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Then Came You (#65 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on November 6, 1996 I first read Then Came You in 1993, shortly after discovering romance, and it is one of the reasons I fell in love with the genre. Different than most of the romances I'd read, it featured a heroine more tortured than the hero, a so-c ...

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A Lady Awakened (#67 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on January 12, 2012 Ms. Grant’s excellent debut should really be titled A Lady and a Gentleman Awakened. Both the heroine, repressed Martha, and the hero, feckless Theo, are, by this novel’s end, alert to possibilities unimaginable to both prior to t ...

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The Duke of Shadows (#68 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 23, 2008 As those who love historical romance know all too well, the landscape these days is littered with wallpaper. The Duke of Shadows, written by the winner of the Gather.com romance first chapter contest, aspires to be – is being promoted ...

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And Then He Kissed Her (#69 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on July 11, 2007 I've always enjoyed Laura Lee Guhrke's writing although I was disappointed with her last, She's No Princess. However, I am happy to say that And Then He Kissed Her is her best book yet. Emmaline Dove, 30-year-old spinster, has been secr ...

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Bound by Your Touch (#71 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 15, 2009 I read about half of Meredith Duran's debut novel, The Duke of Shadows, last year. Somehow, the book just didn't hit me right, but I thought the author showed promise and her choice of setting was very interesting. So when I saw this one ...

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My Dearest Enemy (#77 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 4, 2003 Connie Brockway is a goddess. Talk about your buried treasures; while many people are familiar with her more recent historicals - The Bridal Season and Bridal Favors - her unique skill and imagination most shine through for me in some of ...

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Unveiled (#79 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 29, 2011 In some books, a plethora of subplots distracts the reader from the main romance. However, in Unveiled, all the plots and subplots fit smoothly together to create a very rich reading experience. In some ways this book is as much about s ...

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To Beguile a Beast (#81 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 23, 1999 Yes, it’s now six in a row. All of Elizabeth Hoyt’s historical romances have received DIK status here at AAR. As with many readers, I have followed the author since she appeared on the scene in 2006 and read each book as it was p ...

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Suddenly You (#83 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 30, 2001 Though her family expected her to retire into a genteel spinsterhood, Amanda Briars has instead created a new life for herself as one of the most popular novelists in bustling London. But while a content Amanda cherishes her independence ...

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Something Wonderful (#84 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 27, 2008 Like most romance readers, I have read many books by Judith McNaught and have loved several of them. When I think of the author, Paradise, Perfect, and A Kingdom of Dreams instantly pop into my mind as beloved favorites, yet I rarely t ...