Non Fiction

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Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards

This book isn't a romance, but it's one of my all-time favorites and will likely be fascinating for history lovers and for fans of historical romance and straight historical fiction a la Dorothy Dunnett. David Hilliam presents a concise history of all the kings and queens of England, their spouses, ...

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Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

I was prepared to dislike this book. I am very anti-hype, and this book had major, major hype built right in, so it was quite a shock to me when it eventually ended on my TBR pile. It shocked me even more when I liked it enough to voluntarily do a review of it. Basically I will say that if textbooks ...

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Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

This is a love story written by a gay man, Paul Monette, about his lover and longtime companion, Roger Horowitz, who is dying of AIDS in the late 1980s. Paul himself is infected with HIV and will die of AIDS in 1995 which he will recount in the memoir which follows this one. For this very real memoi ...

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Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements In Historic Houses

Almost every historical romance you read has a bathing scene. In it, the heroine climbs into a big copper tub filled to the brim with steaming water and thinks about the trials of having a fabulously wealthy earl, or marquis or duke in relentless pursuit. Often she's in the hero's house. He has perf ...

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Cowboy

When a wealthy, intelligent and powerful man dates a women who is 10 years younger, poorer and of a lower social class than he is - not too many eyebrows are raised, especially if she is beautiful. But what happens when an older, wealthier woman dates a poor, lower-class man? Sara Davidson is ...

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The Most Beautiful Man in Existence

When I first started this book, I wondered why AAR had been asked to review it. It is, after all, an academic book - a biography of a nineteenth century doctor, based primarily on his extensive journals. It's a book most romance readers are unlikely to hear about, let alone read. After I had finishe ...