harry Osborne for three years. Harry is all that Genevieve wants in a man — he’s funny, handsome, shares her knowledge and love of Italian art, and makes her smile every time she sees him. She is certain they make the perfect cou ...

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A Week to Be Wicked (#23 on our Top 100 list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 19, 2012 Tessa Dare had me at hello. Or rather, at A Week to Be Wicked’s dedication, which reads: “For all the girls who walk and read at the same time." Like the book’s heroine, Minerva...or me. For the record, I only walked into a utilit ...

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Lord Perfect (#26 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February  26, 2006 I know this is romance sacrilege, but when I read Lord of Scoundrels about ten years ago, I traded it back to the ubs. I don’t remember that I hated it, just that I didn’t particularly want to keep it. This was before I started ...