Reviews by Mary Skelton

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A Promise of Fire

You know when you start a book, get about 25% into it and your spine starts to tingle and you KNOW it’s going to be big because it has already sucked you in to the point that you are oblivious to all of your surroundings?  Yeah…début author Amanda Bouchet did that to me with her first publishe ...

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All The Little Liars

Even though it has been nine years since Charlaine Harris published her last Aurora Teagarden novel, this ninth book in this series flows seamlessly from the previous storyline and I really enjoyed revisiting this character.  Since book eight, Roe Teagarden has made it to the television screen in t ...

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No Mistress of Mine

No Mistress of Mine is the fourth book in Ms. Guhrke’s An American Heiress in London series and is a solid tale by a more than solid author who keeps us coming back for more.  I have not read any of the previous books in this series, so this novel can easily be read as a standalone. Lola Va ...

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Texas Tall

In any given month, there are scores of historical romance novels released that are set in England within a decade or two of the Napoleonic Wars.  The number of American historical romance novels is  dwarfed by those set in Europe, which is surprising considering the vast majority of popular roman ...

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Highland Chieftain

Long-time historical author Hannah Howell has taken a break from the mysticism of her English Wherlocke family and brought the writing game back to the Highlands of Scotland with her latest novel, Highland Chieftain.  This book is the 21st in the Murray clan series and that might just be part of th ...

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Person of Interest

Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite sub-genres in romance and is one that can be very difficult to do well. Emery Harper has entered that select group of credible suspense writers with her début novel, Person of Interest. A murder mystery served up with a dose of humor and a realistic hero who ...

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Magic Binds

When my children were small, we were Harry Potter fanatics.  We counted down the days until the next book was due to be released.  We attended midnight themed parties on that red letter day.  We had Harry Potter trivia contests in the car on long trips.  In other words, we were obsessed.  I fee ...

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Just Kiss Me

Rachel Gibson an author whose books I come back to again and again.  She is at the top of my go-to list for contemporary romances and on stand-by when I need a good comfort read.  But I've been a little disappointed in her last few books.  They seemed to lack that certain lagniappe or a little ...

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Once a Soldier

Once a Soldier is the first book in Mary Jo Putney’s new Rogues Redeemed series. This book begins with Major Lord Will Masterson regaining consciousness locked in a French cellar after being knocked out by the enemy.  He and several other prisoners are scheduled to be hung the next morning as ...

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Skinwalker

For readers who like Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels books and Patricia Briggs’ shapeshifter tales featuring Mercy Thompson, Faith Hunter has crafted an engaging paranormal/urban fantasy series based on the main character of one Jane Yellowrock, the last known skinwalker and vampire hunter extraor ...